City Council members voted but it’s ultimately homeowners in the Great Park neighborhood who will fund the stadium, estimated by the local developer at about $200 a month for each homeowner. Officials have apparently been privately discussing the plan for several years. Great Park developer, Five Point Holdings, is scheduled to come back with a plan for public review in February.
Harvey Liss, who is Editor of Irvine Community News & Views, writes that it is time for the Irvine City Council to finally fulfill the will of the people and move forward with the Southern California Veterans Cemetery at the original 125-acre ARDA site in the Great Park.
The impending legal battle with the city of Irvine could answer a question: Are government agencies subject to a local city’s land use authority when the agency builds a large commercial project on land it owns inside the city?
The Irvine City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to sue the County of Orange over a huge development plan on 108 acres south of the Great Park, hours after the Board of Supervisors moved forward with the project.
Elizabeth Brown, president of Laguna Greenbelt Inc, writes that Orange County supervisors are thwarting the will of voters by considering a commercial development Tuesday for 100 acres near Irvine’s Great Park, arguing the area should remain largely a wildlife corridor.
The Santa Ana City Council is considering filing a lawsuit against the county – and inviting other cities to join – alleging mismanagement of the millions of dollars in federal homelessness money the county gets each year.
During a Friday press conference at the Great Park, Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to reporters after touring two competing sites for a veterans’ cemetery. While supportive of local decision making, Brown remarked about a site near the I-5 Freeway saying he liked the Strawberry fields. A final decision on the location could be reached by June.