• April 10, 2020
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Finance Commission Looks at the City Budget Pre-COVID-19

Finance Commission Meeting Monday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Watch LiveStream via WebEx click here Two Important Agenda Items Below: Fiscal Year 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update (The City’s fiscal year is July 1 through June 30) The FY 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update captures financial activity from the first two quarters (July -December […]

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City Takes Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) To The Next Level – Planning Commission to Approve New Standards

Covid-19 Update: The Planning Commission meeting on April 2, 2020, will be available through Webex as well as a dial-in conference call line. All information can be found on the City website. Planning Commission – April 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Link to eComment Do you wish there were more affordable rental options available […]

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Op-Ed: Irvine Fails To Join Other OC Cities In Restricting Or Placing A Moratorium On Residential And Commercial Evictions

By Susan Sayre March 24, 2020 City Council Agenda Item 5.2: Ordinance setting limitations on residential and commercial evictions: After Mayor Christina Shea and Council Member Farrah Khan placed this item on the City Council Agenda on March 17th, Irvine failed to join other Orange County Cities (Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Santa Ana) to create a […]

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What Is Being Planned For the Great Park?

Here is what is in store for the Great Park. The March 2020 Great Park Development Report contains updates on current and potential development opportunities at the Great Park. Here is a list of potential future projects for consideration.The Orange County Great Park Board is meeting Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 2pm. OCGPB Agenda eComment […]

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OC Great Park & City Council Meetings Proceed With Restrictions

During these times of social distancing you have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making process from the comfort of your own home Tuesday, March 24th Orange County Great Park Board (OCGPB) Meeting – 2pm City Council Meeting – 4pm City business continues but with social distancing. Due to the coronavirus, the public […]

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Orange County Great Park Board – Keeping Residents In The Dark

There are serious transparency questions around hundreds of millions of extra tax dollars Great Park Neighborhood homeowners pay to finance the Great Park. The Voice of OC wrote a three-part series which Mayor Shea openly criticized in today’s article, Irvine City Council Expands Bond Indebtedness For Great Park Neighborhoods. From the dias, Mayor Shea stated […]

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Great Park Residents Pay Special Tax

Great Park Neighborhood residents may want to attend the City Council meeting tomorrow night, March 10th. The Council is holding a public hearing to notify us that the City and the developer of the Great Park Neighborhoods, FivePoint, have agreed to the formation of a new special tax district within the Great Park Community Facilities […]

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Understanding the Great Park Decision-Making Process: Conversations With Anthony Kuo and John Russo

Photo taken by David Kline For some time now, I have been following Irvine’s decision-making process with regards to city development projects and business matters. Here is how the process works for everything in Irvine, minus the Great Park developments: City staff members study and analyze agenda items and compile their results in a Staff […]

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Backyard Building Boom?

STATE ELIMINATES ROADBLOCKS TO BRING MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTO OUR COMMUNITIES Will California’s new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) laws create a backyard building boom? The State has eliminated roadblocks that could bring more affordable housing into our communities, but it may not be in a manner preferred by many homeowners. Curbed.com article Many new housing […]

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The Numbers by ZIP: Irvine Households With Kids and Without Kids

Most of us realize that households today can take many different forms. For example, households might include related individuals (families) living together, such as married couples with children, single parents with children, and married couples without children living in the home. However, household might also include unrelated individuals living together, such as singles living alone […]

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