The union-funded Voice of OC posted a remarkable video today — 70 seconds of Irvine Councilman/Great Park Boardmember Larry Agran ripping his County Supervisor, Todd Spitzer, a new one. This was a return volley to the dressing down that Spitzer gave him at the January 8th Irvine City Council meeting. Continue reading
Newly sworn 3rd District Supervisor and 2014 District Attorney candidate Todd Spitzer landed an Orange Grove column in the Register this morning: A new chapter in Great Park saga. With a somewhat conciliatory tone compared to his justifiably angry monolog at last week’s Irvine City Council meeting, he commends the new Council/Park Board majority for taking control of the Great Park’s mega-issues and financial problems from the Gang of Two (don’t miss this great OC Weekly column by R. Scott Moxley on Larry Agran and consort-in-corruption Beth Krom).
To their credit, the Voice of OC is first to the Internet with last week’s dramatic confrontation between these two powerful local politicians. They’ve put up the well-edited YouTube video linked below that captures both Irvine Councilman/Great Park Boardmember Larry Agran noxious comments re. the Orange County Board of Supervisors (from about ten years ago) and 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s rebuttal during public comments at last Tuesday’s Irvine City Council meeting. Continue reading
In thinking about the future of Irvine’s Great Park, we’re recalling the shocking numbers that Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway spoke of during the City Council
debate earlier this week — the City has only $20-30 million left from about $200+ million they received from the sale of portions of the property surrounding the former air base to Lennar Corp. (the current developer, FivePoint Communities, is run by well-respected former Lennar exec, Emile Haddad). Continue reading
“On a night when there was little if any consensus among two factions of Irvine’s City Council, the last vote at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday was unanimous – all five council members voted in favor of seeking proposals from auditors to take a closer look at the Great Park’s books since 2005, a motion made by returning Councilwoman Christina Shea,” according to the O.C. Register.
“A newly elected City Council majority voted 3 to 2 to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid a combined $1.1 million a year for consulting, lobbying, marketing and public relations. One of those firms — Forde & Mollrich public relations — has been paid $12.4 million since county voters approved the Great Park plan in 2002,” according to the L.A. Times.
Anyone want to build an Airport instead?
You have to love Supervisor Todd Spitzer. He is the one who made it possible for Irvine to annex the Great Park – and now that he regrets that he is thinking of putting the whole mess to a vote again.
“If Irvine can’t make progress on the park in the next year or so, Spitzer said, he will seek to put another initiative on the ballot to ask voters whether the county should take over the project,” according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading