Irvine City Council Newsletter 
January 2019
Happy New Year!
From the Fox Family  and 
Melissa Fox's Team at Irvine City Hall

Wishing you a you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!


Serving the residents of Irvine in 2018 as a member of the Irvine City Council has been a great joy and privilege.

Michael, Max, our entire team, and I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Together we'll continue to make Irvine an even better place to live, work, and raise a family in 2019!

Love, 
Melissa


Join Councilmember Melissa Fox for an Irvine Traffic Safety Town Hall!

Please join me on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Woodbury Community Park, for a Town Hall Meeting on Traffic Safety.


I rvine residents are very concerned about traffic safety, especially for their children.

Based on these concerns, I recently met with Irvine Police Department (IPD) Chief Mike Hamel to discuss ways to improve stop sign compliance and overall traffic safety in Irvine.

As a result of the meeting, the IPD is taking the following steps:

  • increased educational outreach to the public about the importance of compliance with stop signs and overall traffic safety rules, including increased outreach in Mandarin.
  • Increased traffic enforcement and IPD visibility at all Irvine schools during pick-up and drop-off.
  • Increased traffic enforcement and IPD visibility at Cypress Village, Woodbury, and other locations throughout Irvine.
  • Added crossing guards at intersection of Arborwood and Canyonwood in Northwood Point (near Canyon View Elementary School).

In addition, the Irvine Police Department has created a new  Facebook page specifically related to the traffic law enforcement and traffic safety  IPD will post information and notices about traffic enforcement activity and residents are welcome to respond and comment about their concerns regarding traffic enforcement and safety.


To continue this important community discussion, I will be holding a  Town Hall on Traffic Safety on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Woodbury Community Park, located at 130 Sanctuary, Irvine, CA 92620.

Traffic Commissioner Ken Montgomery and members of the Irvine Police Department will participate in the Town Hall on Traffic Safety.

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the Town Hall on Traffic Safety with their concerns, questions, and suggestions.

I am looking forward to a Town Hall meeting focused on traffic safety and making Irvine an even safer place to live and raise a family. In Irvine, we're proud that community engagement is an essential element of our approach to law enforcement.


Please invite your neighbors!

What: Councilmember Melissa Fox Town Hall on Irvine Traffic Safety
When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Woodbury Community Park, 130 Sanctuary, Irvine, CA 92620.

See you there!



Finding solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis has been a priority for me, both as a member of the Irvine City Council and as Chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust.  


In 2018, I was elected to serve as Chair of the  Irvine Community Land Trust,  guiding its mission of providing secure, high-quality affordable  housing for the benefit of income-eligible families.  

Like all Irvine Community Land Trust Board Members, I serve as a volunteer, without compensation.

I am very proud of what we accomplished at the Irvine Community Land Trust (ICLT) this year!

As we all know, Irvine is among the most expensive real estate markets in the nation; for this reason there is both a tremendous need for, and tremendous obstacles to, affordable housing. 

Finding solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis has been a priority for me, both as a member of the Irvine City Council and as Chair of the Irvine Community Land Trust.  Irvine has been a model in this area and the Land Trust concept, now being adopted by Orange County and many other cities, is something that Irvine has pioneered.  No other city has a Land Trust like we have, and other cities are working to copy ours.

Here is a short video that explains the work the Irvine Community Land Trust does to create more affordable housing in Irvine:

Irvine Community Land Trust Mission Video

2018 was truly a remarkable year for the Land Trust.

In 2018, we opened the award-winning affordable community of  Parc Derian , which brings 80 new units of housing for working families, veterans, and special-needs residents of Irvine. Located in the Irvine Business Complex, Parc Derian is a beautiful multifamily community with a pool, tot lot, private parking, exercise center, computer lab, and onsite resident services.

Designed to bring employees closer to work, it is a short walk to many jobs as well as Irvine Unified Schools, public transportation, dining and shopping options. Apartments range from one- to three bedrooms and include walk-in closets, energy-efficient appliances, assigned parking and balconies.  Parc Derian is the result of a public/private partnership between the Irvine Community Land Trust, C&C Development, Innovative Housing Opportunities (IHO), Lennar Corporation, and the City of Irvine.

Also in 2018, we began work on Salerno, a new 80-unit rental community. Like Parc Derian, Salerno will provide permanent affordable housing for working families, veterans, and special-needs residents of Irvine.

Significantly, in 2018 we began to develop our first homes for ownership with help from a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. This new Irvine community, called Chelsea on Native Spring, located north of Irvine Boulevard, will include 68 affordable home for sale to income-eligible veterans, working families, and young professionals.

Homes will be sold to first-time homebuyers who earn up to 120 percent of the area's medium income. In an area where the median home price is $727,000 and average annual income is around $80,000 for a family of four, many people are priced out of the market and face housing and financial uncertainties while trying to build a life in Irvine. The Chelsea on Native Spring project aims to keep those people in Irvine, especially military veterans, teachers, nurses, and young professionals.  It is expected to begin construction in 2019.


In addition to these new projects, we continued in 2018 to provide quality housing and services to 238 households living at Alegre Apartments and Doria Apartment Homes.

In all, that's 466 households, and more than a thousand people, who can comfortably live, work and raise families in Irvine directly because of the work of the Irvine Community Land Trust.

In 2018, I traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to represent the Irvine Community Land Trust at a national conference on affordable housing and traveled to Sacramento, where we moved forward to convince the California Legislature to remove tax barriers to creating permanent affordable housing, meaning that more affordable housing could be built in California. We expect that this year we will have the support we need to pass the legislation and I am again making the trip to Sacramento to secure more affordable housing in our state.

It should also be noted that in 2018, the Irvine Community Land Trust became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. This development was envisioned as eventual in the City's initial 2006 plan for the Land Trust, which states that the trust shall become self-sustaining and independent after it attains 200 affordable housing units. That threshold was crossed in 2017, and the Irvine Community Land Trust now owns more than 200 homes in three Irvine communities.

The move to become independent from the City of Irvine is designed to make it easier for donors and strategic partners to contribute materials, services, and funds on a tax-free basis, therefore increasing the resources that the Irvine Community Land Trust has to create more affordable housing.

The City of Irvine and its residents also benefit from the separation due to the financial savings in regard to staff salary and office space, which will no longer be provided by the City.



As ICLT Executive Director Mark Asturias explained, becoming legally independent from the City "is a tremendous win-win for both the Land Trust and the citizens of Irvine.  We can operate more efficiently and with less reliance on taxpayers, and we can apply a greater focus on our core mission - to provide high-quality affordable housing to the community."

Moreover, in the interest of maintaining transparency and community engagement, the Irvine Community Land Trust, on my motion, has
voluntarily opened all meetings to the public.   The open session format will allow members of the community to come, hear and be heard on programs and projects being implemented by the Land Trust Board.

Through this meeting format the Land Trust Board hopes to generate community interest and support for its programs, and foster collaboration on its mission to build quality affordable housing for Irvine residents.


Accordingly, for the January 8, 2019 City Council meeting, I have requested a presentation from City staff followed by discussion and direction from the City Council, regarding the application of the City's Sunshine Ordinance to all non-profit entities in the community that receive significant funding from the City. Please come to the Irvine City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to discuss this important matter.

Stay tuned to this blog, as well as the Land Trust's newly launched  Facebook  and  Linkedin pages, for more information on our progress in creating affordable housing.

2019 promises to be even more positive and exciting!

Irvine Police Department Wins $400,000 Traffic Safety Awareness and Enforcement Grant!  

"The timing of the award could not be better," Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox said.  



The traffic safety program aims to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Traffic safety is of the utmost importance to the Irvine Police Department," said Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel. "Our comprehensive traffic safety program includes educational presentations in our schools and our neighborhoods. Efforts such as high-visibility enforcement and sobriety checkpoints aim to stop dangerous behaviors and keep our streets safe. We are grateful to the Office of Traffic Safety for its continued partnership. This grant will bolster our traffic safety efforts," Hamel said.

"The timing of the award could not be better," Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox said.  " Chief Hamel and I met just this past week to discuss stop sign compliance and overall traffic safety in Irvine.  Our residents are very concerned about traffic safety, especially for their children.  Chief Hamel immediately followed through on his commitment to me to increase the visibility and frequency of traffic enforcement, and this grant will really help."



The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities through the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30, 2019. Initiatives funded by the grant include:

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers - and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license - off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders.
  • Compilation of DUI "Hot Sheets" identifying repeat DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.

Councilmember Fox will hold a  Town Hall Meeting on Traffic Safety on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Woodbury Community Park.  Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the Town Hall on Traffic Safety with their concerns, questions, and suggestions.

"I am looking forward to a Town Hall meeting focused on traffic safety and making Irvine an even safer place to live and raise a family," Councilmember Fox said.  "In Irvine, we're proud that community engagement is an essential element of our approach to law enforcement.


"Traffic safety in Irvine is an urgent priority," Councilmember Fox said. "Please invite your Irvine friends and neighbors."

Now Available: The 2019 Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar!  

Proceeds from calendar sales go toward shelter and care for animals at the center.


The 2019 Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar is on sale now for $15.
Proceeds from calendar sales go toward shelter and care for 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 Irvine Animal Care 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. We are so fortunate to have the Irvine Animal Center in our community!

The Irvine Animal Care Center is located at 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618.

For questions about the Irvine Animal Care Center Calendar, call 949-724-7740.

Help Shape the Future of Irvine's Community Programs!  

Take our Irvine resident Activity Survey today!


The City of Irvine, through the Community Services Department, is conducting a Resident Activity Survey about recreational activities offered to the community.

Results from the survey will be used to assess how City activities and programs meet the needs of the community, and how the City can continue to accommodate future needs.

We value input from the community and welcome you to take this important survey.

Questions cover City activities that you and members of your household may have participated in, and those you might want to see offered in the future.

The survey may be taken in English, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Spanish or Vietnamese.


For questions, contact 949-724-6156.

Help shape the future of Irvine programs and take our survey today!




Upcoming Events

What's up in Irvine! 
Sun, 1/6 @ 10:00 a.m. OC Great Park, Farmers Market

Wed. 1/9 @ 6:30 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, The Madness of King George

Thurs. 1/11 @ 8:00 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, Kuana Torres Kahlele Band

KUANA TORRES KAHELE Waipi'o Paeaea
Kuana Torres Kahele Band Waipi'o Paeaea

Sat. 1/12 @ 8:00 p.m. Irvine Barclay Theatre, Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert

Sun. 1/13 @ 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm. OC Great Park, Family Game Day

Sun. 1/13 @ 4:00 pm. Irvine Barclay Theatre, National Geographic Live - Mireya Mayor: Pink Boots & a Machete 

Wed. 1/16 @ 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 am. University Park Library, Chinese Storytime

Thurs. 1/17 @ 8:00 pm. Irvine Barclay Theatre, Jazz: Fred Hersch Trio

National Geographic Live
National Geographic Live

Fri. 1/18 @ 7:30 pm. Irvine Barclay Theatre, Jazz: Miles Davis and The Blue Flame Incident

Sat. 1/19 @ 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. University Park Library, Russian Storytime

Sat. 1/19 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Irvine Barclay Theatre, Gregory Popovich Pet Theater

Sun. 1/20 @ 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. OC Great Park, Children's Garden Workshop

Popovich Promo 6 25 15
Gregory Popovich Pet Theater

Sun. 1/20 @ 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Pretend City, Tu B'Shevat (Happy New Year to Trees) 

Mon. 1/21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 p.m. Pretend City, 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/23 @ 5:00 p.m. University Park Library, Persian Storytime

Fr. and Sat. @ 1/25 and 1/26 8:00 pm. UCI Robert Cohen Theatre, The Survival Project

Sat. 1/26 @10:30 a.m. Woodbury Community Park, Councilmember Melissa Fox's Irvine Town Hall on Traffic Safety

Sun 1/27 @ 7:00 pm. Irvine Bazrclay Theatre, Broadway Stars Krysta Rodriguez and Scott Barnhardt: Coming Home 


Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

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

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 Cody Prince,  Green Ribbon Environmental Committee 

Fred Judd, Investment Advisory Committee (Chair)