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8.03 Resolution Condemning Campaign of Political Disruption and Misinformation to Foment Disorder in the City and on the City Council 8200 Westminster Boulevard City of Westminster Westminster, California 92683 Staff Report File #:19-237,Item #:8.3 Meeting Date: Westminster City Council To:Honorable Mayor and City Council Thru:Eddie Manfro, City Manager From:Mayor Tri Ta Reviewed by:Sherry Johnson, Finance Director Prepared by:Christine Cordon, City Clerk SUBJECT: ResolutionCondemningCampaignofPoliticalDisruptionandMisinformationtoFomentDisorderin the City and on the City Council. RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION: StaffrecommendsthattheMayorandCityCouncilconsidertheproposedresolutionandprovide direction. BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION: MayorTarequeststheCityCouncildiscussandprovidedirectionregardingaproposedresolutionto condemnthecampaignofpoliticaldisruptionandmisinformationtofomentdisorderinthecityandon the City Council. Theresolutionisinresponsetotheincreaseinincidentsofpoliticaldisruptionsandturmoilin furtheranceofHanoiÓsExecutiveOrder36,frequentlytargetedattheCityCouncilwhosecurrent super-majorityisofVietnamesedescent.Westminsteralsohasthehighestpercentageof Vietnamese residents than any city outside of Vietnam. FISCAL IMPACT: None. City of WestminsterPage 1 of 2Printed on 9/5/2019 powered by Legistar© File #:19-237,Item #:8.3 Meeting Date: ATTACHMENTS: 1.Proposed Resolution. City of WestminsterPage 2 of 2Printed on 9/5/2019 powered by Legistar© RESOLUTION NO. ______ A RESOLUTION OF THEMAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER CONDEMNINGCAMPAIGN OF POLITICAL DISRUPTIONAND MISINFORMATIONTO FOMENTDISORDERIN THE CITY AND ON THE CITY COUNCIL WHEREAS, Westminster, at over 45 percent, has the highestpercentage of WHEREAS, Westminster, at over 45 percent, has the highestpercentage of WHEREAS, Westminster, at over 45 percent, has the highestpercentage of Vietnamese residents thanany city outside of Vietnam, as the sameis also known as Vietnamese residents thanany city outside of Vietnam, as the sameis also known as Vietnamese residents thanany city outside of Vietnam, as the sameis also known as the “political and cultural capital” of the worldwide Vietnamese diaspora; and the “political and cultural capital” of the worldwide Vietnamese diaspora; and the “political and cultural capital” of the worldwide Vietnamese diaspora; and WHEREAS, thousands of Westminster residents have risked their lives to WHEREAS, thousands of Westminster residents have risked their lives to WHEREAS, thousands of Westminster residents have risked their lives to escape communism since the Fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 and, continueto escape communism since the Fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 and, continueto escape communism since the Fall of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975 and, continueto this day, torejectthe dictatorialrule of theVietnamese communists in Hanoi; andthis day, torejectthe dictatorialrule of theVietnamese communists in Hanoi; andthis day, torejectthe dictatorialrule of theVietnamese communists in Hanoi; and WHEREAS,the Hanoiregime views the overseas Vietnamese community as WHEREAS,the Hanoiregime views the overseas Vietnamese community as WHEREAS,the Hanoiregime views the overseas Vietnamese community as both a source of immense economic wealth from which it could extract through billions both a source of immense economic wealth from which it could extract through billions both a source of immense economic wealth from which it could extract through billions of direct foreigninvestmentsand annual familial remittances to Vietnam, while treating of direct foreigninvestmentsand annual familial remittances to Vietnam, while treating of direct foreigninvestmentsand annual familial remittances to Vietnam, while treating this freedom–loving Diasporaas the greatest political threat to its grip on power; andthis freedom–loving Diasporaas the greatest political threat to its grip on power; andthis freedom–loving Diasporaas the greatest political threat to its grip on power; and WHEREAS,Westminster residents of Vietnamese descent are an inseparableWHEREAS,Westminster residents of Vietnamese descent are an inseparableWHEREAS,Westminster residents of Vietnamese descent are an inseparable part of the United States, with a unique heritage and identity, diametrically opposed topart of the United States, with a unique heritage and identity, diametrically opposed topart of the United States, with a unique heritage and identity, diametrically opposed to the Hanoi regimeand its relentless schemes to politicallyco-opt its membership who the Hanoi regimeand its relentless schemes to politicallyco-opt its membership who the Hanoi regimeand its relentless schemes to politicallyco-opt its membership who are peacefullyresettled in the City and are now productive citizens of their adopted are peacefullyresettled in the City and are now productive citizens of their adopted are peacefullyresettled in the City and are now productive citizens of their adopted country; and WHEREAS,the Hanoi regime has implemented a propagandaplan in 2004, also WHEREAS,the Hanoi regime has implemented a propagandaplan in 2004, also WHEREAS,the Hanoi regime has implemented a propagandaplan in 2004, also known as ExecutiveOrder (EO) 36, which in pertinent part, calls for direct confrontation known as ExecutiveOrder (EO) 36, which in pertinent part, calls for direct confrontation known as ExecutiveOrder (EO) 36, which in pertinent part, calls for direct confrontation with and,active conflicts against,any and all overseas forces that present a threat to with and,active conflicts against,any and all overseas forces that present a threat to with and,active conflicts against,any and all overseas forces that present a threat to the Vietnamese Communist Party’s hold on power; andthe Vietnamese Communist Party’s hold on power; andthe Vietnamese Communist Party’s hold on power; and WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, includingthe Federal Bureau of WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, includingthe Federal Bureau of WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies, includingthe Federal Bureau of Investigations, have in past years confirmed with the Vietnamese-AmericancommunityInvestigations, have in past years confirmed with the Vietnamese-AmericancommunityInvestigations, have in past years confirmed with the Vietnamese-Americancommunity that there have been activeefforts by the Hanoi regime to infiltrateand disrupt any that there have been activeefforts by the Hanoi regime to infiltrateand disrupt any that there have been activeefforts by the Hanoi regime to infiltrateand disrupt any international attemptto oppose its one-party rule in Vietnam; andinternational attemptto oppose its one-party rule in Vietnam; andinternational attemptto oppose its one-party rule in Vietnam; and WHEREAS, the Westminster City Council has responded to this real concernby WHEREAS, the Westminster City Council has responded to this real concernby WHEREAS, the Westminster City Council has responded to this real concernby unanimously passingResolution No. 3858 on May 28, 2008, condemningthe Hanoi regime’s nefarious political scheme of community disruption by opposing EO 36and its objectives against this freedom-loving diaspora; and WHEREAS,Westminster has,since the 2018 election,witnessed a marked increasein incidents of political disruptions and turmoilin furtherance of EO 36, frequently targeted at the City Councilwhose current super-majority is of Vietnamese ____-1 descent, as perpetrated by individuals, also of Vietnamese background,who often label themselves as “independent journalists” or “concerned community activists”; and WHEREAS, Westminsterresidents who are indentified as active “aiders and abettors” of theHanoiregime,may posses the following characteristicsrelatedto,or identified with,the current communist governmentin Vietnam: 1) receiving or hosting high-ranking Vietnamese communist officialsand representativesin their residence; 2) wearing or displaying the flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on TV or on social media outlets;3) visitedVietnam andmet with high-ranking communistofficialsat the media outlets;3) visitedVietnam andmet with high-ranking communistofficialsat the media outlets;3) visitedVietnam andmet with high-ranking communistofficialsat the invitation ofthe Hanoi regime; 4) submitted to interviews with state-run media outlets invitation ofthe Hanoi regime; 4) submitted to interviews with state-run media outlets invitation ofthe Hanoi regime; 4) submitted to interviews with state-run media outlets commending the current communistgovernment; 5) received officialawards and commending the current communistgovernment; 5) received officialawards and commending the current communistgovernment; 5) received officialawards and certificates from the Hanoi regime recognizing their “community” service; 6) hostedcertificates from the Hanoi regime recognizing their “community” service; 6) hostedcertificates from the Hanoi regime recognizing their “community” service; 6) hosted internet websitesand related social media forato criticize and attack Vietnamese-internet websitesand related social media forato criticize and attack Vietnamese-internet websitesand related social media forato criticize and attack Vietnamese- American community leaders and certain elected officials,and 7)disseminated false American community leaders and certain elected officials,and 7)disseminated false American community leaders and certain elected officials,and 7)disseminated false information or “half-truths”on the internet via social media, or on TV programs, about information or “half-truths”on the internet via social media, or on TV programs, about information or “half-truths”on the internet via social media, or on TV programs, about variousleaders and events to create uncertainty and disquiet in the community; andvariousleaders and events to create uncertainty and disquiet in the community; andvariousleaders and events to create uncertainty and disquiet in the community; and WHEREAS, these individuals who have identifiable ties with the Hanoi regime WHEREAS, these individuals who have identifiable ties with the Hanoi regime WHEREAS, these individuals who have identifiable ties with the Hanoi regime andpublicly flout their associationwith the same, as described in the above-referenced andpublicly flout their associationwith the same, as described in the above-referenced andpublicly flout their associationwith the same, as described in the above-referenced paragraph, aresabotaging the cause of Vietnamese freedom and democracy while paragraph, aresabotaging the cause of Vietnamese freedom and democracy while paragraph, aresabotaging the cause of Vietnamese freedom and democracy while doingserious harm to the solidarity of the Vietnamese-American community; anddoingserious harm to the solidarity of the Vietnamese-American community; anddoingserious harm to the solidarity of the Vietnamese-American community; and WHEREAS, despite their immigration status as political refugees fleeing from WHEREAS, despite their immigration status as political refugees fleeing from WHEREAS, despite their immigration status as political refugees fleeing from communistpersecution, these individualshave committed the ultimate political crime of communistpersecution, these individualshave committed the ultimate political crime of communistpersecution, these individualshave committed the ultimate political crime of betraying themselves, their family, and their own community for whichthey should be betraying themselves, their family, and their own community for whichthey should be betraying themselves, their family, and their own community for whichthey should be ashamed of their new standingas turncoats; andashamed of their new standingas turncoats; andashamed of their new standingas turncoats; and WHEREAS, the Hanoi regime is well aware of these self-proclaimed WHEREAS, the Hanoi regime is well aware of these self-proclaimed WHEREAS, the Hanoi regime is well aware of these self-proclaimed “independent journalists” and “concerned community activists,” who either unwittingly or “independent journalists” and “concerned community activists,” who either unwittingly or “independent journalists” and “concerned community activists,” who either unwittingly or intentionally serve as aiders and abettors ofEO 36, have no support or credibility in the intentionally serve as aiders and abettors ofEO 36, have no support or credibility in the intentionally serve as aiders and abettors ofEO 36, have no support or credibility in the Vietnamese-American community at large, but take advantage of them to further theVietnamese-American community at large, but take advantage of them to further theVietnamese-American community at large, but take advantage of them to further the campaign of sowing community turmoil here, while misleading the Vietnamese public at campaign of sowing community turmoil here, while misleading the Vietnamese public at campaign of sowing community turmoil here, while misleading the Vietnamese public at homeon its level of support abroad. homeon its level of support abroad. homeon its level of support abroad. THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER HEREBY RESOLVES THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER HEREBY RESOLVES THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1.The Westminster City Council formally passes this resolution to SECTION 1.The Westminster City Council formally passes this resolution to SECTION 1.The Westminster City Council formally passes this resolution to strongly condemn the campaign of political disruptionand misinformation in the City, as perpetrated by certain individuals who have close ties with the Hanoi regime;to call on these individualsto immediatelydisavow their untenablepolitical position that is outside of community norms;andto call onthe Hanoi regime to cease and desist from covertly sabotaging the political will of Westminster residentsby way of EO 36. SECTION 2.The City Council encourages all residents of Westminster to raise their voices against individuals who fit the profile of an “aider and abettor” as referenced ____-2 in the above characteristics, and to encourage them to return to the just cause of freedom and democracyinstead of continuingto cause turmoil and disorder, which only helps sustain the communist government in Vietnam. SECTION 3.The City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption hereof. th PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTEDthis 11day of September 2019 by the following vote: AYES:COUNCIL MEMBERS: NOES:COUNCIL MEMBERS: ABSENT:COUNCIL MEMBERS: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ TRI TA, MAYORTRI TA, MAYORTRI TA, MAYOR ATTEST: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ CHRISTINE CORDON, CITY CLERKCHRISTINE CORDON, CITY CLERK APPROVED AS TO FORM:APPROVED AS TO FORM:APPROVED AS TO FORM: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ RICHARD D. JONES, CITY ATTORNEYRICHARD D. JONES, CITY ATTORNEYRICHARD D. JONES, CITY ATTORNEY STATE OF CALIFORNIA)STATE OF CALIFORNIA)STATE OF CALIFORNIA) COUNTY OF ORANGE) ss.COUNTY OF ORANGE) ss.COUNTY OF ORANGE) ss. CITY OF WESTMINSTER)CITY OF WESTMINSTER)CITY OF WESTMINSTER) I, CHRISTINE CORDON, hereby certify that I am the duly appointed City Clerk of I, CHRISTINE CORDON, hereby certify that I am the duly appointed City Clerk of I, CHRISTINE CORDON, hereby certify that I am the duly appointed City Clerk of the City of Westminster and that the foregoing resolution was duly adopted at a regular th meeting of the City Council of the City of Westminster held on the 11day of September 2019. _____________________________ Christine Cordon, City Clerk ____-3 Intentionally Left Blank