• September 15, 2019
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Big City Council Meeting Next Week

As we begin the month of July, the Irvine City Council is busy with several things. They are apprising citizens on the long overdue General Plan update, dismantling the Irvine Community Land Trust and hiring a new city manager after 13 years with Sean Joyce at the helm.  The Council faces many challenges, including managing […]

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Council Members Can Lie on the Dais? An Expose.

  Is there a Truth Double Standard from the Council Dais? At the last Council meeting on the 26th of June, the Mayor opened the meeting with the National Anthem and invocation as normal which is followed by announcements. Typically, this is when Council member Schott showcases her work with the Barclay Theater or other […]

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Susan States WatchDog’s Mission at Council

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To Melissa Fox and Christina Shea: There IS a Conflict of Interest

Below is a prepared speech by Robin Gurien that was to be delivered to the City Council on June 26th. Although she was unable to give the speech due to an issue with the public comments request, the Council clerk was kind enough to accept an email of it and distributed it to the Councilmembers. […]

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Voice of OC Repost on Measure D

Read the re-cap of Measure D published by the Voice of OC written by the Watchdogs who authored the arguments against failed measure D. Jaffe, Baran, Heath and Kwon: Transparency and Accountability Prevail for Irvine Watchdogs

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Stricklands Homemade Ice Cream – The Latest Irvine Co. Casualty

Over the years Irvine residents have seen many favorite retail and dining establishments forced to close. The imminent closing of yet another favorite community gathering place called Stricklands Homemade Ice Cream has sparked outrage and sadness throughout Irvine. This is especially so in the neighborhoods surrounding Campus Plaza which is the Irvine Company owned and managed […]

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The City – Land Trust Breakup

We do not want to exaggerate our troubles with the Irvine Community Land Trust nor with the city council members Fox and Shea appointed to serve on the land trust board and represent the city’s interests. But despite having at least $5.2 million of city dollars invested in the land trust, the operating rules between […]

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Can developers game the system with invalid traffic studies?

I attended the 6/7/18 Planning Commission meeting. During this meeting, a development plan was presented for replacing parking places in a busy commercial center located at Main and MacArthur with a gas station and a 24 hour 7-Eleven. According to the traffic study presented for the project, the change of use for this property would […]

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Irvine’s General Plan Update Depends on YOU

Irvine’s General Plan update is 20 years behind schedule.  This should come at no surprise given that there are no apparent consequences of approving development projects that are inconsistent with the General Plan Provisions.  The General Plan is the citizens “blueprint” for development; the guide to achieving our vision for the City. As Commissioner Smith stated […]

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It’s Official! D for Defeated!!

Mr. Mayor and Council: The people have spoken. D has been defeated! WE WANT TO BE HEARD! Our voices ARE important, not just those of your campaign financiers. CONGRATULATIONS to all of the passionate, grassroots Irvinians for giving of their time and talents to contribute to this protection of our most basic of rights. What […]

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