Districts, “fake” news and taxes

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

District boundaries, “fake news” and the city’s financial future are on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

At 8 p.m., a public hearing will be held to select a five-district map and introduce and conduct the first reading of an ordinance to establish city council boundaries for four- and five-district maps.

Because voters will choose in June whether to eliminate the direct election of mayor at large and thereby go to a five-district arrangement – from the current four-district setup – two maps must be adopted to prepare for either contingency for the November election.

A proposed resolution denouncing “fake news” – primarily said to be in the Vietnamese-language media – was deferred from the Feb 23 meeting and comes before the council again.

The impacts to the city if the one-cent sales tax measure – approved by voters in 2016 and set to expire this year – is not renewed will be considered.

Previous reports from city staff indicated that if the measure were allowed to lapse, it would cost the municipal treasury millions of dollars, deplete the reserves and – potentially – result in bankruptcy.

The council will meet via teleconference/web conference with a closed session at 6 p.m. and the open session at 7 p.m.

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