Irvine City Council Newsletter 
June 2018
Join Me at the Irish Fair and Music Fest 
June 9th and 10th at the Great Park in Irvine!

Enjoy two great days of Irish dance, music, sports and all other aspects of Irish culture at the Great Park.


Céad míle fáilte!

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Last March,  I was named a  2018 Irish Honoree by the City of Los Angeles.  The award came as a result of my help in bringing the annual  Irish Fair and Music Festival to the Great Park in Irvine.

The Irish Fair and Music Festival  will be held on June 9 and 10, 2018, at the Great Park in Irvine.  It is dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish and  Irish-American culture in the Southern California area by presenting Irish music, dance, theatre, language, sports and all other aspects of the Irish heritage.

Now in its 43rd year, the Irish Fair has become a landmark for Irish and Irish American culture and family entertainment. Over 30,000 people attend the event annually. 

It has been described as the happiest and most fun filled event in all of Southern California!

The Fenians

Craic in the Stone

Sligo Rags

Among the many artists appearing at the Festival at the Great Park this year are  The Fenians The Humble HooligansCraic in the Stone Sligo Rags ,   Cillian's Bridge Rory Makem , and  Dónal Clancy .

The Irish Fair also features Irish Step Dancing, Irish, Scottish and British import shops and arts & craft vendors.

You can find more information, and tickets, online at BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival!

See you there!

Slán go fóill


Register, Volunteer, Vote!

The Irvine Civic Center will serve as an Early Voting Service Center for the June 5 Special Municipal Election that has been consolidated with the Statewide Direct Primary. The center will be open Saturday, May 26 through Monday, June 4. 


The Irvine Civic Center will serve as an Early Voting Service Center for the June 5 Special Municipal Election that has been consolidated with the Statewide Direct Primary. The center will be open Saturday, May 26 through Monday, June 4. All registered Orange County voters are eligible to participate in on-site early voting. 

The City of Irvine encourages all eligible residents to register to vote.  Registration can be completed online at  ocvote.com  or by mail. Voter Registration forms are available online at  ocvote.com , at the Irvine Civic Center, in local Libraries and City of Irvine community centers. 

Services offered by the Early Voting Service Center include:
- Weekend voting
- Ballot replacement
- Same day (conditional) voter registration 
- Full-service voter assistance, and 
- Secure drive-thru vote-by-mail ballot drop-off. 

Early Voting Center hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26 through Friday, June 1 and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2 through Monday, June 4.

For more information about voter registration and the Early Voting Service Center, call the City of Irvine Election Hotline at 949-724-6159 or visit  ocvote.com.  

For information regarding the three ballot measures pertaining to the City of Irvine's Special Municipal Election, visit  cityofirvine.org/election .

Vote YES on Measure B for an OC Veterans Cemetery!

YES on Measure B is endorsed by an unprecedented bi-partisan coalition of political leaders and organizations, veterans organizations, labor union leaders, and editorial pages.


YES on Measure B  is endorsed by an unprecedented bi-partisan coalition of political leaders and organizations, veterans organizations, environmentalists, labor union leaders, and editorial pages , including:
  • The Orange County Democratic Party
  • The Orange County Republican Party
  • The American Legion
     
  • The American Legion Riders 
  • T
    he American Legion Auxiliary
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • The Marine Corps League
  • The American G.I. Forum
  • The Vietnam Veterans of America
  • The 40 & 8
    The Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation
  • Congressman Lou Correa 
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congresswoman Mimi Walters 
  • Congressman Dana Rohrabacher 
  • Governor Jerry Brown 
  • State Senator Josh Newman 
  • State Senator Janet Nguyen 
  • Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva 
  • Assembly Member Steven Choi 
  • Assembly Member Matt Harper 
  • Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer 
  • Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel 
  • Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner 
  • Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea 
  • Irvine City Council Member Melissa Fox 
  • Irvine United School District Board Member Paul W. Bokota
  • Irvine United School District Board Member Lauren Brooks
  • Irvine United School District Board Member Ira Glasky
  • Irvine Community Services Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris
  • Irvine Planning Commissioner Anthony Kuo
  • Irvine Finance Commissioner Roger Sievers 
  • The Orange County Register  
  • Irvine City News
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Nick Berardino, President, Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation
  • Jennifer Muir Beuthin, General Manager, Orange County Employees Association
  • Bobby McDonald, President/Executive Director, Black Chamber of Orange County
  • Brig. General (ret.) Robin Umberg, Undersecretary, California Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Orange County Business Council
  • UCI Law Professor Katie Porter
  • UCI Ecology Professor Kathleen K. Treseder
  • Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.
My family has a long history of military service. My father sacrificed his hearing flying combat missions over North Korea as a bombardier and crew chief.  We lost his cousin in combat at Inchon.  All of my uncles served in the Marine Corps.  My grandfathers and my father-in-law served in WWII in the Navy. There are many more.  I respect and honor our military tradition and I serve the residents of Irvine.

I was one of the earliest and strongest advocates for a Veterans Cemetery located at the old El Toro Marine Air Station.  I attended and spoke at every Irvine City Council meeting where the Veterans Cemetery was discussed.


My strong commitment to an Orange County Veterans Cemetery located on the grounds of the old El Toro Marine base in Irvine has never wavered.

My goal always was, and remains, to establish this cemetery as expeditiously as possible.

The choice is now yours.

A "YES" vote on Measure B means there will be a veterans cemetery. 

By voting YES on Measure B on June 5th, we can break ground on the Orange County veterans cemetery immediately - a location that has already been approved by local, state, and federal governments.

A "no" vote means the promise will be broken.

The necessary decontamination of the original site is far too expensive (more than $77 million) for the state or city to undertake.

Moreover, if Measure B fails, the original site will not remain as a contaminated junk yard -- but instead will no doubt be sold or leased to a developer willing to invest in the extreme costs of a massive cleanup.

Both sites will then end up being used for more commercial buildings and residential development.

The June 5 vote is NOT an "either/or" vote on the location of a veterans cemetery, but rather a "yes/no" vote on whether there will ever be a veterans cemetery at the former El Toro Marine Base.

This is not  - and should not be  - a partisan or divisive issue.  It is a commonsense matter that we can all get behind to respect and honor our veterans.

I campaigned on the promises to ensure a veterans cemetery on the old El Toro Marine Base, reduce traffic congestion, and safeguard taxpayers' dollars. The land exchange - Measure B - allows me to keep each of these promises.

Let's do what's best for veterans and for the residents of Irvine.

Vote YES on Measure B on June 5!



For more information about the veterans cemetery, please see:











As the daughter of an Orange County Korean War combat veteran, I am proud to have participated in making sure that Orange County's veterans - who have sacrificed so much for us - will at last have a final resting place close to their families and loved ones.

Please help by voting YES on Measure B.

Thank you.

Melissa

Distinguished Environmental Group Laguna Greenbelt Endorses YES on Measure B for Veterans Cemetery!

Environmental leaders "urge Irvine voters to approve the land swap in June, and vote yes on Measure B."


The leaders of the distinguished environmental group  Laguna Greenbelt have recently issued a  strong statement urging voters to support Yes on Irvine's Measure B in order to facilitate the creation of a veterans cemetery on the site known as the strawberry fields.

Laguna Greenbelt is a grassroots organization that has worked ceaselessly to protect wildlife habitat in Orange County since 1968.  Over the last fifty years, it has led efforts to preserve a coastal wilderness area that is now 22,000 beautiful acres. Today Laguna Greenbelt continues to defend this iconic landscape for the sake of its wild inhabitants and the people who love it.

The Measure B Strawberry Fields Veterans Cemetery site is bisected by the lower part of the "Central Reach" of the Nature Greenbelt, which is crucial to preserving our environmental heritage. 


One of Laguna Greenbelt's major projects has been the creation of an essential  nature corridor across Irvine to connect the coastal wildlife habitat west of the I-5, to the much larger open space of the Santa Ana Mountains, including the Cleveland National Forest.

Last March, I had the opportunity to join Laguna Greenbelt President Elisabeth Brown, Ph.D, along with Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner and Councilwoman Christina Shea at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Orange County Great Park Wildlife Corridor.

As envisioned by Laguna Greenbelt, this nature corridor will link our coastal wilderness with the Santa Ana Mountains/Cleveland National Forest and will ensure the health and future of wildlife and their habitat in our region's 22,000 acres of coastal parks.

As  Elisabeth M. Brown and Gabriela Worrel, the leaders of Laguna Greenbelt,  noted, "A cemetery built on the strawberry-growing site [i.e., the Yes on Measure B site] would be bisected by the wildlife corridor, greatly increasing the amount of green space available to the animals. The lush greenery of the cemetery would help support wildlife to feed and mingle before moving on.  In contrast, the original cemetery site on Irvine Blvd is not near the wildlife corridor, and would have no benefits for wildlife movement or encouraging genetic mixing. Animals moving downslope from the mountains that found their way to the cemetery across busy Irvine Blvd would be blocked from moving safely inland or seaward. Surrounded by urban development and Irvine Blvd on all sides, the cemetery would be just another isolated fragment of open space"

For this reason, they "urge Irvine voters to approve the land swap in June, and vote yes on Measure B."


Here is their  statement:

"Last September, the City of Irvine agreed to a land swap with developer Five Point Communities. This moved the cemetery site to land near the Spectrum V development and the I-5/I-405 interchange. The gently sloping new site is currently being used as agricultural land to grow strawberries. In exchange, the city deeded over the parcel along Irvine Blvd, where the cemetery was originally planned. After the land swap was completed, the City deeded the new site to the State of California, which is responsible for building the cemetery.

There is now controversy over whether the land swap is in the best interest of the City of Irvine. Political squabbles aside, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., would like the public to consider the land swap's merits through the lens of land use principles, open space preservation, and wildlife movement.

Representatives of Laguna Greenbelt, FivePoint, and the City of Irvine at the groudbreaking for the Great Park Nature Corridor in March 2018.
Our grassroots organization has been working with the City of Irvine since before 2000, and since 2012 also with the developer Five Point Communities, to design and complete an essential wildlife corridor across Irvine to connect coastal wildlife habitat west of the I-5, to the much larger open space of the Santa Ana Mountains (including Cleveland National Forest). 

This wildlife corridor, that we have come to call the Coast to Cleveland Wildlife Corridor, is currently taking shape on the only possible route that will ensure that the coastal wild lands, including Shady and Bommer Canyons, and several other parks and preserves, will not wither and die over time (ecologically speaking), throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars that the community has invested over the many decades it took to set aside and manage our parks and preserves.

In mid-March, as a community, we celebrated the groundbreaking of the last stretch of the wildlife corridor between the Santa Ana Mountains and the coastal open space. In short, it's a dating corridor for wildlife, at a time when they are increasingly isolated from one another by multi-lane roadways and urban development.

The event was important; the corridor is about 6 miles long, and the stretch under construction will be almost half of that, as it crosses Irvine between Irvine Blvd and the I-5. The so-called Great Park stretch will be entirely on the former Base, but not near the park. Instead, it will be adjacent to future urban development around the park on the East side, and, depending on the June fifth vote, it might meet the Veterans Cemetery.

When considering land uses that will be neighbors of habitat and wildlife corridors, it's clear that some are better than others. Animals exploring for food, cover, and water are spooked and avoid moving towards noisy areas with human activity, lights, cars, unfamiliar smells, and domestic pets. Land uses that are quiet at night and minimize human activity near a wildlife corridor are favorable for animals moving through the area, allowing them to continue on their journeys.

In general, a cemetery is one of the best complementary land uses for natural areas and wildlife; a dark and quiet place at night, when many animals are active. However, in real estate, it's all about the location, and one of the sites proposed for the Veterans Cemetery is much better than the other for animals traveling along the corridor.

A cemetery built on the strawberry-growing site would be bisected by the wildlife corridor, greatly increasing the amount of green space available to the animals.  The lush greenery of the cemetery would help support wildlife to feed and mingle before moving on.

In contrast, the original cemetery site on Irvine Blvd is not near the wildlife corridor, and would have no benefits for wildlife movement or encouraging genetic mixing. Animals moving downslope from the mountains that found their way to the cemetery across busy Irvine Blvd would be blocked from moving safely inland or seaward. Surrounded by urban development and Irvine Blvd on all sides, the cemetery would be just another isolated fragment of open space.

The health and future of wildlife and their habitat in 22,000 acres of coastal parks rides on the success of the wildlife corridor. The land swap supports the bottom line, too: In sheer dollars, so much has been invested in our public lands, don't we want to protect our investment?  We urge Irvine voters to approve the land swap in June, and vote yes on Measure B."

Learn more about the Coast to Cleveland Corridor  here.


Elisabeth M. Brown, PhD is a biologist and the president of Laguna Greenbelt, Inc. She has resided in Orange County for 51 years. Elisabeth's involvement in managing local wildlands has included founding roles in the Nature Reserve of OC and the Coastal Greenbelt Authority.

Gabriela Worrel is the outreach coordinator at Laguna Greenbelt, Inc and a freelance writer. She is a Southern California native currently living in Los Angeles, and holds degrees in biology (Westmont College) and urban planning (UC Irvine).

Watch Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox's Great Park Town Hall Meeting - with Mandarin Translation! 

市議員 梅利莎福克斯 介绍橙县大公园最新进展 

Councilmember Melissa Fox speaks about the history and future of the Orange County Great Park. 

Melissa Fox介绍橙县大公园最新进展.


I held a  Town Hall Meeting  on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in historic Hanger 244 at the Great Park.

The  Great Park Town Hall Meeting was  co-hosted by WeIrvine and featured translation by Mandarin translation by my friend Zhihai Li, who is also my appointee to the Irvine Children, Youth and Families Committee.


I spoke about the history of the Orange County Great Park - of which I am the Vice Chair - and its future development.

We also spoke the veterans cemetery and why it is important to Vote  Yes on Measure B

Thank you to Zhihai Li, WeIrvine, and everyone who attended!




Join Me for Irvine's 12th Annual Super Pet Adoption Event on Sun., June 3! 

More than 40 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 Super Pet Adoption Event  on Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

More than 40 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring some 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals for adoption!

The Super Pet Adoption Event 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 Super Pet Adoption Event
Where: 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618
When: Sunday, June 3, 2018. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call 949-724-7740.


Seniors Helping Seniors

There will be lots of adorable animals who need forever homes at the Super Pet Adoption Event, but the best pet for you, especially if you are a senior, is a senior animal.

One of the best programs of the Irvine Animal Care Center is " Seniors Helping Seniors."  

In order to help both the senior people and the homeless senior pets of our community, the Irvine Animal Care Center has implemented a new program that will allow individuals age 62 and older to adopt a senior pet at no charge. 

Many of our senior pets came from a nice home environment and were relinquished because their owners could no longer care for them. The stress of shelter life is often quite difficult for senior animals and so the quicker they can find a good new home, the better. These animals are often already housebroken, so they make great companions for senior citizens.

Adoption hours at the Irvine Animal Care Center are noon to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The Center is closed on Tuesdays and holidays.

Please allow yourself at least one hour to visit with adoptable animals.  Look for the green "senior" stamp on the kennel cards to identify adoptable seniors.
For more information, call 949-724-7740.


Bunnies are Best in Bunches

Dogs and cats are not the only animals looking for forever homes at the Irvine Animal Care Center. The Center also has many super cute bunnies for adoption.

Rabbits make wonderful pets for the right people.  According to the website  Petfinder, "Rabbits have strikingly distinctive personalities. They can be as playful and silly as puppies or kittens, as independent and fascinating as cats, or as loyal and openly affectionate as dogs. And long-time rabbit owners claim that domestic rabbits are, in their own way, every bit as smart as cats and dogs. . .  If you want a fascinating, funny, warm and wonderful companion animal, try a rabbit."

Many of the bunnies at the Center are litter-mates who are bonded to each other.  For that reason, if you can, it might be a great idea to adopt two or three bonded siblings.

Whatever animal you adopt, or whether you just come visit the animals and support the Irvine Animal Care Center, I'm sure you'll have a great time at the Super Pet Adoption Event.

I hope to see you there!

Councilmember Melissa Fox Welcomes New 
Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy!

Chief Brian Fennessy will lead the brave men and women of OCFA as it faces new protects and serves Irvine and Orange County.


I was honored to serve on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors committee that was  charged with the responsibility of selecting candidates for new OCFA Fire Chief and that recommended the selection of Brian Fennessy.

Chief Fennessy began his career in 1978 with the US Department of Agriculture's United States Forest Service and the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management working as a hotshot crewmember, hotshot/helishot/helitack captain and ultimately crew superintendent.
 
In 1990, Fennessy joined the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) and ultimately became Chief of the Department in 2015. One of his many accomplishments while with the SDFD was developing & establishing a multi-mission Fire/Rescue/EMS helicopter program designed to serve the citizens of the City of San Diego and the region.


 
Chief Fennessy has enjoyed a diversity of executive leadership and management experiences in both the wildland fire and metropolitan fire service communities. He believes that Mission-Driven Culture (MDC) is the future of the fire service and has presented on this topic at a variety of local, state, and national venues.
 
Chief Fennessy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and has participated in hundreds of Fire Service, NIMS, and Incident Command Systems courses throughout his career. Fennessy has also completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) program and for the last ten-years, represented the IAFC on the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee.
 
Chief Fennessy has held multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications and positions, has also served on National Incident Management Teams, and developed one of the first All-Hazard Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) in the US.

Recently, Chief Fennessy was chosen  elected to serve as the Western Division Chief Representative effective immediately by FEMA. The Divisional Sponsoring Agency Chief Representative position is extremely important within the National Urban Seach & Rescue Response System within the U.S.. 
Chief Fennessy will represent the nine FEMA Urban Seach & Rescue Tasks Forces in the Western Division; these include all California Task Force 1-Los Angeles City Fire Department, California Task Force 2-Los Angeles County Fire Department, California Task Force 3-Memlo Park City Fire Department, California Task Force 4-Oakland City Fire Department, California Task Force 5-OCFA, California Task Force 6-Riverside City Fire Department, California Task Force 7-Sacramento City Fire Department, California Task Force 8-San Diego City Fire Department and Washington Task Force 1-Pierce County Fire Department. 

Congratulations and Welcome Chief Fennessy!

Congratulations to Irvine Community Services Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris on Award from Irvine Prevention Coalition!  

Prevention Coalition honors work by Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris on behalf of children and families in Irvine.


Irvine, CA -- Irvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox congratulates her appointee to the Irvine Community Services Commission, Lauren Johnson-Norris, on receiving  the Outstanding Supporters of Prevention (OSP) Award for 2018 from the Irvine Prevention Coalition for her work championing children and families in Irvine! 

The Irvine Prevention Coalition (IPC) is a coming together of community partners representing more than 92 civic, business, school, faith, parent, school, youth and community based agencies who work together to support children, youth and families in Irvine. The Irvine Prevention Coalition meets regularly to coordinate our school and community based prevention and early intervention efforts.  If you live or work in Irvine and would like to get involved in alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, we invite you to join by contacting them at info@icdp.org.



Each year, the Irvine Prevention Coalition recognizes individuals and programs or organizations that go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Irvine through their work work supporting children and/or families in meaningful ways that prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use/abuse and/or promote mental health and resiliency in our community.

Coincilmember Fox stated, "This award is so well-deserved. Lauren's  work as a child-advocate in situations where families are in crisis has prevented harm to children that would be at risk for dropping out of school, committing crimes, or becoming involved in unhealthy relationships. Thank you so much for your service to children and families of Irvine and the Orange County community."

 
Help Hayden Raise Funds for Fisher House on his 
D-Day Remembrance Walk! 

Irvine resident Hayden Blumenfeld is walking the D-Day beaches to honor those who freed Europe and to raise funds for Fisher House, which provides a network of homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.


My friend Hayden Blumenfeld is making  a pilgrimage this month to the  D-Day beaches of Normandy, France, in order to honor the Americans, Canadians, and British who participated in the great invasion that lead to the liberation of Europe.

He is also walking the D-Day beaches to raise funds for  Fisher House, which provides a network of homes where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major U.S. military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $200 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.

Hayden is a resident of Irvine, a graduate of UC Berkeley, an Army veteran, and currently serves as an infantry officer in the United States Army Reserve.  

Hayden Blumenfeld

Here is how he explains his project:


by Hayden Blumenfeld

"On June 6th, 1944, more than 160,000 American, Canadian, and British soldiers landed on five beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, and Utah), located on the Coast of Normandy, France. Up against a heavily fortified Nazi German Army, the Allies' mission was to secure a foothold in Europe. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers would be killed or wounded along the 50 miles of Normandy Coast that fateful day. The success of the mission ultimately led to the Allies' victory in Europe on May 8th, 1945.

In honor of those who have served, I will walk from the  Museum of the Atlantic Wall to the Utah Beach Landing Museum. On my way, I will stop at the five landing beaches as well as the  Normandy American Cemetery. I will set out on May 16th, 2018 and complete the walk by May 18th, traveling roughly 55 miles.

I am an Army veteran and Army reservist. On this pilgrimage to remember those who sacrificed so much in the invasion of Normandy, I will also be working to raise awareness of, and contributions for, an organization that works to support our veterans and their families.

I am a believer in Fisher House's mission to help families stay connected while loved ones receive treatment at nearby VA facilities. Your donation can help military and veterans' families feel that glimmer of hope when they need it the most, at a time of a medical crisis. 100% of all donations will go to Fisher House.

Donate with confidence: Fisher House has received a  4-star rating from Charity Navigator 14 years in a row and an A+ rating from CharityWatch/American Institute of Philanthropy.

Thank you in advance for your support!"

Hayden Blumenfeld is an an outstanding young man and his cause is tremendously deserving.

Please help him if you can.

You can find his  Fisher House Donation Page here.

You can continue to follow Hayden's Remembrance Walk his own site here.

Join Me at the Car Wash in Irvine to Support our 2/11 Marines on Sat., June 2 

The car wash will take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Lakeview Senior Center in Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge.


Please join me on Saturday, June 2, 2018, for the Annual Car Wash fundraiser in support of Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee to directly benefit the 2/11 Marines.

The car wash will take place from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Lakeview Senior Center in Mike Ward Community Park in Woodbridge.

Irvine is proud of its military heritage, especially its close connection to the United States Marine Corps.

From 1943 to 1999, Irvine was the home of Marine Air Station El Toro, which was once the largest Marine air station on the West Coast.  Thousands of Marines served here, and thousands more flew from here to battles in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Many never returned.

Irvine's commitment to its military heritage continues into the present, as the Irvine City Council has now  dedicated 125 acres of the former El Toro Marine Base to serve as an Orange County Veterans Cemetery, providing a final resting place for those served, close to their families and loved ones. 

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

The 1st Marine Division is the oldest, largest and most decorated division in the United States Marine Corps. The 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (2/11) is a 155mm howitzer battalion based at Camp Pendleton, California. Its primary mission is to provide artillery support to the 5th Marine Regiment in time of conflict. At any time, the command has roughly 750 Marines and Sailors assigned to it. 

The battalion's exemplary service ranges from France in World War I to the Battles of Guadalcanal and Okinawa in the Pacific in World War II to Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War (where my cousin USMC Pvt. Irwin Kay was killed in action), to Hue and Phu Bai in Vietnam to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Gulf War to Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait to the more recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The  Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 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 ("2/11 Marines"). 

Additionally, the Committee seeks to educate and inform the community regarding the 2/11's activities and responsibilities.  The Committee accomplishes its goal by soliciting private and public donations of cash, food, beverages, and new and used material goods to help underwrite the cost of sponsoring 2/11 Marines and their families.

Councilmember Melissa Fox Joins in Community Celebration of Annual Korean Cultural Festival

9th Irvine Korean Cultural Festival celebrates and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions.


I was delighted to join with the greater Irvine community in participating in the annual  Irvine Korean Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 13th, at the Irvine Civic Center.

2018 marked the 9th anniversary of the Irvine Korean Cultural Festival, an event designed to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County.

The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza full of fine Korean food, games, art, music and entertainment.


Along with others from Irvine and throughout Orange County, I enjoyed dynamic cultural performances while sampling delicious cuisine from many of Irvine's premier Korean restaurants.

As the daughter of a Korean War combat veteran, the cousin of a United States Marine who was killed in action in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, and as a resident of Irvine, I feel a deep connection to Korea and a deep appreciation for the vital contributions that Korean Americans have made to our city, our state, and our nation.

I am proud to live and serve on the City Council in a city that celebrates and treasures our Korean American community and I join my Korean American friends and neighbors in celebrating Korean American contributions to our shared American heritage and way of life.

Join Us for Free Movies on the Lawn

Enjoy free family film favorites this summer at the Great Park.


As Vice Chair of the Orange County Great Park, I invite you to join is on Fridays and Saturdays, June 22 -  July 14, for family-favorite movies on the outdoor big screen!

Bring low-back chairs, blankets, and a picnic, or purchase items from gourmet food trucks.

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to get a seat.  Food trucks arrive at 6:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk.

Movies are weather permitting.  Admission is free.



Here is the complete movie schedule for Movies on the Lawn:

Flashback Fridays (at the Palm Court)

Fri. June 22 -- Stagecoach, a western tale of travelers who journey through Apache territory, starring John Wayne in his breakout role, and also starring the Irvine Company owner Donald Bren's step-mother, Claire Trevor.  R ated by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest westerns ever made (released 1939, not rated, 96 minutes long).

Fri. June 29 -- Brigadoon, a musical starring Gene Kelly about two American hunters who discover a mystical village that only materializes once every century in Scotland (released 1954, not rated, 108 minutes long).

Fri. July 6 -- Clambake, a classic Elvis Presley movie in which Elvis plays the role of an oil fortune heir who trades places with a water ski instructor, hoping to find a girl to like him for himself rather than his father's money (released 1967, not rated, 100 minutes long).

Blockbuster Saturdays (at the Terraced Lawn)


Sat. June 23 -- Ferdinand, animated comedy-drama adventure film based on beloved children's book about a bull with a big heart, who is determined to return home after being captured and mistaken for a dangerous beast (released 2017, rated PG, 106 minutes long).

Sat. June 30 -- The LEGO Ninjago Movie, animated adventure film about a teenage ninja, as he attempts to accept the truth about his villainous father, while a new threat emerges to endanger his homeland (released 2017, rated PG, 90 minutes long).

Sat. July 7 -- Peter Rabbit, animated film about the famous Peter Rabbit, as Peter and his friends attempt to raid Mr McGregor's vegetable garden, leading them on an exciting adventure to London and back (released 2018, rated PG, 100 minutes long).

Sat. July 14 -- The Greatest Showman, musical film with a star-studded cast inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum's creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the birth of show business (eleased 2017, rated PG, 105 minutes long). 

Join Us for Coffee with a Cop!

Enjoy a cup of coffee and a conversation with a member of the Irvine Police Department. 



Enjoy a cup of coffee and a conversation with a member of the Irvine Police Department. 

This free and kid-friendly event allows residents to meet with police in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. 

Join us at Starbucks in the Woodbury Town Center, 6364 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, California 92620

You can sign up here.

Kick Off Summer with a Super Swim Lesson

Adults and children of all swimming abilities are invited to participate in the Super Swim Lesson, a worldwide effort to raise awareness for drowning prevention. 



Kick off summer in the pool with the Irvine Super Swim Lesson on Friday, June 22, at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center

Adults and children of all swimming abilities are invited to participate in the Super Swim Lesson, a worldwide effort to raise awareness for drowning prevention. 

Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to sign up; on-site lesson starts at 6 p.m. Then, stay for a recreation swim that includes a water slide, giant inflatable slide and diving boards. At dusk, watch the movie Despicable Me 3 on the big screen. 

All activities are free. 

Lifeguards will be on duty. Ages 3 and older; children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, call 949-724-6717.

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Melissa Fox
Irvine City Council
Staff and Commissioners

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

Daniel Robertson, Council Executive Assistant

Eliana Liss, Council Executive Assistant

Lauren Johnson Norris, Community Services Commissioner

Dustin Nirschl,  Planning Commissioner

Roger Sievers,  Finance Commissioner

Kenneth Montgomery, Transportation Commissioner (Chair)

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

Juneu Kim,  Senior Council

Krishna Hammond,  Green Ribbon Environmental Committee (Vice Chair)

Fred Judd, Investment Advisory Committee (Chair)