On September 7, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana City Council became the latest to unanimously support the construction of a veterans cemetery in the Anaheim Gypsum Canyon.
The Huntington Beach City Council unanimously “bypassed” its own bylaws and passed the resolution on first reading instead of reviewing it in two separate readings.
City Attorney Michael Gates stated that the city council’s decision “set a precedent and other resolutions may be proposed” and was passed on first reading.
“Generally speaking, it is a good idea to look at these things in the context of other laws and make sure that there are no conflicts. Obviously there are no here; it doesn’t matter,” Gates said at the board meeting on September 7.
Huntington Beach City Councilman Mike Posey proposed the project as a resolution. He said he intends to “submit it to the board of directors two weeks ago, but we cancelled the meeting.” So there is an essential element of time. “
“If you have seen the place where Gypsum Canyon surrounds Highway 91, it is a beautiful and peaceful place, and travelers on Highway 91 can see it from two directions. The list of supporters is quite extensive,” Posey said at the board meeting.
Congressman Eric Peterson, the only veteran in the city council, said that although it is important to have a veteran cemetery in Orange County, he is concerned about violating the city’s charter.
Peterson said during the meeting that he “has no problem” moving the project to the next city council meeting to follow the city’s manual, “but if you want to bypass it, that’s great. I still think we should really follow ours Rules. I mean, we ask others to follow the rules.”
Posey objected to Peterson’s comments: “We will hinder the formal work, and I can let the veterans know that we will spend another two weeks to consider this issue.
Mayor Kinkar interjected: “The current rules are very important, but we can make exceptions in some special circumstances. I can’t think of more important things now.”
Carr added that she was “on the setting [handbook aside] …For something very important like this. “
“I think this time is special, especially considering what happened in the past week. I think this is the correct information,” she said.
Many councils have expressed support for the site selection of Gypsum Canyon, including Anaheim, Mission Viejo, Villa Park, Tustin, Orange, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, etc.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $20 million spending plan on July 27 for the construction of a veteran cemetery at the Gypsum Canyon site.
The cemetery was originally planned to be located in the former Marine Corps. Irvine’s air station, but when these plans fell through after years of political controversy, the station was moved to Gypsum Canyon.
Harvey Liss, Volunteer Executive Director of Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery, said that the Irvine site “is not dead at all” and only needs the approval of the city council to begin construction.
“Legislation already exists, and federal funds still exist,” Liss told The Epoch Times, adding that the Gypsum Canyon site has not yet received approval for such funding or legislation.
The Gypsum Canyon site will need to go through a similar state and federal approval process, which will take approximately two years to complete the Irvine site.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times