State Senator Tom Umberg pulled a bill this week that would have cemented Irvine as the site of the cemetery, opening room for veterans’ new favored site in Gypsum Canyon.
The state’s final recommendations and cost estimates will have a major impact on the city’s discussion to give Orange County veterans a local resting place.
The city is waiting on a study to confirm the cemetery’s price tag, but state legislators are trying to secure funding now and need the city council’s support.
In an effort to handle the loss in tax revenue, the money allocated to the cemetery by the state could be revoked to help the projected $54 billion deficit.
The location of Orange County’s first veterans cemetery may be decided in Superior Court as the result of a lawsuit filed by former Irvine Mayor Larry Agran.
After nearly a decade of trying to build a cemetery within city limits, the Irvine City Council called it quits on Tuesday evening and supported the county’s site.
The project fell into the same unending loops that have come to define major projects in the city that come with big promises and few tangible results.
After an eight hour council meeting, council members ultimately took no action on picking a final site in Irvine and encouraged veterans to explore other options.
The announcement comes the day before Irvine’s vote on which site they will offer up to the state for the cemetery.
The decision could be the final choice on where Orange County veterans are laid to rest or ultimately take off the table the site people have argued over for a decade.