P.K. Wong, a finance professional and a former executive with the Singapore Futures and Options Exchange, will join the slate featuring Council members Larry Agran and Beth Krom for Irvine City Council. Wong would be the first Chinese-American elected official and his background and experience in finance would like make him the County’s most knowledgeable elected official in matters of finance.
Wong was introduced by both Krom and Agran at a busy signature gathering party at the Stonefire Grill in Irvine. All three candidates had their petitions signed in about 15 minutes.
A number of members of Irvine’s Pan-Asian communtiy came out with enthusiastic support for Wong who also serves as a volunteer for some of Irvine’s senior citizen organizations. Several residents spoke of voter registration drives to target the city’s large Chinese-American community. While Wong is a relative newcomer to Irvine politics, he played a key role on Irvine’s Save Our Schools Initiative; enough to make a bigger contribution to the direction of the city to move it forward.
The Team Irvine slate, which consists of three candidates who lost their last elections — two in 2010 and one in 2008 — seems more focused on equating Irvine’s fate with Costa Mesa. We have Steven Choi, who embarrassed the city by wearing a Tea Party sign of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Josef Stalin on his back; Christina Shea, who has already committed the first lie of the campaign saying in a Facebook comment today she’s never threatened city employees (until I linked an LA Times article about her threatening Irvine’s then police chief); and Lynn Schott, a Tea Party candidate who couldn’t win an election to the OC GOP Central Committee and lost a bid for city council last year. Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.
Irvine voters in attendance tonight found Frank Mickadeit’s depiction of them as “ignorant” for continuing to elect Agran to office laughed at the columnist and chided him for his lack of research. One asked, “so where is he?” Great question…
Irvine voters have a stark choice; a slate that thinks the sky is falling and wants to go backwards compared to a slate that wants to take 12 years of positive change to keep the city moving forward. Since the progressive took the majority of the city council in 2000, Irvine has a great balance sheet, been the safest city in America eight years running, gives more money to local schools than any other municipal government in OC, and is the county’s greenest city — both only environmentally but economically. And that is the record the Republicans on the Irvine First Team have to run against.
P.K. sent us his bio:
My family moved to Irvine about 10 years ago, primarily for its excellent schools. We have two sons, Eric and Kevin. Eric is married to Mandy and both are residents at UC Davies Medical Center, Sacramento. Kevin has recently graduated from UCSB majoring in Pharmacology.
Actively involved with the Irvine Senior Centers for about 6 years. I am the Chair of the Senior Citizens Council and sit on the Facilities, Leadership and Donor committees.
I have served as Vice President, Irvine Evergreen Chinese Senior Association for the last 2 years.
I am also a Board member of South Coast Chinese Cultural Association/Irvine Chinese School (was Vice Chair, July 2011- June 2012)
I am a member of Steering Committee, Irvine Global Village Festival and Chair, Merchants sub-committee.
I have over 30 years of corporate experience in banking & finance, information technology, sales & marketing and real estate. I have held several senior management positions including:
Senior Vice President, Operations, Singapore International Monetary Exchange, Singapore (a futures and options exchange).
General Manager, Financial Services Industry, Tandem Computers San Jose
Assistant General Manager, The Development Bank of Singapore, New York & Los Angeles branches.
Vice President, Continental Bank, Singapore branch
IT Far East Regional Manager, Smith NuCourt, plc, Singapore (British stock broking firm)
Irvine is well known internationally for its diverse community. My work has brought me to many parts of the world – China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Australia & UK, and I believe that my experience with dealing with people from different cultures and societies will help me serve Irvine residents,