Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea has been on a tear lately on NextDoor.com ranting about the failure of Measure B where nearly 11,000 more Irvine voters were against it rather than for it killing the Veteran’s Cemetery at the freeway site instead deciding on the original site at ARDA. If she can’t reward her developer/partner/campaign contributor, she wants to take her ball and go home.
Here’s what she had to say:
Where to begin?
The Voice of OC estimated the No on B campaign spent about $370,000 — with much of the money from loans which will need to be paid back. The Voice of OC also estimates the Yes on B campaign spent $775,000 — so the No on B people were outspent 2 to 1.
Shea talks about lies. She must not have read any of the “Yes on B” materials or believed that the awful “Real Vets support Measure B” signs that had an negative impact on voters in Irvine — especially Veterans who live in Irvine. Shea addressed the $80 million it will take to make the ARDA site ready for a cemetery — forgetting she voted to turn away $30 million from the state, $10 million from the federal government and $38 million from Irvine all to enable the land swap that would have significantly benefit FivePoint on the taxpayers dime.
A reminder, that if the land swap hadn’t been approved, construction would have begun on ARDA 10 months ago. The land swap delayed the first shovelful of dirt from being dug.
So Shea won’t vote for a Veteran’s Cemetery. Sources say Wagner won’t vote for it either. This leaves Melissa Fox as the swing vote — again. Her blog posts seem to suggest Irvine voters were confused about Measure B, along with an online poll to support her contention. There’s also some historical revision on Fox’s interpretation of Measure B, if you ask me. The problem with the poll is that anyone can vote for the assigned answers — not just Irvine residents so whatever the results are, it’s crap. I’m hoping Fox keeps her promise to voters to keep a cemetery at the Great Park and work to undo the legislative actions that moved the Cemetery from ARDA to the freeway site and move everything back.
More than 19,000 voters signed a petition to get Measure B on the ballot; significantly more voted to defeat the land swap. The vast majority of these people are Democrats and NPP voters. November’s city council races now loom large and there are three Democrats on the ballot for city council. Who will these Irvine voters support with their votes?
The council needs to keep it’s promise to build the cemetery; Irvine voters told the council where they want it. Make it happen.