In the Thursday edition of the OC Register, columnist Frank Mickadeit’s column makes it sound like the sky is falling because Mayor Sukhee Kang cast two votes in a different direction from council member Larry Agran. I really hate to break it to Frank, as he perpetuates this notion that Kang and Krom are Agran puppets in a sly manner in many of his columns when those who know all three know they are strong willed and very independent people who usually vote alike. Are the Republicans on the Costa Mesa City Council Jim Righeimer puppets? Just asking.
Micakdeit also makes this look as though Agran has somehow lost power. Kang is Mayor and Krom is the chair for the Great Park Corp., so I think Frank musty not be keeping up on the news here in Irvine. Agran has the same number of votes he’s always had; his. Kang has his. Krom has hers.
From Frank’s column: “For several reasons – Agran’s political smarts and voter apathy among them – Republicans have never been able to get a third vote and take control of the Great Park. This is even though Irvine has a majority of Republican voters – roughly 40,000 to the Democrats’ 36,000.”
And this statement: “The Democratic Party of Orange County gave Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang its top honor on Tuesday night at its annual Harry S. Truman Dinner, the local party’s annual dress-up event, which in recent years has drawn big turnouts and top speakers.”
Irvine is the safest city in American for the past seven years. It has a smaller local government today compared to the number of city employees it has to the number of residents served than it did when the Republicans last held power. Irvine has the county’s top schools and one of the storngest economies, and there are no issues between the city and its employees like we see in Costa Mesa. But the fact the Democrats have held the council majority for nearly 12 years is due to voter apathy? The Truman dinner is the party’s “dress up” event (imagine the OC GOP Flag Day event being called that)?!
We get it Frank; you’re not a fan of Democrats. It must kill you and your Republican friends to see Irvine do so well compared with other cities in OC run by your Republican pals.
I know there are signs throughout the Register’s newsroom that read: “Your mother says she loves you, check it out.” Frank spends little time with those in Irvine who swing to the center left (wow, only 4,000 behind Republicans, reall?). The reason Republicans haven’t made a strong run at the council is they have offered terrible candidates. Kang had a huge margin of victory last fall. Agran was the top votegetter for council. Krom was the top votegetter in 2008. All this in spite of the very favorable columns Frank has written for GOP candidates in town over the years. But Irvine Democrats keep winning in spite of our “weak livered liberal” status (yes, another Mickadeit reference).
So the sky is not falling in Irvine because Mayor Kang voted differently (I’ll add Krom joined him on one of those votes). But with the leaps this columnist attempts to make, he should try out for the Olympics.