• March 25, 2019
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How Much Affordable Housing is There in Irvine?

How much affordable housing is there in Irvine? It is a simple question. Or is it? Consider as well that if a politician were to say “There is plenty of affordable housing in Irvine”, we think we know what this means. Why? We believe we understand the question as well as the hypothetical politician’s statement […]

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING NOTES – SEPTEMBER 6 – ORCHARD HILLS AND IBC

9/6/18 PLANNING COMMISSION NOTES By Susan Sayre Highlights: Veteran’s Cemetery site staff reports were requested by this 9/6/18 meeting, but the reports are delayed because the studies require more time to complete. The studies will be presented to the commission as soon as “feasible”. What ….no public parks in IBC developments? Irvine Parkland Requirement for […]

Irvine: Transparency, Accountability, Honesty

Dear Irvine residents, Hope to see you on Sunday, September 30th for the Irvine City Council Candidates Debate. There are 2 open seats, and 12 candidates running. Given that most recent council decisions on important issues have been decided 3-2, this is a critical election cycle. Please join us for what will prove to be an eventful […]

8/27/18 – Irvine Green Ribbon Committee Meeting Report, Part I, Urban Forestry in Irvine

Urban Forestry in Irvine An urban forest is a natural resource composed of all trees on public and private property within the City limit and sphere of influence.The benefits of trees are as follows: They provide shade, which will reduce energy costs. (Research shows that trees can reduce energy costs used to cool buildings by […]

Making A Difference: Influencing Irvine Development

By Susan Sayre – Irvine Super WatchDog For a number of years, I attended city council meetings and gave public comments on agenda items. I was usually complaining and informing the Irvine City Council members how they were failing to represent the interests of Irvine residents – the people who elected them and who they […]

General Plan Amendment Back On the Council Agenda!

The Irvine Watchdog reported earlier that due to issues with the Survey and other concerns the General Plan Amendment was removed / delayed from tonight’s council meeting. Https://irvinewatchdog.org/2018/08/17/general-plan-update-postponed-again/ In a supplemental agenda that was just sent around, the General Plan presentation has been put back on at the end of tonight’s jam packed agenda. Please come […]

One City Council Vote Equals Ten

Why is voting for city council members such a big deal? Answer:  You’re not just voting for one seat, you’re voting for ten! Did you know each city council member gets to appoint a commissioner to each of the following ten commissions/committees that make decisions impacting development, traffic, child care, seniors, and the environment, just […]