Sometimes, it’s not hard to come up with topics to write about and this is an easy case. Irvine City Commissioner Allan Bartlett has moved from McCarthyism to anti-Veteranism in two weeks time with this tweet after last night’s city council meeting.
Not to be outdone, failed city council candidate Pat Rodgers chimes in with this comment on the Voice of OC story.
“I came away with a different perspective of the Veterans participation in the Council meeting than did some others. Many of the Veterans were borderline rude and demanding of something that they believe is owed to them by the Irvine City Council. While a Veterans Cemetary is definitely needed in Orange County, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about achieving it. A little investigative effort put into the topic might reveal many of the vocal individuals who spoke at the meeting have been meeting and were being coached by high ranking Democratic Party leaders in Orange County. They were told not to ask for, but demand action by the Irvine City Council. Sounds like a political agenda to me? Add to that Larry Agran making insinuations of giving 100 acres (Value of 400 million dollars) to the project, suggests why he was not put on the committee.”
We called Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s office. A spokesperson there, in disbelief at the question, simply denied Bartlett’s charge. We called the DPOC and they said no training of Vets was conducted for the meeting and there were no meetings with Veterans and any “high ranking Democratic Party leaders in Orange County.” Apparently, the Veterans seeking a Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial in Orange County at the Great Park can think for themselves. Bartlett and Rodgers are making it up. They pulled this rumor completely out of their collective asses.
“To insinuate Veterans are pawns or are easily manipulated is an insult to their service, sacrifice and passion for building a Veteran’s Cemetery in Orange County,” said Nick Anas, executive director of the DPOC. “(Allan Bartlett) owes an apology to those who served and sacrificed for this country. What he said is an absolute insult.”
Bartlett is the vice chair of the Irvine City Finance Commission. Their next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 5 at 5:30 PM. There is a possibility for public comments and, gosh, I wonder if any Vets can find the time to address Mr. Bartlett’s Tweet to his face in three minutes of each speaker gets. Perhaps Lt. Rodgers can show up and Vets can explain why their behavior wasn’t rude.
But since Bartlett and Rodgers like to throw charges up without proof, let’s play the same game. A common denominator here is Council member Christina Shea, who offered a substitute motion a month ago to delay city action on a cemetery, citing Five Points, and when that motion was defeated, was the lone vote against the motion by Larry Agran to call for a Veteran’s Cemetery at the Great Park. She says she supports the idea, but voted against it and tried to delay it. Bartlett is a city commissioner appointed by Shea. Rodgers is her biggest defender. Are they echoing Shea’s position on Veterans? Or are they just speaking for themselves.
Why do these Irvine Republicans hate Veterans so much?