Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

December 17, 2021 | Edition 50

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. 


We are A Top Workplace

Top Workplace

The City of Irvine has made The Orange County Register’s list of Top Workplaces for 2021 in its 14th  Annual Top Workplaces Awards and magazine publication.

Out of 3,194 employers invited to participate, Irvine ranked No. 16 on the list of Large Companies with 500 or more employees and among the 155 employers who made the overall list.

This is the first year the City of Irvine has received this prestigious award. As a newcomer to the program, the City excelled by creating a workplace that found innovative ways to continue providing services through a Digital City Hall and inventive approaches. Besides being ranked a top workplace, the City has received multiple awards for its groundbreaking approaches throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of City of Irvine awards and accolades, please visit

View current career opportunities in the City of Irvine, and learn more about programs and departments here.

Block Party Celebrations

Block Party Incorporation Celebration!

Irvine isn’t done celebrating its 50th anniversary just yet! Mark your calendars now, and join us December 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. for a Block Party Incorporation Celebration.

Swing by Portola Springs, Quail Hill, Northwood, or Turtle Rock Community Centers, or Lakeview Senior Center – to enjoy mini celebrations with crafts, cupcakes, and anniversary photo ops.  


The Block Party is free and open to all ages; no RSVP required. Learn more at

Winter Holiday Hours

City of Irvine Winter Holiday Hours

Happy holidays from the City of Irvine! In observance of the winter holidays, City of Irvine offices will be closed:

  • December 23 
  • December 24 
  • December 31 
  • January 17 

Please visit our Winter Holiday Hours web page to learn more about City services, modified hours, street sweeping, and trash collection.

Wishing all of our residents, businesses, and visitors a happy holiday season and happy new year. 

Masks Required

Masks Required in All City of Irvine Facilities

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) enacted a statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces, requiring anyone that enters a public space to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate is set to expire January 15 and supersedes all prior face coverings guidance.

The City of Irvine’s Executive Order, remains in place and falls in line with the current guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health. These guidelines are to be followed by all residents and businesses in Irvine until January 15:

  • In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
  • For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings.
  • For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings. 

After January 15, 2022, the state will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic. Additionally, CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now require either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.

For more information, visit You can also read Irvine’s Executive Order

World Arabic Language Day

World Arabic Language Day

Did you know Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world? It’s used by more than 400 million people - including many of our residents here in Irvine.  


December 18 is World Arabic Language Day, and we are proud to celebrate our Arabic residents. In order to best serve our residents of this diverse and multicultural community, the City of Irvine recently began translating materials for key citywide initiatives into at least eight languages, including Arabic to ensure our residents, business community, and visitors have access to fair and equal opportunities. Learn more at


Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Fire Station
Fire Station Temporary

Back in the 1960s and 70s, the rapid expansion of many communities in Orange County, including Irvine, made it difficult for the Orange County Fire Department to keep up with construction of new fire stations – so they got creative!

Mobile homes, trailers, hay barns, and even a farm house were used to accommodate temporary fire stations until a permanent station could be funded and built. Irvine began with five temporary fire stations and today has 11 permanent stations.

Pictured above are the early beginnings of Irvine Station 26. The station began operating out of a farm house on Moulten Parkway, then moved to an adjacent trailer, and then to the current site, completed in 1977 at Walnut Avenue.
Credit: Orange County Fire Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Dec. 21 | 5:30 p.m.
Transportation Commission

Dec. 28 | 2-5 p.m.

Block Party  Celebrations

View the City Calendar 

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