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Irvine 2014 General Election Voter Guide

Agran Audit

Steven Choi for Mayor of Irvine


This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

General Election, November, 2014:

Local Elections

Irvine City Council

Mayor:

Endorsed Candidate: Steven Choi

Other Candidates: Mary Ann Gaido, Katherine Daigle

Note: Choi has done a fantastic job leading the Irvine City Council majority.  The OC Register endorsed Choi again this year, writing that “Under Mr. Choi’s leadership, the council has done much to further long-awaited progress in the city. He has been a responsible steward of the city’s finances and he has begun to fulfill a longstanding promise past mayors and councils have not lived up to: building the Great Park.” Click here to see Choi’s other endorsements, which are significant. Read more…

 
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Northwood High School drama students to perform ‘The Ash Girl’ this week

Published on October 20, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

Northwood High’s drama department is getting ready to stage a fall production of “The Ash Girl” Oct. 21 through Oct. 25 in the school’s theater. All shows start at 7 p.m.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the box office during lunch or before each performance, are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. The Oct. 21 show is considered a preview performance, so those tickets are only $10 each.

Here’s a brief teaser of the plot, courtesy of the Northwood High website:

If you think this is just another reworking of the Cinderella fairy tale, think again. Our story begins in a big old house, with a girl who lives huddled deep in the protection of an ashy hearth. When the invitation to the ball arrives from the prince, Ashgirl must fight the monsters that have slithered and insinuated their way into her heart and mind.


Danyelle Dunavold
, Northwood’s theater arts director, says her cast and crew have been particularly invested in bringing this story to life.

“The process of designing and creating this show has been incredibly powerful not only because the many students involved were engaged in the process from day one, but because of the empowerment of our …read more

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Phone Outage

Published on October 20, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach IVC is currently experiencing technical difficulties with its
phone system. We hope to have this issue resolved as soon as possible.
Please utilize the
college website for information. If you are calling to report a campus
emergency, please call 949-451-5234. …read more

Read more here:: Irvine Valley College News

      

 
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The Agran City Council team has promoted development and has tax liens

By: Irvine Councilwoman Christina Shea (from her Facebook Page)

Yesterday in my mailbox I received another campaign mailer from Larry Agran, Mary Ann Gaido and Melissa Fox. I am never shocked any more by their dishonest campaign efforts. They continue to state they are for slow growth and now they have taken a pledge, not offered to other candidates, by the way, to pledge no more growth, and they want a moratorium on growth .

However, did you know this past month, at the Irvine Planning commission, where most development projects are approved, that Mrs Gaido voted for a large housing project in South Irvine, near the 133 and just this past Thursday, Mrs Gaido, voted for a high density apartment complex? Read more…

 
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Irvine man sentenced for planting drugs in a school volunteer’s car

Kent Wycliffe Easter

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2014

Case# 12ZF0153

ATTORNEY WHO PLOTTED WITH WIFE SENTENCED FOR HAVING SCHOOL VOLUNTEER ARRESTED BY PLANTING DRUGS IN HER CAR

SANTA ANA – An attorney who plotted with his wife was sentenced today for having an elementary school parent volunteer arrested and falsely imprisoned by planting drugs in her car. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 40, Irvine, was convicted by a jury Sept. 10, 2014, of one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit. This was a retrial of the case, as a former jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, finding 11 to one for guilt. Easter was sentenced to six months in jail and three years informal probation.

Co-defendant Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 41, Irvine, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2013, to one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. Read more…

 
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Tustin man arrested for lewd acts with children including a boy in Irvine

Sherwin Ngo

City of Irvine Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  PRESS RELEASE #10/18/2014

Subject: Man Arrested for Lewd Acts on a Child

Contact : Julia Engen, Commander 949-724-7112, jengen@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (October 18, 2014): On October 17, Irvine Police Detectives arrested Sherwin Ngo (1-16-80) of Tustin for lewd acts on a child.
Ngo is believed to be responsible for luring or attempting to lure at least two under aged male victims by posting personal ads on Craig’s List. Ngo initially led those responding to the ad to believe he was a female offering sexual contact.

The first victim, a 15-year-old Irvine male, was identified after his mother found explicit emails on his tablet computer. A second victim, a 16-year-old male, from Mission Viejo has also been identified. Detectives believe there may be additional victims, based on a large number of emails discovered during the execution of a search warrant of Ngo’s email accounts. Detectives will be continuing the investigation in an attempt to identify and locate any additional victims. Read more…

 
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Portola High groundbreaking celebrated as a testament to collaboration, perseverance

Published on October 17, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

Portola High groundbreaking

In less than two years, a state-of-the-art high school is expected to occupy this vast expanse of wide-open space south of Irvine Boulevard. There will be classrooms, a 720-seat theater, a gymnasium, a building to house elective courses, and the kind of student center you might find on a college campus.

But IUSD school board President Sharon Wallin sees more than the promise of new facilities. She sees memories waiting to be made.

“I see pep rallies, homecoming dances, basketball games,” said Wallin, flanked by blue and white balloons. “I see band performances, spring musicals and campus clubs. I see the first encounters between students, and lifelong friendships being made. That to me is what this project is all about.”

Portola High groundbreaking 3Joined by local dignitaries and community members, IUSD ceremoniously broke ground on Portola High School Thursday afternoon, marking the start of construction on the district’s fifth comprehensive high school after years of diligent planning, collaborative negotiations and rigorous environmental reviews.

“You know, they say that the best things in life don’t come easy,” Superintendent Terry Walker said during his introductory remarks. “So if that is true, then I have no doubt that this high school is going …read more

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Irvine Chamber of Commerce announces Fall business outreach rally

Oct
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Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Photo: The Irvine Chamber of Commerce in spring concluded its inaugural Business Outreach Rally, a city-wide outreach and survey of more than 500 local businesses facilitated by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s Business Attraction & Retention Committee.  The Business Outreach Rally Fall 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 29. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Christine Welch, 714-573-0899 x225, christine@echomediapr.com

IRVINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES FALL BUSINESS OUTREACH RALLY

Chamber Rally “Street Teams” Reach Out to Help Strengthen, Expand and Grow Businesses throughout City

IRVINE, Calif.—Oct. 16, 2014—The Irvine Chamber of Commerce today announced the Business Outreach Rally Fall 2014, a city-wide outreach and survey of local businesses facilitated by the Chamber’s Economic Vitality Council’s (EVC) Business Attraction & Retention (BAR) Committee, will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29. In line with the EVC’s mission to retain and help grow Irvine businesses, on rally day Chamber members will lead “street teams” to proactively engage with local companies, gather insights into the key issues affecting their business and respond with Chamber resources for support and collaboration. Chamber members are tapped to participate in the street teams because of their deep understanding of local connections and resources available to extend to the community. Read more…

 
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Uni High team earns grant funding to invent aerial search-and-rescue system

Published on October 16, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

Uni's Lemelson-MIT team

A team of University High students has been awarded $9,680 in grant funding to develop an aerial search-and-rescue prototype capable of locating lost hikers. Seriously. It’s all part of a unique program that encourages high schoolers to solve real-world problems with technological solutions.

Uni is one of just 15 high schools nationwide to secure funding for its Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam this year. Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, the Lemelson-MIT program aims to inspire the next generation of inventors and promote economic growth.

Uni High science teacher and STEM coach Tinh Tran describes the program as “the ultimate in STEM project-based learning instruction.”

“There are no predetermined answers,” he said. “Where the project goes depends on hard work, skill, smarts and a bit of luck. By working in this type of learning environment, the students develop and practice the skills needed in a world that values collaboration, initiative, perseverance, flexibility, empathy, curiosity and creativity.

Tran began the InvenTeam application process last spring and even attended a training at MIT in June to refine his school’s entry. Months later, a panel that included educators, researchers, MIT alumni and former Lemelson-MIT award winners judged the proposals and named Uni among this year’s …read more

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Drama Over Great Park Audit Heats Up at City Council

Published on October 16, 2014 by in News

By By ADAM ELMAHREK

The politics of rage playing out between the City Council’s Republicans and Democrats was on full display at this week’s city council meeting. …read more

Read more here:: Voice of OC

      

 
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