We got a tip Wednesday morning and a second tip Wednesday afternoon alerting us that State Senator Dick Ackerman had decided to run for Mayor in Irvine once his term in the State Senate is complete.Ã‚Â
I called the Senator’s Tustin office Thursday morning, and the person answering the phone said, “It’s the first I’ve heard of this.”Ã‚Â I was referred to the press office and Ackerman spokesman Tom Collins.Ã‚Â I left a message with my cell; no return call.Ã‚Â I called back late in the afternoon and reached a staffer who gave me the same answer; “It’s the first I’ve heard of this.”Ã‚Â She said Senator Ackerman was on the phone but he’d call me back.Ã‚Â I didn’t get a return call.Ã‚Â
I called again late Friday afternoon and finally did reach Tom Collins who could neither confirm nor deny the tip.Ã‚Â “I haven’t spoken with the Senator about this,” he said.Ã‚Â
Since Senator Ackerman’s office has had about two full business days to respond to any of my calls, and I don’t have a denial, could this be true.Ã‚Â And the tip said not only is the Senator running for Mayor, but that his wife would throw her hat in the ring and run for city council.
According to my tipsters, Senator Ackerman may nudge aside a bid for Mayor by City Councilor Christina Shea, who is already damaged by flip flops on the City’s Ethics Ordinance.Ã‚Â Two years ago, Shea and Council member Steven Choi voted against the city’s ethics ordinance twice and later offer an alternative plan that excluded a provision barring lobbyists from holding city office.Ã‚Â Now, the pair are running TV spots — paid for by developers — encouraging residents to vote yes on Measure H and calling it “a good start.”Ã‚Â Shea and Choi want the entire ethics ordinance on the ballot.
As a parent of two kids in the Irvine Unified School District, I can say Senator Ackerman is no help to us when it comes to appeals from PTAs to help Irvine increase its already low per-pupil funding.Ã‚Â The message from the Legislative Action committees is that Ackerman will tow the party line first.Ã‚Â Anything that increases taxes is a no vote; even his defense of the sloophole tax on luxury yachts.Ã‚Â I hope Senator Ackerman does run so the many bi-partisan parents of IUSD children who support education can tell him at the ballot box how much we appreciate his support of our kids.