Community Link Newsletter





Community Link Newsletter

October 8, 2021 | Edition 41

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 about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, 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. 

Irvine Global Village Festival

The Irvine Global Village Festival is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day! The annual Irvine Global Village Festival returns to Great Park better than ever for our 20th year! Don’t miss out on multicultural music and Top 40 cover bands, global cuisine and festival food, handmade art for sale, and a wide variety of interactive kids’ activities.

This year, admission is free in celebration of the festival's 20th year and the City of Irvine's 50th anniversary of incorporation. General parking is free, but premier parking for $10 is available for those interested.

Learn more at Irvine Global Village Festival is presented by UCI & UCI Health. 


Review the American Rescue Plan Act Spending Plan 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the City of Irvine is receiving $56 million. Our proposed spending plan will be presented to the City Council Tuesday, October 12. We invite you to learn more about the proposed spending plan, share your input, and join us at this meeting.

Review the proposed spending plan at, watch a short video about the funding, and get details on how to submit e-comments & join the meeting.

If you have questions or want additional information about the City's proposed spending plan, email

Chief Hamel Retires

Irvine Police Department Chief Hamel Retires

The City of Irvine and Irvine Police Department (IPD) bid farewell to Police Chief Mike Hamel this week at a retirement ceremony that celebrated his 27 years of dedicated service to the City of Irvine. Hamel is the first Irvine Police Chief to rise through the ranks from police officer to Chief from within the IPD organization.

During Chief Hamel’s tenure, the City of Irvine continued to be recognized as the safest city in America for its size in Part I violent crime and the City recently received this recognition for its 16th consecutive year. Please join us in thanking him for his exceptional leadership and commitment to the City of Irvine, the Irvine Police Department, and the community. We wish him the very best in retirement!


View Artifacts in Honor of
Indigenous Peoples' Day

Indigenous Peoples' Day

The Irvine City Council has proclaimed Monday, October 11 as Indigenous Peoples' Day. As we reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples, we also celebrate the thriving culture and value of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation and the other Indigenous People of our region.


We are proud to have a Native Garden at Portola Springs Community Park and a display inside the Community Center that pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous Peoples who lived here nearly continuously for more than 7,000 years. We invite you to take some time to stop by the park, view the display, and spend time in the garden. Portola Springs Community Center is located at 900 Tomato Springs, Irvine.

We Are Irvine OCBJ

We Are Irvine: 50 Years of Innovation & Growth

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the City of Irvine's incorporation. Since incorporating five decades ago, Irvine has grown from a master-planned community to a forward-thinking City focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Irvine is proud to be one of America's best places to live, work, and visit and looks forward to a future of innovation and growth. A tribute to the City's past accomplishments, as well as future plans to support community members with exciting initiatives in the areas of environmental sustainability; diversity, equity, and inclusion; social relief programs; and disaster preparedness can be found in the latest issue of the Orange County Business Journal here.

50th anniversary

Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Fun Fact

Irvine experienced some wild weather earlier this week, but it was nothing compared to what struck our City over 70 years ago – snow!

On January 11, 1949 Irvine and surrounding Orange County cities of Orange and Tustin recorded 3 inches of snowfall. The unexpected weather caused several nearby roads to close and made for some unique photos like the one pictured above.
Photo credit: Tustin Area Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

October 9 | 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Irvine Global Village Festival


October 12 | 4 p.m.
City Council 

October 13 | 4:30 p.m.

Green Ribbon Environmental

View the City Calendar 

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