We’ve been waiting all day for an R. Scott Moxley column on the Great Park meeting last night (there’s no better expert on Larry Agran than Moxley), but he’s busy skewering the DA — instead we’ll settle for Register columnist Frank Mikadeit’s piece earlier this evening: Great Park reform starts swiftly; bloody.
Mikadeit had some great observations:
At the end, the [three] decisions came down virtually bereft of compromise. The New Irvine Order. Or, as Krom put it, in reference to the axing of the contracts, “this is guillotine action.” Krom and Agran tried to paint the reform measures as sudden, reckless, harsh and just plain mean.
He also got down on some of the extraordinary costs the gullible (from an Allan Bartlett tweet) sheeple of Irvine let Larry and Beth lavish over nine years on their now-fired PR consultants and their famous (and now rich) east coast park designer:
$250 million should have bought a significant park, not a significant bundle of papers and park that consists of, as Spitzer derisively noted, “a palm court, a merry-go-round and a balloon.” … They burned through money. An L.A. Times analysis calculated that of the $250 million spent on the park, only about $38 million can be traced to in-the-ground improvements. In contrast, the city and park has paid F&M $19.8 million over the last 14 years, an amount Lalloway called “grossly absurd.”
During last night’s feed of the Council meeting, we were struck by the incivility of the crowd and the hours wasted prior to the three Great Park items. Mayor Choi had apparently eliminated or cut back some worthless subcommittee of some other nonessential collection of busybodies that regularly cogitates and ponders over meaningless social issues — this resulted in a parade to the podium of a dozen childish petulant whiny liberal housewives that seemed organized and orchestrated to embarrass Choi and keep the Council from far more important issues like saving these same folks’ collective financial ass from Ford & Mollrich. Rumor was that Agran’s wife was part of this group and didn’t want to miss the coffee klatches.
Still, Choi and the Council plodded through their Agenda. They were constantly delayed by the usual confusions of substitute motions on top of other motions (Agran is well skilled at this) and the City Attorney’s excruciating monochromatic explanations of them.
It was long after midnight before the new Council majority finally, completely, utterly defeated two of the most despicable politicians in the County with NO watering down or compromise on any issue. As Mikadeit described it, “When the revolution comes, it comes hard”.
Update (Thursday, 1/10): Allan Bartlett tweets this morning that Jeff Lalloway and Christina Shea have been elected Chairman and Vice Chair of the Great Park Board. Beth Krom removed as Chair.