• February 20, 2019


Transparency & Accountability Still An Issue in City Council

Transparency and Accountability still remain a major issue with the city and the Irvine Land Trust. The Land Trust was created to operate on the city’s behalf using city land and city money and as such, the city holds the majority interest in the Land Trust. It was established by the city council in 2006 and has received $35M to date of public cash and land from […]

2/12/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner and Council Members Farrah Khan, Anthony Kuo, Christina Shea and Melissa Fox. Barclay Theatre to enlarge program to make room for community and UCI shows and performances Irvine Barclay Theatre, a non-profit that receives city funding, presented a report for the purpose of transparency.  Report by Jerry Mandel, Barclay Theatre President: […]

2/7/19 – Planning Commission Highlights

Present were: Dustin Nirschl (Fox), Michael Carrol (Kuo), Greg Smith (Shea), Stephen Huang (Khan) and Jeff Pierson (Wagner). Planning Commission opts for recommending the Golf Course Site for the Veterans’ Cemetery.  The will of the voters was not given any weight in the decision-making process. The Veterans’ Cemetery will be on the 3/26/19 City Council […]

2/5/19 – Transportation Commission Highlights

Present were:  Carrie O’Malley (Wagner), Christine Knowland (Kuo), Ken Montgomery (Fox) and Steve Greenberg (Shea); Avinder Chawla (Khan) was absent. Review of Traffic Collision Patterns Staff report by Jaimee Bourgeois: The intersection with the most accidents ( totaling 1479) in 2017 was Barranca and Harvard with most occurring between 2 PM and 7 PM.  For […]

2/4/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Present: Roger Sievers (Fox), Jim Shute (Shea), Russell Stein (Wagner), Dale Cheema (Khan), Tanja Fournier (Kuo). Chair Stein welcomed the two new Finance Commissioners – Tanja Fournier & Dale Cheema. The Orange County Office on Aging The Orange County Office on Aging wants to give the City an increase of $66,757 to fund the elderly nutrition program, […]

What If? A Fire Hits Irvine…Can We Escape in Time?

During the summer and fall of this past year, much of the news surrounded the fires in California. It is little wonder why. This year’s wildfire season was considered to be one of the most damaging ever recorded. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, nearly 1.7 million acres burned which is […]