83-year-old Westminster Mayor Margie Rice finally retired this month – but she is already seeking to un-retire. When Tri Ta won this year’s Westminster mayoral race, his seat became available on the Westminster City Council. And Rice wants back in.
Perhaps Rice wants to follow in the steps of deceased Westminster Council Member Frank Fry, who died this November, while finishing what turned out to be his last term?
Holding a special election would be ridiculous. Instead the Westminster City Council should do the obvious thing – appoint the runner up in this year’s Council elections to fill out Ta’s term. That would be current Council Member Tyler Diep, who lost by under 200 votes on Nov. 6. He only lost because two other Vietnamese candidates unwisely split their community’s vote.
Let’s face facts – Westminster isn’t about folks like Fry and Rice anymore. Putting Rice on the Council would be a slap to the face of the majority of Westminster’s residents. It is time for her to move along and enjoy her retirement, including her city paid health benefits and pension.
Diep is a lot younger and much more connected than Rice, as an employee of State of Equalization board member Michelle Steel.
Diep and fellow Council Member Andy Quach would form a Council majority with Ta, and I suspect that is why Rice wants back on the Council. She wants to keep them and their people in “their place.” The question is – what do new Westminster Council Members Sergio Contreras and Diana Carey want? If they start out their Council careers by screwing the Vietnamese residents of their city, that could become a real problem for both of them.
Contreras, a Democrat, in particular needs to remember that only 23.6% of his city’s residents are Latinos and Democrats are a minority in Westminster as well.
The people of Westminster deserve better – and to be honest it makes no sense to put Rice back on the Council when she is part of the reason for the City of Westminster’s financial malaise. Diep, a reliable conservative, will at least work to reduce waste and streamline their local government services.
Rice had her day in the sun. It’s time for her to enjoy her tea and crackers now…