Community Link Newsletter




February 26, 2021 | Edition 9

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our new weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more by visiting our website at, and following us on our social media channels, listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 

Emergency Housing

Emergency Rental

Assistance Program

The City of Irvine’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is allocating $17.7 million in state and federal funding for an Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help residential renters who have experienced financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program will be available Monday, March 8 at 8 a.m. and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, March 19. A lottery system will be used to select grant recipients in order to provide equitable access for all applicants. For information on eligibility and additional program details, please visit

COVID-19 Victims

COVID-19 Victims

We are saddened by the lives lost to COVID-19 locally and across the country, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have died. In an effort to honor the 66 Irvine residents who have passed away due to the coronavirus, we have created a memorial webpage which can be found at


Family members who would like their loved one included in the remembrance may submit a photo and a quote honoring the resident via the online submission form at The webpage will be updated as new submissions are received.

Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

Construction Starts in Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp

On Monday, March 1, construction will begin on the highly anticipated Bommer Canyon Cattle Camp Rehabilitation project. The Cattle Camp area is undergoing upgrades and renovations to improve and update the event site and surrounding park grounds, a 15-acre site originally built in 1967. New facilities at Cattle Camp — a popular spot for community parties, picnics, weddings, and campouts — will match the park's original ranch style. The project includes constructing new buildings including a “chuckwagon” building and stage, and providing new ADA accessible pathways.  A new waterline being brought to the property will allow for construction of a new restroom building.


Cattle Camp is closed to the public during construction, and access to nearby trails and parking may be closed intermittently throughout construction of the project, which is expected to be completed this year. For additional information on the Cattle Camp project, visit

Foster Donation Drive

Foster Donation Drive

The Community is invited to help the Irvine’s Animal Care Center’s Foster Donation Drive throughout the month of March. Support puppies, kittens, and young rabbits by donating supplies such as formula, towels, and toys. Send items from our donation wish list to bolster underage animals and those recuperating from surgery in the Center’s Foster Care program. For more information, call 949-724-7740 or visit

50th Anniversary

City of Irvine 50th Anniversary

The City of Irvine is celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation this year. Many exciting activities are planned to pay homage to these remarkable 50 years. Look for a celebration of Irvine’s past and future through engagement of partners, including businesses, educational, nonprofits, faith-based, and multicultural organizations as we create a historical timeline highlighting all the great accomplishments of Irvine. Visit throughout the year for announcements, news, and activities related to the City's celebration.


Fun Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation!

Did you know that James Irvine immigrated to America in 1846 from Ireland? In 1848, he traveled to San Francisco where he worked in the emerging gold industry for six years, before purchasing interest in a commission house. Friends began a venture raising sheep and Irvine financed a 50% share in the company. The land, which would later become the Irvine Ranch, was purchased in 1864 in three phases, beginning with Sepulveda’s Rancho San Joaquin. By 1878, Irvine bought out his partners to become the sole owner of the Ranch.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

March 3 | 6 p.m. 
South Coast AQMD Public Meeting on All American Asphalt 


March 9 | 4 p.m. 
City Council Meeting 

April 24 | 10 a.m.

Earth Day Compost Class

View the City Calendar