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More money and more news

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN money will come to area cities (Pexels photo).

 

UPDATE:  The revised final figures for aid to cities have been posted by the U.S. Treasury Department. The new numbers appear below. Two notes: Stanton is missing on the second list, so we are using the original amount. Also, all cities we list lost money on this revised estimate, except for Irvine, which gained $3.3 million.

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It was pretty exciting to learn that under the American Rescue Plan relief bill passed by Congress a short while ago, Garden Grove was going to receive $50.6 million from Uncle Sam.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the city council, City Manager Scott Stiles noted that the city had received some guidelines on what the money could be used for (that’s the good news) and that the amount was now down to $48.3 million (the not-as-good news).

Still, that’s a lot of lettuce, as we used to say. Let the salad-making begin!

Now, on the larger subject of who gets what, we list below the amounts assigned to area municipalities, according to the U.S Treasury Department. As we noted above, that amount is subject to change. All amounts are in millions.

  • Garden Grove: $48.3
  • Huntington Beach: $29.6
  • Stanton: $7.1
  • Westminster: $23.7

Other cities of interest

  • Anaheim: $106.6
  • Costa Mesa: $26.48
  • Fullerton: $32.6
  • Irvine: $56.4
  • Orange: $28
  • Santa Ana: $128.36

The amount of money destined for each city is not strictly based on population. Need, including unemployment rates, will be a factor as well.

More transparency from police

Kudos to Westminster’s interim Police Chief Roy Campos. The WPD, for all its many good works, had lots of room for improvement in its public information function, especially compared to neighboring cities of Garden Grove and Westminster.

WESTMINSTER Police Department

In part in response to requests and concerns from the public and news media, WPD is rolling out several initiatives to better communicate law enforcement news through its website and social media accounts. It has begun a weekly recap of significant events on Facebook, and will be publishing arrest and event logs that will allow journalists and the general public more information on what’s going on in the city, crime-wise. And there’s more on the way.

Not only is this good government, it may also build additional trust that could turn into votes when Measure SS – a one-cent sales tax expiring next year – is likely to go back on the ballot in November 2022.

It’s a century of Argonaut history

How times flies. Garden Grove High School, one of the oldest secondary schools in Orange County, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with an on-campus event on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Only Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach and Orange high schools are older. GGHS was founded in the fall of 1921 in response to efforts from nearby high school districts to absorb the Garden Grove area into their systems.

Before GGHS was founded, local students wanting to attend a high school went to Anaheim, Orange or Santa Ana.  The establishment of the school meant the creation of the Garden Grove Union High School District, the borders of which became those of the Garden Grove Unified School District in 1965 when the GGUHSD was unified with the old Garden Grove Elementary School District and Alamitos School District.

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