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Opinion: Tammy Kim Kills Opportunity to Expand City Council Despite Campaign Promise

Irvine City Councilmember Tammy Kim once campaigned on expanding the size of City Council. Kim’s campaign platform highlighted efforts to support Veterans in Irvine, stop All American Asphalt pollution, and passionate pleas to expand the size of Council. She has failed at delivering on all three issues. [For more background, read, Opinion: District Elections and […]

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Agenda-Setting “Rule of 2” Policy To Become Even More Restrictive Under Tammy Kim’s Proposal

Don’t be fooled by Irvine Councilmember Tammy Kim’s proposed change to the “Rule of Two”, the policy that requires at least one other councilmember to second a proposed item in order for it to be placed on the city agenda. It is no secret that councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, Anthony Kuo and Mayor Farrah […]

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Councilmember Mike Carroll Nets Over $180,000 in Taxpayer Funded COVID Loans for His Law Office [Opinion]

According to publicly available records, Irvine City Councilmember, Mike Carroll and his wife, Bernice “Betty” Carroll received $184,510 in taxpayer funded dischargeable loans, over the course of two years from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to FederalPay.org, the loans went toward payroll expenses in an effort to “retain” two positions at Carroll & Carroll […]

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Opinion: Rule of Two Leaves Public Without Representation

A controversial Irvine City Council policy, informally known as the “rule of two,” prevents an individual Councilmember from placing an item on the agenda unless another member of the Council seconds it. In the first meeting, upon being sworn in, Irvine City Mayor Farrah Khan, voted alongside Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo […]

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Controversy Erupts Over Mayor Khan’s Political Relationship with Armenian Genocide Denier [Opinion]

Social media has been buzzing surrounding a video being circulated online showing Irvine Mayor Khan apparently joking at an event with accused Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, about Armenians. A Turkish website DailyMotion.com released a video where Mayor Farrah Khan met with Turkish leaders after winning her 2020 mayoral race. The caption and description from […]

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Opinion: Idea Theft Highlights Discord on City Council

The agenda for the February 8, 2022, City Council meeting has an item that was presented by Councilmember Larry Agran back in April of 2021. However, this item needed the support of a second Councilmember in order to be placed on the agenda. No one seconded Councilmember Agran’s item. Two previous items that Councilmember Agran […]

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New Orchard Hills Development Moves Forward, With Contingencies

On November 4, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 4-1 to approve The Irvine Company’s tentative tract map and master landscape plan for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, situated a little over a half-mile away from an asphalt plant. The Planning Commission was originally going to decide on October 21, but the matter was […]

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Irvine Residents Exert Influence on Proposed Irvine Company Housing Development Near Asphalt Plant

On October 21, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 3-2 to postpone making a decision on the Irvine Company’s tract map and master plan proposal for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, a neighborhood situated a half-mile away from an asphalt plant.  In what normally takes place with little fanfare at planning commission meetings, Irvine […]

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Opinion: No Time For Any Dissent on Irvine’s COVID-19 Relief Funds Spending

On October 12, at 4pm, Irvine City Council will receive a proposed plan for how to spend $56 million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds given to Irvine to respond to areas negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the city of Irvine is taking almost no steps to encourage public discussion on the matter. On September […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Staff Seek to Enrich Themselves With COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three million dollars is a lot of money. That is approximately how much Irvine city staff and the Irvine Finance Commission propose to spend on a new City Hall gym, shower doors, and city employee bonuses. Irvine will receive $56 million direct one-time payment from the Federal Government for spending on areas within the city […]

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