By: Irvine Mayor Steven Choi
NEWS FROM THE GREAT PARK
During my campaign for Mayor, I repeatedly stated my belief that the Great Park needs some important changes. I am very pleased that Councilmembers Jeff Lalloway and Christina Shea share this view, and we have been very busy. You may have read about some of these changes already.
First, we reduced the size of the Great Park Board of Directors, from nine members to five, and those five are the City Councilmembers. With the State’s recent dissolution of all redevelopment agencies, responsibility for the Great Park now rests solely with the City of Irvine, and I believe that all Board members should be directly accountable to our citizens. That was not the case with the larger Board. While the other four Directors were good people, they live in Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Newport Beach and Santa Ana, whose residents have nothing at stake and nothing to lose. Continue reading