• May 16, 2021
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Opinion: Interim City Manager Appointment, Why Behind Closed Doors?

One of the most important decisions our City Council will make in the coming months is finding a new City Manager, with the upcoming departure of current City Manager John Russo. His resignation was announced in June, with his last day being September 9, 2020. Will the City Council separate the positions of City Manager […]

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FivePoint Under Pressure to Begin Attending Great Park Board Meetings; Numerous Items on July 28th Agenda

On Tuesday, July 28th, the Great Park Board will take a look at the progress going on in the park as well as future projects. This will be one of the last meetings for Great Park Executive Director John Russo, who is leaving in September for family reasons. The Board has not yet publicly discussed […]

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Opinion: Irvine Seeks Partner Cities As It Takes Another Step Toward Community Choice Energy 

Outpouring of public support and SoCal Edison rate increase urge Council forward With a unanimous vote on July 14, the Irvine City Council took another step toward bringing Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Orange County.  CCE is prized by many as a municipality’s quickest path to 100% clean energy, enabling local officials to choose cleaner […]

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Parking Permit Program Aims to Reduce Overflow Problems in Westpark Neighborhoods

Will Parking Permits Reduce Overflow, Loitering, and Littering Problems? Agenda Item 1:  Westpark Community Parking Regulations Westpark residents have been experiencing problems with overflow parking on their neighborhood streets from cars based outside the community and between tracts. The Westpark community has also been experiencing loitering, littering, and illegal activity on their streets. In March […]

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New Affordable Housing Community Coming to Irvine

  The Irvine Community Land Trust (Land Trust) is growing their portfolio of affordable housing communities for our city with the addition of Native Spring, a 68-unit permanently affordable home ownership project located in Portola Springs, which goes before the Planning Commission for approval tonight. The Native Spring development is on property conveyed by the […]

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Irvine Repeals Anti-LGBTQ+ City Code: Video and links

As the Voice of OC’s Noah Biesiada reported this morning, Council unanimously repealed a portion of the municipal code that bans the City of Irvine from recognizing sexual orientation as a fundamental human right. The motion passed, despite questions from the City Attorney over whether they had the authority to make the move. How did […]

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Opinion: Delays Threaten Key Irvine Climate/Energy Initiative

Irvine residents deserve an explanation for continued delays to Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that promises to bring cleaner energy, consumer savings, an alternative to monopoly SoCal Edison, and a host of other benefits to the city and its residents. These delays cannot be blamed on COVID-19 or recent protests. City staff has a […]

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Election 2020: What’s In Store For Our Current Mayor and Councilmembers

Today marks the beginning of the nomination period for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers. This post covers where our current Mayor and Councilmembers are at in their terms and, where applicable, their plans for this election. Following that is a general background on this election from the City of Irvine and a collection of […]

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Opinion: Irvine Must Restore LGBTQ Human Rights Protection To Irvine’s Municipal Code

City Council Meeting – 4pm Agenda Click to Submit an e-Comment Watch Livestream Agenda Item 4.4: Council members Farrah Khan and Melissa Fox request discussion of the repeal and removal of Municipal Code Section 3-5-501-503, which bans the City of Irvine from recognizing sexual orientation as a fundamental human right. In 1988, the Irvine City […]

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Planning Commission Decision Being Appealed By Neighboring Business Owners

A decision of the Planning Commission is being appealed by a property owner located next to the proposed project and a group called Supporters’ Alliance for Environmental Responsibility. The appeal will be heard before the City Council on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The City Council can affirm, deny, modify, or send it back to the […]

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