SEAL BEACH : Wilson to Resign From Council July 1

City Councilwoman Edna Wilson announced this week that she will resign from the council July 1.

Wilson said she is resigning because it seems "hopeless" to remain on the council. For months she and Councilman Joe Hunt, who also resigned this week, have been on the losing end of 3-2 votes. The two supported Mola Development Corp.'s plan to build 329 homes on the Hellman Ranch property, an initiative defeated by voters June 4.

Wilson said she is also tired of what she called the hostile, tense atmosphere during council meetings.

"I can't see sitting there for another year with the rudeness and remarks that are made," Wilson said.

During her term as mayor she instituted a one-minute "timeout" rule so residents and council members could calm down during heated sessions.

Wilson said she wants to remain on the council until the city approves its budget for fiscal 1991-92 and is hoping to persuade other council members not to eliminate bus service for Leisure World residents. The bus, which takes Leisure World residents to and from the Rossmoor shopping center, is one of the cuts recommended by city staff members. Wilson noted that the cost of the bus is supported by sales tax revenue generated by the residents who shop at Rossmoor.

Wilson served on the council for seven years, including two terms as mayor. Once she leaves the council, Wilson said she plans to visit her daughter in Sacramento and devote more time to her golf game, the Kiwanis Club and other activities.

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