Irvine City Council Newsletter 
January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing You Health, Prosperity
and  Happiness in 2017.

During this special time of the year, I am filled with joy and gratitude for all of our blessings.
I am particularly thankful for our wonderful community and for your friendship.
I am sincerely honored to serve you, and I look forward to the opportunities and progress that lay ahead of us in 2017.
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and happy new year!

Thank You, Beth Krom

Irvine will miss Beth Krom's dedication and leadership.

Irvine will miss the dedication and passionate progressive leadership of former Mayor and City Councilmember Beth Krom, who has retired after 16 years of dedicated public service. 
Thank you, Beth, for all you've given to our beautiful city. 

Councilmember Melissa Fox Advises City Manager to Submit U.S. Department of Transportation Proposal for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

Fox says Irvine's Great Park perfect proving ground for new transportation technology.

I rvine, CA -- At the request of Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox, the City of Irvine has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, expressing the City of Irvine's interest to become a testing site or "proving ground" for autonomous vehicle technology.  

"Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to have a very positive impact on congested traffic throughout Irvine. Self-driving vehicles can be a life-saving and economy-boosting technology, with the potential to transform how we live, work and travel.  I want Irvine to be in the forefront of this exciting innovation and continue to be a leader in cutting-edge research. The Great Park would be an ideal location for testing this technology." Fox said.  

Fox added: "I look forward to working with my colleagues on the City Council to integrate cutting-edge transportation innovations into the City of Irvine. Our City is a leader in business (number 1 in job-to-population ratio in the nation), public safety, and in educational support of the young people who will be leaders in technological breakthroughs. It is my hope that we will be able to use these new technologies to resolve Irvine's traffic problems - making Irvine a better place to live, work and raise a family."

Take the Irvine Business Complex Survey

Help us plan our City to meet your 

The City of Irvine is conducting surveys of residents and businesses in the Irvine Business Complex (IBC) to solicit opinions as to how this area should evolve in the future. This will help us make better decisions regarding traffic, transportation, biking, parks, schools and retail development.
By completing a quick, online survey, you will assist the City in addressing a wide range of IBC planning issues including: how to balance the mix of residential, commercial, and indu strial uses, provide for neighborhood-serving retail and public amenities, protect existing businesses, and improve pedestrian circulation.
Please take a few minutes to answer the following important questions to the best of your ability.
Resident survey, click here.
Business survey, click here

Chinese New Year Concert

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster on January 28th with the Pacific Symphony!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the  Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto featuring world-famous George Gao. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's magnificant Ninth Symphony, when the Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.


January 28, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $18-$88
Call Pacific Symphony at 714-755-5799

Irvine Home to New Music and Dance School

Non-profit school will provide specialized training for Irvine students.

The City of Irvine will soon be home to a new public, non-profit community music and dance school, Orange County Music and Dance, to be located at 17620 Fitch Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614, in the same building as the Pacific Symphony.

Serving elementary and secondary school children (grades 5-12), many of the anticipated 300-400 students will come from Irvine. In partnership with local Irvine schools, OC Music and Dance will provide specialized education in music and dance to students of all incomes. The opening date is not set.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Free workshops for parents.

"Welcome to Kindergarten" is a
free workshop for parents interested in learning more about the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts' enrollment process, kindergarten, and transitional kindergarten programs. Visit to determine which school district your child will attend due to school district boundaries. TUSD workshop is Jan. 19 at Northwood Community Park. IUSD workshop is Feb. 9 at City Hall. Registration not required, Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The IUSD presentation can be viewed online one week after the event at

Join Us for Two Senior Strategic Plan Community Imput Meetings

Let us know how the City can better serve Irvine's seniors.

The public is invited to attend and participate in two open meetings that will focus on the Irvine Strategic Plan's priority areas  of education, housing, transportation, health and recreation, social well-being, and vulnerable seniors.

The meetings are:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. 

There is no cost to attend/participate.

Upcoming Events

What's up in Irvine!
  • Continuing through 1/17 "Masterpieces of California Art": Irvine Museum. Free admission.
  • 1/ 4 Exploring Our World and International Film Series: Irvine Multicultural Associaton at the Lakeview Senior Center at 5:00 p.m.-- Screening of "Skin."
  • 1/26 Dedication Ceremony at Quail Hill Community Center at  6:00 p.m. The Quail Hill Community Center will officially open to the public during a dedication ceremony with self-guided tours and an exhibit of the City of Irvine 45th Anniversary Photo contest winning submissions. 

Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

Allison Binder, Council Executive Assistant

Loren 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