Controversies before council

CLOCK TOWER at Westminster Civic Center (OC Tribune photo).

Controversies past and recent will be on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

The council will consider a request from Councilmember Kimberly Ho to rescind a 2019 resolution of commendation for Ngo Thanh Van, a Vietnamese actress, for her work on a film combating human trafficking. The original resolution was controversial and led to a failed attempt to revoke the resolution two years ago.

Also on the agenda is a request by Ho for the council to issue a formal censure of Mayor Tri Ta and Vice Mayor Chi Charlie Nguyen for remarks made in media about the proposed Quang Tri monument.

Additionally, Ta has proposed the adoption of a nepotism policy in appointments to city board, commissions and committees. Accusations of nepotism were part of the impetus to the failed attempt to recall several council members in 2020.

Also, at the request of Councilmember Carlos Manzo, the staff will present a report on creating emergency housing for homeless in the city. According to the staff report, a 75 to 100-bed shelter facility is likealy to have an annual operating cost of $1.8 to $2 million annually. At last count, there were 142 unhoused residents in Westminster.

There will be a closed session of the city council at 5 p.m. to consider labor negotiations and the appointment of a city manager. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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