By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
Two big grants totaling over half a million dollars to fight crime in the city were approved by the Westminster City Council at its Sept. 22 meeting.
The council voted to accept a $290,000 grant from the federal government as part of the Asian Crime Initiative. The money is aimed at helping the Westminster Police Department to combat criminal enterprises operating within the city’s Asian community.
Additionally, the council voted to accept $220,000 for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. The money will go toward outreach and victim assistance to those caught up a modern version of slavery.
Some immigrants are brought to the United States by sponsors who then force them to work for little or no pay, and seek to keep them from leaving their “employers.”
The council also approved recommendations for four changes in speed limits in the city. They are:
• Bolsa Avenue from Edwards to Goldenwest streets: lower the speed limit from 45 miles per hour to 40 m.p.h.
• Bolsa Avenue from Beach Boulevard from to Newland Street: increase the speed limit from 35 to 40 m.p.h.
• McFadden Avenue from Goldenwest Street to Gothard Street; increase the speed limit from 40 to 45 m.p.h.
• Ward Street from McFadden Avenue to Warner Avenue: increase the speed limit from 35 to 40 miles per hour.
A fifth proposed change, on Bolsa Chica Road from Garden Grove Boulevard to Westminster Boulevard to increase the speed limit from 45 to 50 miles per hour, drew objections from members of the city council.
“They come down that street like they’re still on the freeway,” complained Mayor Margie Rice. The council voted 4-0 (with Frank Fry absent) to ask city staff to resurvey that area and make a new recommendation.