Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea voted with her colleagues to sue Orange County over placing up to 200 homeless people at county-owned land near the Great Park — under pressure from residents and developers. But last year, she didn’t have an issue with it.
This story in the OC Register last May shows Shea was open to the idea of sheltering the homeless at the Great Park, and then she did the very un-Christian like thing and voted no.
The county allowed Irvine to annex the Great Park land in 2003, and as part of that deal, the county set aside the 100-acre site for itself for future development. The agreement states the county has “exclusive land use control” over the property and “shall be entitled to place any development” including but not limited to 15 government uses suggested in the document. An emergency shelter is one of the listed uses.
Councilwoman Christina Shea said the homeless problem must be addressed and a shelter may be a proper use for the county land. However, she and fellow council members said Nelson should have consulted the city before announcing his proposal.
“I’m totally willing to work with the county, but we’ve got to do this properly,” Shea said. “We weren’t even notified about it.”
Nelson said that’s “fair criticism” but added this is just a beginning of the process. County staff is expected to evaluate the Irvine and two other proposed sites and report to the board at its May 23 meeting. The project needs a board approval.
“It’s not like we’ve made a decision yet,” Nelson said. “We will discuss with the cities if we decide to move forward.”
I’m appealing to Shea’s identification as a Christian. What would Jesus do here? Help the homeless. It’s county land, not the city’s. Do the right thing.