|Proposed Southern California State Veterans Cemetery|
In 2014, Assembly Bill 1453 (AB 1453
) was introduced in the California legislature to establish a Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County (by former California Assemblymember Quirk-Silva). The California legislature adopted AB 1453 and Governor Brown signed it into law in September 2014. AB 1453 became effective January 1, 2015 and signifies an initial step in a multi-agency, multi-year process led by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet).
While AB 1453 was being considered by the State Legislature, on July 22, 2014, the Irvine City Council adopted Resolution No. 14-92
expressing its intent to convey what is referred to as the Amended and Restated Development Agreement (ARDA) Transfer Site (at the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro) to the State for the purposes of creating the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery, subject to all necessary and appropriate studies, procedures and agreements with the State and Federal governments.
As a key initial step, AB 1453 directs CalVet to submit a pre-application requesting Federal Veterans Cemetery Grant Funds (administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) to design, develop, construct and equip the cemetery.
CalVet indicates that it is working towards meeting next year’s Federal grant pre-application deadline – July 1, 2016 – due to time required to complete the work necessary for submittal. CalVet shared that its next steps include hiring consultants to assist with the pre-application, determining burial rates and developing cost estimates.
CalVet shared that they are unable to predict timing for this project beyond the July 1, 2016 pre-application submittal goal. This because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines project eligibility, plus timing is dependent on the Federal Veterans Affairs’ evaluation of applications received from all States.
Additional information is available via the following links: Background Reference Information Including Location Maps