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Author: ICNV Staff

Mike Carroll’s Misuse of Taxpayer Money: Questions Remain Unanswered

Irvine Vice Mayor, Mike Carroll is under investigation for allegedly misappropriating City of Irvine taxpayer funds for his own personal and political benefit.

Carroll finds himself at the center of a growing City Hall scandal involving the unauthorized expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars on mass mailings to Irvine residents, promoting the appointed Councilman and a series of town hall meetings.  The City Council never authorized the mass mailings.

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Orange County & San Diego County: COVID-19 Results

During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve all seen the importance of good leadership. Orange County leaders spent months ignoring warnings from health experts, refusing to close beaches, and rejecting the science behind masking. San Diego County leaders took immediate steps to protect their residents, and establish a comprehensive testing, tracing, and treating program.

Several months into the pandemic, San Diego County — with a population of nearly 200,000 more residents than Orange County — has performed 309,925 additional tests yet reports 4,082 fewer cases and 573 fewer deaths.

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Agran vs. Shea & Carroll: Development is on the Ballot

After a 6-year hiatus, Larry Agran, former Irvine Mayor and Councilmember, is running for City Council because, in his words, “I want to restore good planning, safeguard our City-owned parklands, get COVID-19 under control here in Irvine, and implement the mandate of the voters to immediately begin construction of the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the ARDA site in our 1,300-acre Great Park.”

The Shea-Carroll plan is to bring office, commercial, and industrial development to the Great Park…and thousands of cars to the site every day.

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New Details Emerge in Appointed City Councilman Mike Carroll’s Misuse of Irvine Taxpayer Funds

The City of Irvine has a small annual budget for mail communications between City Councilmembers and residents. Historically, Councilmembers have been frugal with their use of the City’s taxpayer-funded mail budget, spending no more than a few hundred dollars annually.

Mike Carroll spent $70,000 of taxpayer funds for self-promotional mailers over the past year.

During this same time period, the four other members of the Irvine City Council, including Mayor Christina Shea, spent only $220 on mail.

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