Franklin J. Lunding
Publisher

For the past three years, we’ve reported extensively on the backroom deals between Mayor Christina Shea and billion-dollar developer FivePoint to cancel the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the 125-acre ARDA site at the Great Park.

After Shea’s latest scheme with FivePoint was caught on video — with the Mayor telling a group of homeowners about her plans to put forward a completely different site as a “diversion tactic”  and offer an unprecedented “99-year lease” of the City-owned ARDA site to a commercial developer — we asked our readers this question: “Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Shea’s handling of the Veterans Cemetery issue?”

The response has been stunning!  Of the nearly 1,500 responses we’ve received, 88% say they disapprove!  Even more stunning has been the number of comments received from readers voicing their strong disapproval of Shea’s actions.  Read just a small sampling of the hundreds of comments we’ve received, published here in our Open Forum section.   -FJL

 

Reader comments from Mayor Shea Poll

What’s happened to the democratic process? An unelected Mayor is actively working against the will of the constituents she supposedly serves!
Janice Plahy

Unelected Mayor Christina Shea is an embarrassment to the Mayor’s office and the City of Irvine. She should be recalled.
—  Shawn Mela, Proud Marine

Shea’s ignoring the will of the people is so egregious it might be time for a RECALL.
—  Robert Stein

Mayor Shea: The citizens have spoken through our vote. Stop subverting the will of the Irvine voters. You are the Mayor, not the Queen.
James Stewart

I am appalled that Mayor Shea appears to be in partnership with developer FivePoint rather than being a public servant of Irvine.
—  Stephanie Proffitt

Shea needs to be recalled immediately!  She was not elected to the office of Mayor and is currently running roughshod over the will of the people. This is not how democracy works.
—  Patrick Rowley

It is highly irregular and inappropriate for the Mayor of Irvine to go against the wishes of the people of Irvine. It is even more disappointing to see her align herself with a developer whose greed is obviously more important than what is best for the citizens of Irvine. 
Richard Sarlitt

Mayor Shea: When last I checked, this was still a democratic nation (and City). The citizens of Irvine have voted on this issue and rejected your proposed measure. Stop trying to block construction of the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery at the Great Park ARDA site!
—  David Nunciato

Through her actions, Shea has given up her right to represent Irvine.  All that remains is her recall.
—  Dennis Lowry

I agree with the majority of Irvine residents who voted to keep the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park as originally planned.  Isn’t a Mayor supposed to represent the community she serves?
Trish Whiston

For a City official to deliberately thwart the will of the people is an unadulterated abuse of power. In addition to an initiative, the people should mount a recall campaign.
—  Jean Anne Turner

In a popular vote, the Irvine community overwhelmingly voted in favor of building the Veterans Cemetery on the ARDA site at the Great Park. Mayor Shea is disgracefully out of step with her constituency.  Time for
a recall!
—  David M Proctor III

It is highly irregular and inappropriate for the Mayor of Irvine to go against the wishes of the people of Irvine. It is even more disappointing to see her align herself with a developer whose greed is obviously more important than what is best for the citizens of Irvine. 
Richard Sarlitt

Mayor Shea: When last I checked, this was still a democratic nation (and City). The citizens of Irvine have voted on this issue and rejected your proposed measure. Stop trying to block construction of the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery at the Great Park ARDA site!
—  David Nunciato

Through her actions, Shea has given up her right to represent Irvine.  All that remains is her recall.
—  Dennis Lowry

It is unfathomable that our elected officials would go against what clearly the majority of Irvine residents want — the Veteran’s Cemetery built at the site we voted on more than once. City officials are ethically bound to serve the interests of their constituents, not developers or other corporations. Mayor Shea’s handling of this issue is deplorable.
Robert Woods

Last year, the people voted in favor of keeping the Veterans Cemetery project at the Great Park, property that originally belonged to the military. Why is it so difficult for the Mayor to respect the people’s will which was clearly expressed in a democratic and legal manner?
—  Adriana de la Cruz Molina

Ms. Shea’s tactics are unbelievable! We have lived in Irvine for 33 years and the Great Park Veterans Cemetery has been in the planning for many of those years and, yes, at the original site before all the development was even imagined.  Last year, Irvine voters rejected Measure B.  Voters wanted to ensure that the original site would be kept. Now, after the fact, it looks like she’s being paid off by the developers.
—  Paul and Patricia Downie

The ARDA plan for the Vets’ Cemetery is respectful, patriotic and will make a beautiful addition to the Great Park.  The area should NOT be used for commercial development. 
Vivien Atlas

Balloon Poll: Reader comments about Mayor Shea Poll


The Great Park balloon belongs to the people of the City of Irvine, and we don’t want to privatize it to suit Mayor Shea and the large corporations that want to advertise on it. Threatening to ground the balloon if we don’t allow private corporations to advertise on it is a drastic step. A more moderate approach would be to raise business license fees on the largest businesses in Irvine, like we used to do. I am not surprised these kinds of draconian budget cuts are taking place. That’s what happens when you don’t have sufficient revenue from the largest corporations that are taking advantage of the people in Irvine.
—  Laurel Davila

Christina Shea is like the Grinch trying to ground the balloon ride. In a City with a $200 million budget, this is a minor expenditure that the residents want. Once again, Shea shows she lacks basic problem-solving and leadership skills required for the job.
—  Michelle Johnson

The Mayor keeps making unfavorable decisions that affect our great Irvine community. First, the Veterans Cemetery…now the Balloon. What’s next?
Marshall Goldman

We love the Balloon! We look forward to seeing it turned into a jack-o’-lantern every Halloween time.
—  Jennifer

Shea knew that when she imposed the Balloon rider fees that it would cause ridership to decline. And she knew that once that happened she could leverage it into calling for its end. There is ALWAYS an agenda with people like this, and it never includes the best interests of the people.
—  Dan

When someone has an agenda, especially one that goes against the will of the majority, they will do anything to accomplish it — anything — never minding if it’s wrong. Christina Shea is that someone.
—  Judy Rodriguez

The Balloon is a waste of money. I don’t even support finding a sponsor. If that happens, it loses any charm that it does have. Ground the Balloon.
—  Judith Gass

Frank Lunding

Franklin J. Lunding is the founding Publisher and Editor of Irvine Community News & Views. A lawyer and businessman, Mr. Lunding has served on the Irvine Planning Commission and, prior to that, as Chair of the Irvine Transportation Commission.
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