• April 1, 2020
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City Council City Hall Featured Opinion

Op-Ed: City Manager John Russo’s $24k Raise Request

In July 2018, the City Council, led by then Mayor Don Wagner, replaced long-standing City Manager Sean Joyce with John Russo. Joyce had served our city for 12 years while Russo had just been fired by the City of Riverside, but that didn’t stop the 2016-18 City Council from hiring Russo. Currently, Russo is in […]

City Hall Featured Opinion Video

City to Kick-Off the One Irvine Program

The City’s Neighborhood Services Department is rolling out a new program on preserving and enhancing our established Irvine neighborhoods. The One Irvine program is dedicated to bringing resources, education, and community projects to neighborhoods to address home maintenance issues. Each year, One Irvine will focus on addressing the unique opportunities of an individual neighborhood.  The […]

City Hall Featured Irvine Community Land Trust Op-ed Opinion

Op-Ed: Land Trust – Why Hide General Payroll Information?

The following is not intended to take away from the wonderful and important work the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) does to provide our city with building much needed permanent affordable housing. I simply seek the same level of transparency as was provided before the ICLT separated from the city since they are still funded […]

Featured Irvine Community Land Trust

Sunshine Ordinance to Include the Land Trust

On November 19, 2018, The Board of Directors held its monthly meeting and per correspondence from Executive Director, Mark Asturias, “decided to open its meetings to the public beginning with its next regularly scheduled meeting. The Board anticipates that the open meeting format will allow members of the community to come, hear and be heard on […]

Editorial Featured Opinion

Setting the Record Straight

  With election day rapidly approaching, the rhetoric on social media has heated up. Irvine Watchdog has received our fair share of complaints and we’d like to address some of the issues. The great news is people are paying attention and for that we are thankful. Criticism #1:  You misquoted John Park (and hence the […]

Election 2018 Featured Opinion

Wagner, Kuo, O’Malley: It’s Raining PAC Money

When it comes to donations, Mayor Wagner’s slate with Anthony Kuo and Carrie O’Malley has no competition. For those who haven’t seen the post Mayoral Campaign Thoughts, almost $800,000 is being funneled through political action committees (PACs) to support Mayor Wagner’s slate. To provide perspective, the average non-developer backed city council candidate actively campaigns in hopes to receive […]

Featured Opinion

Johnson-Norris: Misleading Statement and Corruption in One Night

Misleading Voters: On August 20, 2018, I attended the Democratic Party of Orange County’s endorsement meeting. Unexpectedly, I was given a minute to speak before the Central Committee cast their votes to endorse two of the three democrats running for Irvine City Council: Farrah Khan, Kev Abazajian, and Lauren Johnson-Norris. My message was clear:  We […]

Featured Opinion

How Irvine Watchdog Came To Be

  Where did Irvine Watchdog come from? Why did it form? Put simply, recent actions by some aggressive developers, anonymous sources, and a number of complicit city council members left many of us frustrated and outraged. We met each other through campaigns such as Irvine for Responsible Growth and recruited like-minded residents to our rapidly […]

Editorial Featured Main

One City Council Vote Equals Ten

Why is voting for city council members such a big deal?Answer:  You’re not just voting for one seat, you’re voting for ten! Did you know each city council member gets to appoint a commissioner to each of the following ten commissions/committees that make decisions impacting development, traffic, child care, seniors, and the environment, just to […]

Editorial Featured Opinion

The Anonymous Attacks Have Begun

Anybody receive an email with this?   This is dirty campaigning at its best and the race for mayor has just begun! For years now our city has been inundated with unethical campaigning often funded by dark/developer money through political action committees (PACs).  This is a problem.  I am not for or against Ed Pope, […]

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