Irvine Animal Care Center’s Public Forum

Irvine Animal Care Center Public Forum
A public forum will be held on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30-8 p.m. to update the community about operational findings and recommendations concerning the Irvine Animal Care Center. Led by Dr. Rick Greenwood, interim manager, the public forum, “Planning Our Way Forward,” will include details of the City Council-directed report by JVR Shelter Strategies.

No RSVP is needed. This public forum will be held at the Civic Center. Click here to view the JVR report.

The public is invited to hear about the process moving forward regarding animal spaces, cleaning protocols, housing modifications and development of a more structured volunteer program with a foster-on-deck component. The Irvine Animal Care Center cares for and adopts out about 2,000 animals each year – mostly dogs, cats and rabbits.

In addition, Dr. Greenwood will seek input on community interests related to policy decisions such as community vision, goals of the Center and definitions on adoptable animals.

The City of Irvine also is recruiting for a permanent Animal Care Center Manager; deadline to submit an application is April 24.

No Drugs Down the Drain

Unused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications that are put in drains or flushed down the toilet pollute the environment.  Once it was common practice to flush these medications down the toilet. Your doctor or pharmacist may have directed you to do this. We now know that these substances are bad for our environment.

Please take medication as prescribed and dispose of unused portions properly.

Disposal instructions:

  1. Crush unused medication
  2. Mix with undesirable material (coffee grinds, dirt, kitty litter, etc.)
  3. Put it into the trash in a securely sealed container so children and animals can’t get to them

If you have questions on how to dispose of used medications, call the Orange County Sanitation District at 714-593-7220, or submit a question to the technical assistance center at

Municode Mobile

Municode Mobile
The Municode library is now available on mobile devices.  From Municode’s website, you can browse through the Municipal Codes and Zoning Ordinances.  The library is free and accessible by anyone with a smart phone, desktop or a tablet.  Click on and choose “Browse the Library.”

These online databases are key-word searchable to help you locate the exact item you are interested in, and you’ll also be able to save or email links.

Disability Services

The City of Irvine provides support services and social programs to persons with disabilities, their families, caregivers and providers, who live or work in Irvine.  Services and programs include:

  • Social and recreational programs for all ages
  • Community disability awareness events
  • Disability awareness training
  • Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board
  • Access reporting, which forwards citizen complaints regarding community accessibility to the appropriate City department for resolution
  • Inclusion and accommodation support
  • Collaborations with community disability agencies

For more information, call 949-724-6637 or email

Incredible Edible Farm at the Great Park

The Incredible Edible Farm at the Orange County Great Park
The Incredible Edible Farm is a 4.5 acre urban farm owned by the City of Irvine and located at the Orange County Great Park.  Broccoli, cauliflower, onions, kale, and a variety of other nutritious vegetables are grown at the Incredible Edible Farm and harvested by dedicated volunteers from Second Harvest Food Bank who donate thousands of hours of their time each year to provide food for the hungry throughout Orange County.  For more information visit

Mobile Office Hours on March 26

On Thursday, March 26, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 11 a.m.1 p.m. at Starbucks Coffee at 3997 Irvine Blvd. (located at the corner of Culver and Irvine).

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

Spring Break Camps

When:  April 6-10
The City of Irvine offers many camp experiences for children during the spring break and intersession. Choices include art, sports, teens, tennis, chess and recreation.

For more information, click here and see pages 30-32 of Inside Irvine Magazine.  Or visit To register for these camps, visit or call 949-724-6610.

It’s perfect weather for the OC Great Park!

It’s perfect weather for the OC Great Park
Spring is definitely here and a great place to make the most of it is at the Orange County Great Park. Enjoy rides on the carousel and iconic Great Park Balloon!

There’s also a certified farmers market, kids rock playground, picnic areas and more. Participate in the Stroller Strides one-hour workout, parent & me outdoor yoga, children’s garden workshop and more. For more information, visit

Ride the Angels Express to Home Games Beginning April 2

Ride the Angels Express to Home Games Beginning April 2
Angels Express train service begins April 2 to the first exhibition game against the Dodgers.  Service from Irvine Station will run for all weeknight home games starting at 7:05 p.m.  Adult roundtrip is only $7.  No parking fee!

Train 643 departs Irvine at 5:59 p.m., and Tustin Metrolink Station departs at 6:05 p.m.  Train 644 south toward Oceanside departs 30 minutes after game’s end. More info:

Healthy City Healthy Planet

Healthy City Healthy Planet
Join the City of Irvine’s long-held commitment to health, fitness, well-being and the sustainability of our community.  Find all the information for you and your family at

More than 100 relevant categories are available – from parks to hospital; from programs for youth to support for seniors; from healthy and recreational classes to bikeways and open space.

The City of Irvine actively supports the health of our citizens and our planet on a daily basis.  The integration of our efforts – as well as our partnerships – is an ongoing process.

Resources include:
• Healthy Environment
• Healthy Living
• Healthy Habits
• Healthy Outreach
• Healthy Youth
• Healthy Seniors
• Healthy Community
• Healthy Eating

Youth Services

The City of Irvine is dedicated to recognizing and promoting young people as valued and capable members of our community.

High School Youth Action Team
The High School Youth Action Team provides high school age youth the opportunity to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of services for their peers. The program consists of student representatives from all Irvine high schools and local private schools. YAT members organize teen activities and represent their peers to various community groups. More…

Middle School Program
The goal of the Middle School Program is to engage youth in positive social-recreational activities during non-school hours. Youth are encouraged to participate in the development and implementation of program activities that focus on community service, personal skill development, and social recreation. Services are provided in cooperation with the Irvine Unified School District. More…

Leaders in Training
This summer work-experience program provides enrichment opportunities for teens to contribute to their community while developing life skills through team work, social interaction, time management and goal setting. Assignments may include working with children, office work and more. Schedules are individualized.

Youth Employment Services
Irvine Youth Employment Services provides job opportunities, placement and pre-employment consultation for high school and college age youth. IYES hosts recruitments for a number of Irvine based businesses and also holds an annual job fair. This is a FREE service to both applicants and employers. More…

For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 949-724-6600, send an email or visit

Coyote Information

Got-a-Minute - What you should know about coyotes
Coyotes are a part of daily life in Irvine and throughout Southern California. Check out this informative article about coyotes from Irvine Animal Services.


Special Election is March 17

The 37th State Senate District special election is on Tuesday, March 17.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For vote-by-mail voters, SB 29 now allows a three-day grace period (March 20 by close of business) for delivery of ballots to the Registrar of Voters.  However, vote-by-mail ballots must still be signed and dated on or before Election Day.

I encourage you to cast your vote on March 17.  If you need help finding your polling place, visit

Access Irvine Mobile App

Access Irvine
Have you downloaded the free “Access Irvine” app? Get notifications and stay informed about City services and events. For more information, visit

Irvine Police Officers Honored by MADD at City Council Meeting

Irvine Police Officers Honored by MADD at City Council Meeting
At last week’s City Council meeting, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recognized five Irvine Police Department officers for their work in protecting motorists and keeping our streets safe by targeting drivers who are under the influence.  Each officer was called forward to receive a plaque from MADD:

  • Officer Boyer (25 DUI arrests)
  • Officer McGehee (26 DUI arrests)
  • Officer Ortega (51 DUI arrests)
  • Officer Herter (52 DUI arrests)
  • Officer Larum (121 DUI arrests)

MADD is a nationwide, non-profit organization that works to stop drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and support victims, survivors and families affected by drunk driving. The Orange County Chapter of MADD was formed in 1981 and works closely with Orange County law enforcement agencies to support the prosecution and apprehension of those who put the public at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fix a Leak Week – March 16-22

Fix a Leak Week – March 17-23
In honor of Fix a Leak Week March 16-22, the Irvine Ranch Water District is hosting a contest for Leak Detectives. 20% of a household’s water use is wasted on overwatering, and sprinkler over-spray is a major culprit.

Find out how you can win $500 just for checking for sprinkler leaks.  Contest ends March 31.  Visit

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