Michael Ellzey

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Report: Irvine Floats Proposal to Pay Retired Great Park Official $332,282 in Yearly Pay and Pension

    ​Orange County Register investigative reporter Tony Saavedra has a great post today about plans afoot in Irvine to give its retired Orange County Great Park finance manager a no-bid contract for up to $198,400 to stay on next fiscal year.That would be on top of the $133,882 yearly pension Kurt Mow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    What is Craig Reem Hiding at the Great Park?

    Shhh! I'm hiding great park secrets.​Crooks and con artists tend to erect ridiculous hurdles for journalists. For example, Mike Carona--our ex-sheriff-turned-convicted-felon--liked to grant interviews to journalists he knew would toss him only softball questions.For other reporters (like me), ther ... 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

    May 12, 2009

    Cirque du Soleil Confirms 2010 Tour Stop in Great Park

    Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil"The Trickster" of Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza."There's not much to the park yet, but the Orange County Great Park in Irvine has been confirmed as a 2010 tour stop for the freaky French-Canadian circus Cirque du Soleil, OCGP chairman Larry Agran announced today.Montre ... 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

    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

    December 18, 2008

    Auto Industry's Demise is Orange County Great Park's Gain

    No one is buying cars in this country. That means new cars aren't leaving dealer lots. That means U.S. ports are getting backed up with cars that, at least temporarily, have no place to go. And that means ships bringing these cars into those ports are getting backed up as well.Gee, if only there was ... 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

    October 23, 2008

    Pin the $285,560 on the Non-Fundraising Fundraiser

    Steven Choi: unsatisfied Down four members, the Orange County Great Park Corporation Board of Directors voted 4-1 today to recommend the Irvine City Council spend $285,560 for a private fundraising consultant. That's for one year, and the chosen firm is not expected to actually raise any funds dur ... More >>