Irvine Council Member Christina Shea has rescheduled an agenda item that was supposed to be heard in late September to the city’s October 11 council meeting, to exclude Beth Krom and Jeff Lalloway who are both Jewish and won’t attend the meeting because it conflicts with Yom Kippur. By eliminating Krom and Lalloway from the meeting regarding a temporary amphitheater being promoted by Shea’s favorite developer — Five Point — Shea is putting the agenda of the developer who is likely to fund IEs in her favor weeks before the city’s election ahead of the concerns of her peers.
And it’s not just Krom and Lalloway who won’t be there. Melissa Fox, a candidate for city council, will also observe Yom Kippur that day. Shea’s disregard for the religious obligations of two City Council members and Irvine’s vocal Jewish community to curry more favor with FivePoint is borderline anti-Semitic.
If you need a primer, Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Jews fast, atone for sins and other transgressions, and honor family members who have passed on. Holding a meeting on Yom Kippur would be like conducting a city council meeting on Christmas Eve.
Shea’s rescheduling of a significant development matter from September 27th meeting for October 11th was designed to thwart any opposition to the amphitheater. And shame on Five Point and LiveNation for going along with this. Irvine residents will have a chance at the September 27 meeting to tell Shea what they think of her lack of respect for silencing Jewish voices in regards to a huge development proposal.
We’re going to call on Mayor Steven Choi and Council member Lynn Schott to boycott the meeting or call for it to be cancelled. Choi risks offending Jews in Tustin, Orange and Anaheim for his assembly bid in AD-68 by attending.