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City Approves Design Contract For Memorial to Salon Shooting Victims

Officials also vote to declare that there are not enough candidates for a Nov. 6 council election.

The design contract for a memorial to the victims of the Seal Beach salon shooting was awarded by the City Council Monday night.

Officials voted 4-0 to select David Volz Design as the firm to design a monument to those who lost their lives at the .

The firm has done work for a number of cities including Fountain Valley, Stanton and La Quinta.

According to the staff report, some of the family members of the victims and other community members made a number of requests about the planned memorial including

  • That the memorial not be located at 5th Street and Marina Avenue.
  • That it not have the name “Salon Meritage” in it.
  • That no ground breaking or ribbon cutting ceremonies take place on the day of the anniversary of the event.

According to a preliminary report from David Volz Design, “water features, lights and fine art sculpture are not currently” planned to be part of the memorial.

The council voted to spend no more than $29,000 on the design phase.

The item was part of the council’s consent calendar, which is approved without discussion unless a councilmember or member of the public pulls an item for consideration.

Other business

—The council voted last night to meet Aug. 22 to decide whether to hold a Nov. 6 city council election.

Incumbents Mayor Pro Tem Gary Miller, Councilman David Sloan and City Clerk Linda Devine were the only candidates as of the 5 p.m. Aug. 10 deadline.

With no opposing candidates, it is likely that the election will be cancelled. 

According to city staff, election rules required that the council announce their plans to cancel the election at least five days before the vote to cancel.

Council members also voted to withdraw all ballot measures aimed at changing the city charter.

According to the staff report, “if the election for city offices is cancelled, there is no urgency to present the proposed charter amendments at this time.”

City staff says that the planned amendments could be “brought back for consideration … on the ballot of a future election. “

Staffers said that cancelling the election saves the city $50,000.

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