• September 26, 2022
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Election 2022

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Do You Have Questions for Local Candidates? Irvine Watchdog Announces Candidate Forum

Irvine Watchdog is excited to announce our third Irvine Mayor and Council Candidate Forum. This online event will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 29th, at 7:00 PM. All ballot-qualified candidates running for Mayor or City Council are invited to attend. For a list of candidates, click HERE. More details to follow. Submit Your Questions This […]

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Editorial: Who is Behind Past Lawsuits Filed Against Irvine Candidates?

What’s Past is Prologue In prior elections, local developers and special interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through a complex web of Political Action Committees (PACs) to fund hit pieces on candidates that do not align with their corporate interests. These vicious mailers often contained gross exaggerations and even outright lies. Unfortunately, this […]

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Branda Lin Resigns from Irvine Watchdog and Announces Campaign for Irvine City Mayor

After announcing her campaign for Irvine City Mayor, Branda Lin has resigned from Irvine Watchdog. On behalf of our many volunteers, readers, and contributors, the Irvine Watchdog Board of Directors wants to express our many thanks to Branda for her years of leadership and service to the organization. Branda is a founder of Irvine Watchdog. […]

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An Early Look at the 2022 Irvine Elections

General Municipal Elections in the City of Irvine will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the election of the Mayor and two members of the City Council. These positions are currently elected by Irvine citizens at large and are nonpartisan. The Mayor serves a term of two years, while City Councilmembers each serve a term […]

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Opinion: Evolving City, Devolving Democracy?

“I view what we do here as a vision,” FivePoint Holdings Founder and Chairman Emeritus Emile Haddad says, redundantly, in a promotional video on the company’s website. “When you lead from the front, it is easier for people to follow” is another Haddad head-scratcher. What it does not say is that FivePoint has reportedly spent over $2 […]

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Opinion: Political Pollsters Are Calling. Will You Answer?

Welcome Irvine voters to early polling! Has your phone started ringing with “caller unknown” calls?  Some brave Irvine residents who have answered these anonymous calls are getting quizzed on their opinions of candidates, and on other Irvine issues, with a focus on the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). It is awfully early for the polling […]

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Dirty Politics: Another Anonymous Political Mailer Sent to Irvine Residents

Irvine residents have again reported receiving anonymous political mail attacking Councilman Larry Agran. The postcard shown above is the second mailer sent anonymously in recent weeks. As previously reported by the Irvine Watchdog, an earlier mailer was received by a number of residents in September. The prior mailer promoted what it called the “Irvine Four”, […]

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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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