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Voice of OC: Great Park Auditor Details Massive Waste and AbuseTim King Salem-News.com
Sparks are flying and yet the real problem with turning MCAS El Toro into a park and housing community... deadly environmental contamination, is still a largely ignored problem. The base is an EPA Superfund site for TCE (trychloroethylene) contamination, and that is just the beginning...
(SALEM) - One of Southern California's biggest plagues that we have been writing about for many years, the so-called "Great Park" fiasco, has come home to roost on the city of Irvine's doorstep. Try to imagine, a Marine Corps base that had the ability to protect California's most populated area from a military attack, was scuttled so that the deep pocketed developers of Irvine could build houses there.
They (the developers and the city of Irvine which annexed most the property) needed a selling point because much of Orange County supported the idea of the base, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro, becoming an airport. As a response, they created the idea of a "great park" that would feature modern facilities for families, playgrounds, a military cemetery to honor those who served, and more.
Salem-News.com writer Roger Butow and myself, along with other members of our staff who served at El Toro as Marines, Robert O'Dowd and John Uldrich, began outing this monstrosity of a problem in 2008 and we have never stopped. In fact Robert O'Dowd and I wrote a book about it, titled: Betrayal: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-up.
After all of these years, the allegations of money squandering by former Irvine Mayor Larry Agran (see the Jan 2009 article by Roger Butow: 'Larry Agran, Great Park Gangbanger: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire?') and Great Park CEO Mike Ellzey (see the Dec 2010 article by Roger Butow: Orange County Great Park CEO Mike Ellzey Unmasked) became starkly real, as an auditor has exposed a long running series of money problems that are quite shocking, even to those of us who have followed this closely. Roger Butow and I have both testified our observations and concerns to the Irvine City Council to no avail, although we did receive positive input from current Mayor Steve Choi and City Councilor Christina Shea.
Excerpt from the Voice of OC article Great Park Auditor Details Massive Waste and Abuse by Adam Elmahrek:
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