• November 29, 2021
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Opinion: To Protect Irvine Children, City Council Must Bring 100% Clean Energy to Irvine

Irvine has always beckoned parents and children with the promise of a thriving future through its schools and other amenities, and prides itself on being the safest city in the United States. However, four of the Irvine city council members have not used the most powerful tool they have to protect young people from the […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: The Doubling of the FivePoint’s Great Park Homebuilding Number

In the previous post in this series on Great Park development and entitlement numbers, I wrote about a 2011 Irvine city council vote that change the direction of  development at the Great Park. In this article, we will see how FivePoint’s homebuilding entitlement numbers for the Great Park approximately doubled. The November 2012 election brought […]

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OC Power Authority to Make Major Production Decisions and Set Agenda Rules at Special Board Meeting

Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) Special Meeting Just Announced for Tomorrow, November 23, 2021 On tomorrow’s special meeting agenda, the OCPA Board will discuss power supply options (Item 2) and will look to adopting a proposed agenda-setting policy that requires two board members to jointly submit agenda items at least 10 days in advance, or […]

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OC Power Authority: Women for American Values and Ethics Call for Investigation

To read a pdf version of the letter click here.   For background on alleged workplace harassment and suspicious public commenters and a robocaller, please read: Bully In The OC Power Authority Boardroom? – Irvine Watchdog Opinion: OCPA’s Scripted Public Comments and Robocaller. Who’s Behind It All? – Irvine Watchdog

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Opinion: OCPA’s Scripted Public Comments and Robocaller. Who’s Behind It All?

Since its inception, the Orange County Power Authority has been riddled with transparency issues. Brown Act violations, public records requests being ignored, refusing to make all meeting videos public, questions about appointment of troubled CEO Brian Probolsky, and most recently, possible workplace harrassment by Probolsky. Concurrently, the members of the public have been under attack by suspicious […]

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Bully In The OC Power Authority Boardroom?

OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky, who was already the subject of scrutiny due to his lack of experience  in the energy industry, lack of college degree, and his record of ethics violations, drew even more attention to himself last week with his treatment of a female employee, COO Antonia Castro-Graham, during the November 9th OCPA […]

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Opinion: If You’re Not Insisting On Democracy, You Might Not Have One — How Minority Rule All Too Often Presides Over The Irvine City Council

There’s a saying that poses a warning to consumers of media: “if you’re not paying for the product, you’re not the customer; you are the product.” It’s a useful reminder to be wary of your relationship to the powers-that-be in that particular market. If there is a rough political equivalent to it, perhaps it is […]

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Sunshine Ordinance Saved For Now. Will Agenda Item 4.4 Be Used to Revoke It?

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the City Council “deleted” Consent Calendar Item 2.8 “Rescinding City Council Ordinance No. 18-10 [Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance] relating to Brown Act Agenda Procedures” from the meeting agenda. We view this as a temporary victory and thank all those who signed the petition. However, the City Council can add the 2nd […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Irvine City Council Votes on the FivePoint New Plan and Good Faith

In the previous article in this series on Great Park development, I wrote about the FivePoint’s 2011 new plan for the Great Park and FivePoint’s call for good faith. In this article, we will see how each of the 2011 council members voted on FivePoint’s “new plan.” In addition, we look at some of the […]

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Opinion: Let The Sunshine In: Debunking Bogus Arguments for Repeal of the Sunshine Ordinance

The latest battle in the Irvine City Council majority’s ongoing war on transparency and accountability will come to a head at its next meeting at 4:00PM Tuesday afternoon. On the “consent calendar,” which is likely to be taken up during the first hour of the meeting, is the final vote on a proposal to repeal […]

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