Christina Shea

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    January 17, 2013

    Larry Agran's Sabotage Squad

    [Moxley Confidential] The sneaky campaign to save Democrats' control of the Great Park failed but kept Beth Krom on the Irvine City Council

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    TheLiberalOC: Allan Bartlett, Ron Paul Fan, Will Get Irvine Finance Commission Appointment

    Veteran Orange County Republican activist Allan Bartlett, an outspoken critic of Larry Agran's lefty, tainted political machine in Irvine, will be appointed to the city's finance commission, according to a report today by, a huge Ron Paul fan, has made no secret that he's b ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012

    Tony Rackauckas Is a Robo Cop

    [Moxley Confidential] DA's election-eve robocall for Irvine Democrat Larry Agran angers Orange County Republicans

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Irvine Candidate Jeff Lalloway Fired By Fellow Republican

    lallowayforirvine2010.comLalloway: Give me some Excedrin!​There are many things a rookie Republican candidate doesn't want to happen two weeks before an election.Yes, one might be to get caught pants-less with a naked minor on a roof at daybreak.Another, though less dramatic, might be to get fired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Jeff Lalloway: I Was Attacked For Questioning City of Irvine Spending

    Lalloway: I'm being sabotaged.​Jeff Lalloway feels sucker punched tonight and his attacker wasn't the media or liberal Democrats who run Irvine, one of Orange County's two Democratic controlled cities.Lalloway, a Republican candidate for the Irvine City Council, says a fellow Republican, retiring ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 26, 2010
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    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

    August 11, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Irvine Does Shuffleboard Shuffle in Response to Grand Jury Report Blasting Great Park Funding

    ​UPDATE: As expected, the Irvine City Council approved its fuck-off response to an Orange County Grand Jury report critical of Great Park financing (see end of post) . . .The Orange County Register's Sean Emery gets great quote from Irvine City Councilwoman Christina Shea, who was reacting to the ... More >>

  • 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

    October 2, 2009

    Agran Crony and Gore Campaigner Agrees to Guilty Pleas in Federal Wire Fraud Case

    Irvine attorney Sandeep Baweja, the 39-year-old money man for that town's "progressive" political boss Larry Agran and a former official with Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign, agreed in court papers to plead guilty to two felony charges related to a scheme where he ripped off nearly all of the $ ... 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

    May 12, 2009

    As Stephen Smith Leaves Town, Irvine's "Tattler" Calls on Others to Step Up

    Stephen C. Smith calls on others to keep tabs on Irvine City Hall.CORRECTED!Lost in Santa Ana a few months ago, half paying attention to the street signs and half to Larry Mantle's KPCC interview show blaring out of the car speakers, I heard the host steer his Orange County "roundtable" guests--Oran ... 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

    February 19, 2009

    Will Obama's Stimulus Plan Help Make the OC Great Park a Reality?

    Calling the action "momentous," the Great Park Corp. Board of Directors voted unanimously today to recommend the Irvine City Council adopt the Great Park Design Studio's Comprehensive Park Plan, the final planning piece required before the building phase can begin--as soon as March 20--on the ambiti ... 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

    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

    Cirque du Great Park?

    The Orange County Great Park Corp. board today unanimously recommended that the Irvine City Council authorize the board's CEO Michael Ellzey to enter formal negotiations with Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil to bring its winter 2010 touring production to the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station ba ... 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

    November 11, 2008

    Irvine City Councilwoman Beth Krom: Liar?

    Krom: DON'T read my lips At the Oct. 21 Irvine City Council candidates forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Councilwoman Christina Shea, in the middle of an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, said that Lennar Corp., which is building homes ringing the future Great Park, would be allowed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    You Read the Irvine Election Results Here First

    Kang, Krom and Agran: staying put. Allow me to take you way, way, way back in time to last Thursday, Oct. 30, when the following was posted here (and it was in the print edition that hit the streets that day, too): [Irvine mayoral candidate Christina] Shea and fellow incumbent Sukhee Kang are the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    More Blast From the Past Fraud Allegations in Irvine Election

    This examines a fraud case from the past involving a big donor to, ironically enough, Irvine Citizens for Ethics in Government, the independent committee against Irvine's Measure R, which asks residents to give a vote of approval to the Irvine City Council's planning of the Great Park on the old El ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Who is Down on Measure R (and How Much Are They Down For)?

    Shea and Choi: big anti-R funders Measure R on the Irvine ballot asks residents to approve what a great job the Irvine City Council is doing on planning the Great Park on the old El Toro Marine Corps base (or if the measure loses, one supposes, what a piss-poor job they are doing). The conflict-of- ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 21, 2008

    Irvine Candidate Forum: Mostly Civil, Some Fireworks

    Irvine is either a city where the sun does nothing but shine, the streets are lined with gold and bad stuff never ever ever ever ever ever ever happens, or it's a swirling cesspool of cronyism, backroom deals and looming Muslim threats. That was the message voters were given as a busload of people r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    If You Don't Support the Great Park Iconics, the Terrorists Win!

    Clockwork's Pete Townshendesque ears heard Irvine City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Christina Shea ask the following at Thursday's Great Park Corporation board of directors meeting at City Hall: “If you could put up on the screen the terrorist area.” Now, it is no state secret that Irvin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2008

    Muffle Scuffle

    *Moved up, 'cause the conversation's fun! Irvine's reigning feet-to-the-fire holder Stephen C. Smith has a very interesting post on his site. Here is an excerpt from “Sukhee Kang Knows Your Birth Date”: Councilman and mayoral candidate Sukhee Kang used a California Public Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    OC Fundie Funder Gives Money to Wacky Reeps, Homo-Haters--And Lou Correa?!

    The most influential Orange County man you've never heard of is undoubtedly Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr., heir to the Home Savings (remember that bank?) fortune. He rarely makes public appearances due to suffering from Tourette's Syndrome, but that hasn't stopped him from giving millions of dollars away ... 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 1, 2006

    Chairman Jao

    It looks like Irvine Republicans may have finally developed their own alternative to the Hometown Voter Guide. The Irvine City, School and Neighborhood Leaders Committee (ICSNLC) has paid for $28,011 worth of independent expenditures opposing Beth Krom, $7,612 to oppose Mary-Anne Gaido, another $7, ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Agranistas Fire Ordinance

    Proposed law takes aim at political consultants, advisers and the media

  • News

    October 13, 2005

    Agran on the Warpath

    Indians are the new bogeyman in the war against an already defeated airport

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    September 22, 2005

    Criticize Larry Agran, Go to Jail

    Irvine's Rules of Ethical and Open Governance would restrict criticism of politicians, passing of "GO", collection of $200

  • News

    July 21, 2005

    During Brain Surgery, Keep Your Eye on the Ball, You Cockroach

    The Agran team responds to evidence of ethics problems with analogy, metaphor, psychoanalysis

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    July 7, 2005

    Agran Dispenses Great Pork

    Massive PR spending will aid park chairmans allies in upcoming election

  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Great Park With All the Fixins

    Agran doling out pork at $441 per hour

  • Columns

    September 2, 2004
  • News

    August 26, 2004

    Agrans Filibuster

    Marathon council meeting could mark the end of the Irvine mayor

  • News

    August 12, 2004

    The Lunch From Hill

    That stench coming from Irvine City Hall? Its convicted felonand energy lobbyistFrank Hill

  • News

    August 5, 2004

    Larry Agrans Power Trip

    Irvine mayors planned public utility could enrich a political pal

  • News

    April 11, 2002

    Mayor Moonbeam, Meet Donald Bren

    The Irvine Co. backs its old nemesis: Larry Agran

  • Film

    March 29, 2001

    Sex, Drugs and Narcissism

    The fifth annual Calleys

  • Columns

    November 9, 2000
  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Schlessinger, Shea, Sheesh!

    Learning from the master baiter

  • News

    September 9, 1999
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    March 25, 1999
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    February 25, 1999
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