Former Irvine Mayor Larry Agran announced his candidacy for a seat on the City Council.
For more than three decades, Agran strategically guided the City. A strong proponent of the Irvine Master Plan, Agran established common-sense growth control policies. And on critical issues that impacted Irvine residents, Agran used his skills as a public interest attorney to draft ballot measures so that Irvine’s voters — not developers — had the final say.
Below are a few of Agran’s many accomplishments during his time on the Council:
- Won voter approval of an Open Space Preservation Plan — setting aside more than 10,000 acres of wilderness in a natural open space preserve, surrounding the City, that will remain forever free of development.
- Enacted Orange County’s first Human Rights Ordinance — barring discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
- Drafted the nation’s first comprehensive municipal ordinance to eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting chemicals, which resulted in Irvine receiving a United Nations award for its contributions to global environmental protection.
- Won Countywide voter approval for a ballot measure that defeated plans to build an international airport at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and replaced it, instead, with a 1,300-acre Great Park that would be built in phases over a 40-year period.
- Won unanimous Council support (2014) of a plan for a State-built and State-operated Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the Great Park.
When asked why he wants to return to the Council, Agran stated: “My last year on the Council, I won unanimous support for my resolution to build a Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the Great Park to honor our City’s military history. But, in the past five years, developers have bought their way onto the Council which has resulted in out-of-control development, traffic nightmares, and a complete lack of support by the Council for the Veterans Cemetery project.”
Agran continued, “In addition, Mayor Shea and her Council majority have done irreparable harm to our residents and our businesses with their utter incompetence when it comes to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our City needs experienced leaders who have the skills and the commitment to do what’s best for our citizens. I’ll be ready on Day One to fix what’s broken at City Hall and help lead Irvine forward.”
To learn more about Agran’s campaign, visit his campaign website by clicking here.