Westminster council tackles budget again

THE WESTMINSTER CITY Council will meet on Wednesday to again consider a municipal budget.

THE WESTMINSTER CITY Council will meet on Wednesday to again consider a municipal budget.

UPDATE: This roundup now includes information about an apparent suicide on the San Diego Freeway in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon. See end of story.

The city budget for 2016-17 will be once again on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council. The panel meets at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers in the Civic Center on Westminster Boulevard just east of Beach Boulevard.

LogoforNewsBriefsA decision on the budget has been twice-delayed as council members sought more information on the spending document and possible cuts. Westminster is in a financial crisis and is using reserve funds to balance the budget, reserves which could soon run out.

Voters in the city will be asked to approve a 1 cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot to plug the hole in municipal finances.


The meeting of the Garden Grove City Council scheduled for Aug. 23 has been cancelled, according to the City Clerk’s office.


The Westminster City Council is hosting a grand opening and ribbon-cutting for the Luxe Buffett in Westminster Mall on Thursday, Sept. 1. The restaurant is located upstairs on the north side of the Macy’s wing.

The event is open to the public and offers “the best buffet in Southern California” with selections ranging from seafood to Brazilian barbecue. For more information, call the Westminster Chamber at (714) 898-9648.

THE SWING CATS will perform a free concert Thursday in Westminster.

THE SWING CATS will perform a free concert Thursday in Westminster.


The Westminster Summer Concert Series continues Thursday at the Civic Center Sunken Gardens from 6-7:30 p.m. with a performance by the Swing Cats big band. They will sing and play sounds ranging from the Thirties to the Fifties, with some tunes from today.

Concert-goers may bring a picnic dinner or buy Islands Hot Dogs or Mustache Mike’s Italian Ices. All concerts include children’s activities and games. The event is at 8200 Westminster Blvd. For more information, call (714) 895-2860.


A 34-year-old Garden Grove man was fatally injured early Sunday morning when he laid down in front of a car while apparently trying to stop a woman from leaving his birthday party at a San Diego hotel.

According to San Diego authorities, Jonathan Merkley suffered a major chest injury around 1:20 a.m. when the woman ran over him with her BMW automobile and drove off. She has been identified but not arrested.


The San Diego (405) Freeway at Beach Boulevard was closed in both directions for an hour Sunday when a man apparently jumped to his death from an overpass. According to the Orange County Coroner’s office, the unidentified man leaped from the Edinger Avenue overpass about 2:19 p.m. He was taken to UCI Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Huntington Beach police and the California Highway Patrol closed the freeway for investigation, and traffic congestion continued for some time afterward, according to the HBPD.


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