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Happy New Year! Here’s to a Healthier & More Productive 2022

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The new year provides each of us with an opportunity to reflect on the past while looking toward a more hopeful future.

As we head into 2022, let’s remember that during our City’s first five decades, we accomplished big things!

Irvine became the largest and most successful planned community in the nation. We built a beautiful parks system; gained global recognition as an environmental leader; implemented policies that helped Irvine become the “Safest City in America;” defeated the County’s plan to build an international airport in what is now north Irvine; began constructing an exceptional metropolitan park — our Great Park; and preserved more than 10,000 acres of natural open space for families to enjoy now … and forever.

Over the holidays, Orange County has experienced thousands of new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations are way up! The most disturbing trend is the increase in cases among young children. As the new year begins, we must continue to keep our Irvine neighbors safe. If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine or booster, make a plan now to get it.

We have a chance this year to come together as a community in support of Councilman Larry Agran’s plan to build a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park on the Great Park ARDA site — a vast park filled with trees, trails, memorial gardens, and an aviation museum to honor the City’s rich military history and our veterans.

Not only would the Veterans Memorial Park be important for honoring our veterans and their families, it would offer something aesthetically-pleasing that enhances property values for nearby residents and all of north Irvine.

To review Councilmember Agran’s Veterans Memorial Park plan, click here.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we began construction of this beautiful park in the first half of 2022?

Franklin J. Lunding

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