• February 23, 2024
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City of Irvine Begins Effort to Expand the City Council and Move to District Elections

Irvine Voters may be voting on a ballot initiative on the March 5, 2024 primary election, to enlarge the Irvine City Council from five to seven members and to create district elections.  If passed the initiative would create six district City Council representatives with the Mayor being an At-Large Representative. All Irvine residents, registered and […]

Opinion City Council Featured Op-ed Opinion

Opinion: Support District Elections and Expand The Size of the City Council

In all the years I have lived in Irvine, I have never seen so much corruption in Irvine’s decision-making process, including an increasing lack of transparency and intentional discouragement of public participation. Since public distrust of our City Council has substantially increased, Irvine residents are asking for corrective action. Increasing our City Council size and […]

City Council Featured Op-ed Opinion

Opinion: Improving Irvine’s Resident Representation

Now that Irvine has seated its new Councilmembers, we can make changes to our decision-making process that would inspire public participation and better represent Irvine’s residents. Goal: Improving Irvine City Council’s representation of the city’s residents would include, but not be limited to, decreasing campaign costs, thus reducing Councilmembers’ dependence upon special interest support, improving […]

Featured Opinion

Opinion: Save Irvine’s Hotel Workers Safety Ordinance

On November 22, 2022, the Irvine City Council passed the Hotel Workers Safety Ordinance by a 3 to 1 vote (Khan, Kim, Agran for, Kuo against, and Carroll absent). The ordinance contains hotel worker safety provisions and fair labor practices provisions. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on December 22, 2022. Similar ordinances have […]

City Council Featured Opinion

Opinion: My Performance Evaluation of the Irvine City Manager

Irvine has a representative democracy decision making process which involves the people electing representatives to represent their interests and concerns.  This process includes public participation by means of Irvine’s elected representatives and city staff members listening to and sharing information with city residents. Our City Manager has been actively engaging with community groups on a […]

Great Park Development Featured Great Park Opinion Uncategorized

Opinion: Great Park Development Should Follow Normal Project Approval Process

On October 11, 2022, the Great Park Board will consider Agenda item 1.1. The proposed Great Park Framework Plan Implementation Agreement would give the City of Irvine control over the land use of the Great Park, thus removing contractual control from Heritage Fields/Five Point Developers. Orange County voters created the Great Park with the promise […]

City Council City Hall Featured Opinion Opinion

Opinion: In The Hands Of The Few – Once Again City Council Votes To Deny Full Council Representation.

Each City Council member should be equally able to participate in the City Council’s decision making process.  Council members should also be equally responsible for representing the interest of the City of Irvine and Irvine residents, not only during City Council meetings, but also on the various city and outside agency boards, committees and task […]

Featured Opinion Opinion

Opinion: What Don’t You Know About Your Home?

The Importance of Purchase And Rental Agreement Disclosures The purpose of property disclosures is to outline any flaws or conditions, including city and homeowners association (HOA) land use restrictions, that the home sellers are aware of that could negatively affect the homebuyer’s decision to purchase or rent the property. Thus it is important that they […]

Great park City Hall Featured Planning Commission

Opinion: And So The Great Park Name Change Process Begins But We Are Still Left Wondering Why

Great Park Name Change So now we are beginning the tasks needed to complete the Orange County Great Park name change that was approved by the City Council on August 10, 2021, by a vote of 4 to 1, with Council Member Larry Agran dissenting. At the September 16, 2021 (agenda item 3) the Planning […]

City Hall Featured Planning Commission

Checking Up On Irvine’s General Plan

Irvine’s General Plan, as per State mandate, was created in 1973, to present Irvine’s long range plan for the development, improvement and preservation of the city. It has been periodically updated ever since. Irvine is currently working on a comprehensive General Plan update which will refine the City’s goals and objectives and reflect changes required […]

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