• November 17, 2019
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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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Opinion: Start Planning Now!

Are you fed up with out-of-control traffic on Irvine streets? Are you tired of circling around and around to find a parking spot? Let’s take action to get our city to start planning for the future now! The City Council is doing a great job of protecting our villages from development projects that adversely affect […]

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Opinion: I Am Curious

What’s up with Irvine’s Transportation Department and Transportation Commission? The Transportation Director Mark Linsenmayer resigned without any recognition for his service. His temporary replacement, Acting Director Jamie Bourgeois, was never introduced at the Transportation Commission meeting. Lately, only 3-4 out of 5 commissioners have been attending the Transportation Commission meetings. Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Kuo has yet […]

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Op-Ed: 3 Steps To Fight Corruption in Irvine

Irvine’s city government once had a sterling reputation… but no longer. For quite some time there has been a creeping increase in corruption in Irvine’s decision making process.  In the last year, voters have been deprived of the right to vote for representatives to fill a city council and mayoral vacancy. Our City Council has acted […]

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6/6/19 Planning Commission – The Irvine Co. Master Affordable Housing Plan Amendment

Present: Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Greg Smith (Shea) Stephen Huang (Khan) Absent: Christine Knowland (Kuo) Jeff Pierson (Carroll) The highlight of the June 6, 2019 Planning Commission meeting was The Irvine Company’s proposed realignment plan to relocate 220 residents by amending their existing Master Affordable Housing Plan document. A number of residents attended the meeting and […]

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