Top Performing, Award-Winning Schools

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Families are continually attracted to Irvine because they know that their children will receive a top quality education from the best academically-ranked schools in the state.

Dog-friendly Trails

Dog-friendly TrailsDogs are often called “man’s best friend,” and many of us have canine companions who have wiggled their way into our hearts and lives, but when looking for a chance to hit the trails with your dog, it is important to remember where dogs are allowed, or not, within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, and important to understand why.

It is a common question: “Where can I go hiking with my dog?” Dogs are not permitted in nature preserve or wilderness areas that are managed for the benefit of local wildlife. However, there are plenty of park trails where dogs are allowed (on leashes, of course), including the Quail Hill Loop Trail located in Irvine.  READ MORE

Irvine Snapshots

Irvine Snapshot May 2015The May 2015 edition of Irvine Snapshots is now available.

Irvine Snapshots provides an overview of the broad trends shaping Irvine. Its purpose is to tell a story in a “snapshot” through graphs and illustrations.

Visit cityofirvine.org/snapshots to view the latest edition.

Save Energy

Save Energy
Energy Star certified bulbs last 10-25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.  If every household replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star bulb, we would save enough energy to light 2 million homes for a whole year.
For more information, visit http://1.usa.gov/1h43wBq

OCTA Board Allocates $47 Million for Road Improvements in 15 Cities

OCTA logoCities throughout Orange County will receive more than $47 million to help ease traffic through Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

The Orange County Transportation Authority board recently awarded funding for 23 projects to improve and widen busy streets and intersections. Seven additional projects will receive funding to synchronize traffic signals to ensure drivers hit the most green lights during rush hours.

In my role as OCTA chairman, I am very pleased that OCTA continues to spend Measure M dollars effectively. Improving local streets and roads is at the heart of Measure M. By funding these projects, we will continue to keep our promises to Orange County taxpayers.  READ MORE

Measure M Annual Progress Report

Measure M Annual Progress Report
Each year, the Orange County Transportation Authority publishes a progress report on Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

Visit octa.net/measurem to view the new interactive infographic, which displays Measure M benefits in a quick-read format.

Memorial Day 2015 – Please join me

Memorial Day Ceremonies
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for Americans to honor those who have given their lives while defending our nation. The City of Irvine is hosting two Memorial Day events in honor of our nation’s fallen:

Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony
On Sunday, May 24, a special candle lighting ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial and will include presentations by Gold Star families. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The Northwood Memorial is located at 4531 Bryan Ave. in Irvine.

Memorial Day Ceremony
On Monday, May 25, the City of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to pay tribute to fallen military service members from 10-11:30 a.m. at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to Irvine’s adopted 211/Marine Battalion. Click here to download a pre-made remembrance card.

For more information, call 949-724-6606.  Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine. Guests are encouraged to park in the lot at Harvard Ave. and San Juan St.

Workout on Your Way to Work

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Biking is an inexpensive and healthy alternative to driving.  Workout on your way to work on more than 1,000 miles of bikeways in Orange County.  Learn more about bicycle commuting by watching this video: http://bit.ly/iRideBike

Irvine City Council to Consider Repealing Living Wage Ordinance

On Tuesday night, the Irvine City Council voted 3 to 1 to move forward with the idea of ending the decade-old living wage ordinance, which requires city-hired contractors to pay wages higher than the state’s minimum wage.

At present, the City of Irvine has 15 contracts totaling $18.4 million that fall under the living wage ordinance.  Below is an excerpt from a news article in which I’m quoted:

Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway argued that the city’s living wage ordinance is falsely labeled because the minimum wages aren’t enough for a family to live comfortably in the city. He said government shouldn’t be interfering with a transaction between consenting individuals and that the city’s voters spoke when they elected a conservative majority.

“The living wage is not a living wage at all. It’s called a feel good wage,” Lalloway said. “We’re unnaturally inflating the amount we’re paying for services in the city. I don’t know how that’s consistent with our fiduciary responsibility.”

To read the entire article, click here.

OCTA Express Bus Service to Downtown Los Angeles

OCTA Express Bus Service to Downtown Los Angeles
The Orange County Transportation Authority has two express bus routes that go to downtown Los Angeles.  Route 701 begins at the Goldenwest Transportation Center in Huntington Beach, and Route 721 begins at the Fullerton Park-and-Ride.

Info: www.octa.net/Bus-Transit/Routes-and-Schedules/Express-Bus-Service

Green Report

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The City of Irvine has developed its first annual Green Report to showcase the City’s 2014 accomplishments in efficiently managing environmental resources.

This document highlights program successes and cost savings in the following area:  energy, natural resources, public education, recycling and waste reduction, transportation, urban agriculture, and water quality.

To view the Green Report, please click here.

Mobile Office Hours on May 21

On Thursday, May 21, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 11 a.m.1 p.m. at Heritage Park Library at 14361 Yale Ave. (located at the corner of Walnut and Yale).

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 atello@cox.net.

Next month Mobile Office Hours will be held at a different location — at University Park Library on Thursday, June 18 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

OCTA Bike Ride at Jeffrey Open Space Trail

OCTA Bike Ride at Jeffrey Open Space Trail
I would like to invite everyone to join me for a group bicycle ride along the newly opened Jeffrey Open Space Trail on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Cypress Community Park (located at 255 Visions, Irvine 92618).

Learn how the trail incorporates over 500 years of local history.  The 3.6 mile scenic trail also offers connections to Irvine’s bicycle network.

This event is one of several events taking place during National Bike Month, which are being organized by the Orange County Transportation Authority to encourage people to use their bicycles.

The day’s festivities will include giveaways, bike safety tips from the Irvine Police Department, family-friendly activities and gourmet food trucks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

I hope to see you there on May 30.

Ride of Silence on May 20

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The annual Ride of Silence will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza.  This event honors bicyclists who have been killed or injured while riding on public roadways.

Since 2003, bicyclists of all experience levels and ages have gathered to ride at a slow pace, in silent procession to raise awareness for safe bicycling and to ask that everyone share the road.

Open microphone at 6:30 p.m., ride to begin at 7 p.m.  Free event, community invited, no RSVP necessary.

For more information, visit: www.octa.net/Share-the-Ride/Bike/Bike-Promotions/Ride-of-Silence/?terms=Ride%20of%20Silence

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival on May 16

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Bring the whole family to the 6th annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.  Admission and parking are free.

Designed for the entire community to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions. Food, games, art and music will be a highlight. For more information, visit irvinekoreanfestival.com

Inside Irvine Summer Issue Now Available

Inside Irvine Summer Issue Now Available 2015
The summer edition of Inside Irvine is now online and has been mailed to homes in Irvine!  Inside Irvine is the official guide to City news, programs and activities and is published quarterly.

This edition features articles on the benefits of adopting a pet, pool safety and summer hikes. Additional features include a report on the Great Park, Special Olympics and the Solar Decathlon.

Don’t forget to check out the hundreds of class offerings, programs and camps within the Activity Guide portion of the magazine; registration begins May 11.  Click here to view Inside Irvine online or check your mailbox for a print copy. To register for classes, visit irvinequickreg.org.




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