An Update: The Voice of OC has this story on the firing of Irvine’s city attorney and the political retribution tour continues. So who will the council majority give a no-bid contract to for serving as Interim city attorney?
The Irvine City Council held a special closed session meeting yesterday afternoon with very short notice from new Mayor Steven Choi. The meeting, which could have likely waited as a closed session session for next week’s council meeting, was held to “address matters associated with the contract for the City Attorney.” That’s right Irvine residents, the new Republican Council majority is fully engaged in the activity of political retribution although it’s not entirely clear why the Irvine City Attorney, Philip Kohn, is under fire. Kohn, who is a contract attorney with Rutan & Tucker, and the city’s top legal eagle since 2006 was appointed the General Counsel for the Orange County Great Park Corporation since 2010.
This council majority seems committed to political retribution over good governance in a city consistent voted one of the best managed in the nation. Kohn’s performance as Irvine’s lead attorney has played a role in this.
But more importantly, this council majority continues to schedule meetings at the last minute, holds them at times unbelievably inconvenient for the public to attend and has to lobby to get its own supporters to come out and attend meetings because the majority of the public who actually attends the meetings where the city’s business is conducted doesn’t like what they see. I ask, “Why would the Mayor need to call a special closed session on 24 hours notice when he could simply place it on Closed Session for Tuesday’s City Council meeting?”
And this isn’t the first such instance. There have been special Great Park meetings and cancelled regular Great Park meetings. There have been City Council meetings called at irregular times (last meeting started at 3PM). The purpose is clear — the schedule isn’t about transparency. It’s about making it hard for the public to keep track of what the new City Council is doing.