Great Park CEO Search; What the Critics Really Cry About

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.  There is a committee and a recruiter working together to find a new CEO.  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.  Coincidence?

Anyone who’s been involved in recruiting a C-level senior executive for a new job can probably explain the answer in a single word; discretion.  And discretion is not the first word that comes to mind when considering the previous actions and antics of Shea and Choi.  Want to get the word around town in a hurry?  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.  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.  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. 

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.  And Shea continues to vote “No” on a number of Park issues because its the opposite of what Agran voted.  Shea voted against the Ballon but had no problem using it on all her campiagn literature.  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.  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.  Every city staff got a modest “productivity” bonus based on job, time with the city and other individual criteria.  After all, the city has about 60 vacancies but residents are not seeing any decline in service.  And the city is running about a $9 million surplus this year.  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). 

Mayor Krom, Agran and Sukhe Kang voted yes.  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.  But Dr. Choi’s Grinch shoes were a little too tight and he voted no. 

So, be of good cheer Irvine city staffers.  At least you know who appreciates your work.  And more importantly, you kow who values it.

  8 comments for “Great Park CEO Search; What the Critics Really Cry About

  1. RLG
    December 17, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve lived in Irvine since 1985. Have seen the blonde bimbo and her behavior on and off the Council. What a ding bat!!

  2. The Captain
    December 17, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    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.

    Now Janet has something to use instead of suggesting that if she saved a kitten from a burning building then went back in to save a puppy, that she would be criticized for choosing the kitten over the puppy.

  3. RHackett
    December 17, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    Both the Register and Weekly have come after Agran. He keeps kicking their asses. Considering the Register has a subscription that is less than 10% of the county population and further considering the Op Ed pages are the least read, the OC Register has become the proverbial tree that falls in the forest with no one around to hear it.

    Greenhut referred to Agran as a scoundrel. When I hear Greenhut make a personal attack or start blabbering about the “free market” that is Greenhut codespeak for “I have no idea what I’m talking about.”

  4. Jennie
    January 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I worked for the City of Irvine for over 20 years. Everyone knew that Marty Bryant had criminal issues with his last employer. It was common knowledge and I am talking about years ago when Marty first started. I think it is important to note that as far as I know that Marty performed his duties and obviously did a fine job or he would not of gone up the ranks. I find it interesting that this issue even came up when it was investigated prior to his original employment.

  5. February 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Please do not hot link to pictures on my web site (www, unless you give credit to the source. I took the time and effort to take the pictures you can at least acknowledge the source.

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    February 17, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    The URL in the photo wasn’t.enough?

  7. Trippen
    February 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I added the URL to the picture after I followed the hot link to this site.
    So NO the URL is not enough. I guess LIBRAL means it’s OK to use copyrighted photos without permission. LOOK at the bottom of your site “No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.” and yet you steal content from other sites.

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    February 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Our stuff gets lifted all the tiem; Mary Wisckoll of the Register used photos I took of Bill Clinton l;ast June.

    I will have removed your photo in about two minutes after I post this note.

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