• October 16, 2021
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City Hall

Anonymous Political Mailers In Support of the “Irvine Four” Violate Campaign Finance Laws

Over the Labor Day weekend, Irvine residents received a political mailer without any disclosure of who sent it, who paid for it, and how much it cost — a clear violation of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Political Reform Act. Disclosures are required by the FPPC to “promote transparency in government and to foster […]

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Heritage Community Park Master Plan Update

Today at 5:30PM the Community Services Commission will be providing comments on the draft Master Plan concept for Heritage Community Park. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments. Per the staff report, “the draft Master Plan, as shown in Attachment 3, was developed following extensive community outreach. Staff requests the Community Services Commission […]

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Court Throws Out City of Irvine’s Approval of Gemdale Development’s 2400 Barranca Office Project

Updated with photo of proposed architectural plans above.  By Edmond M. Connor Connor, Fletcher & Hedenkamp LLP Ruling in IBC Business Owners for Sensible Development v. City of Irvine, et. al. IRVINE, Calif. (August 30, 2021) – In a victory for long-established business owners in the Irvine Business Complex (“IBC”), Orange County Superior Court Judge […]

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Checking Up On Irvine’s General Plan

Irvine’s General Plan, as per State mandate, was created in 1973, to present Irvine’s long range plan for the development, improvement and preservation of the city. It has been periodically updated ever since. Irvine is currently working on a comprehensive General Plan update which will refine the City’s goals and objectives and reflect changes required […]

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Irvine Searches for New City Manager

The City of Irvine has hired executive recruiting firm Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a national search for a new city manager. The hiring selection is expected to be announced in September or October 2021. Irvine’s former City Manager, John Russo, abruptly announced his resignation in June 2020  due to “family reasons” after only 22 months on the […]

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Opinion: “The Missing Middle” Workforce Housing

Housing in Irvine needs to be affordable for all people who wish to live in Irvine and for all members of Irvine’s workforce who wish to live and work in Irvine. Below is a chart of the income categories from 2013-2021 final draft of the Housing Element. Irvine has put a lot of time, effort […]

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City Adds Affordable Housing Support Policies and Services to the Housing Element Update

8/5/21 Planning Commission Meeting, Agenda Item 4 At the 7/15/21 Planning Commission Meeting, Commissioners requested that the Community development staff add policies and programs to the Housing Element Update for the purpose of strengthening support for affordable housing renters and owners and submit the changes to the 8/5/21 Planning Commission meeting for review and decision […]

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Orange County Great Park Board Votes to Drop “Orange County” From Park’s Name

The Orange County Great Park Board of Directors voted Tuesday afternoon to delete the words “Orange County” from the name of the Orange County Great Park. The Board consists entirely of the five members of the Irvine City Council. The motion by Director Mike Carroll was seconded by Chair Farrah Khan. Carroll, Khan, Tammy Kim […]

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Why Rename The Great Park? Is it Worth the Time and Tax Dollars?

At the Tuesday, July 27 Great Park Board meeting, the Board will provide direction to city staff on the Orange County Great Park renaming efforts initiated by Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll. At the July 13, 2021 Council meeting, Carroll stated he wanted to “clarify the name of our municipal park as the Irvine […]

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Why Property Taxes Are Significantly Higher in the Great Park Neighborhoods: CFD 2013-3. And It Doesn’t Sunset.

The Great Park Board will be presenting the history and purpose of the Great Park Communities Facility District (CFD) special tax at its meeting on Tuesday, July 27 (agenda item 1.2).  The staff report includes a presentation which left out several key decisions over the years that changed the usage of CFDs, with the most […]

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