Tomorrow night will be our next regularly scheduled Council meeting. You can find the complete agenda here.
As you may recall, we’ve been in closed session negotiations with the Irvine City Employees Association (ICEA) for months now. The results of those negotiations are now public. As I’ve said often, I’m not on the City Council to pick fights but I am here to get something done.
I question Irvine’s path: In a time when the public demands we require our public employees to live more like employees of the private sector — contributing to their own benefits and retiring at a later age — why has the City of Irvine chosen, essentially, to do nothing?
I hope many of you will consider attending the City Council meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 at City Hall 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine to raise your voice.
It is the job of your city council to protect taxpayer dollars and serve as strong stewards of the public money; I have pledged since the beginning of my term more fiscal responsibility and transparency in Irvine City government with an ongoing focus toward safety and schools. Ultimately, the City of Irvine has given the Irvine City Employees Association a 1.8% base salary raise in order to “help” them contribute to their retirement and will protect them from layoffs for the next two years. For future employees, the retirement benefit will be slightly less than today’s employees, and be 2% based on the three-year highest average salary, but the retirement age will be 55.
Are you retiring at 55? Will you be collecting a pension almost totally paid for by your company? I am surprised by my colleagues’ decision not to require more of our City employees. At a time when Irvine families and families everywhere are struggling financially, we should do better by our Irvine taxpayers.
Let me know your thoughts. Email me at JLalloway@CityofIrvine.org.
There’s a lot going on in Irvine this weekend. I hope you’ll take time with your family to enjoy some of these fun activities in this great city!
Moonlit Marshmallows: Join other Irvine families tonight at Turtle Rock Nature Center around the Courtyard Fire Ring for marshmallows from 6 – 7 p.m. and a second session from 7 – 8 p.m. Nothing says summer like a campout around a fire. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly! The Nature Center is located at 1 Sunnyhill Dr in Irvine, 92612. Cost is $3. Open to all ages. Register here.
Bommer Canyon Family Campout: Gather your family, a tent and some sleeping bags and come on down to Irvine’s outback in the mystic Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp. This exciting camping experience includes a BBQ dinner, a light breakfast, hikes, games, crafts, campfire fun and more! An adult must accompany children under 18. 4 p.m. – 10 a.m. July 16-17. More info: 949-724-6738.
Farmer’s Market at the Great Park: Sundays from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Open Rain or Shine. Free Parking and Admission. Shop for a variety of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, breads, flowers and plants, and other items from local artisans. Breakfast and lunch are also available for purchase. Get more information here.
I had the honor of introducing State Assemblyman Don Wagner at a community coffee on Saturday. It is always a privilege to participate in events like these with honest, open dialog with local residents.
My family and I also enjoyed an afternoon of fun at the Orange County Great Park on Saturday. I recommend the orange sorbet!
Tonight is our next regularly scheduled City Council meeting. (See the full agenda here.) One item in particular I’d like to draw your attention to is Item 2.7 – Establishment of a Local Vendor Preference for the Procurement of Supplies and Equipment.
Since these business friendly items first came to Council last Spring, I’ve been a huge proponent of these initiatives to make the City of Irvine even friendlier to business. This ordinance will give preference during the competitive bidding process to local vendors who have a physical location in the City of Irvine.
Local businesses will be given a 5% price advantage in the evaluation of the total bid price, or $2000, whichever is lower, for the purpose of determining the lowest bid. This is good news!
We want to encourage and stimulate our local economy to grow, and I am excited about this effort to reward local businesses for competing for City projects. Look for more business friendly initiatives to come in the near future!
Chair Beth Krom, of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors Corporation, yesterday offered her “State of the Park” speech on the sixth official anniversary with a rosy view of the Great Park and its development. I responded with my own State of the Park:
Be certain, I want to see the Great Park built. A diverse, metropolitan facility like what is envisioned would be a true treasure for our city and the entire County. It’s an exciting prospect.
But if we’re ever going to see that dream become a reality, we have to sharpen our focus, tighten our budget and start getting it done. This is a project 10 years in the making with $200 million spent.
Yet there’s very little out there and still a whole lot of planning and studying going on. Our first priority should be actual construction of the Great Park.
When I campaigned for Irvine City Council, I promised Irvine residents I would raise my voice to end backroom agreements and sweetheart deals. Every bid should be competitive; every dollar spent wisely and well.
I am sorry to say that is not yet the case at the Orange County Great Park. I want to see this park finally built but with taxpayers’ best interests in mind. We’ve got a long way to go.
It’s time again for the Irvine Police Association’s 27th Annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival at Irvine Stadium (adjacent to Irvine High School).
Gates open at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 4 where attendees can enjoy live music by the Derek Bordeaux Group, Kid’s activities – including field games, prizes and bounce houses, a presentation of the colors by the Irvine Police Department Color Guard, and a pyro musical sky concert and fireworks extravaganza by Pyro Spectaculars. Food will be available for purchase
Adults are $12, Seniors $8, Children $8 (under 2 FREE). Family tickets for two adults and up to four children are $40; must be purchased in advance. For ticket information, call 949-724-0488.
My family and I will be there enjoying the fun and festivities! Come by and say “hi.” Look forward to seeing you there.
First, I’d like to thank Erin Runnion and her organization The Joyful Child Foundation-In Memory of Samantha Runnion for hosting the Irvine Child Safety Fair this past Saturday. It was a tremendous event to make our residents more aware of what we need to do to keep our children and families safe.
I was delighted to share in the event with Erin Runnion, IUSD Board Member Carolyn McInerney, former OC Superivsor and author of Megan’s Law on the Internet Todd Spitzer, and Assemblyman Don Wagner.
There are a number of important items on the City Council agenda tonight: While I’m not free to discuss closed session items, I can tell you that we continue our negotiations with the public labor unions in Irvine tonight. We will also again be looking at renewing the contract of the CEO of the Orange County Great Park, Mike Ellzey; I continue to watch efforts there very closely, as I am concerned about too much money being spent and not enough being done.
In a bit of good news tonight, though, we’ll be considering one of the business friendly initiatives the Irvine Chamber of Commerce helped to develop in partnership with the City to establish a local vendor preference for the procurement of supplies and equipment by the City. I am excited about efforts we can support in Irvine to be a better friend to Irvine businesses.
Please join me at tonight’s City Council meeting. Raising your voice helps create change: City Council Meeting, Tuesday at 4 p.m., 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.
On Saturday, June 25, The Joyful Child Foundation hosts an Irvine Child Safety Fair with Irvine Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway, Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Board Member Carolyn McInerney and former Orange County Supervisor and author of Megan’s Law on the Internet Todd Spitzer. The Fair runs from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Canyon View Elementary School at 12025 Yale Court in Irvine. It’s a fun and informative, FREE event for the whole family.
Also participating in the Irvine Child Safety Fair are Boys Town, The National Children’s Study at UC Irvine, The RAISE Foundation, Behavioral Consultants Network, Spectrum Infant and Toddlers Montessori, Farmers Insurance. Team Kids and the Irvine Police Department (IPD). Farmers Insurance provides Family Safety and Identification kits to all attendees. IPD has its D.A.R.E. vehicle on-hand, provides “Passport to Safety” kits and sneak peeks of a real IPD squad car. A face painter is also on hand.
The Child Safety Fair includes a program at 10 a.m. with welcoming remarks from officials, and a child safety demonstration. From 9 a.m. – 12 noon booths with information on other child safety organizations, face painting, emergency vehicles and more are available to attendees. PLEASE JOIN US!
Also this weekend, I have the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Irvine Police Department - Orange County Fire Authority Softball Game and BBQ – benefiting Team Kids — on Sunday, June 26 at 1:45 at Irvine’s Col. Bill Barber Field. Come cheer on our Police and Firefighters, bring food for Families Forward, and enjoy a BBQ (prepared by pubic safety partners) to support Team Kids!
A series of interesting reports were produced by the Orange County Grand Jury recently, as they looked at local governments’ — special districts and cities — pay, benefits and what could work better. This issue is important to me, and it is one area where I’ve chosen to lead by example. When I was first elected Councilman, I declined to accept the auto allowance, pension and health insurance available to all of Irvine’s part-time Councilmembers.
Irvine is fortunate to have great staff here keeping our city safe and our infrastructure well maintained. I am pleased that fact is recognized by OC Register staff and at the Irvine World News. (See full stories by clicking on the links here: Public Apathy Recipe for Disaster, In OC City Pay Can Be Steep, but It’s not Abusive, Grand Jury Looks at City Leaders Compensation)
But one solution the Grand Jury proposes, is one in which I believe so strongly — and that’s that public apathy can lead to disaster. The reason I first started this blog, my monthly newsletters, my calls to constituents, my regional issue letters is to get Irvine residents and businesses more engaged in what’s happening in Irvine City Hall.
It matters. If we don’t have the funds to pay our bills, the quality of life we’ve all come to cherish and expect in Irvine will change drastically. Thank you for reading my blogs and answering my letters and taking my calls; I need to hear from you in order to represent you better.
To all those important, involved and supportive Dads out there, I hope you take today to spend treasured time with your family and loved ones.
Our families make Irvine the strong community that it is. Thank you to the Fathers who make families and community a priority!
My Father’s Day will be spent with my lovely wife, Laura, and two adorable daughters, Regan and Sydney.
Happy Father’s Day!
I hope many of you got out and enjoyed the beautiful weather and supported a couple of great causes this weekend! The Irvine Animal Care Shelter’s 5th Annual Super Pet Adoption on Saturday, June 11 from 10 -4 was a HUGE success. If you missed your opportunity, please visit 6443 Oak Canyon Road in Irvine – or click here – and consider adding a new member to your family.
The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee also held a fantastic car wash fundraiser this past weekend. It’s a great organization and one I hope you’ll consider supporting in the future: The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee accepts donations to help underwrite the cost of supporting Marines and their families. See www.irvine211marines.org for more information.
I have a couple of events of my own coming up that I hope you’ll mark on your calendars. This Thursday morning, June 16 at 7:30 a.m. I have the honor of being the speaker for the Morning Buzz at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. Taking place at Oak Creek Country Club, you can find more information here. Join me!
And on Saturday, June 25, I’m proud to participate with The Joyful Child Foundation — Erin Runnion’s amazing child safety education organization — and IUSD Board Member Carolyn McInerney and former OC Supervisor and Megan’s Law Author Todd Spitzer in and Irvine Child Safety Fair at Canyon View Elementary from 9-12 noon. Irvine is America’s Safest City, but we need to always be vigilant — with new safety laws and consistent community education. Please join me for this fun and educational day.
Finally, our next regularly schedule Irvine City Council meeting is tomorrow night, June 14, at 5 p.m. The creation if Irvine Child Safety Zones — being considered at my direction — will be back before the City Council. I continue to maintain if we prohibit convicted sex offenders from living near schools, why would we allow them to loiter in our parks and playgrounds where children often gather unsupervised? Please come to City Hall tomorrow night and make your voice heard.
Thank you to all of those who joined me in honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect each of us and this nation. It was a moving ceremony in Irvine on Monday, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to spend the day honoring our nation’s heroes with my family.
This Saturday morning at 9, I will be at Irvine Vally College for the Relay for Life. (For more information, click here.) Teams have raised over $50,000 so far. Please join me! Later that day, I’ll be joining efforts to increase Voter Registration in the City of Irvine. Please make sure you and your loved ones, friends and neighbors, register to vote and exercise that privilege. If you want to help me get more people registered in Irvine, shoot me an email. I’ll be happy to tell you how you can help!
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance; a time for Americans to honor those who have given their lives while defending our nation. On Monday, May 30, the City of Irvine will pay tribute to fallen military service members during a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.
Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.
For more information, call 949-724-6606 or click here to download a pre-made remembrance card for the event. Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. Guests are encouraged to park in the lot at Harvard Avenue and San Juan Street.
I really do want to see the Great Park built. I’m excited for what it could mean for the City of Irvine and our County. But I cannot vote to knowingly waste taxpayer dollars on my watch.
When I campaigned for Irvine City Council, I talked a lot about the need for transparency, accountability and fiscal responsbility. I agreed to do what I could to keep Irvine’s schools number one, and our city Amercia’s Safest. But there was one more item I talked a lot about during my campaign — the Great Park. I promised to help find a way to get the Great Park built.
With over $120 million spent, supporting two no bid contracts for work at the Great Park is just not the right way to go. I am sorry that only Councilman Choi and I voted NOT to approve a no-bid contract at over $300,000 a year for a San Francisco firm to help plan the Great Park and a no-bid contract to re-hire a retired Irvine employee for a double-dip salary of over $300,000. (See the OC Register article here.)
I continue to hope my colleagues will work with me on some of these good government, protect taxpayer dollars type of issues. I want to be able to tell each of you that I’ve got your back, and I’m looking out for your hard-earned tax dollars.
Last night, at the Irvine City Council meeting, I made a motion asking for City Staff to bring back to the City Council a presentation on various City contracts with outside vendors. How are we saving money? Can we save more? I am pleased to share that the Irvine City Council voted unanimously to support me in finding those answers for you.
Great day at the Irvine Junior Games this weekend, where 1500 student-athletes competed in track and field events while raising money for the Irvine Children’s Fund. (See the OC Register article here.)
That fund supports the Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP), and I am proud to be a member of the ICCP Board. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable school-age child care through community-based, non-profit organizations located on elementary school sites for children of families who live and/ or work in Irvine.
It’s a unique partnership in which the City of Irvine and the School District collaborate to accommodate more affordable and quality child care in the city.
ICCP leases facilities on all 22 IUSD elementary school campuses to non-profit agencies operating licensed before and after-school child care (grades K-6), and serves 1,950 children. It’s just one more example of Irvine’s dedication to being the best city for families, anywhere!
It was reported in today’s Orange County Register (see story here) that a registered sex offender was picked up for indecent exposure at a Rancho Santa Margarita Library. According to witnesses, he’s been seen loitering at the library before. My proposed ordinance in the City of Irvine would allow law enforcement to remove a registered sex offender from a City facility BEFORE an incident of indecent exposure or worse can happen. I stand committed to this ordinance for the City of Irvine. To see some of the recent coverage on this issue, see any of the links below:
Voice of OC
Thank you to all of you who took the time to write to me or call me, raising your voices in support of this measure to create Irvine Child Safety Zones and ban registered sex offenders from our parks and playgrounds.
As I said Tuesday night in the City Council Meeting, with creation of the Great Park — a multi-acre, metropolitan park — why wouldn’t we consider this measure in the City of Irvine? As we continue to attract young families to our city to attend our award-winning schools, why wouldn’t we consider a measure to keep child predators away from Irvine’s parks and playgrounds?
OC Sheriff Hutchens at Irvine City Council
I would like to thank Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens for joining us Tuesday night, and for answering questions reaffirming that this is a needed tool at County parks. I would also like to thank District Attorney Tony Rackauckas not only for attending and speaking Tuesday night, but also for proposing this ordinance to to give law enforcement the tools they need to keep registered sex offenders away from places where children gather.
After much discussion, including comments from former Assemblyman and former Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and a moving letter from Erin Runnion, who lost her young daughter, Samantha, to the heinous act of a child predator, the Irvine Council voted 5-0 to direct City Staff to work with Irvine Police Chief Maggard to gather all necessary information on such a possible ordinance in Irvine and to provide a draft ordinance creating Irvine Child Safety Zones.
Click on the video below to view KNBC’s Vikki Vargas on Lalloway’s Proposed Sex Offender Ban.
KNBC's Vikki Vargas on Lalloway's Sex Offender Ban