• September 26, 2022
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Meeting Summaries

Pattern of Censorship at Irvine City Council and OCPA [Opinion]

There has been a pattern of censorship that has occurred under the direction of Councilmember Mike Carroll at the Irvine City Council and Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).  This article documents recent events.  At the May 3, 2022 Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) meeting, an incident occurred that was similar to events that happened at […]

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Something Old, Something New, and Something Different for the 2022 Great Park Board Elections

Mayor Khan and Councilmember Carroll: 2022 Great Park Chair and Vice Chair, respectively The Great Park Board consists of five directors. These directors are also the five Irvine City Councilmembers. However, this was not always the case. At one time the Great Park Board consisted of nine directors: four independent members as well as the […]

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Vote for Chair of Irvine’s Environmental Committee Ends in Tie Between Mayor Khan and UCI Professor Dr. Treseder. OC Power Authority Dominates Meeting Discussion.

At the February 9, 2022 Green Ribbon Environmental Committee meeting, the vote for the next Chair of the Committee resulted in a tie between Mayor Farrah Khan and UCI Professor and Irvine City Council candidate Dr. Kathleen Treseder. Khan has served as chair for the past year. The Chair is responsible for setting the agendas […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlement Numbers: A Loop Hole, Principles, Looking Back/Looking Forward

Today, our  journey of understanding the Great Park entitlement numbers and development history ends. This is the seventh and last article in this series. In the most recent previous article in this series, we saw how FivePoint’s homebuilding entitlement numbers nearly doubled. Today, we will see how a loop hole further increased FivePoint homebuilding entitlement […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Irvine City Council Votes on the FivePoint New Plan and Good Faith

In the previous article in this series on Great Park development, I wrote about the FivePoint’s 2011 new plan for the Great Park and FivePoint’s call for good faith. In this article, we will see how each of the 2011 council members voted on FivePoint’s “new plan.” In addition, we look at some of the […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: FivePoint’s 2011 New Plan and Call for Good Faith

In the previous article in this series on Great Park development, I wrote about the original plan for the Great Park from both the private homebuilding and public amenities perspectives. In this article, we will see how—even though FivePoint’s homebuilding entitlements number remained constant—the direction for the Great Park development starts to change. 2011: A […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Initial Homebuilding Numbers Plus a Bonus Density

Photo: The Original Plan for the Great Park, 2005-2006 “Entitlements are legal rights conveyed by approvals from governmental entities to develop a property… . Entitlements can be a major factor in the ultimate use, viability, and value of your property.“—Urban Land Institute In the previous article in this series, I wrote about the defeat of […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust’s First For-Sale Homes Coming Soon

Sixty-eight homes available. Over 5,000 hopeful homeowners. At the June 21 Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) meeting, the ICLT board discussed the progress of what will be ICLT’s first for-sale housing development. All previous ICLT developments have been rentals. Over 5,000 people have registered as potential homeowners in this new townhome development. However, only sixty-eight […]

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Green Ribbon Committee to Staff: Draft New Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment Ordinance

  At the April 14, 2021 Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee meeting,* Committee members listened to two presentations on gas-powered lawn equipment. Dr. Wu of the UCI Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Dan Mabe of American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) gave the presentations. The presentations focused on the health risks caused by the […]

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The What’s What of the 2021 Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

In a previous article,* I focused on the “who” of the 2021 Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee. In other words, in that article I listed the 2021 Green Ribbon Committee members. In this article, I write about what work these Green Committee members anticipate taking on. This anticipated work involves the Committee identifying big picture […]

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