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Westminster offices not reopened

THE WESTMINSTER Police Department building is one of several in the city slated for a partial re-opening to the public on June 8 (File photo).

The City of Westminster has postponed the reopening of City Hall, Police Department, and Community Services until June 8 to ensure procedures and safety measures are in place in accordance with county orders.

Pursuant to the Orange County Health Officer’s order issued May 23, all businesses that are permitted to reopen in Orange County, including city offices, must comply with industry-specific guidelines and post a checklist. An amended order issued May 28 reaffirms these mandates and also allows the reopening of hair salons/barbershops, church services, funerals, and cultural services.

City Hall and Community Services and Recreation will open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon for walk-in visits, and 1 to 5 p.m. by appointment only. To ensure staff availability and reduce wait times, appointments are advised for the following services:

  • Planning Division and Business Licenses – (714) 548-3247
  • Building Division – (714) 548-3254
  • Engineering Division – (714) 548-3243
  • Community Services and Recreation – (714) 895-2860

The Police Department lobby will open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon for walk-in visits. From 1 to 5 p.m. or for after-hour access to the Police Department, visitors can use the intercom system located to the left of the front doors. To contact the Police Department front desk for non-emergency inquiries, call (714) 898-3315.

For the safety of employees and visitors at city facilities, visitors will be required to wear face coverings prior to entering the building or receiving services, unless under the age of 2 or certain conditions apply that prevent wearing a face covering. A limited number of cloth face coverings will be available at open city facilities for anyone who does not have one.

The Senior Center, Family Resource Center, and park facilities remain closed to the public until further notice.

For additional information and the latest updates, visit the City’s dedicated coronavirus webpage at

Special GG council meeting for Tuesday

The Garden Grove City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a continuation of the municipal budget review. The meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave., but Mayor Steve Jones cautions people from attending in person because of the danger of exposure to the coronavirus.

Anyone attending will be required to wear a face covering and keep a social distance of six feet from other people at all times. The meeting will be broadcast on Channel 3 and live-streamed from the city website of .


ILLEGAL fireworks destroyed this car in Anaheim Friday morning (APD photo).

Illegal fireworks backfire in Anaheim

If people need any reminder that the possession, use or sale of illegal fireworks is a bad idea, here it is.

Early Friday morning, Anaheim police and fire units responded to a report of a car fire in the 2400 block of West Ball Road. That’s just west of Gilbert Street, near Magnolia High School.

Police say the car’s owner was driving when one of the illegal fireworks he was transporting ignited.

He managed to pull over and jump out before the car burst into flames as the pyrortechnics exploded in his vehicle and completely destroyed it.







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