• October 27, 2021
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2016 Interview of Former Mayor Beth Krom Discusses Developer Influence in Irvine Elections and the Great Park

It’s #TBT! Here is a December 2016 interview of former Mayor Beth Krom, by Inside OC’s Rick Reiff. Fivepoint, the developer for the Great Park, was a sponsor for this PBS program. Krom discussed a wide-range of topics including developer influence in our elections, the development of the Great Park, and ends the interview discussing […]

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Irvine Finance Commission Finalizes Pandemic Relief Funds Proposal

On September 27, 2021, Irvine’s Finance Commission held a second meeting to discuss their proposed spending plan for the $56 million dollars Irvine will receive in Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds intended to be spent on those in Irvine most negatively impacted by the pandemic. The first meeting took place on September 20, however, […]

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Amphitheatre Lease, Great Park CFD Tax, and More On the Agenda

The Great Park Board will be meeting today, September 28, 2021 at 2pm, followed by the City Council meeting at 4pm with two full agendas. For info on how to participate in the Great Park Board meeting click here. For info to participate in the City Council meeting click here. City Council Agenda Here are […]

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Orange County Justice Fund: How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic

Letter from the Orange County Justice Fund: September 27, 2021 How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic The City of Irvine will receive $56,433,217 million from the federal American Rescue Plan. The stated objectives […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Competing Visions

In a previous article, I wrote about a productive piece of agricultural land in the middle of what is now the City of Irvine. In addition, I wrote about this land becoming the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), which was an economic and community hub as well as being a military base. However, […]

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AXIOS – Irvine Makes List of Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.

AXIOS — Irvine was listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and was the only city from the state of California that made the list. According to LAist, Irvine grew 45% between 2010 and 2020, to 307,670 people. Is the infrastructure keeping up with the growth?  

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Opinion: What Don’t You Know About Your Home?

The Importance of Purchase And Rental Agreement Disclosures The purpose of property disclosures is to outline any flaws or conditions, including city and homeowners association (HOA) land use restrictions, that the home sellers are aware of that could negatively affect the homebuyer’s decision to purchase or rent the property. Thus it is important that they […]

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Irvine Prepares to Spend $56 Million in Relief Funds; Seeks Public Input on How to Spend It

On September 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM, the City of Irvine Finance Commission will discuss their proposed spending plan, allowing for public comment on how to spend $56,433,217 in COVID-19 relief funds. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. Approximately $45.6 billion of those relief funds […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home Building Entitlements: Looking Back to Look Forward

10,556. That is the number of homes that FivePoint currently is legally entitled to build in Irvine’s Great Park neighborhood. That being the case, FivePoint is likely to build every one of those homes. Considering this legal reality, how can the Irvine City Council and Planning Commission achieve the best overall good when approving development […]

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Opinion: And So The Great Park Name Change Process Begins But We Are Still Left Wondering Why

Great Park Name Change So now we are beginning the tasks needed to complete the Orange County Great Park name change that was approved by the City Council on August 10, 2021, by a vote of 4 to 1, with Council Member Larry Agran dissenting. At the September 16, 2021 (agenda item 3) the Planning […]

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