Important news often gets lost during holiday weeks, but hopefully this was not the case with Frank Mickadeit's November 24 Orange County Register column, "Want Turkey? Check Out Great Park PR." Based on internal City of Irvine documents, Mickadeit revealed that Forde & Mollrich, a private political consulting firm tied to Larry Agran, a Democrat and Irvine's most powerful and devious politician, is getting $100,000-a-month for 20 months in a no-bid contract related to--no, not national security--but public relations.
Thanks to its close relationship with Agran, the firm has already taken at least $3.5 million from public coffers for PR, according to the Reg columnist. "They get $100,000 (a month) no matter what they do," he quotes a source. It's an alarming situation that once again demonstrates that OC's leading self-styled good government progressive and the man controlling construction of the Great Park is a fraud.
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But, contrary to what Mickadeit implied about the Register owning this story, OC Weekly and Jean Pasco, then at the Los Angeles Times, also reported extensively on the Agran-Forde & Mollrich racket 53 months ago. Indeed, in my report, "Agran Dispenses Great Park Pork," I quoted a city official who then disgustingly noted that Agran had given his pals a "just breathe and get paid deal."
It's not just Agran's sleaze. My reports also showed the complicity of city council member Beth Krom, an Agran puppet who is now challenging Republican John Campbell for an Irvine-based U.S. Congressional seat. Krom's political career as an Agran soldier is notable for one reason: her willingness to angrily defend the indefensible.
Given the sorry state of the OC Republican Party, is it too much to ask OC Democrats to practice open, honest government?
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly