• July 15, 2024

ACLU to IUSD: Maintaining and Enforcing Board Policy 9323 Rules of Conduct Violates First Amendment

On May 24, 2022, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) emailed the following letter to the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Board of Education in response to actions by Board President Ira Glasky to Irvine resident Debra Kamm at the May 3, 2022, IUSD Board Meeting. To hear Kamm’s public comment and Glasky’s response click […]

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Great Park Special Tax, Residents Task Force, and Development Updates on Great Park Board Agenda

Here are the highlights from tomorrow’s May 24, 2022 packed Great Park Board meeting agenda. The meeting will start at 3:00PM. The public can watch on YouTube or ICTV and submit public comments in person, via Zoom (audio only), e-Comment or email. For more info click here. PRESENTATIONS 1.1 Great Park Community Facilities District (Special […]

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As COVID Numbers Rise (Again), City Council Considers Repeal of Vaccination Requirement for Senior Lunch Program

At the bottom of the agenda for the next Irvine City Council meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, is Item 6.1, bearing the deceptively innocuous title “Update to Vaccination Requirements for In-person Congregate Meal Program.” This is no mere update; City staff is proposing an ordinance repealing the present requirement of proof of vaccination […]

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FivePoint Seeks Approval of 1,174 Homes in the Great Park Neighborhoods

FivePoint, on behalf of Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC, is seeking approval for 1,174 homes and a park plan modification in the Great Park Neighborhoods at this Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting at 5:30PM. The 1,174 homes will consist of 1,062 market-rate condominium units and 112 affordable apartment units. FivePoint received entitlements (approval) to build a […]

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Irvine School Board Public Comment Policies Limit Free Speech

“In my view, the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution afford to the citizen and to the press an absolute, unconditional privilege to criticize official conduct despite the harm which may flow from excesses and abuses. … The theory of our Constitution is that every citizen may speak his mind and every newspaper express its […]

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City Council Meeting Agenda Highlights

Highlights from the upcoming City Council Agenda:  Public comments will be heard at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public are allowed 3 minutes per agenda item and 3 minutes for non-agenda items. CONSENT CALENDAR         All matters listed under Consent Calendar are considered by the City Manager to be routine and will be […]

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City Provides Livestream on YouTube! Now Let’s Increase Access.

A little over ten months ago I wrote my first opinion piece for Irvine Watchdog, in which I called upon Irvine to livestream its City Council meetings on YouTube and store them there for subsequent viewings.  Today I’m happy to report that Irvine has provided for half of my ask. For about a week now, ICTV […]

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Beekeeping and the City of Irvine Ordinance

It all started about 16 years ago when I began to ask why my garden vegetables and fruit trees were failing to produce anything eatable.  After trying fertilizers, soil amendments and talking to my plants, I noticed, or didn’t notice, any bees.  While standing on the corner asking a neighbor if they noticed any bees, […]

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OC Power Authority Board to Review Commercial Power Rollout, Finances

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Highlighting the agenda is a staff report on the rollout of OCPA-provided power to commercial customers and an end-of-quarter financial report. The latter, listed as Item 9.3 on the consent calendar, reports […]

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