Days before Irvine Mayor Christina Shea orchestrated a July 23rd Council vote to designate a new and never-studied second “Golf Course” site as the location for the Veterans Cemetery, Shea, joined by Councilmember Anthony Kuo and City staff, told a small group of Great Park Neighborhood homeowners that her intention in promoting the new site was  to delay construction of the Veterans Cemetery for years. 

As revealed in a video, recorded at what Shea later complained was supposed to be a “private meeting,” the Mayor said the selection of the “Golf Course” site was a “diversion” and “short-term solution” to stop the State from building the Veterans Cemetery at the ARDA site.

Thinking her remarks would never be made public, Shea further disclosed that she wants to hand over the 125-acre ARDA site at the Great Park to a developer — presumably FivePoint — by granting an unprecedented “99-year lease” for commercial development.

Shea’s scheme to replace the Veterans Cemetery at the ARDA site with FivePoint commercial development is similar to the Shea/FivePoint referendum (Measure B) that was overwhelmingly rejected (63% to 37%) by Irvine voters in June 2018.

To watch the video of Shea discussing her plans for stopping construction of the Veterans Cemetery at the ARDA site, click here.

ICNV Staff

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