July 10 City Council meeting important for veterans and for city
What: City Council Meeting with veterans cemetery issue on the agenda
Why: City Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway wants Irvine residents to spend $80 million of city/taxpayer money on a veteran cemetery at the contaminated ARDA site. Online polls after the election show nearly 64% of respondents do not support spending that amount on the cemetery at the ARDA site, with 55 percent saying their vote on Measure B was more about traffic and development than a preference for the ARDA cemetery site.
How much: A 2016 California Department of Veterans Affairs CalVet study estimates the cost of the ARDA site at $78 million, including $38 million in site clean up to remove hangars, barracks, runways and other buildings. The site also has an FAA antenna and an old flight control tower on it. CalVet estimated the cost of a cemetery at the Strawberry Fields site at $28 million, with all costs committed from FivePoint and the state and federal governments.
What you can do: Call, write or email the city council. Or attend the July 10 session: If you would like to address the City Council, complete the Request to Speak Form located at the table at the entrance to the City Council Chamber.