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New WSD budget is approved

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT headquarters (OC Tribune photo).

A budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was approved last week by the Westminster School District Board of Trustees.

The board voted 4-0 (Tina Gustin-Gurney was absent) on June 24 in favor of the $142.5 million spending plan. Enrollment is expected to go from 8,875 students this year to 8,422, a decline hitting many Orange County public school systems.

Also approved on a 4-0 vote was the classification of a “virtual learning teacher” to provide support for students involved in independent study and virtual leaning programs. Such a teacher would deliver both live and online instruction.

Approval by the board would authorize the creation of the classification, not the actual hiring of a teacher at this time.

The WSD is a K-8 district serving most of Westminster and portions of adjoining communities.

$1000 fine for fireworks violators

The City of Garden Grove is raising the awareness of illegal firework use and the enforcement of the city’s zero-tolerance policy in the form of a $1,000 fine.

“On July 4, additional Garden Grove police sergeants, officers, and administrative staff will be dedicated to firework enforcement throughout the city to apprehend and cite individuals who are caught using or possessing illegal fireworks,” said Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRé.

Individuals caught misusing or tampering with legal fireworks will also be subject to the $1,000 administrative fine. Multiple fines will be issued for repeat violators.

In accordance with the Garden Grove Municipal Code firework regulations, discharge of safe and sane fireworks bearing the California State Fire Marshal seal is permissible on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on private property only.

To report illegal fireworks, call the Garden Grove Police Department’s non-emergency number at (714) 741-5704. Be prepared to provide the address where the illegal fireworks were lit and a description of the individual(s) involved.

Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

For July 4 safety tips and regulations, visit or call the Garden Grove Fireworks Hotline at (714) 741-5270.


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