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Are District Elections Coming to Irvine?

According to the City's website, the Irvine City Council discussed an anticipated legal battle over district elections during their closed-door session on April 13th.

An at-large election system allows voters from across the City to elect all members of the City Council.  District elections would divide Irvine into geographic districts, with voters in each district electing their own City Councilmember, who must also live in that district.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

Finding the Beat: UCI’s Jazz Studies

On May 26th, UCI’s Clair Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) will present their second virtual “Jazz Small Groups Concert.” After attending their first virtual concert in March, this concert promises to be another magical performance.

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

Irvine’s Continuing Commitment to Protect the Environment

The City of Irvine has a long history of leading when it comes to protecting the environment.  In fact, the very first ordinance passed by the City Council after its founding was limiting the removal of trees in the City.  The City logo itself shows a balance between a family and our natural surroundings.

By signing on to the Paris Climate Agreement, Irvine has an obligations to reduce its carbon emissions as soon as possible, and it has several pathways to do so.  The first step is to identify the goal, which is decreasing our full carbon emissions by half in the next seven years, and to zero by 2035 in order to have a good shot at staying below the 1.5°C Paris-Agreement limit in global temperature. 

Community Spotlight

Two Irvine High School Students are Offering K-8 Tutoring Services … for a Good Cause

Shanzeh Mansoor, 15, a sophomore at University High School, and her friend, Henah Durrani, 16, a junior at Portola High School, are offering their tutoring services to K-8 students as volunteers for Maribo Cares, a non-profit organization that serves cancer fighters and survivors. 

Having both lost a family member to cancer, Shanzeh and Henah decided to honor the memory of their loved ones by helping tutor students while also helping to raise funds for Maribo Cares.

  • Health & Safety

This Pool Season: One More Drowning is One Too Many

It’s that time of the year again — pool season!  As temperatures rise, there's nothing more fun for kids to do than splash away in the nearest pool. However, we must also be aware of the dangers that come with access to swimming pools. 

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 1-4 here in Orange County.

Every year, we hear tragic stories about accidental drownings in backyard pools.  A 4-sided pool fence would prevent most of these tragedies from occurring.

Publisher's Perspective

The Mayor’s Broken Promises

Last year, Farrah Khan campaigned for Mayor of Irvine, promising to bring transparency, ethics, and democratic values to City Hall.  In just the first three months in office, she's broken those promises.

Upon taking office, Khan implemented an anti-democratic rule to restrict members of the Council from adding any item to the agenda without first obtaining a second Councilmember's signature.  (The rule does not apply to Khan, as Mayor.)

Now, she's resorted to dirty politics in an attempt to silence Councilmember Agran from speaking on the Veterans Memorial Park.

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.

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