One of the interesting side stories in the side show “I know you are but what am I” battles between Irvine council member and AD-70 GOP candidate Steven Choi and Tustin Mayor and AD-70 candidate Jerry Amante is the news that Choi has thrown Irvine’s pro-education parents under the bus as he pursues political power for himself.
Choi, a former IUSD trustee before his election to city council six years ago, was an advocate of helping Irvine parents lower the threshold for passing a parcel tax that could be used to shore up the massive deficit facing the district due to poor representation in Sacramento by Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and State Senator Mimi Walters.Â He supported Irvine’s proposed parcel tax twice and the proposal garnered support of the majority of voters in Irvine who care about education – just not the two thirds needed.Â But in a candidate’s forum, Choi, eager to tout his “conservative tax fighter” credentials, is distancing himself from Irvine parents who support education by renouncing steps to lower the bar for passing a parcel tax.
From the story: “Choi dismisses Wagner’s attacks. He says he did not vote for parcel taxes, but simply responded to constituent requests to put the measures on the ballot. He says he’s since changed his view of the two-thirds requirement and now supports it.”
Perhaps Choi sees failing Irvine schools as a marketing vehicle to steer new customers to his tutoring business of “Dr. Choi’s School.”Â But what can you expect from a man who, as an IUSD trustee won $10,000 in an IUSD raffle years agoÂ and kept $9,000 of the prize money for himself?