• April 10, 2020
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City Council

Finance Commission Looks at the City Budget Pre-COVID-19

Finance Commission Meeting Monday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Watch LiveStream via WebEx click here Two Important Agenda Items Below: Fiscal Year 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update (The City’s fiscal year is July 1 through June 30) The FY 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update captures financial activity from the first two quarters (July -December […]

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What Is Being Planned For the Great Park?

Here is what is in store for the Great Park. The March 2020 Great Park Development Report contains updates on current and potential development opportunities at the Great Park. Here is a list of potential future projects for consideration.The Orange County Great Park Board is meeting Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 2pm. OCGPB Agenda eComment […]

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OC Great Park & City Council Meetings Proceed With Restrictions

During these times of social distancing you have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making process from the comfort of your own home Tuesday, March 24th Orange County Great Park Board (OCGPB) Meeting – 2pm City Council Meeting – 4pm City business continues but with social distancing. Due to the coronavirus, the public […]

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Orange County Great Park Board – Keeping Residents In The Dark

There are serious transparency questions around hundreds of millions of extra tax dollars Great Park Neighborhood homeowners pay to finance the Great Park. The Voice of OC wrote a three-part series which Mayor Shea openly criticized in today’s article, Irvine City Council Expands Bond Indebtedness For Great Park Neighborhoods. From the dias, Mayor Shea stated […]

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Great Park Residents Pay Special Tax

Great Park Neighborhood residents may want to attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night, March 10th. The Council is holding a public hearing to notify us that the City and the developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods, FivePoint, have agreed to the formation of a new special tax district within the Great Park Community Facilities […]

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Understanding the Great Park Decision-Making Process: Conversations With Anthony Kuo and John Russo

Photo taken by David Kline For some time now, I have been following Irvine’s decision-making process with regards to city development projects and business matters. Here is how the process works for everything in Irvine, minus the Great Park developments: City staff members study and analyze agenda items and compile their results in a Staff […]

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Veterans Cemetery Update: No Money to Study Golf Course Site

Wondering what the status is on the State Veterans Cemetery at the Golf Course Site? At the February 25, 2020 Great Park Board meeting, Mayor Shea explained that the study of the golf course site has not even begun. According to Mayor Shea, the $500k needed for the study of the golf course site has […]

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Great Park Vision Now For Sale?

The Great Park Board of Directors will consider hiring a consultant to develop and implement a Sponsorship Program for the Great Park to attract sponsors and advertisers. However, based on the timeline of events, it appears that this decision was made long ago. The request for proposals to select a firm for implementation was released […]

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Great Park Development Update 

Great Park Board Meeting | Tuesday, February 25th | 1pm in City Council Chambers The City owned Great Park is governed by a five-member Board of Directors consisting of the five Irvine City Council members. With the multi-sports complex complete, the Board is figuring out what goes in the rest of the Great Park. Last […]

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Irvine Assigned 22,803 Residential Units – How Should We Plan For It?

The State is requiring Irvine to plan for 22,803 additional housing units over the next eight-year period. This is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA” pronounced “reena”) allocation handed down to Irvine for its “fair share” to address Orange County’s housing needs. The city was assigned a RHNA of 12,149 units in the last cycle. […]

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