• June 14, 2024

Joshua Block and Branda Lin Explore the Possibilities of Districted Elections in Irvine on KUCI’s Ask A Leader

In this episode of KUCI’s Ask A Leader, Claudia Shambaugh interviewed guests Joshua Block of Associated Students UCI (ASUCI) and Branda Lin of Irvine Watchdog to explore the possibilities of districted elections in the City of Irvine. The segment begins at minute 37:16. http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/984/PennerBlockLinPod5-25-21.mp3   Mentioned in the podcast were these resources for building your […]

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Council chambers

Voice of OC — Irvine City Council Doubles Personal Budgets, Opening Questions on Funding and Accountability

Voice of OC — Irvine City Council members decided to double their personal office budgets and remove nearly all safeguards on how they spend that money in a narrow 3-2 vote last night. To read the article click, Irvine City Council Doubles Personal Budgets, Opening Questions on Funding and Accountability.

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Voice of OC — Irvine Activist Groups Come Together to Protest City Council Inaction, Secrecy

Voice of OC — Irvine residents from a variety of activist groups are coming together today to protest outside city hall today criticizing their city council members for failure to act on what they see as the city’s most pressing issues. The protest begins at 3 p.m. in front of city hall, but with city […]

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City hall

“Vote of No Confidence Rally” to Call Attention to Lack of City Leadership on Important Community Issues

Irvine residents are mobilizing for a “Vote of No Confidence Rally” to call attention to their claim that there is a lack of city leadership on important community issues. The rally will be held on May 25, 2021 at 3:00PM at the lawn in front of City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza. Participating groups say […]

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Did They, or Didn’t They?

The City of Irvine has once again apparently contradicted itself. The latest example is the City’s response below to a letter from attorney Kevin Shenkman demanding that the Irvine adopt district elections or face a potential California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit. In the city’s response, the City Attorney wrote that the city has “…already […]

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May 2021 Irvine Community Land Trust Meeting

Something seems “somewhat off…” The Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT), which works to bring affordable housing to Irvine, held its monthly public meeting on May 17, 2021 via Zoom. Most noteworthy was the proposed no-bid contract for CivicStone. The contract was unusual given the appearance of a possible conflict of interest, the urgency with which the […]

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May 2021 OC Power Authority Meeting Addresses Transparency and Accountability Concerns

The May 11, 2021 OC Power Authority meeting addressed public concerns of transparency due to the omission of meeting videos for the public and accountability of staff members. On April 16, 2021, Irvine Watchdog first reported that none of the meeting videos were provided on the OCPower.org website. The first three meeting videos were provided […]

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails to Connect Mountains to the Sea

The Planning Commission will be presented with plans to improve and develop Irvine’s bicycle and pedestrian trail system at the May 20, 2021 meeting. Here is the agenda. The goal is to promote walking and bicycling by providing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to both local and regional bicycle and pedestrian trail systems. Both presentations state […]

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Editorial: Discussion On Voter Representation Must Include The Voters

The City of Irvine should agendize a public discussion to consider district elections for future city council seats as soon as possible. The residents deserve a public hearing on this critical issue. The District Election demand initiated by (voting rights attorney) Kevin Shenkman has thrust the issue of voter representation to the forefront here in Irvine. While […]

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Editorial Board

Irvine Watchdog Editorial Board

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Irvine Watchdog Editorial Board, which will periodically publish editorials on issues aligned with our organizational mission. David Ehrlich has been a resident of Irvine for most of his life. David was one of the candidates chosen by then-Mayor Christina Shea to interview for the open City […]

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