Veterans Kicked Out of Great Park
To Make Room for Massive Development
Why Measure B is Bad
Measure B is all about GREED! The greed of a multi-billion-dollar developer, trying to get their hands on 125 acres in the Great Park for massive development projects that will bring 10,000 additional cars and trucks into Irvine neighborhoods EVERY day.
Days before construction was to begin on the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park, mega-developer FivePoint convinced the Irvine Mayor to call an emergency meeting (on just 24-hour notice). At that meeting, three pro-developer Councilmembers passed Ordinance No. 17-08, allowing FivePoint to unload an old strawberry field they owned at the El Toro “Y” (one of the busiest, most congested freeway interchanges in the nation) in exchange for the 125-acre site in the Great Park that had been zoned for the Veterans Cemetery. As an added gift, the ordinance rezoned the Great Park site for FivePoint’s massive development projects.
In response to the Council’s shameful deal with FivePoint, we gathered 19,164 signatures in just 28 days, forcing the Council to put their horrible ordinance on the ballot (Measure B).
Fearing Irvine voters would reject Measure B, the developers tried to sneak in a ballot label that only mentioned a Veterans Cemetery. So we took them to court — and we won! The Court forced them to reveal the dirty little (BIG) secret behind Measure B: FivePoint’s development plans for the Great Park. To see the original and court-ordered ballot label, click here.
On June 5th, Irvine voters can honor our veterans — not greedy developers — by Voting NO on Measure B!
Cars & Trucks Added to YOUR Daily Commute
The Council’s rezoning scheme with FivePoint has already 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 greedy developers by Voting NO on Measure B.
Join the Fight
Measure B is all about FivePoint’s bottom-line! That’s why they are spending millions flooding Irvine mailboxes with professionally designed “patriotic” flyers filled with outright lies.
We don’t have to match FivePoint dollar-for-dollar — we can’t possibly do that — but, with your help, we can continue to build something FivePoint can’t buy — a true grassroots movement — one that is willing to fight back against the control developers have in Irvine.
In addition to donations, we need supporters to post lawn signs in your yards, and encourage your friends and neighbors to join you in voting NO on Measure B on June 5th.
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.
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