Overlooked in the agenda from Tuesday’s Irvine City Council meeting, with the focus on the Cemetery and Memorial for Veterans at the Great Park, was this closed session item:
Government Code Section 54957
To learn more about the code, click here. But most of the language here deals with disciplinary actions or termination actions for a public body. Generally speaking, the words “performance review” are never good news for an executive or an employee.
Mike Ellzey holds the job now and comes off very badly in the initial, in mine opinion flawed, Forensic Audit of the Great Park. If the Great Park Board and the City Council wants to dump Ellzey, there’s a matter of a very large severance payment that will have to be paid.
We’re going to note that in researching this matter, Christina Shea has replaced Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway as the Great Park Chair last night which has to make developer Five Points thrilled. As evidenced in her statements regarding the Veteran’s cemetery, she represents the best interest of Emile Haddad and his company over the residents of Irvine. The fact she was the sole “no” vote against the cemetery proves it. As Ms. Shea has general disdain for anything the progressive majority has done and the organizations who have worked for them, as well as threats of retribution against her political enemies, it wouldn’t surprise me that her elevation to Great Park Chair means retribution against the Great Park CEO.