• March 1, 2024
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Election 2020: Where Do The Candidates Stand On The Issues? Recap of Last Night’s Candidate Forum (UPDATED)

(This post has been updated for clarity) Irvine Watchdog held its Irvine Mayor & Council Candidates Forum last night, but not without technical issues. We sincerely apologize to the viewers and candidates for the technical issues and the late start. We are grateful for everybody’s patience and understanding. Despite the technical difficulties, the Forum did […]

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2020 City Election: Potential Candidates and Money Raised

The Irvine General Municipal election is on November 3, 2020, and deadlines for candidates are fast approaching. Nomination Period Candidates seeking to run for mayor have until August 7, 2020 to return their nomination papers. Candidates seeking to run for city council have until August 12, 2020 to return their nomination papers. Here is a […]

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Irvine Repeals Anti-LGBTQ+ City Code: Video and links

As the Voice of OC’s Noah Biesiada reported this morning, Council unanimously repealed a portion of the municipal code that bans the City of Irvine from recognizing sexual orientation as a fundamental human right. The motion passed, despite questions from the City Attorney over whether they had the authority to make the move. How did […]

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Election 2020: What’s In Store For Our Current Mayor and Councilmembers

Today marks the beginning of the nomination period for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers. This post covers where our current Mayor and Councilmembers are at in their terms and, where applicable, their plans for this election. Following that is a general background on this election from the City of Irvine and a collection of […]

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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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