• September 15, 2019
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Op-Ed: City Manager John Russo’s $24k Raise Request

In July 2018, the City Council, led by then Mayor Don Wagner, replaced long-standing City Manager Sean Joyce with John Russo. Joyce had served our city for 12 years while Russo had just been fired by the City of Riverside, but that didn’t stop the 2016-18 City Council from hiring Russo. Currently, Russo is in […]

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Op-Ed: RCI Cost of Victory

An important victory was achieved at the August 13, 2019 Irvine City Council meeting when the City Council unanimously agreed to maintain the current zoning of the Racquet Club of Irvine. The Racquet Club of Irvine is a family run business on 9.2 acres, located at 5 Ethel Coplen Way. The subject property is zoned […]

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Traffic Still an Issue Despite Investments in Data & Technology

Labor Day weekend is one of the worst travel periods for Americans and it got us thinking about the traffic on the roads in Irvine and how transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. How can we be more efficient and get more cars off the road? Quick Look Based on city data […]

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Finance Commission Recommends a Joint Option for Energy Choice in Irvine

“Community Choice Energy (CCE) [also know as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)] programs serve as an alternative to the traditional Investor Owned Utility power procurement process, allowing local governments to purchase electricity and sell it to consumers at competitive rates. CCE programs have successfully lowered electricity rates to their business, residential, and municipal customers, and generally […]

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Op-Ed: Our Impressive Irvine Traffic Research And Control Center

Irvine Watchdog volunteers recently had a tour of the Irvine Traffic Research and Control Center, affectionately referred to as ITRAC. The Center is located in an amazingly small office space that reminds me of an airport Air Traffic Control Center with real time videos (not recorded) of numerous Irvine intersections and moving graphs that report […]

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Public Meeting

Meeting (8/22) Set to Discuss Housing Needs in Irvine & Region

Irvine residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing this Thursday, August 22 at Irvine City Hall from 1-3 pm, to give public or written comments to SCAG — a consortium of leaders from six counties — addressing how housing supply issues in the region both existing and future can be met. Comments can be […]

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Orange County Homeless Count 2019

There are more people experiencing homelessness in Orange County than two years ago. This and other valuable information is found in the final report (7/2019) released by the Orange County January 2019 Point-in-Time count.   The Point-in-Time count (an actual headcount & survey) is a national mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

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Racquet Club of Irvine – KB Homes Wants to Make a Deal

KB Home & Spearman hired Government Solutions to help facilitate talks with neighbors adjacent to the Racquet Club of Irvine (RCI).  An invitation to a “Community Meeting” was circulated to communities surrounding RCI and was held on August 7, 2019.  It’s not clear if the invitation was extended to the greater communities such as RCI members or […]

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Op-Ed: Why Irvine Candidates Should Pledge Not to Accept Developer Campaign Contributions

Candidates are already raising money to run for Irvine Mayor and two City Council seats. The election is November 3, 2020. A list of declared candidates and statements disclosing campaign contributions can be found here. Will candidates for Irvine elective office pledge not to accept campaign contributions from developers and their proxies in the run-up […]

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Op-Ed: What Is The Irvine Weekly?

Hi, Watchdog readers. I wrote recently about what I knew about the Irvine Report publication. An article on Tuesday’s City Council meeting in the Irvine Weekly led me to look into that publication as well, and it turns out I know more — and could find out far more — about it. Here is what […]

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