• October 16, 2021
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2016 Interview of former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway on Great Park Museums, Amphitheatre, AQMD, Audit, Great Park Board, and More!

Watch the interview hERE It’s #TBT! Last week we shared former Mayor Beth Krom’s interview with Rick Reiff. To provide another perspective, here is former Councilmember Jeff Lalloway’s 2016 Inside OC interview who shared his thoughts on the Great Park including museums, the Great Park audit, along with Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD). […]

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2016 Interview of Former Mayor Beth Krom Discusses Developer Influence in Irvine Elections and the Great Park

It’s #TBT! Here is a December 2016 interview of former Mayor Beth Krom, by Inside OC’s Rick Reiff. Fivepoint, the developer for the Great Park, was a sponsor for this PBS program. Krom discussed a wide-range of topics including developer influence in our elections, the development of the Great Park, and ends the interview discussing […]

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Amphitheatre Lease, Great Park CFD Tax, and More On the Agenda

The Great Park Board will be meeting today, September 28, 2021 at 2pm, followed by the City Council meeting at 4pm with two full agendas. For info on how to participate in the Great Park Board meeting click here. For info to participate in the City Council meeting click here. City Council Agenda Here are […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home-Building Entitlements: Competing Visions

In a previous article, I wrote about a productive piece of agricultural land in the middle of what is now the City of Irvine. In addition, I wrote about this land becoming the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), which was an economic and community hub as well as being a military base. However, […]

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FivePoint’s Great Park Home Building Entitlements: Looking Back to Look Forward

10,556. That is the number of homes that FivePoint currently is legally entitled to build in Irvine’s Great Park neighborhood. That being the case, FivePoint is likely to build every one of those homes. Considering this legal reality, how can the Irvine City Council and Planning Commission achieve the best overall good when approving development […]

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Opinion: And So The Great Park Name Change Process Begins But We Are Still Left Wondering Why

Great Park Name Change So now we are beginning the tasks needed to complete the Orange County Great Park name change that was approved by the City Council on August 10, 2021, by a vote of 4 to 1, with Council Member Larry Agran dissenting. At the September 16, 2021 (agenda item 3) the Planning […]

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Orange County Great Park Board Votes to Drop “Orange County” From Park’s Name

The Orange County Great Park Board of Directors voted Tuesday afternoon to delete the words “Orange County” from the name of the Orange County Great Park. The Board consists entirely of the five members of the Irvine City Council. The motion by Director Mike Carroll was seconded by Chair Farrah Khan. Carroll, Khan, Tammy Kim […]

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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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Why Property Taxes Are Significantly Higher in the Great Park Neighborhoods: CFD 2013-3. And It Doesn’t Sunset.

The Great Park Board will be presenting the history and purpose of the Great Park Communities Facility District (CFD) special tax at its meeting on Tuesday, July 27 (agenda item 1.2).  The staff report includes a presentation which left out several key decisions over the years that changed the usage of CFDs, with the most […]

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Orange County Great Park May be Renamed “Irvine Great Park”

Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Mike Carroll requested that an item be placed on the July 13, 2021 City Council Supplemental Agenda to change the name of the Orange County Great Park to “Irvine Great Park.” (3.4) The Great Park name change may be ceremonial in nature to reflect the fact that there is no County […]

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