• December 5, 2020
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Opinion: Which Irvine City Councilmembers Should be Able to Place an Item on the Council Agenda?

Q.  Which Irvine City Councilmembers should be able to place an item on the council agenda? A.  Any of them. Here’s why. Irvine Mayor-elect Farrah Khan recently posted a video on Facebook explaining why she thinks Irvine needs to keep a policy requiring two city council members together or the mayor alone, to sign off […]

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Ethics Complaints: Use and Abuse

“Corruption!” is a common battle cry against government officials. Sometimes it’s just exaggeration. But sometimes there is evidence of legal wrongdoing. Where can the public turn with a genuine ethics complaint against a candidate or public official? The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulates campaign financing, conflicts of interest, lobbying, and governmental ethics. The FPPC […]

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Christina Shea and Mike Carroll Lead in Developer-Funded PAC Contributions

Independent Expenditures from September 21 – October 31, 2020 The charts below show the total amount of independent expenditure contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 31, 2020. Irvine Watchdog will provide ongoing updates on campaign contributions in the 2020 election. For more, see IrvineWatchdog.org/election-2020/ An independent expenditure (IE) is an […]

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Silverado Fire: Beyond Thoughts and Prayers for Our Injured Firefighters

Giving Thanks First, it is time to give thanks. Thank you to all the firefighters who protected the lives and property of the Irvine and surrounding community during the Silverado Fire. And having given thanks to the firefighters as a whole, we should specifically express our love and concern for the two firefighters who were […]

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“Dark Money” PAC Spending from Sept 21 – Oct 23, 2020

Independent Expenditures from September 21 – October 23, 2020 The charts below show the total amount of independent expenditure contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 23, 2020. Irvine Watchdog will provide ongoing updates on campaign contributions in the 2020 election. For more, see IrvineWatchdog.org/election-2020/ An independent expenditure is an expense for a […]

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Election 2020: Candidates Money Raised From Sept. 20 – Oct. 17

The City Council and Mayoral Candidates filed their last pre-election campaign report before the upcoming November 3rd election. Farrah Khan raised the most in this filing period with $26,204 from September 20 through October 17, 2020. All filings are public documents and are available online here using the city’s campaign statement public portal. Candidates who do […]

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UPDATED: Independent Expenditures from 9/21 – 10/16

Independent Expenditures from September 21 – October 16, 2020 The charts below show the total amount of independent expenditure contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 16, 2020. These numbers will be updated weekly. An independent expenditure is an expense for a political communication (ie: mailer, social media ad, lawn signs, […]

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Independent Expenditures from 9/21 – 10/16

Editor’s Note: Updated with additional independent expenditure contributions filed.  Independent Expenditures from September 21 – October 16, 2020 The charts below show the total amount of independent expenditure contributions supporting or opposing individual candidates from September 21 through October 16, 2020. These numbers will be updated weekly. An independent expenditure is an expense for a […]

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Preview of the Finance Commission Meeting Of October 19, 2020

Overview Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the City has a surplus of over $3 million for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The Commission is asked to recommend putting that money into Contingency Reserve to pay for an expected shortfall next year. The Commission is also asked to recommend assigning a police officer to a violence prevention program for […]

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Public Participation at City Hall, Long Term Telecommuting for Irvine Staff & Businesses, and Reaffirming Irvine’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 4PM, our Irvine City Council will be meeting for what could be the last time before Election Day. Notables: There are 2 agenda items (5.2 and 5.3) that appear to be inconsistent with regards to recommended changes to city policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently in the […]

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