By Orange County Register Editorial
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, made a formal request to the state Joint Legislative Audit Committee for an audit of the Orange County Great Park audit. Ms. Gonzalez said she acted out of concern for the way the audit had been conducted and that it “could set a troubling precedent for municipal audits in the future.”
While a majority of the committee voted in support of the request, the motion failed procedurally because it did not earn a majority from both houses of the Legislature. Ms. Gonzalez vowed to try again.
But really, Ms. Gonzalez; thanks, but no thanks.
After nearly a decade of mismanagement at the 1,347-acre site, things look to be progressing toward that long promised Great Park. Why now does the San Diego area Democrat care about how business is done over at Irvine’s City Hall?
Ms. Gonzalez insinuated that politics were at play with the outcome of the audit, pushed by the Irvine council’s current Republican majority and which criticized the years of park development by the council’s former Democratic majority. One could ask, however, why neither Ms. Gonzalez nor the Audit Committee expressed any concerns about Great Park audits conducted during the years of Democratic control in Irvine and that found nothing amiss even as more than $200 million was spent with precious little to show for it.