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Political “Bait-and-Switch” Alive and Well in Irvine

The old political "bait-and-switch" seems to be alive and well in Irvine.  Say one thing to get yourself elected, and then do another thing after you're elected.

Newly elected Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Tammy Kim seem to be the latest practitioners of the bait-and-switch in our City.

Previews, Reviews & Venues

UCI’s New Slate Online: A Completely New Dimension in Dance Concerts

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the production crew for UCI’s New Slate Online dance concert mixed live and pre-recorded material, added music, and then uploaded it on Vimeo for the performance that those of us in the audience watched.  Which scenes were pre-recorded, and which were live?  There was no way to tell.

Taking the unusual “seat in the audience,” in front of my PC at home, I was surprisingly delighted by this very unique spectacle!

  • Health & Safety

COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Isn’t Rolling!

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has not been rolling, even for our critical health care workers who were supposed to have been vaccinated by this point.

Since receiving the initial doses last month, only one-third of the available 1.3 million vaccines in California have been administered.

What we need right now are elected leaders who we can count on to take swift action to immediately establish a robust vaccination program.

Community Spotlight

Irvine-Based Product Design Company, Esino Donates Masks & PPE Products

During the last three months of 2020, the Irvine-based product design company, Esino, donated 10,400 masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) products to support frontline workers.

Even though the pandemic has hurt our local businesses, companies like Esino are continuing to do their part to make sure frontline workers have the products they need to do their job and stay safe.

Science & Technology

Bee-ing Green in Quarantine: UCI Students Find Creative Ways to Make a Difference

While remote learning has brought a never-ending host of challenges, UCI students are finding creative ways to stay connected and make a difference by participating in environmental action projects.  In early December, students participated in a virtual event called “Bee-ing Green in Quarantine,” which educated the community on how to create pollinator-friendly spaces both on campus and at home.

  • Senior Life

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

Last year, I reported that volunteering leads to 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.” 

This year, Ed is an important member of the Build the Great Park Veterans Cemetery steering committee that meets via Zoom weekly, which continues to keep him busy and healthy.

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.

Publisher's Perspective

Political “Bait-and-Switch” Alive and Well in Irvine

The old political "bait-and-switch" seems to be alive and well in Irvine.  Say one thing to get yourself elected, and then do another thing after you're elected.

Newly elected Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilmember Tammy Kim seem to be the latest practitioners of the bait-and-switch in our City.

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.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

223,288

Cases in OC

 

1,732

Now Hospitalized

 

2,638

Deaths in OC

 

8,785

Cases in Irvine

 

40

Deaths in Irvine

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