• July 25, 2021
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Transportation Commission Approves Great Park Traffic Study, Setting Stage for Thursday Planning Commission Action on FivePoint Condos

At a Tuesday afternoon special meeting, the Irvine Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve a traffic study finding that FivePoint’s proposed construction of 773 condominiums in the Great Park Neighborhoods would not generate sufficient traffic to require street improvements at intersections and arterial roadway segments. The approval sets the stage for Planning Commission consideration of […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust’s First For-Sale Homes Coming Soon

Sixty-eight homes available. Over 5,000 hopeful homeowners. At the June 21 Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) meeting, the ICLT board discussed the progress of what will be ICLT’s first for-sale housing development. All previous ICLT developments have been rentals. Over 5,000 people have registered as potential homeowners in this new townhome development. However, only sixty-eight […]

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Transportation Commission Calls Tuesday Special Meeting to Expedite FivePoint Approvals

The Irvine Transportation Commission will hold a special meeting in the City Council Chamber at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, to vote on approval of a study minimizing traffic impacts of nearly 800 future condominium units proposed by FivePoint for the Great Park Neighborhoods. Public comments may be made in person, via Zoom, or […]

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Orange County Power Authority Operating in the Dark

There was great excitement when the City of Irvine, after several years of effort by local environmental activists, agreed to create a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency and invite other Orange County cities to join in a Joint Power Authority (JPA). This was rightfully hailed as a big step toward greater community control, lower energy […]

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City Hall in the Age of YouTube: It’s Time to Make Irvine City Council Meetings Accessible

I am very new to the Irvine Watchdog scene, but I have been quickly impressed with this small cadre of volunteers who stand watch over every council and commission meeting to tirelessly advocate for transparency in Irvine government. They are armed with an extensive knowledge of procedural considerations, funding requirements, and all the ins and […]

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Are We Prepared for Wildfire Season?

Welcome to Flash Back Friday! In this edition, we are re-posting a previous Irvine Watchdog article below that discussed local resident concerns with evacuation routes during the 2020 Irvine wildfire that forced 60,000 people from their homes. What lessons were learned? Do you have a family emergency plan? Has any Irvine communication procedures or evacuation […]

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Irvine Police Crack Down on Loud and Racing Vehicles

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Irvine Police Department’s Traffic and Special Events Bureau Sergeant Jasper Kim and Garrett Gales walked viewers through a bird’s eye view on enforcement efforts within Irvine involving loud vehicles, racing, and street takeovers. Sergeant Kim explained the phenomena of street takeovers is the act of choosing a street, usually at […]

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Voice of OC – Irvine Takes No Action on Veterans Cemetery, Opening Door for Possible Anaheim Site

The Voice of OC covered the marathon Irvine City Council meeting that started on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4PM and ended on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at almost 1:00AM. “After hours of discussion, the Irvine City Council early Wednesday opted against picking a site for a veterans cemetery in the city, effectively ending nearly […]

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Great Park Project Development Progress Report for June 2021

This month’s OC Great Park Board (OCGPB) meeting agenda has one item, the Project Development Progress Report. The development updates from the April 2021 OCGPB meeting provided details on proposed projects, unsolicited project proposals, as well as details about the California Fire Museum. See April 2021 Updates on Great Park Development Projects – Irvine Watchdog  […]

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Attempt to Rezone RCI, Part 2:  “Putting Lipstick on a Pig”

The Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI), located next to Culver and Michelson, has been a valued recreational amenity enjoyed by the Irvine residents for over 45 years. And especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s commercial recreational zoning of RCI and other outdoor facilities in Irvine have been a godsend to our residents. Recently the […]

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