• January 22, 2020
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Finance Commission

Council Members Approve Bringing Community Choice Energy to Irvine

The Irvine City Council voted unanimously to bring Community Choice Energy (CCE) to Irvine and to create and lead a Joint Power Authority with other Orange County cities. Motion that was passed: Staff to secure the interests of other CCE-JPA partner cities in Orange County and ask staff to return with preliminary joint powers authority formation […]

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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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Packed Agenda Awaits Finance Commissioners

A long list of items awaits the Finance Commission when it meets this Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chamber. The City’s budget process operates on fiscal years that start July 1 and end on June 30.   Particularly noteworthy agenda items are below.  Click here for the Finance Commission […]

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Op-Ed: Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce Sets Transparency Example for City

On January 22nd and September 24th, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce gave several informative presentations to the City Council on how economic opportunities and growth have been enhanced by this partnership. Our residents expect this level of organizational transparency from our City as well.   When the new City Manager came onboard just over […]

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Finance Commission Recommends a Joint Option for Energy Choice in Irvine

“Community Choice Energy (CCE) [also know as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)] programs serve as an alternative to the traditional Investor Owned Utility power procurement process, allowing local governments to purchase electricity and sell it to consumers at competitive rates. CCE programs have successfully lowered electricity rates to their business, residential, and municipal customers, and generally […]

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Finance Commission Wraps Up Budget Deliberations

Finance Commissioners: D. Cheema, T. Fournier, R. Sievers, J. Shute, R. Stein On Monday, April 15, 2019, the Finance Commission unanimously approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2019-21 budget.  It will now go before the City Council in May for discussion and adoption.  Two recommended actions approved (5-0) by the Finance Commission: The Great Park Balloon – […]

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Finance Commission Hears Budget Presentations

Notables from the 4/8/19 Finance Commission Meeting which is deep into the budget season. The proposed budget will be present to City Council on May 28th. City Manager’s Office – A new function: Economic Development was established that will focus on the Great Park and to attract more business to Irvine. The City’s communications, marketing, […]

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Irvine Feels the Budget Balancing Pain

  The Finance Commission had a budget briefing on April 1, 2019. The photo is a chart from the presentation that addressed budget balancing ideas.  April is the budget season and the Finance Commission will hold their second meeting of the month on Monday, April 8. It’s worth your time to come and hear the various […]

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3/18/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners present: Dale Cheema (Khan) Tanja Fournier (Kuo) Roger Sievers (Fox) Jim Shute (Shea) Russell Stein (Wagner) Orange County Great Park:    The financial plan for the Great Park was reviewed in detail. The Park operates using three funds which collect revenues and disburse money. Expenditures for the last 3 years have exceeded revenues. Revenues […]

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2/4/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Present: Roger Sievers (Fox), Jim Shute (Shea), Russell Stein (Wagner), Dale Cheema (Khan), Tanja Fournier (Kuo). Chair Stein welcomed the two new Finance Commissioners – Tanja Fournier & Dale Cheema. The Orange County Office on Aging The Orange County Office on Aging wants to give the City an increase of $66,757 to fund the elderly nutrition program, […]

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