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Quirk-Silva Challenges Developer to Detail Its Proposed Land Swap to Build Veteran's Cemetery

Contact: Matt Reilly, (916) 201-9636

FULLERTON, CA—Full-time classroom teacher and 65th Assembly District candidate Sharon Quirk-Silva today challenged developer FivePoint to provide more details on its proposed land swap to meet the commitment under state law she authored to find an appropriate location for a veteran’s cemetery that serves the needs of Orange County.

FivePoint recently announced an offer to trade land previously identified for the cemetery north of the Great Park at the former El Toro Naval Base for land owned by the company to the south. Quirk-Silva expressed her disappointment that FivePoint’s offer comes only now, after much time and taxpayer money has been expended.

“The men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation deserve proper recognition without further delay; and, the taxpayers of Orange County need to know they will not be asked to foot the bill for big land developers,” said Quirk-Silva. “I urge all parties to proceed with these two goals in mind.”

AB 1453 which was adopted and signed by the Governor in 2014 recognized the northern site as the only viable option at the time for this long-overdue project. Quirk-Silva called on FivePoint to put a detailed offer in writing immediately if they believe they can offer an alternative location.

Quirk-Silva added, “Members of the public deserve the right to review FivePoint’s proposal and ask questions. This is the only way the community can have confidence decisions are being made based on their best interests of all, and not to enrich the pocketbooks of a few.”