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Orange County Great Park Update: Don't Test Don't TellRoger Butow Salem-News.com 'Odd Man Out'
Our OC beat reporter bangs the drum slowly... "Don't Test Don't Tell, Don't Test Don't Tell..."
(IRVINE, Calif.) - Update: Voice of OC's Adam Elmakrek reports the great scale back: (see: The Great Scale-Back Adam Elmahrek - Voice of OC)
Nothing but one broken promise, one bald-faced lie after another. Can the taxpayers now file for a divorce from Irvine? Haven't we had enough Agran-vation (aggravation), why not refuse to help find the funds for this LENNAR/Agran scam anymore?
As we've tried to point out, these two hangars (296 & 297) and those runways sit on some of what we believe to be the most contaminated soil on the base. Ellzey's Elves took samples around the perimeter/margins of the runways, never did extensive test borings through them (or did they?). Underneath them are the soil sterilizers, pesticides and herbicides left from Irvine Ranch before the base conversion in the 1940s. It's not really about saving demolition costs, it's about what they suspect is underneath those sites. Or maybe they already sampled, keeping the horrible results confidential and painting a happy face on a pig. They don't have to publicly disclose what they assert they never found. Ellzey & Agran made sure that investigators never got anywhere close to reasonable discovery or public, 3rd party peer review.
Remediation and mandated mitigation are based upon a simple principle: Whomever breaks ground and finds contamination MUST clean it up. You break it, you bought it. By NOT tearing up the hangars and runways, they won't be forced to (A) Reveal exactly which, and in what carcinogenic-causing concentrations, the already known residual contaminants remain, and (B) Obviously not have to spend the huge amounts of money necessary to excavate, to scrape down and export thousands of cubic yards of toxic soil to a distant hazardous waste site.
Then too this explains why they kept the truth from Irvine City Council members Shea & Choi, stonewalled them, kept up that "Attorney-Client Privilege" ruse this year: Knowing (or firmly suspecting) what was buried there, they kept Shea & Choi from digging up the bodies.
Speaking of buried, maybe that explains the Forest Lawn cemetery abandonment too----It met the same fate because that would have entailed extensive digging down for plots and landscape, FL would have found gross contamination. Shades of the movie POLTERGEIST where the dead rise up to smite the corrupt living, in this case conscience-less developers like LENNAR, willing accomplices like Agran and high paid lapdogs like Mike Ellzey..
Ellzey is the Manchurian CEO sent from San Fran by his LENNAR cronies up there to assure that their interests are the top priority, not OC voters, not OC taxpayers.
From the OC: The Great Scale-Back Adam Elmahrek - Voice of OC (Please take the time to leave your thoughts in a story comment)
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