• May 16, 2021
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WATCH: Irvine Mayor & Council Candidate Forum

IRVINE WATCHDOG’S 2020 MAYOR AND COUNCIL FORUM For candidate websites, voter registration, and the latest election articles from Watchdog, please read on. CANDIDATE WEBSITES For direct links to their campaign websites, click on their name below. For more information, including links to all candidates’ campaign websites, social media accounts, Ballotpedia records, and more, visit the Irvine […]

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Opinion: City of Irvine Fails To Address Health Hazards to “Luxury” Home Residents by All American Asphalt

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that All American Asphalt started in Irvine in 1976. The company started in the 70s, but not at the current location.   What is the City’s responsibility to disclose of pollutants and its negative impacts to home buyers? All American Asphalt has been operating in Irvine since […]

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Election 2020: Candidates Money Raised from July 1 – Sept 19 (Updated)

(Updated to include additional filings) All candidates running for elected office must provide campaign finance data on who is contributing money, who has received it, and what has been spent. On Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Irvine City Council Candidates reported on expenses and contributions for the reporting period from July 1, 2020 – September […]

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Opinion: Council’s Weak Response To Alleged Misconduct Points To Need for Ethics Commission

As reported by the Voice of OC yesterday, “an investigation into $70,000 in Irvine tax dollars spent on city mailers by City Councilman Mike Carroll appears to be stalling at the local level despite clear evidence he violated at least one city policy”. Like the Voice of OC, Irvine Watchdog (Watchdog) is having a difficult […]

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Opinion: A Fresh Look at the Irvine Community Land Trust

The Irvine Watchdog has published a number of articles on the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) in recent years. Some of the articles have been critical of controversial and legally questionable decisions made by the ICLT Board of Directors (Board) such as their decision on June 26, 2017 to amend their bylaws to exclude public […]

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How is the City Handling Allegations of Misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll?

In light of the allegations raised by the City Council and the resulting press, it bears asking the question: How exactly is the City handling the issue of possible misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll? Was this merely a political “hatchet job” on Mr. Carroll, or is it a serious violation of state law due to […]

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Improving Irvine’s Traffic Circulation

Agenda Item 1: Project Report for the Culver Drive and Alton Parkway Intersection Improvement Project With the goal of reducing traffic congestion and improving the circulation at the Culver Drive and Alton Parkway intersection the following improvements are proposed: On Culver add a northbound through lane. On Culver convert the right lane into a regular […]

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Irvine Train Station: One-Mile Radius Access Improvement Project

Serving over a million commuters annually, the Irvine Train Station is the busiest train station in Orange County. The Irvine Station currently serves as a loading and off-loading location for Amtrak and Metrolink passenger rail riders. In addition, the Irvine Station is a hub for  Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) rail-feeder bus services as well […]

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City Council Agenda – Packed & Controversial

Tonight’s Council Meeting Notables:  Last Meeting for City Manager John Russo Appointment of Interim City Manager Mariana Marysheva (Agenda Item 4.1) Public Participation Changes for City Council and Commission Meetings (Agenda Item 4.3) Resolution Opposing Proposition 15 (Agenda Item 4.4)   Public Hearing Agenda Items: Agenda Item 3.1: Zoning Ordinance Update Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units […]

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Opinion: Highly Paid Irvine Staff Continue to Fumble and Delay Key Climate Program

Revelations come before Tuesday vote on hiring new interim city manager September 7, 2020 — On Friday, as Irvine residents sweltered in record high temperatures driven by climate change, doubts emerged over whether the city will again delay Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that would bring Irvine residents clean energy, savings on electricity and an alternative […]

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