• October 29, 2020
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Irvine Council Votes 3-2 to Bring Auto and Compost Storage to ARDA Veterans Cemetery Site

City Tried to Hide Discussion of Agreement  On Tuesday, October 27, the Irvine City Council voted 3-2 in favor of using a section of the former El Toro Marine Base designated as the site of a veteran’s cemetery for temporary auto, compost, and mulch storage. At least one of the businesses that will benefit from […]

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New ARDA Site Land Lease Agreements Hidden From Public View  

City Council Supplemental Agenda Consent Items Agenda Consent items are voted on by City Council members without public presentation or discussion unless ”pulled out” by a Council member or member of the public by means of a public comment or e-Comment. When “pulled out”, agenda items are not presented to the public. City Council members […]

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What’s New With the Veterans’ Cemetery, Pretend City, Holiday Faire, & LIFOC Western Sector Cleared For Clean-up And Redevelopment

Great Park Board Meeting Agenda Agenda Item 1.2:  Project Development Report Update  Veterans’ Cemetery: The State hired Huitt-Zollers Consulting to evaluate the ARDA and Golf Course sites. The technical studies are be prepared and are to be completed by May 2021. Pretend City: The capital campaign is ongoing.  The concept plans are due April 2021. […]

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City Council Contemplates Facilities, Flag, and the Fallen

Will Irvine Implement Body Cameras For Our Irvine Police Department? Will Irvine Fly The Pride Flag? Will The Clean-Up Process Begin On The Veteran’s Cemetery ARDA Site? Special Joint City Council / Great Park Board Meeting – June 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm Supplemental Meeting Agenda Submit an e-Comment Watch LiveStream: cityofirvine.org/ICTV.   Special City […]

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Op-Ed: City Council Designated ARDA Site But Will They Pursue Funding?

At the May 12, 2020 City Council meeting, the Irvine City Council voted 4-1 to adopt the terms of the qualified Veterans’ Cemetery initiative, and place the Veterans’ Cemetery back at the original ARDA site, which is land owned by the City of Irvine. City Council Abruptly Changes Course on Veterans’ Cemetery Site — But Why? People […]

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Mayor Christina Shea Moves to Counter Petition-Led Initiative Seeking to Preserve Veterans Cemetery At ARDA Site

City Council Meeting – Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 4:00PM Agenda Click to watch LiveStream Click to submit an eComment Staff Report for Item 5.2 Mayor Christina Shea’s competing initiative aims to subvert the wishes of 14,531 residents who signed the citizen-led Veterans Cemetery Initiative Petition (“Initiative”) Tuesday night, that would place the cemetery at the […]

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Planning Commission: FivePoint X and ARDA

The next Planning Commission meeting is Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 pm. Here are two items that might be of interest to you. For the entire agenda, please click here.    The below map shows the relative positioning of the Orange County Great Park features.   Agenda Item 5: Plans for Commercial Center, FivePoint X Learn more […]

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What’s Going to Happen to ARDA?

Now that the Golf Course is designated as the preferred site for the Veterans Cemetery, what happens to the ARDA site? In spite of the questionable decision-making process for choosing the site for the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery, Mayor Shea and Councilmembers Khan, Kuo, and Carroll, voted for the Golf Course site rather than the […]

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City Council to Decide on Veterans Cemetery Location Next

Five years ago, in March of 2014, the Irvine City Council unanimously designated the ARDA land for a veterans cemetery and memorial park. It has been public knowledge that this particular property was going to be conveyed to the State for a cemetery. The schools and housing in the Great Park Neighborhoods came after this […]

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Finance Commission to Vote on Veterans Cemetery Site

  The Finance Commission is meeting on Monday, July 15 at 5:30 pm with only one agenda item: To make a Veterans Cemetery site recommendation to the City Council, between the original ARDA site and the future golf course site. Both are publicly owned land and are under the oversight of the City Council/Great Park Board.  As noted […]

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