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5.01 Deferred from February 23, 2022 Council Meeting: Resolution in Support of Denouncing and Debunking Fake News 8200 Westminster Boulevard City of Westminster Westminster, California 92683 Staff Report File #:22-84,Item #:5.1 Meeting Date: Westminster City Council SUBJECT DeferredfromFebruary23,2022CouncilMeeting:ResolutioninSupportofDenouncingand Debunking Fake News. From:Council Member Tai Do Prepared by:Christine Cordon, Interim City Manager _____________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDED ACTION StaffrecommendsthattheMayorandCityCouncilconsidertherequestandprovidedirection regardingadoptionofaResolutionentitled, “ARESOLUTIONOFTHEMAYORANDCITYCOUNCIL OFTHECITYOFWESTMINSTER,CALIFORNIA,DENOUNCINGFAKENEWSINTHECITYOF WESTMINSTER AND DEBUNKING RECENT FAKE NEWS STORIES.” BACKGROUND AttheFebruary9,2022CityCouncilmeeting,CouncilMemberTaiDorequestedanitembeplaced ontheagendaforaresolutiontodenouncefakenews;theitemwasdeferredfromtheFebruary23, 2022 meeting without discussion due to lack of time. CouncilMemberDoisconcernedwiththeamountoffakenewsthathasbeencirculatingregarding city-relatedmatters,particularlyinvolvingtheWestminsterCityCouncilandactionstakenbytheCity Council.Heisconcernedthatthefakenews,particularlyintheVietnamesemedia,istargetingsome of Westminster’smostvulnerablepopulationandisinstillingfearthroughmisinformationthatismuch like propaganda. CouncilMemberDorequeststhattheCityCouncilconsiderandadoptaresolutiontonotonly denouncefakenews,butalsodebunkrecentfakenewsthathasbeencirculatinginWestminsteron local Vietnamese media. City of WestminsterPage 1 of 2Printed on 3/3/2022 powered by Legistar™ File #:22-84,Item #:5.1 Meeting Date: FISCAL IMPACT There is no fiscal impact related to the adoption of this resolution. LEGAL REVIEW TheCity Attorney’sOfficehasreviewedthestaffreportandresolutionandhaveapprovedthemasto form. CONCLUSION Theproposedresolutiondenouncesfakenewsandaddressesrecentfakenews.Byadoptingthe resolution, the City Council takes a stance on the negative impacts of fake news in the City. ATTACHMENTS 1.Proposed Resolution REVIEWED BY Christian Bettenhausen, City Attorney Erin Backs, Finance Director Christine Cordon, Interim City Manager City of WestminsterPage 2 of 2Printed on 3/3/2022 powered by Legistar™ CITY OF WESTMINSTER RESOLUTION NO. XXXX A RESOLUTION OF THEMAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER,CALIFORNIA, DENOUNCING FAKE NEWS IN THE CITY OF WESTMINSTERAND DEBUNKING RECENT FAKE NEWS AND DEBUNKING RECENT FAKE NEWS AND DEBUNKING RECENT FAKE NEWS STORIES WHEREAS, fake news: An article, image or other form of content that is knowingly false or fabricated, that An article, image or other form of content that is knowingly false or fabricated, that is then distributed via the internet, especially via social media, with the is then distributed via the internet, especially via social media, with the intention ofintention of: Swaying opinion, sparking emotion or even causing outrage among individuals Swaying opinion, sparking emotion or even causing outrage among individuals whobelieving the information to be truebelieving the information to be trueclick, comment and/or spread the click, comment and/or spread the information and/or take some form of action that supports a particular cause or information and/or take some form of action that supports a particular cause or TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT point of view; and WHEREAS, fake news has become a problem nationally, and has more recently WHEREAS, fake news has become a problem nationally, and has more recently taken root in the City of Westminster; and taken root in the City of Westminster; and WHEREAS, fake news has been aroundnews has been aroundfor a long time, and has been misused in for a long time, and has been misused in FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF many countries.It essentially essentially has the same the same was used infamously and with murderous effectwas used infamously and with murderous effectssby Adolf Hitler,Joseph Stalin,and other totalitarian regimes; and; and WHEREAS, tWHEREAS, the internethe internethas magnified the negative impact of has magnified the negative impact of fake news. The AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA global reach of the integlobal reach of the internet and the thick wall of anonymity rnet and the thick wall of anonymity which social media provides makesit much easier to spread lies with damaging effect.it much easier to spread lies with damaging effect.Content distribution and sharing of false information is fast, cheapof false information is fast, cheap,and often anonymous. There is a vast amount of information beininformation being shared with g shared with very little accountabilityvery little accountabilityas to the actual truth of the matter; andand RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR WHEREAS, the internet is supposed to be the democratizing force in our election, WHEREAS, the internet is supposed to be the democratizing force in our election, in our dialogue in our country and around the world. in our dialogue in our country and around the world. However,influential figures such as actors, community members, and elected officials actors, community members, and elected officials are takingadvantage of the openness of the internet and are creating opportunities to deceiveof the internet and are creating opportunities to deceivepeople; and WHEREAS, WHEREAS, the epidemic of malicious fake news has been flooding Vietnamese DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD language media and social media as well over the pastfew yearswithreal world consequences. Actorsare being usedto spread fake news by attacking and demonizing hardworking honest people, putting the lives of ordinary peopleat risk,who simply want to go about their daysdoingtheir jobs and contributing to their community; and Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-1 WHEREAS, unofficial or novelty media outlets,including but not limited to bloggers and vloggers,are strengthening the influence of fake news by reporting itas real news, similar to yellow journalism and sensationalistic or biased stories; and WHEREAS, leaders in government, the private sector, religious leaders, and private sector, religious leaders, and community leaders must push back and voice their objections to this proliferation of this proliferation of fake news whenever it occurs, in order to protect our democracy and the o protect our democracy and the lives of lives of innocent people who are falsely accused.As a community, when we call out these bad actors and we call out these bad actors and bad politiciansand proclaim the truth, fake newsis stoppedis stopped; and; and WHEREAS, Vietnam has a history of building and safeguarding the country from Vietnam has a history of building and safeguarding the country from Vietnam has a history of building and safeguarding the country from foreign invaders for thousands of years. Throughout foreign invaders for thousands of years. Throughout foreign invaders for thousands of years. Throughout 101010centuries living under Chinese centuries living under Chinese centuries living under Chinese domination, under leaders like Trung Trac, Trung Nhi, Ngo Quyen, General Ly Thuong leaders like Trung Trac, Trung Nhi, Ngo Quyen, General Ly Thuong leaders like Trung Trac, Trung Nhi, Ngo Quyen, General Ly Thuong Kiet, General Tran Quoc Tuan--just to name a fewjust to name a fewjust to name a few------the Vietnamese peoplethe Vietnamese peoplethe Vietnamese peoplewere ablewere able TTTTTTT to riseup in arms and in a unified effort against the foreign oppressors against the foreign oppressors against the foreign oppressors ((). The Vietnamese people have historically shown their abilithistorically shown their abilithistorically shown their abilityyyto come together to fight foreign to come together to fight foreign to come together to fight foreign invaders; and WHEREAS, at over 40 percent of the population, Westminster has the highest WHEREAS, at over 40 percent of the population, Westminster has the highest WHEREAS, at over 40 percent of the population, Westminster has the highest percentage of Americans of Vietnamese Vietnamese Vietnamese decent. More than decent. More than decent. More than any other city outside of any other city outside of any other city outside of FFFFFFF Vietnam, andis known worldwide as the political and cultural capital of Vietnamese is known worldwide as the political and cultural capital of Vietnamese is known worldwide as the political and cultural capital of Vietnamese refugees. A high percentage of this population do not speak English and rely heavily on refugees. A high percentage of this population do not speak English and rely heavily on refugees. A high percentage of this population do not speak English and rely heavily on the Vietnamese media,,,and their Vietnamese American elected officialsand their Vietnamese American elected officialsand their Vietnamese American elected officials,for their news and information about mation about mation about important issues in the community, as well as elected officials and important issues in the community, as well as elected officials and important issues in the community, as well as elected officials and candidates. AAAAAAA WHEREAS, sWHEREAS, sWHEREAS, some Vietnamese American politiciansome Vietnamese American politiciansome Vietnamese American politiciansand activists in Orange County have have repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly and unethically sought to use their unethically sought to use their unethically sought to use their access to Vietnamese Media, and their d their d their knowledge of the Vietnamese culture and historyknowledge of the Vietnamese culture and historyknowledge of the Vietnamese culture and history,for their own political gain. They They They identifying identifying identifying specific emotional issues and specific emotional issues and specific emotional issues and fears within the Vietnamese culture, and use use use these these these to to manipulate the communitymanipulate the communitymanipulate the community. Theymake false accusations against theirrivals threatenthreatenthreateningingthetheirirpatriotismpatriotismpatriotism, and, and, andtell people tell people tell people to vote for themor for certain other candidates RRRRRRR so thaso thaso that they t they t they will be able to will be able to will be able to protectprotectthe Vietnamese Americans o(foreigner)(foreigner)(foreigner)discrimination.discrimination.This divides the community, and leads to Vietnamese AmericanVietnamese AmericanVietnamese Americansssnaively naively naively votingfor only Vietnamese Americanscandidates; and WHEREAS, these politicians and their supporters have WHEREAS, these politicians and their supporters have WHEREAS, these politicians and their supporters have wrongly and unfairly labeled non-Vietnamese candidatesVietnamese candidatesVietnamese candidates/elected officialsas racist, in Vietnamese, in order to destroy their credibility and public trustcredibility and public trustcredibility and public trust. They do this knowing that their targets do not DDDDDDD speak Vietnamese, and have very little recourse to protect themselves. WHEREAS, these politicians make these statements in a reckless manner, oblivious of the potential harmful impacts they may have on the target(s) of their comments. Despite having been warned that comments about racism, and which are targeted at inflaming the public to believe that their culture is being attacked, could lead to Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-2 physical violence against the other person or their family, they proceed to make them anyway. WHEREAS, this kind of activity is vileand unethical, and unfairly takes advantage of those people who become the targets of fake news. They are often unaware of what is being said against them because they do not speak Vietnamese, and if they do understand if they do understand if they do understand Vietnamese,they do not have access to Vietnamese mediato defend themselvesto defend themselvesto defend themselves; and WHEREAS, non-Vietnamese members of the communityhear fake news from the hear fake news from the hear fake news from the Vietnamese media through third party sources or inaccurate subtitles, causing greater Vietnamese media through third party sources or inaccurate subtitles, causing greater Vietnamese media through third party sources or inaccurate subtitles, causing greater chaos and confusion among the entire community; and WHEREAS, these fake news statements are despicable in that they seek to take hese fake news statements are despicable in that they seek to take hese fake news statements are despicable in that they seek to take advantage of certain members of our community who should be protected and honored, advantage of certain members of our community who should be protected and honored, advantage of certain members of our community who should be protected and honored, not abused for private political gain.These false statements seek to take advantage of These false statements seek to take advantage of These false statements seek to take advantage of those who do notfully understand English, and therefore are less able to understand fully understand English, and therefore are less able to understand fully understand English, and therefore are less able to understand the truth of what was actually said or done. Worse yet, these Worse yet, these Worse yet, these haphazardhaphazardhaphazardstatements seek to statements seek to T falsely enrage the legitimate emotions those members of our community who suffered real falsely enrage the legitimate emotions those members of our community who suffered real falsely enrage the legitimate emotions those members of our community who suffered real experiences of discrimination and hardship experiences of discrimination and hardship during the 1963 Buddhist Crisis; aduring the 1963 Buddhist Crisis; aduring the 1963 Buddhist Crisis; and WHEREAS, Westminster Vietnamese American elected officialsWestminster Vietnamese American elected officialsWestminster Vietnamese American elected officialsand their supportershave frequently used the Vietnamese language used the Vietnamese language used the Vietnamese language media media media to spread to spread to spread fake news for the sole purpose of attackingtheir their political political political opponentsopponentsopponentsand specifically members of the and specifically members of the and specifically members of the F Westminster City Council. For example, they. For example, they. For example, theyfrequently frequently frequently accusemembers of the Westminster City CouncilWestminster City CouncilWestminster City Councilof being of being of being Vietnamese Vietnamese Vietnamese communist sympathizerscommunist sympathizerscommunist sympathizers, suppressing Buddhism, harassing Buddhist monkBuddhism, harassing Buddhist monkBuddhism, harassing Buddhist monkss, and removing the most revered statue of General , and removing the most revered statue of General , and removing the most revered statue of General Tran Hung Daowhen there is no evidence to support such a claimwhen there is no evidence to support such a claimwhen there is no evidence to support such a claim; and WHEREAS, these officials need to be warned that falsely WHEREAS, these officials need to be warned that falsely WHEREAS, these officials need to be warned that falsely accusing someone of A being a communistcommunistcommunistor or or aaacommunist communist communist sympathizersympathizersympathizerin Westminster has led to significant legal court judgements against thjudgements against thjudgements against those ose ose who make such who make such who make such false statements. This is based on the fact that calling falsely calling someone a communist in fact that calling falsely calling someone a communist in fact that calling falsely calling someone a communist in Westminster carries with it very unique meaning. It unique meaning. It unique meaning. It raises strong emotional reraises strong emotional reraises strong emotional reactions from many of the members of the community who community who community who were forced twere forced twere forced to flee their country and suffered harshly under o flee their country and suffered harshly under o flee their country and suffered harshly under the Vietnamese communistVietnamese communistVietnamese communistregime.regime.regime. R WHEREAS,WHEREAS,WHEREAS,it is unethical for politicians to it is unethical for politicians to it is unethical for politicians to take advantage of those residents of our cccityityity, especially the elderly voters , especially the elderly voters , especially the elderly voters who are most vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation, and who should be most revered for their own selfish political gamesmanipulation, and who should be most revered for their own selfish political gamesmanipulation, and who should be most revered for their own selfish political games; and WHEREAS, in recent months there WHEREAS, in recent months there WHEREAS, in recent months there have been a number of statements made by Westminster politicWestminster politicWestminster politicians and their supportersin an effort to manipulate the Vietnamese- D speaking population through the intentional spread of fake news. These false statements Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-3 completely ignore the true facts. They involve the deliberate propagation of blatant lies for the sole purpose of trying to tear down the reputation of political opponents; and WHEREAS, it is important for the City Council to take a strong stand against the concept offake newsthat has recently been spread, and to clearly state the true facts against what has been alleged. NOW THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1.Thespread of fake newscreates substantialsubstantialsubstantialturmoil in the turmoil in the turmoil in the Vietnamese community in Westminster.By adopting this resolutionBy adopting this resolutionBy adopting this resolution,,the City Council the City Council the City Council affirmatively states that thefalse statements referenced in the recitals false statements referenced in the recitals false statements referenced in the recitals constitute fake constitute fake constitute fake news. It is entirely false information, which is being spread to serve private political It is entirely false information, which is being spread to serve private political It is entirely false information, which is being spread to serve private political purposes, and which significantly damages and misleads our purposes, and which significantly damages and misleads our purposes, and which significantly damages and misleads our community. community. community. SECTION 2.The City Council commits to denouncing fake news.The City Council commits to denouncing fake news.The City Council commits to denouncing fake news.By adopting this By adopting this TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT resolution the City Council firmly states that it does not condoresolution the City Council firmly states that it does not condoresolution the City Council firmly states that it does not condone the spreading of fake ne the spreading of fake news. It is false, dishonest and selfish behavior which will only result iIt is false, dishonest and selfish behavior which will only result iIt is false, dishonest and selfish behavior which will only result in damage to our n damage to our community asa whole. For this reason the a whole. For this reason the a whole. For this reason the City Council finds it necessary and prudent to City Council finds it necessary and prudent to City Council finds it necessary and prudent to declare its strong disapproval of any fake news. declare its strong disapproval of any fake news. declare its strong disapproval of any fake news. SECTION 3.The following items are examples of fake news which is being spread The following items are examples of fake news which is being spread FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF in the City of Westminster in recent months and is harming our communityWestminster in recent months and is harming our community, and which the City Council condemns. follows: Primary Local Source of Fake NewsPrimary Local Source of Fake NewsPrimary Local Source of Fake News:: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Video: https://youtu.be/LGErPYdnN2shttps://youtu.be/LGErPYdnN2s Title: (Candidate(Candidate Background:Background:Pho Bolsa TV coverage of NamQuanPho Bolsa TV coverage of NamQuanNguyen-off. In r Tri Ta, Councilman ChiCharlie RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Nguyen, former assemblyman Van Tran, Garden Grove School Trustee Lan Nguyen, Nguyen, former assemblyman Van Tran, Garden Grove School Trustee Lan Nguyen, Cuong Bui, Tran Dao, and Nhat LinhCuong Bui, Tran Dao, and Nhat Linh,most of whom appeared on NamQuanYouTube videovideo,,spreading dangerous and damaging fake news to attack spreading dangerous and damaging fake news to attack the Westminster City Council. Council. NamQuan was a former Westminster traffic commissioner, appointed by Mayor Ta. NamQuan was a former Westminster traffic commissioner, appointed by Mayor Ta. NamQuan ran an unsuccessful 2020 campaign against NamQuan ran an unsuccessful 2020 campaign against now-Vice Mayor Carlos Manzo DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD for a seat on the Westminster City Council. NamQuanoperates a Vietnamese-language YouTube channel, Trust Media Network, with 206,000 subscribers that has a following in Little Saigon. He and most of those who attended his campaign kick-off hostatalk show on which they broadcast support of Mayor Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-4 Ta and Councilman Nguyen and endorse the recall of Vice Mayor Manzo and Councilwoman Kimberly Ho. 1.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/T8zfICqU20w Title: Dated:2/13/2022 Background:At 1:03:00 in the video,Ky Ngo and NamQuan Ky Ngo and NamQuan make a statement that make a statement that Councilwoman Ho conspired with Vice Mayor Manzo and Councilman Tai Do to Councilwoman Ho conspired with Vice Mayor Manzo and Councilman Tai Do to persecute Venerable VienLy the Abbott of Dieu Ngu Temple for giving Mayor Ta Ly the Abbott of Dieu Ngu Temple for giving Mayor Ta a kickbackfor the land sale to Dieu Ngu Temple. They stateThey statedthat Councilwoman Ho Councilwoman Ho wantsto prosecute and imprison Mayor Ta and Venerable Vien Ly for corruptionto prosecute and imprison Mayor Ta and Venerable Vien Ly for corruption,and and that that the city would confiscate the Dieu Ngu temple. This Dieu Ngu temple. This false false allegation caused an allegation caused an immediate immediate uproar among the faithful Buddhists of Dieu Ngu Temple because the Buddhist population uproar among the faithful Buddhists of Dieu Ngu Temple because the Buddhist population TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT believed that Councilwoman Ho is suppressing and harassing Buddhists and Buddhism.believed that Councilwoman Ho is suppressing and harassing Buddhists and Buddhism. Actual Facts:No one has ever expressed any intent to investigate the temples ever expressed any intent to investigate the templeorthe Abbot, or try and have the city take over the property. This is completely false. This fact Abbot, or try and have the city take over the property. This is completely false. This fact was confirmed by Interim City Manager City Manager Christine CordonChristine Cordonduring the city council meeting during the city council meeting onFebruary 9, 2022when she statedthe city has no planthe city has no planssto investigate the land sale to to investigate the land sale to FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Dieu Ngu Temple. 2.Fake News: Video: https://youtu.be/T8zfICqU20whttps://youtu.be/T8zfICqU20w Title: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Background:Background:AAt 1:07:17t 1:07:17of the videoof the video,Nam Quan states that Manzois giving the Vietnamese Buddhists in Westminster too much trouble and did not vote to allow Dieu Vietnamese Buddhists in Westminster too much trouble and did not vote to allow Dieu Ngu temple to build a wall.Ngu temple to build a wall. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Actual Actual Facts:Vice Mayor Carlos Manzo Vice Mayor Carlos Manzo is a strong supporter of the Vietnamese communityommunity.Heinitiatedinitiatedthe Westminster the Westminster resolution to denounce anti-Asian hate.There is no evidence that Vice Mayor Manzo is no evidence that Vice Mayor Manzo has ever harassedor ridiculedthe Vietnamese Buddhists in Westminster. Buddhists in Westminster. The Dieu NguTemple wall project was mentioned in the video with no additional detail. with no additional detail. 3.Fake News:Fake News: DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Video:https://youtu.be/zmDUxLAVJX4 Title:Huy Duc TV VNN TV -Ch Date:1/30/2022 Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-5 Background:In the video,actor Nhat Linh says that Councilwoman Ho is very deep in unethical behaviorand that she has been attacking Buddhismin general.Nhat statedthat Councilwoman HoattackedtheDieu Ngu temple and Dieu Nguabbot, Venerable Vien Ly,who is an honorable monk in Little Saigon and the Vietnamese community across the globe. Actual Facts:There is no evidence to supportNhatstatements.It appears this fake It appears this fake news isbeing spread in an effort to try and reignite the Buddhist Crisis Buddhist Crisis ofof1963 among the Buddhist people of Westminster, appealing to their emotions that they are being people of Westminster, appealing to their emotions that they are being wrongly persecuted in order to motivate them to recall Councilwoman Ho and Vice Mayor to recall Councilwoman Ho and Vice Mayor Manzo. But there is no evidence they have anything against Dieu Ngu temple or its y have anything against Dieu Ngu temple or its leaders, and there is no intent by the city to reacquire the property. quire the property. 4.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/yQN6jU0aUSg Title:Báo:Kimberly,CarlosManzo,TàiTàichùachùahãm TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT ViênLý(Alert:Kimberly,CarlosManzo,Manzo,TaiTaiDoDowantwanttore-acquiretheland ofDieuNgutempleandtodestroyVenerableVienVienLL Date:1/27/2022 Background:NamQuanandKyNgoNgomademadeaarecallrecallcampaigncampaignvideovideostatingthat,on January12,2022,CouncilMembersHo,Ho,Do,andandManzoManzocalledcalledalllawenforcement FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF agenciesintheareatoinvestigateandprosecuteprosecuteMayorMayorTaTaandandtheVenerableVienLy ofDieuNguTemple,locatedlocatedatat1445214452ChestnutChestnutininWestminster,forillegallandsalewhich DieuNguTemplelegallylegallyacquiredacquiredin2014.2014.NamNamQuanexpressedasenseofurgencyto reportthisinaccurateinaccurateinformationinformationtohisviewers.viewers.HestatedthatCouncilMemberHo accusedMayorTaTaofofacceptingaccepting$2$2millionkickbackkickbackforthesaleofthecitylandwhichwas worth$5million.million. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA KyNgostatedthatCouncilCouncilMemberHoisisaMormonandshewantedtodestroythe BuddhistBuddhisttemplestemplestopleasepleasethetheCaucasianpopulation.TheyplayedaclipoftheCouncil meetingmeetingininwhichwhichwewecanhearhearCouncilMemberHostatingshehadnoproblemwiththe buyerbuyerofoftheparcelparcelofoflandlandlocatedlocatedat14452Chestnut.Shestatedshehadaproblemwith thethesalesaleprocessandandquestionedquestionedhowthecityselectedthebuyerandthereasonwhyan RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR appraisalappraisalwasnotdone.done.CitystaffexplainedthattheRedevelopmentlawsbackthendid notnotrequirerequireanappraisal.appraisal. NamQuanQuanshowedshowedthatthatvideosegmentandindicatedCouncilwomanHomentionedthe priceofthethepropertypropertyandaddressofthetemple.Hewronglyandintentionallyinterpreted thatcommentcommentandandstatedthatCouncilwomanKimberlyHoaskedthecitystaffwhythecity soldthelandtotoVenerableVienLy.NamQuansaidthatwecouldseetheillintentionof DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD CouncilMemberHo. ActualFacts:TheWestminsterCityCouncildidnotissuethestatementattemptingto retrievethelandofDieuNgutempleandtodestroyVenerableVienLy.CouncilMember Hoandothercouncilmemberswereonlyinquiringaboutthelandsaleprocess.The name,VenerableVienLyofDieuNguTemple,wasnevermentionedinthe Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-6 councilmeetingofJanuary12,2022.NamQuancouldbeheardinterpreting Councilwomanstatementincorrectlytocreatethisfakenews. It appears that this fake news isbeing spread in an attempt to incitethe Vietnamese Buddhistpopulationin order to motivate the people of Westminster to recall Councilwoman Hoand Vice Mayor Manzo. 5.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/_TpYMGDVi6g Title: Date:12/28/2021 Background:Inthisvideo,theformerCaliforniaStateStateAssemblymanAssemblymanVanTranspokespokein Vietnamese,callingtheresidentsofWestminsterWestminstertotosignthetherecallrecallpetitionstorecall CouncilMembersHoandCarlosManzo.AssemblymanAssemblymanTranTranspreadspreadandreinforcedthe TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT fakenewsthatthethreeCouncilMembersHo,Manzo,Manzo,andandDoDokickedMayorTaoutof hisofficeinCityHall. ActualFacts:OnOctober27,2022,2022,thetheWestminsterWestminsterCityCityCouncilCouncilapprovedapolicy whichregulatestheconductsbetweenbetweenelectedelectedofficialsofficialsandcitycitystaffstaffinordertoprotect thecityemployees.Therewasaclauseclauseininthatthatpolicypolicy::MayorMayorand FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF officesshallbekeptseparatefromthecitycity ShortlyafterthatmeetingmeetingbbothothMayorMayorTaandandViceViceMayorNguyenrepeatedlystatedon VietnamesemediathatthatKimberlyKimberlyHo,Ho,TaiDo,Do,andandCarlosManzohadvotedtoforbidMayor TafromusinghishismayormayorofficeofficeininWestminsterWestminsterCityCityHall.MayorTaclaimedthatheno longerhasanofficeofficeandandofficiallyofficially. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Thiswasanefforttotospreadspreadfalseinformationinformationforthesolepurposeoftryingtoincitethe voterstotosignsignthetherecallrecallpetitions.petitions.FormerStateAssemblymanTranisthebiggestand outspokenoutspokensupportersupporterofMayorMayorTaTaandCouncilMemberNguyen. 6.6.Fake News: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Video:Video:https://youtu.be/dXQAikUzynUhttps://youtu.be/dXQAikUzynU Title:Title:saosaobãibãiviênCarlosManzo?(Whyshouldthepeople recallrecallCarlosCarlosManzo?)Manzo?) Date:Date:1/20/20221/20/2022 Background:ThisThisisarecallcampaignvideoinwhichKimTrangandBuiCuong DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD statedthatViceMayorManzoisaracistwhoshouldnotbeavicemayorbecauseVice MayorManzocannotspeakVietnameseandhedoesnotsupporttheVietnamese Americancommunity.TheyalsostatethatViceMayorManzovotedagainsttheproject tobuildthemonumentofGeneralTranHungDaoonaprivateproperty. Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-7 Inthevideo,KimTrangandBuiCuongalsocriticizedCouncilwomanHoforvoting forViceMayorManzotobecomevicemayor.Theystatedthatitwasabadmovebecause ViceMayorManzoisnotVietnamese,andthevicemayorpositionshouldbelongtoa VietnameseAmericancouncilmember. ActualFacts:Thereisnoevidencetosupportthesestatements.ThetruthisthatVice MayorManzostronglysupportstheVietnameseAmericancommunity.AccordingAccordingtoVice MayorManzo,healsovotedtoapprovetheGeneralTranHungDaoprojectprojectwhenhewas ontheplanningcommission.ViceMayorManzohasnevermadeanyanystatementsstatementsagainst thestatute,oreverrequesteditsremoval.Furthermore,ViceMayorMayorManzoManzoalsowentout ofhiswaytoauthoraCityCouncilResolutioncondemningantianti--AsianAsianhatehatecrimes.Soit isclearheisasupporteroftheVietnamesecommunity,andandtheretherearenofactsfactstosupport thefakestatementsbeingasserted. Then-CommissionerManzorecognizedthesignificancesignificanceoftheGeneralGeneralTranHungHungDaoDao statueandproposedsolutionstofurthershowcaseshowcasethethestatuestatue..HeHenotedthatthethefirst statuethatwasadministrativelyapprovedhasbeenbeenvisitedvisitedbybythousandsthousandsofvisitors.He TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT recommendedthatotheramenitiesbeaddedtothethestatuestatuesitesitetoenhancethevisitor experience.Amajorityoftheplanningcommissionvotedvotedtotoswapoutthestatuewithout consideringCarlosideastoimproveimprovetheexperienceexperienceforforvisitors. 7.Fake News: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Video:https://youtu.be/dXQAikUzynUhttps://youtu.be/dXQAikUzynU Title:saobãiviênCarlosCarlosManzo?(Whyshouldthepeople recallCarlosManzo?)Manzo?) Date:1/20/20221/20/2022 Background:ActorActorBuiBuiManhManhCuongCuongsaidsaidthatthatCouncilmanCouncilmanTaiDowantedtochange AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA thenameofWestminsterWestminsterCityCitytotoHoHoChiChiMinhMinhCity.City. ActualActualFacts:Facts:ThereThereisisnonorecordrecordindicatingthatCouncilmanTaiDoeversoughtto renamerenamethetheCityCityofofWestminster.Westminster. 8.8.Fake News: RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Video:Video:https://youtu.be/WZwMXVyQc6Qhttps://youtu.be/WZwMXVyQc6Q Title:Title: Date:Date:1/15/20221/15/2022 Background:Background:KyKyNgoandNamQuaninterviewedseveralactorswhoclaimedtobe communitymembers.members.TheysaidthatCouncilwomanHoandherhusbandSeid,whoisa DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD ChineseAmerican,conspiredwiththeCommunistsofChinaandVietnamtoremovethe ParacelIslandBattlemonumentinWestminsterFreedomPark. ActualFacts:TheWestminsterCityCouncilhasnotreceivedanyrequestfromVietnam andChinagovernmenttoremovetheParacelIslandBattlemonumentinWestminster FreedomPark.Thefakenewswascreatedtoincitetheanti-communistChinasentiment Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-8 intheVietnameseAmericaninordertorecallCouncilwomanKimberlyHoandViceMayor CarlosManzo. 9.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/WZwMXVyQc6Q Title: Date:1/15/2022 Background:InthisvideoKyNgoandNamQuanmakeanumbernumberofofcompletelycompletelyfalse statements,whicharenotsupportedbyanyfacts.Thesestatementsstatementsareareclearlyclearlydesigned todisparagethethreecouncilmembersmentioned. KyNgoandNamQuanfirstaccuseCouncilMembersDoDoandandHo,andViceMayorMayorManzoManzo oftryingtoremovethemonumentofGeneralTranTranHungHungDao,,allegedlybecausebecausethe monumenthasbeenabigdistractionformotoristsmotoristsandandbecausebecausetthereherehavebeenmany accidentsonthisstretchoftheroadway.Theystatestateddthatthateveneventhoughthoughthemonumentis TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT locatedonprivateproperty,CouncilMemberHoHoandandViceViceMayorManzowantedto removethemonumentforpublicsafetyreasons. ActualFacts:ThereisnoevidencewhatsoeverwhatsoeverthatCouncilCouncilMemberMemberHoorViceMayor ManzohaveeverwantedtoremoveremovethetheGeneralGeneralTranTranHungHungDaomonument. Furthermore,neitherofthemhaseversaidsaiditthethemonumentmonumentisapublicsafetyproblem. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Thisisanoutrightlie,intentionallytargetedtargetedatatthethecouncilmemberscouncilmemberstoharmtheir reputationinthecommunitycommunityandandtohavethemthemrecalled.recalled.Thetruthissupportedbythefact thatInterimCityManagerManagerChristineChristineCordonCordonissuedissuedaformalcitystatementthatclearly saysthecitycannotnotremoveremovethethemonumentmonumentbecausebecauseitislocatedonprivateproperty,and thatthecityhasnonodesiredesiretoremoveremoveit. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Background:KyKyNgoNgoandandNamNamQuanQuanalso accused Councilalso accused CouncilMembers HoandDo, and Vice MayorManzo of of defacdefacingingng (Mayor), which was etched on the granite on the side of the monument.granite on the side of the monument. ActualActualFacts:ThisThiswaswasanoutrightoutrightlieandunethicalaccusationofacrimecommittedby membersmembersofthecitycitycouncil.council.ThereThereissimplynoevidencetosupportthatthisever RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR happened.happened. 10.10.Fake News:Fake News: Video:Video:https://youtu.be/WZwMXVyQc6Qhttps://youtu.be/WZwMXVyQc6Q Title: DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Background: KyNgoandNamQuansaidthatin2014,then-CommissionerCarlos ManzovotedagainsttheGeneralTranHungDaomonumentprojectbecauseCarlos Manzoisaracist.Asaresult,ViceMayorManzowantstoremovethemonumentbecause hesupporttheVietnameseCommunity. Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-9 ActualFacts:AccordingtoViceMayorManzo,hevotedtoapprovetheGeneralTran HungDaomonumentprojectin2014.Thisappearstobeanefforttoincitethevotersto recallViceMayorManzobyfalselyandunethicallylabelinghimasaracist. 11.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/9nyPo6JvHjM Title:hànhBolsa9TheTetParadewillbebecanceledcanceled Date:1/11/2022 Background:KyNgosaidthatheandNamQuanwouldspeakspeakupupagainstagainstthetheTetParade andtheCityCouncilwillcanceltheTetParadeduetoCOVIDCOVID--1919.Thecitycitymustmustcancel theTetParadeorthecitywouldbeheldliable.Hewentwentononandandsaidthatthethecitycitywillbe facedwithlawsuitsbecausethecityisviolatingtheCOVIDCOVID-19shutdownmandatemandatebybythe StateandCounty. ActualFacts:Atthetimethisvideowasmade,made,tthereherewasnonoshutdownshutdownmandatefrom TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT theStateortheCountyandtherewasnobanonlargelargegatherings.gatherings.Peoplehavetheright tovoicetheirobjectionoftheTetParade.However,thethetitletitleofthevideoappearedto convincepeople,whodonotunderstandunderstandEnglish,English,thatthetheTetTetParadewouldandshould becancelled.Legallythatwasnotrequired.required. 12.Fake News: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Video:https://youtu.be/5oV0Csc90hYhttps://youtu.be/5oV0Csc90hY Title: Date:1/12/20221/12/2022 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Background:ThisThiswaswasarecallrecallcampaigncampaignvideovideointendedtorecallCouncilMemberHo andViceMayorManzo.Manzo.BuiBuiManhCuongandandattorneyLanNguyen,whoisaGarden GroveSchoolSchoolDistrictDistricttrustee,trustee,saidthattherewasevidencethatKimberlyHoandheranti- recallrecallcampaigncampaignteamteamwerewereinvolvedinvolvedinforgingrecallpetitions.AttorneyLanNguyensaid thatthathehehadcollectedcollectedsomesomeofofthetheforgedpetitioncardsfromCouncilMemberanti- recallrecallteamandhadhadpresentedpresentedthemthemtotheOrangeCountyDistrictAttorneyofficefor RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR prosecution.prosecution.LanNguyenNguyenwentontoexplain,withoutanysupportingevidence,thatthe DistrictDistrictAttorneyAttorneywouldwouldattemptattempttoliftfingerprintsfromthosepetitionsinordertoidentify thesuspects.suspects.Thegoalgoalwaswastoidentifytheleaderofthisgroupforprosecution. ActualFacts:Facts:ThereThereisnoevidencethattheDistrictAttorneyofficeisactively investigatinginvestigatingththisisallegation.allegation.TrusteeLanNguyenappearedtousehiscredibilityasan electedofficialtospreadfakenews,withoutanysupportingevidence,falselyaccusing DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD CouncilwomanKimberlyHoandhercampaignteamcommittingcrimes,inaneffortto ensurethatsheisrecalledbythepublic.Thiskindofstatement,andothers,weremade withrecklessdisregardforthesafetyofthecouncilmemberandherfamily. Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-10 13.Fake News: Video:https://youtu.be/SfgVbKds2v4 Title:NhatLinh:KimberlyHo,CarlosManzo,Tàichùahãm ViênLý.9KimberlyHo,CarlosManzo,TaiDowanttore-acquirethe landofDieuNgutempleanddestroyVenerableVienLy) Date:1/24/2022 Background:ActorNhatLinhsaidthatCouncilwomanHo,inaCityCityCouncilCouncilmeeting, accusedMayorTaofsellingthelandatbelowmarketpricetoDieuDieuNguNguTempleTempleabbot, VenerableVienLy,andMayorTareceivedkickbackforthelandlandsale.sale.CouncilwomanCouncilwomanHo calledforaninvestigationandprosecutionofVenerableVienVienLyLyofofgivingkickbackkickbackforthe landsale.SheisagainstBuddhists,thereforeattackedBuddhism.Buddhism. ActualFacts:TheWestminsterCityCouncilneverneverissuedissuedanyrequestsrequestsorstatementstatements attemptingtore-acquirethelandofDieuNgutempletempleortodestroydestroyVenerableVienVienLy. CouncilwomanHoandotherCityCouncilmembersmemberswerewereonlyonlyinquiringinquiringabouttheland TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT salesprocess,suchastherequirementforanappraisalappraisalandandcompetitivecompetitivebiddingprocess. Thename,VenerableVienLyofDieuNguTemple,Temple,wasnevermentionedinthat entireconversation.Soitwasnotonlyonlyfalse,false,butrecklessrecklessininregardsregardstohowsuchafalse statementcoulddamagethecouncilmembercouncilmemberandandherfamily.family. SECTION 4.The Cityhe CityCouncil determines that adoption of this Resolution is Council determines that adoption of this Resolution is Council determines that adoption of this Resolution is FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF necessary to affirm that such conduct will not be tolerated, and to prevent such conduct necessary to affirm that such conduct will not be tolerated, and to prevent such conduct necessary to affirm that such conduct will not be tolerated, and to prevent such conduct from being repeated. SECTION 5. . . The Mayor shall sign as to the passage, approval, and adoption of The Mayor shall sign as to the passage, approval, and adoption of The Mayor shall sign as to the passage, approval, and adoption of this Resolution. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA SECTION SECTION 666. . . The Interim City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of The Interim City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of The Interim City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this resolution and shall affix their signature and City Seal and that same shall be entered this resolution and shall affix their signature and City Seal and that same shall be entered this resolution and shall affix their signature and City Seal and that same shall be entered into the Book of Resolutions.into the Book of Resolutions.into the Book of Resolutions. th PASSED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED this PASSED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED this PASSED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED this 9day of March2022. RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR CITY OF WESTMINSTER ____________________________ TRI TA MAYOR ATTEST: DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD _______________________________ LUCIE COLOMBO,CMC, CPMC INTERIM CITY CLERK Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-11 CITY OF WESTMINSTER CERTIFICATION OF RESOLUTION STATE OF CALIFORNIA) COUNTY OF ORANGE)ss. CITY OF WESTMINSTER) I,LUCIE COLOMBO, CMC, CPMC,Interim City Clerk of the City of Westminster, do Interim City Clerk of the City of Westminster, do Interim City Clerk of the City of Westminster, do hereby certify that the foregoing Resolution No. XXXXResolution No. XXXXResolution No. XXXXwas duly passed and adopted by was duly passed and adopted by was duly passed and adopted by th the City Council of the Cityof Westminster at a of Westminster at a regular meeting held on the regular meeting held on the regular meeting held on the 9day of T March2022, with the following vote: AYES:COUNCIL MEMBERS: COUNCIL MEMBERS: F NOES:COUNCIL MEMBERS: COUNCIL MEMBERS: ABSENT:COUNCIL MEMBERS:COUNCIL MEMBERS:COUNCIL MEMBERS: ABSTAIN:COUNCIL MEMBERS:COUNCIL MEMBERS:COUNCIL MEMBERS: A ________________________________ Lucie Colombo, CMC, CPMC Interim City Clerk R D Resolution Denouncing Fake News March 9, 2022 XXXX-12