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Irvine Child Care Committee Seeks Volunteer Member
The City of Irvine is seeking to fill two parent/guardian volunteer vacancies on the Irvine Child Care Committee. Applications will be accepted August 18-September 30. The Committee is comprised of five City Council appointees: two community child care providers, two parents/guardians and five agency representatives.

Water Main Break at Jeffrey
Jeffrey Road Update:
As of Thursday, August 7, IRWD is continuing to work on the necessary repairs to southbound Jeffrey from Barranca to Alton. One lane is open to through traffic. The remaining southbound lanes will remain closed as work continues. Consider using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.


City of Irvine Green Ribbon Environmental Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill a vacant volunteer member-at-large position on the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee (GREC). The GREC is a volunteer advisory body to the City Council and provides advice on sustainability policies related to energy, recycling and waste management, mobility, open space and water issues. Applications are available online and due by September 4.

News ImageFall Inside Irvine Now Available
The fall edition of Inside Irvine is available online. This issue features information about emergency preparedness, pool safety, the Irvine Global Village Festival, free community concerts and other city events. Click here to view Inside Irvine.

News ImageIrvine Summer Camps!
Each summer, Irvine’s Community Services Department offers a variety of camps for kids and teens to stay busy during long summer days. Activities include academics, art, theater and dance, swimming, science and nature, tennis, recreation sports and more. Summer camps are held at Irvine community parks and other local facilities.

Registration is now available.
Visit irvinecamps.org or call 949-724-6610


Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Association recently awarded the City of Irvine a Certificate of Achievement for Excellent Financial Reporting for the City's 2013 Annual Financial Report. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, representing a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Irvine’s Annual Financial Report was judged to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate our financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read our report.

Senior Fitness Expo
The City of Irvine will host the 6th annual Senior Fitness Expo on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Rancho Senior Center. This free event will provide adults, age 50+ with opportunities to learn how to improve their well-being through exercise, mental health, health screenings, nutrition presentations and fitness demonstrations. A wide variety of health and fitness vendors will be available to answer questions. Fitness demonstrations will include Mind Fitness, MELT, Zumba Gold, Yoga and Tai Chi. Nutrition demonstrations will include simple tips and tricks for healthy cooking, and there will be opportunity drawings throughout the day.

Veterans Cemetery Committee Meeting June 13
The inaugural meeting of the Ad Hoc State Veterans Cemetery Committee will take place at 2:30 p.m. on June 13. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Irvine Civic Center. The Irvine City Council adopted Resolution No. 14-27, supporting the passage of Assembly Bill 1453 to establish a Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County and expressing the City Council's interest in providing land for a State veterans cemetery, with recommendations to be developed by the Ad Hoc Committee. Appointed City Council representatives to the Ad Hoc Committee are Mayor Steven S. Choi and Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Lalloway.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Community Survey
The City is looking for input from residents and local community organizations to gain an understanding and develop a plan that reflects the priorities of our community. Public input is very important in helping the City plan for how CDBG and HOME funds will be used over the next five years.

Donations Sought for Marine Welcome Home Packages
The City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee are collecting personal items for welcome home packages for the City’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion, which is returning home from Afghanistan. The collection drive runs through May 31. Items donated will provide 220 welcome home packages for single Marines, who often return home to empty barracks without the comfort of family. Items requested for care packages include, towels, washcloths and men’s body wash/shower gel (AXE or Dove brands are preferred) and individually wrapped snacks. Female Marines are provided welcome home packages specifically for women from the 2/11 Committee. Welcome home notes and cards are also encouraged.



Irvine Korean Event, May 17
The public is invited to the 5th annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Irvine Civic Center. Celebrate Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with Korean cuisine, entertainment, games, arts and crafts, and music. Admission and parking are free. Food tickets are available for purchase.

News ImageJazz at the Palm Court
The Orange County Great Park, in collaboration with Irvine Unified School District, presents Jazz at the Palm Court, on Saturday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex. The free concert features jazz ensembles from local middle schools and high schools jammin’ in one of the most scenic outdoor music venues in all of Orange County. Ten student jazz ensembles from Irvine Unified School District will perform on stage, featuring special guest artists performing alongside the student musicians.

News ImageGlobal Village Call for Participants
The 13th annual Irvine Global Village Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 27 at Bill Barber Park. If you would like to be a part of Orange County's fastest growing multicultural event, visit irvinefestival.org.

Active Transportation Open House
The City of Irvine is hosting an Active Transportation Open House on Tuesday, May 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park. The Open House will present an opportunity for the community to walk through exhibits, ask questions, and provide feedback and input regarding biking and walking in the City of Irvine. A brief presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m.

Families Forward Event Upcoming
Families Forward will be hosting its 6th Annual Community Resource Fair on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Irvine Valley College. The Resource Fair provides free health and consultation services to members of the community. This year’s event will feature over 50 different participating agencies, children’s activities, free groceries, and music. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 949-552-2731 or click here.

Angels Express Fan Friday
The Angels Express returns to Irvine Station on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. with a special "pre-game" fan celebration featuring live music, food, free Metrolink tickets, prizes, games and a photo station. For more information, visit octa.net/fanfriday

Free Paper Shredding
The City of Irvine is hosting a free paper shredding event on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m.-noon to help residents safely and securely dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents. Mobile shredding units will be on site and residents may dispose of up to five banker-size boxes of documents.
( Event Flier )

Get Your Child to Cooperate without Threats, Bribes or Consequences
An educational presentation for parents taking place on Thursday, April 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Presented by Laura Markham, Ph.D., the program imparts parents with practical, everyday strategies to promote cooperation, diffuse oppositional behavior and help children become self-disciplined.

Free Legal Assistance to Qualified Irvine Residents
The City of Irvine has partnered with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County to provide free civil legal services to qualified Irvine residents. Services include self-help clinics, workshops, online court forms, an intake hotline, preparation of legal documents and legal representation.

Celebrate UCI
Come to Celebrate UCI on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. This spring event features an outdoor festival, open house and car show. The Wayzgoose, UCI's oldest tradition, is a student-run festival in Aldrich Park featuring live entertainment, food, games and rides for the community. Many UCI offices and services will be open or available with information especially for prospective students.

IUSD meetings on attendance boundaries
Four parent forums are planned beginning March 19 to share information on proposed changes to the Irvine Unified School District high school attendance boundaries. For information, click here

Central Bark Dog Park to Receive Funds from "Heart Your Park" Program
Irvine’s Central Bark Dog Park has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” which is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign to raise awareness and funds for more than 550 parks nationwide. From now through March 31, customers at Macy’s Irvine Spectrum can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefitting Central Bark.

Free Home Buyer Workshop
Want to become a Homeowner but don’t know where to start? Then this FREE Home Buyer Workshop on Saturday, March 1 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center in Irvine is just for you! This workshop is geared for consumers who are thinking about purchasing a home and are interested in learning about the process and programs to help them buy. OC HOC will provide an overview of the process; qualifications needed to purchase a home; an overview of various down-payment assistance programs; and give you a list of free resources and programs to help prepare you towards homeownership. A lender panel will provide info on First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs & Down Payment Assistance programs. For more details, click here.

Irvine is the 16th Best City for Job Seekers in California
Irvine is the 16th Best City for Job Seekers in California for cities with populations over 40,000 as reported by NerdWallet Finance, a personal finance website that analyzed median income, homeowner costs and employment base. Click here for full story.

Financial Assistance Available to Residents for Critical Repairs
Irvine homeowners who need to make critical repairs to their homes may qualify to receive financial assistance through the City of Irvine’s Residential Rehabilitation Program. The Program offers three percent interest-deferred loans and emergency grants to assist low income homeowners with critical home improvements. Loans or grants are available to assist homeowners in need of health and safety, building code, and accessibility related repairs. Eligible repairs include heating and cooling, plumbing, windows and exterior doors, roofing, flooring, painting and electrical systems.

News ImageIrvine Junior Games
The 27th annual Irvine Junior Games, a track and field event for 4th - 8th grade IUSD students, will be held on Sunday, May 18 at Irvine Stadium. The Irvine Junior Games raise funds for before and after-school child care provided at all 22 IUSD elementary schools. Athlete pre-registration is required. For further information or to register, visit irvinejuniorgames.com.

Irvine train to LA for parade
OCTA is promoting the 115th Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles and the first 100 people who attend the event at Irvine Station that day will get free round-trip Metrolink tickets. The celebration, including refreshments, begins at 8 a.m. February 1 at the Irvine Station. The full-day event in Chinatown will return Irvine passengers about 5:45 p.m. Information: octa.net/lunar2014
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News ImageTax Assistance for Irvine Residents
Tax preparation services are available at no cost to taxpayers who earned less than $58,000 in 2013. Qualifying taxpayers who live, work or attend school in Irvine are eligible to receive help completing and electronically filing their tax returns through April 15, 2014. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 888-434-8248 or visit myfreetaxes.com/irvine.

SoCalGas Calls for Energy Conservation
Recent record cold weather across the United States has placed a strain on natural gas supplies. SoCalGas is asking customers to take simple precautionary steps to conserve natural gas to help ensure supplies are sufficient to meet demand created by this severe winter.

News ImageIPSF’s Goal for Schools
A goal to raise $1.3 million for Irvine’s public schools by Dec. 31 has been set by the nonprofit Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). The target represents the matching grant from the City of Irvine. To donate before the year is out and double your gift through the match visit ipsf.net

TeamKids Fundraiser for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Calling all kids! Host a Team Kids LemonAID stand in your neighborhood to help raise funds for those affected by the disaster in the Philippines. Visit teamkids.org for more information.
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News ImageOC Children’s Report is Out
The 19th annual Conditions of Children in Orange County report is available; it provides data on 28 indicators. An Irvine public meeting hosted recently by Supervisor Todd Spitzer included a focus on drinking and driving among teens and the inherent danger involved in those decisions. To read a summary of the report and the full report, go to: http://www1.ochca.com/ochealthinfo.com/docs/occp/report2013/


Irvine Field Condition Update
All City and School District sports fields are closed for the remainder of today, Thursday, November 21. Click here for additional information.

Free Paper Shredding for Irvine Residents
The City of Irvine is hosting a free shredding event on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m.-noon. to help Irvine residents safely and securely dispose of unwanted and sensitive documents. Residents can recycle up to five Bankers-size boxes.

News ImageWinter Inside Irvine Now Available!
The 2013-2014 winter issue of Inside Irvine, which includes the Activity Guide and City news is now online and will be mailed to Irvine residents the week of November 18. In addition to offering hundreds of course listings, the winter edition features articles on geographical policing, holiday recycling, the Irvine Gives website and the importance of shopping in Irvine. Click here to view the publication online.

Please note: Several classes begin the week of January 6. Registration is now available; click here to browse the listings.

The spring edition will be mailed the week of February 17.

Nov. 21 Prayer Breakfast
The City of Irvine, Exchange Club and Irvine Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the 32nd annual Irvine Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., November 21 at the Irvine Marriott. Register online: http://business.irvinechamber.com/events. Info: 949-262-3210. To benefit: Child Abuse Prevention.

News ImageWall of Recognition Nominations
The City of Irvine is accepting nominations through December 30, 2013 for individuals, groups, organizations and businesses to be considered for inclusion on the City of Irvine's Wall of Recognition. Adjacent to the Irvine Civic Center in Colonel Bill Barber Memorial Park, the Wall of Recognition was established in 2006 to honor those who have made significant contributions to the Irvine community.

Click here to view the nomination criteria and procedures. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 30, 2013.
( Application )

News ImageSave the date! Child Safety Seat Inspection November 13
On Wednesday, November 13, the Irvine Police Department will be hosting a countywide car seat inspection event at the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, 92604. Safety seat technicians from the Irvine, Garden Grove, Tustin and Orange County Sheriff’s departments as well as CHOC and the Orange County Health Department will be joining forces to inspect and assist with the proper installation of child safety seats.

Civic Center Now Open Fridays
The Irvine Civic Center, which has been closed on alternative Fridays, is now open five days a week. This new schedule ensures that the City Council's priority interest in having the Civic Center open for business every workweek day is met. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays.

ICTV Briefly Offline
Cox Communications will be working on the audio and video feeds to the City of Irvine's ICTV Channel 30 at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29. Color bars will be on the screen for a period of time while the maintenance is completed. Thank you for your patience.

Grand Jury Recruitment
Superior Court of Orange County is actively recruiting grand jurors for the 2014-2015 term. January 24 deadline. Appy online at ocgrandjury.org

News ImageStrategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families
On August 13, 2013 the City Council approved the Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families Update 2013-18. To learn more about the plan and programs, click here.
( Strategic Plan For Children, Youth and Families Update 2013-18 )

News ImageIrvine Sports Committee Seeks Applicants
Recruitment for Members-At-Large
The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill two volunteer member-at-large vacancies on the Irvine Sports Committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives from Irvine's youth sports organizations and provides the Community Services Commission with input and feedback on policies, programs, facilities and needs of the Irvine youth sports community. While most Committee members represent a specific program and sport, members-at-large are selected to provide general perspective and guidance.

Applicants must be Irvine residents and willing to commit to a two-year term of active service. Committee meetings are held quarterly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013.

Deliver Applications to:
City of Irvine
Community Services - Athletics (Second Floor)
1 Civic Center
Irvine, CA 92606

Mail Applications to:
City of Irvine
Community Services - Athletics
PO Box 19575
Irvine, CA 92623-9575


For more information, contact Community Services Superintendent Ed Crofts at 949-724-6660 or ecrofts@cityofirvine.org
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Orange County Fire Authority Open House
Orange County Fire Authority is hosting its annual open house event on October 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fire Station 36, 301 East Yale Loop, and October 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the OCFA Regional Fire Operations & Training Center, 1 Fire Authority Road. Meet your local firefighters, try on firefighter turnout gear and discover life and fire safety information. For more information, visit ocfa.org.
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Home Buyer Orientation Workshop
The City of Irvine, together with the Orange County Housing Opportunities Collaborative, is hosting a free Home Buyer Orientation workshop on Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeview Senior Center. The workshop is geared toward consumers who are either considering a home purchase or want to learn more about the process.

Irvine Child Care Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is seeking volunteers to fill two child care provider and two government, civic or community agency vacancies on the Irvine Child Care Committee. The Committee is comprised of five City Council appointees, two community child care providers, two parents/guardians and five agency representatives. The Committee works in a cooperative relationship with the support of the Community Services Commission, the Child Care Coordination Office, and the Community Development Department to enhance the provision of child care and education, provide outreach and to serve as a liaison to the community as a whole.

City of Irvine Draft 2013-2021 Housing Element
The City of Irvine is in the process of updating its Housing Element of its General Plan, which will establish the City's housing goals and policies through October 15, 2021. The draft Housing Element, Initial Study and Negative Declaration are available for public review on August 8, 2013 through September 8, 2013 at the Community Development Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, California, 92606 or by clicking on the documents below. Notice is hereby given that the City Council will conduct a public hearing on September 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to consider the adoption of the City's Housing Element (see public notice below for further information). Written comments on the Housing Element or Initial Study/Negative Declaration must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the public hearing to Mark Asturias, Housing Manager at P.O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623-9575.

For additional information, please contact Amy Mullay, Senior Planner at (949) 724-7454, or via email at amullay@cityofirvine.org

Full I-405 Freeway Shutdown
OCTA will manage a 20-hour full closure of the I-405 Freeway to demolish the old southbound connector to the eastbound 22 Freeway, beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 18. For complete information regarding the closure, visit octa.net/BridgeBash.

Municode Mobile
The Municode library is now available on mobile devices. The library is free and accessible by anyone with a smart phone. To experience the mobile site, navigate to municode.com on your tablet or smart phone’s browser and choose "Browse Our Library." From Municode’s mobile site you can search codes, save or email links.

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: (800) 611-1911. Planned outages for July 29-31: Commercial customers will be affected from 2-4 a.m. July 29 in the 4100-4600 block of Campus. Also, residential and commercial customers will be affected from 9 a.m.-noon July 29 in are bounded by North Arborwood, East Candlewood, South Meadowood and West Canyonwood. Also, residential and commercial customers will be affected from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 31 in the area bounded by North Amherst, East California, South Campus and West Marquette. Search for "SCE Outages" in the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this free app.

SCE outage scheduled for Saturday, June 29 CANCELED
For more information, visit sce.com or call 800-611-1911. SCE now has a mobile app that makes reporting or checking on the status of an outage quick and simple. Search for "SCE Outages" in the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this free app.

News Image5th Annual Senior Fitness Expo
The City of Irvine will host its 5th annual Senior Fitness Expo on Friday, June 28 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Rancho Senior Center. Geared for adults age 50 and older, the free Expo features exercise demonstrations, health screenings, nutrition and fitness presentations, a variety of the latest health and fitness products and an opportunity drawing for prizes.

News ImageConcert on the Green and Fireworks Festival
The Irvine Police Association is hosting its 29th annual Concert on the Green and Fireworks Festival on Thursday, July 4 at Irvine High School Football Stadium. Gates open at 3 p.m. The event features live music, activities for children and a fireworks extravaganza. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for children and seniors.
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News ImageIrvine Studio Arts Festival
The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host the 19th annual Studio Arts Festival on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The juried Festival will showcase more than 100 Southern California artists and their original works of art in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, textiles and glass. For more information, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.

News ImageTeam Kids’ Big Carnival Arrives
Visit the Team Kids Carnival that focuses on service and public safety. Learn how to serve nonprofits and be safe over summer. From 3-6 p.m. June 23 at Heritage Community Park. Click here for event and sponsor information.

Korean Festival is this Saturday
The Irvine Korean Cultural Festival will be held at the Irvine Civic Center on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This free, annual event features music, dining, exhibitions, and activities for children. The nonprofit festival's purpose is "to help spread Korea's beautiful traditions and taste." Info: koreanfestival

Cans for Cash+
Recycle your aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers in May to help one of four local non-profits in the Irvine Cans for Cash + Recycling Challenge. Cash awards to participating organizations will be distributed based on the volume of material collected. For more information, call 949-724-6156 or visit cityofirvine.us/cansforcash

News ImageSign up for Summer Classes and Camps!
The summer 2013 edition of Inside Irvine is now available with City news, programs, activities and summer camps. Register online, by phone, fax or walk in. Click here to view the digital version.

Irvine Quick Reg


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News ImageWin a $50 Gift Card by Saving Energy
The City of Irvine Environmental Programs division has launched a new energy conservation campaign. Enter to win a $50 gift card by adjusting your residential water heater thermostat to 120°F and submitting a photo.

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: (800) 611-1911. Planned outages for April 30: Residential and commercial customers will be affected from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 in the area bounded by the 2900 block of Campus, the 18100 block of Jamboree, and the 2100-2400 blocks of Waterman. SCE now has a mobile app that makes reporting or checking on the status of an outage quick and simple. Search for "SCE Outages" in the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this free app.

News ImageYoung Masters Art Show
The 23rd annual Young Masters Art Show, sponsored by Assistance League of Irvine in conjunction with the Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine, kicks off Saturday, May 4, with free opening-day festivities beginning at 1 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Click here to view student artwork.

Trade in old mower for new
A new program will take your old gas mower in exchange for a new, price-reduced electric mower. Program is hosted by the South Coast AQMD, reaching out to four counties, including Orange County.
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News ImageAutism Education: Teaching the Visual Learner with Technology
The City of Irvine will host a free "Autism Education: Understanding and Teaching the Visual Learner with Technology" forum for educators, therapists and other professionals on Thursday, May 9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

News ImageSenior Scam Stopper
The City of Irvine, in partnership with Assemblyman Allan R. Mansoor and the Contractors State License Board, will host a Senior Scam Stopper seminar on Friday, April 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road, Irvine.
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News ImageEasy to Love, Difficult to Discipline
The City of Irvine will host "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline," a workshop geared toward parents of children from infants to 12 years, on Thursday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

Irvine Snapshots, Shaping a City
A quarterly overview of the trends shaping Irvine today is presented here.

News ImageWorkshop on Housing Element
The public is invited to two workshops on the City’s Housing Element update – 9:30 a.m. March 13 or 5:30 p.m. March 19, both at the Civic Center. The update will establish the City’s housing goals and policies through June 30, 2021.
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Irvine Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill two community member at-large vacancies on the Irvine Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. Completed applications are due Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m.

UCI Ask the Doc Forum: Alzheimer’s Disease
Experts from the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders will be answering questions about Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, care and research at Ask the Doc, an open forum, February 15, 1-3 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center.

News ImageThe 26th annual Irvine Junior Games
The 26th annual Irvine Junior Games, a track and field event for 4th - 8th grade IUSD students will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Irvine Junior Games raise funds for before and after-school child care that is provided on all 22 IUSD elementary schools. Athlete pre-registration is required. For further information and to sign up online go to irvinejuniorgames.com.



Housing Element Update – Public Workshops Postponed
The Housing Element Public Workshops scheduled for January 28 and January 30 at the Irvine Civic Center have been postponed. Notice will be posted once the workshop dates have been rescheduled. For more information, please contact Amy Mullay, Senior Planner at 949-724-7454 or email amullay@cityofirvine.org.

News ImageChristmas Tree Recycling
Give your tree new life after the holidays by having it recycled. The City of Irvine, in partnership with Waste Management of Orange County, is offering free curbside collection for discarded trees from December 26 through January 18, 2013.

News ImageWaste & Recycling Schedule
Waste Management of Orange County’s curbside residential trash and recycling and commercial pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day beginning on Tuesday, December 25, and through the remainder of the week in observance of Christmas.

City of Irvine Holiday Schedule
In observance of the winter holidays, City of Irvine offices will be closed December 24-25 and January 1, 2013. The police department lobby (non-emergency business) will be closed December 25 and January 1, 2013.

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: 800-611-1911. Planned outages Dec. 17-19: Residential and commercial customers will be affected from 10 p.m. Dec. 17 through 6 a.m. Dec. 18 in the area bounded by Meadowood, Diamante, Northwood and Christamon West.

News Image2012 Irvine Meals on Wheels Holiday Fundraiser
The Irvine Meals on Wheels program is hosting a holiday fundraising campaign through the end of 2012 to help provide hot, nutritious meals to Irvine’s homebound seniors and disabled individuals. More than 80 percent of Irvine Meals on Wheels clients live at or below the poverty level, and rely on the home-delivered meal program to meet their basic food needs.

Funds Raised for Irvine Schools
The newly launched City webpage, Irvine Gives, allows community members to donate to Irvine Unified School District through the nonprofit, Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). Visit Irvine Gives and click on Education.

Irvine Vote Results Here
To view results of the Nov. 6 election, beginning Election Day, go to the Orange County Registrar of Voters site. Click here.

Irvine Snapshots
An overview of the broad trends shaping Irvine is told through a “snapshot” of graphs and illustrations. View the latest edition of the quarterly Irvine Snapshots here. Find updated information; new design.

Meeting Impact Expected/Plan
A public meeting Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Irvine Civic Center could draw a large crowd, beginning at 9 a.m., so plan your visit accordingly. Late afternoon may be the best recourse for a visit as parking will be impacted. The Public Utilities Commission is holding the meeting; City Hall is open for regular business and early voting.

Irvine 2/11 Marine Car Wash Fundraiser
The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee will hold its 5th Annual Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, located at 20 Lake Road in Irvine.

This environmentally-friendly car wash will raise needed funds to support the service men and women of the City's adopted Marine battalion, based in Camp Pendleton. Funds help support the Marines and their families throughout the year and during the holiday season. Members of the 2/11 Battalion will be onsite with 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee to welcome the community.

For more information, visit irvine211marines.org or call 949-724-6600.


Council Forum Seen on ICTV
View the Irvine City Council Candidates Forum, hosted Oct. 4 by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce at Oak Creek Golf Course. Click here.

Vector Control News for You
A recent Vector Control District presentation in Irvine reminds residents to protect home and pets by understanding the potential danger of flea-borne typhus and mosquito-borne West Nile virus. There has been an uptick in cases countywide and around the country. The Orange County Vector Control District is in the midst of an aggressive educational campain. To learn more, go to: ocvcd.org/typhus.php

Team Kids to Host top CEOs
CEOs of major Irvine companies will be among a panel of speakers at the Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum II on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Mike Mussallem, Chairman and CEO of host Edwards Lifesciences, and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom, will be joined by CHOC’s Kimberly Cripe as well as Paul Merage, for whom the UCI business school is named after. Irvine-based Team Kids supports youth service and action programs in the City of Irvine and the region. Topics will include branding, thriving in a down economy, and inspiring young people to be the leaders of tomorrow. Event details: teamkids.org/ITF

News ImageSenior Health and Resource Expo
The City of Irvine, in partnership with HOAG Hospital, is sponsoring a Senior Health and Resource Expo on October 6 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeview Senior Center. The Expo features more than 70 exhibitors and includes free flu shots, sponsored by HOAG Hospital, for adults age 50 and older.

Jamboree Road to close at I-5
The City of Irvine is widening Jamboree Road near and at the I-5 between El Camino Real and Michelle. All lanes on Jamboree between Michelle and Walnut will be closed from 11 p.m. September 19 to 5 a.m. September 20 and again beginning 11 p.m. September 20 to 5 a.m. September 21.

Jamboree Road Closure
As part of the Jamboree Road widening project at and near the I-5, a full road closure begins at 11 p.m. August 28 and lasts until 5 a.m. August 29; a second road closure will begin at 11 p.m. August 29 and last until 5 a.m. August 30. The second closure affects southbound Jamboree lanes only from the northbound I-5 on-ramp to the southbound I-5 off-ramp. However, it also includes the southbound I-5 on-ramp, which will be closed during that time period. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2013. For more information and detour maps, click here.

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: (800) 611-1911. Planned outages September 10-13: Residential and commercial customers will be affected from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 10 in the Lehigh Aisle and Vassar Aisle boundary areas. Also, residential customers will be affected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 11 in the 500-600 blocks of San Leon. Also, residential and commercial customers will be affected from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 13 in the area bounded by North Blanchard, East Ridgeline, and South and West Turtle Rock.

SCE now has a mobile app that now makes reporting or checking on the status of an outage quick and simple. Search for "SCE Outages" in the Apple App Store or Google Play to download this free app.

For more outage info: www.sce.com/outage.

EIR Comment Date Extended
The Draft Great Park Neighborhoods Supplemental EIR is available for public viewing and comment. The 45-day review requires comments in writing and that review period has been extended to September 7, 2012. View the EIR here. To comment, click on the “Notice of Completion and Notice of Availability” link and scroll to page 3.

Softball game benefits 9/11
Irvine Police Department is joining with the Orange County Fire Authority and service people from Camp Pendleton to hold the 9/11 Tournament of Heroes Charity Softball Challenge at Bill Barber Park. The event will be held Sept. 9, with games beginning at 2 p.m. The event raises funds for the Semper Fi Fund and the Team Kids mission to inspire young people.

News ImageHealth Care Workshops
Free informational workshops designed to help individuals and families gain a better understanding of their health care options, how to access available health services and programs, and their rights as health care consumers. A question and answer period will immediately follow at the end of each session.

News ImageAdvertise with us!
Did you know the Inside Irvine is mailed out quarterly to 90,000 Irvine Residents. This is a great opportunity to promote your business to an affluent, educated community that values quality goods and services. The next edition will be mailed November 12. The deadline to place your ad is September 15. Click here for the rate card. Contact Dave Neustaedter to reserve your spot; email dneustaedter@cityofirvine.org or call 949-724-6663.

News ImagePower Alert
A Flex Alert has been issued for today, Tuesday, August 14 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Southern California Edison has called for a voluntary power reduction in light of the recent high temperatures affecting the Southern California region. High demand for around-the-clock energy use, especially air conditioners, could lead to failed equipment and power outages as the high temperatures are expected through the week.

Info about the Flex Alert: sce.com/Safety/everyone/caiso.htm

Growing the Park 2012 on ICTV
The Orange County Great Park’s anniversary event was enjoyed by thousands this summer. Join in as our ICTV crew brings the tastes, personalities and sights of a day, and a night, to life. Also, preview the special summer programs still to come. Click here for the special program.

Resident Appreciation
The City of Irvine provides opportunities for residents to recognize friends and family through placement of plaques on seating areas in Col. Bill Barber Park.



OC Fair Express
Join in the fun at the Irvine Family Festival on Saturday, July 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Irvine Station. The Festival marks the launch of OCTA's OC Fair Express, providing hourly direct bus service to the OC Fair on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday and Sunday. Stop by early with the family for a chance to win OC Fair prizes, including carnival ride tickets, food coupons and more, before boarding the 10:30 a.m. Express to the Fair.
( Irvine Family Festival Flier )

News ImageWhat Your Child Needs to Succeed
The City of Irvine is hosting a community forum on May 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center to provide parents with information about basic support, experiences and conditions that all young people need to help them be healthy, successful, principled and caring.

Good Samaritans Wanted in OC
Citizen volunteers are needed to support victims in crisis. Orange County-based, non-profit Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. is looking for ‘modern-day Good Samaritans.’
( Click Here for Information )

Senior Services Community Partner Open House
Corporate community partners are invited to attend an informational open house on Thursday, May 24 at the Lakeview Senior Center to learn more about corporate opportunities for volunteer service and financial or in-kind support.

Team Kids to Host ‘Innovation’
City of Irvine partner Team Kids is hosting “Innovation Unleashed” on May 17 at the Oakley headquarters. Three of the four companies are from Irvine – Vizio, Blizzard and Kaiser Permanente. Business leaders will speak about building iconic brands and thriving in a down economy, while supporting the Team Kids mission to empower our next generation of responsible leaders and entrepreneurs.

4th Annual Community Resource Fair
Sponsored by Families Forward, the Resource Fair is an easy way for families and individuals to connect with local service agencies that provide assistance with free health screenings, career, legal, medical, financial, and housing consultations.

Drug Take-Back Day in Irvine
Drop off, free and anonymously, discarded and expired medications such as pills from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Irvine Civic Center. Hosted by the Irvine Police Department.

Earthquake, No Damage Reported
According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a 3.9 magnitude earthquake, centered in San Juan Capistrano, was reported at 10:37 a.m. today. No damage or injuries reported to the City. Events like this are a reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness. For additional assistance regarding preparedness, contact Emergency Management at 949-724-7235

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: (800) 611-1911. Planned outages will affect SCE Irvine residential and commercial customers from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19 in the 2700 block of Alton, the 2800 block of Alton, and the 16900 block of Millikan. Also, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 23 along North 241 toll road bounded by East Portola Springs, South Full Moon and West Ridge. Also, commercial customers will be affected from 10 p.m. April 24 to 12:01 a.m. April 25 in the 1-100 blocks of Pasteur and Jenner. For more outage info: sce.com/outage.
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Foam to Surfboard Recycling Drive
Help the Junior Youth Action Team collect white packaging styrofoam to be recycled into Surfboards. Drop your clean styrofoam off at a local park between March 1-31.
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Clean Energy at City Hall
Several organizations including the California Center for Sustainable Energy will host a workshop, “Plug-In Electric Vehicles: Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure,” from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 10 at the Irvine Civic Center. Updates and information on electric vehicles will be part of the free program. To register, click here.

UCI Hosts Big Celebration
Celebrate UCI, an all-day showcase April 21, will feature events as well as an open house for those who want to celebrate but also learn more about the campus. Lots of activities, tons of information. Visit: www.celebrate.uci.edu

Turtle Ridge Trail Closed
Vandals have prompted a month-long closure of the popular Turtle Ridge Trail. For details, please read the attached press release from our partner, Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Click the link below.

( Turtle Ridge Closure )

City Council Meeting Feb. 28
The next City Council meeting is Feb. 28, to follow the recent Feb. 7 City Council meeting, which was comprised mostly of the State of the City Address. Meeting time is 4 p.m.

Peace Corps At Arts Center
The Peace Corps’ experience in Korea from 1966-1981 is the focus of a photo exhibition at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Opening reception Feb. 9 is 5-8 p.m. The exhibition continues through Feb. 18. More information.

Rental Housing Assistance
Orange County Housing Authority’s Section 8 Waiting List open from February 15 – 29.

News ImageLast Week to Register for Irvine Junior Games
The 25th annual Irvine Junior Games will be held on Sunday, May 20 at Irvine Stadium. This track and field event for 4th-8th grade Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) students benefits the Irvine Children's Fund to support before- and after-school child care at 22 elementary schools in the IUSD. This is the last week to register. Visit irvinejuniorgames.com for more information or to register.

Junior Game festivities begin with an opening ceremony parade of 1,600 athletes from 27 schools marching into the stadium behind their school banners. Sponsors and dignitaries join the athletes for the lighting of the Irvine Junior Games flame that signals the beginning of a competitive and fun day of track and field events.



City Motto for 2012 in Place
Sylvia Walker is the winner of the 40th Anniversary Motto Contest; “City of Innovation” was approved Jan. 24 by the City Council and will be the City motto for 2012. The motto is now part of the 40th Anniversary Photo Contest Exhibition, on display through Feb. 4 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Free admission.

Blood Drive Helps Two Causes
The City of Irvine Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is Feb. 29 at the Irvine Civic Center. Support the Public Safety Department as it “battles” other police and fire departments countywide in a friendly competition to raise the importance of donating blood. The American Red Cross is the beneficiary. To sign up for a time from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 29, please click here.

SCE Outage Notification
For information about the following, call: (800) 611-1911. Planned outages will affect SCE Irvine commercial customers from 10 p.m. Jan. 23 to 2 a.m. Jan. 24 at 1 Technology Park. Other planned outages: residential customers from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. Jan. 24 in the following area: North Barranca bounded by East Creek, South Bayview, and West Lake. And, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24, residential and commercial customers in the following area: North Whistling Isle bounded by East Firestone, South I-405, and West Culver. And, from 10 p.m. Jan. 24-2 a.m. Jan. 25, commercial customers in the 8600-8700 blocks of Research. For more outage info: www.sce.com/outage.

Calling Youth! Day of Service
Nonprofit Team Kids is providing an opportunity for Irvine’s youth to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, day of service, through LemonAID. Congress designated the national holiday as a day of service, and youth are encouraged to set up LemonAID stands any time Jan. 14-16 to raise money for Orange County United Way and your school’s PTA/PTO. To sign up and learn how to set up a LemonAID stand, click here.

News ImageWoo Woo It’s Friday!
This Friday, December 16, starting at 4 p.m., the Irvine Station is the featured "Woo Woo It's Friday" stop for Metrolink. Simply ride Metrolink to Irvine Station then take the iShuttle Route D to the Irvine Spectrum Center to enjoy a festive evening of holiday shopping and entertainment with your family.

Benefits include:
The first 100 people who show their OCLink Pass at the Guest Services Kiosk near the Carousel will receive a:
  • FREE taco from Wahoo's Fish Taco
  • FREE $10 Game Play card from Dave & Buster’s
  • FREE ride on the Giant Wheel or Carousel
  • FREE appetizer or dessert coupon from Red Robin
  • FREE OCLink Pass at the Fullerton Station starting at 4 p.m. to the first 100 people
The last Friday of each month Metrolink chooses an Orange County train station for its Woo Woo It’s Friday program to feature various destinations and to provide riders with a trip itinerary, including suggestions for trip departure and arrival times, things to-do, and places to eat within walking distance from the station. This Friday Irvine Station is the featured destination. To learn more about the iShuttle visit irvineshuttle.net/. To learn more about Woo Woo It’s Friday, visit octa.net/woowoo.aspx.



News ImageBuyback Center – Holiday Closure
The Buyback Center located at 16122 Construction Circle East in Irvine and operated by the Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC) will be closed from Dec. 26, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012 and will resume normal operations on January 2, 2012.

Eat, Shop, and Be Merry this December with the Holiday iShuttle!
Take the complimentary Holiday iShuttle and ask the driver for your discount certificate* to save big at California Pizza Kitchen, Capital Dim Sum-Seafood-Bar, Charley's Grilled Subs, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Johnny Rockets,

SCE postpones planned outages
SCE has canceled two planned outages in areas of the City of Irvine in observance of pre-Thanksgiving preparations. They had been planned for Nov. 22 and Nov. 23. There are no planned outages expected this week. For information on outages, click here and to call: (800) 611-1911.

TEDx Youth Summit
The first-ever TEDx Youth Summit will be held in Irvine on Sunday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University High School located at 4771 Campus Drive, Irvine. The summit is focused on 10-18 year olds and will feature short presentations by successful and innovative people. For more information or for tickets, visit TEDxYouthBommerCanyon.com.

Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast
Erin Runnion of Joyful Child Foundation is the speaker at this year’s annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Click here for information.

National Alert on Nov. 9
A nationwide Emergency Alert System will be activated at 11 a.m. Nov. 9. Irvine residents should expect an audio “this is a test,” a news crawl of some sort on TVs, or a combination of both.
( EAS Information )

Free Sprinkler Nozzles
Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) is offering free sprinkler nozzles to its residential and commercial customers. The nozzles conserve water and help save money on water bills. For more information or to sign up for this program, visit freesprinklernozzles.com. You may also contact IRWD Water Conservation at 949-453-5581 or click here for the flyer.

News ImageGive the Gift of Fun
Gift Certificates for classes and activities are now available! Allow your loved one to choose from hundreds of activities.

Irvine Senior Health and Resource Expo
Taking place on October 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeview Senior Center, the Expo features more than 70 exhibitors and includes free flu shots for adults age 50 and older.

UCI Volleyball set for Global Competition
The annual men’s International Volleyball Tournament at UCI begins Sept. 26 and continues through Oct. 1. Korea, Argentina, China, Brazil and UCI’s team are among competitors.
( Info and Tickets )

Welcome Home Packages for Irvine’s 2/11 Marines
Express your appreciation to our returning 2/11 Marines by providing them with a “welcome home” package. The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee is accepting donations through September 22.
( Welcome Home Packages Flier )

News ImageDay of Play for Children’s Health
Nickelodeon and others are celebrating Worldwide Day of Play on September 24 to remind children to become more physically active. Irvine supports healthy children.

OCFA to host Open House
Orange County Fire Authority, which serves Irvine, will host its annual open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8. At the Regional Fire Operations & Training Center, 1 Fire Authority Road. Also, visit OCFA’s Fire Station 4, at 2 California Ave. in Irvine, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15.

Irvine Child Care Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is seeking volunteers to fill two child care provider and two government, civic, or community agency vacancies on the Irvine Child Care Committee. Application deadline is September 29.
( Application )

News ImageIrvine Senior Citizens Council Seeking Applicants to Fill Openings
The City of Irvine is accepting applications for two Member-At-Large positions on the Irvine Senior Citizens Council. Application deadline is September 22.

News ImageIrvine is Top 100 Places to Live
Irvine made the Top 100 list in the U.S. in RelocateAmerica's 14th annual rankings. High marks for master-planning, quality of schools, low crime rate and open space.

News ImageCity of Irvine Meals on Wheels Receives Grant
Irvine Meals on Wheels has been awarded $15,305 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). The money will provide Irvine Meals on Wheels with much-needed equipment to help the organization serve Irvine seniors in need.

This financial support is desperately needed as many Meals On Wheels programs across the country continue to struggle with skyrocketing gasoline costs and rising food prices. The Walmart Foundation-MOWAA "Building the Future" Impact Grants will allow Irvine Meals on Wheels to help ensure sustainability while fostering long-term growth.

News ImageCome meet officers during National Night Out
Irvine Police Department will be on hand, along with the Orange County Fire Authority, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 2 at Brywood School and The Quail Hill Village Center. Come meet officers during National Night Out, learn about specialized vehicles and equipment, and play games and do crafts with the whole family.

Free event; no RSVP required.

Info: 949-724-7193. Click here to view the flier.
( Click here to view the flier. )

News ImageIrvine Profiles: 40th Anniversary
40th Anniversary Irvine Profiles include interviews with Mary Ann Gaido, Jean Aldrich and others who have helped shape the City. click here.

News ImageTeam Kids Seeks LemonAID help for July 4th
Team Kids is distributing LemonAID kits to Irvine families who would like to host a Fourth of July stand to raise 100% proceeds for the Boys & Girls Club of America to support the clubs impacted by tornadoes in the South.



News ImageNewsweek Ranks 3 Irvine Schools
University (8th), Northwood (96th) and Woodbridge (477th) high schools were among the top 500 in Newsweek Magazine’s annual list. Irvine Unified School District, supported by the City of Irvine, is considered one of nation’s best. Criteria for the list includes graduation rate, percent enrolling in college, AP scores, and average SAT score. To read the Newsweek report: http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2011/americas-best-high-schools.html

Summer Activities Video
See what is happening in Irvine this summer! Watch this video that features great summer camps, programs and activities for all ages.

News ImageCity Council Actions: June 14
The City Council passed its fiscal 2011-2012 general fund budget of $136.2 million. Also, an ordinance that would prohibit registered sex offenders convicted of a crime against a minor from entering city parks and recreational facilities passed in a first reading. For press releases, click here.



News ImageIrvine Safest City – 7 Years in a Row
Irvine is America's Safest City for a seventh straight year for communities with a population of 100,000 or more. According to FBI Part 1 crime data, Irvine continues to have the lowest violent crime rate in the U.S. The City also has the lowest overall Part 1 crime. For 2010, Irvine had the lowest per-capital violent crime rate in its 40-year history.
Click for press release.



HOA Invite to City Hall
Irvine is hosting a Homeowners’ Association Meeting for boards of directors at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Civic Center. Hear from the City about programs and services, plus Q&A. To RSVP: egreen@cityofirvine.org by May 24.


News ImageIrvine Studio Arts Festival
The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host the 17th annual Studio Arts Festival on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Festival will showcase more than 100 local artists and more than 1,000 original works of art spanning across a variety of mediums including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, textiles and glass.

The Festival will also feature live music, food, art demonstrations, and the "crowd favorite" - ice cream sundaes sold in handmade ceramic collector bowls. Admission and parking are free. Event proceeds benefit special projects and programs sponsored by the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located at 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine. For more information, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.

News ImageAmerican Red Cross, Others Help the Midwest and South
The American Red Cross and other relief agencies are on the ground to assist the regions in the Midwest and South that have been hit with the deadliest string of tornadoes in several generations. Whole towns have been wiped out and relief will be required for some time. For a list of charitable organizations for this disaster and others, please click here.

Junior Games This Weekend
24th annual Irvine Junior Games, a track and field event to raise funds for before- and after-school child care, is 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Irvine High School. Benefits the Irvine Child Care Project. For grades 4-8; pre-registration required. Spectator admission: $8 adults and $2 children. Information: irvinejuniorgames.com


IPSF Seeks School Support
The Foundation supporting Irvine public schools is seeking help from both the community and its businesses. Irvine Public Schools Foundation is launching the iCard; donors who give $365 or more annually ($1 per day) will receive an iCard for perks and discounts in the community. IPSF also is looking to add to those partnerships by adding to its community business list of supporters. Information to give or to support: http://www.ipsf.net. .


News ImageYoung Masters Art Show
The 21st annual Young Masters Art Show, sponsored by Assistance League of Irvine in conjunction with the Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine, kicks off Saturday, May 7, with free opening-day festivities from 1-4 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.
To view students’ art, click here
( To view students’ art, click here )

HomeAid Drive Now Underway
Charitable agencies supported by the City of Irvine are beneficiaries of an ongoing HomeAid donation drive, through May 6. These include Families Forward, Human Options and Laura’s House. HomeAid is collecting items for homeless infants and toddlers throughout Orange County. To help, go to: www.essentialsforyounglives.org.

News ImagePlanned Outage Notification
SCE will be performing maintenance on the following electrical systems in the area. To perform this work safely, we must temporarily interrupt electric service and turn off power.

News ImageIrvine Animal Care Center Launches Orange County ‘Humane Kids’ Contest
The City of Irvine Animal Care Center is hosting the first-ever Orange County "Humane Kids" essay contest, open to all Orange County students, grades 1-12. Students should submit a 300-word personal statement detailing what actions they have taken to make a positive impact toward animal welfare.

The contest is comprised of two categories, grades 1-6 and grades 7-12. At the conclusion of the contest, one winner from each category will be named one of Orange County's “Humane Kids.” Contest sponsor Boomers! Irvine will also provide each winner with a four-hour play pass for unlimited attractions. Selected runners-up will each receive a round of miniature golf. Contest winners will be announced at the Irvine Animal Care Center’s Super Pet Adoption event on June 11.

Entries will be accepted from May 1-31 and must include a completed application and personal statement. Applications and official rules are available online at irvineshelter.org or in person at the Irvine Animal Care Center, located at 6443 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine. For more information, contact Crystal Nettles at 949-724-7740.

New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements July 1, 2011
Per the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (SB183), beginning July 1, 2011, all existing single family homes must have carbon monoxide alarms. All other types of residences (apartments, condominiums, hotels, etc.) will need carbon monoxide alarms beginning January 1, 2013. According to the California Air Resources Board, 30 to 40 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. SB183 states that those deaths were avoidable and that the California law will help prevent further deaths and increase awareness.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes can kill individuals before they are aware it is in their home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.

For more information about how you can comply with SB183, visit ocfa.org.
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Nonprofit Licensed Child Care Providers Needed
The Irvine Child Care Project, a Joint Power Authority between the Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine, is requesting proposals from licensed nonprofit child care providers interested in operating a school-age child care program at Alderwood Elementary School beginning July 1, 2011.

The selected provider will operate a program providing child care services for children, from kindergarten through sixth grade, utilizing leased space from the Irvine Child Care Project. The program would serve between 70-100 children.

The application period begins Thursday, April 7. Application packets are available at the Child Resource Center, Heritage Park, 14341 Yale Avenue or online at cityofirvine.org. For more information, contact Susan McClintic at 949-724-6697.

Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22, to:

Irvine Child Care Project
14341 Yale Avenue
Irvine, CA 92604-1901
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Councilmember, Assemblyman to Host Meeting
Councilmember Jeffrey Lalloway and Assemblyman Don Wagner will host a community meeting with Irvine residents on Saturday, April 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Northwood Community Park. Info and to RSVP: joannadiaz10@yahoo.com or 949-241-5083.


News ImageTeam Kids to Raise Funds For Japan
The nonprofit Team Kids will be at the Great Park Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, to raise money for Japan disaster relief. All proceeds from its LemonAID efforts go to the American Red Cross. Info: ocgp.org.

Japan’s Nuclear Event: Updates
Here are federal links to keep informed about Japan’s efforts to protect its nuclear reactors. Included is ongoing information from nearby San Onofre.

usa.gov (multiple agencies and info)

FAQs about radiation

Nuclear Energy Institute

Federal Emergency Management Agency

International Atomic Energy Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

California Department of Public Health has activated a business-hours public information line at 916-341-3947.

News ImageYouth Skate Jam & Kings of Harvard Skate Contest
The City of Irvine, together with Active Ride Shop, is hosting a free Youth Skate Jam and Kings of Harvard Skate Contest on Friday, April 1 from 4-8 p.m. at Harvard Skate Park in Irvine. Pre-registration is encouraged.

News ImageIrvine Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is accepting applications for two community member at-large vacancies on the Irvine Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. Deadline to apply is March 14.

News ImageRecruitment Deadline Extended for Green Ribbon Environmental Committee
The application period to fill two member-at-large positions on the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee has been extended to Tuesday, March 1.

Economic Recovery Resources Page
The City hosts a page to help those who are looking for employment with resources that include Orange County One-Stop Center as well as iConnect, which links Irvine businesses to Irvine residents.
Click here.

Dining event for schools
Irvine Public Schools Foundation, which raises critical money for Irvine schools, is sponsoring the second annual I-Dine from Feb. 15-19. Participating restaurants will donate 20% of each dining bill. Take in a flyer or mention IPSF during those days. For a listing of restaurants, go to: http://www.ipsf.net/

Vista Verde Residential Draft EIR
View a draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed development of detached single-family homes at the former Vista Verde Elementary School site in University Park (Planning Area 20). Click here

Jewish Film Festival Opens
The Jewish Film Festival 2011 opens January 9 in Irvine. Films and discussion at Regal Westpark 8 Cinemas, through March 27. Sponsored by University Synagogue. Click "view pdf" for information.
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News ImageDecember is Clean Hands Month
Healthy habits can help protect against germs this cold and flu season. Simple actions, like covering your mouth and nose and cleaning your hands often, can stop germs and prevent illnesses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Jeffrey Road remains open
Planned roadwork along Jeffrey Road has been postponed for the weekend of November 20 due to inclement weather. Jeffrey Road will remain open all weekend.

Open Space, Irvine Ranch
Irvine Ranch Conservancy, whose partner is the City of Irvine, has an interactive website to make it easier for residents to discover and explore the historic Irvine Ranch.
( Click here to learn more )

Halloween Fun
Irvine's Heritage Park transforms into "SCARE-itage" park for two frightful nights, October 28-29. Guests ages 10 and older are invited to tour the haunted community center, while alternate activities will be available for younger children.

News ImageKorean dancers at UC Irvine
Dancers from South Korea's Dankook University will perform traditional Korean dances Nov. 17 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Part of the campus's International Global Village initiative.
949 824-2787.
( Watch video )

News ImageGeneral Municipal Election is Nov. 2
The General Municipal Election will be held on November 2. In an ongoing effort to promote voter registration and participation, the City of Irvine encourages all eligible residents to register and vote. The registration deadline is October 18 for the November 2 election.

Free Workshop for Building Owners and Managers
Free workshop designed to assist building owners and managers through the process of benchmarking their buildings using Energy Star® Portfolio Manager along with hands-on training to comply with AB 1103.
( Workshop Flyer )

$500,000 Available in Irvine Educational Partnership Grants
Committed to enhancing academic and health programming for Irvine students, the Irvine City Council has agreed to allocate up to $500,000 for the City's Educational Partnership Fund.

Fire Safety
In Orange County, fire season is a year-round reality. To help ensure residents are prepared, the Orange County Fire Authority has developed an information series called “Ready! Set! Go!” Included is a website, instructional video, resource guide and an open house on Saturday October 9. For more information, please visit readysetgooc.org.
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Mayor Kang at Concordia U.
Mayor Sukhee Kang will provide the City’s official greeting during German Day at Concordia University. He will speak about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 as the daylong event, “20 Years of Reunification: A Celebration of Freedom,” begins. Click for Information and click on German Day.

Irvine Child Care Committee Seeks Applicants
The City of Irvine is accepting applications for two volunteer parent vacancies on the Irvine Child Care Committee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 30.

Volunteer to Help Irvine’s School-Aged Children
The Irvine Child Care Project is seeking volunteer community members interested in serving on its Program Assessment and Review Committee. Deadline for application is August 26.

News ImageBack-to-School Supplies Needed
Families Forward, the Irvine nonprofit supported by the City, is seeking back-to-school items for low-income children. New backpacks, pencils, paper, rulers, crayons and other needs for K-12 are most appreciated. Address: 9221 Irvine Blvd.; (949) 552.2727; families-forward.org

News ImageGrand Reopening of University Community Park
Saturday, July 31, 10-11:30 a.m.
1 Beech Tree Lane
949-724-6815
Please join us in celebrating the grand reopening of University Community Park.

News ImageCity of Irvine Ballot Measures and Guidelines
At its meeting of July 13, 2010, the City Council placed two measures on the November 2, 2010 ballot entitled “Irvine School Support Initiative” and “Irvine Sustainable Community Initiative.” More information.

News ImageAlarm User Awareness Class
Home and business alarm systems are one of the most effective ways to deter burglaries and break-ins. To enhance proper usage, the Irvine Police Department is hosting an Alarm User Awareness Class on July 20 at 9 a.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.
( View PDF )

News ImageAccepting Rental Applications for 2011
Looking for the perfect location for a special occasion? The City of Irvine is accepting applications for all facilities for January 1 through December 31, 2011.
( Public Opening Day Letter )

Council Meetings to be Adjourned
The regularly scheduled Irvine City Council meeting of June 8 will be adjourned to the following Tuesday, June 15, to accommodate the Primary Election. To keep the normal spacing of two weeks between City Council meetings, the meeting of June 22 will be adjourned to June 29.



Movie Night at Heritage Park
Lounge Chair Theater "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". Saturday, May 15 at Heritage Community Park. Bring the family and join your friends and neighbors to watch a movie in the park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic or money for the snack bar. Featured movie is"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs". Free event. Show starts at dusk. Call 949-724-6840 for more information. Heritage Community Park is located at Walnut & Yale Avenues.


iJAM for Irvine Teachers
Irvine Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring iJAM, a music and carnival night to benefit Irvine teachers and students. From 2-6 p.m. May 23 at Irvine High School. Live performances, bounce houses, games and more will be part of the mix. Tickets $12; $15 at the door. Information: irvinedreamstakes.com


Families Forward Resource Fair
Irvine's Families Forward, a City partner, is hosting its 2nd Annual Community Resource Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8 at Irvine Valley College.

News ImageIMA International Film Series
Irvine Multicultural Association
The IMA International Film Series presents an award winning motion-picture filmed in 24 countries.

Baraka

Friday, January 29, 2010
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall,
1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606
FREE ADMISSION, seating limited to first 200 guests

Baraka means blessing: the breath or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds. It is a transcendently poetic and meditative visual tour of the globe, with images from 24 different countries, told without words and accompanied only by world music.
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Korean American Day Festivities
In celebration of Korean American Day, recognized annually on January 13, the Pacific American Volunteer Association is hosting a Korean American Day Festival on Saturday, January 16 from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

IBC Vision Plan's Draft EIR
The City of Irvine has prepared a Recirculated Draft Environmental Report (EIR) for the IBC Residential/ Mixed Use Vision Plan and related project components, available for public review by clicking here.

News ImageHoliday Fire Safety and You
Make this holiday season a safe one for you and your family. Click here for a message from the Irvine Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority.



Free Holiday Meals
For Irvine residents, and for those friends in need this holiday season, a number of Orange County locations are offering meals on or around Christmas Day. Click "More" for details.

Half Marathon Runs in Irvine
The Southern California Half Marathon & 5K Run Walk will raise funds as it winds its way through Irvine on January 9, 2010. For more information, click here.

News ImageSpecial Treats From Kia
Irvine-based Kia Motors America is benefiting children with a special Halloween Open House. Please join us October 30, 2:30 - 5:30 pm, 111 Peters Canyon Road, Irvine for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, frightening food and trick or treating! For the brave ones, the Kia Haunted House awaits. We will be collecting donations for Illumination Foundation.
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News ImageThe IMA International Film Series presents "Eat Drink Man Woman"
The IMA International Film Series presents a motion-picture from Taiwan
Eat Drink Man Woman
Friday, October 23, 2009, 6:00 pm
Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall,
1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606
FREE ADMISSION, seating limited to first 200 guests
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Family Violence Focus of Award
Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard accepted an Excellence in Victim Services Award at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. The award recognizes the Public Safety Department-directed Family Violence Prevention Focus Group.
Award Information
Victim Services Information


News ImageIrvine Accepting Applications for Educational Partnership Grants
The City of Irvine is currently accepting applications for Educational Partnership grants. Funded through the City's Educational Partnership Fund, the grant program is designed to support enhanced health and counseling resources in Irvine schools. Application deadline is Thursday, October 29 at 4 p.m.
( Application Packet )

News ImageIrvine 2/11 Adoption Program
The Irvine 2/11 Adoption Committee welcomes the Irvine community to support the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (2/11) from Camp Pendleton, which our City adopted this past September.

News ImageKeep Our Planet Clean & Green - Preschool Summer Reading Program
City of Irvine Environmental Programs is hosting a preschool summer reading program for Irvine residents on Tuesday, August 18 from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.
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News ImageYouth Skate Jam
The City of Irvine is hosting its Third Annual Youth Skate Jam on Saturday, August 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Harvard Skate Park. Co-sponsored by Active, this free family event features an informal skateboarding clinic with local pros, exhibitions from amateur and pro skateboarding teams, giveaways from top skateboarding companies, games and food.

News ImageBecome Zero Waste!
The City of Irvine Environmental Programs is proud to announce the launch of the new Zero Waste section. Residents and businesses can find out how to compost, how to discard something without throwing it away, how to become a Zero Waste business and much more. Click here to find out more.

News ImageFree Family Festival: Growing the Park
To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Orange County Great Park, bring your friends and family to Growing the Park, a sprawling festival divided into three activity areas -- each representing a different aspect of the park's past, present and future. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, activities will include a wingwalker show, petting zoo, live music, kite flying, vintage aircraft, food, hands-on activities, and appearances by the LA Galaxy Street Team and the Anaheim Ducks Street Team.

News ImageREMINDER: Fireworks are Prohibited within Irvine City Limits
With the Fourth of July fast approaching, the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine Police Department would like to remind residents it is illegal to sell, discharge or possess fireworks within the City of Irvine, and that the safest way to enjoy the holiday is by attending a professional public fireworks display, like the 25th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Concert on the Green held at Irvine High School. For a detailed list of public fireworks displays in Orange County, visit www.ocfa.org.

News ImageOrange County Great Park Update
The Orange County Great Park Preview Park and Balloon will be closed to the public on Thursday, July 9 - Friday, July 10 and Sunday, July 12 due to the set up and clean-up of the "Great Park Anniversary: Growing the Park" special event on Saturday, July 11.
On Saturday, July 11, the park will be open to the public at 10 a.m. and will be closing at 4 p.m. to celebrate the "Great Park Anniversary: Growing the Park" event.

News ImageHike with Mayor Kang
Irvine hikers joined Mayor Sukhee Kang on a sunny day for a trek along the Orchard Hills Trail on Saturday, June 27.


News ImageDonations to Hermosillo Fire Victims
Our beloved sister city of Hermosillo, Mexico, with which we have shared this special relationship for the past 19 years, was tragically affected by a fire at the ABC daycare facility on June 5, 2009. Approximately 142 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old were in the facility at the time of the fire. 45 children were killed and an additional 21 children and 3 adults remain hospitalized.

News ImageOrange County Great Park Volunteer Ambassador Program
Make a difference this summer - be an Orange County Great Park Ambassador! The Orange County Great Park Ambassador Program will give individuals a unique and exciting opportunity to engage with the greater Orange County community, develop and refine public speaking and presentation skills, build leadership skills, gain experience in problem solving and meet new people. Now accepting applications for summer openings.


News ImageShop Irvine – The Guide
Shop Irvine is an annual guide to retail/dining opportunities, presented each year by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the City of Irvine. The guide helps get you to where you want to go and includes numerous City and other listings. For an online version, click here.

News ImageCirque at the Great Park: Tickets on Sale Now
Cirque du Soleil will perform their travelling circus show Kooza at the Orange County Great Park in January, and tickets are on sale now!
( Click here for more information. )

News ImageIrvine is 'America's Safest City’
The City of Irvine is America’s Safest City for the fifth consecutive year; 2008 also marked the lowest violent crime rate in the City’s history. Based on data from the FBI, the City is the safest community with a population of more than 100,000 when considering violent crime.

For a link to the data: www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm

News ImageForeclosure Prevention Help
Experts will be on hand to assist Irvine homeowners who are behind on mortgage payments and risk foreclosure. The free workshop, hosted by Orange County Home Ownership Preservation Collaborative, will hold two sessions, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 12 at the Irvine Civic Center. The City of Irvine is a partner. Click here for more information. Early registration is recommended. To register, call 714-569-0823 ext. 225.

Click here for information on additional HUD services.

News ImageIrvine High Schools Rock!
Irvine Unified was named the best school district in Orange County for high schools in the OC Register's annual measurement of academic excellence. The newspaper ranked Northwood and University high schools third and fourth. The silver medal schools were joined by two bronze medalists, Woodbridge High and Irvine High (ranked 12th and 14th). Tustin Unified School District’s Beckman High School, located in Irvine, was ranked 20th among the county’s 64 campuses. To find your favorite school click here.

News ImageCity of Irvine Memorial Day Services Photo Gallery
Click here to see photos of the event

News Image2/11 Car Wash to Raise Funds
The City of Irvine's adopted Battalion, the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (2/11), will hold a fundraising car wash from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road. For more information about the Battalion and citywide support, please click here.

News ImageMemorial Day Tribute and Remembrance
The City of Irvine is holding a special Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, to commemorate the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation and the ideals we cherish. Join us in memorializing their noble sacrifice by honoring a family member or friend who has died in the line of duty by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board at the event.

News ImageSubstantial Amendment to the Community Development Block Grant Program
The City will consider a Substantial Amendment to the Community Development Block Grant program to allocate funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The City of Irvine is posting its draft Substantial Amendment for public review and comment. The public comment period concludes upon the close of the Public Hearing held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 26, 2009 in the City of Irvine Council Chambers. Written comments may be submitted to the Redevelopment Offices of the Community Development Department, 7000 Trabuco Road, Irvine, CA 92618 not later than 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2009. Click here to read the document.

News ImageIBC (Irvine Business Complex) EIR
Irvine has prepared a Draft Environmental Report (EIR) for the IBC Residential/Mixed Use Vision Plan and related project components, now available for public review.

News ImageCirque du Soleil comes to the Great Park
The world-renowned traveling show will perform in a limited engagement beginning Jan. 7, 2010 at the Orange County Great Park. Tickets for the show "Kooza" go on sale June 16.

News ImageIrvine No. 1 in State
For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Irvine reported less violent crime per capita than any other California city with more than 100,000 residents. The California Department of Justice released Part I crime data for California cities with populations over 100,000 for January through December 2008, including specific data for violent crime.
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News ImageTalk Around Town
Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce is hosting a community meeting, Talk Around Town, on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center. This free community event will focus on topics that engage Irvine's youth as well as provide an update on the economy. For more information, call 949-724-6077.

News ImageEconomic Workshop Planned
The City of Irvine and Irvine Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer a free Business Workshop for Professionals, 3:30-8 p.m. April 29 at Lakeview Senior Center. The drop-in event will help residents redefine their job skills, plan for a new business, develop a business website, or sharpen interview techniques and resume writing. Members of the Chamber and the Orange County One-Stop Center will be available on a variety of subjects. Information: (949) 724-6077. Registration is not required.

Topics include: Setting up a Business Website; Break Through Marketing; Orange County One-Stop Center; Institute for Women Entrepreneurs; Social Networking; Marketing Your New Business; Business Coaching; Home-Based Business; Vocational Training & Education; Human Resources; How to Plan your Budget in a Down Economy; Insurance; City of Irvine Business License; Finding a Business Partner; Setting Up Your Own Business

News ImageMayor Kang Addresses Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Sukhee Kang spoke before the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and guests a few days ago. His focus was on the economy and business partnerships.
( For the full text, click here )

News ImageBusiness Breakfast with Mayor Kang
Join Mayor Sukhee Kang at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Breakfast with the Mayor, April 24 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Mayor Kang will focus on "Partners in Challenging Times" as a follow-up to his recent State of the City address. Click here for registration information.

News Image2009 Strategic Business Plan
The Irvine City Council unanimously approved adoption March 24 of its 2009 Strategic Business Plan, an economic planning document that provides a long-term focus to begin deliberations on the 2009-2010 budget. The long-term outlook includes a preservation of essential services, strategic use of reserves, and expenditure reductions and efficiencies.
To view the document please click here (19mb).

To view a smaller version (lower resolution) click here (5mb).

News ImageDave Freedland Sworn In as Deputy Chief of Police
Veteran police manager Dave Freedland has been sworn in as Deputy Chief of Police to become the Irvine Police Department's second in command.
As a 31 year veteran of law enforcement, Dave Freedland has worked virtually all corners of the department while ascending the ranks.

News ImageEarth Hour this Saturday
Join the City of Irvine and 400 other cities in 74 countries in observing an awareness program addressing climate change and energy efficiency. Please turn out non-essential lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. March 28 in observance of Earth Hour 2009.

News ImagePersian New Year
On Sunday, March 29th, 2009, members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park, located at 18712 University Drive in the City of Irvine (University / Culver) to celebrate the Persian New Year “Sizdeh Bedar.” This event historically attracts thousands of people and will result in periods of severe traffic congestion along roadways surrounding Mason Park.


The below details will be posted on http://www.irvinepd.org/ and http://www.cityofirvine.org/ to assist area residents and attendees of this year’s event.

News ImageSounds of Spring Concert Series
The City of Irvine's Sounds of Spring concert series continues on Sunday, March 22, showcasing the musical talents of Stars of Tomorrow. Admission is free; however seating is limited. Concerts begin at 4 p.m.

News ImageIrvine Chamber Seeks Business of the Year Nominees
The Irvine Chamber and the City of Irvine are now accepting nominations for the 2008 Business of the Year award. Nominated companies should be located in Irvine and have considerable participation in community service, civic affairs and professional organizations. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 30. Click here for more information.

News ImageThe Great Park in Focus
A special on the Orange County Great Park will be previewed during “Irvine News” tonight at 7 p.m., and the 18-minute special will air immediately following the news. The next step for the Great Park will be unveiled at 10 a.m. March 19 at the Great Park Corporation board meeting at the Civic Center.

News ImageiConnect
As the Business Capital of Orange County, the City of Irvine is committed to helping the community thrive by providing an exclusive resource connecting local employers to local job seekers.This is a free resource for both Irvine residents and employers. Residents may upload their resume for review by local businesses seeking to fill vacancies. Click here for more information.

News ImageMetrolink Rail Maintenance in Irvine
Metrolink crews will perform maintenance along the Orange County line March 15-20, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The maintenance work will move along the line during this time, and will create some noise and dust as it progresses. In Irvine the Metrolink line runs from Jamboree Road to Alton Parkway. Click here to view a map of the Irvine Station.

News ImageGreat Park Board Approves Comprehensive Park Design - Moves Plan Forward to Production Phase
The Great Park Board approved the Comprehensive Park Design presented by Master Designer Ken Smith and the Great Park Design Studio. The approval of the Comprehensive Park Design moves the Great Park from the planning and design phase to the production phase. The next Board meeting, in which further discussion and planning is expected, will be 10 a.m. March 19 at City Hall.

News ImageIrvine “State of the City” Address
Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang delivered his first State of the City address on February 10. The mayor updated city residents and community members on areas of importance to the City, such as the Orange County Great Park, fiscal responsibility, sustainability, education, community partnerships and our 2009 outlook. Click a link to: Read the speech | Watch the presentation | View a gallery of photos

News ImageWelcome Home Defenders Event
City of Irvine residents are encouraged to participate in a special day honoring our military veterans. The Welcome Home Defenders of Freedom event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The free event welcomes home those who have served our country. Volunteers also are needed all day. For volunteer information contact Joe Leal (909) 200-8960 or Chaplain Jinho Cho (213) 820-0672. Click here for more event information.

News ImageSwearing-In Ceremony and Reception for 2008 Elected Officials
Mayor-elect Sukhee Kang and City Councilmembers Larry Agran, Steven Choi, and Beth Krom will be sworn-in on Tuesday, December 9. Join us for a reception in honor of our 2008 Elected Officials at 5:00 PM at the Irvine Civic Center. The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chamber.
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News ImageCity of Irvine Election Results
Official results from the Orange County Registrar of Voters

City of Irvine Mayor

City of Irvine City Council

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Orange County Great Park Ratification and Implementation Act

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City of Irvine Personal Information Privacy Act


News Image2008 Cans for Cash Recycling Challenge
Help Irvine win the national Cans for Cash competition by recycling those aluminum cans between October 1-31. Click here for more information, including details about how every pound of cans collected means $1 back to Irvine schools.

News ImageCity of Irvine Personal Information Privacy Act (Measure S) Measure & Guidelines for Submittal of Arguments and Rebuttals (General Municipal Election - November 4, 2008)
At their meeting of July 22, 2008, the City Council unanimously placed a measure on the November 4, 2008 ballot entitled, "City of Irvine Personal Information Privacy Act."

News ImageOrange County Great Park Ballot Measure & Guidelines for Submittal of Arguments and Rebuttals (General Municipal Election - November 4, 2008)

At their meeting of July 22, 2008, the City Council unanimously placed a measure on the November 4, 2008 ballot entitled, "Orange County Great Park Ratification and Implementation Act."



News ImageIrvine Multicultural Association Film Presentation
Join the Irvine Multicultural Association (IMA) on Friday, October 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center for a special screening of "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring" a Korean movie that depicts the stages of life of a child monk in a tiny Buddhist monastery. Rated R.
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News ImageIrvine Parking Structure Dedication Ceremony
The City of Irvine cordially invites the public to attend the official dedication ceremony of the Irvine Station Parking Structure on Thursday, October 2 from 4:30-6 p.m. Located at 15215 Barranca Parkway, the new 490,000 square foot structure adds an additional 1,500 parking spaces; nearly tripling the station's original allotment.

News Image"Talk Around Town" with Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce
Join Irvine City Manager Sean Joyce on Thursday, October 23 from 7-8 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, located at 20 Lake Road, for an informative community presentation focusing on valuable City services, programs and resources available to Irvine residents.

News ImageIrvine Wireless Ordinance Court Decision
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a ruling favorable to the City of Irvine's original wireless ordinance. Click here to see the decision.

News ImageNovember 4, 2008 General Municipal Election
The City's next General Municipal Election will be held on November 4, 2008. For more information

News ImageIrvine's Great Outdoors, Close to Home
The City of Irvine will celebrate 20 years of protecting and preserving Irvine’s open space at Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The milestone 1988 Open Space Initiative preserves Irvine’s natural splendor through the protection of parks, trails and wilderness areas. This free, public event will include entertainment, barbeque, nature hikes, and exhibits.

News Image8th Annual Relay For Life of Irvine
Join the American Cancer Society’s fight to end cancer by participating in the 8th annual Relay for Life of Irvine on June 7 and 8 at Irvine Valley College.

News ImageEnter to Win a Front Loader Truck...toy size, that is.
In honor of National Public Works Week, Public Works is holding a contest to win your very own Front Loader Truck! Toy size, that is. Enter for a chance to win by 5 pm, April 25. See the form below for entry and details.
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News ImageSizdeh-Bedar Persian New Year Celebration
On Sunday, March 30th, 2008, members of the Persian community and their guests will gather at William R. Mason Regional Park, located 18712 University Drive in the City of Irvine (University / Culver) to celebrate the Persian New Year "Sizdeh Bedar."

News ImageOrange County Great Park Voluntarily Suspends Flights of the Balloon
The City of Irvine today announced the voluntary suspension of flights of the Great Park Balloon pending review of its operations by independent experts.

News ImageKatie Wheeler Library Grand Opening
The Katie Wheeler Library will be opening its doors at noon on Saturday, February 23, 2008! Celebrate the Grand Opening and meet the newest staff members.

News ImageTennis Day Event Serves Up Fun with Special Guest Michael Chang
Come out swinging at the City of Irvine’s Tennis Festival on Saturday, February 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Heritage Park. Designed to expose new and seasoned players to the health and social benefits of tennis, the Festival is free of charge and open to all ages and abilities.

News ImageFEMA Opens Local Assistance Center in Irvine to Assist Fire Victims
The Irvine One-Stop Center, located at 125 Technology Drive West, Suite 200, in Irvine, California, has opened as a Local Assistance Center (LAC) and will operate today from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The LAC will remain open throughout the weekend, Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service hours may be extended based on need.

News ImageWildfire Update
The City of Irvine would like to thank the community for their cooperation and support during the recent fires.

If you have any questions regarding Emergency Preparedness please contact the Irvine Police Department Emergency Management Unit at (949) 724-7235.

Do you want to volunteer or donate? PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN HELP!


News ImageAll Outdoor City of Irvine Programs/Activities Canceled TODAY through Sunday, October 28
This includes Boo Bash, all Outdoor Classes & Lessons, Sports Leagues, Park Amenities (Skate Park, Adventure Playground, Aquatics Complex and Athletic Fields.)

Please check the website, with City Staff or Instructors for information regarding make ups or credits.

Additionally, all City of Irvine and School District Athletic Fields and Skate Park will be closed. Call the MUDD line at 949-724-6833 for updates.

The SOLD OUT Pumpkin', Pickin' & Carvin' Event originally scheduled at Bommer Canyon, will be moved indoors to Las Lomas Community Park located at 10 Federation Way.

The Youth Job Fair at the Lakeview Senior Center will still occur since the event will be held indoors.

For up to date information, visit www.irvinequickreg.org

Updated Friday, October 26, 1pm


News ImageIrvine Housing Element Workshop
The City of Irvine has begun the process of updating the General Plan Housing Element, which will establish the City’s housing goals and policies through June 30, 2014. This is your chance to learn about the Irvine Housing Element Update and give your input on housing-related matters! Next meeting is Monday, October 29 from 2-4 p.m. at Woodbury Community Park.

News Image2 Irvine Artists at the Irvine Fine Arts Center
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 5:30 to 8pm Exhibition runs: Sept 14-Oct 27, 2007
Irvine Fine Arts Center presents, The Unexpected Vistas of Irvine, by Irvine artist Tom Brown and While Waiting, by Irvine photographer Frank Cancian.

News Image2/11 Marine Adoption Ceremony
The City of Irvine will formally adopt the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (2/11) based at Camp Pendleton during a ceremony and reception on Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Come out and support our troops as we welcome our new extended family.
( Event Invitation )

News ImageFlex Your Power Alert!
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), charged with managing the electricity grid in California, has issued a Flex Alert for Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30.

News ImageJack Williams Memorial Golf Tournament - Registration Deadline July 23
"Breaking Barriers, Changing Perceptions," is the theme for the eighth annual Jack Williams Memorial Golf Tournament, taking place on Monday, July 30 at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine.

News ImageCity of Irvine Memorial Day Service
Please click here to see a slideshow of the Memorial Day services. (Photos courtesy Tim Knight, Irvine Public Safety)
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News ImageOutreach Program Highlights City Services, Programs and Resources
As part of a continued effort to promote awareness of Community Services programs and Irvine’s Affordable Housing Strategy, the City of Irvine is hosting a public meeting at the Lakeview Senior Center on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
( Community Presentation Flyer )

News ImageIrvine Guideway Project Questionnaire
The City of Irvine welcomes your feedback on the final route and potential transit systems that will serve the future Great Park and Spectrum areas. Click here to get an update on the project and give your input.

News ImagePurse/Wallet Thief
Irvine, Orange County Sheriffs and Newport Beach Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an active purse thief.



News Image35 Hours of Giving
On December 7 and 8, the City of Irvine will culminate its 35th anniversary celebration with “35 Hours of Giving,” an event that embraces the holiday spirit. From 8 a.m. on December 7 to 7 p.m. December 8, residents and businesses are encouraged to drop off new household items to furnish seven homes for Families Forward, a local non-profit organization that provides Orange County families with housing, food and more. Throughout the two-day event there will be children’s activities, presentations and, of course, birthday cake! For details, visit www.cityofirvine.org/35th

News ImageSmoke Advisory Issued for Orange County
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has issued a smoke advisory that includes Orange County due to smoke drifting from current wildfires.

News ImageTapestry of Cultures
Irvine continues to commemorate its 35th anniversary on Saturday, October 7 with Tapestry of Cultures - a virtual tapestry of performances representing the rich cultural heritage that is Irvine. Featuring professional artistry from around the world, the performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
( Event Flyer )

News ImageScheduled Web Site Improvements
On Friday, August 25 from 6 a.m. – noon, the City of Irvine’s Web site will be offline for maintenance and improvements. We appreciate your patience while we perform this upgrade to better serve you.

News ImageNotice of 10-Day Public Examination of Official Elections Materials
The 10-day public examination period of election material for the November 7, 2006 election is available for public review August 15 through August 24, 2006.
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News ImageAugust City Council Dates
The Irvine City Council meeting scheduled for August 8 has been cancelled. The Council will reconvene on August 22 for its regularly scheduled session.