Community Link Newsletter





Community Link Newsletter

September 24, 2021 | Edition 39

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. 


City Recognized for Outstanding Achievements


The City of Irvine has received a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities and the Government Experience Award from the Center for Digital Government for IrvineREADY! ,a streamlined, web-based platform for planning, building, and engineering applications. This portal allows customers to upload plans and pay fees online. During the pandemic, the City migrated 100% of its permit and entitlement process online, ensuring business continuity while keeping City staff, customers, and the design community out of harm’s way, and avoiding the long lines, delays, and quarantining of paper plans seen in many other cities.

The City also received a Helen Putnam Award of Excellence for efforts to prepare for wildfire evacuations. The City implemented an updated all-hazard evacuation map with 116 evacuation zones after recognizing the need following the Silverado Fire in 2020. The City created pre-established evacuation zones for the remainder of the City and identified additional ways to communicate evacuation orders to non-English speaking populations.  

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in improving the quality of life and ensuring efficient and effective delivery of services.

Global Village

Irvine Global Village Festival at Great Park

Orange County's premier multicultural event, the 2021 Irvine Global Village Festival, returns Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., to Great Park with a full day of food, art, music, and a celebration of Irvine's diverse community.

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of community fun, in tandem with the 50th anniversary of the City of Irvine's incorporation. Families will delight in an expanded Kids Village with crafts, interactive activities, and a petting zoo. Attendees of all ages will enjoy local and global cuisine, an artisan’s marketplace, music, art, and exhibits, and so much more.

Learn more at

Go Bags

Emergency Preparedness Month: Go Bags

Emergencies can strike anywhere and anytime. It is important to prepare emergency supply kits for your home, work, and vehicles.

Prepare and pack your go bag or emergency kit in a backpack, storage bin, or duffel bag, and remember to always keep your go bag accessible and easily transportable for anyone in the household.  


Items to pack include medicine, non-perishable food, batteries, a flashlight, and sanitary and hygienic supplies. Visit to access an emergency supply kit checklist or to order one pre-packed.  

ShoeBox Parade

Join the Shoebox Parade & Begin Designing Today!

Time is running out to participate in Irvine's 50th Anniversary Shoebox Parade at Irvine Global Village Festival.

Individuals and families are invited to design a "shoebox float" that features what they love about Irvine. To join the “parade,” grab a shoebox or similar structure, and decorate it as a miniature parade float representing the places you love to go in Irvine, the things you like to do, your fondest memory of time spent in the City, or pay tribute to the City’s diversity and cultural heritage. Then, submit your application for entry into the contest. Applications are due October 1.


The top three shoebox creations, selected by the Irvine Global Village Festival art jury, will be on display at the festival October 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at Great Park. 

Clean Air Pledge

Take the Clean Air Pledge 

California Clean Air Day is October 6. Part of an educational project of the Coalition for Clean Air, Clean Air Day is built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve our community health. By joining together for a unified day of action to take the Clean Air Pledge, we can create new habits to clear the air for all members of California’s diverse communities. 


The Clean Air Pledge allows individuals and organizations to commit to do our part to clear the air, through big and small actions. When you take the Clean Air Pledge you commit to take simple actions, such as: 

  • Using natural all-purpose cleaners.

  • Buying produce locally. 

  • Planting an indoor plant.

  • Walking or biking to the store. 

More than 1.6 million people took the pledge last year. Let’s beat that goal in 2021! Take the pledge today!

City of Irvine

Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation 


When UC Irvine administrators sought ideas for a new school mascot, a few irreverent students proposed the anteater. The idea was inspired by the anteater character in Johnny Hart’s comic strip, “B.C.” At first, Peter the Anteater was not well-received by some members of the administration, who felt that an anteater was too undignified to represent the campus. But the students and their chants of “Zot! Zot! Zot!” prevailed.

Credit: Irvine Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

September 27 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission Special Meeting


September 28 | 2 & 4 p.m.
Great Park & City Council 

September 29 | 9-11 a.m.

National Coffee Day with IPD

View the City Calendar