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City Council Hears Nearly 3 Hours of Testimony from Residents Voicing Their Concerns Over Toxic Emissions from Asphalt Plant

The September 14th Irvine City Council meeting included nearly three hours of public comments from frustrated residents in north Irvine who believe that emissions from the asphalt plant located about a mile from their homes has led to a public health crisis.

All year, homeowners have pleaded with the Mayor to have the City step in and help. Those requests have largely been denied. Advocating on behalf of the residents, Councilmember Agran has repeatedly requested that the Mayor schedule a special City Council meeting and public hearing on the matter. Agran’s requests have also been denied by the Mayor and her Council majority.

The issue finally made it onto the Council agenda as a City staff “presentation.” However, residents took advantage of the Public Comments portion of the meeting to voice their concerns over the plant’s proximity to homes and schools.

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Community Poll Results: Irvine Residents Overwhelmingly Oppose City Council Renaming the Great Park

At their August 10th meeting, the Irvine City Council voted 4-1 to rename the 15-year-old Orange County Great Park. (Councilmember Larry Agran was the only NO vote.)

Already known to most people simply as the “Great Park,” Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Anthony Kuo and Mike Carroll voted to strip away the words “Orange County” and rename the park the “Irvine Great Park” or the “Great Park in Irvine.”

The name change could cost taxpayers upwards of a million dollars — to change all of the official documents, signage, and marketing materials.

After receiving hundreds of responses to our latest poll, 94% of Irvine residents say they oppose the name change.

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All-Veterans Organization Continues Advocacy Work on Behalf of a Beautiful Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the Great Park

Many believe the latest scheme to derail the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the “ARDA” site at the Great Park is VALOR, which is a political action committee that was established and funded with $800,000 back in 2018 by developer FivePoint, during their first attempt to derail the Veterans Cemetery in Irvine.

VALOR wants the Veterans Cemetery alongside the busy, polluted 91 freeway (Gypsum Canyon), just a few miles from the Riverside County line, and more than 20 miles from Irvine.

When asked about the latest scheme, U.S. Army veteran Ed McNew said: “I have personally gathered thousands of signatures from Irvine residents regarding this issue, and I am quite sure that the vast majority of our Irvine neighbors —young and old — still support our efforts to build a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the ARDA site at the Great Park.”

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