• July 16, 2019
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City Council City Hall Featured Op-ed Opinion

The Key To Effective Cooperation: Trust But Verify

On May 14, 2019, the Irvine city council appointed Mike Carroll, Mayor Pro Tem Kuo’s former planning commissioner, to fill a vacancy on the Irvine city council. Don Wagner’s departure from the the city council to become the Orange County third district supervisor created the vacancy. If you are not already familiar with the machinations […]

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Why Didn’t the Irvine Pedestrian Cross the Road?

Photo: Irvine Transportation Department and Commission Online Masthead Image Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because it was terrified.* To make this more relevant to Irvine, let’s ask this question: Why aren’t there more pedestrians in Irvine making trips to stores or other nearby locations instead of using a car? Answer: Because it is […]

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11/19/2018 Finance Commission Meeting Report: Finance Commission Punts on Veteran Cemetery Recommendation

Direction Given to Irvine Commissions to Review Two Possible Veteran Cemetery Sites At the July 10, 2018 city council meeting, Mayor Wagner presented a memo that gave each of the Irvine commissions directions on what information to provide to the city council regarding placing the Southern California Veterans Cemetery (SCVC) at the original site know […]

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FivePoint Seeks Approval of New Great Park Tract Map

Some Background Building on City Council’s approval in January 2016 of subdivision map 17940,* FivePoint is currently asking for approval of a new subdivision map for part of this area. This is known as subdivision map 18165. City approval of 18165 would give FivePoint certain development entitlements in a portion of the Great Park. Project […]

Featured Finance Commission Meeting Summaries

9/17/18 Irvine Finance Commission Meeting Notes–Business Donation, FEMA Grant, Fiscal Reports

Business Donation, FEMA Grant, Fiscal Reports At the 9-17-2018 Finance Commission meeting, the commissioners recommended the City Council accept a donation to Irvine’s Department of Public Safety from an Irvine-based company as well as accept a Local Hazard Mitigation Planning grant from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). In addition, the City Treasurer gave a fiscal-year-end […]

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8/27/18 – Irvine Green Ribbon Committee Meeting Notes – Part III, Strategic Energy Plan and CCE

Irvine Strategic Energy Plan and Community Choice Energy The Green Ribbon Committee discussed three topics at their 8-27-2018 meeting. These three topics were Urban Forestry in Irvine, Green Ribbon Committee work plan and reorganization, and the selection of professional service companies to provide recommendations for an updated Irvine strategic energy plan and a Community Choice […]

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8/27/18–Irvine Green Ribbon Committee Meeting Notes–Part II, Committee Reorganization and Work Plan

Green Ribbon Committee Work Plan and Reorganization The Irvine Green Ribbon Committee discussed three topics at the 8-27-2018 Green Ribbon Committee meeting. These three topics were Urban Forestry in Irvine, the Green Ribbon Committee work plan and reorganization, and selection of professional service companies to provide an updated Irvine strategic energy plan and a Community […]

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8/27/18 – Irvine Green Ribbon Committee Meeting Report, Part I, Urban Forestry in Irvine

Urban Forestry in Irvine An urban forest is a natural resource composed of all trees on public and private property within the City limit and sphere of influence.The benefits of trees are as follows: They provide shade, which will reduce energy costs. (Research shows that trees can reduce energy costs used to cool buildings by […]

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6/18/2018 Irvine Finance Commission Meeting – General Plan Update Notes

General Plan Update Notes from the 6-18-2018 Irvine Finance Commission Meeting    At the 6-18-2018 Irvine Finance Commission meeting, the Irvine Planning Department identified ten areas of interest that are relevant to the Irvine General Plan Update.*  In his presentation to the Finance Commission, Senior Planner Jacobs highlighted three of these as most relevant to the financial […]