• July 3, 2020
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Online Censorship by Irvine City Councilmembers Under Scrutiny

“A national first amendment organization sent a letter condemning recent action on Facebook by Irvine Mayor Christina Shea, when she blocked several commenters on her personal page that attempted to discuss public policy” per the Voice of OC article below. “In their letter to the mayor, the institute argued that because Shea’s personal page is […]

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City-Approved COVID-19 Testing Not Reliable

In a follow up to a letter submitted to City Attorney Jeffrey Melching, Irvine resident Robin Gurien has submitted the following statement on her Facebook page. The COVID-19 testing decision will be revisited at tomorrow’s City Council meeting.   Here is a breakdown of the concerns addressed in the above letter: No Legal Enforceable Contract […]

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IS MIKE CARROLL USING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS A CAMPAIGN OPPORTUNITY?

By: Irvine Watchdog Editorial Board In another self promotional move (read The Liberal OC’s article Big Check Mike Carroll’s Dishonest Approach To 2020), Carroll directs those in need of food, prescription drugs, or other necessities to email him directly, emphasizing the importance of doing so in ALL CAPS BOLD. Shouldn’t these items be handled by […]

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Campaign Contributions – Results from First Filing

We are less than ten months away from the city’s local election on November 3, 2020, where we will be voting for mayor and two city council seats. The seats up for election are currently held by appointed Mayor Christina Shea, appointed Councilmember Mike Carroll, and Councilmember Melissa Fox, who is running for State Assembly […]

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Why Change the Protocol Now?

This Tuesday (7/9) the City Council will consider a policy change in how a City Councilmember can place an item on the agenda. Currently, any councilmember can request an item be placed on a future agenda. In a memo addressed to City Manager, John Russo, Mayor Christina Shea and Councilmember Mike Carroll want to change […]

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The Key To Effective Cooperation: Trust But Verify

On May 14, 2019, the Irvine city council appointed Mike Carroll, Mayor Pro Tem Kuo’s former planning commissioner, to fill a vacancy on the Irvine city council. Don Wagner’s departure from the the city council to become the Orange County third district supervisor created the vacancy. If you are not already familiar with the machinations […]

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Irvine City Council Seat filled by Mike Carroll

On Tuesday, May 14, our City Council interviewed twelve candidates during a special City Council meeting which began at noon. Then the regularly scheduled City Council meeting began at 4pm and included Agenda Item 5.2 “Review of Applicants, Determination of Selection of Candidates, and Appointment for City Council Vacancy.” After several rounds of voting, Michael […]

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Filling the Vacancy: Watch Four Potential City Council Candidates

On April 9, we heard from several public speakers in a packed Chamber regarding appointment v. special election to fill the fifth city council seat. The speakers included four potential candidates for the vacancy. Here are their public comments (listed in order of appearance): Carrie O’Malley “The election of November 2018 was just a few […]

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Swearing-In of New Mayor on April 9, 2019 and Open Council Seat

On January 22, 2019, Councilmember Anthony Kuo added an agenda item to amend the City’s municipal code to ensure that a vacant mayoral seat would automatically be filled with the sitting mayor pro tem. The amendment passed 5-0. As a result, on April 3, 2019, Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea will become Irvine’s next Mayor […]

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