Elected Officials Who Ignore Their Constituents
Irvine Needs New Leadership!
On June 5th, our citizen-led “NO on B” campaign culminated in a resounding 63% voter mandate.
Irvine voters overwhelmingly rejected the City Council’s landswap-and-development scheme and, instead, made it clear that they wanted the Council to immediately begin building the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park … as originally promised, planned and approved.
Shamefully, at the July 10th Council meeting, Mayor Wagner and Councilmembers Shea and Fox ignored the voters’ mandate, refusing to begin construction at the original site.
Their backroom deal with multi-billion-dollar developer FivePoint has delayed construction for more than a year. Now, they’ve ordered new studies for completely different Veterans Cemetery sites which will delay construction indefinitely, while keeping the already-approved Great Park site available for them to hand over to FivePoint.
We can’t let 3 Irvine Councilmembers kill our Veterans Cemetery!
Time to Clean House at City Hall!
When elected officials ignore the citizens they were elected to serve, they need to be removed from office!
Here is how Irvine residents can clean house at City Hall — in two steps:
- Mayor Wagner is up for re-election on November 6th which means we have the chance to replace him with an Irvine Mayor who is not beholden to developers.
- Although it will take a lot more work and time, the next step is to recall Councilmembers Fox and Shea and replace them with members who listen to and respect the voters’ will.
Countdown to Replacing Mayor Wagner
Join the Fight
From the beginning, our grassroots campaign has relied on support from within the local community.
We need volunteers who are willing to support our proven “NO on B” Mayoral candidate this November, and who will also help gather the thousands of signatures necessary to move forward with a Shea-Fox recall.
We also need to raise funds to cover the initial legal fees, and to pay for voter education materials, including mail, and the preparation and distribution of recall petitions.
Together, we can replace these disrespectful Councilmembers with leaders who are committed to making sure our Great Park Veterans Cemetery is built and operational by Veterans Day 2020!
What the Community is Saying
While I don’t like the idea of another fight, I do feel that our elected officials must listen to the will of the people. This has gone on long enough. I don’t think we have any other choice….RECALL!Linda Shoham
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 believe the current council will not deliver a Veterans Cemetery. Mayor Wagner and Councilmembers Fox and Shea decided to side with FivePoint and deny the citizens of Irvine what they actually voted on.Michelle Johnson
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 any other location 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 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