• February 23, 2024
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Jeffrey/Alton Parkway Road Intersection Widenings

Under the Consent Calendar on the February 27th City Council meeting, staff is asking City Council to award the construction contract to Sully-Miller Contracting, the lowest bidder to complete a road widening of Jeffrey/Alton. This project was approved by City Council in April 2022 and is funded through NITM (North Irvine Transportation Mitigation) program, a […]

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Opinion: We Need to Update Bicycle Parking Minimums

I want to thank the Planning Commission’s consideration for updating bicycle parking minimum requirements. I would like to ask the Commission to consider the following in its discussion: The implementation of bicycle parking minimums for (multi-family) residential uses that are currently lacking in the code. The regulation of short-term bicycle rack types to more practical […]

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Irvine’s Best Bus Service Starts Soon. And It’s Free!

The City is about to launch a new free shuttle service named “City Link”, originally called Yale-Barranca. It will traverse mainly along Yale Avenue and Barranca Parkway and will connect many residential areas with commercial centers, schools, health care, the Irvine Spectrum, and the Irvine Train Station which offers Metrolink and Amtrak regional rail transit. […]

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Federal Investigators Demand Documents Regarding Aborted Live Nation Amphitheater Deal

The City of Irvine is facing a January 11, 2024 deadline to submit to federal investigators “all documents relating to the City’s potential partnership with Live Nation to develop a new venue within the City of Irvine.” The Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) was accompanied by a December 11, 2023, letter to City Attorney Jeffrey Melching […]

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Opinion | The Irvine City Council Cannot and Should Not Consider a Resolution About Gaza

At the Irvine City Council meeting on December 12, 2023, Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Larry Agran indicated they may call for a resolution seeking a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. While the issue tugs at the heartstrings, such a resolution would be illegal. The Municipal Code explicitly forbids the Council from even considering this “nonmunicipal” matter. […]

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FivePoint is Legally Entitled to Build 10,556 Homes of Any Type They Choose in the Irvine Great Park: How Did That Happen?

At meeting of November 2, 2023,  the Irvine Planning Commission approved FivePoint’s plan to build 82 large, single-family homes in a Great Park area near Irvine Boulevard. When an appeal to this Planning Commission approval was heard at the December 12 City Council meeting, the Council denied the appeal and, thereby, affirmed the Planning Commission […]

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Opinion | Plastics, The Fossil Fuel Industry, and Irvine

Approximately 400 million tons of plastics are produced as byproducts from fossil fuel companies each year. It is a very profitable business and, as in so many issues that affect the environment, the fossil fuel industry is throwing its money around like Sam Bankman Fried trying to stay out of jail. It would have been […]

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Opinion: It’s Time for the City Council to Approve Regulations on Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

On December 14, 2021, Mayor Khan moved and Councilmember Kim seconded the move to direct City staff to come back to the city council with a draft for an ordinance to ban the loud and fume-producing gas-powered lawn equipment. All five of the Irvine Council Members then voted “Yes”. It has been two years now […]

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Can’t Stop The Music: Irvine To Provide A Temporary and Permanent Music Venue at Great Park

Irvine saves live music. Or at the very least, intends to at their next Great Park Board meeting on November 28, 2023 at 2:00PM. The City agenized plans for a temporary music venue at the Great Park and an update on existing plans for a permanent 8,000-10,000 seat amphitheater in the heart of the Park. […]

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Council Voted Against Protections from Warehouses Expanding Citywide: What Will This Do To the Landscape of Irvine?

Are residential homes compatible with warehouses/logistics facilities? At its November 17, 2022 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended City Council approval of a Logistics Facility and Warehouse Ordinance amendment by a 4-1 vote. The two land uses, residential and warehouses, were not deemed compatible by the majority of the Planning Commissioners. However, when the vote came […]

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