• February 2, 2023
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Irvine City Council: A Pattern of Special Meetings and Special Deals

The Irvine City Council holds meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, while Great Park Board meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month. However, this structure is not rigid, and requests for special meetings for a specific purpose are typically made by council members to the City Manager or […]

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Opinion: My Performance Evaluation of the Irvine City Manager

Irvine has a representative democracy decision making process which involves the people electing representatives to represent their interests and concerns.  This process includes public participation by means of Irvine’s elected representatives and city staff members listening to and sharing information with city residents. Our City Manager has been actively engaging with community groups on a […]

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Irvine City Council Accused of Another Backroom Deal and Brown Act Violation

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the Council will hold a closed session meeting to discuss Agenda item 1.4, which is potential litigation resulting from the Council’s ’s previous closed session discussions of the recently approved Great Park Framework Plan. An anonymous resident sent the City a letter dated ­­­­October 14, […]

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Dark money

Dark Money in Irvine Politics: Sept.18, 2022 – Oct.19, 2022

Irvine elections mean mailboxes full of campaign mailers. Some of these are sent by the candidate committees and funded by donors that can be easily tracked on campaign finance disclosures filed with the City of Irvine. Many other mailers, however, are supported by special interests who donate to Political Action Committees (PACs) who then contribute […]

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City of Irvine City Council Candidates 2022

Two years after the highly contested 2020 presidential elections, the 2022 elections are fast approaching. With the blur of national politics, you may not have had the opportunity to look closely at the Irvine city council candidates. With issues such as climate change, Great Park development, and conflicts of interest on the table, Irvine Watchdog […]

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Candidate forum

Election 2022: Watch the Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum

On September 29, 2022, Irvine Watchdog hosted our Candidate Forum for City of Irvine Mayor and City Council candidates. In this year’s election, five candidates are running for Mayor and six for City Council. Please note. All candidates were invited to the Candidate Forum and given 30 days advance notice of the date and time. […]

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Not for sale

Help Track the Dark Money Behind Irvine Political Mailers and Campaign Hit Pieces

Are you receiving political mail from Political Action Committees (PACs)? Irvine Watchdog will keep track of political mailers circulated in our city as we head into the November 8, 2022 election. If you receive a political mailer for or against a candidate running for Irvine Mayor or City Council, please take a picture of it […]

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Election 2022

Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Watch the Candidate Forum live on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/3M0-4DZlLPo at 7:00 pm. Irvine Watchdog will host its third candidate forum this Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The forum will be recorded and made available on irvinewatchdog.org.  All the questions that will be asked of the candidates were questions submitted by Irvine residents. Thank […]

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Amphitheater

Opinion: Sweetheart Deal? GP Board Poised to Spend $110 Million to Construct Amphitheater For Live Nation Profit

Credit: Save Live Music Irvine On Tuesday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m., the Great Park Board will vote on approval of a contract committing more than $100 million in public funds to the construction of a 14,000-seat amphitheater to be exclusively managed by Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. for 30-50 years.  The structure would be sited […]

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Monumental Decisions on Tap for Great Park Board Meeting – September 27, 2022

Great Park Board Agenda Look at highlights from the 600+ page Great Park Board Special Meeting Agenda, set for Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 3:00 pm. This agenda is packed with important items, all recommended for approval. Item 3.1– USA Water Polo Aquatic Facility Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership Use Agreement Irvine taxpayer-funded costs could […]

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