Irvine Council member Christina Shea sent a letter to an unknown number of “Irvine Friends” on May 6, 2015 acknowledging receipt of a petition from residents opposed to a Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial at the Great Park. In seeking to reassure those petition signers, Shea said the Irvine City Council has voted to “tentatively support a cemetery at the Great Park.”
Here’s the letter:
Shea goes on to tell the “Irvine Friends,” naysayers for the cemetery at the Great Park, that there are many hurdles to deal with prior to this plan moving forward and writes “I want to find a winning solution for our residents and for our Veterans.”
Shea then throws County Supervisor Todd Spitzer under the bus, telling her “Irvine Friends” that Spitzer is, “looking for other locations within the county to propose a veterans cemetery” and Shea urges these Irvine friends to contact Spitzer for details of his proposal.
There’s a proposal?
And Spitzer’s still looking for an alternate site? This was a done deal. The Governor came to the Great Park to see the site himself.
Both Shea and Spitzer are up for re-election in November 2016; time to make Emile Haddad happy and get those big campaign contributions and Inedepent Expenditures. But the fact a search is still ongoing after the Governor came to Irvine to see the site and Shea’s list is out of the public eye makes these two less than the transparent public officials that they’d like you to believe.
We’ve contacted the City of Irvine for a list of Irvine friends Shea’s letter was sent to and we’ve emailed Spitzer’s office for comment. There’s no response from the Supervisor.
More importantly, do all of the members of Irvine’s Republican Council majority feel the issue of the Great Park Veterans Cemetery & Memorial isn’t a done deal? Time to own up to where you stand.
A reminder that there’s a Public Town Hall Monday night at Cypress Community Park (which has a club house) from 6-8PM; Mayor Choi will attend. Perhaps Christina Shea and Todd Spitzer ought to attend as well.