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Irvine’s Lack of Comprehensive Testing is Literally a Matter of Life & Death

Irvine is home to UCI, one of the most prestigious medical and scientific research universities in the world. It's also a hub for major, cutting-edge medical and scientific organizations.

After 3 long months, every Irvine resident should be asking the same questions I am:  Why didn't the City partner with UCI? Why does Irvine still have no plan in place for COVID-19 testing, tracing, isolating, and treating? 


CityWatch: Bending to the Will of the People

For many of us, the May 12, 2020 Irvine City Council meeting will long be remembered as a moment of supreme triumph for the people of Irvine. 

In a virtually empty City Council Chamber — closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic — Councilmembers nevertheless felt the pressure of 19,790 Irvine residents who had signed the Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery Initiative, demanding action.

  • Health & Safety

Irvine’s COVID-19 Response: Ready-Fire-Aim!

As a longtime Irvine resident, a mother, a grandmother, a physician, and a professor at the UCI School of Medicine, I have been struck by the lack of planning by Mayor Shea and the City Council in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the vast number of medical and scientific resources here in Irvine, why didn't the City protect its citizens by setting up a testing program in February, March, April, or May?

Community Spotlight

Guest Article: Remote Collaborative Learning at Irvine’s Hebrew School

The Monday after public schools officially closed, his school, Irvine Hebrew Day School (IHDS), was already on task, delivering school kits to their kindergarten-through-sixth- graders with everything they’d need — Chromebooks, textbooks, workbooks, art and craft supplies, math tools, a photo collage of classroom wall charts and, of course, a squeezy-brain stress ball, and their prayer books. 


Lonely Children – Social Media to the Rescue!

When this period of distance learning ends, there will be hundreds of studies released on how it impacted our children.  However, it's important for us to recognize right now the effects of isolation and loneliness.

Social media can help! I've recently learned how a few local moms are using creative ways through social media channels to keep their kids connected to friends and classmates.

Science & Technology

Guest Article: Do Emissions from Nuclear Power Plants Cause Cancer?

While we agonize over the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps it is also appropriate to consider another medical enigma which kills far more: cancer, the number one killer in California. 

This year, cancer deaths are expected to exceed 60,000 in California and 600,000 nationwide.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

Dropped Notes, Missed Cues, Lost Steps

Theatre curtains are down.  Dance studios, practice rooms, and classrooms are locked tight.  Faculty members are available only in “virtual” classrooms.  

As someone who appreciates the amazing local talent and wide range of performing arts productions at Irvine colleges and universities, I have been wondering how this new stay-at-home regimen is impacting the academic performing arts community.

  • Senior Life

Senior Life: Staying Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

As a 78-year old resident in excellent health who has been reading the medical literature voraciously, I have concluded that the most effective way to stay safe from COVID-19 is certainly to stay at home. 

To be safe, you should assume that everyone outside your immediate household is infected with the virus, whether or not they appear sick or say they are sick.

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

Over the past couple of months, students have had to adapt to an unprecedented and turbulent time.  With schools transitioning to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and administrators have been forced to develop new practices and accommodations for students so that they can continue to learn. 

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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