Irvine City Council members could end a two-year battle over where to locate Orange County’s first veterans cemetery if they decide on a site Tuesday.
Jeanne Baran, Irvine resident and Irvine Watchdog member, writes that on July 23rd the Irvine City Council will consider their preferred site recommendation for the Southern California State Veterans Cemetery.
The official location of the proposed Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Irvine remains unclear after the California Senate Veterans Affairs Committee moves legislation naming one site, while Irvine is looking at another one.
Irvine Mayor Christina Shea wants Gov. Gavin Newsom to visit her city to review competing properties to establish a veterans cemetery. Shea is opposed to the current site advocated by State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk Silva in her recent legislation on the issue and instead argues a nearby golf course site should house the proposed veterans’ cemetery site.
The Irvine Planning Commission wants to send the City Council as fast as possible all available environmental reports and any potential development contracts in or near the Great Park that could affect development of a veterans cemetery.
The location of Orange County’s first veterans cemetery remains unclear after the Irvine City Council directed staff to identify a site in or around the Great Park and put the […]
Harvey Liss, who is Editor of Irvine Community News & Views, writes that a recent editorial from Laguna Greenbelt Inc., which touts the environmental benefits of a veterans cemetery on Strawberry fields near the 405 and 5 freeway interchange, is off base. He argues the original site for a veterans’ cemetery in Irvine offers a far better and more equitable solution for city residents and veterans to the conservation challenges pointed out by the competing authors.
Voters June 5 could give Orange County its first veterans cemetery but in the political infighting leading up to the election, some veterans fear people have lost sight of who the cemetery is about—veterans.
Irvine voters will decide June 5 whether Orange County’s first veterans cemetery will be near the heart of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro or on the edge of the onetime base near the interchange of the 5 and 405 freeways.
The Veterans Alliance of Orange County (VALOR), a non-profit led by some of Orange County’s most distinguished Veterans, is pleased to announce a partnership with FivePoint to support the delivery of the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park.