Tonight’s Irvine City Council meeting in Irvine will be interesting to say the least. Council member Jeff Lalloway will introduce an item to re-introduce the ARDA site for the Veteran’s Cemetery in Irvine. Mayor Wagner won’t go for it; Christina Shea is against it. And from all indications, Council member Mellisa Fox is a no vote as well.
And these votes run counter to the 63% vote the no on Measure B votes registered which were a clear message where Irvine voters are headed. Clues to Fox’s vote are found in her husband’s posts on Facebook groups for “Honoring OC Veterans” and “Irvine Demcorats.”
Here’s what was posted on those pages:
TODAY, July 10, at 5 PM, the Irvine City Council will hold a hearing at City Hall to decide whether or not to move forward with the ARDA site for a Veterans Cemetery, a non-plan that would cost the city millions of dollars with no solid plan for success. This proposal is nothing but a sham.
It’s imperative that as many of us as possible attend this meeting and make our voices heard. Please attend the Irvine City Council’s hearing at 5 PM at City Hall, and tell them to vote NO on the ARDA site!
And this as “Irvine Democrats.”
Irvine Democrats That is what Lalloway and Agran and Schott want. They want to get the city to spend millions to clean up the site and then it will be sold or leased to a developer (for example, the Irvine Company, which has long had its eyes on the site). They also want to sabotage the building out of the Great Park (with museums, gardens, a lake, etc). Lalloway and Agran and Schott will just keep pretending that they are building a cemetery until there is someone else to blame.
There’s considerable speculation that should Shea and Fox vote against Lalloway’s measure, which would encourage a Veteran’s cemetery at the Great Park, as both promised they would support and did once before, that both women might be served with recall papers.
In fact, Fox issued an announcement today saying she’s turned over an email threat from Harvey Liss, an ally of the No on Measure B movement, to the OC District Attorney’s office.
This was posted at the Honor OC Vets Facebook page:
Breaking: Irvine Community News & Views Editor (and close ally of Larry Agran and Ed Pope) Harvey Liss may have broken local law by attempting to extort Melissa Fox, Irvine City Councilmember to vote for the proposed ARDA veterans cemetery site.
This is not acceptable — and just one more example of how crucial this vote will be. Please attend the Irvine City Council meeting at 5 PM in City Hall today, and urge them to vote NO on the ARDA site!
Here’s the announcement:
The last paragraph warrants a re-read — by Fox and her husband. The No on Measure B votes won by 11,500; it wasn’t close. Irvine voters were not confused. An online survey posted on Fox’s blog is, in a word — bullshit — because anyone could have voted, not just Irvine residents. No one was confused about where they wanted the Veteran’s cemetery to be. If Fox truly believes she represents what the city wants, she’ll support Lalloway’s motion. It’s clear as hell. And a no vote from Shea and Fox on this issue warrants a response from Irvine voters. If recall notices are served to both council members tonight, I won’t be a bit surprised.
And if recall notices are issued, the OC GOP certainly would want Fox recalled as the DPOC would want Shea recalled; so both parties should stay out of recall efforts period and let the council members/candidates make their case to the voters directly. A special election for a recall might happen in January. Fox is telling friends the Irvine Company is responsible for this; she’s mistaken. There’s a legion of former colleagues and former friends that will vote her out of office.
Shea remains one of the county’s most conservative and homophobic electeds; seeing her go would bring joy to those on the left. If Fox is recalled, the lesson is not to insult the intelligence of Irvine voters by setting up what amounts to a false narrative. The Fox’s have blocked a considerable number of former friends and allies on social media feeds simply for disagreeing with her votes. A recall shows that she doesn’t know you need to practice addition after being elected, not subtraction. Without the support of Irvine Democrats who have long backed former council members Larry Agran, Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang, Fox may not be long for the council seat she holds.
The DPOC, of which I am a Central Committee member, takes a number of steps to protect Fox from her actions. The joke is “if Melissa has a runny nose, the party issues a resolution calling for a tissue to wipe her nose for her.” The fact is central committee members from Irvine are routinely ignored by the rest of the party when it comes to resolutions affecting Irvine. The Measure B vote margin is a huge wakeup call for the party leadership which seems to be in denial about Fox’s influence in the city. Facts are facts, and I hope the party wakes up to it. The party should do nothing to protect Fox from recall.
The city council needs to listen to the voters. If they don’t, the voters voice will be heard in a different way.