Community Link Newsletter


Community Link

November 5, 2021 | Edition 45

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. 

Oliver Chi

Irvine City Council to name Oliver Chi as new City Manager

The Irvine City Council has chosen Oliver Chi as its finalist for City Manager, and will formally consider hiring him at its November 9 meeting.

Oliver has more than twenty-two years of extensive government experience at both the state and local level. Since 2019, he has served as the City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, one of the premier beach communities on the west coast. Prior to his current role, he held a variety of management and staff positions with the cities of Monrovia, Barstow, Rosemead, Claremont, and Arcadia, along with serving for a period of time as a staff member to the California State Legislature.

Read more on the City's website

City of Irvine

American Rescue Plan Act Approved

At its meeting on October 26, 2021, the Irvine City Council approved the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending plan. The spending plan for the $56 million allocation aligns with the City’s five strategic priorities: Quality of Life, Natural Environment, Traffic and Mobility, Fiscal Strength, and Organizational Excellence. 

The Rescue Plan dollars will fund programs supporting critical needs of residents and small businesses; initiate investments in critical infrastructure such as affordable housing, child care, food security, and broadband; help address key environmental and transportation priorities; provide for healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the community; help promote responsible public gatherings; and provide means of additional multicultural, multilingual engagement with the community. Read more about the approved spending proposal here.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month 

November is Native American Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of native people in Orange County – the Gabrieleño (or Gabrielino) Indians and the Juaneño Indians – and Indigenous people worldwide.


Although Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated widely throughout Latin American countries, its roots trace back to Indigenous traditions. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human cycle of life where, for three days, the dead return and are once again part of the community. 


Please visit our DEI Spotlight webpage to learn more about Native American Heritage Month, the earliest inhabitants of  Orange County, and Dia de los Muertos.  

Great Park Digital Foyer

Be a Part of the Development of Great Park

The City of Irvine invites the community to play an active role in helping to develop Great Park by visiting our Digital Foyer, a virtual space where you can access information about Great Park planning and share your feedback to help shape the future of the park. 


Within this engagement portal, there are seven stations offering information about Great Park, as well as several opportunities to provide input and comments about the types of uses and designs you would like to see at the park. 


We welcome your feedback and ideas to help the City of Irvine continue to develop a premiere destination of unparalleled quality for all to enjoy.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Nation's Troops

In honor of our veterans and in support of their families, the City of Irvine is hosting a special Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the formal garden area at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.


The ceremony will pay tribute to our nation’s troops – past and present – and honor local veterans, veterans groups, and military organizations. The public is invited to attend this free event.


Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine. For more information, call 949-724-6606.

50th anniversary

Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Fun Fact

Transportation was a bit different around town in 1978 – take a look at how kids got around town!

The first annual Irvine Savings Orange Crate Derby was held in 1976. The downhill race, which took place around Sand Canyon Avenue and the San Diego freeway, was a contest put on by Irvine Savings, a local bank at the time. Valencia Orange crates were used to create the “racecars,” and hundreds of kids and adults entered the contest, which was repeatedly held throughout the years. In 1978, our own Irvine mayor Bill Vardoulis competed and won all of his downhill races for the day.

Winners in first-place were awarded a trophy, a skateboard, courtesy of Sundance Cyclery, and a jeans outfit from Sanford King; Second and third-place winners received $10 and $5 gift certificates from Sundance Cyclery, respectively, in addition to a trophy.

Credit: Irvine World News 1978; Irvine 40th Anniversary Photo Contest entry from William Finnen.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

November 6 | 9 p.m.

Holiday Faire


Nov. 9 | 4 p.m. 

City Council 

Nov. 11 | 11 a.m.

Veterans Day Ceremony

View the City Calendar 

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