Tri Ta, the 39-year old new Mayor of Westminster, was sworn in on Wednesday night, along with new council members Sergio Contreras and Diana Carey. Predictably they chose to appoint 83-year old Margie Rice as Ta’s replacement on the City Council.
Rice had previously said she was going to retire, but that obviously didn’t last long. She says the city needs her. But the City of Westminster is facing financial uncertainty and earlier this year laid off 67 employees, according to the O.C. Register. All of that happened on Rice’s watch so how exactly is it a good idea to put her back on the City Council?
Rice wasn’t the only nominee to replace Ta on the City Council. Three hundred yahoos turned in a petition with their signatures, calling for Penny Loomer, a former recreation-department leader who retired as Westminster assistant city manager after four decades with the city, to be appointed instead of Rice. Again, why would Loomer be the right candidate when she was there while the city’s budget derailed?
The one candidate that made any sense at all was Tyler Diep, who lost this November in his bid for re-election, by a small margin, because other candidates unwisely split the Vietnamese vote. Diep is a reliable conservative and he at least would have worked with Ta and Councilman Andy Quach to fix the Westminster city budget problems.
Now that falls on Rice, Contreras and Carey. Good luck with that! Rice was endorsed by the local public employee unions in 2010. Contreras is a Democrat who was endorsed by the local public employee unions, so you know he will bend over backwards for labor and he will push for spending more, not cutting more. Carey was elected with the support of Westminster’s public employee unions. How do you think that is going to work out?
The only hope really in Westminster is that Rice will pull a Frank Fry and pass away while in office. Given her advanced age that is a real likelihood. Then again, in two years she will have to run for re-election. By then she and her new Council majority might well have driven the city into bankruptcy.
Rice’s first act as a Council Member was to kiss up to the local Vietnamese American community that was disenfranchised by her appointment to the Council, over Diep. Rice and her colleagues voted “4-0 to approve a resolution creating a “communist-free” zone, requiring government delegations from Vietnam to give at least 10 days’ notice of any visits to Westminster so law enforcement could prepare for potential protests,” according to the L.A. Times.
Never mind the commies! Westminster is now in dire straits with a Council majority that is in cahoots with the unions and most likely won’t be able to fix the city budget. They might not be a Commie council but the results will be about the same…