O.C. REGISTER: Irvine Council to Consider Suing Agran to Force Testimony

By Sarah de Crescenzo

IRVINE – Less than a week after Councilwoman Christina Shea blamed the latest delay in the release of the Orange County Great Park audit on former Councilman Larry Agran and threatened to take him to court, the City Council is set to consider suing Agran to force his testimony.

The comprehensive review of more than $200 million spent on the park’s development began in June of 2013.

While Agran has called the audit politically motivated, its proponents have said the accounting is needed to determine whether spending was wasteful or inappropriate.

The timeline for the audit’s release has been repeatedly extended. On Tuesday, Shea said Agran’s demands to be deposed “on his own terms” were holding up the final report.

Earlier this week, Agran dismissed the intimation that he is at fault for the audit’s delay.

The audit began in 2013 while he was a council member, but he did not receive any request for audit-related information until after he was voted out of office in December, he said.

Agran said he agreed to respond via writing to queries about Great Park-related documents he has provided, but that the city demanded he answer in person.

He did not appear for the deposition scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a transcript from the meeting, held at the Irvine office of Aleshire & Wynder, the law firm overseeing the audit.

Through his attorney, Agran has requested the deposition be delayed until late March and that the city pay his legal fees.

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