Westminster may be Lion country, but a tiger will be roaming the mall in February.
The Westminster City Council approved a special events application for a Lunar New Year, or Tet, Festival at its meeting on Wednesday. 2010 is the year of the tiger according to the Vietnamese calendar. The three-day festival will run from Feb. 5 to 7 in the Westminster Mall parking lot and will include carnival rides, live entertainment and a traditional beauty pageant.
According to councilmember Andy Quach, the festival is a small-scale event that will precede the city’s Tet Parade on Feb. 13 and Garden Grove’s larger festival from Feb. 12 to 14. All of these events lead up to the New Year’s Day on Feb. 14. The Vietnamese Community of Southern California is organizing the event.
The council also held a public hearing to approve the removal of overgrown weeds and uncollected rubbish on both public and private property in various parts of the city. According to city staff reports, private property owners had been notified by mail and given 15 days to remove their weeds or file a protest. Owners who did not comply with the notifications may be subject to fines.
In other news, a new five-unit condominium could be in Westminster’s future thanks to a new tract map that the council approved. According to staff reports, approval allows for a new multi-unit residential project at 7881 Eleventh Street, just north of Beach Boulevard.
Mayor Margie Rice opened the meeting with a proclamation that November is National Family Caregivers Month and a presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to organizers of Westminster’s Founder’s Day Parade.
The city council will meet again on Dec 16 at 6:30 p.m.