• November 20, 2019
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City Council

Great Park Board Meeting (9/24/19) – Surprises and Concerns

Great Park Board Members Present: Chair Farrah Khan Mayor Christina Shea Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Kuo Council-member Michael Carroll Council-member Melissa Fox The Great Park Board met on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Here are the highlights: Permanent Location for FivePoint Amphitheatre A representative from Live Nation was invited to address the Great Park Board and provide an […]

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Great Park Balloon, Great Park Operations Building and more!

This Tuesday, September 24, the Great Park Board and City Council will be meeting. Here are some notable items: Great Park Board Agenda http://irvine.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=74&event_id=1503 The Great Park Balloon lives another month!  The Board will be voting to approve the extension of the balloon operations for an additional 30 days. The cost to extend the balloon […]

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City’s Vision For Development At The Great Park

The public should get some much needed clarity around the vision for the Great Park property at the GP Board meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. The Irvine City Council, acting as the Great Park Board, has an item on the agenda to: Discuss how the planning process is proceeding on the development of the Great […]

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Op-Ed: City Manager John Russo’s $24k Raise Request

In July 2018, the City Council, led by then Mayor Don Wagner, replaced long-standing City Manager Sean Joyce with John Russo. Joyce had served our city for 12 years while Russo had just been fired by the City of Riverside, but that didn’t stop the 2016-18 City Council from hiring Russo. Currently, Russo is in […]

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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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