After the last election, Irvine Republicans openly chortled about the Irvine Community News & Views, asking when this publication that was originally a slate mailer/newspaper, would publish again. To their astonishment, Irvine Community News & News is still publishing and attracting advertisers. It’s also easier to find in Irvine than OC Weekly is. But now that this publication is in fact a real newspaper, Irvine Council member Christina Shea, wants to censor it.
She tried to have the publication pulled from the local Albertson’s from her Quail Hill neighborhood. She left this comment on Facebook on June 13:
Tonight I was shopping at Albertsons in Quail Hill after my six mile run…no sightings of rattlesnakes today…I was leaving the store and on the news rack was… the phoney (sic) Community News and Views fake newspaper ..which for years was published by the Agran Political Team. The front page had a picture of me and Mayor Choi and states City Council cuts Irvine’s minimum wage…really.? Not true …we didn’t cut the minimum wage in Irvine. Just more of their continual dishonesty.. I spoke to the store manager and told him it wasn’t a legitimate newspaper and he removed them from the rack. I asked him to please call corporate headquarters and have all Albertsons notified they are just political hit pieces created to look like a newspaper.
We’ve called the Albertson’s in Quail Hill and at their corporate headquarters to tell them not to censor the news, but this was a legitimate source of community news in Irvine.
What Shea failed to realize is in killing Irvine’s Living Wage law, that is in fact cutting Irvine’s minimum wage and its completely accurate. I’ll take it a step further, since the Living wage law most helped those at the bottom of the socio-economic scale, we’re looking at Latino and Asian immigrants who benefits directly from the high wage that didn’t hurt Irvine voters in the least. Shea led an effort that demonstrated economic racism against these lower class Asian and World economies.
The Irvine News & Reviews reports on stores, publishes a community calendar, covers high school sports and sells ads. Because it’s critical of Shea and her Republican allies, it’s a “fake” newspaper. If you’re looking for “fake newspapers” at Albertson’s Ms. Shea, we suggest “Weekly World News and “The Star.” I hear Caitlin Jenner is giving free fashion tips there.
Anywho, we’ve contacted Albertson’s corporate headquarters to assure them its a legitimate paper and one we like seeing at the store.