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Larry Agran served on the Irvine City Council for more than 20 years, including 10 years as Mayor.  The policies Larry drafted and secured approval for literally changed Irvine forever.

Under Larry’s leadership, the City:

  • Strengthened Irvine’s Master Plan by instituting growth control policies
  • Preserved more than 10,000 acres of Open Space which will remain forever free of development
  • Drafted and passed Orange County’s first Human Rights Ordinance
  • Became the first city in the nation to ban CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals
  • Built our beautiful Community Parks system
  • Established Irvine’s Curbside Recycling Program
  • Defeated the County’s proposed El Toro International Airport. Our victory not only protected Irvine’s quality of life but also our property values.
  • Established thousands of attractive affordable housing units
  • Brought diversity & the nation’s highest standards to our Police Department
  • Balanced every City budget (without raising taxes)
  • Established Irvine’s “Rainy Day” Contingency Fund with tens of millions of dollars in reserves

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

While on the Council, Larry pioneered policies to strengthen the Irvine Master Plan by instituting growth control policies, establishing affordable housing, successfully stopping an airport, and winning 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.

Last year, Larry proposed and drafted the citizens’ initiative that was signed by 19,790 Irvine residents to make sure that the long-promised Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the Great Park becomes a reality.

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

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PROTECT OUR CITY

The most immediate challenge our City faces is the Coronavirus pandemic.  Our current Mayor and City Council have been caught unprepared and apparently incapable of producing a credible, comprehensive plan to protect our residents and businesses.  How can it be that our City — home to a world-class research university — isn’t collaborating with UCI to implement the best possible protective public health policies?

If I am elected to the City Council, I will provide the experienced leadership and strategic drive essential to getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control in Irvine.  I will do whatever it takes to get City Hall moving with the immediate implementation of a truly comprehensive, City-organized testing and contact-tracing program.

I’ve prepared a plan — written in the form of an official Irvine City Council Resolution — to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 here in Irvine.  To read my resolution, click here.

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STOP OVERDEVELOPMENT

Over the last decade, the City Council majority has taken millions of dollars in campaign support from land developers, funneled through “dark money” political committees.

And what have those contributions bought?  A City Council that rubber-stamps developer proposals to build thousands upon thousands of new houses and apartments, resulting in horrendous traffic, failing intersections, overcrowded classrooms, and overburdened infrastructure.

If I am elected, I will lead the fight for the Council to restore our Irvine Master Plan and reassert control over growth and development in Irvine.

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HONOR VOTERS & VETERANS

Since 2014, Irvine voters have repeatedly expressed their strong support for a beautiful State-funded and State-operated Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the Great Park.  Ignoring voters, the current Council majority has tried to derail the Veterans Cemetery project, replacing it with massive development projects.

If I am elected, I will be working on behalf of the citizens of Irvine, not huge corporate developers.  I will fight to make sure that the policies coming out of City Hall are focused on improving the lives of Irvine residents, not increasing a developer’s bottom-line.

I’ve prepared a plan — written in the form of an official Irvine City Council Resolution — to address how we immediately begin building our long-promised Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery on the ARDA site at the Great Park.  To read my plan, click here.

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