Irvine Districting Opposition– Opinion as a Longtime Irvine Homeowners
Retrieved October 4, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
I want the city council and city staff to know that my husband and I strongly oppose the city moving to a districting form of city government. The city, while large at over 300,000, is not large enough to have a single council person represent a “district”. It is my belief that ALL council people should represent city residents. If you need organization, have staff assigned to various districts or better yet, assigned to community villages as designed, to elevate more “micro/community-based” issues to the council at large. Our current political climate – city, state, national, is divided enough without creating this unnecessary, divisive bureaucratic effort.
The City of Irvine is one of the most desirable cities in Orange County in which to live, given its long-term, big picture visionary planning by the Irvine Company and city’s partnership decades ago. That is why we choose to make our home here.
While we agree the city needs to continue to move forward and evolve, this is not a necessary or constructive move at this time.
If, however, the city and its constituents do decide to go the district route, we recommend that specific villages, like Woodbridge, not be split into multiple district representation. Each village was carefully designed and planned and are represented by their respective homeowner associations. Why would the city choose to confuse city representation per council person?