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Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, a Blight for Orange County Taxpayers

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. -'s Roger Butow, comment in LA Times article on El Toro.

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(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,'s Odd Man Out, Roger Butow, who served at El Toro, wrote:

    Isn't it odd that in spite of all of the internecine warfare, the innumerable malfeasance/misrepresesentation and mismanagement allegations made among Irvine CC members & former Great Park Board members that not one criminal investigation has taken place--or apparently ever will? Where is all of that governmental responsibility & accountibility oversight propaganda that Todd Spitzer screams about, or our DA, or our Grand Jury?

    There cannot be this much smoke the past 10 years without a fire in there somewhere. I revealed a lot of background information in the online several years ago that Emile Haddad & his corporate cronies at LENNAR were social pals with now Great Park CEO Mike Ellzey up in the SF Bay area back when Ellzey came aboard. Haddad followed him into South OC.

    Where's investigative journalism too, where's the follow-up datamining? Review Ellzeys military record as I researched it, you tell me if it's hinkey or has some weird, never explained holes. And with all of the scandal, why is he still CEO, why hasn't the termination slip arrived at his apparently incompetent desk yet, why is he still at the switch?

    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.

Please read the article and associated comments here,0,5359101.story#axzz2lFAucgDG


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