Gang Chen, the public face of the anti-Veterans cemetery and memorial at the Great Park, is taking his advocacy to a new level and has decided to run for Mayor of Irvine. Chen held a fundraiser in the Quail Hill neighborhood of Irvine and it was attended by Irvine City Council member Christina Shea.
Should Irvine Mayor Steven Choi make it to the top two for Assembly ins AD-68, he’ll have to step down from the City Council and there’s speculation Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway would run for mayor from a safe seat on the city council.
We contacted Ms. Shea who confirmed her attendance at the event and said was she was invited to the event and came to thank those in attendance for supporting the Republican ticket in 2014. She told TheLiberalOC she offered no endorsement of Chen’s campaign and made no financial contribution. Shea emphasized that she told Chen she stood by her vote to allocate land at the Great Park for a Veteran’s Cemetery, which seems to contradict early messages she’s put out to try and find some sort of compromise between the needs of Veteran’s and those who bought million dollar homes via letters to residents that the council’s support was only tentative.
Chen’s platform appears to be one of repealing the Veteran’s Cemetery at the Great Park.
While Ms. Shea has voted for the Veterans Cemetery and Memorial at the Great Park, she has been an unabashed cheerleader for developer FivePoint, the developer selling homes to Chinese Nationals, a key market for new homes near the Great Park.