• April 19, 2024
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City Hall

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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City Council Regular Meeting – March 26, 2024

It’s a packed Agenda for the upcoming Irvine Council Meeting this Tuesday, March 26th. The Council will be going dark in April because the next two planned council meetings fall on Eid and Passover. Here are some of the Notable Agenda Items.    Item 3.5 – 2023 Annual Progress Report for the City of Irvine Housing […]

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Quick Lesson on Ethics Laws. Do You Know The Answers?

Ethics laws can be confusing. Here are a few questions taken from the 2024 League of Cities Planning Commissioner Academy, to help us understand some of the ethics laws set by the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Ralph M. Brown Act. All elected officials and appointed commissioners are required to complete ethics training. […]

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Opinion: Responding To Israeli/Palestinian Hate In The Community And In Schools 

I have lived in Irvine for 43 years. I worked as an Orange County Adult Protective Services Social worker for over 25 years responding to and investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of seniors and disabled adults and offering support services to both the victims and the alleged abusers. In my experience, the best results […]

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CicloIRVINE Moving Full Steam Ahead May 4th

On February 27, 2024, the City Council gave final direction to staff on the planning for CicloIRVINE – Irvine’s first open street event, and OrangCounty’s fourth open street event. Council selected the branding “CicloIRVINE: An Open Streets Event” along with Saturday, May 4th, 2024. Cities such as Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Long Beach, Encinitas, […]

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Opinion: Carroll Touts Irvine’s Green Credentials After Years of Opposing Environmental Efforts

Irvine City Councilmember Mike Carroll appears to be taking credit for Irvine’s sound environmental policies despite a history of actively working against them.  Carroll submitted a memo to agendize a vote for the City to pursue Clean California designation to be voted on at this Tuesday’s February 27 City Council meeting. Clean California is a […]

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Woodbury Families’ Requests for Stop Sign at Great Lawn & Hallmark Agendized

At the upcoming City Council meeting on February 27, Councilmember Tammy Kim has formally requested the city to review the installation of stop signs at the intersection of Great Lawn and Hallmark in the village of Woodbury. This request stems from numerous appeals by community members dating back to 2010, for additional traffic control measures […]

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Jeffrey/Alton Parkway Road Intersection Widenings

Under the Consent Calendar on the February 27th City Council meeting, staff is asking City Council to award the construction contract to Sully-Miller Contracting, the lowest bidder to complete a road widening of Jeffrey/Alton. This project was approved by City Council in April 2022 and is funded through NITM (North Irvine Transportation Mitigation) program, a […]

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