• November 18, 2019
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Packed Agenda Awaits Finance Commissioners

A long list of items awaits the Finance Commission when it meets this Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chamber. The City’s budget process operates on fiscal years that start July 1 and end on June 30.   Particularly noteworthy agenda items are below.  Click here for the Finance Commission […]

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Irvine Is Required to Help Meet The State’s Low Income Housing Needs. What Is Irvine’s Share?

Every 8 years, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) determines the affordable housing needs for the state based on new growth projections and the existing need for housing. The state is divided into regions with each region being assigned a specific number of affordable housing units to construct. Irvine is located in […]

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Land Use Conflict Stalls County Development Plans

The County has two project sites in Irvine with development plans that were approved and received certified final Environmental Impact Reports (“EIR”), but a dispute over the project descriptions and proposed land uses have them tied up in complex litigation. OC Register | Graham and Voice of OC | Custodio & Gerda The El Toro […]

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Irvine City Manager Subject of Lawsuit – Trial Set for 11/22/19

Irvine City Manager, John Russo, is a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the City of Riverside. Mr. Russo is named because he is the former Riverside City Manager and an interested party in the lawsuit. His employment contracts and the circumstances surrounding his termination are issues in the litigation. Causes of action in the upcoming […]

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Veterans Cemetery Timeline

2014 March 11, 2014 – Approved having a cemetery in the Orange County Great Park (Resolution 14-27) The Council acted to: 1.   Support the passage of State Assembly Bill 1453 for a State owned and State operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County. Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva sponsored the bill; and 2.   Express its […]

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Op-Ed: Innovative Low-Cost Solution to Grocery Store Dilemma?

Irvine is home to brilliant minds, kind hearts, and a positive, problem-solving spirit. Can these qualities be applied to solving a significant problem – the lack of everyday shopping in the new neighborhoods north of the Great Park? I put on a business school hat and have a proposal to spur discussion. Problem: Developers hesitate […]

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State Housing Requirement May Prove Challenging for Irvine

General Plan The General Plan is a policy document for planning and development and it represents the community’s views for the long-range vision and goals for the city. Irvine is currently undergoing its first comprehensive update to its General Plan since 2000, when it was last updated. The plan update will incorporate changes required by […]

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Free Irvine Ride Share Transportation Idea

Anaheim launched FRAN (“Free Rides Around The Neighborhood”) on January 24, 2019. FRAN offers free on demand transportation for locals and visitors within a designated downtown area to call for rides using a cell phone app. There are no fixed routes but there are 10 designated “preferred stops” where riders can begin or end their […]

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Vibrant Hotel and Commercial Center To Make The Great Park A “National Amenity”

In related news, on October 22, 2019, the City Council approved (4-0 with Fox absent) the funding, design and construction for two OC Great Park attractions – a USA Water Polo Center, a Fieldhouse Sports Facility for super regional volleyball and basketball tournaments, and a parking structure. This City development project will be adjacent to […]

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Great Park Developments Picking Up Speed

Today, October 22nd at 1pm, the community will receive the first of a series of monthly Great Park development updates — something the public has requested for over a year. After a presentation from City Manager John Russo, the City Council will discuss their goals and vision for the Great Park. Then at 4pm tonight, […]

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