• April 23, 2019
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Opinion

Council is Duty Bound to Residents!

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Measure D is “Shockingly UnDemocratic!”

James Troup, Park Paseo In my opinion, Irvine’s “Measure D” is a shockingly undemocratic measure. This measure prevents citizens from having a voice in future development plans within the City of Irvine. The measure is described as something that prevents any actions that might “…delay important revenue streams from development projects which provide a fiscal […]

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VOTER ALERT: Irvine Watchdog urges you to vote NO on D

First, the backstory. Measure D is a question placed on the ballot by a (3-2) vote of the City Council (2/27/18) because Mayor Wagner was unhappy that voters may choose to exercise their right to petition on development projects. In this season of political mailers and purposeful confusion, Irvine residents have questions on MEASURE D. Consider some of the […]

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The Irvine Police Association Supports D but Can’t Explain Why

Hello everyone. Recently, I have received large mailers stating that measure D is endorsed by the Irvine Police Association (IPA) and the local Firefighters Union. Some reasons like safety and no taxes are stated on the mailer. On the Firefighter mailer, it provides the following quote by the Union Board Member Todd Baldbridge: “Measure D […]

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Who is Funding Yes on Measures C and D? It Is Important!

Two groups provided support to the Yes campaign for these Measures. The first one filed with Irvine City Clerk on May 4 is “Taxpayer’s for Ethical Government”, contributor is Building Industry Association of Southern California PAC.  Building Associations have one interest in mind.  Building.. The actual Association, detailed below, is funded separately from the PAC. […]

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Christina Shea Tips the Council’s Hand

  In a stunning revelation on NextDoor, Councilwoman Christina Shea reveals that the City has actually preserved the zoning on the Strawberry Fields site and duplicated it on the ARDA site!  This begs the question – “Does Irvine City Council have any intention of building a cemetery?” or are they simply going to give BOTH […]

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NO on D = NO U DON’T 

NO on D = NO U DON’T to developers. Don’t mess with the City Charter. These fliers come from a PAC which doesn’t want Irvine’s citizens to monitor local government integrity – the founding principles that have made Irvine great.  Isn’t that why we all want to live here?  No on D ensures Irvine will operate as intended. The truth is Irvine’s fiscal integrity is very much intact but our Master […]

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Measure D: What is meant by Fiscal Benefit?

If measure D is passed, petitions cannot block projects providing a 15% fiscal benefit to the city. But what does 15% fiscal benefit mean? Looking at the measure itself, the definition closest to what people would consider a fiscal benefit is the following: “a project that when added to the City’s existing fiscal impact model […]

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Why “YES” on Measure D is bad for residents

The development approval process is a protracted series of checks and balances and the major stakeholders are the landowners and the residents.  But, the  “yes” on D proponents – led by Mayor Wagner -want the development approval process to dead end with the City Council and box-out local residents. 

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I ain’t “D” problem. Voters ain’t “D” problem

My thoughts on asking the voters to pass “D”. Whaaa? Petitions are the problem? Trying to put something on the ballot so voters can decide is a problem? Oh wait. That can’t be right, because that’s what D is asking for. So I guess the problem is how something gets onto a ballot. Oh wait. […]

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