To the Irvine Community:
We ask the People of Irvine to join us – to sign our petition calling upon the Irvine City Council to honor our veterans and their families by keeping the sacred promise we made to build the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in the Great Park, as planned.
Click here to read the full petition text
Build the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park, Now!
We, the undersigned, call upon the City Council to follow through on its original plan and promise — adopted by resolution of the Council in July, 2014; enacted by the State Legislature (AB 1453) in September, 2014; and approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2016 — to build the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery on a dedicated parcel of 125 acres of land in the Great Park.
The City’s generous offer of land to the State of California allows the 125-acre Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery to be built in our 1,300-acre Great Park for an estimated $77 million (the cost of just one railroad underpass in Irvine). Under State law, our beautiful Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery would be maintained in perpetuity by the State of California and the U.S. Veterans Administration. This means there would be no maintenance costs to the City of lrvine, ever.
Reject the “Land-Swap”
We further call upon the Mayor and City Council to reject the so-called “land-swap” proposal being promoted by the FivePoint Communities development company. The land-swap would result in the City’s dismembering and shrinking the Great Park by transferring ownership of the 125-acre Great Park Veterans Cemetery site to FivePoint, and granting FivePoint the right to develop the parkland for commercial and industrial uses, and possibly for 2,000 additional housing units. Meanwhile, the Veterans Cemetery would be banished to a site miles away from the Great Park, near the junction of the I-5 and I-405 Freeways, where FivePoint has made vague promises about building a Veterans Cemetery, with no timeline even offered.
The estimated windfall profit to FivePoint from this land-swap scheme is $500,000,000 or more, reflecting unconscionable developer greed and disrespect — all at the expense of veterans, veterans’ families, and all Irvine residents.
This is wrong. It’s just plain wrong.
Do The Right Thing
Let’s do the right thing. Let’s honor American veterans and their families by respecting our local and State law and following through on our promise. Let’s build the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park now, as planned, so that by Veterans Day, 2019, the first of many deserving American veterans and their families can be laid to rest, just as we promised, in the Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery in the Great Park.
Sign Our Petition to Build the Veterans Cemetery
in the Great Park NOW, as Planned.