Former Transportation Commission Chair Carrie O’Malley on Veterans Cemetery Site Selection
On Tuesday July 9, the City Council will consider a request to direct the Finance Commission to opine on a preferred site for a veterans cemetery. Mayor Christina Shea’s memo states “the Planning Commission and the Transportation Commission have reviewed the matter and expressed a clear preference; however, the Council/Board has yet to receive a clear statement of site preference from the Finance Commission.” However, this is not true.4.4 Agenda Item 7_9_19 (1)
Former Chair of the Transportation Commission Carrie O’Malley reached out to Irvine Watchdog and provided her commissioner comments from January 15, 2019 which states the following:
“The item that was brought to us on November 20th was agendized with the request and recommended action to, “Receive input from the Transportation Commission for the State Veterans Cemetery Traffic Evaluation that analyzes potential impacts for a 125-acre cemetery located in Planning Area 51 at either the ARDA site or within a portion of the golf course site. In essence, our Commission was asked to provide “input” regarding the transportation issues related to the cemetery at either site. We were never asked to “select a site.”
“Had the item been agendized as a “site selection” item, we need to be given the tools and information in order to equip us as transportation commissioners to be able to vet the information and provide a recommendation. This was not done.”
Here is the entire commissioner comment made by Ms. O’Malley:Transportation Commission Talking Points January 15, 2019 Final
Susan SayreJuly 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm
It is interesting to note that none of the staff reports addressed the will of the Voters who voted against Measure B, believing that they had opted for the ARDA site for the Veterans’ Cemetery. During the Transportation and Planning Commission meetings, none of the commissioners discussed the will of the Irvine Voters, nor that of the Irvine residents and all of the Military Veterans who have spoken up during public comment. It appears that our city council will base their vote on the opinion of the commissioners, even though their opinion was never officially called for, rather than upon the opinions of the Irvine residents who they were elected/appointed/selected to represent.
Bill CookJuly 10, 2019 at 12:56 pm
Oh, you poor people. Deluded into “believing that they had opted for the ARDA site for the Veterans’ Cemetery.”
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