Congratulations to the hundreds of Irvine citizens who participated in the historic campaign to gather enough Irvine voter signatures to qualify their Referendum for the ballot — a Referendum designed to overturn the very unpopular City Council decision to replace the planned and approved Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park with massive office and commercial development. Our ICNV reporters and analysts will continue to cover this important “direct democracy” story as it unfolds in the weeks and months ahead.
We’ll also keep track of the environmental lawsuit filed by plaintiffs Harvey Liss, Alan Meyerson, and Larry Agran — three contributors to this newspaper whose citizen activism includes the courage to mount a legal challenge against the Irvine City Council and developer FivePoint. The lawsuit alleges that the City and FivePoint have failed to analyze and disclose the serious environmental damage — especially traffic and air pollution affecting north Irvine neighborhoods — associated with the FivePoint “land-swap” and “zone change” that would allow FivePoint to build huge office and commercial projects on what is now Great Park land.
Take a look at ICNV’s “Open Forum” — beginning on Page 10 — where we answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Referendum that are being posed by Irvine citizens. And be sure to read the Page 11 account of our own photo-journalist, Angelo Vassos, who managed — in word and photos — to capture some of “the good, the bad, and the ugly” revealed in the course of the 28-day Referendum Petition campaign.
Before signing off, let me take this opportunity to wish all of our readers happy holidays and a good New Year!