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Quick Lesson on Ethics Laws. Do You Know The Answers?

Ethics laws can be confusing. Here are a few questions taken from the 2024 League of Cities Planning Commissioner Academy, to help us understand some of the ethics laws set by the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Ralph M. Brown Act. All elected officials and appointed commissioners are required to complete ethics training. […]

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Council Voted Against Protections from Warehouses Expanding Citywide: What Will This Do To the Landscape of Irvine?

Are residential homes compatible with warehouses/logistics facilities? At its November 17, 2022 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of a Logistics Facility and Warehouse Ordinance amendment by a 4-1 vote. The two land uses, residential and warehouses, were not deemed compatible by the majority of the Planning Commissioners. However, when the vote came […]

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Great Park’s Community Commercial Retail Plans

On November 16, 2023 at 5:30PM, the Planning Commission will consider community commercial retail plans for the Great Park (agenda item 3), including two drive-thru restaurants, on an approximately 11-acre site. The retail plans are located within Development District 1-South of the Great Park Neighborhoods, located in Planning Area 51.Per the Staff Report, the retail […]

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Questions Surround Eligibility of Organization Seeking Nearly Half Of Irvine’s Discretionary Charitable Funds

An item on tonight’s consent calendar will earmark what will result in $22,500, nearly half of Irvine’s charitable funds, to one organization. Will this enhance the quality of life for Irvine residents or businesses? Irvine’s Community Partnership Funds (CPF) are typically $50,000 per fiscal year, with each Councilmember allocated $10,000 to distribute among various nonprofit […]

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Planning Commission to Consider 82 Single Family Homes Along Irvine Blvd

On October 19, 2023 at 5:30PM the Planning Commission will be considering the development of 82 detached single-family residences in Development District 4 of the Great Park Neighborhoods, Planning Area 51 (Great Park). The project site is located west of Irvine Blvd, south of Cultivate, north of Pusan, and east of Episode. 82 low-density homes […]

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Skyrocketing Housing Costs. What Can Be Done?

On Thursday, July 20, 2023, the Planning Commission heard a presentation on Irvine’s affordable housing needs. The entire Powerpoint presentation can be viewed here; it provided eye-opening data on Irvine’s affordable housing needs, which resulted from factors including market rate housing and business growth. The graph below shows how market rate housing creates a demand […]

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Opinion: Hasty, One-Sided Live Nation Deal Costing Irvine $110 Million Hinges on Vice Mayor Kim

On Tuesday, July 18, 2023, Vice Mayor Tammy Kim and Councilmember Mike Carroll submitted a Memo requesting that the Live Nation contract be considered for approval. However, the Design, Construction and Operating Agreement (DCOA) contract was not released until Friday, July 21st at 6:55PM, leaving less than 2 business days to review the multi-million dollar […]

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Packed City Council Agenda for July 25

The City Council will meet on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at 4:00PM. Read the full agenda here.  Residents seeking environment initiatives will want to tune into this meeting. Here are the key Council Business Items:   4.4 Formation of the Sustainability Commission This Tuesday, the city may officially dissolve the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee (GREC) and […]

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Opinion: District Elections and Council Expansion Back on the Agenda. Will The Council Let the Voters Decide?

A motion to expand the size of the City Council and adopt District Elections will be voted on at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. If the motion passes, Irvine voters will see these issues on the November ballot. While a majority of the Councilmembers stated support for expanding the size of the City Council in 2020, […]

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After Over A Year of Public Outcry and Over 15 Items Denied on the City Council Agenda, “Rule of 2” Is Rescinded. District Elections and All American Asphalt Agendized.

“Rule of 2” Revoked The controversial “Rule of 2” agenda-setting policy has been the bane of numerous Irvine residents for the past year and a half. This “Rule of 2” policy was used to deny over 15 requests to agendize everything from recognizing October as Children’s Environmental Health Month to a comprehensive discussion on the […]

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