• February 20, 2019
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The New Political Trend in Irvine: Make it a Stepping Stone

“Never treat anything you do as a stepping stone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.” Irvine. Over the years, the city has experienced major changes. The most prominent is the huge amount of growth in residents. In 2000, the city’s population was a little below 150,000. By 2018, the city’s population has swelled to […]

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Can Culver Dr. Handle More Traffic?

Previous Development Attempt Last year, residents spoke out against the proposed sale of the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course. The interested developer wanted to build a 4 story, 800 unit development to house 3,200 students on part of the property and shrink the course. That led to residents creating a coalition to combat the development […]

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1/17/19 Planning Commission Highlights

Present were: Dustin Nirschl (Fox and new chair), Stephen Huang (Khan), Greg Smith (Shea), Michael Carroll (Kuo), and Jeff Pierson (Wagner) Planning commission is limited to discussing development issues that are related to the type of agenda item in question: Vesting Tract Map approval for 1780 residential units in Area 51 Great Park Neighborhood. Staff […]

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1/15/19 Transportation Commission Meeting Highlights

Present were: Carrie O’Malley (Wagner), Christine Knowland (Kuo), Ken Montgomery (Fox) and Steve Greenberg (Shea); Avinder Chawla (Khan) was absent. Staff Presentation of Transit and Active Transportation overview by Mike Davis Irvine public transportation consists of rail (Amtrak, Metrolink), OCTA inter and intra city bus routes, iShuttle which is developing new routes for Great Park […]

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Op-ed: Do elected city leaders really care about Irvine?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Irvine Watchdog or its volunteers. Irvine Watchdog welcomes all views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by Irvine residents and welcomes their posts for the Opinion section. We want to hear from you! If you would like to […]

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1/8/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner, and Council Members, Shea, Fox, Khan, and Kuo. Mayor Wagner announced that the city has been working on his top priority project of improving traffic safety and awareness with regards to automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic Irvine has developed a program of creating safer streets and crosswalks around schools and throughout […]

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1/7/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Report

Finance Commission kicks off budget season & reorganizes Present: Dale Cheema (Khan), Jim Schute (Shea), Russel Stein (Wagner) Absent: Tanja Fournier (Kuo), Roger Sievers (Fox) Finance Commission Purpose /Power Give advice to the City Council regarding the funding of activities and programs; review actual vs. planned revenue and expenditure levels to help ensure efficiency. This […]

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Melissa Fox Town Hall Meeting

Melissa Fox will hold a Town Hall Meeting. When: Saturday, January 26th at 2pm. Where: Woodbury Community Park inside the multipurpose room. Why: The main topic for the meeting will be traffic and traffic safety; however residents may speak to Melissa about any of their concerns. Melissa reports that some of her commissioners will be available to answer […]

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Irvine City Council Ethics Being Tested

Ethical Public Service Ordinance Being Tested Council member Shea recently revealed that last year one of her colleagues on the 2018 City Council provided lobbying services to another agency in the County on behalf of AECOM. AECOM is a big City contractor with hundreds of thousands of dollars in City awarded contracts. At minimum, these lobbying […]

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Introducing Irvine’s New Commissioners

The recent election of two new Council members, Anthony Kuo and Farrah Khan, bring an additional twenty new members to Irvine City governance. How? Back in August, we covered the fact that each Council member gets to appoint ten commissioners. Here is a list of the newly appointed commissioners. Farrah Khan’s Appointees Planning Commission: Steve […]

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