• September 28, 2023


  • Ayn Craciun9 Posts

    Ayn Craciun is a climate mom and environmental health advocate. As a leader of Non Toxic Irvine, she helped successfully advocate for Irvine’s much-loved organic landscaping policy, which was adopted in 2016. More recently, Ayn helped advocate for OC’s first Community Choice Energy (CCE) program, approved by six OC cities in 2020. CCE will reduce greenhouse gasses by 500K+ metric tons per year and provide funding for a host of sustainability initiatives in participating cities. She has lived in Irvine since 2004.

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Irvine City Council Votes for Three Climate Initiatives at Nov. 10 Meeting

New nonprofit public energy agency, climate action plan, and strategic energy plan all move forward after Irvine election favors climate-friendly candidates At its November 10 meeting, the Irvine City Council voted unanimously in favor of three programs that promise to bring clean energy, competitive energy pricing and a climate-resilient future to the city. The votes […]

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What Happened in Irvine’s 2020 Election

Historic win for mayor-elect Farrah Khan; Biden paints the city almost entirely blue A week after election day, Irvine ballots are still being counted, but according to a map published by the Los Angeles Times, the majority of voters in every Irvine precinct except one voted for Joe Biden. The only Irvine precinct where Donald Trump […]

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Two Major Climate Votes on Irvine Council Agenda Nov. 10

More EVs and EV chargers for Irvine: According to Irvine’s staff report on Community Choice Energy (CCE), most California CCEs offer residents electric vehicle incentives such as chargers and rebates along with an alternative to SoCal Edison for energy customers.With votes still being counted in Irvine’s city council election, the city’s two most important climate-related programs will come before […]

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Fullerton Joins Irvine to Create Orange County Energy Authority

New nonprofit public agency will provide competitive rates, cleaner energy, community benefits November 3, 2020 On Monday, November 2, the Fullerton City Council voted to move forward with Community Choice Energy (CCE), voting 4-1 (Whitaker: No) to pass the first reading of the city ordinance to join the City of Irvine and create a new […]

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Voter Guide: Irvine Mayor & Council Candidates On The Issues

On October 1, Irvine Watchdog hosted an Irvine Mayor & City Council Candidates Forum, giving voters an opportunity to hear candidates’ views on major issues facing the city. Click here to watch the Forum. All the questions asked during the Forum were crowdsourced by Irvine residents via the Irvine Watchdog website. Some questions have been […]

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Irvine Climate Advocates Release Voter Guide Highlighting Candidate Views on Climate and Candidate Viability

An Irvine Climate Voter Guide, a 10-page report with Irvine City Council and Mayoral Candidates’ views on climate issues facing the city, has been released by a group of Irvine volunteers focused on climate in the November 2020 election. The guide features candidates’ answers to seven questions designed to evaluate their sense of urgency on climate […]

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Opinion: Highly Paid Irvine Staff Continue to Fumble and Delay Key Climate Program

Revelations come before Tuesday vote on hiring new interim city manager September 7, 2020 — On Friday, as Irvine residents sweltered in record high temperatures driven by climate change, doubts emerged over whether the city will again delay Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that would bring Irvine residents clean energy, savings on electricity and an alternative […]

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Opinion: Irvine Seeks Partner Cities As It Takes Another Step Toward Community Choice Energy 

Outpouring of public support and SoCal Edison rate increase urge Council forward With a unanimous vote on July 14, the Irvine City Council took another step toward bringing Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Orange County.  CCE is prized by many as a municipality’s quickest path to 100% clean energy, enabling local officials to choose cleaner […]

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Opinion: Delays Threaten Key Irvine Climate/Energy Initiative

Irvine residents deserve an explanation for continued delays to Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that promises to bring cleaner energy, consumer savings, an alternative to monopoly SoCal Edison, and a host of other benefits to the city and its residents. These delays cannot be blamed on COVID-19 or recent protests. City staff has a […]

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