• July 15, 2024
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City Hall

Democrats of Greater Irvine’s City Council Candidate Forum. Where Do The Candidates Stand On the Issues?

Recently, the Democrats of Greater Irvine (DGI) held a candidate forum and took a straw poll vote on Irvine issues including housing, transportation, OCPA, veterans cemetery, and more. The straw poll is intended to provide local input on Irvine’s city council races for the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) who will ultimately decide which […]

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Irvine Considers Coir-Based Artificial Turf for Some Great Park Sports Fields: PFAS, Toxins, and Health Issues

This is the second article in a five-part series focusing on an Irvine Staff proposal to use a new coir-based artificial turf product on some Great Park Sports fields. The series highlights the artificial turf discussion that occurred at the May 8th Sustainability Commission meeting. The May 8th discussion included the pros and cons of using […]

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Opinion: A Yes to the General Plan Housing Update Is a Yes to the Future of Irvine

Irvine Then and Now I moved to Irvine as a kid in 2009. At this point, it was a city in flux. No longer a patch of suburbs between orange groves, it was a growing city renowned for safety and good schools. The city had just hit 200,000 people, and it has been growing rapidly […]

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2045 General Plan Update: 10 Facts

Irvine has been working on its General Plan Update to incorporate statutory requirements that have occurred since the General Plan was last updated in 2000. The update takes into consideration changes in State law and our Housing Element which was reviewed by a previous Planning Commission and adopted by the City Council in May 2022. […]

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City Council Attendance Report Card

As the saying goes, showing up is half the battle. When it comes to elected office, the voters expect their representatives to be present, on time, and in person. A missed Council meeting or vote on the dais could be the difference maker in enacting important city policy for Irvine’s 310,000+ residents and beyond. Irvine […]

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Opinion: Councilmember Mike Carroll’s Townhall Highlights Leadership Concerns and Community Tensions

A recent Townhall convened by Councilmember Mike Carroll has sparked debate and highlighted issues of leadership and community representation within our local council. The event, originally intended to discuss upcoming planning commission decisions, turned contentious, shedding light on concerns of bullying and exclusionary behavior. Councilmember Carroll’s management of the Townhall has come under scrutiny. Despite […]

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Opinion: Inspiring Community Ridership by Promoting Irvine Connect

Today I took an Irvine Connect bus ride from Woodbridge Shopping Center to the Spectrum and back. I am very impressed with the route, and the accurate scheduling. I only wish I had access to an Irvine Connect bus line. Irvine is being advertised as one of the happiest cities in the nation. Let’s not rest […]

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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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Opinion: Which IUSD Schools Need Busing the Most? The Answer May Surprise You

Flying students, unequal access figure into school bus policies Only five of Irvine Unified School District’s 42 schools offer buses to general education students. Thankfully, the Irvine City Council recently started working with IUSD to see if the city can help reduce traffic, cut carbon emissions, and improve public safety by expanding school busing. What’s […]

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Opinion: Irvine’s Democratic Process Is Crumbling A Voter Call To Action

For years I have been inspired by Irvine’s General Plan provision calling for the City to inspire “Robust” resident participation in Irvine’s decision-making process. I have enjoyed participating in the decision-making process and have enjoyed interacting with our very cooperative City Staff members who have gone to great lengths to assist me with understanding the […]

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