• August 5, 2021
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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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An “Olympic Village” at Great Park?

Like pieces of a puzzle, elements of the western portion of the Great Park are coming together. The Great Park Ice facility is already a venue for Team USA and U.S. Figure Skating.  USA Water Polo headquarters and a multi-pool facility are to be built next door. A sports field house is planned adjacent to […]

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Packed Agenda Awaits Finance Commissioners

A long list of items awaits the Finance Commission when it meets this Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chamber. The City’s budget process operates on fiscal years that start July 1 and end on June 30.   Particularly noteworthy agenda items are below.  Click here for the Finance Commission […]

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Irvine Is Required to Help Meet The State’s Low Income Housing Needs. What Is Irvine’s Share?

Every 8 years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) determines the affordable housing needs for the state based on new growth projections and the existing need for housing. The state is divided into regions with each region being assigned a specific number of affordable housing units to construct. Irvine is located in […]

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Land Use Conflict Stalls County Development Plans

The County has two project sites in Irvine with development plans that were approved and received certified final Environmental Impact Reports (“EIR”), but a dispute over the project descriptions and proposed land uses have them tied up in complex litigation. OC Register | Graham and Voice of OC | Custodio & Gerda The El Toro […]

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Irvine City Manager Subject of Lawsuit – Trial Set for 11/22/19

Irvine City Manager, John Russo, is a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the City of Riverside. Mr. Russo is named because he is the former Riverside City Manager and an interested party in the lawsuit. His employment contracts and the circumstances surrounding his termination are issues in the litigation. Causes of action in the upcoming […]

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Veterans Cemetery Timeline

2014 March 11, 2014 – Approved having a cemetery in the Orange County Great Park (Resolution 14-27) The Council acted to: 1.   Support the passage of State Assembly Bill 1453 for a State owned and State operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County. Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva sponsored the bill; and 2.   Express its […]

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Op-Ed: Innovative Low-Cost Solution to Grocery Store Dilemma?

Irvine is home to brilliant minds, kind hearts, and a positive, problem-solving spirit. Can these qualities be applied to solving a significant problem – the lack of everyday shopping in the new neighborhoods north of the Great Park? I put on a business school hat and have a proposal to spur discussion. Problem: Developers hesitate […]

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