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‘Copter deal OK’d; housing project denied

THREE local city councils meet this week. Here’s what they did (or didn’t do).

Three local city councils met this week; two of them took action on leading topics and one did not.

In Huntington Beach, the council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to enter into a contract to provide public safety helicopter services to the City of Irvine.

Under the agreement, Irvine will pay $770 an hour for the use of the HBPD chopper and its staff. The deal is retroactive to July 1, 2018 and will run through June 30, 2021.

On Wednesday morning, the Stanton City Council met in a closed session to consider appointment of a city manager. The city has been without a top executive since the resignation of James Box in August.

The council took no “reportable action.” The next council meeting is scheduled for Sept.19.

In Westminster, the council voted 3-2 on Wednesday against a development application with a density bonus for affordable housing to build a 35-unit project on a 1.01-acre site on the east side of Milton Avenue to its intersection with Hefley Street. City staff will have a resolution next week to explain the council’s denial.

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