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Larry Agran is a proven leader who has served on the Irvine City Council for more than 20 years, including 10 years as Mayor. The policies and programs that Larry created and implemented literally changed Irvine forever.

Larry’s long list of accomplishments include:

  • Strengthening Irvine’s Master Plan by instituting growth control policies
  • Advocating for every Irvine neighborhood to be represented on the City Council
  • Beginning construction of our voter-approved Veterans Memorial Park
  • Preserving more than 10,000 acres of Open Space which will remain forever free of development
  • Closing the toxic asphalt plant in north Irvine and establishing in its place the 700-acre Gateway Preserve
  • Drafting and passing Orange County’s first Human Rights Ordinance
  • Leading Irvine in becoming the first city in the nation to ban CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals
  • Building our beautiful Community Parks system . . . and our Great Park
  • Defeating the County’s scheme to build an international airport in north Irvine, safeguarding our property values and our quality of life
  • Establishing thousands of attractive affordable housing units
  • Bringing diversity & the nation’s highest standards to our Police Department
  • Balancing every City budget without raising taxes
  • Creating Irvine’s “Rainy Day” Contingency Fund with tens of millions of dollars in reserves
  • Establishing Irvine’s Curbside Recycling Program

Raised in Southern California, Larry attended Harvard Law School, where he specialized in public interest law. He and his wife Phyllis and their young son, Ken, moved to Irvine in 1973 so that Phyllis could attend UCI Medical School.

Larry has served on the Irvine City Council for more than 20 years, including 10 years as Mayor of Irvine.

While on the Council, Larry has pioneered policies to strengthen the Irvine Master Plan; establish a 700-acre Gateway Preserve in north Irvine; ensure every Irvine neighborhood is represented on the City Council; begin construction of our voter-approved Veterans Memorial Park; establish affordable housing, draft & implement the County’s first Human Rights Ordinance, successfully stop an airport, and then win public approval of a sweeping Open Space Preservation plan — setting aside more than 10,000 acres of wilderness in a natural open space preserve that surrounds the City and will remain forever free of development.

Larry and Phyllis continue to live in the same modest University Park home they purchased in 1976. Their son, Ken, and daughter-in-law Kerrie reside in West Irvine with their two children, Morgan and Benjamin.

Why I’m Running

Larry’s Priorities

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PROTECT TAXPAYERS

While Larry is a proven environmental leader, he also believes strongly in protecting Irvine taxpayers and electricity ratepayers. That’s why Larry is the only candidate running for Mayor who has spoken out against the forced enrollment of all Irvine businesses and households in the disastrous Orange County Power Authority (OCPA).

As Larry has stated: “To force every Irvine resident and business into a new, more expensive electricity plan without a vote of the people is flat-out wrong!”

Larry has been raising red flags about OCPA since rejoining the Council in late 2020. Since that time, a scathing Orange County Grand Jury report has been released along with a County and State audit. All three investigations revealed gross mismanagement, deception, and financial instability at OCPA.

As Irvine’s Mayor, Larry will get us back on track. He will implement effective measures to help speed our City toward carbon-neutrality, without gouging Irvine residents and business owners.

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BUILD THE GATEWAY PRESERVE

As Irvine’s Mayor in 1988, Larry worked alongside our City’s residents to pass an historic ballot initiative that preserved more than 10,000 acres of Open Space for families to enjoy, forever free from development.

Since re-joining the City Council in late 2020, Larry has once again joined forces with Irvine residents. Through their work, the City is on-track to shut down a dangerous asphalt plant in north Irvine and restore the land to its natural form.

The “Gateway Preserve” will provide new recreational and environmental opportunities to connect Irvine residents to tens of thousands of acres of open space.

As Irvine’s Mayor, Larry will make sure that our City continues to be a beacon of environmental stewardship through thoughtful planning and citizen involvement.

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HONOR VOTERS & VETERANS

Through sheer determination and proven leadership, construction of the big, beautiful, voter-endorsed park honoring our veterans at the edge of the Great Park in north Irvine is finally underway!

As a citizen, Larry drafted the ballot initiative — which was signed by nearly 20,000 Irvine residents and adopted by a previous City Council — that legally designates the 125-acre “ARDA” site on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station as our City’s Veterans Memorial Park.

This long-promised Veterans Memorial Park will include trees, trails, and memorial gardens . . . with installations and exhibits that honor the history of service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.

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