by Harvey H. Liss - The November 8th City election resulted in little change regarding the Irvine City Council’s political composition. Melissa Fox, a small-business attorney and a solid progressive, replaces Councilmember Beth Krom, who has retired after 16 years...read more
From ICNV, Nov 1, 2016, p.13: IRVINE’S ELECTION OF MAYOR, COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD CAN PROTECT LIVES!
by Harvey H. Liss - The Nov 8th election will be changing the composition of the IUSD Board and the City Council. Hopefully, it will also change their politics and policies to be more resident-friendly and less developer-friendly. What won’t be changed is the fact...read more
by Harvey H. Liss - I frequently run into Irvine residents who are shocked to learn that Irvine’s $300 million Portola High School (PHS), opened this August, is located on a former Marine Corps airbase, closed in 1999, and a federal Superfund site contaminated with...read more
by Harvey H. Liss - On August 24th, 400 ninth-graders spent their first day at Irvine's new $300 million Portola High School (PHS). These kids, as well as their teachers and staff, are human subjects in a dangerous experiment, and they are not volunteers. The...read more
May 13th Email sent to Sup’t Walker to: Request to agendize an item for the next IUSD Board meeting on May 24th
From: Harvey Liss [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Friday, May 13, 2016 5:14 PM To: 'Terry Walker' Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 'Sharon Wallin'; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; KelvinOkino@iusd.org;...read more
On Friday [4/29], I first read the Consent Calendar item 15.b. on today’s [5/3] agenda that lists the law firm:15.b. ATKINSON, ANDELSON, LOYA, RUUD & ROMO Consultant to provide professional legal services related to the 5th High School (Portola High School) and...read more
First, I will emphasize, again, that the interior of the site has NEVER been tested for VOCs until this most recent set of tests, which are now up to 17 test wells. You’re not adding to what was done previously, since there was nothing done previously. You can’t...read more
April 25, 2016 Letter from Harvey Liss to the IUSD Board and Superintendent re: PHS avoiding opening delay?
I sent the following letter on April 25th:To the IUSD Board and Superintendent:The March 2nd letter from CalEPA Secretary Rodriquez and DTSC Director Lee, specifies:“The proposed [soil-gas] sampling activities should be discussed with DTSC, the public and other...read more
The long letter, below, was written to have on the record, the fact that a firm, PlaceWorks, that was discredited because of its very wrong assessment of the safety of the PHS site is still being engaged to finally perform the testing of the interior of the school...read more
IUSD Holds Public Hearing On Their Work Plan for Testing for Toxic Petrochemical Contamination at Portola High School Site
by Harvey H. Liss* Brief ReviewAs a brief review of what has recently transpired, on March 2nd the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) received a letter [click here for annotated letter from Irvine Community News & Views] signed by California Department of...read more