MEETINGS: All three local city councils meet this week.
In Garden Grove on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the council will take up the matter of re-affirming its desire to proceed with a new mixed-use hotel and retail project on Harbor Boulevard despite objections from the state Department of Finance. For more, go to http://www.ci.garden-grove.ca.us/.
In Stanton, the failure of the Measure J, an increase in the city’s utility tax, is the major item on the agenda. The proposed increase would have raised an estimated $1.1 million for the cash-strapped city. For more, go to http://www.ci.stanton.ca.us/.
That meeting is also on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Westminster City Council is set to meet Wednesday at 7 p.m., but the agenda was not available at our deadline.
ALSO HAPPENING: It’s time for graduations. Westminster High School will hold its commencement Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bill Boswell Field on the campus. For adult ed students in the Garden Grove Unified School District, graduation will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Chapman-Hettinga Education Center.
ANGELS: Which is the best major league baseball team in the Los Angeles area? The Dodgers have the better record overall, but the Angels are clearly the hottest.
On Sunday the Angels defeated the Colorado Rockies 10-8 to sweep a three-game series and improve their record to 32-29 overall. That’s not impressive compared to the Dodgers’ 39-22 mark, but remember, the Angels have won 13 of their last 17 games and have risen from last place in the American League West to second, just three games behind the Texas Rangers.
Fans will be able to draw their own conclusions when the two “Los Angeles” teams clash Monday through Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
While much of the excitement among Angel faithful has focused on the exploits of Mike Trout (he did have eight hits in the three-game Colorado series), the hero Monday was Mark Trumbo, who hit two home runs and drove in a career-hig
h six runs.
Torii Hunter had three hits and drove in three runs, but the Angels needed all the offense they could muster. Starter Ervin Santana had another “rocky” day, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was nevertheless his first win since May 15.
The ending of the game was controversial, as a disputed double play by the Angels killed a ninth-inning Colorado rally. Manager Jim Tracy was ejected for arguing.
After the Dodger series, the Angels will have Thursday off, then begin a nine-game homestand Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
MOVIES: Adam Sandler stars in the slapstick comedy “That’s My Boy,” about an irresponsible father who makes an unexpected re-entry into his son’s life just as the younger man is about to be married. It’s rated R. The other major release is “Rock of Ages,” which is set in 1987 Los Angeles, a film adaptation of a musical play featuring music by acts like Journey, Pat Benatar and Foreigner. Stars include Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Tom Cruise. It’s PG-13.
THEATER: The Musical Theater Academy of Orange County is staging “Urinetown: The Musical” at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster Friday through Saturday.