Community Link Newsletter





Community Link Newsletter

August 27, 2021 | Edition 35

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our 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. 

Comedy Unleashed

Join the Laughs at Comedy Unleashed!

Support animals in need while enjoying a night out on the town at the fifth annual Comedy Unleashed fundraiser Tuesday, September 21. Tickets are on sale now for the event at the Irvine Improv, featuring comedians Matt Braunger, Orlando Leyba, and Laura Peek.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m. The $38 admission fee includes dinner and the comedy act (venue service fees will apply to ticket purchase). Nearly half the proceeds go to the Irvine Animal Care Center. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit Comedy Unleashed is open to adults 18 and older only. The Irvine Improv is located at 527 Spectrum Center Drive.

Cool City Challenge

Help the City of Irvine Win the Cool City Challenge!

Residents are invited to participate in the Cool City Challenge, which is a climate moonshot strategy —  an ambitious, exploratory, and ground-breaking approach — to get the City of Irvine to carbon neutrality by 2030.


Through the Cool City Challenge, the City of Irvine is eligible for $1 million in funding for climate-related programs. As part of the challenge, the City will also be in the running for funding to invest in Irvine to implement critical climate action programs and empower our community partners. 


Two hundred Cool Block Leader volunteers are needed by September 1 to promote sustainability information and keep neighbors on track to achieve their individual and collective goals of becoming more planet friendly, disaster resilient, and sustainable.

Learn more at Cool City Challenge and contact if you would like to volunteer or have questions.  


Emergency Connectivity Fund from COX Communications

Cox Communications is working with local schools and libraries to help provide internet service through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program to help people get connected to what matters most. 


The ECF program is open to students, educational staff, and library patrons who would otherwise lack a sufficient connection to the internet for remote learning and library services. 


ECF will provide funding to schools and libraries to deliver internet services to qualified individuals and families in need of an internet connection. For those selected, Cox’s ECF offering will equip customers with internet service with speeds of 50 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload and a wifi modem. The ECF program will subsidize costs for internet and equipment that the FCC determines are reasonable. For more information, visit  


Provide Input on Energy Efficiency Programs

The Orange County Power Authority (OCPA) is seeking public input on energy efficiency programs at a workshop Tuesday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. The Irvine community is invited to provide input on programs that will be offered to businesses and residents in 2022. 


OCPA is applying for California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) funding to develop energy efficiency rebate programs, and is seeking feedback on which programs would best fit the needs of the Irvine community. This meeting will take place in the Irvine City Council Chamber, and be offered via Zoom for those who wish to participate virtually. Questions can be directed to For more information, visit

50th Anniversary

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

City of Irvine

Take a look at this! This photo shows the groundbreaking of the “new” and current Irvine Civic Center location at 1 Civic Center Plaza off Harvard Avenue and Alton Parkway in 1987. This wasn’t always our home, however. Prior to building completion, City offices were originally located at University Town Center, and then moved to a building at the corner of McGaw Avenue and Jamboree Boulevard in 1975.

Today the Irvine Civic Center serves as the location for City offices and the Irvine Police Department, while other facilities have been built to meet the needs in our community. The Operation Support Facility, located on Oak Canyon and built in 1984, houses the City’s street, fleet, and landscape maintenance services. Other facilities like the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine Animal Care Center, and senior and community centers offer unique uses to our community that residents utilize to attend classes, events, and other activities. 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 28 | 6-9:30 p.m.

Studio 50 Dance Party


August 31 | 3:30 p.m.

Orange County Power Authority 

September 1 | 5:30 p.m.

Community Services Commission

View the City Calendar 

Photo Contest