• June 20, 2019
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City Hall

UCI: Building Connections for a Sustainable Future. What’s Stopping Us? [Video]

“Politics has a special type of authority and intuitively, genetically, has a commitment to the public good. So don’t give up on the possibilities of American politics.” “[Politicians] all talk as if they can sort of do it on their own, but they can’t. So what’s stopping them?” “So the question is how do we […]

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Questions for Irvine City Council Vacancy Applicants

On May 14th during a special City Council meeting, 16 city council vacancy applicants will have 15 minutes to make a public comment and be interviewed by the 4 City Council members. The meeting will be open to the public where members of the public will be able to present public comments. The City Council […]

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4/23/19 Great Park Board Meeting – New Board Chair and Bee & Bosque Opening

Directors present: Christina Shea Melissa Fox Farrah Khan Anthony Kuo One of our resident’s discussing the Great Park and the planning process: Newly Elected Chair of Great Park Board Director Farrah Khan was unanimously elected Chairwoman of the Great Park Corporation Board. The Great Park Board meets before the City Council meeting on the fourth Tuesday […]

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4/23/19 City Council Meeting Highlights – Procedures for Appointment

Present: Mayor Christina Shea Melissa Fox Farrah Khan Anthony Kuo Filling Vacant City Council Seat City Clerk, Molly McLaughlin Perry presented the various process options for filling the vacant city council seat. The selection process, for the most part, will take place in public at the May 14, 2019 city council meeting. Irvine residents have […]

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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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At-Large Citizens on Great Park Board?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Irvine Watchdog or its volunteers. Irvine Watchdog welcomes all views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by Irvine residents and welcomes their posts for the Opinion section. We want to hear from you! If you would like to […]

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Filling the Vacancy: Watch Four Potential City Council Candidates

On April 9, we heard from several public speakers in a packed Chamber regarding appointment v. special election to fill the fifth city council seat. The speakers included four potential candidates for the vacancy. Here are their public comments (listed in order of appearance): Carrie O’Malley “The election of November 2018 was just a few […]

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4/8/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Christina Shea, and Council Members Farrah Khan, Anthony Kuo, and Melissa Fox, the 4th city council seat is vacant. Irvine has a new contract agreement with Orange County Fire Authority with enhanced benefits. City Manager Russo reported that Irvine withdrew from their contract with OCFA because Irvine was paying rates higher than […]

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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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