Tea Bagger/Tea Party Republican Lynn Schott thinks the third time is a charm; she’s launched her third bid for Irvine City Council with a platform that calls for some interesting projects — namely a convention center in Irvine at the great Park no less– with no plans on how it will be financed, but she’s deliberately lying to voters with a misleading line that she’s been endorsed by the Orange County Register.
The Register endorsed Schott in 2012, but right up front on her website, the first quote is from the Register’s 2012 endorsement. The Register hasn’t endorsed anyone in Irvine for 2014 yet (spoiler alert, ony Republicans will get it). It’s a completely dishonest thing for a candidate to say, especially one who touts her family’s ties to scouting organizations. Based on her big spending ideas for a convention center at the Great Park along with hotels and restaurants to “which typically costs $1 billion to construct and much better suited for larger cities may not meet with favor from the paper’s editors in 2014. Schott hasn’t identified where private or public investment might come for the construction of a convention center or but wants the Great Park to be a new downtown. But it’s clear, she hasn’t a clue as to the hundreds of millions to billions this idea might cost.
From her page on “Great Park issues”: “Create a real ‘downtown’ Irvine to attract young talent to the area; Build a convention center with hotels to bring in revenue.” We need more hotels in Irvine, really? There are several by the airport, on Main Street, on Von Karmon, and some new ones just sprang up in the Irvine Spectrum, but she wants to build more hotels at the Great Park. Is there public money involved with building the convention center. Perhaps she can place it next to Mayor Choi’s library at the Great Park, which was introduced 18 months ago and has precious little to show for it. And is there going to be some sort of light rail or shuttle bus service? .
Oddly enough, the entire Republican majority has endorsed Schott perhaps unaware of her convention center idea. But the endorsements from Mayor Choi, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway and Councilmember Shea made me laugh, specially Shea’s. She writes: “Lynn Schott is my top choice for the Irvine City Council.” Nice dig at Lalloway who is up for re-election to the Council and Choi who is running for Mayor.
Schott runs the Founder’s Academy, a service for home school teachers that provides conservative indoctrination. Schott openly supports conversative values and promotes a Judeo-Christian worldview, so to hell with the vast number of Irvine voters who are Muslim, Buddist or agnostic. I’m happy to let Schott know that conservatives don’t have a monopoly on freedom, patriotism or liberty; Liberals practice these things too.
Schott’s platform reminds me on a candidate for student body president: longer lunch hours, less homework. She wants to do a lot without raising taxes. I think more substance and more honestly are required of this candidate, especially when it comes to the Register endorsement she touts. In case she forgot, the Scout’s have a credo on honesty and she’s failed in this respect already:
H is for HONOR, exhibiting a strong moral character.
O is for ONE. The decision made by one person can make a difference in the lives of many.
N is for NEVER telling a lie. Honesty is always the best policy.
E is for ENFORCEMENT, as in the law enforcement officers who help to keep us safe us safe.
S is for SCOUTS—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers—all doing the right thing each and every time
T is for TRUSTWORTHY, the first point of the Scout Law and what every Scout should strive to be
Y is for YOU, the person who can make a difference by practicing honesty.
So give Lynn a Schott to be truthful about her Register endorsement and her convention center plans. Unless she thinks Irvine voters are dumb.