• October 16, 2021
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Opinion: No Time For Any Dissent on Irvine’s COVID-19 Relief Funds Spending

On October 12, at 4pm, Irvine City Council will receive a proposed plan for how to spend $56 million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds given to Irvine to respond to areas negatively impacted by the pandemic. However, the city of Irvine is taking almost no steps to encourage public discussion on the matter. On September […]

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Opinion: Irvine City Staff Seek to Enrich Themselves With COVID-19 Relief Funds

Three million dollars is a lot of money. That is approximately how much Irvine city staff and the Irvine Finance Commission propose to spend on a new City Hall gym, shower doors, and city employee bonuses. Irvine will receive $56 million direct one-time payment from the Federal Government for spending on areas within the city […]

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$56 Million in Reserves As Budget Planning Begins

Updated on February 7, 2021 Our city’s two-year budget planning process has begun with $56 million in our contingency reserve for unanticipated expenditures. There were different schools of thought from our City Council on what to do with these funds during the pandemic. Residents will have an opportunity to participate in future community budget neighborhood […]

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Will Irvine Have Its Own Vaccination Program

Tuesday’s Irvine City Council Meeting agenda item 4.1 is a COVID-19 Situational Update and the recommended action is to authorize the Interim City Manager  Marianna Marysheva to execute a License Agreement with the County of Orange to facilitate a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Orange County Great Park. Irvine’s Emergency Services Program is following the […]

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Planning for Affordable Housing, Energy Solutions, and Climate Action

Irvine City Council Meeting — November 10, 2020 at 4PM Presentations:  There will be two presentations. No agenda documents provided. Silverado Fire Update Community Choice Energy   Consent Calendar Agenda: Consent calendar items are not presented or discussed unless “pulled out” by a City Council Member or member of the public by means of an […]

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Increasing City Attorney Contract $45,000, Priorities for Affordable Housing, Homelessness Prevention & Service Need Grants, and COVID-19 Response Update

City Council Meeting on May 26, 2020 at 4 PM Supplemental Agenda e-Comment Watch Livestream Consent Calendar Items: Consent Items are not be presented to the public or discussed unless a board member requests discussion of the item or a member of the public submits an e-Comment or public comment regarding the agenda item. Item […]

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Is Mike Carroll Using the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Campaign Opportunity?

By: Irvine Watchdog Editorial Board In another self promotional move (read The Liberal OC’s article Big Check Mike Carroll’s Dishonest Approach To 2020), Carroll directs those in need of food, prescription drugs, or other necessities to email him directly, emphasizing the importance of doing so in ALL CAPS BOLD. Shouldn’t these items be handled by […]

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City Council Approved COVID-19 Testing Jeopardized By Violations

Irvine resident Robin Gurien submitted a letter to City Attorney Jeff Melching today to address violations of the Brown Act, Article I, Section 3 of the California Constitution, and the City of Irvine Municipal Code “which may jeopardize the finality of action taken by Irvine City Council in its May 12, 2020 meeting” regarding COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 Principles To Highlight City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting – April 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Agenda  Budget Report Link to eComment Watch Live-stream Agenda Item (5.1) brought forth by the City Managers office will address a number of key issues regarding the current economic crisis and the city budget. The report details how Irvine revenue is expected to decrease by […]

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City to Receive $1.8 Million in Emergency Coronavirus Stimulus Dollars

Under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security), the City will receive $1.8 million in federal emergency funds to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency funding is intended to be allocated and distributed out to the community as soon as possible. In anticipation of the federal regulation’s release, City staff has been […]

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