Huntington Beach

In-person or virtual meetings?

HUNTINGTON BEACH CIVIC CENTER (Orange County Tribune photo).

Should the Huntington Beach City Council meetings return to an in-person format?

At Monday’s meeting of the council, there will be an update on guidelines to move toward the traditional form of meetings for city council and commissions, as they were conducted before the coronavirus pandemic struck last spring.

Several other government agencies have returned to modified versions. Garden Grove, for example, has moved council meetings from its small chambers to the combined A and B rooms of the Community Meeting Center, with social distancing enforced.

The council had sought to make a move toward in-person meetings with a policy that would require councilmembers to wear face-coverings. However, Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz said he would attend maskless, and challenged the council to have him ejected.

Also on Monday night, the council will consider a construction agreement with Elecnor Belco Electronics worth $636,451 for the construction of fiber optic communications from city hall to the Pier Plaza.

The council will meet in virtual session at 6 p.m.

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