• February 20, 2019
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City Hall

Transparency & Accountability Still An Issue in City Council

Transparency and Accountability still remain a major issue with the city and the Irvine Land Trust. The Land Trust was created to operate on the city’s behalf using city land and city money and as such, the city holds the majority interest in the Land Trust. It was established by the city council in 2006 and has received $35M to date of public cash and land from […]

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2/12/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner and Council Members Farrah Khan, Anthony Kuo, Christina Shea and Melissa Fox. Barclay Theatre to enlarge program to make room for community and UCI shows and performances Irvine Barclay Theatre, a non-profit that receives city funding, presented a report for the purpose of transparency.  Report by Jerry Mandel, Barclay Theatre President: […]

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2/7/19 – Planning Commission Highlights

Present were: Dustin Nirschl (Fox), Michael Carrol (Kuo), Greg Smith (Shea), Stephen Huang (Khan) and Jeff Pierson (Wagner). Planning Commission opts for recommending the Golf Course Site for the Veterans’ Cemetery.  The will of the voters was not given any weight in the decision-making process. The Veterans’ Cemetery will be on the 3/26/19 City Council […]

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2/5/19 – Transportation Commission Highlights

Present were:  Carrie O’Malley (Wagner), Christine Knowland (Kuo), Ken Montgomery (Fox) and Steve Greenberg (Shea); Avinder Chawla (Khan) was absent. Review of Traffic Collision Patterns Staff report by Jaimee Bourgeois: The intersection with the most accidents ( totaling 1479) in 2017 was Barranca and Harvard with most occurring between 2 PM and 7 PM.  For […]

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2/4/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Present: Roger Sievers (Fox), Jim Shute (Shea), Russell Stein (Wagner), Dale Cheema (Khan), Tanja Fournier (Kuo). Chair Stein welcomed the two new Finance Commissioners – Tanja Fournier & Dale Cheema. The Orange County Office on Aging The Orange County Office on Aging wants to give the City an increase of $66,757 to fund the elderly nutrition program, […]

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One View of the Way Forward in Irvine

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Irvine Watchdog or its volunteers. Irvine Watchdog welcomes all views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by Irvine residents and welcomes their posts for the Opinion section. We want to hear from you! If you would like to […]

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1/22/19 City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner, and Council members Shea, Fox, Khan and Kuo. Presentation by Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce regarding their programs, services, funding and what they contribute to the Irvine Community The mission of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce is the economic advancement of, and generating money for, Greater Irvine.  The Chambers’ programs […]

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Please Note: New Agenda Item 3.1 (Dealing with the Order of Succession for Mayor) for Tonight’s City Council Meeting

Please take note. Tonight’s City Council meeting includes a last-minute agenda item 3.1, that proposes to amend certain parts of the Irvine Municipal Code should the office of a City Councilmember become vacant and also in terms of the Order of Succession for Mayor. Mayor Wagner is running in a special March 12th election to […]

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1/17/19 Planning Commission Highlights

Present were: Dustin Nirschl (Fox and new chair), Stephen Huang (Khan), Greg Smith (Shea), Michael Carroll (Kuo), and Jeff Pierson (Wagner) Planning commission is limited to discussing development issues that are related to the type of agenda item in question: Vesting Tract Map approval for 1780 residential units in Area 51 Great Park Neighborhood. Staff […]

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1/15/19 Transportation Commission Meeting Highlights

Present were: Carrie O’Malley (Wagner), Christine Knowland (Kuo), Ken Montgomery (Fox) and Steve Greenberg (Shea); Avinder Chawla (Khan) was absent. Staff Presentation of Transit and Active Transportation overview by Mike Davis Irvine public transportation consists of rail (Amtrak, Metrolink), OCTA inter and intra city bus routes, iShuttle which is developing new routes for Great Park […]

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