Business license records from the City of Irvine show that Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway, who led the movement to cancel the city’s business license program earlier this year, did not have a business license for his solo practice law firm from 2010 until October 17 of this year. In text message exchanges yesterday afternoon, Lalloway insisted his firm renews every year and the business license is something handled by his accountant. City records tell another story.
We were tipped off over the weekend to the issue and sought to find an explanation to how this might have occurred. And it’s a tad ironic given to how passionate the mayor pro tem was in having this program cut to “save taxes.” We’ve documented before how little taxes (it’s actually a fee) are saved to actual Irvine taxpayers.
The listing on the city’s business license website shows a date when the license was initiated. The listing for “Lalloway Law Firm” posted the license began on 10/17/2015. Further digging produced this document, when his firm was established in Irvine from the East Coast, but that listed expired in 2009. The next document associated with Lalloway’s firm is the one completed last month which you can see here. Depending on how the business license managers at the city want to handle this, Lalloway could owe back business license fees for five or six years ranging from $380 to $456 (which probably should come out of his accountant’s pocket).
The city offered no explanation or direction as to how they might address this situation.
In fairness, Lalloway takes no compensation for serving on the city council. But since he operates a business within the city, his work on the council has no bearing on his responsibilities to manage his professional business operations.
In addition to his role as Mayor Pro Tem, Lalloway is also serves an the chairman for OCTA and is the Vice Chair for the California State GOP South.