• June 1, 2020
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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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Finance Commission Looks at the City Budget Pre-COVID-19

Finance Commission Meeting Monday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. Agenda Watch LiveStream via WebEx click here Two Important Agenda Items Below: Fiscal Year 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update (The City’s fiscal year is July 1 through June 30) The FY 2019-20 Second Quarter Budget Update captures financial activity from the first two quarters (July -December […]

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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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Packed Agenda Awaits Finance Commissioners

A long list of items awaits the Finance Commission when it meets this Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chamber. The City’s budget process operates on fiscal years that start July 1 and end on June 30.   Particularly noteworthy agenda items are below.  Click here for the Finance Commission […]

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Irvine Land Trust | Updates & Concerns

Present Leon Napper Nancy Donnelly Anthony Kuo Patrick Strader (via phone) Absent Land Trust Chair Melissa Fox was in Sacramento Irvine Community Land Trust The Land Trust was created by the city council in 2006 for the creation of permanently affordable housing.  In its 13 years of existence, the city has given the land trust $72 […]

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City Adopts Fiscal Year 2019-21 Budget, Great Park Balloon Not Grounded (Yet) and Displaying Flags

Attendance: Mayor Christina Shea Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Kuo Council-member Melissa Fox Council-member Farrah Khan Council-member Mike Carroll It was a five-hour marathon at the special joint meeting of the City Council and Great Park Board of Directors held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The agenda item that attracted a crowd of over 25 public […]

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Irvine Feels the Budget Balancing Pain

  The Finance Commission had a budget briefing on April 1, 2019. The photo is a chart from the presentation that addressed budget balancing ideas.  April is the budget season and the Finance Commission will hold their second meeting of the month on Monday, April 8. It’s worth your time to come and hear the various […]

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2/4/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Present: Roger Sievers (Fox), Jim Shute (Shea), Russell Stein (Wagner), Dale Cheema (Khan), Tanja Fournier (Kuo). Chair Stein welcomed the two new Finance Commissioners – Tanja Fournier & Dale Cheema. The Orange County Office on Aging The Orange County Office on Aging wants to give the City an increase of $66,757 to fund the elderly nutrition program, […]

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