• October 17, 2021
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The People Before Pixels: Banning Cell Phone Use During Council Meetings

My Grandpa Dan had a rule: only one person was allowed to get up from the dinner table at a time. He was adamant about it. The story goes that there would come a point during dinners when Granny and their four kids would leave the dining room and dart about after seconds, for dessert, or to clear the table. […]

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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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Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties

Orange County Power Authority Unable to Properly Manage Basic Duties The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) has faced public scrutiny in the last few months and that scrutiny remains well deserved. Let’s recap some of the concerns: The OCPA’s Implementation Plan which is less ambitious than the state’s target of 60% renewables by 2030. The […]

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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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Opinion: No Time For Any Dissent on Irvine’s COVID-19 Relief Funds Spending

On October 12, at 4pm, Irvine City Council will receive a proposed plan for how to spend $56 million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds given to Irvine to respond to areas negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the city of Irvine is taking almost no steps to encourage public discussion on the matter. On September […]

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2016 Interview of former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway on Great Park Museums, Amphitheatre, AQMD, Audit, Great Park Board, and More!

Watch the interview hERE It’s #TBT! Last week we shared former Mayor Beth Krom’s interview with Rick Reiff. To provide another perspective, here is former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway’s 2016 Inside OC interview who shared his thoughts on the Great Park including museums, the Great Park audit, along with Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD). […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Staff Seek to Enrich Themselves With COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three million dollars is a lot of money. That is approximately how much Irvine city staff and the Irvine Finance Commission propose to spend on a new City Hall gym, shower doors, and city employee bonuses. Irvine will receive $56 million direct one-time payment from the Federal Government for spending on areas within the city […]

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2016 Interview of Former Mayor Beth Krom Discusses Developer Influence in Irvine Elections and the Great Park

It’s #TBT! Here is a December 2016 interview of former Mayor Beth Krom, by Inside OC’s Rick Reiff. Fivepoint, the developer for the Great Park, was a sponsor for this PBS program. Krom discussed a wide-range of topics including developer influence in our elections, the development of the Great Park, and ends the interview discussing […]

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Irvine Finance Commission Finalizes Pandemic Relief Funds Proposal

On September 27, 2021, Irvine’s Finance Commission held a second meeting to discuss their proposed spending plan for the $56 million dollars Irvine will receive in Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds intended to be spent on those in Irvine most negatively impacted by the pandemic. The first meeting took place on September 20, however, […]

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Amphitheatre Lease, Great Park CFD Tax, and More On the Agenda

The Great Park Board will be meeting today, September 28, 2021 at 2pm, followed by the City Council meeting at 4pm with two full agendas. For info on how to participate in the Great Park Board meeting click here. For info to participate in the City Council meeting click here. City Council Agenda Here are […]

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