• September 24, 2020
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Opinion: Council’s Weak Response To Alleged Misconduct Points To Need for Ethics Commission

As reported by the Voice of OC yesterday, “an investigation into $70,000 in Irvine tax dollars spent on city mailers by City Councilman Mike Carroll appears to be stalling at the local level despite clear evidence he violated at least one city policy”. Like the Voice of OC, Irvine Watchdog (Watchdog) is having a difficult […]

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Opinion: A Fresh Look at the Irvine Community Land Trust

The Irvine Watchdog has published a number of articles on the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) in recent years. Some of the articles have been critical of controversial and legally questionable decisions made by the ICLT Board of Directors (Board) such as their decision on June 26, 2017 to amend their bylaws to exclude public […]

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How is the City Handling Allegations of Misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll?

In light of the allegations raised by the City Council and the resulting press, it bears asking the question: How exactly is the City handling the issue of possible misconduct by Councilmember Mike Carroll? Was this merely a political “hatchet job” on Mr. Carroll, or is it a serious violation of state law due to […]

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Improving Irvine’s Traffic Circulation

Agenda Item 1: Project Report for the Culver Drive and Alton Parkway Intersection Improvement Project With the goal of reducing traffic congestion and improving the circulation at the Culver Drive and Alton Parkway intersection the following improvements are proposed: On Culver add a northbound through lane. On Culver convert the right lane into a regular […]

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Irvine Train Station: One-Mile Radius Access Improvement Project

Serving over a million commuters annually, the Irvine Train Station is the busiest train station in Orange County. The Irvine Station currently serves as a loading and off-loading location for Amtrak and Metrolink passenger rail riders. In addition, the Irvine Station is a hub for  Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) rail-feeder bus services as well […]

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City Council Agenda – Packed & Controversial

Tonight’s Council Meeting Notables:  Last Meeting for City Manager John Russo Appointment of Interim City Manager Mariana Marysheva (Agenda Item 4.1) Public Participation Changes for City Council and Commission Meetings (Agenda Item 4.3) Resolution Opposing Proposition 15 (Agenda Item 4.4)   Public Hearing Agenda Items: Agenda Item 3.1: Zoning Ordinance Update Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units […]

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Opinion: Highly Paid Irvine Staff Continue to Fumble and Delay Key Climate Program

Revelations come before Tuesday vote on hiring new interim city manager September 7, 2020 — On Friday, as Irvine residents sweltered in record high temperatures driven by climate change, doubts emerged over whether the city will again delay Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that would bring Irvine residents clean energy, savings on electricity and an alternative […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Council To Consider Resolution To Oppose Proposition 15

  Mayor Shea and Councilmember Kuo Request that the City of Irvine Adopt a Resolution to Oppose Proposition 15: Split Role Property Tax Initiative (Agenda Item 4.4) Ballot Initiative 15 is a state level Constitutional Amendment and is a citizen’s initiative. The resolution request from Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Anthony Kuo provides little information […]

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Workshop and Two Public Hearings on Tonight’s Planning Commission Agenda

The Planning Commission meetings have been closed to in person public attendance for five months. Like the City Council and Great Park Board meetings, the Planning Commission meetings could be available for viewing via public television and live webcast with minimal cost. The City Council would simply have to approve this transparency measure. These meetings […]

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Irvine Candidate Forum: Thursday, October 1 at 7 PM

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR THE FORUM Irvine Watchdog is excited to announce its second Irvine Mayor and Council Candidate Forum. The event will be live-streamed on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM. Please RSVP for the event to receive a link to participate. The link will be emailed to registrants the day before the […]

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