Today, the Orange County Registrar of Voters notified the City of Irvine that a petition initiative to rezone the original 125-acre ARDA site on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station at the Great Park exclusively for a Veterans Cemetery has qualified for the November 3, 2020 ballot.
In an example of direct democracy, residents have sent a message to the Irvine City Council that they want the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery project back on track at the original site.
This marks the second time that Irvine residents have organized and rejected the City Council’s attempt to move the Veterans Cemetery to alternate locations. Measure B, a ballot referendum proposing a land swap with developer FivePoint, was soundly defeated by the voters in 2018 — 63% to 37%.
The Irvine City Council is required to act upon this initiative at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting, likely to be held on May 12, 2020. They can decide to adopt the measure or put it on the November 3rd ballot.
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