• May 25, 2022
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City Council Featured Opinion Opinion

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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Irvine Finance Commission Finalizes Pandemic Relief Funds Proposal

On September 27, 2021, Irvine’s Finance Commission held a second meeting to discuss their proposed spending plan for the $56 million dollars Irvine will receive in Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds intended to be spent on those in Irvine most negatively impacted by the pandemic. The first meeting took place on September 20, however, […]

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Irvine Prepares to Spend $56 Million in Relief Funds; Seeks Public Input on How to Spend It

On September 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM, the City of Irvine Finance Commission will discuss their proposed spending plan, allowing for public comment on how to spend $56,433,217 in COVID-19 relief funds. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. Approximately $45.6 billion of those relief funds […]

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Irvine Police Crack Down on Loud and Racing Vehicles

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, Irvine Police Department’s Traffic and Special Events Bureau Sergeant Jasper Kim and Garrett Gales walked viewers through a bird’s eye view on enforcement efforts within Irvine involving loud vehicles, racing, and street takeovers. Sergeant Kim explained the phenomena of street takeovers is the act of choosing a street, usually at […]

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