• June 22, 2021
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Voice of OC — Irvine City Council Doubles Personal Budgets, Opening Questions on Funding and Accountability

Voice of OC — Irvine City Council members decided to double their personal office budgets and remove nearly all safeguards on how they spend that money in a narrow 3-2 vote last night. To read the article click, Irvine City Council Doubles Personal Budgets, Opening Questions on Funding and Accountability.

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$56 Million in Reserves As Budget Planning Begins

Updated on February 7, 2021 Our city’s two-year budget planning process has begun with $56 million in our contingency reserve for unanticipated expenditures. There were different schools of thought from our City Council on what to do with these funds during the pandemic. Residents will have an opportunity to participate in future community budget neighborhood […]

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Opinion: The Good, Bad, and Ugly from the Jan 26th City Council Meeting

It seems our City Council is a 4-1 majority with Councilmember Larry Agran alone in bold advocacy for public health, local COVID-19 relief efforts, and moving forw ard with plans for the Veterans Cemetery. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from last Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The Good – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion […]

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How Has COVID-19 Impacted Our City’s Budget? City Also Seeks Budget Adjustment For Television Studio

The Finance Commission is meeting today, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:30pm, and will be reviewing our city’s fiscal year 2021-23 two-year budget and fiscal year 2021-26 five-year plan. The Commission will also decide on a budget adjustment request for the construction of a dedicated production studio in the Public Information Office at City Hall. […]

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“Budget Adjustment” as Partial Payment of Vice Mayor Mike Carroll’s Campaign Mailer Debt

Will all future councilmembers be allowed to reshuffle their budgets as they see fit if this precedent is set?  At the request of Vice Mayor Mike Carroll, the City Manager has placed an item on the Consent Agenda asking the City Council to approve a “budget adjustment” at the City Council Special Meeting this Tuesday, […]

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OC Great Park: Surf Park Tabled, Wild Rivers Delayed, COVID-19 Budget Adjustments

The OC Great Park Board met on Tuesday, June 23rd to review the monthly development report and to approve next year’s Great Park budget with adjustments due to a reduction in program and service fees. Irvine’s fiscal year begins July 1st. The Executive Director of the Great Park John Russo, recently announced he’s leaving his […]

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City Council Contemplates Facilities, Flag, and the Fallen

Will Irvine Implement Body Cameras For Our Irvine Police Department? Will Irvine Fly The Pride Flag? Will The Clean-Up Process Begin On The Veteran’s Cemetery ARDA Site? Special Joint City Council / Great Park Board Meeting – June 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm Supplemental Meeting Agenda Submit an e-Comment Watch LiveStream: cityofirvine.org/ICTV.   Special City […]

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Op-Ed: City Council Designated ARDA Site But Will They Pursue Funding?

At the May 12, 2020 City Council meeting, the Irvine City Council voted 4-1 to adopt the terms of the qualified Veterans’ Cemetery initiative, and place the Veterans’ Cemetery back at the original ARDA site, which is land owned by the City of Irvine. City Council Abruptly Changes Course on Veterans’ Cemetery Site — But Why? People […]

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COVID-19 Principles To Highlight City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting – April 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Agenda  Budget Report Link to eComment Watch Live-stream Agenda Item (5.1) brought forth by the City Managers office will address a number of key issues regarding the current economic crisis and the city budget. The report details how Irvine revenue is expected to decrease by […]

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City to Receive $1.8 Million in Emergency Coronavirus Stimulus Dollars

Under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security), the City will receive $1.8 million in federal emergency funds to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency funding is intended to be allocated and distributed out to the community as soon as possible. In anticipation of the federal regulation’s release, City staff has been […]

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