• September 26, 2022
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CDT Digital Leadership Series: Free Speech, Platforms & The Fake News Problem

The spread of misinformation is ancient, complex, yet ubiquitous in media concerning elections, vaccinations, and global climate policy. Digital platforms have exacerbated the problem. How should a platform or a society address the problem of fake news? Join us for a stimulating conversation on this critical topic as the foremost expert on platform strategies and network business models, […]

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Controversy Erupts Over Mayor Khan’s Political Relationship with Armenian Genocide Denier [Opinion]

Social media has been buzzing surrounding a video being circulated online showing Irvine Mayor Khan apparently joking at an event with accused Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, about Armenians. A Turkish website DailyMotion.com released a video where Mayor Farrah Khan met with Turkish leaders after winning her 2020 mayoral race. The caption and description from […]

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Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Buena Park Commercial Customers Automatically Switched from SoCal Edison to OC Power Authority on April 1. Last Day To Opt Out Today.

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) is automatically opting-in all commercial customers in the participating cities of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Buena Park on April 1, 2022, from Southern California Edison (SCE). The last day for commercial customers to opt-down or opt-out is today by calling 1-866-262-7693. Residential customers will automatically be switched over from […]

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ACLU to Irvine City Council: Proposed Rule Is Unconstitutional

The ACLU issued a letter to the Irvine City Council regarding agenda item 5.1 which seeks to change Irvine’s policies and procedures regarding public comments. Read the pdf version of letter here.      

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Irvine Watchdog to Discuss Erosions to Transparency and Accountability on KUCI’s Ask a Leader

This morning, Irvine Watchdog Co-Chairs Richard Green and Branda Lin, will join KUCI’s Ask A Leader, hosted by Claudia Shambaugh, for a live discussion at 9:00AM. This show will hone in on some persistent erosions in transparency and accountability in how the City Council conducts business and the controversial policy change restricting public comments (agenda […]

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Voice of OC – Irvine City Council Looks to Gut Transparency Rules, Shorten Public Comment Amid Pushback

Voice of OC — “Irvine City Council members on Tuesday are set to discuss removing many of the public transparency measures their predecessors installed, clearing the way to limit residents’ chances to speak at the meeting and hamstring other council members’ comments.” “For years, the city has had one of the strongest open meeting policies […]

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Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed? Mayor Hires Her Political Campaign Manager as Council Executive Assistant at Irvine City Hall

This series on ethics presents real life situations that our city has or is facing pertaining to our current City Councilmembers, and then asking our readers to be the judge. The first article was regarding Councilmember Mike Carroll’s misappropriation of tax dollars. The second article was regarding a potential conflict of interest by Councilmember Tammy […]

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Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed? ICNV News or Propaganda?

This series on ethics presents real life situations pertaining to our current City Councilmembers, and then asks our readers to be the judge. The first article was regarding Councilmember Mike Carroll’s misappropriation of tax dollars. The second article was regarding a potential conflict of interest by Councilmember Tammy Kim. This article will dive into one […]

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Darkness in the Afternoon: City Council Poised to Gut Sunshine Ordinance, Sharply Restrict Public Comments

At its meeting at 4:00pm next Tuesday, March 22, the City Council will consider a proposal by Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll to drastically change Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance. Agenda Item 5.1 proposes an ordinance that would shorten the time required for publication of Council and commission agendas by nearly 50%. It would also […]

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Upcoming Council Meeting Agenda – March 8, 2022

Highlights from the City Council Agenda. Item 4.1 – Consideration Of A Request By Vice Mayor Kuo And Councilmember Carroll To Adopt A Resolution Expressing Support For The “Brand-Huang-Mendoza Tripartisan Land Use Initiative” The staff Memo reads, “The “Brand-Huang-Mendoza Tripartisan Land Use Initiative” seeks to limit the State’s continuing efforts to constrain local government land […]

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