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Five-Part Series: Irvine Through the Decades — The Beginning of Our Planned Community in the 1970s

On December 28th, Irvine will commemorate its 50th anniversary! To mark the occasion, I sat down with two of our City's longtime leaders — Mary Ann Gaido, former Councilmember and current Planning Commissioner and Larry Agran, former Mayor and current Councilmember to discuss highlights from the past five decades. Both Gaido and Agran were integral in crafting and implementing policies that have made Irvine one of the greenest cities in the nation.

Our story begins in the early 1960s when world-renowned architect William L. Pereira, who had designed San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid and Los Angeles International Airport, was brought in by the Irvine Company (which owned the land) to coordinate the design for the brand new UCI campus and our planned community, which would soon become the City of Irvine.

Pereira's design included a self-contained community of villages, where families could live within walking distance of shops, schools, recreational areas and community parks.

Arts in Irvine

Barclay President & Self-Described “Theatre Rat” Jerry Mandel Leads the Barclay Through the Pandemic

In 1990, the non-profit, 750-seat Barclay Theatre opened as a collaborative venture — owned by both the City of Irvine and the University of California, Irvine.

The COVID-19 pandemic turned out the lights in theatres all around the world. Some, forever. Yet, the pandemic was not a show-stopper for the Barclay.

That’s because for the past six years, the Barclay's president has been Jerry Mandel, a self-described "Theatre Rat."

  • Health & Safety

COVID-19 Resources for Families

Throughout the pandemic, it has been very difficult for parents to separate fact from fiction from opinion.

To help, Orange County pediatricians, UC Irvine, and the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) are working together to provide accurate information that parents can trust.

I’m proud to be a member of a working group that has been established within the health care and education community to help families make data-driven decisions for their children.

Publisher's Perspective

Building a Veterans Cemetery is an Honor for the City of Irvine, Not a Burden

On Veterans Day, we heard speeches from Irvine's Mayor and her Council majority, professing to support our veterans and all who have served our nation.

Just two weeks earlier, these four Councilmembers embraced the latest scheme hatched by billion-dollar-developer FivePoint to abandon plans for the Veterans Cemetery at the Great Park ARDA site.

Community Event

Holiday Toy Drive Now Underway for Local Marine Families

Now through December 13th, the City is accepting donations for Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion families.

This a terrific family activity, with parents teaching our children the importance of giving.

Unwrapped gifts that are suitable for infants or children 12 years of age and younger can be dropped off at three Irvine locations.

Latest COVID-19 Stats

312,845
Cases in OC

 

196

Now Hospitalized

 

5,725

Deaths in OC

 

14,684

Cases in Irvine

 

115

Deaths in Irvine

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