Irvine City Council Newsletter 
December 2019

This free event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and winter-themed train route.


Join me and my Irvine City Council colleagues on Saturday, December 7, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m., as we celebrate the season as "snow" falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for our traditional Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and an evening of holiday cheer!

This free event will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and winter-themed train route.

Guests to Winter Wonderland are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12. Toy donations aid the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Drive, which benefits the 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 at the Civic Center.

What: Irvine Winter Wonderland Celebration
Where: Irvine Civic Center Plaza
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Don't miss this wonderful community event!

See you there!

For more information, call 949-724-6606.



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.


Join me for  Irvine's 13th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 13th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Event
Where: 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618
When: Sunday, December 8, 2019. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, visit  https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/home-holidays or call 949-724-7740.

I hope to see you there!


The annual holiday Toy Drive benefits families of Irvine's adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.


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

The annual 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 November 4-December 13 during the following hours at the locations below:

Irvine City Hall, 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.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

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.

About the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee

The 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (2/11) from Camp Pendleton, was officially "adopted" by the City of Irvine at the Irvine Civic Center on September 15, 2007. The City of Irvine and the 2/11 Marines made a pledge to encourage mutually beneficial interactions between the community and the battalion.

The  Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, encourages the community to support our adopted Battalion by participating and donating to a variety of activities, including charitable and educational activities and support, such as holiday and pre-deployment events, care packages, toy drives and more. for the benefit and welfare of the United States Marines and their families.

Contact the 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee:
Mail: Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Inc.
17595 Harvard Ave., Suite C2270, Irvine, CA 92614


Irvine Delivers Letters to Santa Claus!

Heritage and Turtle Rock community parks will be accepting and sorting Santa's mail this holiday season!


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:

SANTA CLAUS SANTA CLAUS
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.

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

Let the lights of Hanukkah overcome the darkness of bigotry.

Now Available for Holiday Gift Giving: The 2020 Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar! 

All proceeds benefit Irvine Animal Care.


The 2020 Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar is on sale now for $15.

Get the perfect holiday gift for your loved one (person or pet)!

Proceeds from 2020 Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar sales go toward providing shelter and care for the animals at the center.

You can purchase your calendar at the center during regular business hours, weekdays from noon to 6 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center is closed on Tuesdays and holidays.


Each year, the  Irvine Animal Care Center provides shelter, care, and enrichment for approximately 3,000 animals. Support from the community helps the center provide high-quality daily care and enhanced medical treatment to animals in need.

Visit the Center's  Programs and Services webpage to learn more about how your contributions and support allow the Animal Care Center to help the animals in our care find the new adoptive homes they deserve.

The mission of the Irvine Animal Care Center is to provide a safe, clean, caring and enriching environment that meets the high standards of our community and provides the community a resource of trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers; place all adoptable animals into permanent, loving, responsible pet homes and reunites owner-identified animals with their owners; and promote human responsibility for companion animals.

Click HERE to see the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals available for adoption.

We are so fortunate to have the Irvine Animal Center in our community!
For questions about the Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar, call 949-724-7740.

'Tis the Season for Giving!  

Here are some suggestions for giving back during this holiday season.


The holiday season is a time for gratitude and gift giving, and also a wonderful time to give to those in need. 

Our family, especially during the holidays, supports  ClothingDonations.org, a service of  Vietnam Veterans of America.  ClothingDonations.org will pick up your used clothes and household goods at your convenience and use them to support programs that address the needs of all our veterans.

We also support  Families Forward, an Irvine-based organization that assists Orange County families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and helps these families to once again become independent, productive residents of the community. During the holidays, Families Forward also provides in-need families with festive food baskets and personalized holiday gifts.

Another worthy organization is the  California Association of Food Banks, founded in 1995 to help hungry people throughout California, including our local  Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and the  Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank.



Our City of Irvine proudly and gratefully supports the  Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, which provides charitable and educational activities and support for the benefit and welfare of the United States Marines and their families assigned to Camp Pendleton, California, with special emphasis on the Marines and families of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines.

Donations of toys can be made to the  2/11 Marines Holiday Toy Drive benefiting 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 at the Irvine Civic Center, Irvine Police Headquarters, and the Great Park Visitors Center.

We also endorse giving to our friends at  Socks for Heroes, which ships socks along with other essentials to United States Marine Corps combat infantry units, provides Marine children the ability to take advantage of swimming lessons, sports, and camps, and provides other programs for single Marines and Marine families during deployments.

Gift cards for Firefighters can be mailed or delivered to the  OCFA Firefighter’s Benevolent Association for Firefighters in need.  Monetary donations can be made to Firefighter organizations such as the  OCFA Foundation and the  Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  Donations can also be made to the  California Fire Museum and Safety Leaning Center,

Many other worthy non-profit organizations that provide assistance to the residents of Irvine and surrounding areas can be found on the  Charity Directory of the City of Irvine's website.


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.


Be Fire Safe this Holiday Season! 

Make sure that you, your family, your neighbors, and our brave OCFA firefighters have a happy holiday season free from the tragedy of home fires.


As your representative on the Orange County Fire Authority, your fire safety is especially important to me during the holiday season.  

I want to make sure that you, your family, your neighbors, and our brave OCFA firefighters have a happy holiday season free from the tragedy of fire.

Here are some important holiday fire safety tips from your Orange County Fire Authority:




Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

Allison Binder, Lead Council Executive Assistant
abinder@ci.irvine.ca.us

Julia Jech, 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 Cody Prince,  Green Ribbon Environmental Committee 

Fred Judd, Investment Advisory Committee (Chair)