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Irvine City Council Hears Nearly 3 Hours of Testimony from Residents in North Irvine Voicing Their Health Concerns Over Toxic Emissions from All American Asphalt Plant

The September 14th Irvine City Council meeting included nearly three hours of public comments from frustrated residents in north Irvine who believe that emissions from the asphalt plant located about a mile from their homes has led to a public health crisis.

All year, homeowners have pleaded with the Mayor to have the City step in and help. Those requests have largely been denied. Advocating on behalf of the residents, Councilmember Agran has repeatedly requested that the Mayor schedule a special City Council meeting and public hearing on the matter. Agran’s requests have also been denied by the Mayor and her Council majority.

The issue finally made it onto the Council agenda as a City staff “presentation.” However, residents took advantage of the Public Comments portion of the meeting to voice their concerns over the plant’s proximity to homes and schools.

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Tustin Does What Irvine Refuses to Do: Transition to District Elections … a Fairer System to Elect City Councilmembers

The Tustin City Council has voted unanimously to transition to district elections for the November 2022 general election.

As cities grow, most decide to switch to district elections since it’s viewed as a more equitable voting system to ensure that every part of town has its own elected representative. In recent years, a majority of Orange County cities have transitioned to district elections.

The only member of the City Council to publicly support the City transitioning to district elections is Larry Agran.

So far, Irvine’s Mayor and Council majority have refused Agran’s request to publicly discuss district elections, even though the City has been threatened with a possible lawsuit that could cost Irvine taxpayers millions of dollars if the City does not transition to the more equitable system of district elections.

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