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Public Accountability and Transparency

Actions have been taken by our City Council recently that are troubling, from being on their cell phones during Council meetings to simply getting up and walking away as residents speak during public comments.  In addition, we have the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) which receives millions of dollars from the city to help create affordable housing, break ties with the city to avoid public transparency (meetings are no longer public) yet still receive city funding. That funding is voted on by two members of the City Council who sit on the ICLT board. This doesn’t seem right.

I believe in true transparency which involves two-way communication and mutual respect. The City Council exists to serve the citizens, not special interests. The Mayor and City Councilmembers should not advocate for measures that abridge civic participation. Yet that is what is happening. I'm glad the city has extended the publishing time for the city council agendas prior to the meetings allowing people time to review the agenda and make arrangements to come and speak on issues that matter to them.  I propose including a system that allows our residents to email in their concerns or statements to be shared at the council meetings.  We cannot expect residents who work, who are elderly, raising young families or who attend school in the evenings to attend Council meetings, often waiting hours for the issue they want to speak on to come up.

The idea behind true transparency is to provide those that I serve the opportunity to engage and believe they are a part of the decision making process. I will always provide opportunities for residents to communicate their thoughts and ideas and when I make a decision, I will always explain my thinking. Whether through Town Halls, newsletters, social media or email communications, I look forward to engaging Irvine residents, business owners and local non-profits in the business of creating a brighter future for our city.

 

https://irvinewatchdog.org/2018/07/29/irvine-land-trust-gone-rogue/


Committee to Elect Farrah N. Khan for Irvine City Council 2018 FPPC #1379227
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