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COVID-19 at Mid-Year 2020: An Irvine Perspective

Here we are at mid-year 2020, nearly six months into the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The numbers tell a terrible story.  Worldwide, the pandemic has afflicted over 12.3 million people and killed more than 557,000. And, even though the U.S. population of 330 million is only 4.1 percent of the world’s 8 billion people, Americans account for more than 25 percent of all COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Here in Orange County, the scale of disease and death is unprecedented.


The “Build it NOW!” Plan

The language of the "Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery" Initiative, which was adopted word-for-word by the Irvine City Council on May 12th, clearly expresses the will of the people to promptly deliver on the promise of a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery at the 125-acre ARDA site.

Now we need to build it. We can begin construction of the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery right now! I lay out the specifics in my “Build it NOW!” plan.

  • Health & Safety

School Nurses: Critical to School Reopening

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly advocates reopening America’s schools with in-person, traditional classroom learning…if it can be done safely.

But, can it be done safely? Pediatricians, school nurses, teachers, parents and community members have been struggling with the practical difficulties ensuring a safe return to school for everyone. One thing is clear: No matter what reopening plans emerge, we must have our essential school health workers — School Nurses — in the lead.

Science & Technology

Irvine Nonprofit Launches 4th Community-Led Solar Drive

Rooftop solar is a win-win: it provides clean, carbon-free energy while almost eliminating your electricity bill. 

Since 2017, OC Goes Solar (a group of neighbors in University Hills who formed a nonprofit to help secure group discounts and a streamline process for installing solar panels) have helped 270 Irvine homeowners get rooftop solar panels.


SchoolWatch: The Mental Health of Our Students

Summer's here!  Usually this news would be greeted with jubilant shouts of celebration.  But with new cases of COVID-19 continuing to surge, parents and teachers are trying to figure out how students will spend the summer and have some fun.  The traditional summer activities are not available this year. 

And everyone is anxiously waiting to hear if (and how) schools will reopen.

  • Senior Life

Irvine Senior Services in the COVID-19 Era

What is happening with Irvine’s renowned Senior Services during this unprecedented COVID-19 era?  We spoke with Sandra Salcedo in a Zoom meeting to find out.

Sandra is Superintendent of the Irvine Community Services Department in charge of Senior Services. For months, she's been working to solve difficult problems in order to continue providing essential services.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

IVC Music Professor Daniel Luzko: Composing an Unpublished Symphony

We don’t have to look far for ideas about how to be more productive while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Daniel Luzko, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Irvine Community College (IVC), this period at home has presented an unexpected opportunity. After completing a year on sabbatical leave, Daniel is now putting the finishing touches on his first symphony.

Community Spotlight

Twin Brothers from Crean High School Start New Tutoring Project Combining Passion for Sports and Teaching

Twin brothers Keyon and Ryan Namdar, both freshmen at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, offer a free tutoring service for underserved students that combines the brothers' passion for soccer and teaching math.

The twin's community service camp, called “A Number’s Game: Discovering Math Through Soccer,” teaches math to elementary school students using an interactive curriculum outside of the classroom.

UCI News

UCI on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Coronavirus

UCI Health infectious disease experts are on the front lines in assisting with statewide and national efforts to track the outbreak and contain the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.

UCI infectious disease experts are currently assisting with statewide and national efforts to track the outbreak and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Publisher's Perspective

Publisher’s Perspective: Keeping Our Readers Informed

Here at Irvine Community News & Views, we take our mission very seriously. 

Right now, our job is to make sure that our readers have access to the very latest information regarding the coronavirus and its impact on our City. 

Student Corner

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Reflections of a High School Student

Schools in Irvine has transitioned to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For high school students like me, this new form of learning has posed several challenges, with many students feeling isolated, frustrated, and unmotivated.


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