With the elevation of Tri Ta from the council to the mayorship following his election victory on Nov. 6, a vacancy was created on the council. After the swearing in of Ta as mayor and Diana Carey and Sergio Contreras as councilmembers, the matter of the council vacancy will be taken up.
According to City Clerk Robin Roberts, the council has 60 days to either the fill the spot by appointment or to call a special election. The price tag of sending the matter to voters is estimated at between $169,000 and $191,000.
Outgoing Mayor Margie Rice initially said she felt it was time for her to leave the council, but in published reports suggested she might be interested in being appointed to the seat,
Another possible appointee might be outgoing Councilman Tyler Diep, who was edged by Carey by less than 200 votes.
Also on the agenda for Wednesday will be the “re-establishment” of an old ordinance urging representatives of the Communist government of Vietnam to not visit the Little Saigon area of Westminster. A similar resolution was approved by the Garden Grove City Council recently.
The Westminster council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 8200 Westminster Blvd.