• February 2, 2023
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No investigation

Irvine City Council Votes Not to Investigate Corruption at City Hall

On a three-two vote, the Irvine City Council last night rejected a motion by Councilmember Kathleen Treseder to investigate the activities of Melahat Rafiei, Mayor Farrah Khan’s former campaign consultant, who last week entered into a plea agreement with the United States Attorney, in which she admitted to a 2018 scheme to bribe two former […]

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City of Irvine City Council Candidates 2022

Two years after the highly contested 2020 presidential elections, the 2022 elections are fast approaching. With the blur of national politics, you may not have had the opportunity to look closely at the Irvine city council candidates. With issues such as climate change, Great Park development, and conflicts of interest on the table, Irvine Watchdog […]

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Broken promis

Opinion: Tammy Kim Kills Opportunity to Expand City Council Despite Campaign Promise

Irvine City Councilmember Tammy Kim once campaigned on expanding the size of City Council. Kim’s campaign platform highlighted efforts to support Veterans in Irvine, stop All American Asphalt pollution, and passionate pleas to expand the size of Council. She has failed at delivering on all three issues. [For more background, read, Opinion: District Elections and […]

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District elections

Opinion: District Elections and Council Expansion Back on the Agenda. Will The Council Let the Voters Decide?

A motion to expand the size of the City Council and adopt District Elections will be voted on at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. If the motion passes, Irvine voters will see these issues on the November ballot. While a majority of the Councilmembers stated support for expanding the size of the City Council in 2020, […]

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Election 2022

An Early Look at the 2022 Irvine Elections

General Municipal Elections in the City of Irvine will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the election of the Mayor and two members of the City Council. These positions are currently elected by Irvine citizens at large and are nonpartisan. The Mayor serves a term of two years, while City Councilmembers each serve a term […]

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Rule of 2

After Over A Year of Public Outcry and Over 15 Items Denied on the City Council Agenda, “Rule of 2” Is Rescinded. District Elections and All American Asphalt Agendized.

“Rule of 2” Revoked The controversial “Rule of 2” agenda-setting policy has been the bane of numerous Irvine residents for the past year and a half. This “Rule of 2” policy was used to deny over 15 requests to agendize everything from recognizing October as Children’s Environmental Health Month to a comprehensive discussion on the […]

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Notable City Council and Great Park Board Agenda Items for June 28, 2022

City Council Special Meeting – 2:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Status Update re: Orange County Power Authority Great Park Board Regular Meeting – 3:00 PM Agenda Item 1.2 – Project Development Progress Report City Council Regular Meeting – 4:00 PM Agenda Item 1.1 – Irvine 2045 – General Plan Update The Phase 2 scope of work […]

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Audit

Irvine Will Move Forward With Audit of OC Power Authority But Questions Remain [Opinion]

The Irvine City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, voting 4-0 to conduct an independent audit of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). Councilmember Mike Carroll, Chairman of the OCPA, was absent. It is not yet known who will be conducting the audit. The City Manager and City Council must make […]

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Over a Year of Requests Later OCPA is Finally Agendized. Special Meeting June 14th [Opinion]

Finally, after over a year of requests from members of the public and Councilmember Larry Agran, the Irvine City Council will hold a Special Meeting on June 14 at 3:00PM regarding the highly controversial Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). All Irvine residents will be automatically switched over from Southern California Edison (SCE) to the OCPA […]

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Bee

Beekeeping and the City of Irvine Ordinance

It all started about 16 years ago when I began to ask why my garden vegetables and fruit trees were failing to produce anything eatable.  After trying fertilizers, soil amendments and talking to my plants, I noticed, or didn’t notice, any bees.  While standing on the corner asking a neighbor if they noticed any bees, […]

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