My TeamIrvine 8 page color budget-buster mailer arrived today and its worth several posts/Â But the first goes to Mayoral candidate Christina Shea, who was mayor from 1996 to 2000; took two years off and was elected to the City Council again in 2002.
During her time out of office, Larry Agran and Beth Krom led the fight to pass Measure W which effectively killed the airport and contributedÂ significantly to dramatic prices increases in the homesÂ in my neighborhood (my accountants say Thanks and so do my kids).
In Christina’s letter to voters, which starts off “Dear Friend,” she makes a startling claim which is #2 in a list of items on her record.
“I ..fought the County’s Airport proposal and envisioned our Great Park Plan for future generations.Â I will maintainÂ City Control over the Great Park.”
She envisioned our Great Park Plan?Â This is an outright lie.Â Plans forÂ a Great Park grew after she left office.Â What she envisioned for the El Toro site was an NFL football stadium which she blew $63,000 of taxpayer dollars on a feasibility study that went nowhere.Â Â
She wrote in the LA Times in 1997:
Part of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, scheduled for closureÂ in 1999, is within the city of Irvineâ€™s planning jurisdiction. AfterÂ a review of many options, Irvine selected a football stadium as one ofÂ the highest and best uses for our 440 acres. We envision the stadium asÂ an anchor for a sports and entertainment complex that will bringÂ thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to Orange County. Itâ€™s aÂ clear demonstration of what exciting options are possible for the rest ofÂ El Toro, when other alternatives are given a chance forÂ consideration.
As far as maintaining City Control over the Great Park, Shea opposed that initially siding with and citing the Orange County Grand Jury report that stated the County Board of Supervisors should want to take control of the park from the city.Â
This 2006 article in the LA Times reports:
In April, a council majority voted to make the park boardÂ advisory only. Krom and City Council members Sukhee Kang and Larry Agran,Â who chairs the park board, said the move was merely clarifying theÂ cityâ€™s control over the park. City Council members Christina Shea andÂ Steven Choi opposed the move, saying the city was betraying promisesÂ made when the board was created inÂ 2003.
It’s clear, Shea is counting on short memories from Irvine voters and will say anything to get votes, including taking credit for things she didn’t do.Â She’s been critical on the pace of Great Park development but recently called for a slowing down of development work.Â Which is it?