Christina Shea is likely to begin her second go-around as Mayor of Irvine after today’s city council meeting and it’s entirely possible the Two Democrat/Two Republican council will be unable to agree on an appointment which means a special election that Shea says will cost $900K. I think that’s way high.
If the city were to take the November election results as a guidelines for appointment, Carrie O’Malley, a Republican who finished third, would be sworn in. Democrat Lauren Johnson-Norris is angling for an appointment but there’s no way in hell either Shea nor council member Anthony Kuo will appoint a Democrat.
The DPOC passed a resolution calling for a special election and North Vice Chair Jeff Letourneau declared Johnson-Norris as the party-endorsed candidate who finished third. She didn’t. She was forth and Johnson-Norris and Farrah Khan both got the party endorsement because the party suspended the rules on the 60% vote threshold to endorse both women when it was questionable that either would achieve the 60% vote rule. Letourneau was informed of his mistake but did not correct the record for the party central committee.
In Orange, Betty Valencia was just out of the money and that city council decided on a special election. In Irvine, a Republican finished third. In Santa Ana, that city council is working on how to fill that Ward 4 seat after Roman Reyna’s resignation. While Santa Ana is a slam dunk for a Democrat to be named to the seat, Orange and Irvine are not. A special election is the way to go.