Register columnist Steven Greenhut wrote a column Sunday that amounted to a sort of compliment to the progressive city council majority in regards to the council’s handling of the contract dispute with the Irvine Police Association.Â It was sort of like a husband at a marriage counseling session being asked by the counselor to give his wife a compliment and the response is, “You know, for a fat pig, you don’t sweat very much.”
From Steve’s column:
“I’m actually writing something nice about Irvine Councilman Larry Agran and his two council allies, Councilwoman Beth Krom and Mayor Sukhee Kang. There have been few politicians that I have taken more pleasure in ridiculing over the years than Agran because of a variety of issues involving openness, political fund-raising, development and spending. Nevertheless, I’ve got to hand it to this prominent left-leaning councilman and his Democratic majority for teaching local Republicans a thing or two about standing up to greedy union leaders. (Note to editor: No, I can’t believe I actually wrote the above paragraph!) (LibOC note – so nice of Steve to admit open bias here insteasd of pretending it didn’t exist).
The two council Republicans â€“ Christina Shea and Steven Choi â€“ voted with the council majority in closed session to approve the deal, but then voted against it in open session, which suggests to me that they simply are pandering to the law enforcement unions. I never would have guessed that the Agran-controlled majority would be the ones to hold the line. But so far, so good. And, yes, it can be difficult to give credit where credit is due.”
So let me return the compliment a bit here; SteveÂ and other Register columnists ripped the Great Park board for the way it conducted ther CEO search while largely ignoring the OCTA CEO’s search which was handled in much the same way — through a search committee.; but alas, no charges of OCTA doing anything sneaky or underhanded because Republicans and Conservatives typically get a free pass.Â Steve’s criticism of Shea and Choi in this column is one sentence long.Â A virtually free pass.
So as columnists go, Steve gets it right once in a while; opposition to the Iraq War and No on Prop 8, but as he says himself, it can be difficult to give credit where credit is due.Â
Newt Gingrich had a column in the Sunday LA Times on August 16; would it kill the Register to run a center-left columnist just once on a Sunday?Â Until then, I will use the many letter pitches to renew my cancelled subscription as kindling for my backyard fire pit.