• January 24, 2022
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OC Power Authority’s Chief Operating Officer Abruptly Resigns

Yesterday, both the Voice of OC and the OC Register reported, “longtime green-energy advocate Antonia Castro-Graham abruptly resigned as chief operating officer for the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) on Friday, Dec. 3, amid reports of a tense standoff with the utility’s CEO and concerns of ongoing conflicts between the two.” The Voice of OC […]

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Senator Dave Min’s Letter to Irvine City Council Re: All American Asphalt

Click to read Senator Dave Min’s letter to Irvine City Council re: All American Asphalt in PDF format   * The letter was published by Irvine Watchdog and not Senator Dave Min

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Opinion: To Protect Irvine Children, City Council Must Bring 100% Clean Energy to Irvine

Irvine has always beckoned parents and children with the promise of a thriving future through its schools and other amenities, and prides itself on being the safest city in the United States. However, four of the Irvine city council members have not used the most powerful tool they have to protect young people from the […]

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Bully In The OC Power Authority Boardroom?

OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky, who was already the subject of scrutiny due to his lack of experience  in the energy industry, lack of college degree, and his record of ethics violations, drew even more attention to himself last week with his treatment of a female employee, COO Antonia Castro-Graham, during the November 9th OCPA […]

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Opinion: If You’re Not Insisting On Democracy, You Might Not Have One — How Minority Rule All Too Often Presides Over The Irvine City Council

There’s a saying that poses a warning to consumers of media: “if you’re not paying for the product, you’re not the customer; you are the product.” It’s a useful reminder to be wary of your relationship to the powers-that-be in that particular market. If there is a rough political equivalent to it, perhaps it is […]

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Sunshine Ordinance Saved For Now. Will Agenda Item 4.4 Be Used to Revoke It?

On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, the City Council “deleted” Consent Calendar Item 2.8 “Rescinding City Council Ordinance No. 18-10 [Irvine’s Sunshine Ordinance] relating to Brown Act Agenda Procedures” from the meeting agenda. We view this as a temporary victory and thank all those who signed the petition. However, the City Council can add the 2nd […]

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Irvine Community Land Trust Removes Vice-Chair Michael Stockstill

At the September 20, 2021, meeting of the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT), the Board voted to oust its Vice-president / Vice-Chair, Michael Stockstill. Mike Stockstill was first elected to the Board on June 17, 2019, and served on the Communications and Legislative subcommittee’s. Stockstill was then elected Vice-President / Vice-Chair on March 16, 2020, where […]

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Opinion: Political Pollsters Are Calling. Will You Answer?

Welcome Irvine voters to early polling! Has your phone started ringing with “caller unknown” calls?  Some brave Irvine residents who have answered these anonymous calls are getting quizzed on their opinions of candidates, and on other Irvine issues, with a focus on the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). It is awfully early for the polling […]

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Why Rename The Great Park? Is it Worth the Time and Tax Dollars?

At the Tuesday, July 27 Great Park Board meeting, the Board will provide direction to city staff on the Orange County Great Park renaming efforts initiated by Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll. At the July 13, 2021 Council meeting, Carroll stated he wanted to “clarify the name of our municipal park as the Irvine […]

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Great Park Residents Wait on Agran, Khan, and Kim to Deliver On Campaign Promise of Advisory Committee

Great Park residents have been asking for representation in light of their special CFD taxation — a special tax only Great Park residents are responsible for. At the 2020 Irvine City Council Candidate Forum held by Irvine Watchdog, the candidates were asked the following (watch the entire forum here): On April 13, 2021, Councilmember Larry […]

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