Garden Grove

Monuments, Power Point, China mulled

TONY FLORES addressing the Garden Grove City Council on Oct. 4 (OC Tribune photo).

TONY FLORES addressing the Garden Grove City Council on Oct. 4 (OC Tribune photo).

Several hot-button issues are on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council. The council will meet in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

One item up for discussion will be a policy on the procedure for allowing members of the public have video presentations as part of their oral communications. This became an issue when Tony Flores, a write-in candidate for mayor, was not allowed to use his PowerPoint program to speak about crime at the last council meeting.

GG-Logo_lgTwo other items, somewhat related, are discussion of a policy regarding monuments to be located on city property, and information on the process to consider a proposed Vietnam War and Black April Monument.

Councilman Phat Bui has proposed that such a monument be constructed – with private funds – and located in Garden Grove Park. The original design emphasized the suicide of five high-ranking military officers of the Republic of Vietnam as Communist forces conquered South Vietnam in April 1975.

The proposal was controversial to some because of several issues, including the idea of “glorifying suicide,” and the use of park space for monuments focusing on the perceived interests of one ethnic group.

HYATT REGENCY Orange County Hotel in Garden Grove.

HYATT REGENCY Orange County Hotel in Garden Grove.

Also of interest on the agenda is adoption of an “anti-Islamophobia” resolution as requested by Mayor Bao Nguyen, and an appropriation of up to $13,000 for travel expenses to Shanghai, China, and New York City.

In the latter case, the trip would be to meet with representatives of SCG America, a China-based investment and development group. SCG is the owner of the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel and conference center at Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, and has an agreement to build up to three hotels on “Site C” on Harbor, south of the Target department store.

According to a staff report, the firm is interested in a possible $500 million expansion of the Hyatt and other potential projects in Garden Grove.

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