• November 28, 2022
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Editorial: Please Vote! Return your ballot today

The final day to cast your election ballot is November 8, 2022. No matter who you support, we encourage everyone to vote. We have seen too many races won and lost by a small number of votes. Every vote is important. In California, registered voters have already received a vote-by-mail ballot. Please take 15 minutes […]

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Opinion: My Performance Evaluation of the Irvine City Manager

Irvine has a representative democracy decision making process which involves the people electing representatives to represent their interests and concerns.  This process includes public participation by means of Irvine’s elected representatives and city staff members listening to and sharing information with city residents. Our City Manager has been actively engaging with community groups on a […]

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Irvine City Council Accused of Another Backroom Deal and Brown Act Violation

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the Council will hold a closed session meeting to discuss Agenda item 1.4, which is potential litigation resulting from the Council’s ’s previous closed session discussions of the recently approved Great Park Framework Plan. An anonymous resident sent the City a letter dated ­­­­October 14, […]

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Dark money

Dark Money in Irvine Politics: Sept.18, 2022 – Oct.19, 2022

Irvine elections mean mailboxes full of campaign mailers. Some of these are sent by the candidate committees and funded by donors that can be easily tracked on campaign finance disclosures filed with the City of Irvine. Many other mailers, however, are supported by special interests who donate to Political Action Committees (PACs) who then contribute […]

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Truth or consequences

Community Concerns Grow Over Irvine City Manager

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Meet the Irvine Unified School Board Candidates 2022

It is election time! Ballots have arrived, and the Irvine Unified Board of Education elections are now underway until November 8th. Elections for IUSD School Board members are by Trustee Area, and there are five Trustee Areas. In this election, only one candidate, Dr. Jeff Kim, chose to run for the open seat in Trustee Area […]

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City of Irvine City Council Candidates 2022

Two years after the highly contested 2020 presidential elections, the 2022 elections are fast approaching. With the blur of national politics, you may not have had the opportunity to look closely at the Irvine city council candidates. With issues such as climate change, Great Park development, and conflicts of interest on the table, Irvine Watchdog […]

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Meet the candidates

Meet the Candidates for Irvine Mayor 2022

It’s officially that time of the year again. Our mailboxes are flooded with pamphlets, and the streets are lined with campaign signs. Election time in Irvine can be an overwhelming process, and sourcing information may be tough. With the Irvine City Council, Board of Education, and mayoral candidates all running at the same time, you […]

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Great Park

Opinion: Great Park Development Should Follow Normal Project Approval Process

On October 11, 2022, the Great Park Board will consider Agenda item 1.1. The proposed Great Park Framework Plan Implementation Agreement would give the City of Irvine control over the land use of the Great Park, thus removing contractual control from Heritage Fields/Five Point Developers. Orange County voters created the Great Park with the promise […]

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Candidate forum

Election 2022: Watch the Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum

On September 29, 2022, Irvine Watchdog hosted our Candidate Forum for City of Irvine Mayor and City Council candidates. In this year’s election, five candidates are running for Mayor and six for City Council. Please note. All candidates were invited to the Candidate Forum and given 30 days advance notice of the date and time. […]

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