Garden Grove

Flag display policy issue goes to council

THE matter of flag display policy will be on the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council (Wikipedia).

Round three of the issue of the display of flags on city property is set for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

As the last item on the agenda – before adjournment – the council will consider whether or not to establish a commemorative flag policy.

The issue first arose when Councilmember Kim Nguyen (District 6) proposed at the May 14 meeting that the city consider authorizing the display of the rainbow “gay pride” flag at City Hall in commemoration of “LGBT [Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender] Pride Month.”

A motion to put that issue on the agenda deadlocked three to three, so the matter was raised again at the May 28 meeting. After nearly four hours of public comment and discussion, the council voted 7-0 to place discussion of the matter on the June 11 agenda.

Proponents of the display of the flag in the City Hall lobby argued it would be a signal that Garden Grove welcomed people of all sexual orientations. Skeptics worried that allowing such displays might open the city to a wide array of other requests for flag display from various groups.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday are:

  • adoption of a resolution for a state grant application for the redesign and renovation of Woodbury Park in an amount that could reach $6 to $8 million;
  • a cooperative agreement between the Garden Grove Unified School District and the city to expand the School Resource Officer program to put police officers in GGUSD high schools and extend its scope. The district would reimburse the city for its share of the program.

The council will meet in its chamber in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave., at 6:30 p.m.



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