Community Link Newsletter

Community Link March 18

March 18, 2022 | Edition 62

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. 


Join our Disaster Preparedness Webinar

Prepare for an emergency now by attending the City's virtual Disaster Preparedness Webinar Monday, March 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

The meeting will be held via Zoom and will cover topics related to local emergency hazards, alerts and warnings, disaster planning, and more. 

Register to attend the webinar at

Rent Relief

Deadline Approaching for COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Time is running out to apply for the State of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2022. Eligible renters and landlords are encouraged to apply to receive 100% of unpaid rent and utilities. If you have received an eviction notice, you have 15 business days to apply for rent relief and notify your landlord that you’ve applied (or intend to). If you apply for rent relief, the program only protects COVID-related rent debt from eviction. 

So far, the State program has provided $29 million in rental assistance to our community, supporting over 2,300 Irvine households. Apply today at or call 833-430-2122.

Dump Day

Clean California Dump Day

On March 26, the City of Irvine, Caltrans, and Waste Management are partnering to provide a community cleanup event where residents can dispose of bulky items for no cost.

The Dump Day event will be held at the Jeffrey Park and Ride Lot (5595 ½ Walnut Avenue) from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Items such as mattresses, chairs, couches, tables, desks, children’s toys, and excess green waste will be accepted. No hazardous waste or e-waste (anything with a circuit board or battery) will be accepted. For more information, click here


National Agriculture Week

Next week is National Agriculture Week! The City of Irvine has a rich agricultural and ranching history. Part of the land incorporated into the City began in the 1860s as a pastoral sheep-raising community and developed into one of California’s most productive farms in the 1900s — fueling the economic development of Orange County. Plentiful and important crops included asparagus, lima beans, and a variety of citrus.   


Today, there are many opportunities to appreciate local agriculture right here in Irvine. The Farm + Food Lab at Great Park, Tanaka Farms, and Manassero Farms offer learning experiences, farm tours, and opportunities to shop local produce. 

Learn more about Irvine’s history — including the City’s agricultural beginnings — by watching a video retrospective of the City of Irvine's first 50 years at can also learn more about National Agriculture Week at

Womens History Month

Women's History Month

While Women’s History Month celebrates women nationally, we’d like to honor some of our local female heroes: 

  • Joan Irvine Smith was a member of the family that founded the Irvine Ranch. Smith was an environmental activist and philanthropist who was instrumental in the establishment and advancement of UC Irvine. She served as director of the Irvine Co., where she was a strong proponent for the City of Irvine’s Master Plan and the preservation of animal habitat on the ranch. She passed away in December 2019. 

  • Mayor Farrah N. Khan and Assistant Chief of Police Noelle Smiley are finalists in the Greater Irvine Chamber Women of Influence Awards. They both empower women who lead and succeed in their lives. The recipients of this award will be announced and honored March 24.  

  • Jimmee Medina, the City’s Human Resources & Innovation Director, has been selected as one of the Distinguished Leaders in Human Resources by the Orange County Business Journal. You can read about this recognition in the March 28 edition.   

Learn more about Women’s History Month at  


Happy Birthday, Joe!

Joe Cruz

A very happy birthday to longtime Irvine resident — and now centurion — Joe M. Cruz, who is turning 100 years old! Joe was born March 21, 1922, and continues to live in the same Irvine home he purchased back in 1971. He has seven children, 12 grandchildren, and more than 20 great-grandchildren.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years and is a World War II and Korean War veteran. After retiring from the Navy, he dedicated the rest of his career to jobs at UCI Medical Center and the Irvine Unified School District. Joe retired in 1986 and has enjoyed his days ever since watching wrestling, taking occasional trips to Pechanga, and spending time with family.

Happy birthday to Joe — Irvine is lucky to have you call our City home!


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Mar. 21 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


Mar. 21 | 6 p.m.
Disaster Preparedness Webinar


Mar. 22 | 2 & 4 p.m.
Great Park & City Council

Mar. 24 | 5 p.m.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

View the City Calendar 

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