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Category: CityWatch

The “Build it NOW!” Plan

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.

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CityWatch: Bending to the Will of the People

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.

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CityWatch: YES! A Giant Step Closer to Victory

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.

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CityWatch: Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

During the November and December holiday season (when they thought that nobody was paying attention) the Irvine City Council’s two unelected members — Mayor Christina Shea and Councilman Michael Carroll — pushed ahead with yet one more corrupt land-use scheme.

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CityWatch: Three Big Land-Use Decisions…Three Legacy Projects

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.

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CityWatch: The Choice between a Veterans Cemetery or Massive Development

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.

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