• @Dan Chmielewski

    Great job on the story Thy. The gist of the whole audit issue is found in these paragraphs:

    “The findings of the city’s audit were ultimately fatal to Agran’s long council tenure. In October 2014, Aleshire presented a number of preliminary findings at a City Council meeting despite the fact that the investigation was still in progress, which became fodder for attack ads against Agran, who was unseated in the November 2014 election.

    ***Aleshire’s preliminary findings were later proven to be untrue.***

    “By permitting Aleshire to publicly disclose these preliminary findings so close to the November 2014 election, the council created an opportunity to influence public opinion in advance of an election,” the audit states.”

    • Rivett

      What are you squealing about, sycophant. The irony is that a proper audit would have been even more devastating, which is why it’s such a shame that’s not what happened. Agran’s foes undermined their own best case by compromising the quality of the investigation, but Agran and his cronies inevitably come out looking like the incompetents and/or crooks that they are, and without anything or anyone else to point fingers at.

  • Paul Lucas

    In the end 250 million got stolen from the public. Mostly from ford molrich

    • @Dan Chmielewski

      Forde and Mollrich billings were less than 5% of the $250 million. Do you truly believe *every* dollar was wasted? It wasn’t. UCI shudders at your grammar.

      • Paul Lucas

        This is a happy day. I’ve found the blocking feature on this and I will no longer have to be reminded that a meat sack as foul; as you actually exists in this world. You obviously do not have the decency to stop talking to people who have asked you on multiple occasions to.

        • @Dan Chmielewski

          Whatever. I’m only pointing out you are factually incorrect.

        • @Dan Chmielewski

          Punctuation Paul. Sentence structure. Elusive to you. Say hi to Henry for me

        • Paul Lucas

          Im so happy. All I see is This User is Blocked!! Im giddy.

          • @Dan Chmielewski

            Neener neener Paul

          • Paul Lucas

            I guess I have to do this on my phone too so I don’t have to see your toxic meat sack dribble. Adios Troll.

          • @Dan Chmielewski

            Try to contribute to society in a positive fashion. Get yourself a copy of “Elements of Style”.

          • Paul Lucas
  • OCservant_Leader

    Ugh -This gave me flashbacks of working in OC County Procurement!

    • David Zenger

      Did you know Ron Vienna?

      • OCservant_Leader

        Doesn’t everyone?

  • Greg Diamond

    I’m searching through my database of appropriate aphorisms and I can’t decide between “a pox on both their houses” and “they framed a guilty party”

    Here’s my scorecard:

    * Agran and Company didn’t deliver what they promised in terms of a park. But what they DID deliver was the absence of an airport — and I think that that’s what Irvine residents cared about that much more than the park.

    * This wouldn’t have been so much of a problem — it would have been easily explained away by the Great Recession and the loss of Redevelopment money — so long as expenses were kept relatively small. The Great Park could have been built over half a century and still have been worthwhile.

    * But expenses weren’t kept to a minimum — thanks to the PR consultants who were allowed to (more or less) write their own tickets to work on the matter and wrote themselves big ones. (What I’D like to see is an independent audit of how much Irvine citizens really benefitted from the vaunted “Solar Decathlon.”)

    * That was a failure of supervision for which Agran was largely responsible. But it’s not evil. He got took by people whose business model is taking people and spending most of their efforts justifying why their taking them was for the general good.

    * There was fair reason for concern and it was fair to call for an audit.

    * This wasn’t an audit. It was intentionally slanted, intentionally abusive, and designed and executed for electoral political advantage. I understand why the finally ascendant Republican majority felt that they were justified in doing it — and in doing it that way that they did. But it stank.

    It’s entirely possible to hold all of these positions at the same time. It just takes some effort. Too much effort, when both sides are trying to paint the scene solely in black and white (or red and blue.)

    • David Zenger

      The Solar Decathalon was another money loser. If it weren’t they’d still be doing it. What numskull vaunted that?

      P.S. the “Agran got took” position is absurd. It reminds me of the “good King, evil counselors” defense the Puritans put up for James I and even Charles I – until they finally got wise.

      • Greg Diamond

        Have they stopped doing it? Their argument will be that the controversy drove it away. That seems awfully convenient. Let’s see the numbers!

        I could provide more argument if it had a chance of moving you, like “well, unlike those English kings, what WAS in it for Agran personally when it came to mucking up the deal, and why ISN’T a “had the economy not failed and redevelopment funds not dropped he would have at least gotten a lot more done” a reasonable argument? But I suspect that you cannot be moved.

        That said, you just tried to refute my assertion with “automatic gainsay,” to quote Monty Python, and an analogy that presumes its applicability to be true. So I’m unmoved too.

        • David Zenger

          What was in it for Agran was the feeding of his ego – control of a huge enterprise with virtually no oversight or accountability; which is precisely why he can’t be exonerated by blaming his cohorts Forde & Mollrich, campaign operatives with whom he had been intimate for years and years.

          This was Agran’s deal from start to finish with puppets Krom and Kang along for the ride. You make Agran sound like some sort of incompetent rube who got took by the big city slickers. He was incompetent alright, but he was the architect of the disaster.

          Chalk up the Great Pork fiasco to hubris – Agran’s.

        • @Dan Chmielewski

          The city did not submit a bid to keep it. Controversy had nothing to do with the solar decathlon going away. A lack of vision from The right wing city council majority was a major factor

      • @Dan Chmielewski

        It wasn’t a money loser at all. The first one generated $11 million in revenues for the city. $30 million was anticipated but the new Republican majority spent next to nothing marketing it. The second event was closer to $20 million. Marketing — more than an embroidered logo on a hat.

        • David Zenger

          Whatever you say, Chump.

          Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on an Agran stooge for the facts:

          “As cost to host rises to $4 million, Irvine says it will sit out next two Solar Decathlon events”

          http://www.ocregister.com/articles/event-687595-irvine-solar.html

          • @Dan Chmielewski

            Thanks for posting the story which reports the $11 million boost to the local economy. You can do math. What’s $4 million subtracted from $11million? Not a money loser. That’s for sure.

    • @Dan Chmielewski

      PR consultants were less than 5% of the Great Park expenditures Greg.

  • David Zenger

    Larry Agran vindicated!

    Oh, wait, no. That’s not right.

    Where’s our park?

  • RyanCantor

    So now we’re complaining about city procedures used to solicit an audit and NOT complaining about sole source contracts to campaign consultants that directly contributed to wasting $200,000,000 of public money.

    Yeah. That sounds reasonable.

    • David Zenger

      $4400 will buy you a State-sponsored whitewash in California.

      Who says California is a bad place to do business?

      • RyanCantor

        What a joke.

        Can we get an audit of the audit of the audit? I feel like that audit of the audit didn’t use industry standards for an audit of an audit of a farce.

        • David Zenger

          You have fallen into The Larry Agran Fun House Hall of Mirrors.