By R. Scott Moxley
Newly obtained evidence reveals Larry Agran–the Irvine political boss who wrecked the Great Park plan by diverting millions of dollars to his pals in no bid contracts and lost control of the city in the 2012 elections–is hoping his November campaign slate with Melissa Fox and Mary Ann Gaido will retake power based on a lie.
In recent weeks, the Agran-Fox-Gaido team published at least six fake newspapers as well as continuous campaign mail urging Irvine voters to support them because they will impose “a moratorium” on construction projects.
“Gaido, Agran and Fox have the courage, skills and determination to restore Irvine’s Master Plan and put an Irvine Growth Control Ordinance in place,” Agran published about himself and his slate in the Sept. 16 edition of his campaign ad masquerading as a legitimate newspaper to dupe voters. “According to mayoral candidate Mary Ann Gaido, this would begin with a council-ordered moratorium–a ‘time out’–on major new housing tracts and apartment complexes.”
Concerned Irvine residents who want the best for Irvine have several reasons to be skeptical about the Agran-Gaido-Fox campaign promise.
First, as recent embarrassing independent audits of Great Park corruption prove, Agran is no reformer; he’s the epitome of pay-to-play politics made famous in his native Chicago.
To secure his return to power and win back access to park coffers, he wants the public to blame the new, three-person council majority for current traffic woes. But Christina Shea, Jeff Lalloway and Steven Choi have been in control of the city for less than two years.
In truth, Agran and his political machine caused the congestion they’re now complaining about when they ran Irvine for 12 consecutive years and allowed their corporate campaign contributors in the real estate development community unprecedented, rapid building growth.