Across the Area

Recall election clears the final hurdle

VOTERS in Westminster will decide this spring whether to recall from office the mayor and two other members of the city council (Shutterstock).

It’s official: the recall election of three members of the Westminster City Council will be held.

On Thursday, the Orange County Registrar of Voters certified that enough valid signatures on recall petitions had been gathered to put the question of whether to remove from office Mayor Tri Ta and council members Kimberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen on the ballot for a special election to be held this spring.

The recall process required 8,736 registered voters; the number found valid ranged from 9,069 in the case of Ta, 9,047 in the case of Ho and 9,096 in the case of Nguyen. Over 11,000 signatures were collected in each instance.

According to the Westminster city clerk’s office, the cost of the election will be in the area of $350,000. The date of the voting has yet to be determined.

The recall of what opponents are calling “The Gang of Three” was prompted by allegations of nepotism, concerns about council procedure and a resolution suggesting that opponents of the council majority were in some way connected to infiltration efforts by the communist government of Vietnam.

GGPD’s DUI efforts get results

A checkpoint for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and for valid drivers’ licenses last weekend by the Garden Grove Police Department netted some results.

The checkpoint at Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue resulted in six DUI arrests – with six vehicles towed – as well as 12 citations for various offenses. A total of 690 vehicles went through the checkpoint Dec. 21-22.

Pacific Airshow lineup starting

The first two aerial performance teams are signed up for the Great Pacific Airshow scheduled to take place in the skies over Huntington Beach Sept. 18-20, 2020.

AIRCRAFT for the 2019 Great Pacific Air Show over Huntington Beach sortie from the Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos (DVIDS photo).

The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will join the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the fifth annual event. Other performers slated for the show include the U.S Army’s parachute team (“The Golden Knights”) and a variety of others. 

About 3 million people are estimated to have viewed the 2019 show.

For updates on the lineup, go to www.PacificAirshow.com . 

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