The city’s high-profile and controversial forensic audit of the Great Park was plagued by poor governance, a lack of auditing standards, and a compromised bidding process, according to a scathing report released by the State Auditor’s office Tuesday.
Council members battled over whether they should release the city attorney’s legal opinion on Councilwoman Christina Shea’s controversial, and perhaps illegal, consulting work for KIA Motors America. The council ultimately chose not to release the opinion.
A proposed land swap would have resolved concerns from Chinese home buyers that living next to a cemetery is bad feng shui. But A majority of council members said changing course might derail the cemetery altogether.
The Fair Political Practices Commission’s investigation of Councilwoman Christina Shea follows a Voice of OC article about Shea’s attempts to fast-track construction plans at City Hall for her consulting client, KIA Motors.
Councilwoman Christina Shea has built her political career on rooting out corruption surrounding the Great Park. But what she’s doing behind the scenes for a consulting client is also crossing ethical lines, a government ethics expert says.
Given the years-long controversy over stalled construction, it might seem like a specious claim. But a representative from developer FivePoint Communities says they are going to start building substantial portions of the park “over a year early.”
In another successful effort to rollback the policies of their Democratic predecessors, Irvine’s Republican council majority did away with a requirement that city contractors pay a so-called living wage to their employees.