Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has joined his council colleague Lynn Schott and won’t attend an announced Town Hall meeting organized by the Orange County Residents Association (OCRA) on Monday June 8. OCRA is an organization made up of residents near the Great Park location for the Veterans Cemetery and Memorial and its leaders or members are not publicly known. But in announcing that the Mayor won’t attend, organizers savaged Schott and suggest they will still hold the forum anyway.
We’re not surprised Choi opted out of a meeting with a group he is trying to gain support from. Mayor Choi lacks political courage required to effectively lead and it better suited for cutting ribbons at Chamber of Commerce business debuts than actually telling this group his planning commissioner lied to them about what they could do about the cemetery and memorial. What is interesting is OCRA avoids criticizing Choi while letting Schott have it.
Here’s the notice posted on the group’s blog (we’ve bolded passages for emphasis):
Although through a phone call and a third party blog site, we had learned that Ms. Schott cancelled the meeting due to her concern on others’ false interpretations on our event flyer, we are greatly disappointed in her no direct communication to us PRIOR to her decision and her unprofessionalism.
Our sincere apology for any troubles this may have caused you. We appreciate your joint-efforts with us in making the event known to others.
We will discuss and notify you in short orders on the possibility of keeping the meeting date/time/location with you all.
We will still be present at the meeting location the same date and time if you choose to come out to learn more details about the cemetery issue. We will provide any answers or details concerning the situation.
Thank you for your patience,