• December 8, 2022

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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Oliver Chi

Opinion: A Background Check on Irvine City Manager Finalist, Oliver Chi

Disclaimer: The following article was received anonymously and is being published as an Opinion article as decided upon by the Irvine Watchdog Editorial Board. All references have been verified for accuracy. On November 9th, Irvine City Council will consider appointing Oliver Chi as the 6th City Manager of the City of Irvine. If appointed, Chi […]

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Upcoming Council Meeting Agenda Highlights

SCAQMD Presentation on the All American Asphalt Plant (Agenda item 1.1-1.3) Since 2018, more than 800 Irvine residents have filed formal complaints with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) reporting noxious odors, sore throats, breathing problems and have expressed concerns over potential exposure to high levels of potentially dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). […]

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Irvine Searches for New City Manager

The City of Irvine has hired executive recruiting firm Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a national search for a new city manager. The hiring selection is expected to be announced in September or October 2021. Irvine’s former City Manager, John Russo, abruptly announced his resignation in June 2020  due to “family reasons” after only 22 months on the […]

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Opinion: Interim City Manager Appointment, Why Behind Closed Doors?

One of the most important decisions our City Council will make in the coming months is finding a new City Manager, with the upcoming departure of current City Manager John Russo. His resignation was announced in June, with his last day being September 9, 2020. Will the City Council separate the positions of City Manager […]

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What Will Determine the Selection Process for the New City Manager & Great Park Director?

The surprise announcement via Youtube that City Manager John Russo is resigning to spend more time with family only 22 months into the job raises many questions.  Mr. Russo is Irvine’s 5th City Manager in Irvine’s forty-nine year history, and he is also the de facto Executive Director of the Orange County Great Park, after […]

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Op-Ed: Building the Great Park… Building A Public Bypass As Well?

According to a January 14, 2020 article from the Orange County Register, Irvine has found a “new Great Park location for a bigger Wild Rivers water park”.  This was the first time anybody had heard about Wild Rivers moving to a new location. Here are the recent details provided by this article: This new site […]

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Irvine City Manager Subject of Lawsuit – Trial Set for 11/22/19

Irvine City Manager, John Russo, is a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the City of Riverside. Mr. Russo is named because he is the former Riverside City Manager and an interested party in the lawsuit. His employment contracts and the circumstances surrounding his termination are issues in the litigation. Causes of action in the upcoming […]

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Op-Ed: Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce Sets Transparency Example for City

On January 22nd and September 24th, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce gave several informative presentations to the City Council on how economic opportunities and growth have been enhanced by this partnership. Our residents expect this level of organizational transparency from our City as well.   When the new City Manager came onboard just over […]

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