Irvine City Council Newsletter 
February 1, 2017

Councilmember Fox Elected Vice-Chair of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors

Fox gains new position at the first Great Park Board meeting of 2017.

Melissa Fox was elected as Vice Chair of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors on January 24th. Irvine Mayor Don Wagner was elected Chair. 

Melissa looks forward to working with her fellow board members and the community as the Great Park continues to be built out to serve the residents of Irvine and Orange County.

Irvine State of the City Address

Join me to listen to the State of the City on February 14.

Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner delivers his first  State of the City Address on Feb. 14 in the Council Chamber at the Irvine Civic Center. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the Mayor's address at 6 p.m.

The annual address is to the City what the State of the Union is to the nation. The address will highlight accomplishments of the past year, as well as look to what's ahead in 2017. 

No RSVP is necessary for the media or members of the public who wish to attend. Let me know if you plan to attend so we can meet afterward!
The Civic Center is located at 1 Civic Center Drive. Call 949-724-6077 for more information.

New Irvine Ice Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony

Join me at the Irvine Ice Facility Groundbreaking at The Great Park on February 16.

The City of Irvine will co-host the groundbreaking of a Community Ice Facility at the Orange County Great Park. When open in 2018, the facility will be the largest in California and one of the largest in the U.S. Co-host H&S Ventures, an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, will have visual presentations and more information about the facility at the groundbreaking, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

The 270,000-square-foot ice facility, to be built, operated and maintained by the affiliate, will have three National Hockey League-standard ice rinks and one Olympic size, to include a 2,500-seat arena.

Located near the Great Park's Palm Court and adjacent to the Festival Site parking area, the Community Ice Facility will be reserved most of the time for public use. A variety of ice sports and recreation will include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and open public skating. The Anaheim Ducks are expected to practice occasionally at the 13.5-acre site.

The groundbreaking is free to the public; no RSVP is needed. Enter the Great Park at Marine Way and follow the signs.

Melissa Fox's City Council Agency and Committee Appointments 2017

Fox appointed to Board of Directors of Orange County Fire Authority and other local and regional boards and agencies. 

I am pleased to report that I have been appointed by Irvine Mayor Don Wagner and my City Council colleagues to serve as Irvine's representative on the Board of Directors of the  Orange County Fire Authority and other regional and local agencies and committees.

I am particularly pleased with my energy, watershed, wildlife, environmental, childcare and infrastructure appointments, since I have a longstanding interest in moving forward in these areas of policy.  I am also particularly pleased to join the Library Advisory Board, since my mother was a librarian and taught me the importance of community access to literature and information.

For a complete list of my appointments to local and regional boards and agencies, continue to my blog here.

Autonomous Vehicle Technology in Irvine: Moving Irvine Toward Greener, Smarter Transportation Solutions

Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox presents talk in Los Angeles to bring research jobs ad innovative technology to Irvine. 

I recently had the opportunity to present a talk to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) about bringing research and jobs to Irvine involving the development of autonomous vehicle technology.  Among those present were representatives of major innovative corporations.  I would like to say thank you to Irvine Planning Commissioner Dustin Nirschl for his invaluable help in writing this talk and in bringing research jobs and AV technology to Irvine.  Here is the text of that talk:

Irvine boasts a long-standing, commitment to planning that has resulted in it's being viewed as one of the more desirable locations in the nation.  

The city has been planned under a village community model to ensure that residents enjoy safe, accessible, family-oriented living, with short commutes to local entertainment, dining, shopping, and nearby schools.  To complement these village communities, Irvine has consistently worked to develop a robust network of bicycle paths.

Recently, Irvine's population has surged, and two high-density hubs are nearly built out.  Residents still travel to close-proximity, village destinations, but now also frequent the Spectrum and Irvine Business Complex hubs.  These high-density hubs draw additional vehicle trips on Irvine roadways because: (1) the hub is too far to make walking/bicycling practical, (2) bicycle/pedestrian paths fail to completely connect community to key locations, or (3) a form of preferred alternative transportation such as shuttle or trolley is unavailable to the commuter. Congestion is compounded because Irvine's daily population nearly doubles due to the influx of business professionals circulating to the Spectrum and IBC hubs. These issues signal that Irvine has reached a point of maturation where more sophisticated and smarter transportation planning with increased transportation choices for Irvine's residents and commuters is required.

Continued on Melissa's blog here.

Federal Aviation Administration Hosts Public Information Workshop

Learn more about the Southern California Metroplex project.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be holding a public information workshop regarding their plans to move forward with the Southern California Metroplex project. The project will replace several existing conventional air traffic control procedures with new 
satellite-based procedures. The project is expected to improve airspace efficiency and safety in Southern California by improving the optimization and efficiency while routing aircraft in and out of Southern California. Details for the workshop addressing Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Long Beach (Daughtery Field) (LGB) are as follows: 

February 1, 2017
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Oasis Senior Center, Evelyn Hart Event Center
801 Narcissus Avenue, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Irvine City Council Essential Information

Essential information to help you participate in the your City of Irvine government.

The  Irvine City Council  is  comprised of the Mayor and four City Councilmembers who are elected at large by registered voters of the City. 

Councilmembers serve a four-year terms and the Mayor serves a two-year term. The City of Irvine has a two-term limit for elected officials.

Melissa Fox's Official Irvine City Council page can be found  here.

Melissa's Council Executive Assistant is Allison Binder.  She can be reached at Note: All correspondence is public record.

The City of Irvine is a Charter City governed as a Council/Manager form of government. In the Council/Manager form of government, the City Council, as the elected body, adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues and establishes the budget of the City. The  City Manager is charged with the duty of implementing City Council policy and laws as the administering head of the government. The Irvine City Manager can be reached here and at 949-724-6246.

Melissa's   Commissioners and Committee Members can also be reached via Alison Binder at

Continued on Melisssa's Blog here.

Upcoming Events 

What's up in Irvine!

  • 2/23 - 2/25 Irvine Barclay Theater, 8:00 p.m -- UCI Dance Visions (plus matinee on 2/25 at 2:00 p.m.)

Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

Allison Binder, Council Executive Assistant

Lauren Johnson Norris, Community Services Commissioner

Dustin Nirschl,  Planning Commissioner

Roger Sievers,  Finance Commissioner

Zhihai Li, Children, Youth and Families Committee
Dawn Antis,  Childcare Committee

Juneu Kim,  Senior Council

Krishna Hammond,  Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

Fred Judd, Investment Advisory Committee