Candidate Statements: Irvine Mayor


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Don Wagner, Katherine Daigle, Ed Pope (note that Pope’s photos generally appear in Agran’s newspaper, from which I’d best not borrow, so I got a snippet from an Irvine public comment video.)

The three candidates for Irvine Mayor who submitted ballot statements are Katherine Daigle, presented here in the color of the dried blood of patriots who died defending our nation, Ed Pope in army (or possibly phlegm) green, and Don Wagner in a very, very dark gray.

My thought on reading these is: will someone sue Ed Pope by today’s deadline to remove the misstatements of fact in his candidate statement — starting with that the ARDA site is in the Great Park rather than, like Strawberry Fields, adjacent to it?  A court weighed in on this exact fact, if I recall; it should be a gimme.  Melissa Fox, Lauren Johnson-Norris — either of you (or anyone else) feeling litigious today?

There’s also the question of whether Pope is right to assert that Measure B specifically commanded that “Irvine should build the Great Park on ARDA” rather than just turning down re-zoning of Strawberry Fields.  The money that was once reserved for decontaminating ARDA is no longer going to be there, so how does the City go ahead?.  I just re-read Measure B; I think that other City Council actions made clear that ARDA was no longer the preferred option, and a NO vote was not a YES vote on ARDA.  Oh well, litigation will kill that option anyway.  And the cemetery will be in Anaheim.  Irvine can still build a camp in the Great Park for homeless veterans — and no, I am not kidding about that.

Anyway, here are the three candidate statements, for your enjoyment and discussion.

OFFICE SOUGHT: Mayor
NAME: Katherine Daigle
OCCUPATION: Small Business Owner

My background is in business, finance and local government. My professional career has included serving as a legal affairs and financial Vice President for more than twenty years at a large healthcare data company, an elected Director and public servant for Woodbridge Village Association for more than 6 years, serving 30,000 residents,  and a small business owner. I am an MBA graduate, wife, and proud mom, my daughter is attending medical school.

I believe education is the foundation of strength and success. I too believe that the hardworking families of Irvine deserve an advocate who will stand up against local bureaucracy and political groups to defend our rights as a community for transparency, accountability, integrity and honesty from our local officials.

I will work with local and county officials to assist and help our city residents keep safe and secure in our neighborhoods, communities, homes, and our schools.

With the lack of affordable housing and oversight in Orange County, our situation has given rise to commuter traffic congestion and increased crime in our communities.

We must cut wasteful bloated local government, reduce taxes and incentivize local businesses. I understand how to maintain and forecast a budget with a fiscally responsible approach.

OFFICE SOUGHT: MAYOR
NAME: ED POPE
OCCUPATION: RETIRED EDUCATOR

I am running for Mayor of lrvine, making this pledge: I will honor and respect the expressed will of lrvine voters. I will faithfully implement the June 5th voter mandate to immediately begin construction of the long-promised Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park.

I chaired the historic “NO on B” referendum campaign, culminating June 5th in a 63%, two-part voter mandate. First, we rejected the action to replace the planned Great Park Veterans Cemetery with huge, traffic-generating development projects. And, second, we told the Mayor and Council to immediately begin construction of the Veterans Cemetery.  The City Council has refused to begin building the Veterans Cemetery. That’s wrong. As your Mayor, I will honor the will of the people.

I’m a U.S. Army veteran. l’m a retired high school social studies teacher, and was Orange County High School Teacher of the Year (1984). My wife and I live in the same lrvine home I purchased 46 years ago. I have been a community leader in the important fights to save lrvine open space, defeat the county’s El Toro airport plan, and create the Great Park and Great Park Veterans Cemetery.

I ask for your vote. Thank you.

OFFICE SOUGHT: MAYOR
NAME: DONALD P. WAGNER
OCCUPATION: MAYOR, CITY OF IRVINE
AGE: 57

My wife and I came to lrvine 27 years ago and raised our children here, educating them in lrvine schools and sharing in lrvine’s wonderful quality of life. As I complete my first two-year term as Mayor, I look with pride on the city’s many accomplishments under my leadership.

The quality of life that drew my family and probably yours here, remains the best in America. We are America’s safest large city, with world-class schools.

ln my prior service with the local college district, I led a board that balanced 12 straight budgets without raising taxes or floating bonds. I brought that same fiscally responsible approach to lrvine. Since my election as Mayor, lrvine has each year won recognition as among America’s most fiscally sound cities.

As Mayor, I have spearheaded an lrvine renaissance without raising taxes. The Great Park is finally being built out. I created a Transportation Commission to reduce traffic and stopped the creation of an lrvine homeless tent city. You’ve seen more parks, wilderness trails, and sports facilities open. Real planning for the long promised cultural terrace is now happening, while live music returned to lrvine at our new amphitheater. I want to continue working for you!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)