• July 25, 2021
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Opinion

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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Opinion: Irvine Elections Do Not Truly Represent the Majority

Irvine’s City Council election results do not necessarily represent the preferences of the majority of Irvine Voters. Irvine currently has the “plurality” voting system whereby each voter votes for one candidate and the candidate who gets the most votes wins. The winner does not necessarily get the majority of the votes. Irvine has a very […]

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Opinion: Great Park Planning – More Participation and Data Needed

Green dot = On schedule Yellow dot = Under review   The Cultural Terrace is 223 acres of undeveloped city land located in the southern section of the Great Park that is intended for a variety of cultural attractions. The five Great Park Board members act as both the principal developers and decision makers for […]

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Opinion: It’s Time to Increase The Number of City Councilmembers

Irvine has grown from a small suburban town to a big city since incorporation causing City Council races to become increasingly expensive and thus vulnerable to special interest influence. Irvine was incorporated in 1971 when it had a population of just over 10,000 residents. A five-member City Council was established consisting of four City Councilmembers […]

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Opinion: We Have The Right To Speak And To Be Heard

Let Irvine Become Known For Enhancing The Public’s Right To Be Heard On Tuesday, August 11th Irvine City Council will be discussing public participation in its meetings during social distancing (Agenda Item 5.5). To participate in our city’s decision making process, Irvine residents need to communicate not only with the decision makers and entities that […]

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Opinion: An Overlooked Option in the Growth Debate

Large shopping centers can be redeveloped to create mixed-use districts where cars are unnecessary.   Way back in 1988, before Westpark Plaza was built, an Irvine teacher signing a slow-growth “Traffic Control” petition said, “I think we live in an area that is just becoming more and more crowded, and we have to preserve our […]

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