Veterans Kicked Out of Great Park

To Make Room for Massive Development

The Battle

In 2014, the Irvine City Council voted 5-0 to build a beautiful Veterans Cemetery in the tranquil setting of the Great Park.

After three years of planning and work to receive the necessary approvals and funding from local, state and federal agencies, the current City Council recklessly voted (3-2) to scrap the entire plan and hand the land over to multi-billion-dollar developer FivePoint Communities.

Now, the City Council wants to rezone the 125-acre property that had been approved for the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park for FivePoint’s massive office, commercial and industrial projects, and relocate the Veterans Cemetery miles away, off the former El Toro military base, at the intersection of the I-5 and I-405 freeways, surrounded by industrial buildings and freeway noise.

The Council’s heartless vote pushes the Veterans Cemetery out of the serene Great Park so that FivePoint can begin commercial development at the site, adding 10,000 cars and trucks to YOUR daily commute.

In response to the Council’s vote, our campaign gathered 19,125 signatures from Irvine residents in just 28 days to force the Council to put this development scheme on the ballot. 

On June 5th, Irvine voters can honor our veterans and STOP the Council’s appalling land giveaway to FivePoint by Voting NO!

Cars & Trucks Added to YOUR Daily Commute

The Council’s rezoning scheme with FivePoint has delayed construction of the Veterans Cemetery within the Great Park for a year, and threatens to make Irvine’s traffic crisis even worse.

On June 5th, Irvine voters can reject the Council’s outrageous proposal by Voting NO.

Join the Fight

We are up against FivePoint, a multi-billion-dollar developer, prepared to spend millions to deceive Irvine voters into handing over 125 acres of Great Park property for their massive office, commercial and industrial projects.

We CAN and we MUST win this fight, but we need YOUR help!

We don’t have to match FivePoint dollar-for-dollar — we can’t possibly do that — but we do need to raise enough money in donations to compete with their avalanche of glossy mailers filled with “alternative facts.”  

As a grassroots campaign, founded by Irvine veterans, we are proud of the fact that 99% of our donations have come directly from Irvine residents, with an average donation of $25.

What Irvine Veterans are Saying

This change of course by the City Council is a travesty. I’m a Vietnam era veteran and I was promised the Great Park, not a vacant lot between the 5 and 405!

Edward Blackman

As a veteran of two 13-14 month tours in the war in Vietnam, I feel that the City Council is letting us down and I am so sorry that I voted for them!

Pedro Chavez

I am a veteran. Irvine is my hometown. I need the Cemetery built! No more building. Enough is enough! No respect! Just money grabbers! Shame on you!

Robert Kawalec

As a veteran, I want the Veterans Cemetery located in a peaceful and well planned setting, not a location selected as an after-thought that is surrounded by freeway traffic.

Robert Sapinski

I am a veteran myself and believe the Cemetery should be in the Great Park and the other arrangement is a complete sham!

Frank Liger

 I am a retired military member who served 30 years in the Air Force. What the Irvine City Council has done is a slap in the face to all veterans living in Orange County.

George Gumbrecht

The Great Park location was approved long ago after a lengthy permitting and environmental impact process. I’m a Vietnam-era veteran whose remains will probably be interred at the Vet Cemetery when my time comes.  We need to back the original location without anymore delays.

Timothy Hoffman

I’m both a proud US Navy veteran and a shamed resident of Irvine. The recent decision to literally give away valuable property for less valuable property to facilitate further commercial development, is unconscionable and outrageous.

E.R. Hilderbrand

I am an Army Veteran and was part of the Honor Guard for 5 years. We were excited about the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park and disappointed that greedy City Council members would mess up a plan that was about to be implemented at the last minute like they did.

Jeffrey Woo

I am a Vietnam era veteran and have served 40 years in the military.  Let the veterans who have served this great nation of ours and who have sustained our freedoms have a final resting place on the historical and hallowed grounds at MCAS El Toro.

Colonel A. S. Marraccino

Having served my country in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I feel the cemetery should remain on the old El Toro Marine base. I currently reside in the Great Park and would be honored to have those who served our great country interred as my neighbors.

William C. Hyser

I served in Vietnam and have lived in Irvine for over 30 years. Please keep the cemetery where it was originally planned. The Great Park is here only because of the men who served and died for our country. Don’t let the builders win!

Ronald Davis

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