Beth Krom

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    OC's Scariest People 2014! Scary People to Avoid in the Dark!

    By Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, LP Hastings, Charles Lam, R. Scott Moxley, Gabriel San Román and Nick Schou Ever heard of the children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Neither had we, but the tales so spooked Weekly art director Dustin Ames as a kid that he asked if we could illustrate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    Forde's Theatre: Overpriced PR Consultant Confesses Great Park Plan Was A Dream

    Having collected $7.23 million to do public relations for a government park that may never be fully built because of wasted spending, Newport Beach consultant Arnold Forde made clear at the outset of an Aug. 5 deposition that he is contemptuous of questions about his windfall. The recipient of no- ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2014

    Larry Agran the Leech

    [Moxley Confidential] Insider blames Great Park fiasco on corruption and incompetence

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Great Park Insider: Larry Agran's Corruption, Incompetence Worse Than Previously Known

    In January 2008, Larry Agran--the leader of a three-council-member, Democratic alliance that had then controlled the city of Irvine for more than half a decade--desperately needed to enlist outside professional help to manage what had spiraled out of control: plans to build the Orange County Great P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Orange County Great Park Now to Be More Like a Ho-Hum Regional Park

    That Orange County Great Park that would rival Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in Manhattan? You know, the nature and multi-use park ringed by housing that Irvine and South County forces convinced a majority of county voters in 2002 was preferable to a new 24-hour, international a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Christopher Jordan Dorner Manhunt Reward Fund to Get $100,000 Boost from City of Irvine

    When Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of then-living fugitive Christopher Jordan Dorner on Feb. 10, they were surrounded by other city and police officials from LA, Irvine, Riversid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW: The Great Park Lunacy

    Crazy but true story: years ago, a source approached me about all sorts of alleged insanity regarding the Great Park, Larry Agran, and his cronies. The editor at the time was thrilled at the story--then promptly took me off the story and gave it to Schou. Schou was thrilled to get on the story--then ... More >>

  • News

    October 18, 2012

    Larry Agran's Irvine Machine Paid Off Decoy Candidate

    [Moxley Confidential] Larry Agran recruits his Republican Katherine Daigle to steal the city's mayoral election, which he did before with Earle Zucht

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Larry Agran is Stealing Another Election in Republican-Heavy Irvine

    Documents obtained by the Weekly prove Larry Agran's liberal, Democrat political machine, the one that has ruled over Republican-heavy Irvine for 12 consecutive years, already secretly stole next month's election so it can keep power for at least two more years. The documents--a series of emails sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Orange County Great Park Gets a $1.4 Billion Puncture in its Balloon

    A court in Sacramento today denied the city of Irvine's temporary restraining order request that would prevent the state of California from seizing Orange County Great Park funds. It's part of the city's lawsuit against the state Department of Finance, which has ruled the Great Park is not entitled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with SJC Spooked:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, AUG. 17, 11:17 A.M.: It's become so routine it's lost its news value: The District Attorney's office announces it's sending a rep before the latest of the 7,000 city councils in Orange County considering a ban on sex offenders in local parks modeled after the county law co-written by DA T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    [UPDATED with Early RSM Nod:] Banning Pervs in Parks Sweeps OC

    ​UPDATE, JULY 29, 9:41 A.M.: The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council voted Wednesday night to move ahead with a ban on registered sex offenders in city parks that is similar to the county law enacted in April.The council agreed that banning only those who have preyed on children would leave kids v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Irvine Befuddled DA Tony Rackauckas on Perverts-in-the-Park Debate

    Larry, Sukhee & Beth: The water's safe!​Having lost his push to get a defiant Irvine City Council to adopt his proposed ordinance banning convicted sex offenders from public parks, a befuddled Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas left Tuesday night's session and immediately thought ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Larry Agran, It's Time for You to Go

    [Moxley Confidential] Recent interview inadvertently reveals the slimy side of Irvine's most powerful politician

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Election 2010: Who's In and Who's Out in Irvine?

    ​Updated throughout the night, with the freshest post on topLate: Oy. Squeezed my way through the madness (good-looking madness) that was the OC Republican election night party in search of some Irvine players to chat with. No luck. Instead, I got to wander through a sea of boos when Presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    New York Times Data: OC Elections Aren't Really Contests

    Ed Royce: Shoo-in elections are fun.​Do we have real congressional election contests in the Orange County/Long Beach area or, despite all the hullabaloo, is the whole affair preordained?Data from The New York Times, based on FiveThirtyEight Forecasts, shows the answer isn't necessarily uplifting. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    New York Times Gets Orange County Laughably, Stupidly Wrong

    Never forget what's in our DNA...​As someone who collects any and all articles, dissertations, and books on Orange County history, this past Sunday's Page One New York Times story on how our fair land "is no longer Nixon country" was the literary equivalent of Rick Bayless talking about Mexican cu ... More >>

  • News

    August 19, 2010

    The Great Park: Hot Air?

    Thanks to Larry Agran, a few people have gotten very rich from the county's proposed $1.2 billion, still-not-built park

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Coming Up Next From the Christina Shea Echo Chamber: Contamination Under the Great Park

    ​Christina Shea is not termed out as an Irvine City Council member until November, but she has given her first exit interview.If you expected the longtime City Hall fixture--who served as mayor from 1996 to 2000--to leave quietly, you obviously haven't been paying attention. Indeed, Shea lets slip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    A Rare Chance to Spot OC Progressives

    ​Quick, how many Orange County progressives can you fit in a phone booth? OK, that's a totally unfair question. There are no such thing as phone booths anymore.But there are, apparently, people identifying themselves as those Glenn Beck bogeymen. And, these progressives managed to scrape up enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Today's Important Unimportant Election, From My TV Screen to Your Computer/Phone Screen

    ​11:15 p.m.: Don't be surprised if KOCE is accused of turning over its election coverage to that rare Orange County bird known as the "Democrat." The "live, election night edition of Real Orange" came from the Artists Village in Santa Ana, OC's version of Havana. Their election expert was the Voic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    LA Times Spews OC Great Park Bull

    Great Park or Great Home Park?​Michael Hiltzik's Nov. 30 Los Angeles Times article, "Putting the Green in Orange County Great Park," is the kind of journalism that delights Larry Agran, the controversial politician running Southern California's largest public works project in decades. Hiltzik didn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Tale of 2 Police Forces: While Irvine's Fumes, La Habra's Bites the Bullet

    To protect and serve . . . for less.​While their counterparts in "Safest City in America" Irvine fume over an employer-proposed wage freeze, officers who belong to the La Habra Police Association seem to have gladly accepted a deal that imposes what is essentially a 5 percent pay cut. "Although di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Resurrected, Boisterous OC Pride Festival "a Smashing Success"

    Photo by Christopher VictorioPark rangers talk with OC Pride participants about the noise at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Saturday.​The crowd was small but boisterous, there was a minor issue with the noise and some participants did not know at first that the showy police presence was for thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Park Place Owners Have a Rocky History in Irvine

    Maguire had this office tower built at Park Place in 2006.​Maguire Properties' announcement today that it has sold its Park Place I office property in Irvine is just the latest twist for a massive campus that seems to have been dogged by controversy since the Los Angeles-based developer acqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Orange County LGBT Pride Festival "Revival" Starts Small

    Sasha Baron Cohen's comedy has nothing to do with OC pride festivals. We just can't find photos from past fests. ​Orange County's first-ever gay and lesbian pride festival was held in Santa Ana's Centennial Park in 1988, when angry Christian conservatives showed up not because they'd finally come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Irvine Police Association Blasts Mayor Sukhee Kang, City Council Members Beth Krom and Larry Agran

    Irvine Police Association has criticized Mayor Sukhee Kang (left) and City Council members Beth Krom and Larry Agran over stalled contract talks.​Anyone who has attended a city-run meeting in Irvine has heard elected officials, especially City Councilman and Orange County Great Park Corporation ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    John Campbell Gets Caught Using a Twitter Ghostwriter

    We usually glaze over any posts on Irvine councilwoman Beth Krom written by The Liberal OC, because the woman can do no wrong in their eyes. But that didn't stop editor Chris Prevatt from helping to out Representative John Campbell's Twitter writer: the king of Orange County sock-puppetry, Matt "Jub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Congressional Candidate Krom's Son Dies in Fall

    Beth Krom Congress 2010 Facebook pageThe Kroms in 2007 (from left): Hershel, Abby, Noah, Solly and Beth.The Weekly, which has taken jabs over the years at a certain Irvine city councilwoman and announced congressional candidate, expresses its deepest condolences to Beth and Solly Krom, who are mourn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    John Campbell Targeted By Withering Democrat Copy-Pasting

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a press release yesterday pointing out that South County U.S. representative John Campbell, by opposing the federal stimulus bill, opposed funding for local transportation projects:Representative Campbell Votes Against Major Road Improvements ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Lennar Corp. Flies Missing Man Formation Over Great Park

    The hot question raised at this afternoon's Orange County Great Park study session was whatever became of Lennar Corp.? You know, big Miami-based developer? It's Chinese-made drywall stinks? Victimized by copper thieves in Anaheim's Platinum Triangle? Recently faced financial woes and serious allega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Campbell Shrugged

    With Irvine City Councilwoman Beth Krom indicating she will run for his 48th Congressional District seat, the big question is which novel Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) will pull off his shelf for prophesy. The Washington Independent reported on Campbell giving his departing interns copies of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Councilwoman Blames Own Panel for Irvine Sister City's Demise

    The Irvine Sister City Foundation--which has helped make Irvine a truly international city thanks to successful partnerships with with Tsukuba, Japan, Hermosillo, Mexico, and Taoyuan, Taiwan--voted to dissolve last night. Despite the denials of Irvine Mayor Suhkee Kang, an Irvine City Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    It's Thursday, Must Be Time for More Irvine City Campaign Sliminess

    If you thought the man and organization behind Larry Agran's campaign slush funds was only involved in Irvine political shenanigans (as we previously reported here), now comes word that Frank Lunding is up to his eyeballs in it in the Carmel Valley as well. Jessica Lyons reports in the Monterey Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Attorney Who Misspent Clients' $2.7 Million Was at Center of Irvine Election Controversies

    The Register's Greg Hardesty has the scoop on 38-year-old Irvine attorney Sandeep Baweja admitting to burning through nearly all of a $2.7-million settlement that was supposed to be shared by about 1,000 plaintiffs he represented in a class-action labor lawsuit.According to the story, Baweja played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Great Park to World: Crisis? What Global Economic Crisis?

    You'd think the dotcom crisis was just a bad dream, the housing bubble never burst and we'd mysteriously been time traveled back to the halcyon days of the Clinton economy considering the bullish way the Orange County Great Park Corporation is pushing the financial envelope. &nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    I'm Not Dead Yet

    Christina Shea had one of those gut-check moments when Orange County Great Park Corp. board clerk Steve Larsen read the roll at this morning's regular meeting at Irvine City Hall. "How come you didn't call my name?" Shea asked defensively. Last month's defeat in the mayoral race against Sukhee Kang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Great Park's Hired Design Reviewers Get Another $2 Mil to Add to Their Previous $2 Mil

    "Um, yeah, that's not gonna work for me." The city of Irvine is paying a private company at least $400 million to design the Great Park. It has set aside $9 million for city staff and an independent company to check the Great Park Design Studio's plans to make sure they more quickly clear future ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Plumbing the Depths of Irvine's Election

    Dear Joe the Plumber, As you well know, you have unplugged many a drain at Casa de Coker over the years and sooner or later you'll be handling that bathroom remodel we talked about years ago. But first, I have a favor. I have started a petition drive where signees will let my bosses know what a goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Irvine Candidate Forum, Part 2

    The mayoral candidates are covered in the previous post. Here are the council candidates: Eric Johnson: Run the city like a business. Build Great Park like a business, incrementally, so it pays for itself. More transparency and open meetings. While saying Gallinger's right to practice the Muslim fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Agran's Irvine Machine Gets Challenger

    A majority of Irvine voters are Republicans and yet for years Larry Agran's progressive political machine has controlled the mayor's office. It's a reality Republican city councilwoman Christina Shea hopes to shatter next year. This morning Shea announced that she will run for the job herself. She ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2006

    2006 WORST OC Candidate: Lynn Daucher

    If I hadn't been stuck in the courthouse for the last several months, this award would probably go to Larry Agran's robot Beth Krom, a deceitful mess of a politician/hack who should shame any true progressive. More on her and Agran after their victory. I promise. But tonight the one candidate who e ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 20, 2006


    'He is smart enough to realize if he didnt get out then, he may have awoken a fortysomething with crazy-colored hair and a tattoo of dragons circle jerking'

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2006

    Irvine Offends Thousands of Its Citizens

    An Orange County Grand Jury recently decided that the Irvine City Council is trying to hijack the Great Park, and that the OC Board of Supervisors (who initially approved of Irvine's actions) might look into litigation in order to return control of this huge local resource to the county itself. Irvi ... More >>

  • Features

    September 8, 2005
  • News

    September 16, 2004

    Three Major Irvine Democrats Question Agran, Krom Ethics; Endorse Republicans

    Mears, Petracca and Goldstone abandon Agran, Krom in favor of the Dark Side

  • Columns

    September 9, 2004
  • News

    August 5, 2004

    Larry Agrans Power Trip

    Irvine mayors planned public utility could enrich a political pal

  • News

    May 9, 2002

    Run It Up the Poop Poll

    Slanted survey supports sewage waiver

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    The Great Park Is Coming Back

    El Toro Airport Watch No. 149

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