• August 17, 2019
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City Council

What’s Going to Happen to ARDA?

Now that the Golf Course is designated as the preferred site for the Veterans Cemetery, what happens to the ARDA site? In spite of the questionable decision-making process for choosing the site for the Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery, Mayor Shea and Councilmembers Khan, Kuo, and Carroll, voted for the Golf Course site rather than the […]

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City Council to Decide on Veterans Cemetery Location Next

Five years ago, in March of 2014, the Irvine City Council unanimously designated the ARDA land for a veterans cemetery and memorial park. It has been public knowledge that this particular property was going to be conveyed to the State for a cemetery. The schools and housing in the Great Park Neighborhoods came after this […]

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Former Transportation Commission Chair Carrie O’Malley on Veterans Cemetery Site Selection

On Tuesday July 9, the City Council will consider a request to direct the Finance Commission to opine on a preferred site for a veterans cemetery. Mayor Christina Shea’s memo states “the Planning Commission and the Transportation Commission have reviewed the matter and expressed a clear preference; however, the Council/Board has yet to receive a […]

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City Adopts Fiscal Year 2019-21 Budget, Great Park Balloon Not Grounded (Yet) and Displaying Flags

Attendance: Mayor Christina Shea Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Kuo Council-member Melissa Fox Council-member Farrah Khan Council-member Mike Carroll It was a five-hour marathon at the special joint meeting of the City Council and Great Park Board of Directors held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The agenda item that attracted a crowd of over 25 public […]

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The Key To Effective Cooperation: Trust But Verify

On May 14, 2019, the Irvine city council appointed Mike Carroll, Mayor Pro Tem Kuo’s former planning commissioner, to fill a vacancy on the Irvine city council. Don Wagner’s departure from the the city council to become the Orange County third district supervisor created the vacancy. If you are not already familiar with the machinations […]

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Irvine City Council Seat filled by Mike Carroll

On Tuesday, May 14, our City Council interviewed twelve candidates during a special City Council meeting which began at noon. Then the regularly scheduled City Council meeting began at 4pm and included Agenda Item 5.2 “Review of Applicants, Determination of Selection of Candidates, and Appointment for City Council Vacancy.” After several rounds of voting, Michael […]

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4/23/19 City Council Meeting Highlights – Procedures for Appointment

Present: Mayor Christina Shea Melissa Fox Farrah Khan Anthony Kuo Filling Vacant City Council Seat City Clerk, Molly McLaughlin Perry presented the various process options for filling the vacant city council seat. The selection process, for the most part, will take place in public at the May 14, 2019 city council meeting. Irvine residents have […]

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4/8/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Christina Shea, and Council Members Farrah Khan, Anthony Kuo, and Melissa Fox, the 4th city council seat is vacant. Irvine has a new contract agreement with Orange County Fire Authority with enhanced benefits. City Manager Russo reported that Irvine withdrew from their contract with OCFA because Irvine was paying rates higher than […]

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Swearing-In of New Mayor on April 9, 2019 and Open Council Seat

On January 22, 2019, Councilmember Anthony Kuo added an agenda item to amend the City’s municipal code to ensure that a vacant mayoral seat would automatically be filled with the sitting mayor pro tem. The amendment passed 5-0. As a result, on April 3, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea will become Irvine’s next Mayor […]

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3/26 City Council Meeting: Additional 1,056 Homes in Great Park Approved

Present: Mayor Wagner Councilmember Shea Councilmember Fox Councilmember Khan Councilmember Kuo 1,056 More Homes Approved for the Great Park Neighborhoods The Council approved (4-1 with Mayor Pro Tem Shea opposed) another 1,056 market rate homes for FivePoint based on a request they made to the City back in April of 2018. FivePoint recognized a policy […]

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