Election time in Irvine, and the real estate interests and pals of big developers are at it again.
Just two years ago, in the city's last council race, Orange County's landed gentry propped up a fly-by-night political action committee, Irvine Citizens for Responsible Government, to front their viewpoint. Based in Newport Beach, this PAC proclaimed that communists, weirdos and perverts were about to take over the city government! Irvine would soon be a socialist state! A vote for the Irvine Co. is a vote for America!
They lost by a 2-to-1 margin.
Now the playing field has somehow grown smaller. The political model shaped by the development community for the benefit of Irvine voters is "liberal vs. conservative." Anyone who thinks that Orange County needs to revise its policy in regard to massive development is a liberal.
Irvine voters are expected to believe that the Irvine City Council is "misusing taxpayer money" in its suit against the Orange County Board of Supervisors. That suit was filed because of recent developer agreements the board made regarding the south county. The developers and their profiteers are saying that the "liberal city council majority" is acting "far beyond the scope and responsibility of city government."