On June 12th, the Irvine City Council held its first meeting since voters overwhelmingly rejected mega-developer FivePoint’s ballot measure (Measure B). Dozens of residents spoke at the meeting, urging the Council to listen to the voters.
Last October and November, during an amazing 28-day period, more than 19,000 Irvine residents signed a special petition circulated by hundreds of volunteers. The petition campaign, launched by the citizens’ committee to Save the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park, invoked the rarely used power of referendum enshrined in our local democracy.
In the aftermath of the mass-shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we at ICNV asked how our community newspaper could provide a constructive platform for addressing the scourge of gun violence in American schools.
Our Irvine community appears to be responding quietly but constructively to the grim reality of American life in 2018: Incidents of gun violence — including mass-casualty shootings in our schools — are now an ever-present threat.
A universal single-payer healthcare insurance program is a system where everyone receives their healthcare free of charge or at low cost. It’s called “single-payer” because a single entity — usually a government — pays all the medical bills from dedicated tax revenues.