The new year brings a new City Council with two new faces.

The November 8th election produced a big turnover in Irvine’s 5-member City Council. Termed-out State Assemblyman Donald Wagner was elected Mayor, and Melissa Fox became the newest City Councilmember, succeeding retired Councilmember Beth Krom. Also elected to Council was long-time incumbent Christina Shea.  Wagner and Shea are both pro-growth, pro-developer Republicans.   They owe their election to a $1.5 million campaign bankrolled by FivePoint Communities and other Irvine developers.  Fox, a Democrat, withstood weeks of malicious, developer-funded attack ads to earn her Council seat. Read our Irvine Community News & Views story to learn more.

Then read our ICNV CityWatch article that focuses on the one overriding issue that confronts the City Council and the entire Irvine community: overdevelopment and the choking, crushing traffic it produces. Our “1-2-3-4” analysis explains why traffic in Irvine is truly getting worse by the day. It’s not your imagination!

Also new in 2017 is our ICNV website — www.IrvineCommunityNews.org. We’ve remodeled the website to bring you the same great content — and even more — but in a more user-friendly format.  Tell us if you like it!

Frank Lunding

Frank Lunding

Franklin J. Lunding is the founding Publisher and Editor of Irvine Community News & Views. A lawyer and businessman, Mr. Lunding has served on the Irvine Planning Commission and, prior to that, as Chair of the Irvine Transportation Commission.
Frank Lunding