By Sarah de Crescenzo
IRVINE – Hundreds of signs opposing Mayor Steven Choi’s plan to build a metropolitan library at the Great Park cropped up this week along major roads in Irvine in anticipation of the City Council’s discussion Tuesday on whether to move ahead with the proposed project.
The mayor said he was shocked when he found out about the sign campaign, and was suspicious that his opponents are taking advantage of the proposal, to score political points.
“There must be a linkage to political motivation against me personally,” he said “It’s not the library issue.”
It’s unlikely an average citizen felt so opposed to the proposal as to purchase and put up hundreds of signs along the town’s thoroughfares, he said.
As of Friday, city staff had taken down more than 340 signs describing the proposal as a “boondoggle” from a slew of streets, including Culver and Irvine Center drives, Barranca and Portola parkways and Jamboree Road.
The signs violate the city’s sign code because such signs are only allowed during campaign season, according to City Attorney Todd Litfin.