• December 2, 2020
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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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OC Great Park: Surf Park Tabled, Wild Rivers Delayed, COVID-19 Budget Adjustments

The OC Great Park Board met on Tuesday, June 23rd to review the monthly development report and to approve next year’s Great Park budget with adjustments due to a reduction in program and service fees. Irvine’s fiscal year begins July 1st. The Executive Director of the Great Park John Russo, recently announced he’s leaving his […]

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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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Understanding the Great Park Decision-Making Process: Conversations With Anthony Kuo and John Russo

Photo taken by David Kline For some time now, I have been following Irvine’s decision-making process with regards to city development projects and business matters. Here is how the process works for everything in Irvine, minus the Great Park developments: City staff members study and analyze agenda items and compile their results in a Staff […]

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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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Highlights from City Council Meeting (1/14/20)

Attendance: Mayor Shea Mayor Pro Tem Mike Carroll Councilmember Melissa Fox Councilmember Farrah Khan Councilmember Anthony Kuo Closed Session There was one reportable action coming out of closed session. Negotiations are continuing to move forward with Wild Rivers at the Great Park. Prices and terms are still being discussed. The City will provide further details […]

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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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Great Park Developments Picking Up Speed

Today, October 22nd at 1pm, the community will receive the first of a series of monthly Great Park development updates — something the public has requested for over a year. After a presentation from City Manager John Russo, the City Council will discuss their goals and vision for the Great Park. Then at 4pm tonight, […]

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City’s Vision For Development At The Great Park

The public should get some much needed clarity around the vision for the Great Park property at the GP Board meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. The Irvine City Council, acting as the Great Park Board, has an item on the agenda to: Discuss how the planning process is proceeding on the development of the Great […]

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Op-Ed: City Manager John Russo’s $24k Raise Request

In July 2018, the City Council, led by then Mayor Don Wagner, replaced long-standing City Manager Sean Joyce with John Russo. Joyce had served our city for 12 years while Russo had just been fired by the City of Riverside, but that didn’t stop the 2016-18 City Council from hiring Russo. Currently, Russo is in […]

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