After last week’s drama in Irvine — watching City Council scoundrels Agran and Krom find out (something like the California GOP) what the minority feels like after all those years on top — it’s evident that the Great Park still isn’t a done deal. Park Board Chair/Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway, an admired and respected local pol, has an impossible task ahead of him — to pay for the damn thing. So far, it’s been a monumental failure. Continue reading
In thinking about the future of Irvine’s Great Park, we’re recalling the shocking numbers that Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway spoke of during the City Council
debate earlier this week — the City has only $20-30 million left from about $200+ million they received from the sale of portions of the property surrounding the former air base to Lennar Corp. (the current developer, FivePoint Communities, is run by well-respected former Lennar exec, Emile Haddad). Continue reading
Anyone want to build an Airport instead?
You have to love Supervisor Todd Spitzer. He is the one who made it possible for Irvine to annex the Great Park – and now that he regrets that he is thinking of putting the whole mess to a vote again.
“If Irvine can’t make progress on the park in the next year or so, Spitzer said, he will seek to put another initiative on the ballot to ask voters whether the county should take over the project,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading