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Irvine City Councilmember Larry Agran Raises Concerns Regarding Irvine’s Financial Risk at the OCPA

During the October 12th Irvine City Council meeting, Councilmember Larry Agran expressed strong concerns regarding the City's funding of the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).

At his first opportunity to speak, Agran noted that weeks ago he had submitted a request for the City Council to agendize a presentation and discussion of the OCPA for the October 12th Council meeting. However, Mayor Khan's heavily-criticized "Rule of Two" prevented Agran's request from making it onto the Council meeting agenda.

Instead, Agran was forced to use his time during the "Council Announcements" portion of the City Council meeting to raise his concerns — including the fact that since taking office last December, the Council "has yet to receive even one public briefing, with appropriate disclosures and accountability for all OCPA financial dealings."

Previews & Reviews

Meet Antoinette LaFarge: Co-Founder of UCI’s Electronic Art & Design Program

A long, l-o-n-g time ago — prior to masks and physical distancing — back in 2019, I attended an original play called Reading Frankenstein. It was staged in UCI’s Experimental Media and Performance Lab (xMPL).

UCI Arts Professor Antoinette LaFarge had worked with others on the adaptation of Mary Shelly's classic Frankenstein.

Recently, we were able to chat face-to-face over coffee.

  • Health & Safety

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Throughout the pandemic, it has been very difficult for parents to separate fact from fiction from opinion.

To help, Orange County pediatricians, UC Irvine, and the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are working together to provide accurate information that parents can trust.

I’m proud to be a member of a working group that has been established within the health care and education community to help families make data-driven decisions for their children.

Publisher's Perspective

Disrespecting Voters. Disrespecting Democracy.

Later this year, Irvine will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Historically, voters and City leaders in Irvine have shared a mutual respect for one another. Voters have trusted that the people they send to City Hall to represent them will do just that ... represent the will of the people. And, previous City leaders have respected the voters enough to implement the will of the people.

However, respect for voters and respect for our local democracy seems to be disappearing in Irvine. For example, the Mayor's undemocratic "Rule of Two" — requiring two Councilmembers to put matters on the Council agenda — has resulted in the Council refusing to even talk to the voters about critical issues that directly impact thousands of Irvine residents.

  • Student Spotlight

Irvine Students are Back in School

Last year, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) students had the option to choose their academic model for the year. The hybrid model allowed two days of in-person learning and two days of online learning on the video-chatting app, Zoom. The Irvine Virtual Academy (IVA) model was strictly online learning. Some students at the elementary school level had the option to return to a traditional in-person model.

For the 2021-2022 school year, IUSD is inching towards a return to ‘normalcy’ with its academic model selections. The IVA model is still available this year for families who choose to opt-out of the traditional in-person learning. With the new state mandates, IUSD still requires students and staff to wear masks at all times indoors, but masks are currently not required outdoors.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

301,188
Cases in OC

 

210

Now Hospitalized

 

5,518

Deaths in OC

 

13,929

Cases in Irvine

 

107

Deaths in Irvine

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