The City of Irvine announced today that for the ninth straight year, the FBI has named it the “safest city in America.” And the current Republican council majority which is so fast to take credit for everything they do, no matter how basic, should take note that the stats were through 2012..when Republicans had a majority for exactly 20 days.
From the press release: “For the ninth consecutive year, the City of Irvine has reported the lowest per capita violent crime rate (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) for cities of greater than 100,000 in population. In addition to this National distinction, 2012 was also the City’s record low for the per capita violent crime rate.”
Mayor Steven Choi chimed in on how proud he was of the Irvine PD’s record, but there’s that small matter of $100,000 taken from the city’s public safety fund this year to pay for an award Choi committed to during the Christopher Dorner manhunt — a reward not budgeted for or voted on by the city council until after Choi committed the funds. And the FBI stats blow all sorts of holes in the Irvine GOP’s claim of perverts roaming free in our parks, doesn’t it.
The fact of the matter, under a Democratic controlled council majority, Irvine maintaining a string of nine straight years as the safest city in America. It’s a credit to the city’s police force, its diversity, it’s education system, and recreational opportunities that span from sports to the arts to parks to cultural activities.
Should Irvine lose it’s perch as the safest city in America in 2013, Choi and his Republican council cronies own it. It’s still unclear how the Irvine PD will cover the $100,000 taken from its coffers. With the coming austerity budget from the Republican majority, what are the odds of Irvine making it 10 years in a row?