Irvine mayoral candidate Gang Chen, still upset about the Irvine City Council’s refusal to vote for the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial landswap that would enrich FivePoint by hundreds of millions of dollars, has written every member of the Irvine City Council — except Christina Shea — threatening to recall the four who didn’t back Shea’s developer-friendly plan.
Here’s the email he sent Thursday afternoon (warning, it’s loaded with spelling and grammatical errors and awkwardly phrased sentences; so we’re not correcting any of the mistakes in the message). Shea was not included on the email but is believed to be encouraging Chen’s efforts according to two people I spoke with yesterday close to City Hall. Email addresses are deleted for privacy.
Subject: Shame on you for not backing up a great win-win solution for the landswap!
Mayor Choi, Council members Lollaway, Schott and Krom, Shame on you for not backing up a great win-win solution for the landswap! We are VERY, VERY upset and angry about your action. You are our mayor and councils, and you were supposed to represent our interests, how could you vote against the will of the veterans and the community? Your excuses to reject this great proposal are nonsenses. This landswap is proposed by the veterans, supported by the community, and second and vote yes on Shea’s motion was the right thing to do.
We do NOT understand why you did not second or vote yes on the landswap. Do you have some kind of hidden agenda? Are you getting some secret benefits from someone for rejecting this great idea?
Mayor Choi, we know you are running for the state assembly, but you are still Irvine mayor for now, as long as you are on the job, you should ALWAYS put Irvine people’s interest first. Otherwise, what will people think? Do you want to see this headline in the news:
“Steven Choi’s record as mayor is record of selling out Irvine. If he can sell out Irvine people’s interest when he is Irvine mayor, what will he do when he becomes your assemblyman? Steven Choi, a politician we can NOT trust.”
Lynn, We know you are running for congress, and Jeff is running for a leadership position for Republican, Republican Central Committee, you guys do not want to see similar headline for your upcoming election, right? So, go do the right thing and correct your own mistake, second or vote yes on the landswap when it comes around again. OR, you WILL pay for your own actions of ignoring people’s will.
We voted Agran’s team out in 2014 for what they had done. Apparently Jeff, Lynn and Choi, you have not learned from Agran and his team and voted against Irvine people’s will on 4/12/16.
Politicians have to be held accountable for their actions, and their actions have consequences.
If you continue to ignore the will of Irvine people, a recall of you as the city council or mayor is necessary. WE are NOT going to let you get away with selling out our community’s interest.
Gang Chen, an Irvine resident
Mr. Chen is on track to be perhaps the most inept and clueless Mayoral candidate the city has ever had. Quite a feat actually.
To pull off a recall, there’s an expensive petition drive that will need to happen with a massive amount of volunteers who have to follow strict rules. There’s an election in less than seven months that has two available seats and a mayor’s chair open. Couldn’t Chen just wait for an election to happen?
Chen’s platform for office includes no mention of his opposition to the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial on it’s original site, which is flat out dishonesty to voters in town. He also seems to believe the Mayor has the ability to add AP classes and reduce class sizes at our schools when the Mayor’s office has no authority to do either.
Mr. Chen’s threats of a recall will be a true test of his ability to lead the city. Good luck collecting the signatures and convincing voters to spend significant tax dollars on a special election when November is not that far away. I’ll take bets he can’t. At least not without significant “investment” from FivePoint. Something with lots of zeros in it.
And this leads us to the other candidate for office in Irvine with atrocious spelling and grammar. Council member Christina Shea (R-FivePoint), up for re-election in November, offers wonderful unintentional comedy on her Facebook page proving that some people just never got out of high school cliques.
These gems, posted yesterday (spelling and grammatical errors not corrected; and remarkably, she doesn’t know how to spell Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s last name correctly substituting a T for the D):
Must say, I am troubled by my Republican colleague Jeff Lalloway, a Republican representative for our Party, suggesting on his facebook page I am in the back pocket of FivePoints community, our developer, building the Great Park, just because I worked to find a win win for our residents and our Veterans. Of course, this isn’t true. That has been the Larry Agran,/Beth Krom reiterate to deflect the fact they never accomplished the promised development at our Great Park. If you… check my campaign filings, I have not been supported by Fivepoints. I am sorry to hear Jeff has apparently forged a friendship with Larry Agran and his friends, of late, and he was desirous to support Miquel Pulito, a dear friend of Larry’s , a democrat, for AQMD, against our Republican designee. He disendorsed Mayor Choi for Assembly because the Mayor removed him from the selection committee because Jeff, a Republican State official wouldnt agree to vote for his Republican designee. As a member of our Republican State Party and OC Party affiliation, his behavior and recent closeness to those we worked so hard to defeat locally, is more than troubling and should be questioned. Jeff’s attacks against me as a fellow Republican is just not justified, they are not true and he does not represent that which we should expect from a member of our Party leadership.
and this one:
Well Beth Krom prepared a four paragraph statement, probably reviewed by Larry Agran, as they were smiling at each other from the dais, and probably Jeff Lalloway, as he seconded it as fast as he could and I didnt see him read it. But we as electeds, are not to prejudge a vote, so we must be open to both ideas presented during public meetings, so a prepared 4 paragraph motion, is wrong, but Beth Krom already had made up her mind, clearly. Her motion was for us to reaffirm our previous vote to support the 125 acre cemetery site and then allocate $100,000 to the City Manager to expediate the cemetery process, which cant be expedited. This was after I made a motion to adopt the new plan and land exchange with no second from any of my fellow Councilmembers.It was a political “set up” by Beth.That was my perception, just so I would oppose the motion and then the Community News and Views could write a story that I opposed the cemetery. This was so orchestrated it was embarrassing. So I stated I didnt support the $100,000 expenditure for the City Manager, I stated I won’t be drawn into this setup and after thanking everyone that came and worked on our great proposal, I left the dias as the meeting was essentially over.. Jeff Lalloway then began a nasty commentary, against me saying I oppose the cemetery, which of course I dont and this was his weak effort for the evening as he had nothing else to offer but attacking me and praising Larry Agran from the dais.They were there to play this game and I am not going to be drawn into a predetermined set up to catch me or the Mayor into voting for anything so ridiculous.The problem is, Steven opposed it, and of course, they will use this against him saying he opposes a cemetery and I wasnt going to be drawn into their side show.This was a serious offer and they played like it was just another issue they could dismiss, which they did!
And my favorite, a comment she left for OJ blogger Greg Diamond:
Christina Shea Greg Diamond I dont suppress dissent I may not agree with others ideas but never can you point to a time I wouldnt allow oppositional opinion that is just not accurate.
We’ll factcheck the councilwoman here with these details of her objection to oppositional opinion:
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.
And there’s this: This post has a MP4 file that features a female caller who sounds remarkably like Christina Shea whining about oppositional opinion.
So, in case Mr. Diamond can’t figure it out, we’ll give Ms. Shea’s comments that, “never can you point to a time I wouldnt allow oppositional opinion that is just not accurate,” the PolitiFact treatment and call that statement a “Pants on Fire” Lie.
Additionally, Shea says on her Facebook she’s *always* voted for the Veteran’s Cemetery when it came up; Another Pants on Fire Lie; She was the lone vote against AB1453 which was Sharon Quirk-Silva’s bill to establish a Veteran’s Cemetery at the Great Park. Shea’s no vote was intended to protect FivePoint.