The Agranistas have dug themselves quite a big hole at the Great Park
It is finally hitting the fan in Irvine, where their City Council will be making huge decisions on Tuesday night, January 8, at 5 pm, regarding the Orange County Great Park (which really should be called the Irvine Great Park). Click here to read the Council’s agenda.
“Since its inception more than a decade ago, 200 of the planned 1,347 acres have been developed. Conservative members of the council say progress has been bogged down by mismanagement and misspending,” according to the Daily Breeze.
The Voice of OC posted an excellent recap today of the way the Great Park’s Board blew millions of dollars in public relations, including this nugget:
A Voice of OC analysis revealed that Forde & Mollrich did do work designing glossy postcards, managing the installation of vinyl banners, assisting with applications for state grants, giving park tours, writing surveys and other tasks. But it’s unclear whether the work added up to $100,000 a month.
The Great Park’s appointed board members are raising a stink about possibly getting booted tonight, but Irvine Council Member Jeff Lalloway made a great case for this in a comment to the O.C. Register:
“I’m surprised that the independent directors and the Great Park board as it’s currently situated don’t understand that the voters have spoken and they’d like a different direction for the Great Park,” he said Sunday. “Every employee and every dollar spent at the Great Park is a city of Irvine employee and dollar. Those decisions ultimately should be made by an elected, accountable-to-the-voter person, not someone who’s appointed and has no accountability to the voters of Irvine.”
He has a good point. If the Great Park was a County park wouldn’t the County of Orange be running it? It very clearly is an Irvine Park.
But it is true that the park exists, even in its sad condition, because of Measure W, that folks outside of Irvine voted on too. So why not keep a few “advisory” board members on hand, with two year term limits, and no pay? Let’s see if any Agranistas want to serve under those conditions! Don’t hold your breath.
Democratic Irvine Council Members Beth Krom and Larry Agran stand to lose a lot of power if they can’t dole out Great Park money to consultants, who over the years gave some if it back to Political Action Committees that supported Krom and Agran and their allies. So of course they aren’t taking this too well.
It is great to finally see a transparent local government in place in Irvine that actually is working to do the right thing for the people of that city.