• July 6, 2022
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As COVID Numbers Rise (Again), City Council Considers Repeal of Vaccination Requirement for Senior Lunch Program

At the bottom of the agenda for the next Irvine City Council meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, is Item 6.1, bearing the deceptively innocuous title “Update to Vaccination Requirements for In-person Congregate Meal Program.” This is no mere update; City staff is proposing an ordinance repealing the present requirement of proof of vaccination […]

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FivePoint Seeks Approval of 1,174 Homes in the Great Park Neighborhoods

FivePoint, on behalf of Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC, is seeking approval for 1,174 homes and a park plan modification in the Great Park Neighborhoods at this Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting at 5:30PM. The 1,174 homes will consist of 1,062 market-rate condominium units and 112 affordable apartment units. FivePoint received entitlements (approval) to build a […]

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City Council Meeting Agenda Highlights

Highlights from the upcoming City Council Agenda:  Public comments will be heard at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public are allowed 3 minutes per agenda item and 3 minutes for non-agenda items. CONSENT CALENDAR         All matters listed under Consent Calendar are considered by the City Manager to be routine and will be […]

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City Provides Livestream on YouTube! Now Let’s Increase Access.

A little over ten months ago I wrote my first opinion piece for Irvine Watchdog, in which I called upon Irvine to livestream its City Council meetings on YouTube and store them there for subsequent viewings.  Today I’m happy to report that Irvine has provided for half of my ask. For about a week now, ICTV […]

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Beekeeping and the City of Irvine Ordinance

It all started about 16 years ago when I began to ask why my garden vegetables and fruit trees were failing to produce anything eatable.  After trying fertilizers, soil amendments and talking to my plants, I noticed, or didn’t notice, any bees.  While standing on the corner asking a neighbor if they noticed any bees, […]

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OC Power Authority Board to Review Commercial Power Rollout, Finances

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Highlighting the agenda is a staff report on the rollout of OCPA-provided power to commercial customers and an end-of-quarter financial report. The latter, listed as Item 9.3 on the consent calendar, reports […]

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Taxation Without Representation: Great Park Residents Want a Seat At The Table

At the April 26, 2022 Great Park Board meeting, four Irvine residents who formed the “Great Park Residents Council” spoke on the need for representation. Residents in the neighborhoods of Altair, Pavilion Park, Beacon Park, Cadence Park, Parasol Park, Novel Park, Solis Park, Rise, and all future neighborhoods located within the Great Park Neighborhoods pay […]

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[SERIES] Great Park History: Farmland to 10,556 Homes

Want to know the history of the Great Park? This seven-part series on FivePoint’s Great Park home building entitlements will walk through the history of the area and how FivePoint achieved 10,556 home-building entitlements in the Great Park. 1. Looking Back to Look Forward 10,556 homes. Let’s look back to understand the history of the […]

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Voice of OC – Questions Surface on Retail Businesses in Great Park as Development Ramps Up

The Voice of OC reported on the April 26, 20222, Great Park Board meeting. “Irvine residents questioned if shopping centers will get tossed into a host of new developments their City Council agreed to on Tuesday night, which include a new amphitheater, a cricket pitch and a training ground for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.” […]

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Great Park Board Meeting: FIFA World Cup Training Facility, Amphitheater Relocation, and Cricket Pitch

Here are the notable items for the April 26, 2022 Great Park Board meeting. See agenda. Reminder: This will be the first Great Park Board meeting under the new public comment policy. All public comments on agendized and non-agendized items will be heard at the very beginning of the meeting right after the Pledge of […]

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