The Orange County Register published an editorial last week praising the Irvine City Council’s approval of the FivePoint proposal for an OC Veterans Cemetery as a “win-win-win.”
The Register noted the obvious advantages of the 125-acre site: it’s cheaper and offers better access; it “fittingly straddles Marine Way” and includes “a veterans memorial on the side facing the I-5 freeway.” Instead abutting existing homes, it’s proximity is to the I-5 and -405 freeways allowing “ease of access for visitors and a solemn reminder of the price of freedom to those passing by.”
The OC Register points out it “makes better financial sense, too. The state announced late last month that it would only contribute $30 million for the project at the other site, leaving Irvine residents to cover a $50 million difference.”
The OCR editorial also poured cold water on the Agran-Schott claim it is a “giveaway”:
“The other plan was hardly without its unknowns, though, like where that $50 million was coming from. As for the giveaway argument, it seems some are still using Larry Agran’s playbook. If Agran had gotten his way, 688 acres of Great Park wouldn’t have been turned into sports fields and trails. Instead, we’d still have dirt, waiting on fantasy.”
Ouch. Schott is one of the loudest proponents of the “giveaway” argument. And she’s been called out by the conservative OC Register editorial page for “still using Larry Agran’s playbook.