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Author: Frank Lunding

The Mayor’s Broken Promises

Last year, Farrah Khan campaigned for Mayor of Irvine, promising to bring transparency, ethics, and democratic values to City Hall.  In just the first three months in office, she’s broken those promises.

Upon taking office, Khan implemented an anti-democratic rule to restrict members of the Council from adding any item to the agenda without first obtaining a second Councilmember’s signature.  (The rule does not apply to Khan, as Mayor.)

Now, she’s resorted to dirty politics in an attempt to silence Councilmember Agran from speaking on the Veterans Memorial Park.

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What’s Behind the Council’s Latest Delay of the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery?

Last May, it appeared the wait for the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery was finally over when three members of the current City Council (now-Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmembers Mike Carroll and Anthony Kuo) voted to adopt the citizens’ initiative, signed by 19,790 Irvine residents, to rezone the ARDA site exclusively for the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery.

But nearly a year later, Khan, Carroll, Kuo and (and newly-elected Councilmember Tammy Kim) have gone back on their word to Irvine voters, deliberately delaying the project … again.

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Why Is Mayor Khan Delaying the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery Project?

Since she ran for the Irvine City Council in 2018, now-Mayor Farrah Khan has insisted that she supports the proposed Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery.  This past year, she has publicly and repeatedly endorsed the placement of the Veterans Cemetery on the 125-acre “ARDA” site at the Great Park.

However, since being elected Mayor, Khan has displayed no interest in moving forward with the project. 

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Political “Bait-and-Switch” Alive and Well in Irvine

The old political “bait-and-switch” seems to be alive and well in Irvine.  Say one thing to get yourself elected, and then do another thing after you’re elected.

Newly elected Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Tammy Kim seem to be the latest practitioners of the bait-and-switch in our City.

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