Former state senator Dick Ackerman, who left Fullerton years ago for new digs in Irvine, runs this conservative Republican operative called “Irvine Cares” which provides fodder for the council majority and the Great Park “auditors” to use bogus survey results positioned as “facts” to make their case. In retaliation for the non-partisan state auditor’s pending investigation of the Great Park Audit, a taxpayer funded political witch hunt, Ackerman is calling for Irvine Council member Beth Krom to resign and is asking anyone — even individuals who are not Irvine residents — to sign a petition calling for her ouster.
It ain’t going to happen Dick.
When I stopped laughing at the initial premise, I noted his line that “she has embarrassed the city with her mismanagement of the Great Park.” If we’re going to call on City Council members to resign for embarrassing the city, let’s start with Mayor Steven Choi who still hasn’t apologized for his use of Photoshopped images of then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi as a Nazi SS officer or dictator Josef Stalin. Or we can surmise that Senator Ackerman supports that sort of behavior by his fellow Republicans.
Can we ask Christina Shea to resign for leading the fight to on Measure N that repealed protections for the LGBTQ community in Irvine in the late 1980s. From the LA Times: “Consulting with anti-gay leaders such as Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) and Oregon activists who had opposed an executive order allowing homosexuals to become foster parents, the Irvine Values Coalition plotted a strategy that focused on homosexuality and included graphic depictions of extreme behavior.
“We tried to show we were normal people. I’m a mom with three kids and I don’t want gay pride festivals or public sex in bathrooms in my city,” Christina said.
Isn’t that an embarrassment considering Gay Marriage is now the law of the land and Shea has never apologized for leading this effort or announced any sort of evolution in her thinking?
Can we ask Lynn Schott and Jeff Lalloway to resign for voting for the repeal of Irvine’s progressive Living Wage ordinance that hurts the poorest of the working poor? While saying she was “washed in the blood of Christ” on the dais, does Schott’s voting record prove she’s no the Christian she says she is? Time to re-read the Bible with all those passages about helping the poor Ms. Schott and good lucking explaining your vote to working class Latinos in CD-46 why they should vote for you after you decided minimum wage was good enough for most of them.
Here’s the petition.
Please sign the petition calling on Beth Krom to resign from the Irvine City Council. She has embarrassed the city with her mismanagement of the Great Park and the squandering of $250 million.
Dear Orange County Taxpayer,
I represented Orange County and Irvine in the state legislature for 13 years during the El Toro Airport battle. Irvine taxpayers have been fleeced by Councilwoman Beth Krom and her cohort Larry Agran. Orange County was promised a Great Park – we got $250 million in useless plans, a balloon, and a few soccer fields.
Three Orange County Grand Juries have condemned Agran and Krom’s squandering of $250 million in Great Park planning funds. A special forensic audit recently revealed the massive failure of our city government under Krom and Agran, including no-bid $100,000 per month contract for their political consultant.
Voters rejected Larry Agran in 2014, now it’s time for Beth Krom to resign. Please sign the petition below.
Chairman, Irvine Cares
State Senator & Minority Leader (ret.)