A proposal to build a new veterans cemetery in Orange County cleared the Legislature on Monday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's approval.
The measure by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) would direct the state Department of Veterans Affairs to build a new cemetery in Irvine. The proposed site, on the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, would serve the veteran populations of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.
Describing Cook's advocacy, Quirk-Silva said he often made the point that "this is where we left -- from the El Toro Marine base. Many of us came home, but many of our fellow veterans have not come home. So the historical significance really means a lot."
Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner (R-Irvine), in whose district the cemetery would be located, noted that the Irvine City Council has already given the plan its blessing.
"They picked a great site," Wagner said.
The Assembly gave the bill, AB 1453, its final legislative approval Monday afternoon on a 77-0 vote.
If Brown signs the bill, the next step would be applying to the federal government for construction funds. Quirk-Silva said that application could be submitted as early as next July.
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