• October 16, 2021
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Op-ed

Opinion: Irvine City Staff Seek to Enrich Themselves With COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three million dollars is a lot of money. That is approximately how much Irvine city staff and the Irvine Finance Commission propose to spend on a new City Hall gym, shower doors, and city employee bonuses. Irvine will receive $56 million direct one-time payment from the Federal Government for spending on areas within the city […]

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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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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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Letter Response to Opinion by Katherine Daigle

Letter submitted by Kevin Trussell, Community Services Commissioner for Councilmember Mike Carroll. Dear Irvine Watchdog, The letter you published from Katherine Daigle regarding Mike Carroll’s communication program crossed the line of what could be considered opinion into the realm of complete defamation and fabrication. Ms. Daigle, who has been little more than an election spoiler […]

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Opinion: Mike Carroll‘s Ruse, Corruption, and Stealing of an Election  

By Katherine Daigle – Precisely three weeks after election night, Vice Mayor Mike Carroll is in a hurry to legitimize his appropriation of taxpayers’ money – if the fiasco of November 3rd wasn’t enough to taunt the democratic fabric of our country, this news only adds to the utter minimizing of political ethics. We’re talking […]

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Opinion: City of Irvine Fails To Address Health Hazards to “Luxury” Home Residents by All American Asphalt

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that All American Asphalt started in Irvine in 1976. The company started in the 70s, but not at the current location.   What is the City’s responsibility to disclose of pollutants and its negative impacts to home buyers? All American Asphalt has been operating in Irvine since […]

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Opinion: Council’s Weak Response To Alleged Misconduct Points To Need for Ethics Commission

As reported by the Voice of OC yesterday, “an investigation into $70,000 in Irvine tax dollars spent on city mailers by City Councilman Mike Carroll appears to be stalling at the local level despite clear evidence he violated at least one city policy”. Like the Voice of OC, Irvine Watchdog (Watchdog) is having a difficult […]

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Opinion: A Fresh Look at the Irvine Community Land Trust

The Irvine Watchdog has published a number of articles on the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) in recent years. Some of the articles have been critical of controversial and legally questionable decisions made by the ICLT Board of Directors (Board) such as their decision on June 26, 2017 to amend their bylaws to exclude public […]

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Opinion: Highly Paid Irvine Staff Continue to Fumble and Delay Key Climate Program

Revelations come before Tuesday vote on hiring new interim city manager September 7, 2020 — On Friday, as Irvine residents sweltered in record high temperatures driven by climate change, doubts emerged over whether the city will again delay Community Choice Energy (CCE), a program that would bring Irvine residents clean energy, savings on electricity and an alternative […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Council To Consider Resolution To Oppose Proposition 15

  Mayor Shea and Councilmember Kuo Request that the City of Irvine Adopt a Resolution to Oppose Proposition 15: Split Role Property Tax Initiative (Agenda Item 4.4) Ballot Initiative 15 is a state level Constitutional Amendment and is a citizen’s initiative. The resolution request from Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Anthony Kuo provides little information […]

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