• March 4, 2021
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Keeping the Public In The Dark on ARDA

What’s Happening on the ARDA Site On the Consent Calendar for both the OC Great Park Board (Item 2.2.) and City Council (Item 2.4) meetings is a motion to direct the City Manager to enter into a license agreement allowing indefinite use of land on the ARDA site, despite its current designation as the location […]

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Finance Commissioners Ask Great Questions Regarding Budget Projections and Television Production Studio

The Finance Committee met on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and discussed the following agenda items: Attendees: Faruk Bhagani (Appointed by Farrah Khan) Mike Genest (Appointed by Mike Carroll) Lauren Johnson-Norris (Appointed by Larry Agran) John Park (Appointed by Anthony Kuo) Magi Yang (Appointed by Tammy Kim) SELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR Selection of Chair: […]

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Lorraine Ghent and Celeste Webb: Two “Seniors” Showing Irvine’s Heart

Along with giving recognition to other Orange County volunteers, this Voice of OC article by Hosam Elattar gives recognition to two of Irvine’s own, Lorraine Ghent and Celeste Webb. They both happen to be seniors, just seniors of a different sort. Lorraine has earned her right to the title of senior by the years of […]

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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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