Keep Your Attention on the Road

DON’T TEXT & DRIVE. Be safe this summer and keep your attention on the road!

Here are some scary statistics: If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash. One in four teen drivers admit to texting while driving, and 40% of teens say they have been in a car when driver was using a cell phone in a way that placed people in danger.

Using a cell phone while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. Drivers need to be aware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other mobile devices.

Healthy City Healthy Planet includes veterans services

Healthy City Healthy Planet 2014
The City Council has affirmed Irvine’s long-held commitment to health, fitness, well-being, support for veterans services and the sustainability of our community. Through our webpage, residents can find more than 100 relevant categories, descriptions and links that support Irvine’s Healthy City Healthy Planet initiative.

Visit the Healthy City Healthy Planet webpage at

TRIPS Program

The City of Irvine provides low-cost, door-to-door transportation service for adults 18 and older who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability.  Pre-registration and eligibility determination are required.

Services include:
• Door-to-door transportation
• Lift equipped vehicles; wheelchair accessible
• Service area is limited to the City of Irvine and adjacent cities
• Shuttle service to Lakeview Senior Center
• Grocery shopping at various Irvine markets
• Rides are on a first-come-first-served basis and must be scheduled in advance
• Evening, weekend and holiday service contingent on demand

For more information, visit or call the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at 949-724-7433.

Mobile Office Hours on August 20

On Wednesday, August 20, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 2-5 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

Fall Issue of Inside Irvine Now Available

Fall Issue of Inside Irvine Now Available 2014
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.  The publication also includes course listings for hundreds of programs and activities for all ages and interests

View the latest edition by clicking here.

Visit to register for fall programs and classes.

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. The Committee is comprised of five City Council appointees: two community child care providers, two parents/guardians and five agency representatives. The Committee partners with other City entities to enhance child care and education, provide outreach and serve as a community liaison.

Applicants must commit to a two-year term of active participation and attend monthly committee meetings held on the second Tuesday of select months from 9-10:30 a.m.

Applications will be accepted August 18 through September 30 and are available online at and at the Irvine Child Resource Center, located at 14341 Yale Avenue. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30.

Applications may be returned by mail to the Child Care Coordination Office, P.O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623; hand-delivered to the Irvine Child Resource Center Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; faxed to 949-551-8504; or emailed to

The appointment period for the Irvine Child Care Committee begins January 2015.  For additional information, contact Traci Stubbler at 949-724-6635 or

Water-efficient ideas for your garden

Water-efficient ideas for your garden
Look how beautiful your home can look with California-friendly plants.  Get water-efficient ideas for your garden at

Splash-In Movie & Rec Swim

When:  August 23 from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Where:  William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center
Swim and float in the pool while the movie Planes plays on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Pool opens at 6:30 p.m. (show starts at dusk). Recreation swim fee is $2 for children; $4 for adults. For more information, call 949-724-6717.

Analog Digital Exhibition

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Through Sept. 6, the Irvine Fine Arts Center presents Analog Digital 2014, an exhibition showcasing photographic works in their own physical space, enriching the viewing experience of both analog (traditional print photography) and digital images.

Monday-Thursday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Closed Sundays.

The Fine Arts Center is at 14321 Yale Ave. (in Heritage Park). For more information, call 949-724-6880 or visit

Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road

When: Thursdays from 6–8 p.m.
Enjoy an evening fitness hike through stunning rock formations and fragrant native plants as you listen to the sounds of nature.

The hike is done at your own pace as a walk, jog, or run (speed range typically 2.5 to 3.5 mph), so is suitable for beginners who are just starting their fitness program as well as more experienced hikers who are looking for a workout.

This out-and-back program travels the 3.5 mile route to scenic Loma Ridge (450′ elevation gain) and back down, with most participants completing the route in about 1.5 hours.

The hike is family-friendly, but children must be closely supervised by an adult and able to hike with the group, or be safely carried by a strong adult or secured in a jogging stroller.
Slow-Paced Fitness Hike on Paved Hicks Haul Road
The next scheduled hikes are on:

  • Aug. 14
  • Aug. 21
  • Aug. 28
  • Sept. 4
  • Sept. 11

Register online at:

To check out all of the scheduled hikes, visit

Exploring Bommer Canyon: All About Kids Family Hike

Bommer Canyon Family Campout on August 31When:  August 16 from 9–11 a.m.
Where:  Bommer Canyon
Hey kids! Bring your parents out to this fun guided hike in the wilderness south of Irvine. You will search for animal clues left along the trail and discover what it’s like to be a wild animal kid. This is a short, easy hike suitable for the younger members of the family. Parent(s) or guardian must be in attendance. To register, visit

Donate Blood and Help Save a Life This Summer!

Donate Blood and Help Save a Life This Summer!Summer activities and vacations are impacting blood and platelet donations.  For the second straight year, blood donation levels in June and July are much lower than expected.

As a result, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for donations of all types, especially types O, A negative and B negative.

I hope you will give thoughtful consideration to this request.  Your donation is needed and appreciated more than ever right now.

To schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

When You Shop and Dine in Irvine, Your Sales Tax Dollars Stay Local

For every $100 you spend in Irvine, one dollar returns to the City of Irvine and provides for public safety, parks, streets and much more.  Every time you shop and dine in Irvine, you help preserve the outstanding quality of life here.
For more information, visit

When You Shop and Dine in Irvine 34-percentSales tax is the largest revenue
source of the City’s budget.

About 34% of all City General Fund revenue
comes from sales tax.

Your Sales Tax Dollars at Work:

When You Shop and Dine in Irvine

Drought 2014

Drought 2014
The Irvine Ranch Water District is asking all customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%.  This voluntary conservation effort will help reduce demand on current statewide water supplies and extend water reserves if the drought continues for an extended period.  To find out how you can help, visit

For over 20 years, IRWD has made water use efficiency a top priority through the implementation of water efficient practices and programs and the development of alternative water supply resources such as recycled water. The District offers financial incentives to customers to encourage the installation of high efficiency clothes washers and toilets, and turf replacement and continues to engage customers in innovative and creative ways to conserve water through customer communication programs.

While the average daily water use for an IRWD residential customer has fallen from 170 gallons per day in 1991 to approximately 86 gallons per day in 2014, there are still a few things customers can do to save water:

 How Much   Can You Save?    Estimated Water Savings
 Water only when   necessary    1,100 gallons per irrigation cycle
 Water before 8 a.m.    25 gallons per day
 Check for sprinkler   leaks, overspray
and broken sprinkler heads
   500 gallons per month
 Use a water saving   hose nozzle    Up to 7,500 gallons per year
 Use a broom, not a   hose to clean
driveways and sidewalks
   Up to 150 gallons each time
 Install a smart   sprinkler irrigation
controller (rebate available)
   Up to 40 gallons per irrigation cycle
 Place organic mulch   in your garden    Hundreds of gallons per year
 Replace thirsty   plants with California Friendly plants (rebate available)    Hundreds of gallons per year

For more water saving tips and ways to save water and money please visit the IRWD website water savings portal at:

National Night Out on August 5

National Night Out on August 5
The Irvine Police Department invites residents to attend the National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, August 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This year’s event will be held at three different locations:

  • Cypress Community Park – 255 Visions, Irvine, CA 92620 (free bike rodeo and registration – bring your bike and helmet)
  • University Park – 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine, CA 92612
  • The Ranch Park – 5161 Royale, Irvine, CA 92604 ($2 hot dog meal available while supplies last)

Irvine Police and Orange County Fire Authority personnel will be at all three locations and emergency vehicles will be on display. There will be games and prizes for the kids. Bring a non-perishable food item to receive a free raffle ticket!

Meet your neighbors, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) members and IDEC (Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications) members. Learn how you can become an active participant in maintaining your neighborhood’s safety.

For additional information, contact Program Specialist Shiree Lind at 949-724-7193 or

Save Energy (and Money) this Summer

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Southern California Edison has suggestions on how you can save energy and money during hot Summer days.

Here are some quick and easy ways to use less electricity at home:

  • Set your thermostats no lower than 78 degrees
  • Close drapes and blinds to keep out direct sunlight during hot periods
  • At night, when it’s practical to do so, open windows and use electric fans instead of A/C
  • Keep your home cooler when cooking by grilling outdoors or using the microwave
  • Replace your A/C’s air filter and clean the vents to ensure proper air flow and intake

Get more tips for saving energy this summer at  For more information, visit

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