Sherry Johnson gets extension

MENDOZA TRIBUTE Monument Park rendering.

Interim city manager Sherry Johnson and the proposed Civic Center development project each got an extension at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

Johnson, who has served in that post since Feb. 15 after the resignation/retirement of Eddie Manfro, received more time on her employment agreement to Feb. 13, 2021.

Her salary is $18,601 per month.

The council also voted to ask city staff to evaluate and report back to the council in 90 days or less on the proposed mixed-use development of the civic center, which is home to city hall, the police department and other municipal offices. The West Justice Center court complex is also located on the land.

Sheldon Development LLC is proposing to build a new, two-story city hall and make other improvements in city-owned buildings and landscape in exchange for the right to build condominiums on the 8.32-acre site, which generally bounded by Westminster Boulevard on the north, 13th Street on the south, All American Way on the east and Jackson Street on the west. It’s one block east of Beach Boulevard.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of the motion, which included extension of the city’s exclusive negotiating agreement with Sheldon. Voting no were councilmembers Tai Do and Sergio Contreras, who felt the process was advancing too fast.

Also on Wednesday night, the council approved awarding of a contract worth $683,744.25 to KASA Construction to build the Mendez Tribute Monument Park project along Westminster Boulevard at Olive Street.

The Mendez family was the plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit that in 1945 outlawed segregation of schools in California based on race. It served as a precedent for the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case in which the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in schools nationwide.

The next meeting is set for Sept. 9.


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