Update: Looks like Schott has been re-appointed to Mayor Pro Tem and the Mayor’s chair will go to Beth Krom until December 13. Shea shared an update on Facebook accusing her council colleagues of a variety of underhanded things directed at her. Meh.
Shea’s post (all spelling/grammatical errors untouched and uncorrected):
I think people are confused about this vacancy facing our Council when Mayor Choi leaves for the Assembly.. Simply put…the Mayor Pro Tem by law, by our Municipal code and by our Charter, takes over if there is a vacancy based on the Mayor retiring early, dying in office etc. The law says the Mayor Pro Tem vacates their Council seat to become Mayor and when a new Mayor is appointed, they can’t go back to their position on Council unless they are reappointed by a majority of …the Council or by a special election, or the Council chooses not to call a special meeting declaring a vacancy on the board. This is our law. Councilmember Schott could have remained Mayor Pro Tem, when the vacancy occurred with Dr Choi leaving, and she would have had a safe seat. Her Council seat wouldn’t be in jeopardy unless a special meeting was called to declare a vacancy. No one ever suggested that to be an option and three votes would be required to implement that procedure. She decided to resign a week ago, from her appointed position as Mayor Pro Tem, this was her decision, i believe if she had asked for a legal opinion, as I did, prior to her resignation, her choice may have been a different one. Time to move on and enjoy the holidays !
Back to the Original Post:
There’s going to be a special meeting of the Irvine city council this afternoon at 4PM as Irvine Council member Christina Shea (R-FivePoint) is trying to pull a fast one to have Lynn Schott surrender her council seat on a procedural matter. Irvine Mayor Steven Choi is stepping down to be sworn in to the State Assembly on December 5, meaning the mayor pro tem, Schott, would have to take the Mayor’s title for one week until Mayor-elect Don Wagner is sworn in on December 13. But doing so, Schott would have to resign her council seat and then Shea and Wagner could install Anthony “hit-and-run” Kuo on the city council even though Kuo finished third.
But Schott resigned the mayor pro tem’s slot last week, making today’s meeting a dumb exercise for city government.
Here’s Shea’s Facebook post on it (all typographical errors and spelling errors untouched):
“Interestingly update: Mayor Steven Choi is vacating his seat December 5 th to take the oath for his Assembly seat…and our Municipal code states the Mayor Pro Tem shall take Mayors seat However, Lynn Schott, sent in a predated week old memo today, which appears not written a week ago, saying she resigned as Mayor Pro Tem as of last Tuesday, which can’t be accurate as last Tuesday night she officiated over the City Council meeting, as Mayor Pro Tem. And the City Manager only received her resignation memo as we all did, this am., Last Wed night City Manager, sent a memo to Council, a day after she supposedly resigned, stating she will maintain her position as Mayor Pro Tem, following the Mayors resignation. if there is a vacancy for Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem becomes the Mayor of the City for as long as that vacancy is not filled.which requires them to vacate their present seat. We need a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem especially in case of a natural disaster, or any other disaster or emergency.
Councilmember Schott should have done a bit of research prior to taking her office as Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Team has a vital role to fill representing our City,
If the US President resigned or couldn’t fulfill his obligations, would the Vice President just resign and scurry away?
Resigning a week ago, with no notification to her collegues, creates a problem which we must now remedy with a special Council meeting tomorrow..This could have been resolved last Tuesday at our regular Council meeting, the day Councilmember Schott states in her memo, which she sent in today, was the day she resigned. No one heard a word about this resignation a week ago,and we would have saved allot of extra staff time and our time to have to hold a special meeting tomorrow, if we had dealt with this resignation at our regular Council meeting of November 22nd.”
We will note that Shea skipped the November 22 City Council, citing illness.
There’s a simple solution to this: name Beth Krom Mayor for the next 9 days. She did not run for office, so there’s no seat to resign. The Council and the City have the coverage against the natural disaster Shea warns off and would have an experienced and popular mayor at the helm until Wagner is sworn in to begin his campaign for California Attorney General for the next two years.
But here’s what this is all about; Shea wants to make the case that if Schott were to serve as Mayor for the few days between Choi’s leaving and Wagner’s oath of office, Schott would have to give up her City Council seat, leaving it available to install Anthony Kuo on the council. We’ll remind readers Shea was the chief beneficiary of the $1 million campaign funded by developers to take over the Irvine City Council and champion of the $1.7 million taxpayer funded Great Park audit that produced nothing but a scathing rebuke from the State Auditor so she and Wagner can aid FivePoint’s takeover of city government.
I urge Council member Jeff Lalloway and Lynn Schott to make and second a motion to name Beth Krom Irvine’s next mayor until December 13.
You have to feel bad for Kuo in a way; he lost his run for city council while finishing third which would have been worse had there not been four Democrats splitting the vote taking four of the six top spots. And with Ling Ling Chang losing her SD-29 race to Josh Newman, Kuo is likely out of a job unless Choi adds him to his assembly staff.