• August 25, 2019
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City Hall

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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Why Change the Protocol Now?

This Tuesday (7/9) the City Council will consider a policy change in how a City Councilmember can place an item on the agenda. Currently, any councilmember can request an item be placed on a future agenda. In a memo addressed to City Manager, John Russo, Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Mike Carroll want to change […]

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Save the Racquet Club of Irvine! NO General Plan Amendment!

Irvine Watchdog supports our neighbors in their fight to preserve and protect existing Irvine Villages and recreational facilities. KB Home is seeking a General Plan Amendment to change the zoning of the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI) from “Commercial Recreation to Medium-High Density Residential”. Volunteers for Irvine Watchdog have heard from residents in the adjacent […]

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Op-Ed: Land Trust – Why Hide General Payroll Information?

The following is not intended to take away from the wonderful and important work the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) does to provide our city with building much needed permanent affordable housing. I simply seek the same level of transparency as was provided before the ICLT separated from the city since they are still funded […]

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State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee to Vote on Bill to Establish State Veterans Cemetery

Dear Great Park (ARDA site) Veterans Cemetery supporter: We urgently need you to send an email—this weekend—to bring us one important step closer to making the Veterans Cemetery on the original Great Park ARDA site a reality. With your help, the State Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at their Tuesday, June 25th hearing, will be voting […]

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Irvine Land Trust To Consider City Request for Transparency & Accountability

The need for more affordable housing is a no brainer. In Irvine, we have an entity called the Irvine Land Trust. The Land Trust is a nonprofit corporation funded with public assets of land and money. Big money… as in tens of millions of our tax dollars, and growing. It was established and funded by the […]

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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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6/6/19 Planning Commission – The Irvine Co. Master Affordable Housing Plan Amendment

Present: Dustin Nirschl (Fox) Greg Smith (Shea) Stephen Huang (Khan) Absent: Christine Knowland (Kuo) Jeff Pierson (Carroll) The highlight of the June 6, 2019 Planning Commission meeting was The Irvine Company’s proposed realignment plan to relocate 220 residents by amending their existing Master Affordable Housing Plan document. A number of residents attended the meeting and […]

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Alert! 26 Speed Limit Changes Are Coming!

News Flash! At the June 4, 2019 Transportation Commission Meeting it was announced that there will be 26 street speed limit changes on Irvine streets, 21 of which are increased speed limits and 5 are decreased speed limits. There will be no warning of speed limit changes. Speed limits can change multiple times on the […]

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Voter’s Choice Act – A New Way To Vote

Photo: Secretary of State Alex Padilla at the Irvine Civic Center for the “Roadshow to Vote Centers 2020” launch. Thanks to the Voter’s Choice Act, an exciting new way to vote is on the way. The OC Registrar of Voters is planning extensive outreach efforts to educate us on this new voting experience. A series […]

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