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State chief justice visits Pacifica High

CHIEF JUSTICE Tani Cantil-Sakaiye (in red) with Pacifica High civics students (GGUSD photo).

Pacifica High School administrators, civics teachers, and students provided a Mariner’s welcome to Calfifornia Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye last week for a special ceremony to celebrate the school earning the prestigious Civic Learning Award of Excellence.

Before the ceremony began, Pacifica students hosted a Civics Showcase to highlight their work in areas like political action, non-profit community service, poll working, and close reading which allows students to separate facts from fake news.  Students were excited to describe their experiences volunteering with political campaigns and developing a school-wide recycling campaign and enjoyed interacting with local elected officials, county education leaders, Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education members, and community members.

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye presented Pacifica Principal Robin Patterson along with civics teachers Adam Wemmer, Drew Devoy, and Leslie Ross with the Award of Excellence plaque and praised the students and teachers for embracing civic engagement.  Pacifica High School senior Megan McCall, who won the American Soapbox Challenge earlier this year, gave inspiring remarks about the importance of civic education and the difference it has made in her life.


In celebration of Earth Day and the city of Westminster’s 60th birthday, Westminster Mall \ will present the Earth Day Extravaganza on Saturday, April 22 starting at 9 a.m. The family-friendly event will begin at the mall entrance near Best Buy.

THE EARTH (Flickr/Kevin Gill).

“Westminster Mall is excited to teach children to love and respect our Earth while also having fun,” said Patrice Sklencar, marketing director at Westminster Mall. “Family events such as our Earth Day Extravaganza make Westminster Mall the central place for friends and family to shop, dine and spend time together.”

Starting at 9 a.m., local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will sow 60 plants in the parking lot near Best Buy in honor of the city’s 60th birthday. Children will enjoy KidXprogramming from 1-3 p.m. on the lower level near Macy’s. Activities will include a reptile and snake show at 1:30 p.m. and Earth Day themed crafts and games plus giveaways for the first 100 attendees. As an added Earth Day bonus, Shoppers can bring recyclables to the mall parking lot between JC Penney and Sears from 1-3 p.m.

The mall is located on Bolsa Avenue west of Goldenwest Street in Westminster, adjacent to the San Diego (405) Freeway.


The Orange County Transportation Agency has announced funding for 13 projects to improve and widen busy streets and intersections. The sole allocation ­­– from Measure M sales tax revenue for the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westmjnster area is to Garden Grove for $784,327 for the intersection of Euclid Street and Westminster Avenue.

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