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Safest City in America? Not for Those Living in North Irvine

For the past 15 years, Irvine has been recognized as "The Safest City in America" based on FBI data for violent crimes.

However, many residents in north Irvine will tell you that they do not feel safe in their own neighborhoods.

Not because of violent crime, but because the All American Asphalt Company operates a major plant in north Irvine that generates dangerous toxic emissions and noxious odors.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

Finding the Beat: UCI’s Jazz Studies

On May 26th, UCI’s Clair Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) will present their second virtual “Jazz Small Groups Concert.” After attending their first virtual concert in March, this concert promises to be another magical performance.

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with faculty and students to get their perspectives on this past year.

Chancellor's Professor of Jazz & Piano, Kei Akagi, said: “Although the students can’t bond with the audience right now, they’ve learned to find their own way to communicate with other players and the faculty."  After attending their first concert, I think he’s correct.  It satisfied my craving for a breath of musical fresh air.

Science & Technology

Why California’s First-in-the-World Plan to Monitor Microplastics in Drinking Water Matters

Every one of us, even unborn fetuses, are continually exposed to microplastics which have become such ubiquitous global environmental pollutants that they now contaminate the everyday air, food and water we take in.

Given a growing body of evidence that many chemicals in plastics pose human health risks, Californians should welcome recently passed legislation putting the state on path to be the first to track microplastics in tap water.

Community Spotlight

Two Irvine High School Students are Offering K-8 Tutoring Services … for a Good Cause

Shanzeh Mansoor, 15, a sophomore at University High School, and her friend, Henah Durrani, 16, a junior at Portola High School, are offering their tutoring services to K-8 students as volunteers for Maribo Cares, a non-profit organization that serves cancer fighters and survivors. 

Having both lost a family member to cancer, Shanzeh and Henah decided to honor the memory of their loved ones by helping tutor students while also helping to raise funds for Maribo Cares.

  • Health & Safety

This Pool Season: One More Drowning is One Too Many

It’s that time of the year again — pool season!  As temperatures rise, there's nothing more fun for kids to do than splash away in the nearest pool. However, we must also be aware of the dangers that come with access to swimming pools. 

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 1-4 here in Orange County.

Every year, we hear tragic stories about accidental drownings in backyard pools.  A 4-sided pool fence would prevent most of these tragedies from occurring.

Publisher's Perspective

The Mayor’s Broken Promises

Last year, Farrah Khan campaigned for Mayor of Irvine, promising to bring transparency, ethics, and democratic values to City Hall.  In just the first few months in office, she's broken those promises.

Upon taking office, Khan implemented an anti-democratic rule to restrict members of the Council from adding any item to the agenda without first obtaining a second Councilmember's signature.  (The rule does not apply to Khan, as Mayor.)

UCI News

UCI: A Shining Example of Excellence in Irvine

U.S. News & World Report has named UCI one of the top 10 public universities in America for the sixth consecutive year, and UCI Medical Center one of America's best hospitals for the 20th consecutive year. 

UCI Medical Center is the only Orange County hospital to consistently rank among the nation's best medical facilities.

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