Monumental Council Meeting to Select a Council District Map; Great Park Scores a Goal; and City Grants Raise Questions

On Tuesday, October 10th at 6PM the City Council will hear final public comments before selecting a single district map to be voted on in the March primary election along with a charter amendment to expand the City Council size from five to seven members. Also on the agenda this Tuesday, we have two companion items that will bolster the food and entertainment offerings at Great Park in the near future. Also, Vice Mayor Tammy Kim, Councilmember Mike Carroll, and Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan are looking to grant substantial funds to the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce.


Great Park Board Meeting – 2:00PM

Item 2.1 – Exclusive Negotiating Agreement With Almquist, Inc., For Food and Beverage at The Great Park

Next in bringing much-desired food and retail to The Great Park, will be entering into an exclusive negotiating agreement. The proposed agreement will task Almquist in creating architectural, design, logistical, and parkwide food and beverage master planning costing the city no more than $775,000. If approved by the City, work on the plans will start immediately. Staff anticipates the first phase food and beverage plans to be completed in Fall 2024. There is currently no projected timeline for food and retail project completion.

 

Item 2.2 – Multi-Year Facility Use and Sponsorship Agreement With OC Professional Soccer, LLC (OCSC)

In a long-awaited and surprising move, the City is offering a long-term Championship Stadium lease for OCSC, a professional soccer club that won the 2021 USL National championship. Previously, OCSC was on the verge of losing the use of the stadium in The Great Park directly next to the proposed Almquist food and retail location. Their 2023 season has been played at the stadium according to a one-year memorandum of understanding with no certainty of stadium use after the 2023 season. This offer indicates a change of heart by the City and an effort to keep OCSC as an exciting fixture at The Great Park. Highlights from the proposed agreement include:

  • A 5-year stadium lease term, with one optional 5-year extension
  • Priority scheduling of the Stadium for 18 home games (2 days per game)
  • Priority scheduling for up to 4 playoff games (as needed)
  • Use of a training field (2 hours) and locker rooms (4 hours) for up to 20 days per month, for 10 months
  • OCSC would have advertising rights on fixed assets including signage on fan zones, fixtures within the Stadium, or ads on the videoboards. OCSC will retain 80 percent of the total gross sponsorship receipts and pay the City 20 percent.
  • OCSC will pay the City $25,000 per year for the ability to place permanent OCSC branding in the Sports Complex.
  • OCSC will provide the City of Irvine Scholarship Fund a $25,000 annual grant.
  • Naming Rights: OCSC will have the exclusive right to find, secure, and sell naming rights for the Stadium subject to Council approval. OCSC retains 80 percent of the gross receipts from naming rights while the City gets 20 percent.

If approved, this agreement will generate around $500,000 in annual revenue for the City.

Irvine residents may provide public comments at Great Park Board meeting by attending in person at City Hall or via Zoom. Residents may also submit e-comments. Instructions for the Great Park Board Meeting can be found here.

 

Irvine City Council Meeting – 4:00PM

Consent Calendar Item 3.9 –  Community Partnership Fund Grant Nominations

  • Approve Mayor Khan’s request for Community Partnership Fund Grant Nomination for the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $7,500 in support of program costs for the 2023 World Korean Business Convention.
  • Approve Councilmember Carroll’s request for Community Partnership Fund Grant Nominations to the following organizations in support of program costs:
    • Korean American Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $7,500 in support of program costs for the 2023 World Korean Business Convention.
    • Families Forward ($7,500)
  • Approve Vice Mayor Kim’s request for Community Partnership Fund Grant Nomination for the Korean American Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,500 in support of program costs for the 2023 World Korean Business Convention.

In Mayor Farrah Khan’s memo, she explains that “this funding will go towards supporting the 2023 World Korean Business Convention, where an opportunity for the City to participate in the Breakfast Forum and have a booth would be made available.”

At the last meeting, the City Council voted against Vice Mayor Kim’s proposal for a $50,000 city sponsorship using Irvine Recovery Plan funds for the 2023 World Korean Business Convention in Anaheim set for October 11-14, 2023. Vice Mayor Kim already contributed $5,000 from the Community Partnership Grant Funds at the previous Council meeting.

Council Business Item 5.1 –  Final Public Hearing on The Composition and Selection of City Council Election Districts; Resolution; Submitting a Charter Amendment to the Voters Regarding Districts and Council Expansion on March 5, 2024

On February 28, 2023, the Council directed staff to proceed with placing a measure on the March 5, 2024 ballot to expand the Council from five to seven members and to approve a transition to by-district elections for the six Councilmembers, leaving the Mayor’s seat at-large. Following the release of draft maps from the community, the City held numerous public hearings. The October 10 public hearing is the final opportunity for the public to comment on the maps. At the conclusion of this hearing, the Council will select one final map, determine the sequence of elections, and authorize the submittal of a Charter Amendment to the voters.

Steps needed to initiate the Charter Amendment process include adoption of the following:

  • Call and give notice of the Special Municipal Election to be held on March 5, 2024
  • Request that the Orange County Board of Supervisors consent to the consolidation of the City’s Special Municipal Election with the Statewide Primary Election, and provide necessary election-related services
  • Authorize up to five of the City Council members to file an argument in favor of the proposed Charter Amendment and direct the City Attorney to prepare an Impartial Analysis
  • Authorize the filing of rebuttal arguments.

How to Participate

Irvine residents may provide public comments at City Council meetings by attending in person at City Hall or via Zoom. Residents may also submit e-comments. Instructions are here. You may also watch Council meetings live on YouTube here.