• October 16, 2021
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City Council

Opinion: No Time For Any Dissent on Irvine’s COVID-19 Relief Funds Spending

On October 12, at 4pm, Irvine City Council will receive a proposed plan for how to spend $56 million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds given to Irvine to respond to areas negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the city of Irvine is taking almost no steps to encourage public discussion on the matter. On September […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Staff Seek to Enrich Themselves With COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three million dollars is a lot of money. That is approximately how much Irvine city staff and the Irvine Finance Commission propose to spend on a new City Hall gym, shower doors, and city employee bonuses. Irvine will receive $56 million direct one-time payment from the Federal Government for spending on areas within the city […]

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Amphitheatre Lease, Great Park CFD Tax, and More On the Agenda

The Great Park Board will be meeting today, September 28, 2021 at 2pm, followed by the City Council meeting at 4pm with two full agendas. For info on how to participate in the Great Park Board meeting click here. For info to participate in the City Council meeting click here. City Council Agenda Here are […]

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Orange County Justice Fund: How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic

Letter from the Orange County Justice Fund: September 27, 2021 How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic The City of Irvine will receive $56,433,217 million from the federal American Rescue Plan. The stated objectives […]

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Irvine Prepares to Spend $56 Million in Relief Funds; Seeks Public Input on How to Spend It

On September 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM, the City of Irvine Finance Commission will discuss their proposed spending plan, allowing for public comment on how to spend $56,433,217 in COVID-19 relief funds. On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law. Approximately $45.6 billion of those relief funds […]

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Upcoming Council Meeting Agenda Highlights

SCAQMD Presentation on the All American Asphalt Plant (Agenda item 1.1-1.3) Since 2018, more than 800 Irvine residents have filed formal complaints with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reporting noxious odors, sore throats, breathing problems and have expressed concerns over potential exposure to high levels of potentially dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). […]

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Anonymous Political Mailers In Support of the “Irvine Four” Violate Campaign Finance Laws

Over the Labor Day weekend, Irvine residents received a political mailer without any disclosure of who sent it, who paid for it, and how much it cost — a clear violation of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Political Reform Act. Disclosures are required by the FPPC to “promote transparency in government and to foster […]

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Court Throws Out City of Irvine’s Approval of Gemdale Development’s 2400 Barranca Office Project

Updated with photo of proposed architectural plans above.  By Edmond M. Connor Connor, Fletcher & Hedenkamp LLP Ruling in IBC Business Owners for Sensible Development v. City of Irvine, et. al. IRVINE, Calif. (August 30, 2021) – In a victory for long-established business owners in the Irvine Business Complex (“IBC”), Orange County Superior Court Judge […]

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Irvine Searches for New City Manager

The City of Irvine has hired executive recruiting firm Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a national search for a new city manager. The hiring selection is expected to be announced in September or October 2021. Irvine’s former City Manager, John Russo, abruptly announced his resignation in June 2020  due to “family reasons” after only 22 months on the […]

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Opinion: “The Missing Middle” Workforce Housing

Housing in Irvine needs to be affordable for all people who wish to live in Irvine and for all members of Irvine’s workforce who wish to live and work in Irvine. Below is a chart of the income categories from 2013-2021 final draft of the Housing Element. Irvine has put a lot of time, effort […]

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