• March 1, 2024
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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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Councilmember Mike Carroll Nets Over $180,000 in Taxpayer Funded COVID Loans for His Law Office [Opinion]

According to publicly available records, Irvine City Councilmember, Mike Carroll and his wife, Bernice “Betty” Carroll received $184,510 in taxpayer funded dischargeable loans, over the course of two years from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to FederalPay.org, the loans went toward payroll expenses in an effort to “retain” two positions at Carroll & Carroll […]

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OC Power Authority Board to Review Commercial Power Rollout, Finances

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. Highlighting the agenda is a staff report on the rollout of OCPA-provided power to commercial customers and an end-of-quarter financial report. The latter, listed as Item 9.3 on the consent calendar, reports […]

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A Seat at the Table: City Council Members Favor Campaign Contributors in Appointments to Commissions and Committees

“I am proud that our anti-nepotism ordinance expansion passed during tonight’s city council meeting. This is about closing loopholes in our existing anti-nepotism policy. The purpose of our commissions is to have a broad variety of voices and I want to ensure that those who are not related to us also have a seat at […]

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Voice of OC – Irvine City Council Looks to Gut Transparency Rules, Shorten Public Comment Amid Pushback

Voice of OC — “Irvine City Council members on Tuesday are set to discuss removing many of the public transparency measures their predecessors installed, clearing the way to limit residents’ chances to speak at the meeting and hamstring other council members’ comments.” “For years, the city has had one of the strongest open meeting policies […]

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Something Old, Something New, and Something Different for the 2022 Great Park Board Elections

Mayor Khan and Councilmember Carroll: 2022 Great Park Chair and Vice Chair, respectively The Great Park Board consists of five directors. These directors are also the five Irvine City Councilmembers. However, this was not always the case. At one time the Great Park Board consisted of nine directors: four independent members as well as the […]

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Opinion: Idea Theft Highlights Discord on City Council

The agenda for the February 8, 2022, City Council meeting has an item that was presented by Councilmember Larry Agran back in April of 2021. However, this item needed the support of a second Councilmember in order to be placed on the agenda. No one seconded Councilmember Agran’s item. Two previous items that Councilmember Agran […]

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[NEW SERIES] Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed? The Story of Misappropriated Tax Dollars by Councilmember Mike Carroll

The Irvine Watchdog will be starting a new series titled, Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed, presenting real life situations that our city has or is facing pertaining to our current City Councilmembers, and then asking our readers to be the judge. The series begins with the story uncovered by the Voice of OC in September […]

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OCPA to Vote on Generous Executive Benefits and Set Electricity Rates January 11th

On Tuesday, January 11th, the OC Power Authority (OCPA) board of directors is expected to consider a personnel policy with generous benefits for CEO Brian Probolsky and other executives that will be paid for by Irvine taxpayers and borrowed credit for the first few years of the program. The benefits exceed those of other Community […]

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OC Power Authority’s Chief Operating Officer Abruptly Resigns

Yesterday, both the Voice of OC and the OC Register reported, “longtime green-energy advocate Antonia Castro-Graham abruptly resigned as chief operating officer for the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) on Friday, Dec. 3, amid reports of a tense standoff with the utility’s CEO and concerns of ongoing conflicts between the two.” The Voice of OC […]

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