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3 councils to have final 2019 meetings

CITY COUNCILS in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Westminster will meet this week (Shutterstock).

Three local city councils – Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Westminster – will have end-of-the-year meetings this week. Here are the highlights, city-by-city.

Garden Grove: Willowick master developer selection

A special meeting of the Garden Grove City Council will be held on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with the chief topic being adoption of a resolution to approve a master ground lease with MWWillowick Land LLC for the development of the 101.5-acre Willowick Golf Course.

The site is located in Santa Ana but is owned by the City of Garden Grove. This matter was originally scheduled for last week, but the item was continued to Dec. 17 to get additional details on the proposed contract. Several dozen people in attendance at the Dec. 12 meeting expressed opposition to the proposed lease, arguing instead for using the land for open space and affordable housing.

Also, there’s a special closed session meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on the lawsuit pressed by Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development against the city over the Willowick site. The legal action is scheduled to be heard that same day in Orange County Superior Court.

Huntington Beach: Re-appointment of interim fire chief


The Huntington Beach City Council will meet on Monday to take care of a variety of “housekeeping” tasks, including the continued appointment of David Segura as interim fire chief.

Segura will serve for a maximum of 960 hours while the recruitment continues to find and select a permanent chief of police. He will be paid an hourly rate of $106.31.

Segura was hired as fire chief by the city in March 2016, then retired in July 2019. He was hired back as interim chief in August and Monday’s action would extend his service to May 20, 2020.

The meeting will commence at 6 p.m.

Westminster: Final vote on council district maps

The second and final reading of an ordinance adopting by-district elections for city council members, along with the boundaries of the districts tops Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

Last week the council chose the “yellow” map for the four council seats. The fifth member of the council – mayor – is not affected as he or she is chosen at-large by all Westminster’s voters.

If adopted the ordinance would be in force for the 2020 election.

The council meets at 7 p.m.

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