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Silverado Canyon Fire: Mandatory Evacuations in Irvine

On Monday (October 26th) at 6:47am, a vegetation fire broke out in Silverado Canyon. Within hours, high winds caused the fire to spread to 4,000 acres, pushing it over the 241 freeway and threatening Irvine. Over 60,000 Irvine residents have been forced to evacuate.

Anyone who is medically compromised or in need of assistance evacuating, please call the Emergency Operations Center at (949) 529-4774.


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

COVID-19 — Wrong from the start! Now, let’s get it right!

My entire professional life in public health and as a pediatrician has been dedicated to the prevention of disease wherever possible, and to delivering appropriate medical interventions whenever necessary. For me, diagnosing and treating an individual patient for a disease is very rewarding.

But, even more rewarding for me — and the real payoff for society — is when we institute policies and organize our resources to prevent the spread of disease.

Science & Technology

Dust-Ups Continue Over Radioactive Waste Storage at San Onofre

The decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been riddled with controversies since it was shuttered in 2013, undermining public confidence in Southern California Edison’s management of highly radioactive nuclear waste which will be stored on-site for the foreseeable future.


  • Senior Life

Ed McNew Shows Us All That Volunteering = Purpose in Life = Better Health

In December 2019, I reported that Volunteering = Better Health…at any age. A volunteer I highlighted, Ed McNew is now 88 years old. He was, by far, the top signature gatherer for the Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery Initiative Petition.  He said, at the time, “It gives me purpose, and it’s something I look forward to every day.” 

How is Ed doing with the petition campaign over?   Well, Ed is now on the Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery steering committee that meets via Zoom weekly, and that keeps him occupied.

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

Local 16-Year-Old Scores First Professional Goal For Irvine’s Professional Soccer Team

On September 22nd, Cal United Strikers FC played their first game of the NISA Fall Championship Playoff series in Michigan against the prestigious New York Cosmos.

Cal United Strikers came out on top with a 2-0 victory thanks to 16-year-old Shane Kaemerle’s first professional goal. Kaemerle recently signed on with the team after playing for local Irvine club soccer team Strikers FC.

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.

Publisher's Perspective

Student Corner

IUSD Hybrid Learning Update

It’s now been several weeks since students returned to IUSD schools. I personally attend Woodbridge High, the school with the most students on campus on any given day with over 1,000 students and faculty back on campus.

These past weeks have given me a better understanding of hybrid learning. Here's what I've learned.

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