Do you think a Mayor of a mid-size city (populations of more than 150,000 to 450,000) can affect policies that led to private sector job growth? Unless it’s a city contract, it’s doubtful. But Irvine Mayor Steven Choi is claiming that among his accomplishments as mayor is decreasing Irvine’s low unemployment rate from 5.6 percent to 4.4 percent in 18 months. There’s no actual numbers other than the percentages and there’s a small problem with this claim. It’s a complete lie.
We contact the city of Irvine and asked them to provide any documentation of specific policies, changes, notes, city council directives, laws that can back up Mayor Choi’s claim to cutting unemployment. The city was unable to provide a single example because the request was too broad. We blame the broad claim; there are no specifics to demonstrate the number of jobs created, defined policies of how those jobs were creates, and Choi’s role in creating them. It’s a fabrication.
But if Choi is going to take credit for cutting unemployment and has a vision of making Irvine a “Tech Valley,” does this mean we can view the pending department of security company HID to Texas from Irvine, the 240 Broadcom layoffs in Irvine and up to 1,500 RIFs at Allergan as something the mayor is also responsible for? If you’re going to take credit for something you didn’t do, you ought to accept blame for something you had nothing to do with.
So we’ll put it up to Mayor Choi. Be specific. What policies have you led on and enacted that have resulted in lowering Irvine’s unemployment statistics. Maybe the Irvine Chamber can offer some ideas or the OC Business Council. I’d love to know how many actual jobs the mayor helped create? Let’s leave percentages out of it. Its pretty easy for us to track policies enacted by Governor Jerry Brown or President Obama and how they lead to job growth, but this claim is just another unsubstantiated lie that mayor should be chastised for making.