Three prominent Orange County men who spent years as close allies to Larry Agran have joined together in a campaign mailer to declare him a corrupt politician unworthy of winning the mayor's job in the City of Irvine's Nov. 6 election.
"He's betrayed his values--Agran does not deserve our vote," said UC Irvine professor Mark Petracca, attorney and former Irvine city councilman Chris Mears and journalist Will Swaim, the founding editor of the Weekly. "Larry Agran has turned his back on his progressive values and wants Irvine to be the most densely populated city in the county."
The two-sided mailer, paid for by California Term Limits and Citizens in Charge, begins with a photograph of Agran and the words: "A message from Former Friends of Agran. First elected in 1978, 34 years ago, Larry Agran has made a lot of promises. What do those who know him best have to say about him?"
Petracca, Mears and Swaim gave anti-Agran testimonials on the back side.
"[Agran] uses taxpayer funds from the City and the Great Park to enrich his political allies and campaign contributors," wrote Petracca. "He will not have my vote this year."
Mears, who served on the city council with Agran, wrote, "What I learned on the Council is that the visionary politician who I once supported had become nothing more than another professional politician. It became clear to me that Larry's decisions were driven by money, and those who have it, and not by the public interest. In good conscience, I cannot tell anyone to support Larry Agran anymore."
And Swaim observed, "Larry has changed, and evolved as a politician. Now Agran is really all just about political power, and cozy relationship with his developer friends. As a longtime Irvine resident, I will never vote for him again."
The mailer also contains a message from former Irvine Mayor Mike Ward, who asserted that Agran and the two other candidates on his slate--Beth Krom and P.K. Wong--are trying to buy the election.
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