O.C. REGISTER: Irvine to Take Former Councilman Larry Agran to Court over Great Park

By Sarah de Crescenzo, Orange County Register

The Irvine City Council will ask a Superior Court judge to force former Councilman Larry Agran to give a deposition in the city’s investigation into spending on the Orange County Great Park.

The council says the testimony is essential to the completion of the audit.

At least 20 people have been deposed so far during the financial review of the spending of more than $200 million on the development of the park, which started in June 2013.

The council at a special meeting Monday afternoon voted 4-1 in favor of a recommendation from special counsel Anthony Taylor, the attorney overseeing the park review, to seek a court order compelling Agran’s testimony. Officials also authorized Taylor to recover the money spent for a deposition that Agran skipped.

“I think it’s very important to note that no other witness in this audit has failed to appear at their deposition in violation of the subpoena,” Taylor said.

The deposition conflict has developed in recent months in the wake of a records subpoena sent Dec. 23 from the city to Agran. He turned over some of the documents requested, but also sent 10 pages of objections.

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