I haven’t been particularly happy with our school board since they screwed John Burger over in 2004.Ã‚Â So a polite congratulations to Sharon Wallin and Gavin Huntlely-Fenner on their victories and a reminder that John Burger still got more votes than either of the winners on election day.
I’m thrilled with Beth Krom’s overwhelming re-election.Ã‚Â She has done a great job as mayor.Ã‚Â The Republican candidate, John Duong, raised more money than she did and most of it from outside Irvine.Ã‚Â Voters rejected the divisive politics from Team IrvineÃ‚Â and negative press from Steven Greenhut and Frank Mickadict.Ã‚Â Greenhut opening wondered why Beth Krom was the mayor of a major city.Ã‚Â Frank called the race between Duong and Krom a “battle for the free world.”Ã‚Â Voters are smarter than that. Ã‚Â I am taking particular glee in the overwhelming rejection of candidates and initiatives supported by Mr. Greenhut.
But my Republican friends can no longer blame a rouge conservative candidate for stealing votes from the lead Republican candidate.Ã‚Â And Beth won by the same margin Chuck DeVore did in his re-election to assembly.Ã‚Â Irvine is a Purple city my friends, with a deeper shade of blue.
On the council race, Christina Shea led the pack proving she still has the power of personal popularity working for her.Ã‚Â I wish her the best of luck in winding down her lobbying business as in 2007, she will not be able to be a practicing lobbyist and a city councilor or she risks sanctions for violating the city’s ethics ordinance which she voted against twice (BTW, police officers and fire fighters are not eligible to hold office in Irvine, so I don’t have a problem denying lobbyists from holding elective office). By running, and winning, I am sure she’ll honor her committment to voters by shutting down her consulting business. And she owes an apology to the ICEA president Kevin Moynihan.
If she doesn’t, she should be kicked out.
Ã‚Â Sukhee Kang and John Duong proved one thing; raising lots of money doesn’t guarantee a victory.Ã‚Â Sukhee barely made it.