• July 5, 2022
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City Council

Voice of OC – Questions Surface on Retail Businesses in Great Park as Development Ramps Up

The Voice of OC reported on the April 26, 20222, Great Park Board meeting. “Irvine residents questioned if shopping centers will get tossed into a host of new developments their City Council agreed to on Tuesday night, which include a new amphitheater, a cricket pitch and a training ground for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.” […]

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A Seat at the Table: City Council Members Favor Campaign Contributors in Appointments to Commissions and Committees

“I am proud that our anti-nepotism ordinance expansion passed during tonight’s city council meeting. This is about closing loopholes in our existing anti-nepotism policy. The purpose of our commissions is to have a broad variety of voices and I want to ensure that those who are not related to us also have a seat at […]

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Mayor Farrah Khan Collects Thousands in Campaign Contributions from Commission and Committee Appointees

Mayor Khan Received Donations From Appointees Mayor Farrah Khan’s re-election campaign reported receiving more than $4,000.00 in campaign contributions from her current appointees to City of Irvine commissions and committees, in its most recent FPPC Form 460. All but one of Khan’s current commissioners had already donated the legal maximum of $550.00 by the end […]

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ACLU Warns Irvine City Council of First Amendment Violations

The ACLU issued a follow up letter to their March 22, 2022 letter warning the Irvine City Council that censorship of public comments raises First Amendment concerns. This is the second letter to the Irvine City Council from the ACLU in the last month pertaining to the changes made to the Irvine Sunshine Ordinance. Read […]

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Mayor Farrah Khan Responds to Anger and Frustration of the Armenian Community 

Rarely do global matters as consequential as genocide take center stage during City Council meetings. The Armenian Genocide occurred under the rule of the Ottoman Empire from April 24, 1915 to 1923. In 1915, there were approximately 2 million Armenians, but by the end of the genocide fewer than half a million remained with approximately […]

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Opinion: Rule of Two Leaves Public Without Representation

A controversial Irvine City Council policy, informally known as the “rule of two,” prevents an individual Councilmember from placing an item on the agenda unless another member of the Council seconds it. In the first meeting, upon being sworn in, Irvine City Mayor Farrah Khan, voted alongside Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo […]

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Upcoming City Council Meeting Agenda

Highlights from the upcoming City Council agenda: CONSENT CALENDAR        All matters listed under Consent Calendar are considered by the City Manager to be routine and will be enacted by one roll call vote. There will be no discussion of these items unless a member of the City Council or the public request specific items to be […]

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ACLU to Irvine City Council: Proposed Rule Is Unconstitutional

The ACLU issued a letter to the Irvine City Council regarding agenda item 5.1 which seeks to change Irvine’s policies and procedures regarding public comments. Read the pdf version of letter here.      

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Voice of OC – Irvine City Council Looks to Gut Transparency Rules, Shorten Public Comment Amid Pushback

Voice of OC — “Irvine City Council members on Tuesday are set to discuss removing many of the public transparency measures their predecessors installed, clearing the way to limit residents’ chances to speak at the meeting and hamstring other council members’ comments.” “For years, the city has had one of the strongest open meeting policies […]

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Darkness in the Afternoon: City Council Poised to Gut Sunshine Ordinance, Sharply Restrict Public Comments

At its meeting at 4:00pm next Tuesday, March 22, the City Council will consider a proposal by Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll to drastically change Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance. Agenda Item 5.1 proposes an ordinance that would shorten the time required for publication of Council and commission agendas by nearly 50%. It would also […]

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