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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of IrvineCandidate for City Council

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Gang Chen

5,835 votes (3.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To bring Irvine back to the right track of master planning with muy expertise as an architect, and to alleviate the traffic problems
  • To control growth
  • To keep Irvine safe and help IUSD to make our school even better



Profession:Architect, Irvine City Committe member
Director of Architectural Service, ArchiteG, Inc. (2009–current)
Green Ribbon Environmental Committee member, City of Irvine, Green Ribbon Environmental Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)


University of Southern California (USC) Master, Landscape Architecture (1994)
South China University of Science and Technology (SCUT) Bachelor of Science, Architecture (1990)


My fellow Irvine residents,


My name is Gang (pronounced "Gong") Chen. I have been a resident of Irvine for 18 years. I am a Christian, a USC alumnus, a licensed architect in California, and an expert in LEED, green buildings and sustainable development. I care more about getting the job done. I am more a middle of the road guy, or a centrist.


Like many Americans, I worked hard and realized my American Dream. I am one of you. America is the greatest place, and it has given me so much.


As a citizen who was given such a great opportunity to achieve the American Dream, I now have the desire and responsibility to give back and serve our community.


I believe public service is one of the best ways to give back, and I believe I can best do so by serving as a city council in my own city, the beautiful city of Irvine.


I graduated in 1987 from South China University of Science and Technology (SCUT) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture.  In 1990, I was honored to receive a scholarship from the University of Southern California (USC) to come the United States to study. I earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the School of Architecture in 1993 and also enrolled and studied for one year in the PhD program of the USC School of Planning, with a Research Assistantship focusing on traffic studies.

I am a licensed architect in California,  and a LEED AP BD+C. I have extensive training and experience and made substantial contributions in Urban and Regional Planning, Master Planning, LEED, Green Building and sustainable development, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.  Many of the projects I was in charge of, or participated in, have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. I played a leading role in many unusual projects, including a number of regional and neighborhood shopping centers in Southern California. My books on green buildings and LEED have been consistently ranked as the bestsellers in the world on the subject.


I have been actively involved in community services and activities.  As early as 1990, I was a board member of a student association in USC.  In Irvine, I have also been involved in many community activities and have led the efforts of Irvine residents to call, write and send e-mails to city, county and state governments to express their concerns on critical issues that affect the quality of life of Irvine. I have the courage to fight for you and the desire to serve the community.


Irvine is a great place to work and live. Irvine was one of the first great master planned cities in America. As an experienced architect, I desire to bring Irvine back to its roots and to ensure that the feeling of "a family ranch" is never lost as we become a modern international destination. I will lead the effort to re-evaluate and revamp the original Irvine Master Plan prepared by my fellow Architect, William Pereira, to meet the needs of Irvine's current and projected population, and create smart and sustainable growth.


The issues that Irvine faces are complex but there are solutions. See my campaign platform for my specific solutions to Irvine's unique issues and challenges.


I would be honor to have your vote. Join me in restoring the Irvine government to "government of the people, by the people, for the people." Please vote for me and ask all your friends and relatives to vote for me. Together, we can make Irvine a better city for YOU! May God bless America! May God bless Irvine!

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


Irvine is a good city, however, there is definitely room for improvement. For example, Irvine's ranking on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list dropped from No. 6 in 2012 to No. 14 in 2014, and dropped again to No. 20 in 2016. The main reasons for this are the traffic problems and housing prices.


Like many Americans, I worked hard and realized my American dream. I am NOT a career politician. I am one of you, and I will be your voice in Irvine City government. Irvine started as a ranch with a family. I am lucky enough to be blessed with a family of my own. All of my children attend public schools in Irvine, and participate in Irvine Swim League.


I am running for the city council of Irvine to make Irvine better. My campaign platform is one vision with three focuses. The vision I have for Irvine is to become a real first-class city while still maintaining its unique features such as having many parks and green spaces, nice architecture, and a relaxing family ranch feeling as well as being the safest city in the nation. My focuses are traffic, managed growth, and education. It is an honor for me to serve as the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee member for the City of Irvine.


My first name is Gang, so we use “Join Our Gang for a Better Irvine” as our slogan. Now you’ll never forget me.


Please vote for me on 11/6/18. I would be honored to have your vote. Irvine does not belong to just Republicans or Democrats, but belongs to all of us. Let us work together to make Irvine better.


As your city council, I will:

  • Place Irvine and Irvine residents' interests first, as well as respect and promote cultural diversity. I have the courage to fight for you to ensure your interests are protected.

  • Use a comprehensive and holistic approach to alleviate the traffic problems that have plagued Irvine for the past decade.

  • Re-evaluate and revamp the Irvine Master Plan to meet the needs of Irvine's current population and create smart and sustainable growth.

  • Use Irvine's strategic location at the Pacific Rim, and fully take advantage of the opportunities created by the current historical development trend and face any potential challenges with wisdom.

  • Make Irvine a more business friendly city by attracting high quality investment and human resources to Irvine, and create more high-paying jobs.

  • Support small businesses.

  • Ensure fiscal responsibility.

  • Ensure no new taxes (including back door taxes) are applied without voters’ approval.

  • Continue to keep Irvine safe.

  • Support green buildings and sustainable development.

  • Preserve Irvine's environment.

  • Promote a healthier lifestyle.

  • Improve education by working with your school board representatives to start the process of class sizes reduction, increase the number of APAAS classes to meet Irvine residents' demands, and improve the libraries.

  • Support senior services.

  • Improve Irvine's overall competitive edge. 

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The follow is a Dropbox link to our latest campaign information, you can download them, print or forward them to your friends and families. These pdf files are very valuable for some areas that the internet access are blocked by the local government. The pdf files include:


Document 1: A One-page walk piece that summarize our campaign platform and City Council candidate Gang Chen's bio.

Document 2: Contribution Form in English that you can use to send us your contribution for "Gang Chen for City Council 2018."

Document 3: Our Campaign Brochure in English. It includes detailed information on our campaign platform and City Council candidate Gang Chen's bio.


Here is the Dropbox link to our pdf files:



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