By: Irvine Councilwoman Christina Shea
Millions of dollars in no-bid contracts were awarded to political allies of former council leader Larry Agran. Hagen, Streiff, Newton & Oshiro Accountants (HSNO) forensic audit preliminary findings found significant waste and abuse surrounding no-bid contracts. Chief among the controversial contracts was Public relations firm Forde & Mollrich! Forde & Mollrich were paid $100,000 per-month to promote a park that largely didn’t exist. Forde & Mollrich have collected $20 million through city contracts over the years. Forde & Mollrich refused to respond to HSNO initial requests and forced the city to issue a city issued subpoena earlier this month.
The public has a right to know what happened to over $200 million tax payer money spent on the 1,300-acre Great Park, with very little to show for! Mayor Steven Choi, Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway and I commissioned this forensic audit immediately after being sworn in last year in order to find out exactly how this money was spent. Continue reading