• 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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Irvine Finance Commission Finalizes Pandemic Relief Funds Proposal

On September 27, 2021, Irvine’s Finance Commission held a second meeting to discuss their proposed spending plan for the $56 million dollars Irvine will receive in Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds intended to be spent on those in Irvine most negatively impacted by the pandemic. The first meeting took place on September 20, however, […]

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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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Finance Commission Hears Economic Development Update

  Economic Development Manager Kaitlyn Nguyen, provided her first update on the City’s economic development efforts during the November 18, 2019 Finance Commission meeting. The new position was created by City Manager Russo last year to help oversee City economic development efforts.  Two items of note from the report: Business Attraction The city is looking […]

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Finance Commission Recommends a Joint Option for Energy Choice in Irvine

“Community Choice Energy (CCE) [also know as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)] programs serve as an alternative to the traditional Investor Owned Utility power procurement process, allowing local governments to purchase electricity and sell it to consumers at competitive rates. CCE programs have successfully lowered electricity rates to their business, residential, and municipal customers, and generally […]

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Former Transportation Commission Chair Carrie O’Malley on Veterans Cemetery Site Selection

On Tuesday July 9, the City Council will consider a request to direct the Finance Commission to opine on a preferred site for a veterans cemetery. Mayor Christina Shea’s memo states “the Planning Commission and the Transportation Commission have reviewed the matter and expressed a clear preference; however, the Council/Board has yet to receive a […]

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Finance Commission Hears Budget Presentations

Notables from the 4/8/19 Finance Commission Meeting which is deep into the budget season. The proposed budget will be present to City Council on May 28th. City Manager’s Office – A new function: Economic Development was established that will focus on the Great Park and to attract more business to Irvine. The City’s communications, marketing, […]

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3/18/19 – Finance Commission Meeting Highlights

Commissioners present: Dale Cheema (Khan) Tanja Fournier (Kuo) Roger Sievers (Fox) Jim Shute (Shea) Russell Stein (Wagner) Orange County Great Park:    The financial plan for the Great Park was reviewed in detail. The Park operates using three funds which collect revenues and disburse money. Expenditures for the last 3 years have exceeded revenues. Revenues […]

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11/19/2018 Finance Commission Meeting Report: Finance Commission Punts on Veteran Cemetery Recommendation

Direction Given to Irvine Commissions to Review Two Possible Veteran Cemetery Sites At the July 10, 2018 city council meeting, Mayor Wagner presented a memo that gave each of the Irvine commissions directions on what information to provide to the city council regarding placing the Southern California Veterans Cemetery (SCVC) at the original site know […]

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