Across the Area

“Powers” for WSD superintendent?

CYNTHIA PAIK is superintendent of the Westminster School District (File photo).

Westminster School District Superintendent Cynthia Paik is expected to get “certain necessary” powers to run the WSD when the district’s board of trustees meets electronically on Thursday.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the board will consider a resolution giving the superintendent broad authority to declare an emergency, authorize expenditures of up to $250,000, cancel or modify any activities, programs or courses “up to and including the temporary closure of the district.”

Since the meeting will be held via Zoom technology, public comments must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. and will be read into the record. The public session will be held at 7 p.m. The WSD serves most of Westminster and parts of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Midway City.

Take-out copes with “stay at home.”

Most restaurants around Orange County are closed down due to the coronavirus crisis, but several in Garden Grove’s historic downtown are open for take-out business.

Here are three on Main Street between Garden Grove Boulevard and Acacia Parkway.

  • Louie’s on Main: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Wide assortment of food, including burgers, wraps, salads, etc. If you bring your own container, you can get your get favorite adult beverage. (714) 537-9946.
  • E Patisserie Café: Sandwiches and pastries. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (714) 399-6966 or (714) 591-5859.
  • Kaye’s Kitchen: Traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (714) 636-6755.

Recall ballots up past 14,000

The latest count of ballots returned in the Westminster city council recall election has reached 14,105, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

There are roughly 46,000 registered voters in Westminster, divided almost equally between Democrats and Republicans. So far registered Republicans have submitted 6,039 ballots to 4,091 from Democrats.

This election is primarily a mail-only event. Mailed ballots postmarked by Tuesday and received by the Orange County Registrar by April 10 will be counted. Voters may also submit their completed ballots at two drop boxes in Westminster and one at the registrar in Santa Ana.

At issue is whether to remove from office three members of the council –Mayor Tri Ta and councilmembers Chi Charlie Nguyen and Kimberly Ho – as well as who might replace them.


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