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Investigation Continues into Scandal Involving Mike Carroll’s Misappropriation of Taxpayer Funds

Irvine Vice Mayor, Mike Carroll is under investigation for allegedly misappropriating City of Irvine taxpayer funds for his own personal and political benefit.

Carroll finds himself at the center of a growing City Hall scandal involving the unauthorized expenditure of tens of thousands of dollars on mass mailings to Irvine residents, promoting the appointed Councilman and a series of town hall meetings.  The City Council never authorized the mass mailings.

CityWatch

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 in Fall 2020: An Irvine Perspective

Here we are several months into the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The numbers tell a terrible story.  Worldwide, the pandemic has afflicted over 32 million people and killed more than 985,000. 

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.

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.

SchoolWatch

The Critical Role School Nurses Play in Keeping Us All Safe

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the recommended national standard should be one full-time school nurse per school. 

Here in Irvine, there are only 21 FTE (full-time equivalent) school nurses to cover 43 schools.  That’s a problem, especially in the middle of a global pandemic.

  • 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 Schools Will Start the Fall Semester Online

Under Governor Gavin's rules for reopening schools this fall, any California county classified as a “red zone” must offer digital courses only, without any in-person classes, regardless of public or private school.

Since Orange County is currently classified as a “red zone,” all Irvine schools will begin the new school year online.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

52,904

Cases in OC

 

157

Now Hospitalized

 

1,204

Deaths in OC

 

1,658

Cases in Irvine

 

12

Deaths in Irvine

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