Keep Your Pets Safe this Holiday Season

Keep Your Pets Safe this Holiday Season
The men and women of the Irvine Police Department love our pets, and we know how important your pets are to you.  Here are a few tips to help keep your furry and feathered family members safe this holiday season.  ( Video )

  • Be careful what you feed your pet. Chocolate is toxic to animals and sometimes can be fatal.
  • Sweets, turkey, ham, bone, alcohol and other fatty and rich foods can cause animals severe physical discomfort and illness. To help your pet stay healthy, avoid feeding them table scraps that may be harmful.
  • Traditional holiday plants, such as holly, mistletoe and poinsettias, may also cause serious health problems for animals. Try and keep these plants out of reach of your pet. And take the plant with you to the vet, if your pet ingests it, so the vet can identify how to best help.
  • Chemicals that prolong the life of Christmas trees can also be toxic.
  • Holiday decorations such as tinsel, ornaments, hooks, ribbons and bows, pose potential choking hazards for pets.
  • Candles create a nice ambiance, but can also cause burns or fires.
  • If you have a Christmas tree, consider bracing or securing it to a wall so your pet doesn’t pull it over.
  • Pet ID tags are critically important. Holiday visitors may leave doors ajar and loud noises or crowded parties might tempt your pet to run outside. The holiday season leaves many lost pets in shelters without identification. Tagging or micro chipping will help your lost pet be returned home to you for the holidays.

For more information, visit the Irvine Police Department on the web at:

Did you know…

  • Four of Orange County’s top five public companies, based upon market cap, have headquarters in Irvine. They are: Allergan, Broadcom Corp., Western Digital Corp. and Edward Lifesciences Corp. (Orange County Business Journal, April 8, 2013)
  • Irvine is No. 1 among Orange County cities in the Orange County Business Council’s Workforce Housing Scorecard, 2010-2020, referencing the type of housing to be developed in Orange County in this decade. Go to and click on the Workforce Housing Scorecard link; see page 44. The OCBC’s initiatives match well with the City’s focus: economic development; workforce development; workforce housing; infrastructure.

Fraud and Money Scams

Fraud and Money Scams (2)The Irvine Police Department would like to remind you to always verify the identity of anyone stating they are calling from a government agency. Before providing any information, look up the agency’s phone number on your own and confirm the contact is legitimate. Don’t trust the caller, even if they seem to know some of your personal information.

Recently, throughout Orange County scam artists have been trying to convince residents they owe money for missed jury duty or outstanding warrants.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe from different types of fraudulent activity.

Types of Scams

  • You are asked to deposit a check and send back a portion of the money.
  • Someone you do not know pretending to be a friend or relative in crisis.
  • Someone from a utility company or the government who tells you to purchase prepaid money cards to pay for past due bills.
  • You have been told you won a prize or contest and asked to wire money to pay fees, taxes or customs.
  • You are asked to work from home and your job is to help with receiving and sending payments on behalf of the company.

Fraud Prevention Tips

  • Never divulge your personal account information, pin or password to anyone
  • Never pay additional fees on items that are supposed to be gifts delivered to you
  • New scams appear every day


Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is a celebration of religious freedom.  It commemorates what happened over 2,000 years ago when the Jewish people restored the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after defeating the Assyrians.  After their victory when they were ready to begin religious services, they could only find a tiny jar of pure oil to burn in the menorah, only enough for one day.  Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.

Winter Break Camps

December 22–January 2
The City of Irvine offers various camp experiences for children during the winter break.

For more information, click here and see pages 32 and 50 of Inside Irvine Magazine. To register for these camps, visit or call 949-724-6610.

Mayor Pro Tem Lalloway Sworn In to Begin Second Term
Last week I was honored to be sworn in to my second term on the Irvine City Council. Thanks to all of my friends for all of their good wishes. And thank you to my colleagues on the City Council who unanimously voted me to be Irvine’s Mayor Pro Tem for the third consecutive year.

Irvine Sports Committee Seeks Applicants

The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill two volunteer member-at-large vacancies on the Irvine Sports Committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives from Irvine’s youth sports organizations and provides the Community Services Commission with input and feedback on policies, programs, facilities and the needs of the Irvine youth sports community. While most Committee members represent a specific program and sport, members-at-large are selected to provide general perspective and guidance.

Applicants must be Irvine residents and willing to commit to a two-year term of active service. Committee meetings are held quarterly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

Applications are available at the Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, on the second floor in the Community Services Department and online at

Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014 to:

City of Irvine
Community Services – Athletics
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA, 92623

For more information, contact Community Services Superintendent Ed Crofts at 949-724-6660 or

Winter Craft Day

A winter craft activity will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the University Park Library. Kids of all ages are welcome to come to this free event to try their hands at crafts designed to celebrate the wonders of winter.

Sponsored by the Assisteens of Irvine. The library is at 4512 Sandburg Way. Information: 949-786-4001.

What’s Within a Half-Hour of Irvine?

Irvine is within 30 miles and 30 minutes of some of California’s best-loved attractions. Here are just a few places for your family to enjoy!

Northwest along I-5

Southeast along the Pacific Coast

Northwest along the Pacific Coast

For more information about what there is to see and do in Orange County, visit

Tips to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

Be a smart shopper this holiday season. Now that the shopping rush is underway, here are some helpful tips from the Irvine Police Department to make your holiday shopping safer:

  • Always keep valuables hidden or stored in the truck of the vehicle.
  • Don’t forget to ‘Remove It or Lose It’ when leaving your car unattended, even for a moment.
  • Leaving items such are purses, briefcases and book bags in the vehicle, even when there are no valuables inside, may be an attractive target for a thief.
  • GPS devices should be stored out of sight when not in use.
  • Make sure you lock your car even when just running inside a store for a quick purchase.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Keep your purse close to you at all times; don’t leave it in a shopping cart.
  • When dropping off bags or items in your car to continue shopping, make sure you put them in the truck or out of view.
  • If you plan to make an expensive purchase, consider leaving that for the last and take it directly home.

Christmas Countdown at Pretend City Children’s Museum

The “12 Days of Christmas Countdown” will officially start with activities on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at Pretend City Children’s Museum. The days that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. Through Dec. 23, each day will bring a new kind of activity that celebrates the season.

Featured activities include:

  • Friday, December 12: Gingerbread Man & Houses
  • Saturday, December 13: Candy Canes
  • Sunday, December 14: Christmas Trees
  • Monday, December 15 : Visit & Photo with Santa
  • Tuesday, December 16: Reindeers
  • Wednesday, December 17: Christmas Stockings
  • Thursday, December 18: Twinkly Christmas Lights
  • Friday, December 19: Presents & Sleighs
  • Saturday, December 20: Popcorn Decorations
  • Sunday, December 21: Christmas Snow
  • Monday, December 22: Christmas Carols
  • Tuesday, December 23: Christmas Eve Excitement

The museum is at 29 Hubble. Admission is $12.50.  For more information, visit or call 949-428-3900.

Irvine Farmers’ Market finds new home

Irvine Farmers' Market finds new home (2)
The 20-year-old Irvine Farmers’ Market will be moving from the University Center (near UC Irvine) to a larger space at the parking lot of Mariners Church, effective Dec. 13.  The operating hours at the new location will be 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Address: 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine (located at the corner of Bonita Canyon and Turtle Ridge Drive).

For more information, visit the Orange County Farm Bureau website at

Grand Jury Recruitment

The Orange County Superior Court is actively seeking residents from throughout Orange County who want to make a difference in their community to apply for service on the next Grand Jury. The one-year term begins July 1, 2015.

As mandated by the California Constitution, the Grand Jury performs civil oversight of local government by reviewing and evaluating county and city agencies, schools, and special districts within the county. Panel members attend tours and briefings to increase their knowledge of the workings of county agencies to help them assess potential problems and then conduct investigations and write reports summarizing their concerns and recommendations. Reports from past Grand Jury investigations are posted online at The Grand Jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of individuals in felony cases.

Orange County Sheriff Department officers conduct background investigations of qualified applicants and Superior Court judges interview top candidates. The selection of the 19-member Grand Jury panel is achieved by a random drawing of the 30 candidates nominated for service, to equally represent each of the five Orange County Supervisorial Districts as required by law.

Requirements to serve:
• At least 18 years old
• United States citizen
• Orange County resident for at least one year
• Sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English
• In possession of sound judgment, good character, and a sense of fairness

An application form and more information are available online at, by calling the Grand Jury Hotline at 657-622-6747, or at the Jury Commissioner’s Office, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, 92701. Individuals meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply. Completed applications must be received by Friday, January 23, 2015.

City Council Swearing-In Ceremony on Dec. 9

You are cordially invited to attend a special City Council swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, December 9 at the Irvine Civic Center.  A public reception will begin in the lobby at 5 p.m., followed by the swearing-in ceremony at 6 p.m. No RSVP is required. For more information, call 949-724-6233.

The Nutcracker

December 12-24
Irvine Barclay Theatre

The Nutcracker 2014Make it a family holiday tradition at the Barclay with Festival Ballet Theatre’s sparkling full-length professional production of The Nutcracker.

Celebrate the season with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, her dashing prince and our heroine Clara, while a cast of over one hundred takes you back in time to mystical lands of old world charm.

Family-friendly and affordable, this professional production of The Nutcracker features internationally acclaimed guest artists, Festival Ballet Theatre’s professional company dancers, and exceptional budding young talent from across the Southland.

Price: $45 adult, $42 seniors, $40 children.  (Family Night: tickets are only $35 each when purchasing four or more tickets: Dec. 17 & 18 at 7 p.m.).

For more information, visit or call 949-854-4646.

Santa Run 5K, 10K and Kids Run on Dec. 13

Orange County’s best holiday run, the Troutman Sanders Renegade Santa Run, returns to start at Hicks Canyon Elementary School on Saturday, December 13 at 8 a.m. The event will feature a 5K, 10K and half-mile kids run along the Peter’s Canyon bike trail. Walkers are WELCOME!

Prizes will be given to participants who are dressed in the best Santa or holiday-themed costume. To register or for more information, visit or call 949-975-1812. Located at 3817 Viewpark Ave. in Irvine.

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