• February 27, 2020
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City Hall Featured Transportation Commission

Transportation Commission: iShuttle and Traffic Impact on Barranca

Attendees Avinder Chawla Steven Greenberg Ken Montgomery Shilpa Patel Sidney Wu The Transportation Commission met on February 18, 2020. Below are the meeting highlights. To see the complete agenda click here. Presentation of IBC Transportation Management Systems Irvine is currently operating three Irvine Business Complex (IBC) I-Shuttle routes from Tustin Metrolink train station serving business […]

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Do IBC Residents Need Additional Retail?

During the February 4, 2010 Transportation Commission meeting, city staff will present a proposal to amend Irvine’s zoning ordinance in the Irvine Business Complex (“IBC”). The amendment would provide an incentive for developers to build additional retail in the IBC. The incentive would consist of reducing the “Developer Retail Development Intensity Value” fees and costs […]

Editorial Election 2020 Featured

Calling For Public Participation In Irvine’s Decision Making Process

Irvine’s elections are supposed to be non-partisan. Our city councilmembers are elected to represent the best interests of Irvine residents but do they? Our city council candidates vow to represent the interests of Irvine voters if elected but will they? The way for residents to influence the decision making process is by means of public […]

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Council Members Approve Bringing Community Choice Energy to Irvine

The Irvine City Council voted unanimously to bring Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Irvine and to create and lead a Joint Power Authority with other Orange County cities. Motion that was passed: Staff to secure the interests of other CCE-JPA partner cities in Orange County and ask staff to return with preliminary joint powers authority formation […]

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Irvine Is Required to Help Meet The State’s Low Income Housing Needs. What Is Irvine’s Share?

Every 8 years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) determines the affordable housing needs for the state based on new growth projections and the existing need for housing. The state is divided into regions with each region being assigned a specific number of affordable housing units to construct. Irvine is located in […]

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Free Irvine Ride Share Transportation Idea

Anaheim launched FRAN (“Free Rides Around The Neighborhood”) on January 24, 2019. FRAN offers free on demand transportation for locals and visitors within a designated downtown area to call for rides using a cell phone app. There are no fixed routes but there are 10 designated “preferred stops” where riders can begin or end their […]

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Vibrant Hotel and Commercial Center To Make The Great Park A “National Amenity”

In related news, on October 22, 2019, the City Council approved (4-0 with Fox absent) the funding, design and construction for two OC Great Park attractions – a USA Water Polo Center, a Fieldhouse Sports Facility for super regional volleyball and basketball tournaments, and a parking structure. This City development project will be adjacent to […]

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Great Park Neighborhoods Lose a Food Hall But Gain a Luxury Fitness Center

Present Chair Dustin Nirschl (Appointed by Melissa Fox) Chair Pro Tempore Jeff Pierson (Appointed by Michael Carroll) Commissioner Stephen Huang (Appointed by Farrah Khan) Commissioner Christine Knowland (Appointed by Anthony Kuo) Absent Vice Chair Greg Smith (Appointed by Christina Shea) On October 3, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 3-1 (Commissioner Knowland opposed; Commissioner Smith absent) […]

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Op-Ed: Why Have A Transportation Commission If They Are Not Asked To Evaluate Traffic Impact Reports For Development Projects?

During a recent Planning Commission meeting, Vice Chair Smith voiced a notable concern. The traffic report for the development project being discussed, which was found to have an impact on traffic circulation, was never referred to the Transportation Commission for evaluation and approval. What is the purpose of the Transportation Commission if not to evaluate […]

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Op-Ed: Our Impressive Irvine Traffic Research And Control Center

Irvine Watchdog volunteers recently had a tour of the Irvine Traffic Research and Control Center, affectionately referred to as ITRAC. The Center is located in an amazingly small office space that reminds me of an airport Air Traffic Control Center with real time videos (not recorded) of numerous Irvine intersections and moving graphs that report […]

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