June 17, 2021
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A Year After the City Rezoned the ARDA Site Exclusively for the Veterans Memorial Park, Will the Council Finally Move Forward?

Five years ago, the 125-acre ARDA site at the Great Park had been planned, designed, and approved by the State for a Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery. Just as construction was set to begin, Irvine land developer FivePoint intervened with their own plan — a backroom political deal to block construction on the ARDA site so that FivePoint could grab the multi-million-dollar property to build massive office, commercial, and industrial projects.

Frustrated by years of delays, 19,790 Irvine residents signed an initiative petition designating the ARDA site as the only property legally available for a Veterans Memorial Park. In May 2020, the City Council adopted the initiative, making it the binding law of the City. So, when will construction begin?

Community Spotlight

An Unlikely Friendship is Formed in the Midst of the Pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, this past year has been especially difficult for many of our local seniors who have been stuck at home, alone. To help provide encouragement and hope, lots of our Irvine neighbors began dropping off cheerful cards and letters for residents at senior living communities.

Irvine Community News & Views has learned about one young letter-writer who has spent the past 15 months forming a real friendship with his pen pal at Regents Point senior living community. 89-year-old Bea Baker and 11-year-old Julian Abazajian have spent more than a year corresponding.

  • Health & Safety

Should Your Child Take Swim Lessons Before Being Vaccinated?

Parents have begun asking pediatricians if their children — who are too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine — can take swim lessons this summer.

The answer is yes, swimming is a great family activity! It's good exercise and a life-saving skill. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends water safety and swim lessons for all children as a layer of protection against drowning.

While a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children is not yet available, taking extra precautions can help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure during swim lessons.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

Finding the Beat: UCI’s Jazz Studies

UCI’s Clair Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) presented their second virtual “Jazz Small Groups Concert.”

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.

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