• December 8, 2022
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Opinion: My Performance Evaluation of the Irvine City Manager

Irvine has a representative democracy decision making process which involves the people electing representatives to represent their interests and concerns.  This process includes public participation by means of Irvine’s elected representatives and city staff members listening to and sharing information with city residents. Our City Manager has been actively engaging with community groups on a […]

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Truth or consequences

Community Concerns Grow Over Irvine City Manager

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City of Irvine City Council Candidates 2022

Two years after the highly contested 2020 presidential elections, the 2022 elections are fast approaching. With the blur of national politics, you may not have had the opportunity to look closely at the Irvine city council candidates. With issues such as climate change, Great Park development, and conflicts of interest on the table, Irvine Watchdog […]

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Meet the candidates

Meet the Candidates for Irvine Mayor 2022

It’s officially that time of the year again. Our mailboxes are flooded with pamphlets, and the streets are lined with campaign signs. Election time in Irvine can be an overwhelming process, and sourcing information may be tough. With the Irvine City Council, Board of Education, and mayoral candidates all running at the same time, you […]

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Election 2022: Watch the Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum

On September 29, 2022, Irvine Watchdog hosted our Candidate Forum for City of Irvine Mayor and City Council candidates. In this year’s election, five candidates are running for Mayor and six for City Council. Please note. All candidates were invited to the Candidate Forum and given 30 days advance notice of the date and time. […]

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Editorial Board

Editorial: Who is Behind Past Lawsuits Filed Against Irvine Candidates?

What’s Past is Prologue In prior elections, local developers and special interests have funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars through a complex web of Political Action Committees (PACs) to fund hit pieces on candidates that do not align with their corporate interests. These vicious mailers often contained gross exaggerations and even outright lies. Unfortunately, this […]

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Branda Lin Resigns from Irvine Watchdog and Announces Campaign for Irvine City Mayor

After announcing her campaign for Irvine City Mayor, Branda Lin has resigned from Irvine Watchdog. On behalf of our many volunteers, readers, and contributors, the Irvine Watchdog Board of Directors wants to express our many thanks to Branda for her years of leadership and service to the organization. Branda is a founder of Irvine Watchdog. […]

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Notable City Council And Great Park Board Agenda Items For July 26, 2022

Great Park Board Regular Meeting– 3:00 PM Agenda Item 1.2 – Annexation of the Amended and Restated Development Agreement (ARDA) transfer site into the Great Park. Recommended Action: Adopt a resolution recommending that the City Council annex the amended and restated development agreement (ARDA) transfer site into the Great Park. Agenda Item 2.1 – Approve […]

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Notable City Council and Great Park Board Agenda Items for June 28, 2022

City Council Special Meeting – 2:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Status Update re: Orange County Power Authority Great Park Board Regular Meeting – 3:00 PM Agenda Item 1.2 – Project Development Progress Report City Council Regular Meeting – 4:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Irvine 2045 – General Plan Update The Phase 2 scope of work […]

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Silenced

Opinion: Rule of Two Leaves Public Without Representation

A controversial Irvine City Council policy, informally known as the “rule of two,” prevents an individual Councilmember from placing an item on the agenda unless another member of the Council seconds it. In the first meeting, upon being sworn in, Irvine City Mayor Farrah Khan, voted alongside Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo […]

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