Irvine City Council Newsletter 
December 2018
Councilmember Melissa Fox Joins Residents to Celebrate Winter Wonderland at Irvine Civic Center

Councilmember Fox joined thousands of Irvine residents in a joyous tree lighting and holiday celebration!

Irvine, CA -- On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the Irvine Civic Center was transformed into a beautiful "Winter Wonderland" as Councilmember Melissa Fox joined City Councilmember Christina Shea, Police Chief Mike Hamel, Fire Chief Greg McKeown, Councilmembers-Elect Anthony Kuo and Farrah Khan, and Irvine Commissioners Lauren Johnson-Norris and Carrie O'Malley, and thousands of Irvine residents to celebrate the start of the holiday season. 

Irvine's Winter Wonderland gathering featured a 25-foot-tall tree adorned with ornaments and holiday lights, a Joyful Jingles holiday program, children's activities, train rides, gourmet food trucks and "snow" falling at Irvine City Hall. Of course, the special guest of honor was the one and only Santa Claus himself.

"The Spirit of Christmas is alive in Irvine," Councilmember Fox said. "Our wonderfully diverse city truly embraces goodwill toward all." 

Join the City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee in Brightening the Season for Military Families!

Donate toys to support Irvine's 2/11 Marine Corps families

Join the City of Irvine and the  Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee in brightening the season for military families!

The Holiday Toy Drive benefits families of Irvine's adopted  2/11 Marine Battalion. Help bring joy to these families during the holidays by donating a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger.

Donations can be dropped off through December 14 during the following hours at the locations below: 

  • Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.
  • Irvine Police Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.
  • Orange County Great Park Visitors Center, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 949-724-6606.

Join Me at the 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event!

More than 30 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring some 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption.

Join me for  Irvine's 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  More than 30 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring some 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption.

The Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event also features dozens of vendors, gourmet food trucks, a silent auction, low-cost microchipping and an opportunity drawing.

Each animal available for adoption is spayed or neutered, microchipped and evaluated by a veterinarian. Cats and dogs are vaccinated appropriate to age.

The suggested donation for the event is $2 per person or $5 per family. Parking is free.  Event proceeds benefit the  Irvine Animal Care Center in its efforts to provide care and support to thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals each year.

What: Irvine's 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event
Where: 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618
When: Sunday, December 9, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit to see a list of participating rescues, shelters, vendors, and food trucks.

For more information, call 949-724-7740.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Hanukkah! Let the Lights of Hanukkah Inspire the Spirit of Love in Each of Us!

Let us celebrate the lights of Hanukkah overcoming the darkness of bigotry.

The Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days and commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE by the Maccabees after its destruction by an invading force that prohibited the practice of the Jewish religion.

It is marked by the successive lighting of eight candles on the menorah.

Sadly, now, as then, Jews and others are targets of violence because of their faith.

Now, as then, let us celebrate the lights of Hanukkah overcoming the darkness of bigotry and hate.

Let us recommit to the promise that President George Washington made in 1790 to the Jews at Toro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, that that the United States "gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."

Let lights of Hanukkah inspire the Spirit of Love in each of us during this Holiday Season and the coming year!

Irvine Will Deliver Your Letters to Santa Claus! 

Santa  would love to hear from his friends in Irvine!

Irvine will deliver your letters to Santa Claus!

Santa is busy getting ready for the holidays, and he would love to hear from his friends in Irvine!

Heritage and  Turtle Rock community parks will be accepting and sorting Santa's mail this holiday season. All letters will receive responses, which can be picked up where the letter is dropped off. Allow one week for individual responses; for classrooms, allow two weeks.

A drop-off and pick-up box will be located at both parks.

Send letters to:

c/o Heritage Park Community Center c/o Turtle Rock Community Park
14301 Yale Ave., 1 Sunnyhill
Irvine, CA 92604 Irvine, CA 92603

For more information, call Heritage Community Park at 949-724-6750 or Turtle Rock Community Park at 949-724-6734.

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Anaheim Ducks' Community Ice Arena at the Great Park in Irvine! 

The Great Park Community Ice Arena is nearly ready to open!

Last December, I was privileged to take part in the groundbreaking for the new 270,000-square-foot Anaheim Ducks' Community Ice Arena at the Great Park, which will be the largest ice skating facility in California and one of the largest in the United States.

Now, the Great Park Community Ice Arena is nearly ready to open!

The Ice Arena will have three National Hockey League-standard ice rinks and one Olympic size rink, and include seating for more than 2,500 spectators.
Located near the Great Park's Palm Court and adjacent to the Festival Site parking area, the Community Ice Arena will be  reserved most of the time for public use.

Great Park Ice Arena Groundbreaking in December 2017

Ice sports and recreation activities available to the public at the Arena will include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and open public skating.

Also, the Anaheim Ducks are expected to practice occasionally at the 13.5-acre site.

The Arena is owned by the Irvine Ice Foundation, a nonprofit organization, which will be made up of locally, based civic leaders, and operates on a 50-year lease with the City of Irvine.

The $100 million plus facility will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified as part of the NHL Green initiative.

All proceeds will go to further the growth of ice sports and activities locally.

Additionally, the new facility will create 15 full-time and 150 part-time positions while serving more than 10,000 local youth each year.

A grand opening of the Community Ice Arena is expected in early February 2019.

Have a Safe, Happy, and Crime-Free Holiday: Crime Prevention Tips from the Irvine Police Department! 

Here are some Holiday Crime Prevention Tips from the Irvine Police Department to help ensure that your holidays are safe, happy, and crime-free.

As your Irvine City Councilmember, it is important to me that you and your family have a safe, happy, and crime-free holiday season. 

Here are some  Holiday Crime Prevention Tips from the Irvine Police Department to help ensure that your holidays are safe, happy, and crime-free: 

  • If you're out shopping for holiday meals or gifts, be sure to lock your car and roll up your windows.
  • Don't leave your purse, wallet, cellphone or other valuables in your vehicle in plain view.
  • When possible, keep your purchases on you while shopping instead of leaving them in your car. If you need to leave these things in your car, the best place is in a secure, locked trunk.

  • If you are having packages sent to your home, bring them inside as soon as possible. If you won't be home to receive your deliveries, consider having items delivered to your workplace, or ask a friend or trusted neighbor to pick it up for you. Use tracking numbers and delivery notifications to track your shipments.
  • Be mindful when displaying gifts at home. Try not to leave them in places where they will be visible from the outside.
  • After holiday dinners and parties, always make sure you have a sober, safe ride home.
  • If you are traveling out of town, make sure your house appears occupied by using timers on lights and televisions, and exterior motion detectors outside. Ask a friend or trusted neighbor to check on your house and collect your mail and newspaper.
  • Be careful what you post on social media. Avoid posting your holiday travel plans or pictures of you and your family while you're away, so that your absence isn't exploited by untrusted social media followers.

Important Telephone Numbers for the Irvine Police Department:

  • Non-Emergency:  949-724-7000
  • Emergency:  Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies and crimes in progress.

We Must Work Together to Make Sure Our Streets Our Safe for All! 

Our status as America's Safest City depends on all of us obeying traffic signs and the rules of the road.

At a recent City Council meeting, residents told us about witnessing extremely dangerous driving behavior and very close calls involving their children.

I am sure you also witnessed close calls or have heard similar frightening stories from your neighbors.

I am very concerned - as are others - that we will see an increase in serious injuries and deaths in Irvine because a motorist did not obey a stop sign, respect a pedestrian's right of way, or pay attention.

I have set a meeting with our Chief of Police to step up traffic enforcement and to make sure that our police have every resource they need to ensure that our city is safe for children, other pedestrians, and bicycle riders.  I will be discussing numerous ways to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety, especially for children, including stepped-up enforcement, more illumination of crosswalks, and better lighting and visibility at stop signs. Your suggestions are invited.

I am also working closely with my appointee to the Irvine Transportation Commission, Ken Montgomery, to improve compliance with stop signs and make our streets safer.  You can c ontact Commissioner Ken Montgomery with your concerns, questions, and suggestions. Send Ken an email at  He is looking forward to hearing from you!

The truth is, we can greatly improve the safety of our streets simply by being better and more respectful drivers, and by all of us - drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians - following the rules of the road.

The most common cause of vehicular accidents is driver behavior, especially distracted driving.  In fact, distracted driving accounts for an astonishing 95 percent of all auto collisions.  According to the National Safety Council,  using a mobile phone while driving now the most prevalent cause of a traffic collisions.  Motor vehicle fatality is the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers in the United States, representing over one-third of all teenager deaths.

It's not just our reputation as America's safest city that is on the line.  Our lives, and the lives of our children, are at stake.

Join "Tip-A-Cop" at BJ's Restaurant Hosted by the Irvine Police Department! 

Help the Irvine Police Department raise money for the Special Olympics.

Join the Irvine Police Department as we support Special Olympics of Southern California. Come out to BJ's Restaurant on Tuesday, December 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and and enjoy your dinner while IPD officers and professional staff serve your table. 

At the end of the evening, 100% of your tip will be donated directly to Special Olympics. 

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, and transforms millions of lives through the joy of sports. 

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills, and success.  Special Olympic athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

Let's help our wonderful officers of the Irvine Police Department help the Special Olympics and give a whole to meaning to "protect and serve!

What: Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics
Where: BJ's Restaurant, 13130 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, California 92602
When: Tues., Dec. 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

What's up in Irvine!

  • 2/22 Orange County Great Park at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. -- Family Game Day.

  • 2/25 Christmas Day!

  • 2/31 New Year's Eve.

Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

Allison Binder, Lead Council Executive Assistant

Daniel Robertson, Council Executive Assistant

Lauren Johnson Norris, Community Services Commissioner

Dustin Nirschl,  Planning Commissioner

Roger Sievers,  Finance Commissioner

Kenneth Montgomery, Transportation Commissioner 

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

Juneu Kim,  Senior Council

Richard Prince, Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

Fred Judd, Investment Advisory Committee (Chair)