The language of the “Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery” Initiative, which was adopted word-for-word by the Irvine City Council on May 12th, clearly expresses the will of the people to promptly deliver on the promise of a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the 125-acre ARDA site.
Now we need to build it. We can begin construction of the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery right now! I lay out the specifics in my “Build it NOW!” plan.Read More
For many of us, the May 12, 2020 Irvine City Council meeting will long be remembered as a moment of supreme triumph for the people of Irvine.
In a virtually empty City Council Chamber — closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic — Councilmembers nevertheless felt the pressure of 19,790 Irvine residents who had signed the Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery Initiative, demanding action.Read More
After months of hard work, the all-volunteer team at the “Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery” committee officially submitted 12 boxes of initiative petitions bearing a record-breaking 19,790 Irvine resident signatures (nearly 7,000 signatures more than required) to qualify their citizens’ initiative for the November ballot.Read More
In Irvine’s 48 years as a planned City, some land-use decisions and projects have been so profoundly beneficial that they’ve earned the title “legacy projects.” As a former Mayor and Councilmember, I’ve been fortunate to play a role in advancing three of these citizen-driven projects.Read More
Even as Assembly Bill 368 — to again designate and fund construction of a Veterans Cemetery at the original 125-acre “ARDA” site in the Great Park — is moving through the State Legislature, Irvine Mayor Christina Shea is trying to steer the Council toward yet another unplanned, unstudied, and unapproved “alternative” site.Read More