• December 7, 2021
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Opinion

Opinion: What Don’t You Know About Your Home?

The Importance of Purchase And Rental Agreement Disclosures The purpose of property disclosures is to outline any flaws or conditions, including city and homeowners association (HOA) land use restrictions, that the home sellers are aware of that could negatively affect the homebuyer’s decision to purchase or rent the property. Thus it is important that they […]

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Opinion: “The Missing Middle” Workforce Housing

Housing in Irvine needs to be affordable for all people who wish to live in Irvine and for all members of Irvine’s workforce who wish to live and work in Irvine. Below is a chart of the income categories from 2013-2021 final draft of the Housing Element. Irvine has put a lot of time, effort […]

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Opinion: Irvine Leaders Blame Congresswoman Katie Porter in Town Hall Confrontation

Photo credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times On July 11, 2021, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D- 45) held a family-friendly town hall at beautiful Ward Park in Woodbridge. The event was an opportunity for all residents, regardless of political persuasion, to ask questions, request constituent service, and listen to updates on important issues like COVID relief and […]

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Orange County Power Authority Operating in the Dark

There was great excitement when the City of Irvine, after several years of effort by local environmental activists, agreed to create a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency and invite other Orange County cities to join in a Joint Power Authority (JPA). This was rightfully hailed as a big step toward greater community control, lower energy […]

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City Hall in the Age of YouTube: It’s Time to Make Irvine City Council Meetings Accessible

I am very new to the Irvine Watchdog scene, but I have been quickly impressed with this small cadre of volunteers who stand watch over every council and commission meeting to tirelessly advocate for transparency in Irvine government. They are armed with an extensive knowledge of procedural considerations, funding requirements, and all the ins and […]

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[VOC Opinion] Oliphant: Should Irvine’s City Council Be Expanded?

Voice of OC Community Opinion, by Irvine Watchdog volunteer Wesley Oliphant An outlier. For many in Irvine, this concept may come to mind when thinking about the city. In terms of crime. In terms of finances. In terms of quality of life. But there is another area where Irvine could be described as an outlier […]

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[Opinion] Woodbury and Cypress Village’s Density Going to Portola Springs. Will There Be a Public Benefit in Exchange?

The Irvine Company is seeking a zoning change allowing the transfer of housing density from Woodbury (Planning Area 9) and Cypress Village (Planning Area 50) to Portola Springs (Planning Area 5) at the Tuesday, April  27, 2021 City Council meeting, agenda item 4.2. Density transfers involve ensuring that the transfers are consistent with General Plan […]

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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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Opinion: We Need Leadership, Not a Blame Game

As she tries to lay blame on others and shirks the duties and responsibilities of the mayorship and city council, Mayor Farrah Khan continues to deny Irvine residents the right to a fair, open, and transparent discussion regarding the All American Asphalt (AAA) plant and its adverse impact on the community. Instead of taking the […]

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