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Author: ICNV Staff

A Year After the City Rezoned the ARDA Site Exclusively for the Veterans Memorial Park, Will the Council Finally Move Forward?

Five years ago, the 125-acre ARDA site at the Great Park had been planned, designed, and approved by the State for a Veterans Memorial Park & Cemetery. Just as construction was set to begin, Irvine land developer FivePoint intervened with their own plan — a backroom political deal to block construction on the ARDA site so that FivePoint could grab the multi-million-dollar property to build massive office, commercial, and industrial projects.

Frustrated by years of delays, 19,790 Irvine residents signed an initiative petition designating the ARDA site as the only property legally available for a Veterans Memorial Park. In May 2020, the City Council adopted the initiative, making it the binding law of the City. So, when will construction begin?

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Irvine City Hall Has Reopened!

After 15 months, Irvine City Hall has finally reopened to the public!

Residents are welcome to participate in-person at City Council meetings to make sure their voices are heard on critical matters.

The citizens of Irvine can once again directly tell the Mayor and Council how they feel about issues facing the City — including, for example, the Veterans Memorial Park issue which the Council will be discussing at the Tuesday (June 22nd) City Council meeting.

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An Unlikely Friendship is Formed in the Midst of the Pandemic

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, this past year has been especially difficult for many of our local seniors who have been stuck at home, alone. To help provide encouragement and hope, lots of our Irvine neighbors began dropping off cheerful cards and letters for residents at senior living communities.

Irvine Community News & Views has learned about one young letter-writer who has spent the past 15 months forming a real friendship with his pen pal at Regents Point senior living community. 89-year-old Bea Baker and 11-year-old Julian Abazajian have spent more than a year corresponding.

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Safest City in America? Not for Those Living in North Irvine

For the past 15 years, Irvine has been recognized as “The Safest City in America” based on FBI data for violent crimes.

However, many residents in north Irvine will tell you that they do not feel safe in their own neighborhoods.

Not because of violent crime, but because the All American Asphalt Company operates a major plant in north Irvine that generates dangerous toxic emissions and noxious odors.

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