Celebrating Our Success!

ackerman_200x200Dear Irvine Neighbor,

Almost ten years ago my wife Linda and I made the decision to move from our home of 29 years in Fullerton to Irvine. Our children were now grown and I represented Irvine in the State Senate.

It was time to start the next chapter of our lives. We chose Irvine because of the city’s commitment to public safety, education, and abundant parks with a focus on youth. Irvine is a well-run city with a heart and an exceptional quality of life.

I spent 25 years in public office as a city councilman, Assemblyman, and State Senator. Linda is active in her position on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and work in Washington, DC.

I decided to start Irvine Cares to remind residents that this is a great city. For the past decade the city council has been mired in controversy over the redevelopment of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.

After a decade of planning, the big dreams for the Great Park are under way. We have a world-class development partner that is financially committed to the Great Park.

In the past two years our City Council has turned a corner charting a direction for the Great Park that is sustainable, beautiful, functional, and affordable.

Irvine Cares is a cheerleader for Irvine. We should be proud of our collective accomplishments. We will maintain a civil tone that educates the community the issues that make our community special.

The Great Park is one important example of Irvine moving forward. Irvine Cares will remind you of many more during the coming months.

Sincerely,

Dick Ackerman
Chairman, Irvine Cares
State Senator & Minority Leader (ret.)

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Great Park travails show the travesty of politics

“It has been said many times in defense of the decisions made from 2006 to 2009, that it was the recession or the state’s dissolving redevelopment that killed the Great Park. This is false,” according to the city’s audit. “The Master Plan was killed not by the recession or the loss of the redevelopment funding, it was killed by its own hubris.”
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O.C. REGISTER: Dueling Audits

The state auditor released its own audit of the Irvine Great Park audit this month that was highly critical of the methods and practices the city and its auditor employed, arguing they “compromised the review’s credibility.” Yet, what the audit doesn’t seem to take much issue with is the Irvine audit’s actual findings.
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New $300 million Portola High School opens in Irvine to 400 freshmen

Welcomed by the giant drawing of a bulldog mascot that faces a parking lot and the smell of pristine classrooms, students, teachers and staff kicked off the historic first day of Portola High School. There wasn’t much celebration Wednesday morning, except for some parents taking photos of their children at entrances to the new campus. Still, there wasn’t a lack of excitement among the 400 students, all of whom are freshmen.

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