• November 30, 2021
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Senator Dave Min’s Letter to Irvine City Council Re: All American Asphalt

Click to read Senator Dave Min’s letter to Irvine City Council re: All American Asphalt in PDF format

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Opinion: If You’re Not Insisting On Democracy, You Might Not Have One — How Minority Rule All Too Often Presides Over The Irvine City Council

There’s a saying that poses a warning to consumers of media: “if you’re not paying for the product, you’re not the customer; you are the product.” It’s a useful reminder to be wary of your relationship to the powers-that-be in that particular market. If there is a rough political equivalent to it, perhaps it is […]

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Sunshine Ordinance Saved For Now. Will Agenda Item 4.4 Be Used to Revoke It?

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the City Council “deleted” Consent Calendar Item 2.8 “Rescinding City Council Ordinance No. 18-10 [Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance] relating to Brown Act Agenda Procedures” from the meeting agenda. We view this as a temporary victory and thank all those who signed the petition. However, the City Council can add the 2nd […]

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Opinion: Let The Sunshine In: Debunking Bogus Arguments for Repeal of the Sunshine Ordinance

The latest battle in the Irvine City Council majority’s ongoing war on transparency and accountability will come to a head at its next meeting at 4:00PM Tuesday afternoon. On the “consent calendar,” which is likely to be taken up during the first hour of the meeting, is the final vote on a proposal to repeal […]

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New Orchard Hills Development Moves Forward, With Contingencies

On November 4, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 4-1 to approve The Irvine Company’s tentative tract map and master landscape plan for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, situated a little over a half-mile away from an asphalt plant. The Planning Commission was originally going to decide on October 21, but the matter was […]

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Irvine Company and Fivepoint Seek Approval For More Homes Tonight

Irvine Company Seeking 520 Additional Homes Near Asphalt Plant Tonight, the Planning Commission will decide the fate of the Irvine Company’s request to build luxury homes in a gated community near the All American Asphalt plant. To recap, on October 21st, the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to postpone the decision. That decision will be made […]

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Editorial: Oppose the Plan to Repeal Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance

A government that wants less transparency is a government that cannot be trusted. As the saying goes, “Democracy dies in darkness.” The proposal by Vice-Mayor Tammy Kim and Council Member Mike Carroll to eliminate Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance is a radical departure from the city’s unanimous position in favor of the ordinance just three years ago. […]

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Opinion: Fivepoint Lobbyist Patrick Strader Serving on the Irvine Community Land Trust is Like a Fox Guarding a Hen House

When I hear the word “trust” in the name of an entity, it resonates with me. “Trust” is a strong word which speaks of confidence, reliability, and uprightness. It brings to mind honorable custodians of a sacred charge: people sworn to protect and advance interests beyond their own.  Perhaps the City of Irvine had something […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Initial Homebuilding Numbers Plus a Bonus Density

Photo: The Original Plan for the Great Park, 2005-2006 “Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property… . Entitlements can be a major factor in the ultimate use, viability, and value of your property.“—Urban Land Institute In the previous article in this series, I wrote about the defeat of […]

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Councilmembers Tammy Kim and Mike Carroll Seek to Rescind Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance

This Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Vice Mayor Tammy Kim and Councilmember Mike Carroll seek to rescind City Council ordinance 18-10, which is Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance. On October 23, 2018, the Irvine City Council made the first of two votes toward approving a Sunshine Ordinance that would enhance government transparency by making agendas available 12 days […]

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