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Letter to the editor

Letter: Clarifying statement in immigration debate story


I wish to commend you on Amy Thompson's report, "Westminster councilor's remarks spark anger" on page 5 of the Feb. 2, 2017 issue. Your handling of the powerful response to my Jan. 9, 2017 comments and the resulting demonization and vilification of me that flowed through our community was done in a journalistically professional manner.

I would like to clarify an important point. Westminster council never voted on the publication of our "Building a Welcoming Community" statement. Reporting "The resolution, approved 6-1 with Baker the lone dissenter" is inaccurate. 

During an e-mail exchange, council members Garcia, DeCambra, Pinter and Bird requested the removal, from the proposed statement, of the sentence "The Westminster Police Department does, however, continue to work in cooperation with Federal authorities and communicates when appropriate on cases."  

The approval of four council members was all that was needed to publish the then-amended statement. Council member Seitz and Mayor Atchison's view on the matter was never given during the e-mail exchange. 

The point of my comments on Dec. 12, 2016 was to remind my colleagues that I read our statement to imply Westminster was not cooperating with federal authorities and challenge them to vote on the statement. Publicly voting is what open, transparent government means to me.

Bruce Baker

Westminster City Councilor


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