In Praise of Orange County’s Great Park

The people of Orange County have yet to realize the magnificence of all the Great Park will bring to their lives and in our community.  And they are not the only ones that will marvel and benefit from what it undoubtedly will prove to bethe rest of the nation will take notice and many will try to emulate it.

The slated housing developments surrounding the Great Park in and of themselves will benefit tax payers immeasurably.  There will be numerous job opportunities, businesses will proliferate and thrive and new families will be drawn to our City here in Orange County.  The revenue generated through property taxes and employment growth will alleviate the necessity to burden the taxpayer with the added (dread) taxes.  What’s more the increased revenue will spur the completion of the park – a long, long overdue undertaking.

The citizens of Irvine have been waiting far too long and paying too much to have seen so little fruition at this late date.  Unproductive, self-serving, unnecessary and often irrelevant obstacles have held the gate to progress closed considerably longer than it should have been.

Granted, it’s difficult to begin turning the wheels when exorbitant amounts of funds seemingly vanished into thin air.  It is scandalous to have fallen from $273 million to $20 million by the 2013, fiscal year end, with virtually nothing to show for it.  This level of monetary incompetence would put any CEO’s head (and those supporting him) on the chopping block.

Nevertheless, as the much needed housing development growth begins, let’s hope sound judgment and mathematical accountability go toward the completion of the Great Park.  Population growth, increased sales taxes, job opportunities and welcoming newcomers with new ideas and increased energy will benefit all.

It’ll be a win-win for businesses and communities alike.

About Irvine Valkyrie

Irvine Valkyrie is Katherine Daigle, the once and future Irvine mayoral candidate, an independent-minded Republican who is aligned with neither of the two dominant Irvine political cliques.