Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

February 11, 2022 | Edition 57

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. 


Orange County Power Authority Set to Deliver Power Beginning in April

Orange County Power Authority

Irvine residents and businesses will soon be able to choose whether they would like to increase their renewable energy service through the Orange County Power Authority (OCPA). 


OCPA is a new independent, locally governed, not-for-profit Community Choice Energy provider for residential and commercial power services in Irvine.  


On February 8, the Irvine City Council voted to select 100% renewable energy as the default tier for customers. This is a major step toward meeting Irvine's goals of carbon neutrality by 2030. As a result, all Irvine residents and businesses will receive all of their energy from renewable sources unless they choose a lower tier or opt-out and remain with Southern California Edison (SCE) as their power provider. 


OCPA is set to begin delivering power for commercial customers in April 2022, and residential customers in October 2022. Irvine businesses and residents will receive a notice in their mailbox about options for power service. For questions, please call OCPA’s customer call center at 1-866-262-7693 or visit their webpage at


Learn more about renewable energy service options and the City’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Orange County Microbusiness Grants

Orange County Microbusiness Grants Available February 14

Local underserved microbusinesses and entrepreneurs that have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for funding from the County beginning Monday, February 14.

The Orange County Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide $2,500 grants to microbusinesses and entrepreneurs facing barriers to accessing capital, including businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans, individuals without documentation, individuals with limited English proficiency, and business owners located in low wealth communities.

To learn more and apply, visit beginning Monday at 9 a.m. For questions about the program or assistance submitting an application, call the Orange County Business and Economic Recovery Call Center at 714-480-6500.

Inside Irvine

Spring Inside Irvine is here!

The spring issue of Inside Irvine is now available online at, and in your mailbox in the coming days.

In this issue, we take one final look back on 2021 and some of the greatest moments we had during our 50th anniversary celebration. The issue also highlights how we are supporting our community’s needs as we look to the future, and how we are embracing community, inclusion, and equity through our Disability Services programs.

You will also find spring and summer camps, and classes for all interests and ages.


To register for camps and classes, visit

Jammin in the Park

Jammin' in the Palm Court this Weekend

This Sunday, February 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., bring your loved ones, folding chairs, and blankets to the Palm Court Arts Complex to view the live jazz performance Jammin’ in the Palm Court!


In support of the art exhibition 52nd Street: Jazz and the Photography of William Gottlieb, the Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex presents a three-part live jazz series, Jammin’ in the Palm Court.


Inspired by the 1944 jazz film “Jammin’ the Blues,” Jammin’ in the Palm Court highlights the legacies and influences of musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and other jazz geniuses of the era. The performances and parking are free and do not require pre-registration.


Jammin’ in the Palm Court is performed by The Earl Gordon Trio, featuring Tyler Dukes on bass, Hime Ikehera on keyboard, and Earl Gordon on drums.


For more information, visit


University Drive Widening 

We will begin working to enhance traffic capacity at the intersection of University Drive and Ridgeline Drive Monday, February 14.


Crews will be widening University Drive from two through-lanes to three through-lanes in the eastbound direction from the University/Ridgeline intersection to the I-405 Freeway. This project will also lengthen the westbound University Drive left-turn pockets at Ridgeline, and add an additional northbound right-turn lane on Ridgeline Drive.


Construction will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and is anticipated to be completed in spring 2023.


Every effort will be made to keep traffic flowing and minimize disruptions while work is being done, but delays should be expected. Please consider using alternate routes. 


More information is available on the Capital Improvement Projects map at

Black History Month

Black History Month: Tuskegee Airmen

Just last month, an important figure in the Black community passed away at the age of 102.  

General Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died on January 16, 2022. Throughout his 30-year military career, McGee flew 409 combat missions in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war.  


McGee remained vocal about the Airmen's experiences with racism and discrimination in the military - and proved early beliefs about black pilots, wrong.  


For more information about Black History months and other ways in which recognize and celebrate our culturally-rich and diverse community, visit


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Feb. 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Community Services Commission

Feb. 17 | 9 a.m.
Senior Citizens Council Meeting

View the City Calendar 

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