Last week, Irvine City Councilman Larry Agran proposed a “Friendship City” relationship between Irvine and Nha Trang, Vietnam. The item was placed on the Irvine City Council agenda for this past Tuesday’s meeting.
A large number of people appeared at Tuesday’s Irvine City Council meeting to protest the proposal, filling the City Council chamber and the City Hall lobby to capacity and spilling into the plaza outside City Hall. Crowd estimates ranged from 600 people reported by the Los Angeles Times to 2,000 people reported by CBS 2/KCAL 9 and the Associated Press.
Among those speaking at the Council meeting in opposition to the proposal were Orange County Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Janet Nguyen, State Senator Lou Correa, former State Assemblymen Van Tran and Jose Solorio, Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen, Fountain Valley Mayor Michael Vo, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta, Garden Grove Councilmembers Dina Nguyen and Chris Phan, Huntington Beach Councilman Joe Carchio, former Orange County Board of Education Trustee Long Pham, and Garden Grove Unified School District Vice President Lan Quoc Nguyen. State Assemblymen Don Wagner, Allan Mansoor, and Travis Allen also sent representatives to voice their opposition to the proposal. Continue reading