There’s a new newspaper in town — a conservative-bent Irvine City News (frequency of publication unknown) — debuted late last month and its being promoted by Irvine’s Republican influencers on social media as the paper with the “real facts” not the stuff published by the Irvine Community News & Views.
As someone who loves newspapers, this is awesome news. Why? A good old-fashion partisan newspaper war harkens to the days when New York City had dozens of newspapers. Editor and Publisher Jacob Levy hasn’t replied to our email asking how the paper is funded, but from the content and it’s pro-Republican, pro-Five Point slant, my guess is Five Point or IrvineCares.org proprietor Dick Ackerman. There’s not a lot about Mr. Levy to be found online, so he’s welcome to introduce himself to our readers in the comments section below.
ICN feels the additional testing for toxics is no big deal, the Irvine Living Wage being reduced was perfectly OK, overdevelopement is fine, and by all means let’s swap the Veteran’s Cemetery to another location so FivePoint can bank hundreds of millions more in profit.
I have to wonder: will Irvine City News be found easily at City Hall even though its conservative partisan in its coverage while ICN&V is not due to its liberal partisan coverage?
So welcome ICN. We will appreciate the blog fodder you’ll provide.