Not a single member of the Irvine City Council seconded a motion by pro-developer Council member Christina Shea to swap land designated for the Veterans Cemetery and Memorial with billionaire developer Emile Haddad and the effort failed at last night’s city council meeting. Instead, a substitute motion by Council member Beth Krom passed on a 3-1 vote to reaffirm the action taken by the city council in 2014 to stay the course on the planned Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial.
Mayor Steven Choi didn’t vote for the motion to reaffirm the existing plan and the reason there was only 4 votes is because Shea stormed out of the chambers when she didn’t get her way for her key developer constituent. And the rant continues of Shea’s Facebook page this morning and it’s epic.
Shea writes (we’re not correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation errors; there are a lot of them):
Well we had a disappointing outcome last night..A great turnout of our Veterans, and residents and our local Republican delegation. Representative…s from Assemblyman Matt Harpers office,Assemblyman Don Wagner, Congresswoman Mimi Walters representative, Kate, all supporting our land exchange that would save tens of millions of dollars for our Veterans on their OC cemetery proposal. Former Councilmember Agran showed up opposing the land exchange charging that the developer was being dishonest and they would build thousands of homes on our present 125 acres If the swap occurred. However, our zoning only allows for 250 homes on that site not 1000s of homes. He also falsely claimed, (nothing new) remember Agrans politics? ….that the new cemetery won’t be on the base, but it is, another false claim.
Interestingly, after hours of testimony in favor, I made a motion to move forward and no one seconded the new proposal.
Instead Jeff Lalloway and his co supporter Lynn Schott opposed the plan supporting Larrys arguments, and also supported Beth Krom’s proposal and motion, to just reaffirm the present site with all its impediments.
Reaffirmation was not needed nor was giving the City Manager $100,000 to expedite the motion he has no control over. Mayor Choi opposed.
Jeff Lalloway seconded Beth Krom’s motion ( actually Larry Agran’s motion, it appeared)
Does it get any weirder?
I am being more and more amazed with my supposed Republican team! Jeff Lalloway and Lynn Schott, who continually are working against good common sense proposals, as promised, and siding with our opposition.
Just so we all remember Councilmember Lalloway voted for Occupy Wall Street, a liberal fringe group…remember, who set up a shanty camp in front of City Hall costing our taxpayers what? $60,000 to repair the lawn and pay for their porta potties. Then he proposed to support Miquel Pulito for AQMD against the Republican nominee, and last night voting for Mr Agran’s position against the land exchange which was a much better deal for our Vets, He and Lynn Schott, who by the way, is now running for Congress, and declared two months after she won election election to City Council by 180 votes, after three attempts, for Loretta Sanchez democratic seat. They made up all sorts of nonsense about the land exchange, just as former Councilmember Larry Agran and Beth Krom did.
Jeff Lalloway is up for reelection to the Republican Central Committee this June 7 th and I think allot of folks last night won’t forget how our Vets were ill served and our Asian friends maligned for their beliefs.
i don’t align with these beliefs but last time I looked we live in a country that allows freedom of thought and the right to individual belief.
And there has been much more shenanigans going on at City Hall…ask these two members of Council what happened to the legal cases we were discussing in light in our Great Park audit..ask Jefff and Lynn about what happened to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars. I have been asked but it was all done in Closed session so I can’t speak to it, but if they agree to waive executive privilege then the public will know what’s really going on behind closed doors…..remember elections are drawing near… June 7 th is our primary and both these elected’s are running for another office.
Again thanks to Five Points and Emile Haddad for his generous offer of a great location for our Veterans cemetery and thanks to Bill Cook Bob Brower and so many others that spent countless hours working for a solution to make their final resting a more secure location!
Have a good day!
The Irvine City News, already censoring comments on its Facebook page, had a report up this morning that was very pro FivePoints noting Emile Haddad spoke briefly at the council meeting. From their story:
FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad spoke briefly, saying, “We hope that our offer of the property exchange leads to a win–win–win outcome, for the city of Irvine in its desire to have a cemetery on the previous base, a win for the veterans and for those residents who believe the existing site is incompatible with existing uses.”
Haddad left out one more “win.” Him. And there’s hundreds of millions of reasons why he’d be the biggest winner.
The OC Register has some interesting details in their story about the meeting; one, that Bill Cook from the Veteran’s group added his signature to the letter sent to the city council asking for the land swap when the letter was written by “someone” at FivePoint.
Anyone care to guess which FivePoint consultant wrote the letter? All I have is a denial from someone who just might have to walk it back.
From the story:
Krom said her concerns over the transparency of the land-swap proposal process were compounded when she learned that the letter the council recently received requesting officials’ consideration of the plan, signed by Cook, had been written by someone at FivePoint.
Cook said the letter was composed that way for expediency’s sake, and that it accurately articulated his thoughts in favor of the developer’s offer.
As to the timing, Haddad said it wasn’t he who brought up the idea. It emerged as a possible solution to an ongoing controversy through his talks with Shea, Cook and others, he said.
It was a 2014 bill authored by then-Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, that kicked off CalVet’s effort with an allocation of $500,000.
Quirk-Silva, a teacher who is running for the 65th Assembly District, said the proposal had arrived at an inopportune time.
“Regardless of the advantages and disadvantages of either site, I was disappointed by the timing of the offer, coming only after much time and taxpayer money has already been expended,” she wrote.
However, co-signer Assemblyman Donald Wagner, R-Irvine, said at the meeting he would work legislatively to get backing at the state level for the new site were the council to approve it.
Lalloway said Wagner was making promises he would be unlikely to be able to keep as a Republican in a Democrat-controlled Legislature.
We regularly rip Irvine’s Republican City Council members cause that’s one of the things we do here at TheLiberalOC. We are grateful to council member Beth Krom for reaffirming the existing plan and we are pleased that Jeff Lalloway and Lynn Schott voted as they did. Thank you. Choi deserves a golf clap for not seconding Shea’s original motion. As for Council member Shea, nice to know elected officials are still for sale.
The cemetery is facing a July 1 deadline for federal grant requests and is on target and not delayed as some advocating for the landswap are saying. About a half million dollars from the state for design and planning has already been spent and opponents of the swap believe a relocation would more than likely delay the cemetery or possibly kill it altogether.