City Council Regular Meeting Agenda – September 12th, 2023
After taking a short break, the City Council will return on Tuesday, September 12th at 4PM with a packed agenda. Here are some of the key items:
Agenda Item 3.4 – Treasurer’s Report For Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2023
The Treasurer’s Report provides a synopsis of investment activity for the City’s three investment portfolios for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. The total book value for all three portfolios was $1.78 billion as of June 30, 2023. The Pooled Investment Portfolio holds the City’s operating funds. The report provides information on assets, allocations, average maturities, yields, and valuations for each of the three portfolios.
Agenda Item 3.5, 3.9 and 3.10 – Response to Grand Jury Reports
The Mayor and Council will discuss and sign a response letter for submittal to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Orange County for the following three Grand Jury Reports.
Grand Jury Report titled “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” – The Impact of Group Housing on Local Neighborhoods
Agenda Item 3.14 – Yale-Barranca Fixed-Route Pilot Service
On February 14, 2023, City Council unanimously approved to direct Staff to finalize implementation for Yale Avenue-Barranca Parkway fixed-route pilot shuttle service. As part of this project, 43 new bus stops will be added and at least 27 existing stops will be upgraded to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Agenda Item 3.15 – Great Park Amphitheater Update And Next Steps
The Great Park Board directed staff to return with a recommended process and timeline to advance a modified Great Park Amphitheater project that would include an 8,000 to 10,000-seat facility operated as a promotor-agnostic and impartial, open venue.
Staff will identify and integrate an operator for the amphitheater onto the City’s team, an action that will facilitate the design of the planned world-class facility. City staff has also been working to assess entities that can bring culturally relevant programming to the planned venue (including the Pacific Symphony), while also reviewing with the promoter community the planned Irvine amphitheater concept.
- A facility of 8,000-10,000 seats
- An open venue promoting a diversity of artists and cultural content, run by an operating partner that will not be allowed to promote any acts into the venue
- A summer home for the Pacific Symphony, and designating the Pacific Symphony as the amphitheater’s resident orchestra
- Use of a house speaker system for increased control and improved noise mitigation
- Complimentary design that embraces the park, promoting connectivity and shared spaces
- Sensitivity and responsiveness to the community, placing a priority on resident quality of life
- An operating calendar that promotes community and local culture
- A top-quality venue, offering a five star experience for guests, artists, and promoters
Agenda Item 5.1 – Requesting Input Regarding the Composition of Potential City Council Election Districts
The September 12th hearing is the second of a minimum of two public hearings the City must hold on the draft City Council election district maps. At the public hearing on July 11, 2023, the City Council selected six (6) “focus maps”: Maps 126, 133, 135, 136, 138, and 144. Additionally, the City Council requested new maps be generated based on suggested revisions to Map 109. This request led to the creation of three (3) new maps: Maps 146, 147, and 148.
Agenda Item 6.2 – Consideration of a Request by Vice Mayor Kim to Review Possible Public Safety Enhancements Through Use of Drone Technology
During a previous Council discussion regarding the use of security cameras in Irvine, Chief Kent referenced that they were working to develop new drone technology that could be deployed to respond to certain types of calls for police services. Vice Mayor Kim would like to research different ways that new drone technology might be appropriate for use to enhance public safety.
Agenda Item 6.3 – Consideration of a Request by Mayor Khan to Approve a Letter of Intent to Establish Irvine Accelerator with Sunstone Management
Mayor Khan and Vice Mayor Kim have worked to develop a concept to create the Irvine Accelerator, which will serve as an innovative public-private partnership between the City and Sunstone Management, a private capital firm located in Irvine. In concept, the Irvine Accelerator would be established as a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of innovative pre-seed and early-stage businesses into venture-ready companies.
Agenda Item 6.5 – Consideration of a Request by Councilmember Treseder to Discuss Strengthening the City’s Lobbying Ordinance and Creating an Independent Ethics Committee
Councilmember Treseder is requesting that the Irvine City Council consider adding safeguards to increase transparency and undue political influence here in Irvine. Councilmember Treseder would like the council to consider the establishment of an Ethics Committee, along with provisions that would strengthen disclosure and procedural requirements associated with our own Lobbyist Ordinance.