Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Irvine council OKs Great Park audit, ends contracts, cuts board (OC Reg)

The famous "Great Park" balloon
     On a night when there was little if any consensus among two factions of Irvine's City Council, the last vote at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday was unanimous –all five council members voted in favor of seeking proposals from auditors to take a closer look at the Great Park's books since 2005, a motion made by returning Councilwoman Christina Shea.
     A proposal from Mayor Steven Choi to cut the nine-person Great Park Corp.'s board of directors to five by eliminating all of the appointed positions, and another by Councilman Jeff Lalloway to immediately terminate the park's contracts with public relations firm Forde & Mollrich and lobbying firm Townsend Public Affairs Inc. also won approval but with 3-2 votes. Council members Beth Krom and Larry Agran opposed the measures.
Larry Agran (OC Reg)
     Lalloway, in introducing his motion, revealed that Newport-based Forde & Mollrich - which has worked for the city for about 14 years beginning with its fight to defeat the proposal to build a commercial airport at El Toro – has been paid $19.8 million over that time, with $12.4 million of that earned after the city in March 2002 won Measure W, which called for the Great Park plan.
     "We need to stop talking about building a Great Park and actually start building a Great Park," he said…. continued

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