Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts 2015
The City of Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts return to Mike Ward Community Park this summer with a series of free, family-friendly concerts.

Concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Low-back chairs, blankets, picnic food and warm clothing are encouraged.

  • Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience, Sunday, July 12
  • Pacific Symphony in the Cities, Sunday, July 19
  • Savor: Santana Tribute Band, Sunday, July 26
  • King Kruk as Elvis, Sunday, August 2
  • Hot August Night: Tribute to Neil Diamond, Sunday, August 9
  • Bella Donna: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, Sunday, August 16

Gourmet food trucks will be on site serving up a selection of culinary delights with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and other non-profit organizations.

For more information, visit or call 949-724-6606.  Use the parking lot located at the corner of Alton Pkwy and Lake Rd.

Welcome to Irvine!

City of Irvine Logo 2015
Watch our welcome video from Irvine police officers in English, Korean, Mandarin, Farsi, Vietnamese or Spanish.  Click here.

Financial Literacy Classes

The City of Irvine promotes economic well-being through free financial literacy courses available to residents of all ages.  Register online at

Classes: Estate Planning, Sept., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Course #154626
Home Buyer Education, July 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #154628
Home Buyer Education, Aug. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #154629
Home Buyer Education, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #154630
Retirement Planning, July 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Course #154617
Understanding Credit Reports & Scores, July 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #154618
Fundamentals of Investing, July 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Course #154619
Homebuyers Orientation 101, July 25, 9-11:30 a.m., Course #154631
Homebuyers Orientation 101, Aug. 22, 9-11:30 a.m., Course #154632
Homebuyers Orientation 101, Sept. 19, 9-11:30 a.m., Course #154633
Reverse Mortgage 101, July 30, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #154620
Leaving the Nest, Aug. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Course #154621
Money in Marriage, Aug. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Course #154622
Savvy Social Security Planning, Aug. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Course #154624
Balancing Personal Finances, Sept. 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Course #154625
Budgeting for First Time Home Buyers, Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Course #154627

For a description of each class, click here and read page 65 of Inside Irvine Magazine.  Or for more information, call 949-724-6611.

Happy 4th of July

Flag photo
The 4th of July celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.  On that day, our country declared its independence from Great Britain.

The freedom we enjoy today as Americans is a result of actions taken by our Founding Fathers – actions of courage, faith, honor and sacrifice.

We enjoy a level of freedom people in repressed nations cannot even fathom.  We are free to vote, to speak, to travel and to worship.  So on this day, perhaps more than any other day of the year, I’m thankful to be an American.

Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911

If you see or suspect a drunk driver, call 911 immediately.  Here are tips that can help you detect a drunk driver on the road:report drunk drivers call 911

  1. Making wide turns.
  2. Driving in the center of the road or lane marker.
  3. Almost hitting an object or another vehicle.
  4. Weaving or swerving across the road.
  5. Driving on surfaces other than a designated roadway.
  6. Turning abruptly or illegally.
  7. Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit.
  8. Stopping inappropriately in a traffic lane.
  9. Following others too closely.
  10. Drifting in and out of a straight line.
  11. Erratic braking.
  12. Driving on the wrong side of the road.
  13. Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions.
  14. Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts.
  15. Driving with headlights off.

Seasoned Chefs Culinary Workshop – July 9

Seasoned Chefs Culinary Workshop on July 9
When: Thursday, July 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Orange County Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab
Chef Sharon Murphy of One Fine Fig, will present healthy renditions of these zesty Italian summer classics:

  • Eggplant Meatballs
  • Zucchini Pasta
  • Grilled Figs with Mascarpone

The Seasoned Chef Series is bringing some of the best chefs in Orange County to present local seasonal gourmet dishes, techniques and preservation methods. Eating seasonal and local foods is nutritionally rich and environmentally friendly.

Admission is free.  For more information, visit or call 866-829-3829.

Come Create with Me: I’m Paul Frank

Come Create with Me I’m Paul Frank
When: Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m.
Where: Irvine Fine Arts Center
Join iconic designer Paul Frank in the studio for a hands-on creative workshop. The event marks 20 years of Paul creating art and fashion that has helped define popular culture. Spend the day designing with Paul and then take home your own unique creation, along with a special limited edition print designed specifically for the event. All ages welcome. Participants under age 6 must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
Registration required; fee is $39 per person. Enroll in course #156069 (10 a.m. class) or #156070 (2 p.m. class) at

Grand jury: Develop a plan to pay for next phase of Irvine’s Great Park

An article from the Orange County Register, June 30, 2015
by Sarah de Crescenzo

To avoid the “questionable decisions” and political interference that have plagued the development of the Great Park in its first decade, Irvine needs a strategy for the next 10 years, an Orange County grand jury says.

The grand jury on Tuesday released a 46-page report titled “‘Irvine Great Park: A Legacy of Hubris?” in which it says the city should develop and publish a 10-year plan for completing the park.

The report accuses the City Council that oversaw the project of poor management, faulty oversight and a lack of transparency.

The findings echo details published earlier this year in a pair of reports about Great Park spending, issued by firms hired by the city to investigate allegations of mismanagement.

Taxpayers “did not get their money’s worth regarding the Great Park investment during this first phase,” the grand jury report states.

Of the 1,347 acres of the former El Toro air base slated to become a park, 205 acres are considered developed, although about 117 of that are used for agriculture. That developed land also includes the Heritage and Aviation Exhibition in a former aircraft hangar and an arts complex.

At the end of 2014, spending tallied $251 million, a price tag the grand jury said would have been smaller had the city not overreached by crafting a plan to develop the park all at once instead of in phases.

The grand jury suggested the dissolution of the Great Park Corporation, because its Board of Directors also acts as the council, which would continue to oversee the project. The Great Park is run by the city of Irvine.

The panel also recommends adopting an ordinance to limit council members’ influence on city operations and the reduction of “extravagant expenditures,” such as the operation of the iconic orange balloon.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway said the report will push the city to come up with ways to prevent similar situations in the future.

“It’s going to cause us to think more, and hopefully by thinking about it, we, with the help of others, can come up with ways to fix these problems that occurred once and for all,” he said. “Measure V was a start, but it’s not the end.”

Voters in 2014 overwhelmingly passed Measure V, or the Orange County Great Park Fiscal Transparency and Reforms Act, tightening oversight of the project.

Developer FivePoint Communities, also known as Heritage Fields, is building out the next phase of the park, 688 acres that are slated to encompass sports complex, a golf course, the Upper Bee Canyon and a wooded nature area.

In exchange, FivePoint was granted the OK to build roughly twice the number of homes near the park as previously approved.

Next, the council has discussed building a library, museums, a lake and an amphitheater.

A “transparent, comprehensive multi-year plan taking the Great Park to completion needs to be developed,” the grand jury report concludes.

The city is preparing a formal response to the findings, Irvine spokesman Thomas Macduff said.

Contact the writer: 714-796-2221 or

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Red, White and Meow Adoption Event

Red, White & Meow Adoption Event
Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Visit the Irvine Animal Care Center between July 1-15 and adopt an adult cat for $17.76 or a kitten at 50% off!

For more information, visit or call 949-724-7740.

Summer Pool Safety

Pool SafetySwimming pools and spas are great places for families to spend time together having fun. Yet it’s important to ensure everyone stays safe in and around pools and spas.

Click here for pool safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Mobile Office Hours on July 2

On Thursday, July 2, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 11 a.m.1 p.m. at Peet’s Coffee located at 3972 Barranca Pkwy. (near the corner of Barranca and Culver, across the parking lot from Target).

Irvine residents and business owners who wish to discuss city-related issues, ask questions, or share ideas or concerns can stop by and speak with my staff at that time.  Information: 949-300-8301 or

Animal Care Presentation Made to City Council

Irvine Animal Care Center Public Forum
View the PowerPoint presentation from June 9 to the City Council by JVR Shelter Strategies.  Click here to view the Irvine Animal Care Center Consultation Overview by Dr. Jyothi Robertson.  Click here for the earlier, preliminary report by JVR Shelter Strategies.

I would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who together donate thousands of hours of their time.  Without them, the Irvine Animal Care Center could not function as it does, providing a safe haven for lost, abused and abandoned pets.

At home I have two pugs, Sammy and Rocky, and I have witnessed how loving pets have transformed the lives of every member of my family.

4th of July Concert and Fireworks Festival

4th of July Concert and Fireworks FestivalThe public is invited to the 31st annual Concert on the Green and Firework Festival on Saturday, July 4 at Irvine High School Stadium. Gates open at 3 p.m.  The event features live music, activities for children and a fireworks extravaganza. Food will be available for purchase at the event. ( Event Flyer )

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors (60+/13 and under). Kids under 2 are free.  Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the event. Advance purchase of a Family Pass (two adults, four children) is $45.

For more information or for advance ticket sales, call 949-724-0488 or email

Clothes Drying

Clothes Drying
Natural gas clothes dryers are more energy-efficient. Consider replacing your old, inefficient clothes dryer for a natural gas unit. They are generally less expensive to operate and can save you up to 50 percent on operating costs.

Also save money with these energy efficiency tips:

  • Line-dry your clothes when possible.
  • When you use your dryer, dry full loads, but don’t overload or over-dry. Separate lightweight and heavy clothes for more energy-efficient drying.
  • Dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter before drying each load.
  • Clean the machine. Periodically remove any buildup of lint and dust from the dryer exhaust, the back of the dryer and behind the lint screen.
  • Replace leaky exhaust terminals. Check the outside dryer exhaust terminal to make sure it closes as it was designed to do and is not blocked with lint.

For more information, visit

UCI’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year marks the University of California, Irvine’s 50th Anniversary as the university continues its two-year celebration through June 2016.  Special events continue, including a community-wide Festival of Discovery, to be held October 3 on campus.  A Global Compassion Summit, with guest the Dalai Lama, will be July 5.

UCI’s 1965 inaugural class included 1,589 students and is now more than 30,000.  Number of degrees awarded each year has grown from 14 to about 8,600. For 50th Anniversary details, visit

Strawberry Farms Golf Club

Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine is a sprawling and popular par-71, 6,700 yard course with amazing vistas. There are 18 holes of championship golf on a 35-acre reservoir, with large rolling greens surrounded by wildlife, natural vegetation and scenic hills studded with granite boulders. For more information, visit

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