Irvine Watchdog Co-chair, Richard Green looks under the hood of the recently created OC Power Authority; transparency and accountability are in very short supply, residents and ratepayers in: Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Fullerton. Watchdog is keeping an eye on the Racquet Club of Irvine property as plans for rezoning and an amendment to Irvine’s General Plan are being considered. In the super heating real estate market of Irvine, we all can keep an eye on a flurry of rezoning to bid up the value of properties around the city. Listeners interested in appearing in the new segment, “Inside the 45th” are invited to contact the host: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange County ‘s voter sample ballots are moving out this week. On today’s show, we’re hanging out down ballot again with Irvine City Council candidates: Farrah Khan, running for mayor; and Larry Agran, Lauren Johnson-Norris, and Tammy Kim running for City Council. For the full hour they appear all at the same time. Confirm your voter registration; study all ballot items for full voter participation; vote early.
Music credits: Greg Foat, “Symphonie Pacifique”; Jose Rizo “Descargo Ramon Banda”, Mongorama album.
José Trinidad Castañeda, Climate Action Campaign organizer who’s taken over for Robin Ganahl in Orange County, offers a thorough review of how local municipal leadership is stepping up in ways that are already being institutionalized in surrounding counties. Resources for constituents include: https://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/community-choice-energy and https://occleanpower.org.
Three women weigh in just as we leap into a new and consequential year: Christina Shea, Mayor of Irvine (minute 1:01) ; Lisa Bartlett, Orange CountyBoard of Supervisor for the 5th District (minute 23:41); and Zoe Nicholson, scholar of Alice Paul the architect of the 19th Amendment and the ERA amendment (minute 39:19). The complete interview of Zoe Nicholson is available in a separate podcast of this same date. Happy New Year One and All!