Across the Area

Budget, joblessness and festival traffic

THE WESTMINSTER City Council approved its 2018-19 budget at its meeting on Wednesday night.

The Westminster City Council on Wednesday approved the 2018-19 budget on a 5-0 vote.

The budget for 2018-19 will be balanced with no need to draw on reserves. There’s a projected fund balance – a surplus – of $2.4 million.

However, the projection of total sales tax revenue is a bit lower than originally expected, down to $17.2 million from $17.7 million. The total budget from all funds is $110 million, with $61.5 million in the general fund.

Unemployment low in local cities

Joblessness in the Garden Grove-Huntington-Beach-Westminster area was at or near the unemployment rate across Orange County for April 2018, according to figures supplied by the state Employment Development Department.

The EDD places the OC figure at 2.6 percent. Estimates for the three local cities are:

  • Garden Grove: 2.9 percent
  • Huntington Beach: 2.6 percent
  • Westminster: 2.9 percent.

The highest jobless rates for cities in April were reported to be 3.4 percent in Villa Park, 3.1 percent in Seal Beach and 3 percent in Los Alamitos. The lowest were Laguna Woods (2 percent) and Costa Mesa (2.3 percent).

Heavy traffic and road closures this weekend

The Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove will bring crowds and lots of traffic congestion to the downtown area. Here are some of the locations to note:

  • Main Street between Garden Grove Boulevard and Acacia Park will be closed to car traffic from Thursday (May 24) to Tuesday (May 29).
  • On Saturday (May 26) these streets will be closed for the 5th annual Strawberry Stomp 5-K run and festival parade from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Acacia Parkway from Grove Street to Civic Center Drive
  • Ninth Street between Jerry Lane and Orangewood Avenue
  • Chapman Avenue between West and Nelson streets
  • Euclid Street between Orangewood Avenue and Garden Grove Boulevard.

No vehicles will be allowed to drive or park on the closed streets until the 5-K and parade have ended. Streets impacted by the road closures will be posted with “NO PARKING” signs.




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