• September 17, 2021
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New Series Celebrating Irvine’s 50th Anniversary!

Irvine Watchdog will be starting a new series celebrating our city’s 50th anniversary! As we celebrate, we want to look back and reflect on the events, people, and places that helped make Irvine the great city it is today. While Irvine Watchdog’s primary role is to act as a guardian, the motivation behind our volunteerism […]

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Orange County Great Park Board Votes to Drop “Orange County” From Park’s Name

The Orange County Great Park Board of Directors voted Tuesday afternoon to delete the words “Orange County” from the name of the Orange County Great Park. The Board consists entirely of the five members of the Irvine City Council. The motion by Director Mike Carroll was seconded by Chair Farrah Khan. Carroll, Khan, Tammy Kim […]

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Why Rename The Great Park? Is it Worth the Time and Tax Dollars?

At the Tuesday, July 27 Great Park Board meeting, the Board will provide direction to city staff on the Orange County Great Park renaming efforts initiated by Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll. At the July 13, 2021 Council meeting, Carroll stated he wanted to “clarify the name of our municipal park as the Irvine […]

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Why Property Taxes Are Significantly Higher in the Great Park Neighborhoods: CFD 2013-3. And It Doesn’t Sunset.

The Great Park Board will be presenting the history and purpose of the Great Park Communities Facility District (CFD) special tax at its meeting on Tuesday, July 27 (agenda item 1.2).  The staff report includes a presentation which left out several key decisions over the years that changed the usage of CFDs, with the most […]

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OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky Has No Relevant Experience or Education Drawing Major Concerns

CEO Authorization for $75 Million Energy Transactions Draw Concerns Starting next year, the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) will provide electricity to every energy user in Irvine and three other OC cities that signed up for the program — Fullerton, Buena Park and Huntington Beach. The goal of such programs, called Community Choice Energy (CCE), […]

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Opinion: Irvine Leaders Blame Congresswoman Katie Porter in Town Hall Confrontation

Photo credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times On July 11, 2021, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D- 45) held a family-friendly town hall at beautiful Ward Park in Woodbridge. The event was an opportunity for all residents, regardless of political persuasion, to ask questions, request constituent service, and listen to updates on important issues like COVID relief and […]

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Voice of OC – Laguna Beach to Study Leaving Edison for Renewable Energy Program

Laguna Beach to Study Leaving Edison For Renewable Energy Program (voiceofoc.org) Excerpt from the article: But staff also made it clear that just because the OC Power Authority is the closest community choice energy program, it doesn’t mean the city will join the agency. “OCPA presents an easy way for Laguna Beach to participate in […]

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Orange County Great Park May be Renamed “Irvine Great Park”

Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll requested that an item be placed on the July 13, 2021 City Council Supplemental Agenda to change the name of the Orange County Great Park to “Irvine Great Park.” (3.4) The Great Park name change may be ceremonial in nature to reflect the fact that there is no County […]

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Voice of OC – Orange County Power Authority Criticized for Lack of Transparency

Orange County Power Authority Criticized For Lack Of Transparency (voiceofoc.org) Excerpt from the article: Ayn Craciun, a policy advocate working for the Climate Action Campaign, a key leader in bringing the agency to life in Orange County, most recently raised concerns publicly about the agency’s activities. “These actions we’ve seen are concerning because of the […]

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Bringing More Affordable Housing To Irvine

General Plan Housing Element Update Under State Law, every 8 years, each California city is assigned a share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for affordable housing in their district. RHNA housing assignments are divided up into 4 income categories based on percentage of Area Median Income (AMI). The income categories are 1. Extremely […]

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