Expansion of senior parking approved

OFFICIALS from Westminster schools were honored Wednesday night by the city council, recognizing the 60th anniversary of three campuses (OC Tribune photo).

By Jim Tortolano

A plan to add 70 parking spaces to a senior citizen housing project won approval on Wednesday night from the Westminster City Council.

The vote was 4-0 – with Councilman Sergio Contreras absent – to approve a pair each of resolutions and ordinances clearing the way for the development of the lot to serve the adjacent Huntington Westminster Senior Living facility at California Avenue and Wyoming Street.

TERRI COATS, mother of former City Clerk Amanda Jensen, gets a hug from City Councilwoman Margie Rice(at left) at Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council (OC Tribune photo).

Also on Wednesday night, the council made two presentations. One was with the family of Amanda Jensen, the Westminster City Clerk killed in Seal Beach in July in what is considered a murder-suicide.

A plaque memorializing Jensen, a Garden Grove resident who served as city clerk from October 2015, was presented. It will be displayed in the city council chamber to honor her contributions to the community.

City Manager Eddie Manfro said, “Amanda’s spirit lives on here in a place where Amanda proved to be a dedicated public servant and a valued colleague.” Present were her parents, Bill and Terri Coats, and son Dylan Coats.

Also, officials of three local elementary schools – Finley, Schmitt and Webber – received certificates in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of those campuses, which are part of the Westminster School District.

The next meeting of the city council will be on Nov. 8.

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