- After hours of debate, lawmakers voted four to one that Gypsum Canyon would be the official area for the cemetery and not Irvine. Councilman Larry Agran was reportedly the only council member to vote against the Anaheim Hills site.
- Kim voiced her support for the project in July, OC Register reported. “I’m ready to support this site,” Kim said. “We need to do this for our veterans.”
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- “You came from South Korea. How do you feel about the 36,574 Americans who died trying to save your country for freedom to allow you to come here and prevent it being overrun by North Koreans and Chinese,” Kaplan, a supporter of Agran, said.
- “This is my country,” Kim said, interrupting Kaplan in his speech as attendees showed their support for the politician by round of applause. “This is my country, and I am an American,” she shouted while Kaplan attempted to repeat his previous statement.
- “Yeah, you’re American because you’re lucky enough to live to get here,” Kaplan said in his reply to Kim.
- “On behalf of the City of Irvine, I think I speak for my colleagues here. I apologize to everyone in this room. I apologize to my friend, my colleague and my political opponent Tammy Kim for the racism displayed here tonight, which is despicable, disgusting, unwarranted,” Carroll said in the meeting.
- In a statement the following day, Kim said: “At last night’s City Council meeting, I was the target of hostile racist attacks by supporters of one of my council colleagues who questioned my citizenship, my patriotism, and my right to be on the dias [sic]. As a Korean American, Asian American and a proud Irvine resident, I condemn all forms of racism and will speak out against Anti-Asian hate and those who attack our immigrant communities.”