City Council Regular Meeting – March 26, 2024

It’s a packed Agenda for the upcoming Irvine Council Meeting this Tuesday, March 26th. The Council will be going dark in April because the next two planned council meetings fall on Eid and Passover. Here are some of the Notable Agenda Items. 

 

Item 3.5 – 2023 Annual Progress Report for the City of Irvine Housing Elementhttps://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149696

The City will give its Annual Progress Report providing a detailed overview of housing development in Irvine, including entitlement, permitting, and construction activity data. 

Item 3.7  – Phase 1 Cultural Terrace Project Update – https://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2366&meta_id=149742

The Council will get an update about the Cultural Terrace at the Great Park, which is expected to cost approximately $90 million. Costs include site preparation, parking lots, landscape, refurbishment of Building 369 and development of the central festival grounds. 

 

Item 3.10 Legislative Platform For The City Of Irvinehttps://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149702

The proposed 2024 State and Federal Legislative Platform includes Guiding Principles and Policy statements for the 2024 Legislative Session. Maintaining a legislative platform allows for timely and strategic evaluation of legislative proposals that may impact the City. It is a useful tool for staff and legislative advocates to monitor bills and determine which bills warrant action.

If approved by the City Council, positions on proposed legislation consistent with the Legislative Platform will be reviewed and approved by the Legislative Affairs Subcommittee and signed by the Mayor. Once approved, a position letter will be sent to the bill’s author, the City’s legislative advocates, and other stakeholders as deemed appropriate by staff, and a copy of the letter will be distributed to the City Council. 

 

Item 6.1 Selection Of Gateway Village Project Development Partner, Declaring Gateway Village Land As Exempt Surplus For Surplus Land Act Purposes, And Approval Of Updated Irvine Ranch Conservancy Cooperative Agreement https://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149726

This item covers the land that was once home to the AAA Asphalt Plant. Builder Brookfield offered the favored residential neighborhood design. They provided the highest purchase price for the property with a purchase price bid that ranges from $601 million – $654 million. City staff is recommending Council to authorize them to negotiate an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Brookfield Residential (Brookfield) for the purchase and development of the Gateway Village land.

As part of the overall Gateway Village development project, City staff has been advancing plans to simultaneously coordinate the restoration and public access process for the approximate 700-acre Gateway Open Space Preserve.

 

6.2 Approval To Enter Purchase And Sale Agreement For The Acquisition Of 17101 Armstrong – https://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149729

In 2008, the City initiated a study for the establishment of a planned $100 million expansion of the Civic Center that was eventually set aside. Given the approval of Measure D and the pending expansion of the City Council to seven members at the end of this calendar year, staff has engaged in an assessment of viable office space alternatives. Through that review, City Staff has identified an office building complex for purchase located at 17101 Armstrong Avenue. This may help increase the City’s office space and facilitate an expansion of the Irvine Police Department space.

 

6.3 Sustainable Mobility Plan – https://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149731

The Sustainable Mobility Plan is a first look at where Irvine can begin developing protected and buffered bike lanes in the City. It was developed with the vision of offering a variety of sustainable transportation options that are accessible, comfortable, and convenient for all Irvine residents. The Plan supports the goals of reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation-related sources. Some buffered bike lanes have already been implemented throughout the City with green striping highlighting conflict zones between cars and bicycles.

6.4 Wall Of Recognition Nominations – https://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149734

In 2006, the City Council established the Wall of Recognition program to memorialize those who have made significant contributions to the City of Irvine. Nominations for inclusion on the Wall of Recognition are listed below. Of note is Mike Carroll’s nomination of Live Nation Entertainment which has raised eyebrows given the controversies surrounding their involvement in the creation of an amphitheater in the Great Park. [See: Federal Investigators Demand Documents Regarding Aborted Live Nation Amphitheater Deal]

Category of Recognition: Distinguished Citizens 

Jerry Chang (Nominated by Mayor Khan, Councilmember Kim)
Mike Chen (Nominated by Councilmember Kim)
Dr. Dina Eletreby (Nominated by Mayor Khan)
Hani Habbas (Nominated by Ashlee Al Hawasli)
Vicki Harris (Nominated by Carolyn Inmon/Exchange Club of Irvine)
Dr. Jerry Mandel (Nominated by Kevin Corrigan)
Keith L. Nelson (Nominated by Vice Mayor Agran)
Spencer C. Olin (Nominated by Vice Mayor Agran)
Douglas Reigle (Nominated by Blake Reigle, Brian McGuire, Alexander Walker, William Purcell, Bill Walker)
Richard Robert (Nominated by Suzanne Robert)
Susan Sayre (Nominated by Kevin Corrigan
Mitsuye Yamada (Nominated by Vice Mayor Agran)

Category of Recognition: Civic Leaders 

Chief Michael Kent (Nominated by Kevin Corrigan)
Walter D. Kreutzen, Jr. (Nominated by Josh Kreutzen)
Rachel Owens (Nominated by Councilmember Carroll)

Category of Recognition: Roots of the Community 

Matthew Chang (Nominated by Mayor Khan)
Harm Reduction Circle (Nominated by Annastasia Rose Beal)
Irvine Historical Society/Museum (Nominated by Mary Susa)

Category of Recognition: Community Partner 

Ektaa Center (Nominated by Councilmember Kim)
Live Nation Entertainment (Nominated by Councilmember Carroll)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (Nominated by Malia Cary)

 

6.6 Consideration Of A Request By Councilmember Treseder To Update City Council Meeting Adjournment Procedureshttps://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149740

On March 12, 2024, the City Council entertained and eventually voted in favor of a motion to adjourn their regular meeting. However, even after that vote was affirmatively approved, two members of the City Council continued to utilize the City Council Chambers and City staff. The two members of the City Council remained in the City Council Chambers, continued to entertain public comments from the audience, and utilized City staff and resources to continue a meeting that the City Council majority voted to end. The proposed update to procedures would prevent Council from continuing to entertain ongoing discussions in the Chambers if a majority of the Council voted to adjourn the meeting. 

 

6.7 Consideration Of A Request By Councilmember Treseder To Introduce An Ordinance Establishing Distance Requirements For Targeted Residential Picketinghttps://irvine.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=2365&meta_id=149765

To manage targeted picketing in the City of Irvine, to protect an individual’s right to privacy in their home, and to protect the safety of all involved, Councilmember Treseder requests City Council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting target picketing within 300 feet of the property line of a residence. 

The distance restriction for targeted picketing proposed within this ordinance could provide alternative channels of communication for protesters and demonstrators to disseminate their message(s) and/or idea(s). This ordinance would establish a clear and precise buffer zone between picketers and a targeted residence to preserve Irvine residents’ right to privacy and prevent siege upon target residents while providing a space for picketing. 

(Note this same motion is deadlocked in Santa Ana [Santa Ana Deadlocks on Curbing Protests in Front of Homes (voiceofoc.org)]