Orange County Fair Admission Only $3 When You Ride the OC Fair Express

Orange County Fair Admission Only $3 When You Ride the OC Fair Express
Avoid traffic and parking hassles by taking the OC Fair Express directly to the Orange County Fair. Catch it at one of eight convenient locations Friday through Sunday from July 11 to August 10, 2014 for only $2 each way.

In Irvine, you can catch a non-stop bus at the Irvine Transportation Center located at 15215 Barranca Pkwy.

All OC Express customers also receive a coupon good for $3 fair admission.  That’s up to $9 off the regular price!  So avoid the traffic and save on parking and admission with the OC Fair Express!  For more information about the OC Fair Express, visit octa.net/ocfairexpress.

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts
The City of Irvine’s Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts return to Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge this summer with a series of free, family-friendly concerts. Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for a fun-filled evening of music in the park.

Gourmet food trucks and a children’s play area will also be available. A portion of the proceeds from food sales will benefit Irvine nonprofit organizations. The concert on August 24 is co-hosted with the Woodbridge Village Association.

  • July 20: The Derek Bordeaux Group
  • July 27: Pacific Symphony in the Cities
  • August 3: Sensation Show Band
  • August 10: Springsteen: The Premier Tribute to the Boss
  • August 17: Stone Soul
  • August 24: The Kelly Rae Band

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

Metrolink Weekends

Metrolink Weekends
Leave your car, skip the weekend traffic, and ride Metrolink to the beach, theme parks, ball games, downtown Los Angeles and beyond.  Metrolink’s Weekend Pass gives you unlimited rides for only $10.

The pass is valid system-wide on Saturday or  Sunday and is available for purchase at all Metrolink station ticket vending machines that have weekend service. Click here for schedules. For more information, visit octa.net/metrolinkweekends.

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.

Learn the simple steps you need to know to keep your friends and family safe.

The ABC’s of Pool Safety

For more information, click here to download important pool safety tips.

iWild: A way to reduce human-wildlife conflicts

In March, the Irvine Police Department introduced iWild, an innovative, year-round program developed to increase community awareness and understanding of wildlife in Irvine. The program’s primary goal is to decrease human-wildlife conflict.

The idea is built on a Neighborhood Watch model and adapted from a similar program by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The concept is to rally community members to form teams, trained by our Animal Services Officers, to monitor and report animal activity in neighborhoods. Calls about wildlife activity are common. There are often misconceptions about what is normal versus what is dangerous behavior, which can be dispelled through education. No one knows your neighborhood, and what goes on there, better than you do. Working cooperatively and armed with the right information, iWild teams and Animal Services can reduce wildlife conflicts in our communities.

By forming neighborhood-specific teams, members can work together to address the issues they are facing in their own neighborhoods. Teams can then provide specific information to their neighbors through their local information networks such as homeowners association newsletters, email groups or social media. Animal Services Officers remain available to assist by responding to areas where objectionable animal activity persists but are less likely to be summoned to normal wildlife activity.

To start an iWild team, contact Animal Services Supervisor Kimberly Cherney at 949-724-7091 or kcherney@cityofirvine.org.

Youth Summer Bus Pass is Back!

Youth Summer Bus Pass is Back!
Every summer, the Orange County Transportation Authority offers a special Youth Summer Bus Pass to provide youth 18 and under unlimited bus rides all summer long.  This special pass is valid through August 31 and provides a safe, reliable and inexpensive means of transportation for youth to get the most out of their summer.  The pass is valid on all OCTA fixed-route buses and is available for the low price of $60.  For more information, visit octa.net.

Mobile Office Hours on July 16

On Wednesday, July 16, 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 atello@cox.net.

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 www.irvinequickreg.org.

Classes: Money in Marriage, July 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141338
Home Buyer Education, July 12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #141346
Home Buyer Education, Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #141347
Home Buyer Education, Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Course #141348
Reverse Mortgage 101, July 17, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141339
Homebuyers Orientation 101, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141349
Homebuyers Orientation 101, Aug. 28, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141352
Homebuyers Orientation 101, Sept. 25, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141353
Student Financial Aid, Aug. 5, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #142102
Student Financial Aid, Sept. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141344
Understanding Credit Reports & Scores, Aug. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141340
Retirement Planning, Aug. 12, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141341
Back to School Budgeting, Aug. 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #142528
Identity Theft Prevention, Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141343
Making the Most of Social Security, Sept. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #142103
Leaving the Nest, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Course #141345

For a description of each class, click here and read page 66 of Inside Irvine Magazine.  Or for more information, call 949-724-6611.

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.

Happy 4th of July

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The 4th of July, or Independence Day, 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.

Irvine Snapshots

Irvine Snapshots May 2014Irvine Snapshots is a newsletter that is designed to provide an overview of the broad trends shaping Irvine – highlighting various Irvine programs and services.

Its purpose is to tell a story in a “snapshot” through graphs and illustrations.

To view it, click here.

Greek Food Festival, June 27-29

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The 36th annual Greek Food Festival is a ‘don’t miss’ event for the whole family.  Great food, authentic music and a lively family atmosphere. There will also be cooking demonstrations, Greek folk dancing lessons and opportunity drawings!

Admission is $3.  Hours: Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday from noon-9 p.m.  Children under 10 are FREE.  (Free admission for Seniors 65+ on Saturday from noon -5 p.m.)

Located at 4949 Alton Pkwy in Irvine.  For more information, visit irvinegreekfest.com.

Senior Fitness Expo on June 27

Take control of your health and fitness! Attend the 6th annual Senior Fitness Expo on Friday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-noon at Rancho Senior Center, located at 3 Ethel Coplen Way in Irvine.  ( Event Flyer )Senior Fitness Expo on June 28

Geared for adults age 50 and older, this free event will include health screenings, nutrition information, presentations, demonstrations and a wide variety of the latest health and fitness products.

For more information, call 949-724-6908 or visit irvineseniors.org.

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day!
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by the Second Continental Congress on this day in 1777.

This year marks the 237th birthday of our Stars and Stripes, which is recognized by people around the world as a symbol of freedom.

D.A.R.E. Family Fair and Movie Night

D.A.R.E. Family Fair and Movie Night
When:
 June 14 at 6 p.m.
Where:  Heritage Park Community Center
This free event, hosted by the Irvine Police Department DARE unit, will have police and OC Fire Authority vehicles on display along with a snack bar, bounce houses and activities for kids. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and stay for a movie under the stars featuring the Disney movie Frozen. Movie starts at dusk. Registration not required. For more information, call 949-724-7147.

Establishing a Military Banner Program

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At Tuesday’s Irvine City Council meeting, I placed an item on the agenda which would establish a Military Banner Program.

As proposed, the program would honor, on a year-round basis, those Irvine residents who are serving our nation in active military duty. Street banners would be displayed with soldier’s name, official photo and branch of service.  The program would be similar to existing programs in Anaheim, Corona and San Bernardino.

The item was unanimously approved, and City staff will be bringing this item back to the City Council within 60 days for final approval.

I would like to thank Irvine Community Services Commissioner Kevin Trussell for coming up with this idea and helping me to present it to the City Council.




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