Larry Agran, Transparent Practice Locks, and Irvine Politics
September 10, 2015
Now I know what you must think, what does
mayor of Irvine have to do with transparent locks, and locksmiths in general.
Actually, I don't really know what you think, but I thought it was a fairly
acceptable way to introduce the topic. The connection however is more
thoroughly thought out then my introduction. I believe that
it is time for less partisan politics, more transparency in politics,
and real time financial accountability.
Transparent Practice Locks
One of the interesting things about the locksmith world is the
cat and mouse battle between developing the uncrackable lock, and
finding a way to crack the uncrackable lock. It's actually quite interesting
because it appeals to two aspects of our psychology, one to protect
our property, and the other to have access to the concealed. It appeals to
people so much there are people who practice lock picking as a hobby!
The transparent lock was made so that hobbyists could practice
lock picking. The plastic casing that encloses the lock
is translucent, so that you can see all the pins and tumblers that
make up the locking mechanism. Being able to see if the pins are aligning
properly to the sheer line make the process of picking locks much easier,
and is a great practice step to mastering the technique.
What does this have to do with Larry Agran and Politics in Irvine?
Don't worry I'm getting there. First let me explain the story of
Larry Agran and the Great Park Boondoggle. Agran was the mayor of Irvine
and he spearheaded a project to build a gigantic park in Irvine that was
supposed to be larger than Central Park in New York. The scale of the park was
so large that the estimated budget was in excess of $1 billion. Unfortunately
for everyone, $200 million was spent and the park was never finished.
What happened to the money? Why wasn't the park built?
There have been accusations that a lot of the money was going toward
consultants that had close political ties to Agran, and that had probably
helped Agran finance his political campaigns. Agran has denied subsequent
audits of the money spent and refused to answer any questions regarding
his receiving campaign money from the consultants that were hired for the
park money. Oh boy...
So here is my point, politics and especially government spending should be
more like the transparent practice lock. If the public were allowed to
access the government budget in real time, the way that one can take a look
at their own bank account (why shouldn't we be able to see where our tax dollars go)
than these egregious fiascos would either be spotted right away or even
The ambiguity of the financial situation inflames partisan politics as well. Irvine, CA
is a pretty even state as far as registered democrats and republicans go.
District Registration by Party
When a controversy occurs, the opposite party will use it to attack the other
party, and the party will deny and protect the offender because they want
to defend their position. If the government finances, especially local government
where national security is not a pressing issues, were available to the public,
then the blame could be placed on the individual who was responsible, rather
than having an emotional tribal debate.
Just like the transparent practice lock, it is much easier to operate
any system much easier if you can see the inner workings. At the end of the
day both political parties are actually working toward the same goal, a better
place for everyone to live. By having truly transparent politics, we can
hold accountable our government officials to do the best job, reduce
tribal finger pointing, and unlock the key to more efficient government.
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