• December 2, 2020
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Enforcement of Short-Term Rentals Getting Stricter

To help enforce the City’s prohibition of short-term rentals, City staff is recommending a revision to the short-term rental ordinance to increase its enforcement efforts. The Planning Commission will take this under consideration at their Thursday, November 19 meeting. What is considered a short-term rental in Irvine?   Irvine’s zoning ordinance defines a short-term rental […]

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Cultural Terrace District Getting Its First Attraction – Wild Rivers Waterpark

The 260-acre Great Park Cultural Terrace District is getting its first permanent attraction – a water themed amusement park. On April 28, 2020, the City Council approved the Cultural Terrace location for the Wild Rivers waterpark. The closest homes to the proposed waterpark will be approximately 2,200 feet east of the project site in the Great […]

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Irvine Is Appealing Its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

The City of Irvine has appealed its share of regional housing proposed to be allocated under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) adopted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The city is requesting a reduction of 8,259 total units from the final draft RHNA allocation of 23,554. SCAG is a metropolitan planning organization that is required by […]

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Irvine Council Votes 3-2 to Bring Auto and Compost Storage to ARDA Veterans Cemetery Site

City Tried to Hide Discussion of Agreement  On Tuesday, October 27, the Irvine City Council voted 3-2 in favor of using a section of the former El Toro Marine Base designated as the site of a veteran’s cemetery for temporary auto, compost, and mulch storage. At least one of the businesses that will benefit from […]

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Election 2020: Candidates Money Raised From Sept. 20 – Oct. 17

The City Council and Mayoral Candidates filed their last pre-election campaign report before the upcoming November 3rd election. Farrah Khan raised the most in this filing period with $26,204 from September 20 through October 17, 2020. All filings are public documents and are available online here using the city’s campaign statement public portal. Candidates who do […]

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UC Irvine Medical Campus Public Hearing – Monday, 10/19

UCI is moving forward with their plan to build an integrated medical complex providing inpatient, ambulatory, and emergency care services. The 14.5 acre campus site is adjacent to the Irvine Business Complex. It’s bound by Campus Drive and Jamboree Road, and will be next to the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. Primary vehicular  access to the […]

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Deceptive Candidate Mailers

Recent statements made in political advertisements mailed to voters by a local political action committee (PAC) called Atlas PAC are misleading and should be corrected. The flyers refer to City Council candidate Mike Carroll. “Re-Elect Vice Mayor Mike Carroll” is boldly placed in the headers, which is both deceptive and insulting to voters. While it is important […]

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Dark Money in Irvine Elections

Want to follow the money and find out who contributed to the Political Action Committee behind the attack ad opposing a candidate? Political Action Committees (PACs) can donate directly to campaigns and also make independent expenditures (IE) to oppose or support a candidate. Independent expenditures are done without any authorization or involvement of the candidate, […]

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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 […]

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