As far as political candidates or elected officials go in Irvine, Beth Krom remains one of the city’s most popular and respected citizens to grace the dais at City Hall, whether as mayor or on the council, in the majority or the lone Democrat, her voice remains a force.
She posted the note below on Facebook this Wednesday morning, so if you’re still confused about the Veteran’s cemetery petition, Krom offers every reason to sign it:
I have been asked by many to explain the Veterans Cemetery issue. Here is my simple explanation. The developer has an agenda, and it’s not about the veterans. It’s about 1)development and 2) leverage to demand more development.
Assertions that a Veterans Cemetery could not be built within the Great Park as originally planned are false.
Assertions that developing a Veterans Cemetery within the Great Park would be unaffordable are false. The City received over $290 million from the State in a settlement after the state ended redevelopment. The state approved the site and committed additional funds. Economics are not the reason for the land swap.
As for the suggestion of the land being unsuitable because of land contamination, that’s false. Amazing how a developer that built a High School proximate to the site where the Veteran’s Cemetery was planned now claim the land is tainted.
These are the same developers who spent millions to destroy the reputations of Larry Agran and Mary Ann Gaido, the architects of Irvine’s open space preservation movement and dedicated stewards of the public interest throughout their long tenure in service to this community.
Three members of the City Council saw fit to approve the land swap with absolutely no guarantees that the city’s interests will be protected. Their actions trouble me even more than the developers.
When the City Manger retires next February, I expect FivePoint will play a big role in selecting his successor. Yes, their influence on this Council is that strong. They are doing what developers do when they have spent millions to elect a majority of the City Council.
That’s why I support a referendum to give the power back to the people in this matter. Make no mistake… If the question of where to place the Veterans Cemetery goes on the ballot, those same developers will spend millions to lie and deceive voters…just as they did in their effort to game control of the City Council.
So if you trust Beth Krom. Go sign the petition today. If you’re not sure where to go, be at City Hall at 4PM.