• January 27, 2022
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City Hall

Editorial: Oppose the Plan to Repeal Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance

A government that wants less transparency is a government that cannot be trusted. As the saying goes, “Democracy dies in darkness.” The proposal by Vice-Mayor Tammy Kim and Council Member Mike Carroll to eliminate Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance is a radical departure from the city’s unanimous position in favor of the ordinance just three years ago. […]

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Opinion: Fivepoint Lobbyist Patrick Strader Serving on the Irvine Community Land Trust is Like a Fox Guarding a Hen House

When I hear the word “trust” in the name of an entity, it resonates with me. “Trust” is a strong word which speaks of confidence, reliability, and uprightness. It brings to mind honorable custodians of a sacred charge: people sworn to protect and advance interests beyond their own.  Perhaps the City of Irvine had something […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Initial Homebuilding Numbers Plus a Bonus Density

Photo: The Original Plan for the Great Park, 2005-2006 “Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property… . Entitlements can be a major factor in the ultimate use, viability, and value of your property.“—Urban Land Institute In the previous article in this series, I wrote about the defeat of […]

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Councilmembers Tammy Kim and Mike Carroll Seek to Rescind Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance

This Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Vice Mayor Tammy Kim and Councilmember Mike Carroll seek to rescind City Council ordinance 18-10, which is Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance. On October 23, 2018, the Irvine City Council made the first of two votes toward approving a Sunshine Ordinance that would enhance government transparency by making agendas available 12 days […]

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Irvine Residents Exert Influence on Proposed Irvine Company Housing Development Near Asphalt Plant

On October 21, 2021, the Irvine City Planning Commission voted 3-2 to postpone making a decision on the Irvine Company’s tract map and master plan proposal for Neighborhood Four of Orchard Hills, a neighborhood situated a half-mile away from an asphalt plant.  In what normally takes place with little fanfare at planning commission meetings, Irvine […]

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Planning Commission to Consider More Homes, Parks, and Day Care Site Near Asphalt Plant

This Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Planning Commission will be deciding whether or not to approve an additional 520 homes, two private neighborhood parks, and a day care site, near the All American Asphalt plant despite years of resident concerns over emissions and odors. According to the staff report, there are currently 3,439 units entitled […]

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The People Before Pixels: Banning Cell Phone Use During Council Meetings

My Grandpa Dan had a rule: only one person was allowed to get up from the dinner table at a time. He was adamant about it. The story goes that there would come a point during dinners when Granny and their four kids would leave the dining room and dart about after seconds, for dessert, or to clear the table. […]

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Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties

Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) has faced public scrutiny in the last few months and that scrutiny remains well deserved. Let’s recap some of the concerns: The OCPA’s Implementation Plan which is less ambitious than the state’s target of 60% renewables by 2030. The […]

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Opinion: No Time For Any Dissent on Irvine’s COVID-19 Relief Funds Spending

On October 12, at 4pm, Irvine City Council will receive a proposed plan for how to spend $56 million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds given to Irvine to respond to areas negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the city of Irvine is taking almost no steps to encourage public discussion on the matter. On September […]

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2016 Interview of former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway on Great Park Museums, Amphitheatre, AQMD, Audit, Great Park Board, and More!

Watch the interview hERE It’s #TBT! Last week we shared former Mayor Beth Krom’s interview with Rick Reiff. To provide another perspective, here is former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway’s 2016 Inside OC interview who shared his thoughts on the Great Park including museums, the Great Park audit, along with Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD). […]

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