• December 11, 2019
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Opinion

Building on the ARDA Site: It Will Happen Whether You Want It or Not?

Consider the recent election in Irvine. The most contentious issue: measure B to approve the relocation of the Veterans cemetery from the ARDA site to the Strawberry fields. The greatest proponent of this measure was the developer company FivePoint who stood to gain greatly from the relocation as they would buy the land on the […]

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Actions Speak Louder: Taking Issue with Councilwoman Fox’s Public Statement (Part 5)

Here is part 5: “I supported Measure B because I believed it…it would reduce traffic congestion by restricting future development at the strawberry fields.” A person might argue that she could not work on measure D because her time was spent instead on measure B. On this measure, she mobilized her supporters including her spouse. […]

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Actions Speak Louder: Taking Issue with Councilwoman Fox’s Public Statement (Part 4)

Here is part 4: “As an Irvine City Councilmember, I also voted against Measure D.” First, some background is needed. Measure D was proposed by Mayor Wagner and was an attempt to remove Irvine citizens’ right to petition to stop housing construction projects. Presumably, it would only apply if the project was a fiscal benefit […]

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Actions Speak Louder: Taking Issue with Councilwoman Fox’s Public Statement (Part 3)

Here is Part 3: “Developers spent millions of dollars trying to defeat me in the last election, and no doubt will do so again.” It is true that she ran as someone opposed to runaway development and was attacked by developers in the 2016 City Council election. But soon after her election, she experienced some […]

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Actions Speak Louder: Taking Issue with Councilwoman Fox’s Public Statement (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my response to councilwoman Fox’s recent statement to Irvine residents:   “As an Irvine City Councilmember, I have not voted for a single new entitlement or approved any new construction.” Unfortunately, this statement is inaccurate. Consider the following minutes from a regular City Council meeting on April 25th of last […]

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Can developers game the system with invalid traffic studies?

I attended the 6/7/18 Planning Commission meeting. During this meeting, a development plan was presented for replacing parking places in a busy commercial center located at Main and MacArthur with a gas station and a 24 hour 7-Eleven. According to the traffic study presented for the project, the change of use for this property would […]

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Actions Speak Louder: Taking Issue with Councilwoman Fox’s Statement (Part 1)

On June 12th, Irvine residents received a statement from councilwoman Melissa Fox discussing the last election and proclaiming her views. While her statement is articulate, I believe it is misleading. To understand why, consider the following key sentences from what she said compared with what she did the past few years. “The clear message sent […]

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Voice of OC Publication by an Irvine Watch Dog!

Baran: Irvine Voters, Put Democracy Before Development  

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Irvine 2035 – City of Irvine General Plan Comprehensive Update

Please plan to attend an upcoming presentation by City Staff regarding Irvine’s General Plan Update. Residents may recall taking the survey online over the last year. Staff will be presenting to multiple city Commissions June 5-7 @ 5:30p  and City Council on July 24 @ 5:00p ***NEW DATE***. The General Plan guides City Council and […]

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This Article Got Me Banned from Next Door — Some Perspective on Five Point and Measure B

Hi everyone. Please note that this post is at least partly the reason why I have now been banned from Nextdoor. The neighborhood lead is Dawn Antis – she writes for the OC Register and was appointed to the Irvine Child Care Commission by Melissa Fox. I was reluctant to weigh in on this issue. […]

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