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Category: Irvine

December 10th: Great Park Pajama Drive-In Movie Night

The City of Irvine is hosting a pajama party drive-in movie event on Saturday, December 10th at 5:30pm.

The family-friendly holiday movie, Home Alone, will be screened.

Families are welcome to bring their own snacks, or purchase tasty treats from the gourmet food trucks that will be parked onsite.

Irvine families will be admitted for free with a non-perishable food donation for the Orange County Food Bank.

Space is limited so registration is required!

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Serious Management & Transparency Problems Persist at the Embattled OC Power Authority

On November 7th, a vote to remove Brian Probolsky as CEO of the troubled Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) failed in a closed session of the agency’s board, according to sources at the OCPA and Irvine City Hall.

The board  — which is chaired by Irvine City Councilman Mike Carroll — took its vote the day before a new slate of Council candidates in Huntington Beach, who campaigned on the promise to pull out of OCPA, won election. Sources also say that the Orange County Board of Supervisors will soon discuss pulling the County out of OCPA as well. That would leave just Irvine, Fullerton and Buena Park as member cities. If Huntington Beach and the County exit, it is unclear whether enough ratepayers would be left to keep OCPA afloat.

If OCPA collapses, Irvine taxpayers and electricity ratepayers could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in loans, loan guarantees, and other liabilities that OCPA has incurred. In fact, ratepayers in all of the OCPA member cities could be responsible for the more than half-a-billion dollars in energy purchase agreements that OCPA has signed.

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Get Paid to Recycle from Home

There’s a residential service available to Irvine residents that comes to your home to pick up and pay you for your CA CRV aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles.

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Mayor Khan and Her Council Majority Silence Residents, City Commissioners, and Irvine’s History of Detailed Planning

In matters of public policy, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan and her City Council majority — Anthony Kuo, Tammy Kim and Mike Carroll — have a pattern of ignoring or shutting out public input, staff recommendations, and established procedures.

During the September 27th Council meeting, that pattern was on full display, when they approved two major contracts — one for the development of a 14,000-seat amphitheater and one for a large water polo and aquatics center — worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

This is just the latest in a pattern of Khan and her Council majority ignoring Irvine’s long history of detailed planning and public input.

The OC Power Authority (OCPA) was established by Mayor Khan and Councilmembers Carroll and Kuo in 2019 with little review — even though they were committing millions of Irvine taxpayer dollars. OCPA is now the subject of three audits (City of Irvine, County of Orange, California State Auditor) and there is an ongoing FBI investigation.

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Mayor Khan Appears to Have Leaked Text Messages to Damage Irvine Congresswoman Katie Porter

Just as ballots were arriving in Irvine mailboxes, damaging text messages involving Irvine’s Congressional representative, Katie Porter, were leaked to Fox News.

According to an article published this week in Voice of OC, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan is apparently the person who leaked the text messages to the national media.

The leaked text exchange took place last year between Khan and Porter. Their exchange was about the policing of a campaign event Porter held in Irvine that was disrupted by aggressive protesters.

Mayor Khan originally blamed the leak on City officials, saying that they had released a series of text messages between Khan and Porter after a public records request had been made. However, Irvine’s City Clerk disputed Khan’s claim, stating that the City had not yet responded to the public records request when the texts were leaked to the national media.

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Before You Vote, Learn Where the Candidates Stand on the Issues

Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day!

Here at Irvine Community News & Views (ICNV), we encourage Irvine voters: “Don’t stop at the top!” Too many voters only vote for candidates at the top of the ballot. But, our quality of life here in Irvine is determined largely by the candidates toward the bottom of the ballot. What impacts our daily lives is the quality and character of the Mayor and Councilmembers we elect … and the governing leadership they provide.

So, where do the candidates for City office stand on the leading issues? What promises have they made … and kept … or broken? Are they leaders we can trust to listen to the City’s residents and implement the will of the voters?

Based on their voting records, responses to the ICNV candidate questionnaire, and interviews I have conducted, our ICNV staff has prepared an Irvine Issues 2022 Chart for the leading candidates running for Mayor and City Council.

Before you vote, we encourage voters to take a look at where the candidates stand on the issues.

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