• September 15, 2019
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Former Transportation Commission Chair Carrie O’Malley on Veterans Cemetery Site Selection

On Tuesday July 9, the City Council will consider a request to direct the Finance Commission to opine on a preferred site for a veterans cemetery. Mayor Christina Shea’s memo states “the Planning Commission and the Transportation Commission have reviewed the matter and expressed a clear preference; however, the Council/Board has yet to receive a […]

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Why Change the Protocol Now?

This Tuesday (7/9) the City Council will consider a policy change in how a City Councilmember can place an item on the agenda. Currently, any councilmember can request an item be placed on a future agenda. In a memo addressed to City Manager, John Russo, Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Mike Carroll want to change […]

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Swearing-In of New Mayor on April 9, 2019 and Open Council Seat

On January 22, 2019, Councilmember Anthony Kuo added an agenda item to amend the City’s municipal code to ensure that a vacant mayoral seat would automatically be filled with the sitting mayor pro tem. The amendment passed 5-0. As a result, on April 3, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea will become Irvine’s next Mayor […]

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Our Next Mayor Off to a Great Start – Loophole Closed!

“It’s double dipping to me… it should either be additive or density bonus” — not both. – Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea brought a motion to close the loophole that enabled developers to “double dip” on additive and density bonus incentives. Councilmember Farrah Khan seconded […]

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Op-Ed: Voting Is a Responsibility – From a New U.S. Citizen

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Irvine Watchdog or its volunteers. Irvine Watchdog welcomes all views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by Irvine residents and welcomes their posts for the Opinion section. We want to hear from you! If you would like […]

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8/28/18 – Irvine City Council Meeting Notes

Highlights The City Council meeting was a mini candidate forum: City Council Candidate Anthony Kuo (Planning Commissioner) made two public comments, City Council Candidate Carrie O’Mally (Transportation Commissioner) made one public comment, and Mayoral Candidate, Ed Pope, made one public comment supporting concerns of Irvine residents. City Council supports employee rights: Lalloway asked that he […]

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Irvine Land Trust Gone Rogue

Transparency is at the heart of this video concerning the Irvine Land Trust (an organization that oversees affordable housing). Robin Gurien addresses the city council and shows the current approach to transparency in Irvine. Prepare to be disappointed. To Quote some of our excellent commenters: “The Land Trust is for those in need, not those […]

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Irvine Watchdog Highlights (Lowlights) from July 10th Council

Words are powerful things.  These comments from our Mayor and Council really give us some perspective on where we rank as voters, citizens and residents.

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Corruption at City Hall?

How do you feel about our elected City Council members and city council candidates receiving a majority of donations from the development community while NOT recusing themselves from voting on those development projects? SIX of NINE contributions are from the Strader family for Melissa Fox’s campaign (Patrick Strader is the lobbyist for FivePoint/Starpointe Ventures). Seven […]

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