The lengthy and often contentious process of selecting district maps for the November 2022 Westminster City Council election moved another step forward on Wednesday night.
The council resumed a continued fourth public hearing on which maps to use. One would be for the current four-district arrangement and another for five districts, if voters in June approve a ballot measure to eliminate the direct election of mayor, thereby creating a fifth district.
Under the latter scenario, the largely ceremonial position of mayor would be rotated among members of the council.
The council unanimously adopted Public Map 402 – which had been selected at the previous council meeting for the four-district arrangement – but was split on Public Map 507 for the potential five-district alternative.
Objecting to the idea of eliminating direct election of the mayor and thereby opposing the idea of a five-district map, Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmember Chi Charlie Nguyen abstained, the motion then passing on a 3-0-2 vote.
Second reading and final approval of the two ordinances will be on the agenda for the March 23 meeting of the council.