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Mayor & Council Majority Refuse to Support Councilmember Agran’s Request to Establish Great Park Residents’ Advisory Committee

On July 27th, the Great Park Board of Directors — consisting of all five Irvine City Councilmembers — refused to support Councilmember Larry Agran's request to establish a Great Park Residents Advisory Committee.

Homeowners in the Great Park Neighborhoods pay among the highest property taxes in Irvine, including special assessments paid into the Community Facilities District. Their taxes and assessments help fund multi-million-dollar amenities and operations at the Great Park. However, these homeowners have had virtually no say in how their taxes are being spent.

Mayor Khan and Councilmembers Kim, Kuo and Carroll also dismissed Agran's alternative suggestion that the Board allot at least 15 minutes of each meeting to hear from homeowners.

Community Spotlight

Student-Led Nonprofit Focused on Getting More Kids in Irvine Vaccinated

AdvoHealth is a local student-led nonprofit organization dedicated to providing solutions for public health issues in policy and medicine.

In collaboration with the City of Irvine, AdvoHealth is currently working on projects to help raise community awareness regarding the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine and dispel common misconceptions surrounding the vaccine.

The group's mission is to increase Irvine’s vaccination turnout rate, help establish herd immunity, and promote youth involvement.

  • Health & Safety

Should Your Child Take Swim Lessons Before Being Vaccinated?

Parents have begun asking pediatricians if their children — who are too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine — can take swim lessons this summer.

The answer is yes, swimming is a great family activity! It's good exercise and a life-saving skill. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends water safety and swim lessons for all children as a layer of protection against drowning.

While a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children is not yet available, taking extra precautions can help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure during swim lessons.

Publisher's Perspective

Mayor Khan and Councilmembers Kim, Kuo & Carroll Want the Veterans Cemetery Relocated to a Site Alongside the 91 Freeway

Three months ago, at the March 23rd Council meeting, Mayor Khan said that honoring veterans with a Veterans Cemetery was a "top priority" for the Council, stating: "We are in a unique position as a City to actually get this done. I see it happening in May or June….We are all committed to making this happen!”

Khan, Kim, Kuo and Carroll have now unilaterally decided — contrary to the expressed will of the people — that Irvine no longer wants a Veterans Memorial Park. (Councilmembers Kim and Carroll even attended a July 1st press conference in support of the newly proposed "Gypsum Canyon" site which is located just past the 241 toll road and the 91 freeway connector.) This latest freeway site is 23 miles from Irvine, just 5 miles from Riverside County.

  • Student Spotlight

Woodbridge High School Junior Wins Orange County Film Festival

Woodbridge High School junior Jake Sanjongco has won the Orange County (OC) Film Festival for American singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker’s song “End."

The OC Film Festival is an annual, one-night event showcasing work from high school filmmakers all over Orange County.

Through his music video, Sanjongco hopes to tell the story about losing loved ones and being left with the guilt from all of the mistakes and memories made.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

263,056

Cases in OC

 

215

Now Hospitalized

 

5,140

Deaths in OC

 

11,411

Cases in Irvine

 

87

Deaths in Irvine

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