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Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach to elect new mayors this week

Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo speaks during a news conference for a community event called "Walk for Vietnam."
Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo speaks during a news conference for a community event called “Walk for Vietnam,” which raised awareness and funds for support to deal with the impact of COVID-19 abroad.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The calendar has turned to December, and that means it’s time for local cities to decide who will serve as their next mayor and mayor pro tempore.

Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach are scheduled to elect those positions at their next city council meetings on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

In Fountain Valley, Michael Vo and Patrick Harper are the current mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively. Both are entering the last year of their terms on the dais.

The oath of office will be administered to the new mayor, followed by their remarks.

In Huntington Beach, the outgoing mayor is Kim Carr and mayor pro tempore is Barbara Delgleize.

Later in the evening, the Fountain Valley council will consider whether to adopt a resolution in support of a ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling off the California coastline.

If it opts to do so, Fountain Valley would join other local cities that acted quickly to support such legislation in the immediate aftermath of the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach in October.

The final whereas in the resolution reads, “Expanding offshore drilling off the California coast will deepen the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and undermine its efforts to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving toward renewable energy.”

The Fountain Valley council is also slated to vote on whether to adopt a resolution that would state the city’s preference to be included within coastal electoral districts as California prepares for redistricting for the next congressional maps to come.

The resolution argues that the interests of Fountain Valley are aligned with the cities of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach and Westminster, and it contends that the municipalities could benefit from having the same representative.

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