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City Council

Opinion | The Irvine City Council Cannot and Should Not Consider a Resolution About Gaza

At the Irvine City Council meeting on December 12, 2023, Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Larry Agran indicated they may call for a resolution seeking a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. While the issue tugs at the heartstrings, such a resolution would be illegal. The Municipal Code explicitly forbids the Council from even considering this “nonmunicipal” matter. […]

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FivePoint is Legally Entitled to Build 10,556 Homes of Any Type They Choose in the Irvine Great Park: How Did That Happen?

At meeting of November 2, 2023,  the Irvine Planning Commission approved FivePoint’s plan to build 82 large, single-family homes in a Great Park area near Irvine Boulevard. When an appeal to this Planning Commission approval was heard at the December 12 City Council meeting, the Council denied the appeal and, thereby, affirmed the Planning Commission […]

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Opinion | Plastics, The Fossil Fuel Industry, and Irvine

Approximately 400 million tons of plastics are produced as byproducts from fossil fuel companies each year. It is a very profitable business and, as in so many issues that affect the environment, the fossil fuel industry is throwing its money around like Sam Bankman Fried trying to stay out of jail. It would have been […]

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Opinion: It’s Time for the City Council to Approve Regulations on Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

On December 14, 2021, Mayor Khan moved and Councilmember Kim seconded the move to direct City staff to come back to the city council with a draft for an ordinance to ban the loud and fume-producing gas-powered lawn equipment. All five of the Irvine Council Members then voted “Yes”. It has been two years now […]

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Can’t Stop The Music: Irvine To Provide A Temporary and Permanent Music Venue at Great Park

Irvine saves live music. Or at the very least, intends to at their next Great Park Board meeting on November 28, 2023 at 2:00PM. The City agenized plans for a temporary music venue at the Great Park and an update on existing plans for a permanent 8,000-10,000 seat amphitheater in the heart of the Park. […]

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Council Voted Against Protections from Warehouses Expanding Citywide: What Will This Do To the Landscape of Irvine?

Are residential homes compatible with warehouses/logistics facilities? At its November 17, 2022 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of a Logistics Facility and Warehouse Ordinance amendment by a 4-1 vote. The two land uses, residential and warehouses, were not deemed compatible by the majority of the Planning Commissioners. However, when the vote came […]

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City Council Regular Meeting – October 24, 2023

The meeting will occur at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24th in the Irvine City Council Chambers. Here are some highlights of some of the Agenda Items Agenda Item 3.6 –  Jamboree Road At Alton Parkway Pedestrian Bridge (Jamboree North Of Interstate 405) The City Council is addressing the Jamboree Road at Alton Parkway pedestrian […]

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Irvine Voters to Decide Council District Elections and Council Expansion in March 2024

Tonight, the City Council voted 3-2 to place Council District Map 151 and Council expansion on the March 2024 ballot for Irvine voters. Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmembers Mike Carroll, and Larry Agran voted in support of Map 151, with Vice Mayor Kim and Councilmember Kathleen Treseder voting against. Here is the election schedule for […]

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Questions Surround Eligibility of Organization Seeking Nearly Half Of Irvine’s Discretionary Charitable Funds

An item on tonight’s consent calendar will earmark what will result in $22,500, nearly half of Irvine’s charitable funds, to one organization. Will this enhance the quality of life for Irvine residents or businesses? Irvine’s Community Partnership Funds (CPF) are typically $50,000 per fiscal year, with each Councilmember allocated $10,000 to distribute among various nonprofit […]

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Live Nation Seeks Council Intervention to Continue Temporary Amphitheater Operation

In a Saturday morning email to three members of the City Council, Live Nation executive Bret Gallagher pleaded for a “creative solution” to provide 4,000 parking spaces he said were needed to allow the FivePoint Amphitheatre to operate in 2024.  The email, titled “Final opportunity to save the Temp Amphitheater” was addressed to Mayor Farrah […]

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