When current Irvine council member Christina Shea was mayor of Irvine in the late 1990s and the battle against the then proposed El Toro Airport was at a fever pitch, Mayor Shea put her heart and soul into a new initiative designed to put Irvine on top. On top of the safest cities list? On top of most jobs per capita? Greenest cities? Nope. It was an initiative to make Irvine the most romantic city in the US led by our mayor in policy derived directly from a high school homecoming committee. And to give credit where credit is due, in 2008, Irvine ranked #4 based on criteria such as romantic books sold, romantic restaurants, places to buy high-end chocolates and such.
But for 2013, Irvine is out of the Top 10 behind such love swooned cities like Billings, Montana, Rochester, NY and Erie, PA (a city referred to by locals as “Dreary Erie, the Mistake by the Lake). This is unacceptable.
As it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s time to once again call on Council member Shea to lead Irvine back to the top 5 Romantic Cities in the US. Perhaps she can ghost write a new book, “Fifty Shades of Beige” where a petite young woman is bound by oodles of Red Tape as she does battle with her homeowner’s association over the location of her Direct TV satellite dish. How a night of Bunco gets out of control quickly. And a neighborhood book club doesn’t have in-depth discussions about the latest bodice-ripper by is more concerned with drinking the other book club under the table.
Or maybe she can form another city-wide task force to tackle this problem. Meh.