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Irvine Through the Decades: Our City Makes Global News in the 1980s

The 1980s was when our City leaders began to brand Irvine as one of America’s great “international crossroads” cities, welcoming immigrants from throughout the world. Policies were put into place during the late 1980s to make sure that Irvine would become one of the most diverse and thoroughly integrated cities in the United States.

As Mayor of Irvine in 1988, Larry Agran — a Harvard Law School-trained civil rights attorney — wrote and won approval of Irvine’s comprehensive Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance was years ahead of other cities and the first of its kind in Orange County.

In the late 1980s, City leaders successfully rallied Irvine voters to pass a ballot initiative that set aside 10,000 acres of beautiful wilderness for families to enjoy forever ... and Irvine made international news when it became the first city on the planet to ban CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals.

Arts in Irvine

Barclay President & Self-Described “Theatre Rat” Jerry Mandel Leads the Barclay Through the Pandemic

In 1990, the non-profit, 750-seat Barclay Theatre opened as a collaborative venture — owned by both the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned out the lights in theatres all around the world. Some, forever. Yet, the pandemic was not a show-stopper for the Barclay.

That’s because for the past six years, the Barclay's president has been Jerry Mandel, a self-described "Theatre Rat."

  • Health & Safety

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Throughout the pandemic, it has been very difficult for parents to separate fact from fiction from opinion.

To help, Orange County pediatricians, UC Irvine, and the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are working together to provide accurate information that parents can trust.

I’m proud to be a member of a working group that has been established within the health care and education community to help families make data-driven decisions for their children.

Publisher's Perspective

Five-Part Series: Irvine Through the Decades — The Beginning of Our Planned Community in the 1970s

On December 28th, Irvine will commemorate its 50th anniversary! To mark the occasion, I sat down with two of our City's longtime leaders — Mary Ann Gaido, former Councilmember and current Planning Commissioner and Larry Agran, former Mayor and current Councilmember to discuss highlights from the past five decades.

Both Gaido and Agran were integral in crafting and implementing policies that have made Irvine one of the greenest cities in the nation.

Community Event

Holiday Toy Drive Now Underway for Local Marine Families

Now through December 13th, the City is accepting donations for Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion families.

This a terrific family activity, with parents teaching our children the importance of giving.

Unwrapped gifts that are suitable for infants or children 12 years of age and younger can be dropped off at three Irvine locations.

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