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FPPC is Investigating Irvine Council Member Christina Shea

Christina Shea

Christina Shea

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) says Irvine Council Member Christina Shea is the subject of an “existing investigation” prior to receiving a formal complaint on Shea from TheLiberalOC.

In a letter dated January 22, 2016, the FPPC informed this blog that “since the allegations in your complaint are the subject of an existing investigation, we will not open a new investigation on this matter.  Your complaint has been incorporated into our ongoing investigation.”

Shea may address the FPPC investigation at tonight’s Irvine City Council meeting, and its hoped Shea will release the contents of a letter from the City Attorney she says clears her of wrongdoing which the city won’t release to the public.  Shea referenced the letter in her public comments at the last city council meeting and in comments on this blog.

The LiberalOC filed a formal complaint against Shea for alleged conflict of interest in her role as a Government Relations consultant for KIA Motors and her role as a city council member doing “constituent services” for KIA.  The Voice of OC inspired the complaint with a story that ran late last year.

From the story:  “However, a good government expert said even if the communications weren’t illegal, they were unethical, and that Shea should “either work for KIA, or work for the city, but she really shouldn’t be doing both.”

“How does it look? It doesn’t look good,” said Bob Stern, co-author of the 1974 Political Reform Act.

The state’s Political Reform Act makes it an illegal conflict of interest for public officials to try and influence decisions at their public agencies. But according to Stern, it’s possible that the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces violations with fines, won’t go after Shea because the decisions on things like permits don’t rise to a significant monetary value for KIA.

“The question is how much is she being paid, and how much is the decision worth?” Stern said.

It is unclear how the FPPC investigation of Shea began.  But it clearly was underway before we filed our formal complaint, so Ms. Shea can’t blame us for starting this.



  8 comments for “FPPC is Investigating Irvine Council Member Christina Shea

  1. Zander
    January 26, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    From her surgically enhanced lips all the way down, everything about Christina Shea screams out, “PHONY!”
    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to hear that she’s two-timing the citizens of Irvine.

    • Ltpar
      January 29, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Zander, I can’t speak to Christina Shea’s physical attributes, which you seem to know a lot about but, having know her and worked in her campaigns for twenty years, I can attest to her integrity. She was working for the citizens of Irvine long before you or the flunky OC Liberal shill, Dan C happened on the scene. There is some two timing the citizens of Irvine going on, but it is definitely not Christina Shea or Steven Choi who is doing it.

  2. Ltpar
    January 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Dan as you well know, any and all complaints submitted to the FPPC are accepted and reviewed. Your alleged complaint is nothing more than biased political opinions directed at a long time dedicated civil servant who has more integrity in her little finger that you boy Larry Agran has in his entire body. Moral of the story is, I eagerly await the results of the FPPC review and then we can establish who will be left standing with egg on their face. I could be wrong but I strongly suspect it will be both yourself and the flunky writer from the OC Voice.

    • January 29, 2016 at 9:57 am

      PAT, that’s not true at all. You need to provide evidence and there’s plenty of it from emails and text messages from Ms. Shea to city staff. She’s under investigation for possible violations of state law.

      You might want to get the names of our sites correct; we’re TheLiberalOC, not the OC Liberal….and its the Voice of OC, not the OC Voice.

      So why won’t Shea release the letter that clears her to the public Pat? Does she have something to hide?

      • Ltpar
        January 29, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        Guess you will just have to wait and let the FPPC clear her? Got any other “dead horses” to beat after this one is buried and gone?

        • January 30, 2016 at 7:25 am

          My understanding is the FPPC is investigating her for violating state law. The evidence of emails from KIA to her forwarded to city staff to hasten the requests made by her client are compelling.

    • don
      January 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      At one time she may have had integrity, but today she is corrupt down to her fake boobs.

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