Community Link Newsletter





Community Link

March 26, 2021 | Edition 13

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. 


We Are Irvine 

We Are Irvine

On January 26, 2021 the Irvine City Council passed a resolution reaffirming Irvine's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community. As such, the City of Irvine is taking steps to ensure we embrace and celebrate diversity in all aspects of our community and foster an environment that is inclusive of all cultures, backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. We launched the We Are Irvine campaign as a means to reach these goals and initiatives. 

As part of this campaign, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will be created to provide input on the needs of the community to help meet our goals of inclusion. Additionally, the Irvine Police Department recently launched A new online portal which allows residents to report hate crimes and incidents online and anonymously. 

You'll see this new campaign incorporated into our 50th anniversary celebration this year, and we look forward to working with local nonprofit organizations, educational partners, and businesses to infuse it into all aspects of our community. You can learn more on our new website,, which houses campaign information, videos, and educational materials. 


Chaparral Park Hill Naming Virtual Meeting 

Join the City of Irvine for a virtual community meeting to discuss the findings of a public survey which gathered suggestions for a new official name for hill above Chaparral Park in the Turtle Rock community.

The site is locally known as "Suicide Hill" for the difficult climbs, and the City is seeking a more positive name to reflect the area's rich Native American heritage.

The virtual public meeting will be held March 30 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Visit the City's website to view information for joining the meeting.


City Art Galleries Reopen

In accordance with the updated state guidelines, the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) galleries and Great Park Gallery will reopen. IFAC recently opened two new exhibitions for in person viewing by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling the center or online at The Great Park Gallery will reopen Sunday, April 4 with a new exhibit, Ink on Paper. For more information, please visit or


Join the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee

The City of Irvine is accepting applications to fill two member-at-large vacancies and two student vacancies on the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee. The Committee advises the City Council and makes recommendations on matters related to energy, recycling and waste management, mobility, open space, and water issues.

Applicants may be an Irvine resident, student, or businessperson. Members-at-large will serve two-year terms, while students who are currently in middle school or high school will serve one-year terms.


Learn more and access the application at Applications are due April 25. 

Know Hate

Participate in the Virtual "Upstander" Against Hate Training Event

The City of Irvine is partnering with OC Human Relations to host a Virtual Town Hall training event Wednesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. to help community members understand how they can recognize hate crimes and incidents and learn the skills necessary to move from a passive bystander to an “active upstander.” 

To learn more and register for the Virtual Town Hall visit the City's website


City Support Through the COVID-19 Pandemic 

As we pass the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Irvine continues to support our residents in a variety of ways. As part of Mayor Farrah N. Khan's COVID-19 Task Force, the City began offering COVID-19 vaccines to Irvine's most vulnerable populations through pop-up vaccine clinics in partnership with local health care providers. Today's vaccine clinic held at Lakeview Senior Center brought us to a total of 1,180 vaccines administered directly to our residents. To be notified of future vaccine opportunities hosted by the City of Irvine, create an account at If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Lakeview Senior Center at 949-724-6900. 


Fun Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation!

March is Women's History Month, and Irvine's history is rich with women from all walks of life. 

Mayor Farrah N. Khan is the City's 13th Mayor. She was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 2018 and is the first woman of color and first Muslim to be elected to the Council. She is a small-business owner and a recruitment consultant. She has also been listed on Bloomberg Cities list of New Mayors to Watch in 2021 and was recently honored with the Advocate Award in the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce's Women of Influence 2021 awards

Mayor Khan has worked extensively with many community organizations in Irvine and Orange County, serving on the Steering Committee for the Irvine Global Village Festival, acting as a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer with the Irvine Police Department, and as an active member of the Irvine Rotary Club. Additionally, she was previously appointed as a Community Services Commissioner in 2014, where she worked on critical projects and matters relating to our city parks, open spaces, land development, and amenities.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

March 30 | 6 p.m. 
Chaparral Park Renaming Virtual Meeting 


Throughout April 

Irvine Animal Care Center Virtual 5K

April 1 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

Irvine Cares