Community Link Newsletter





Community Link

September 3, 2021 | Edition 36

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. 

Bill Vardoulis

Irvine Remembers Former Mayor & City Councilmember Bill Vardoulis

Former City of Irvine Mayor and Councilmember Bill Vardoulis, who dedicated much of his life to public service in Irvine and Orange County, passed away September 1, 2021.


Bill was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 1976. He served as Mayor from 1977 to 1979, and continued to serve as a Councilmember until 1984. He was elected again in 1990 and served for two years. In addition, he served as a member of the Irvine Transportation Commission.


Bill is credited with promoting the visionary plan for toll roads in Orange County, and he was known for seeking ways to improve transportation infrastructure in Orange and Riverside counties. We are grateful for Bill's leadership and dedication to our City and the region.


City and Community Facilities Serve as Voting Centers

Three City of Irvine facilities and two community facilities will serve as Voting Centers for the upcoming Statewide Gubernatorial Recall Election September 14. 

In addition to in-person voting, all registered voters received a vote-by-mail ballot in mid-August. In lieu of voting in person, voters can drop off their completed ballots at any Orange County Vote Center, in any secured ballot drop box in Orange County, in any U.S. mailbox, or at any Vote Center with a drive-thru option.

Please visit for detailed information on voting options, Vote Center location information, and additional resources. 

National Preparedness Month

Emergency Preparedness Month: Know Your Zone

Now is your chance to take action as part of National Preparedness Month. Have you identified your zone in case of an emergency?

The City's new evacuation zone map now includes all-hazard evacuation zones throughout the entire City, which are easily broken down by neighborhood location. The map also features descriptions of each evacuation type. 

Residents are encouraged to review the map and become familiar with their zone now, before an emergency. For more information regarding emergency management, visit

Chuck Jones

Join us in Celebrating Chuck Jones' Birthday September 5!

September 21 would have been Jones' 109th birthday, and we're celebrating BIG this weekend at Great Park as part of the Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity exhibition. 

  • Check out the extended exhibition at Great Park.
  • Enjoy interactive art stations at the Big Draw event. Learn to draw your favorite Looney Tunes characters, try your hand at animation, join a chalk mural, and more fun activities all across the Palm Court Arts Complex. 
  • Learn about Jones' legacy at a special film and lecture series featuring his most memorable shorts and unique insights from his family and friends.
  • Take photos with cartoons in augmented reality.

Join in on the fun this Sunday, September 5 beginning at 10 a.m. Learn more at  

September 11

Thank First Responders on September 11

Show your appreciation for our first responders and public safety heroes and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 by writing thank you notes Saturday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. 

The City of Irvine and Team Kids invite the public to participate by writing letters and presenting them to police and firefighters who will be on-site. You can also participate virtually by downloading the letter template at and submit letters via email. 

Learn more at


Connect2Compete Program 

As school begins for many residents, Cox Communications is offering the Connect2Compete (C2C) program to provide free digital literacy programs and free or low-cost internet access to qualifying families with school-aged children. 

Visit Cox Communication's website to learn more and see if you qualify. 

50th Anniversary

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

fun fact

Moooove over plants! Before lima beans and Valencia oranges took root on the Irvine Ranch, it was cattle that ruled the land. Thanks to the Irvine Historical Society, we know that the cattle operations were located next to what is now the San Joaquin golf course. By the 1960s as many as 4,000 cattle were present on the land, making the Irvine Ranch the largest cattle ranch in Orange County. 

Photo credit: The Irvine Company


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

September 5 

Chuck Jones' Birthday Event 


September 7 

Transportation Commission


September 9 
We Are Irvine Lecture Series

September 11 

9/11 Day of Service Event

View the City Calendar 

Global Village