Ã‚Â I have been dissecting Irvine Councilman Steven Choi’s press release and positioning statement for his candidacy for state assembly.
Ã‚Â This jumped out at me:
Ã‚Â I am running for the Assembly so I can introduce a fresh perspectives to Sacramento, help control State spending, represent local interests and stimulate international trade, particularly with Pacific Rim countries
Hmmmmmm.Ã‚Â Helping control spending, which is why as aÃ‚Â School board trustee, he advocated and voted for aÃ‚Â huge increaseÃ‚Â in rent for theÃ‚Â Irvine Chinese School.Ã‚Â This massive rent hike, or let’s call it a Tax increase,Ã‚Â ledÃ‚Â the school to decide to leave University High after being there for 20 years.Ã‚Â I’m sure Irvine’s Chinese community appreciated that.
For someone who touts his strong record in education, he also voted against the Irvine Educational Partnership FundÃ‚Â when the program was launched.
I nearly forgot that both he and Christina Shea voted against tough new ethics standards posed byÃ‚Â the City of Irvine Ethics Ordinance.Ã‚Â Shea because she represents herself as a lobbyist on her website (or did) and Choi because he didn’t see how attaching his name to unethically reprinted copyrighted material that was edited negatively to call into question the ethics of Larry Agran, was in itself, unethical.
I wonder how successful anÃ‚Â Assemblyman who wants to encourage trade with Pacific Rim countries will be by continuing to not support the U.S. Government’s ownÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“One ChinaÃ¢â‚¬Â policy.Ã‚Â Since the PRC already holds huge chunks of our national debt and represents an enormous market for California companies, the promoting trade and dissing “one China” seems to be yet another example of Dr. No talking from both sides of his mouth.
And Shawn Steel’s comments about Choi blocking unheathly policies from being enacted; gosh I’d like to know what.Ã‚Â Since Choi and Shea vote NO about 95 percent of the time. I wish I could remember the exact issue this was about, but last year Choi interrupted an Irvine City Council meetingÃ‚Â and was silenced through a parlimetary procedure; he made some comment about “when I’m mayor….” as though it was a foregone conclusion that he would someday be mayor and proving once again he has more in common with OUSD trustee Steven Rocco that he’d like to admit.Ã‚Â
The comment led some city residents to believe he would run against Beth Krom last fall as he had a safe seat and would still be on council if he lost.Ã‚Â Given the huge margin of victory Krom enjoyed over John Duong, I’m guessing Choi didn’t want to lose and then have to sit on the dais with Krom for the next two years.Ã‚Â