Transparency Project

Dear Irvine Resident,

Today we launch the Irvine Cares Transparency Project. Since we started Irvine Cares just four weeks ago I have noticed a disturbing trend by the prior city council in the planning of the Great Park.

Last week the city began releasing depositions from the Great Park audit. I have been a proponent of the audit and have been proud of the city council for funding the effort to find out what happened to over $230 million of Great Park funds.

The depositions now being released reveals disturbing information of a project run like a personal (and very expensive) playground. I have posted four key depositions that you should take the time to read.

Former Great Park CEO and current Assistant City Manager Mike Ellzey’s deposition is a tutorial on governance gone bad. Ellzey discusses a spending spree of Great Park funds that resulted in plans upon plans – and little construction.

Former master developer and Irvine Company executive Dick Sim deposition is a criticism of one councilman’s style and the spending of millions on a no-bid public relations contract.

Col. Bill Kogerman was a leader in the fight to kill the El Toro Airport proposal. He was skeptical of the Great Park at first but became an advocate over time. Col. Bill Kogerman’s deposition reveals more wasteful spending.

Project Manager Brendan McDevitt’s deposition reveals that much of the proposed Great Park was “unconstructable” due to federal regulations. Yet, they marched forward wasting time and burning through money.


ackerman_95x95Dick Ackerman
Chairman, Irvine Cares
State Senator & Minority Leader (ret.)

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