Maybe Frank Mickadeit needs to spend more time in that primate cage at the Santa Ana zoo.Â It seems every election cycle, Mickadeit writes a column about some up and coming conservative Republican politican who is going to go in an knock the Agranista’s out of power.Â His column on Mayor candidate John Duong took Mike Ward out of the Mayor’s race against Beth Krom and Irvine voters sent Krom to the Mayor’s chair in spite of the opposition of a candidate with lots of out of town money.Â
Mickadeit is clearly unhappy with the slate of Republicans who’ve pulled papers for Irvine city council and those who haven’t but should have.
Mickadeit laments on State Rep. Chuck DeVore’s decision to not enter the Irvine mayor’s race and GOP activist and freelance Register columnist Adam Probolosky reports that former council member Greg Smith won’t run either.Â So it appears Jeff Lalloway is the best the Republicans have to offer in Irvine, and mind you, even Christina Shea wouldn’t back Lalloway’s proposal to give $5 million to IUSD (to which I wonder why Lalloway wasn’t offering the entire $20 million from the city to cover the budget shortfall) in a shameless effort to pander to parents when what we really need is action and change by our representation in Sacramento (how about a parcel tax Jeff?).
From Frank’s column:
Few Irvine Republicans were more interested in DeVore entering the race than Jeff Lalloway , who is running for one of the open council seats. Lalloway could well win and join Steven Choi in the anti-Agran faction on the council. But the two would still comprise the minority if Kang and Agran also win and rejoin Beth Krom to burn through another hundred million or so of Great Park funding in furtherance of the Forde & Mollrich Full Employment Act of 2005.
That’s why DeVore is key: It will take someone with big name I.D. and the ability to raise money to knock off Kang, and DeVore is one of the few in Irvine who has both. But one can see that Irvine mayor is a step down from the Assembly (where he’s termed out) or the U.S. Senate (which he missed out on when he lost the nomination June 8).
Frank fails to mention Chuck is still trying to pay off legal fees associated with his court loss to Don Henly over song parodies.Â
Particularly troubling about Frank’s attitude on Irvine is the caption to the photo with DeVore that accompanies the story: “So maybe John & Ken wouldn’t come out to cover a Chuck DeVore run for mayor of Irvine — on the other hand, maybe they would. But DeVore says he’s not going to play in the Agran’s little sandbox of horrors this fall.”
There was a time in the newspaper business when copyeditors wrote headlines and captions; and we’re not sure who exactly penned this little gem, but Irvine, the safest city in American six years running and 22nd best place to live in the US according to Money Magazine is a “little sandbox of horrors?”Â So did Frank write this?Â I’ll vote yes.Â And if he did, he’s clueless.
Frank’s latest outrage has to do with a lack of soccer fields at the Great Park.Â I’m a former AYSO commissioner and coach; I referee now (and those black knee socks are fetching); and my daughter still plays on a U-11 team.Â But I for one don’t want to see a soccer field laid down and used at the Great Park until the Navy cleans the soil for said soccer fields because it’s the Navy’s obligation to do so.Â Perhaps Frank ought ot be asking the Navy how their remediation of the soil is coming along?Â Or will we see a column about how youth soccer players are playing games on toxic soil.Â I’ve been led to believe this sort of cleanup takes years, not months.
So, when it comes to the Great Park, I beieve patience is a virture here.Â It’s not going to be built overnight or over the course of a year.Â It’s certainly not like the instant gratification of say, getting your nose hairs waxed at a men’s salon.Â
If Irvine is a sandbox of horrors, Frank, stay out of it.Â
Irvine’s budget, services and quality of life are the envy of most every city in Orange County.Â And the only balls in his column are the ones the kids play with during soccer season.