• November 30, 2021
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The People Before Pixels: Banning Cell Phone Use During Council Meetings

My Grandpa Dan had a rule: only one person was allowed to get up from the dinner table at a time. He was adamant about it. The story goes that there would come a point during dinners when Granny and their four kids would leave the dining room and dart about after seconds, for dessert, or to clear the table. […]

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Orange County Justice Fund: How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic

Letter from the Orange County Justice Fund: September 27, 2021 How Irvine and Other Orange County Cities Can Use American Rescue Plan (“ARP”) Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Protect the Most Vulnerable and Those Impacted by the Pandemic The City of Irvine will receive $56,433,217 million from the federal American Rescue Plan. The stated objectives […]

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Irvine City Council to Recognize LGBTQ Pride Month and Discuss UCI Student Outcry

City Council Meeting on June 9, 2020 at 4 PM Highlights: Recognition of June 2020 as LGBTQ Pride month; Large office space and accessory retail with 7 story parking lot project to be located at Barranca and Millikan; Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Update; Declaring structure at 1851 Kettering (prior location of Working Wardrobes) a public […]

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Op-Ed: Irvine Fails To Join Other OC Cities In Restricting Or Placing A Moratorium On Residential And Commercial Evictions

By Susan Sayre March 24, 2020 City Council Agenda Item 5.2: Ordinance setting limitations on residential and commercial evictions: After Mayor Christina Shea and Council Member Farrah Khan placed this item on the City Council Agenda on March 17th, Irvine failed to join other Orange County Cities (Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Santa Ana) to create a […]

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Great Park Vision Now For Sale?

The Great Park Board of Directors will consider hiring a consultant to develop and implement a Sponsorship Program for the Great Park to attract sponsors and advertisers. However, based on the timeline of events, it appears that this decision was made long ago. The request for proposals to select a firm for implementation was released […]

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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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