• March 6, 2021
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Opinion: Postpone Project Approvals in Planning Area 6 Until All American Asphalt Issue Is Resolved

Protect Current and Future Residents From All American Asphalt Toxic Fumes At the March 2nd Transportation Commission meeting, agenda item 1 is seeking approval of traffic study relating to zoning changes for transferring dwelling units to and within Planning Area 6 located south of Portola Parkway, East of Portola Springs, and Modjeska. Here is a […]

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Irvine Begins Housing Element Update Process

On February 9, 2021, the Irvine city council held a virtual public meeting to discuss the current Housing Element Update process. This scoping session provided the council and public with information about the Housing Element, Irvine’s new Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation, and the actions and timelines required by the State of California. What […]

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Opinion: Council Discussion Reveals Party Line Differences and Hypocrisy

Mayor Farrah Khan put forth an agenda item calling for “hero pay”. Had this passed with urgency – as originally intended – it would have granted the immediate requirement of large (defined as having over 20 employees), nationwide (defined as having over 800 employees nationwide) stores to grant Hero Pay to their hourly workers of […]

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Voice of OC – Irvine Becomes First City in Orange County to Approve Hero Pay for Grocery Workers

From the Voice of OC article by Noah Biesiada, “Amidst an extensive debate among Southern California cities about whether to grant “hero pay” for grocery workers, the Irvine City Council narrowly approved a mandatory hazard wage increase for these employees at chain stores after a lengthy discussion on Tuesday night. In a 3-2 vote, Khan […]

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Huntington Beach Votes Yes, Lake Forest Will Vote Later, Santa Ana Says “No Rush” on Key Climate Program  

Three cities discussed whether to participate in the new, not-for-profit Orange County Power Authority last week with mixed results. HUNTINGTON BEACH The Huntington Beach City Council on Monday, February 1, voted to stay in the new, not-for-profit Orange County Power Authority (OCPA), which promises to bring competition, clean energy, and local control to the OC […]

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Voice of OC – Could Grocery Workers in Irvine Get Hero Pay?

This Tuesday our City Council will consider adopting an ordinance establishing premium pay for grocery workers (Agenda Item 5.4). According to Noah Biesiada from his Voice of OC article Could Grocery Workers in Irvine Get Hero Pay?: “If approved, all grocery outlets in the city with over 85,000 square feet would be required to give […]

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$56 Million in Reserves As Budget Planning Begins

Updated on February 7, 2021 Our city’s two-year budget planning process has begun with $56 million in our contingency reserve for unanticipated expenditures. There were different schools of thought from our City Council on what to do with these funds during the pandemic. Residents will have an opportunity to participate in future community budget neighborhood […]

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Voice of OC — Irvine Residents Raise Alarm Over Dangerous Emissions in Million Dollar Neighborhood

According to the Voice of OC, “the city of Irvine, widely advertised as the safest city in America, has a problem with chemical emissions in its own backyard according to a new study conducted by UC Irvine scientists.” The article by Noah Biesiada provides alarming new data and informative graphics. Read Voice of OC article: […]

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Opinion: We Need Leadership, Not a Blame Game

As she tries to lay blame on others and shirks the duties and responsibilities of the mayorship and city council, Mayor Farrah Khan continues to deny Irvine residents the right to a fair, open, and transparent discussion regarding the All American Asphalt (AAA) plant and its adverse impact on the community. Instead of taking the […]

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Opinion: The Good, Bad, and Ugly from the Jan 26th City Council Meeting

It seems our City Council is a 4-1 majority with Councilmember Larry Agran alone in bold advocacy for public health, local COVID-19 relief efforts, and moving forw ard with plans for the Veterans Cemetery. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The Good – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion […]

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