While the majority of the 14 members of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee was in favor of auditing the audit/investigation of the Great Park, the needed Senate votes are not there so State Rep. Gonzalez has pulled the item from the agenda of State Rep. Gipson’s committee today and there will be no investigation of the way Irvine Republicans conducted the audit and investigation of the Great Park unless AG Kamala Harris decides to launch her own investigation.
The extraordinary efforts made by the city’s lobbying firm and the Republican state assembly and state senate elected leaves little doubt the Republicans feared the sort of scrutiny a state investigation would bring.
The Liberal OC has received a copy of a 5 page letter drafted by Mayor Steven Choi to State Rep. Mike Gipson, who chairs the committee, opposing the JLAC request to audit the City of Irvine’s Audit Subcommittee. In the letter is the most extraordinary lie Choi has ever uttered:
“The allegation that the Great Park Audit was initiated for local political purposes is completely false,” writes the Mayor.
Choi’s rationale is because the final reports weren’t completed until months after the November election, it absolved the claim the audit was a taxpayer funded witchhunt.
We call bullshit.
Mailer after mailer, false preliminary data leaked, and websites/road signs promoting the Audit weren’t for local political purposes. For Choi to make this statement to an assembly representative to sway opinion is the equivalent of political perjury. To make the statement, Choi is either stupid or a liar, or both.