• August 25, 2019
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  • Wesley Oliphant

    Wesley Oliphant20 Posts

    Wesley Oliphant lives with his wife and two children in Irvine's Portola Springs neighborhood. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at a community college and a volunteer with Irvine Watchdog.

Editorial Featured

What If? A Fire Hits Irvine…Can We Escape in Time?

During the summer and fall of this past year, much of the news surrounded the fires in California. It is little wonder why. This year’s wildfire season was considered to be one of the most damaging ever recorded. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, nearly 1.7 million acres burned which is […]

Editorial Featured

The New Political Trend in Irvine: Make it a Stepping Stone

“Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.” Irvine. Over the years, the city has experienced major changes. The most prominent is the huge amount of growth in residents. In 2000, the city’s population was a little below 150,000. By 2018, the city’s population has swelled to […]

Featured Opinion

The Campaign Tactic You Never Heard of: Selective Deletion (Part 2)

In part 1, I discussed how the tactic of selective deletion on Facebook is used to influence people’s opinions on local politics – turning what look like open forums into echo chambers to convince people of policies and views that may be against these people’s own interests. Unfortunately, this tactic is not only confined to […]

Featured Main Opinion

The Campaign Tactic You Never Heard of: Selective Deletion (Part 1)

Another election has passed in Irvine. It was mostly the usual distasteful stuff – anonymous attacks, fliers, fake profiles, attack mailers, endorsements from civic organizations that may or may not have more to do with donations than actual policies. But there is another tactic you may not be aware of that can be just as […]

Election 2018 Featured

Exclusive: The Council Candidates Weigh in After the Election

While the votes continue to be counted, we at Irvine Watchdog decided to reach out to the candidates for City Council. We wanted to thank them for their participation and to ask them the questions we felt Irvine residents would be interested in. These questions were the following: What did you learn from this campaign? […]

Featured Opinion

Endorsement? Yes. Rationale? No.

Endorsements. They are supposed to encourage us to vote for a candidate. However, to be a useful endorsement, we should know about the group or person endorsing and the reasons for the endorsement. So, what do we know? Recently, I have received mailers of candidates sporting their endorsements by organizations. For example, one prominent group […]

Election 2018

Key Takeaways from Irvine City Council Candidate Forum

Eight of the twelve City Council Candidates attended the Irvine Council Forum on Sunday, September 30th to give their positions on issues that ranged from whether Irvine should remain as a sanctuary city to how they would handle a court order mandating that 50 homeless people will need to be settled in Irvine. The candidates […]

Election 2018 Featured

“What’s in it for Me?” Why You Should Attend the Upcoming Candidate Forum

A candidate forum. With all the options available to us, you might ask “Why attend a City Council Candidate forum, and why particularly the one coming up this Sunday?”. First, a forum is a much better source of information on the candidates than almost any other. As we strive to be informed citizens during a […]

Featured Opinion

How Much Affordable Housing is There in Irvine?

How much affordable housing is there in Irvine? It is a simple question. Or is it? Consider as well that if a politician were to say “There is plenty of affordable housing in Irvine”, we think we know what this means. Why? We believe we understand the question as well as the hypothetical politician’s statement […]

Featured Opinion

A Possible Explanation of Melissa Fox’s Interpretation of the Vote on B

“In other words, I see the rejection of Measure B as a vote against more development and traffic congestion, and not a vote in favor of spending $40 – $80 million dollars on a veterans cemetery rather than building other popular features of the Great Park. In a survey of Irvine voters I conducted from […]