• October 1, 2020
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City Council City Hall Featured Op-ed

Opinion: Council’s Weak Response To Alleged Misconduct Points To Need for Ethics Commission

As reported by the Voice of OC yesterday, “an investigation into $70,000 in Irvine tax dollars spent on city mailers by City Councilman Mike Carroll appears to be stalling at the local level despite clear evidence he violated at least one city policy”. Like the Voice of OC, Irvine Watchdog (Watchdog) is having a difficult […]

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How is the City Handling Allegations of Misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll?

In light of the allegations raised by the City Council and the resulting press, it bears asking the question: How exactly is the City handling the issue of possible misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll? Was this merely a political “hatchet job” on Mr. Carroll, or is it a serious violation of state law due to […]

Featured Planning Commission

Workshop and Two Public Hearings on Tonight’s Planning Commission Agenda

The Planning Commission meetings have been closed to in person public attendance for five months. Like the City Council and Great Park Board meetings, the Planning Commission meetings could be available for viewing via public television and live webcast with minimal cost. The City Council would simply have to approve this transparency measure. These meetings […]

Development Featured Op-ed

Opinion: Great Park Planning – More Participation and Data Needed

Green dot = On schedule Yellow dot = Under review   The Cultural Terrace is 223 acres of undeveloped city land located in the southern section of the Great Park that is intended for a variety of cultural attractions. The five Great Park Board members act as both the principal developers and decision makers for […]

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$5 Million From Small Business Relief Program Awards 511 Businesses

As part of the COVID-19 response, the City received $5 million dollars from the County through the federally approved CARES Act to administer a small business relief program. The City was able to award 511 Irvine small businesses grants of up to $10,000 each. The program launched on June 3rd and is now closed. The […]

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FivePoint Under Pressure to Begin Attending Great Park Board Meetings; Numerous Items on July 28th Agenda

On Tuesday, July 28th, the Great Park Board will take a look at the progress going on in the park as well as future projects. This will be one of the last meetings for Great Park Executive Director John Russo, who is leaving in September for family reasons. The Board has not yet publicly discussed […]

City Hall Development Featured Irvine Community Land Trust

New Affordable Housing Community Coming to Irvine

  The Irvine Community Land Trust (Land Trust) is growing their portfolio of affordable housing communities for our city with the addition of Native Spring, a 68-unit permanently affordable home ownership project located in Portola Springs, which goes before the Planning Commission for approval tonight. The Native Spring development is on property conveyed by the […]

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Planning Commission Decision Being Appealed By Neighboring Business Owners

A decision of the Planning Commission is being appealed by a property owner located next to the proposed project and a group called Supporters’ Alliance for Environmental Responsibility. The appeal will be heard before the City Council on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The City Council can affirm, deny, modify, or send it back to the […]

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Existing and Future Traffic Data: Significant Increases Within City Standards

The Planning Commission will receive a city mobility report and presentation at its meeting this Thursday, July 2nd. The 2020 Citywide Circulation Phasing Analysis Report, as it is formally known, is currently available for public review and was prepared by LSA Consultants in coordination with city staff, as well as a Task Force with representatives […]

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OC Great Park: Surf Park Tabled, Wild Rivers Delayed, COVID-19 Budget Adjustments

The OC Great Park Board met on Tuesday, June 23rd to review the monthly development report and to approve next year’s Great Park budget with adjustments due to a reduction in program and service fees. Irvine’s fiscal year begins July 1st. The Executive Director of the Great Park John Russo, recently announced he’s leaving his […]

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