• January 18, 2020
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What do you think?

Today, the Anaheim City Council grapples with a city real estate deal.  Could this be a wake-up call, or at least a cautionary tale, for the “publicly owned” Great Park?   At minimum, it reinforces the importance that Irvine leaders show thoughtful planning, and hopefully finalize deals that will maximize financial and community benefits. This […]

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An “Olympic Village” at Great Park?

Like pieces of a puzzle, elements of the western portion of the Great Park are coming together. The Great Park Ice facility is already a venue for Team USA and U.S. Figure Skating.  USA Water Polo headquarters and a multi-pool facility are to be built next door. A sports field house is planned adjacent to […]

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Interviewing the Applicants – Who Chose Who?

At its April 23, 2019 City Council meeting, the City Council approved the following process for identifying an individual for appointment to the existing City Council vacancy (by a vote of 3-1, Councilmember Fox opposed): Following the application submission deadline, each Councilmember will choose up to four applicants to interview. The order of interviews will […]

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Filling the Vacancy: Watch Four Potential City Council Candidates

On April 9, we heard from several public speakers in a packed Chamber regarding appointment v. special election to fill the fifth city council seat. The speakers included four potential candidates for the vacancy. Here are their public comments (listed in order of appearance): Carrie O’Malley “The election of November 2018 was just a few […]

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Big Agenda Items for 3/26 City Council Meeting

The following describes what is on the agenda for tomorrow’s March 26th City Council meeting. Please consider attending to bid farewell to Mayor Wagner who has served our city since 2016. Regular Meeting Agenda Items (4PM): The “boarding house” enforcement ordinance (AGENDA ITEM 3.11) is back before the Council for a 2nd reading. Will we see the […]

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1/22/19 City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner, and Council members Shea, Fox, Khan and Kuo. Presentation by Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce regarding their programs, services, funding and what they contribute to the Irvine Community The mission of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce is the economic advancement of, and generating money for, Greater Irvine.  The Chambers’ programs […]

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1/8/19 – City Council Meeting Highlights

Present were: Mayor Wagner, and Council Members, Shea, Fox, Khan, and Kuo. Mayor Wagner announced that the city has been working on his top priority project of improving traffic safety and awareness with regards to automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic Irvine has developed a program of creating safer streets and crosswalks around schools and throughout […]

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11/27/18 – CITY COUNCIL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Present were: Mayor Wagner, and Council Members, Lalloway, Fox, Shea and Schott. New bridge and overpass for the Jeffrey Open Space Trail near the 5 freeway Walking on the sidewalk and riding bikes in bicycle lanes on Jeffrey near the 5 freeway has been hazardous for both pedestrians and bikers.  The bridge will address the […]

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Exclusive: The Council Candidates Weigh in After the Election

While the votes continue to be counted, we at Irvine Watchdog decided to reach out to the candidates for City Council. We wanted to thank them for their participation and to ask them the questions we felt Irvine residents would be interested in. These questions were the following: What did you learn from this campaign? […]

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11/13/18 City Council Agenda

Now that election mania is subsiding, it’s back to business. The City Council meetings start at 4:00 p.m., but the Council will recess to discuss matters under Closed Session until around 5:00 p.m. Public comments will be heard at approximately 6:30 p.m. or prior to adjournment, whichever occurs first. Here is a LINK to the […]

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