A new day in Irvine
We’re all about fresh ideas here at Irvine City News, though we’re a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to fresh faces.
While overall we were quite impressed with the spirit of collegiality at the first session of the new city council, we wonder if it will last. One would certainly hope so, but already it seemed some of Lalloway’s comments were unnecessarily snarky, given the positive tenor of the session overall.
Or am I reading too much into his proud proclamation that he is the senior person on the council now, given his six years of consecutive service? He emphasized “consecutive,” because most would rate Christina Shea’s 16 years of service as mayor and councilmember overall (including four consecutive years in her current tenure) superior in seniority to Lalloway’s six. Shea let what seemed to be the needless needling go, though, which is a good sign that maybe the battles between the two can be put aside. For a few weeks, at least.
It was good to hear from former Mayor Steven Choi, now our Assembly member in Sacramento. He congratulated the new mayor and city council, in what may have been the most succinct speech we’ve heard him give.
The city needs to seriously up its catering game, though. With all the global cuisine available within a few miles of the Civic Center, guests are served dried up meatballs from a chafing dish? It’s almost a crime. We’d love to find a way to blame former mayoral candidate Mary Ann Gaido for the bad food, but because of the new spirit of cooperation and collegiality in Irvine, we’ll refrain.
We’re surprised former Mayor Choi didn’t fix the food during his tenure, though. He never seemed to miss a restaurant grand opening or other event where hors d’oeuvres were offered. That’s a compliment, not a critique. His outreach to new and existing businesses, nonprofits, and residents was a beautiful thing to behold.