• May 24, 2024


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Opinion: Who Is In-Charge at the Irvine Commissions, Commissioners or Staff?

Control of Commission Agendas Does anyone have any insight into how Irvine commission agendas were handled in the past and how they are handled now? My impression is that in the past Irvine Commissioners were in charge of what goes on the commission agendas and what would not make an agenda. However, my current impression […]

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Is the Sun Shining Into the Irvine Community Land Trust?

In a previous article, I asked: Is the Irvine Community Land Trust Becoming a Black Box to the Public? This article will answer that question. Background: ICLT Discontinued the Zoom Option for Public Attendance at Meetings In 2023, the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) had Zoom as an option to watch ICLT meeting. Of course, […]

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Is the Irvine Community Land Trust Becoming a Black Box to the Public?

 After a long time of including the option to attend the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) meetings by Zoom, ICLT discounted the Zoom option. My impression currently is that this was not the result of an ICLT board vote. Instead, Executive Director Billy Hughes enacted this new attendance policy. Also, I have heard that when […]

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FivePoint is Legally Entitled to Build 10,556 Homes of Any Type They Choose in the Irvine Great Park: How Did That Happen?

At meeting of November 2, 2023,  the Irvine Planning Commission approved FivePoint’s plan to build 82 large, single-family homes in a Great Park area near Irvine Boulevard. When an appeal to this Planning Commission approval was heard at the December 12 City Council meeting, the Council denied the appeal and, thereby, affirmed the Planning Commission […]

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Opinion: It’s Time for the City Council to Approve Regulations on Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

On December 14, 2021, Mayor Khan moved and Councilmember Kim seconded the move to direct City staff to come back to the city council with a draft for an ordinance to ban the loud and fume-producing gas-powered lawn equipment. All five of the Irvine Council Members then voted “Yes”. It has been two years now […]

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Opinion: Annoyed Irvine Resident Urges No Blow for Gas Lawn Equipment. But What Will the Irvine Company and Mayor Khan Do?

“2-stroke engines [such as gas-powered lawn equipment] produce high intensity, low frequency sounds that can have a bigger negative impact on residents than the sound coming from electric lawn equipment. These negative health impacts include irritation, sleep disturbance, cognition problems, hypertension, and ischemic heart conditions. Also to consider: With more people working from home now, […]

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Opinion: Great Park Urban Farm Providing Diverse Public Benefits, a Link to the Past, and Innovation: Stability Jeopardized?

Did you know that Irvine has an urban farm at the Great Park? This local and perhaps under-appreciated amenity operates in association with Solutions for Urban Ag. This local good, currently known as the Great Park Farm and Food Lab, provides diverse public benefits. These include but are not limited to providing a link to […]

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[NEW SERIES] Zooming In and Zooming Out on Housing: An Overview and the July 2022 Irvine Housing Numbers

This is the first article in this series in which we will zoom in and zoom out to look at Irvine housing issues. This will involve looking at the micro and macro factors of Irvine housing. The Micro of Housing: Irvine Home Prices At the micro level, we will zoom in on Irvine’s most recent […]

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Pattern of Censorship at Irvine City Council and OCPA [Opinion]

There has been a pattern of censorship that has occurred under the direction of Councilmember Mike Carroll at the Irvine City Council and Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).  This article documents recent events.  At the May 3, 2022 Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) meeting, an incident occurred that was similar to events that happened at […]

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[SERIES] Great Park History: Farmland to 10,556 Homes

Want to know the history of the Great Park? This seven-part series on FivePoint’s Great Park home building entitlements will walk through the history of the area and how FivePoint achieved 10,556 home-building entitlements in the Great Park. 1. Looking Back to Look Forward 10,556 homes. Let’s look back to understand the history of the […]

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