The two Republican Irvine City Council members on the Great Park Board are upset that they haven’t been allowed to see resumes of candidates for the Great Park CEO job.Ã‚Â There is a committee and a recruiter working together to find a new CEO.Ã‚Â And Christina Shea and Steve Choi are upset that they can’t see the resumes.
The Register editorialized about this today. And what perfect timing that the editorial ran on the day of Shea’s first fundraiser.Ã‚Â Coincidence?
Anyone who’s been involved in recruiting a C-level seniorÃ‚Â executive for a new job can probably explain the answer in a single word; discretion.Ã‚Â And discretion is not the first word that comes to mind when considering the previous actions and antics of Shea and Choi.Ã‚Â Want to get the word around town in a hurry?Ã‚Â Call Shea and whisper, “Psst, Christina, I’ve got a secret but you can’t tell anybody.”
After the resignation of former CEO Marty Bryant and subsequent news reports that he, as a much younger man and prior to working for Irvine, embezzled city funds and use drugs, I can’t blame the selection committee for carefully vetting new candidates.Ã‚Â Publicity surrounding any potential candidates puts their current job at risk, harms the reputation of their current employer (if things are so great, why would he/she leave?), and doesn’t get is any closer to hiring the right candidate for the job.
The real reason Choi and Shea are ticked is because they destest the Agranistas.Ã‚Â Larry Agran could walk on the water from Barranca Parkway to Irvine Center Drive, and Shea and Choi would complain that the man can’t swim.Ã‚Â
The county got the park on Agran and Krom’s watch; Shea was out of office (and while in office, had virtually no success in grouding the airport); Choi was on school board.Ã‚Â And Shea continues to vote “No” on a number of Park issues because its the opposite of what Agran voted.Ã‚Â Shea voted against the Ballon but had no problem using it on all her campiagn literature.Ã‚Â Both Shea and Choi urged the County BOS to take control of the park from the city with their reaction to the Grand Jury report but missed the line that says “Irvine owns the land.” Shea voted against the design team.Ã‚Â Choi and Shea: Dr. & Ms. NO. It IS that simple.
And at last Tuesday, the city council followed the lead of big businesses who have productive and efficient staffs.Ã‚Â Every city staff got a modest “productivity” bonus based on job, time with the city and other individual criteria.Ã‚Â After all, the city has about 60 vacancies but residents are not seeing any decline in service.Ã‚Â And the city is running about a $9 million surplus this year.Ã‚Â So the bonus, is a drop in the bucket (considerable less than the $3K Chuck DeVore picked up from the state even though the Republicans are urging a state of fiscal emergency).Ã‚Â
Mayor Krom, Agran and Sukhe Kang voted yes.Ã‚Â Even Christina Shea voted yes, perhaps to make up for her abusive phone call last election cycle to the head of the city’s public employee association.Ã‚Â But Dr. Choi’s Grinch shoes were a little too tight and he voted no.Ã‚Â
So, be of good cheer Irvine city staffers.Ã‚Â At least you know who appreciates your work.Ã‚Â And more importantly, you kow who values it.