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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Westwell Cites Park Victory While Hunting Higher Office


Libertarian Norm Westwell, the president of the Ocean View School District’s board of trustees, is already in the thick of the 2010 race for Huntington Beach City Council.  From an Oct. 14 article by Michael Miller in the Huntington Beach Independent:
It will be open season next year for the Huntington Beach City Council, as four of the seven seats will be up for election and three council members will be termed out. [...]
Westwell, a Libertarian, is entering his fifth race for the council. If elected, he would
push for the city to streamline its services, spend less money and reduce the size of government through attrition. In the past, he said, he thought of himself as a fringe candidate, but said his experience with the school district has given him a higher profile.  “I have a record now,” Westwell said. “People can look at what I’ve done, and they’re not frightened of the Libertarian guy that’s out there.”
Westwell notes that he has been "deeply involved" in the recent successful battle to stop Huntington Beach from building a $22 million senior center in the city's central park.  According to the OC Register, a judge ruled that "the city broke environmental rules, violated the city’s own land use plans, and was using development fees improperly to build the 5-acre center."

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