Council to decide date for recall vote

A DATE will be chosen on Wednesday for the recall election which could remove as many as three members of the Westminster City  Council (Shutterstock).

A meeting of the Westminster City Council whose sole topic is preparation for a special election on the recall of three of its members will be held on Wednesday.

The council will be called upon first to pass a resolution accepting that the proper number of valid signatures has been collected on petitions calling for the removal from office of Mayor Tri Ta and council members KImberly Ho and Chi Charlie Nguyen.

Following that, the council will set a date for the election and for the choosing of replacements should any of the three be recalled.

A resolution for regulations for candidate statements in the recall election would be next, followed by the allocation of $119,044.20 from the general fund to reimburse the county registrar of voters for the cost of signature verification.

The cost of the election itself – which cannot be consolidated with the March 3 statewide primary election – is estimated to be between $289,375 and $318,290.

According to City Clerk Christine Cordon, the recall election must be held on a Tuesday between April 4 and May 11, 2020 and not on a holiday.

Of those facing recall, Ho’s current term expires in November of this year, while terms for Ta and Nguyen expire in November 2022.

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