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Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, a Blight for Orange County TaxpayersSalem-News.com
No veterans cemetery for my fellow Marines, no people's park, and if sports facilities do get built Irvine residents/groups will get first dibs. This is at minumum false advertising, a failed and lapsed warranty under basic consumer laws. - Salem-News.com's Roger Butow, comment in LA Times article on El Toro.
(IRVINE) - An Editorial in The LA Times called Irvine's Pretty Decent Park outlines the dilemma now facing the Irvine City Council with the now closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station.
A housing developer, FivePoint Communities, has offered to construct a park that varies greatly from what was presented to Orange County voters. The offer is to construct 688 acres of the park, in exchange for nearly doubling the number of houses the firm can build on the park's perimeter. FivePoint Communities has approval to build 4,900 homes at El Toro, but wants 4,600 more.
Commenting on the LA Times article, Salem-News.com's Odd Man Out, Roger Butow, who served at El Toro, wrote:
Please read the article and associated comments here
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