Last night, the Democratic Party of Orange County officially endorsed voting YES on Measure B, which will allow for the creation of an Orange County Veterans Cemetery on a part of the former El Toro Marine Base known as the “strawberry fields.”
In fact, YES on Measure B is endorsed by an amazing bi-partisan coalition of political leaders and organizations, veterans organizations, labor union leaders, and editorial pages, including:
- The Orange County Democratic Party
- The Orange County Republican Party
- The Orange County Register
- Congressman Lou Correa
- Congresswoman Mimi Walters
- Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
- Governor Jerry Brown
- State Senator Josh Newman
- State Senator Janet Nguyen
- Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva
- Assemblymember Steven Choi
- Assemblymember Matt Harper
- Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
- Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel
- Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner
- Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea
- Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox
- The American Legion
- The American Legion Riders
- The American Legion Auxiliary
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars
- The Marine Corps League
- The American G.I. Forum
- The Vietnam Veterans of America
- The 40 & 8
- The Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation
- The League of United Latin American Citizens
- Nick Berardino, President, Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation
- Jennifer Muir Beuthin, General Manager, Orange County Employees Association
My family has a long history of service. My father sacrificed his hearing and many years flying combat missions over North Korea as a bombardier and crew chief. We lost his cousin in combat at Inchon. All of my uncles served in the Marine Corps. My grandfathers and my father-in-law served in WWII in the Navy. There are many more. I respect and honor our military tradition and I serve the residents of Irvine.
I was one of the earliest and strongest advocates for a Veterans Cemetery located at the old El Toro Marine Air Station. I attended and spoke at every Irvine City Council meeting where the Veterans Cemetery was discussed.
My strong commitment to an Orange County Veterans Cemetery located on the grounds of the old El Toro Marine base in Irvine has never wavered.
My goal always was, and remains, to establish this cemetery as expeditiously as possible.
The choice is now yours.
A “YES” vote on Measure B means there will be a veterans cemetery.
By voting YES on Measure B on June 5th, we can break ground on the Orange County veterans cemetery immediately — a location that has already been approved by local, state, and federal governments.
A “no” vote means the promise will be broken.
The necessary decontamination of the original site is far too expensive (more than $77 million) for the state or city to undertake.
Moreover, if Measure B fails, the original site will not remain as a contaminated junk yard, but instead will no doubt be sold or leased to a developer willing to invest in the extreme costs of a massive cleanup. Both sites will then end up being used for more commercial buildings and residential development.
The June 5 vote is NOT an “either/or” vote on the location of a veterans cemetery, but rather a “yes/no” vote on whether there will ever be a veterans cemetery at the former El Toro Marine Base.
This is not – and should not be – a partisan or divisive issue. It is a commonsense matter that we can all get behind to respect and honor our veterans.
I campaigned on the promises to ensure a veterans cemetery on the old El Toro Marine Base and to safeguard taxpayers’ dollars, as well as to reign in runaway development. The land exchange — Measure B — allows me to keep each of these promises.
Let’s do what’s best for veterans and for the residents of Irvine.
Vote YES on Measure B on June 5!
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As the daughter of an Orange County Korean War combat veteran, I am proud to have participated in making sure that Orange County’s veterans – who have sacrificed so much for us – will at last have a final resting place close to their families and loved ones.
Please help by voting YES on Measure B.