June 1, 2003
I welcome The Times' call for "visionary leadership" from business executives and elected officials, especially on matters of transportation. In Irvine, I think we're already demonstrating that kind of leadership. Four members of our City Council have enthusiastically endorsed Measure A, the pro-CenterLine initiative on Irvine's June 3 special election ballot Tuesday. If approved by the voters, Measure A will give the go-ahead to the first segment of the Orange County Transportation Authority's CenterLine light-rail system.
May 25, 2003
That the recent "CenterLine Yes" flier presents a one-sided view is no surprise, but the omissions on the "yes" side are flagrant, and the references to Measure B are inflammatory and grossly misleading -- not exactly what I deserve from my City Council members. On the "yes" side, half of the 170,000 commuters who reportedly drive on Irvine streets are within "easy walking distance of CenterLine" because they drove here, not because they live near it. Except for the few who live near UC Irvine, there is no CenterLine "benefit" to Irvine residents.
October 13, 2002
Re "Now Irvine Mayor Is a Major Player," Oct. 7: Instead of discussing the enormous contributions that have been made under Larry Agran's leadership during his 16 years on the Irvine City Council, the article relies on name-calling and half-truths. It seems to me that The Times, by constantly repeating offensive names and terms used by Agran's enemies, is responsible for these continuing attacks. The Times article pillories a highly educated, articulate, devoted family man. Agran is resented by the opposition for the very qualities that have earned him the support of Irvine residents.
July 14, 2002
I have lived in Irvine for more than 20 years. I have raised my family here; I have made my living here; my wife and I are growing old together here. I strongly believe that what makes Irvine special is the working relationship between the city of Irvine and the Irvine Co.--sometimes antagonistic, sometimes cooperative, but always creative--that has resulted in the planning and development of America's finest master-planned community. Sure, some people complain about the "sameness" and the fact that there's no central downtown, but most residents are happy, secure and tickled pink with their property values.
December 23, 2001
Being over 30 isn't old, but even then age can begin to show. A certain shabbiness can start to set in. That's why in January, after another new year tolls in, Irvine is scheduled to consider ways to stop the aging process seen at some of the community's earliest structures and neighborhoods to prevent them from becoming run-down. Some of those neighborhoods, like upscale Turtle Rock, even preceded the city's incorporation on Dec. 28, 1971.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2001 |
The former president of a high school athletic booster club was arrested Tuesday in connection with the embezzlement of more than $69,000 from that and another Irvine organization for which she had served as a volunteer banker and bookkeeper. Melissa Ann Kucera, 48, of Irvine was being held at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of embezzlement and grand theft, authorities said. Bail was set at $25,000. "Basically the case is complete," said Sgt.