Community Link Newsletter



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March 17, 2023 | Edition 113

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. 

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Community Budget Meetings 

The City of Irvine is in the process of developing its fiscal year 2023-25 budget. Join us at one of these Community Budget Meetings next week to learn about the budget process and discuss priorities for fiscal year 2023-25.

  • Tuesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. at Lakeview Senior Center

  • Wednesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. at Quail Hill Community Center

  • Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at Irvine Civic Center

The public is invited to attend these meetings, and submit questions or comments regarding the budget to City staff at Visit to view the current budget and for more information. 


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Great Park Development Town Hall Meeting is Monday

In July 2022, the City of Irvine approved the Great Park Framework Plan to guide the next phase of development. In preparation for construction, site preparation and demolition of vacant structures will get underway in the coming months. This includes soil testing, remediation and monitoring, and other precautions to limit disruption in the neighborhood.

Join us for a town hall meeting Monday, March 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Great Park Artist Studios to learn more about the progress at Great Park and the plan for work on-site in the coming months.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the process, ask questions, and provide feedback. We will discuss the measures being taken to protect the environment and ensure the safety of our community. We hope to see you there!

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One Irvine Home Improvement Loan Program 

Could your house benefit from some upgrades? If your home was built in or before 1975, you may be able to receive assistance from the City for home upgrades.


The One Irvine Home Improvement Loan Program provides no-interest loans of up to $25,000 to owners of qualifying single-family homes and condominiums built in or before 1975. Loans are available for home upgrades like roof repair, home battery storage systems, solar photovoltaic systems, and more. One Irvine also offers Green Home Grants up to $1,500 and permit fee waivers for associated work.


Funding is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. For details, please visit or call 949-724-6114.

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New Rules for Recycling in Irvine

Have you heard about the new Organics Recycling Program coming to Irvine?

This program will help reduce California’s methane emissions by keeping rotting food out of landfills. As of April 1, programs will be in place for single-family residences, multi-family residential properties, and businesses. 

Organic waste includes:

  • Food scraps such as meat, bones, dairy, fruit, and vegetable scraps.
  • Food-soiled paper such as napkins, paper towels, and uncoated cardboard.
  • Yard clippings, small branches, grass trimmings, and leaves.

For more information, please visit

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Coyote Activity in Irvine

From now through the end of summer, you may see more coyotes during the daylight hours as coyote babies begin to make their introduction into the world. While activity tends to take place around dusk and dawn, you could see them out during the day as well. 

The Irvine Police Department (IPD) Animal Services team tracks coyote sightings to help understand their patterns and responds as necessary.  

Learn more about coyotes on our website. To report a coyote sighting or coyote activity, call IPD at 949-724-7092, or email You can also use the Access Irvine app to report a sighting by clicking "How Can We Help."

Irvine Fine Arts Center art exhibitions

View the New Exhibitions at Irvine Fine Arts Center 

Visit the Irvine Fine Arts Center to explore the new spring exhibitions, Aries Rising, and North Node. 

Rooted in the generative characteristics of spring, Aries Rising presents a collection of sculptural and two-dimensional artworks made of metal, fiber, oils, and mixed media whose sensibilities reflect an organic source or earthly source. 

The paintings and sculptural artworks presented in North Node reflect a sense of wonder, urgency, and speculation regarding rapidly shifting ecological and social patterns.

For more information, including gallery hours, visit 

Irvine Tech Week

Irvine Tech Week is Next Week

The City of Irvine will participate in its first-ever Tech Week from March 22 through March 26. The event creates an environment where passionate and driven people with an idea can come together to learn, network, and expand by engaging with the local Irvine startup community.


Tech Week events will include an Angel Investor Panel, face-to-face meetings with investors, Techstars Startup Weekend, and a wrap-up celebration at the Great Park Gallery. Attendees can meet mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors to show them how to get their businesses off the ground.


The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Irvine Civic Center. The kick-off event will include a reception, a fireside chat, and networking opportunities. For a list of events throughout the week and general information, visit 


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17. It is named after St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. 

The holiday has a long history dating back to the early 17th century, and it has evolved into a day of celebration of Irish culture and heritage. The holiday is marked by parades, wearing green attire, and the consumption of traditional Irish foods and drinks, such as corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and Irish whiskey. 

Check out the video below for a reminder of all the little pots of gold hidden throughout the City of Irvine. 

For more information about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recognitions and celebrations this month, visit

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Upcoming Meetings & Events 

March 20 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission Meeting


March 21 | 5:30 p.m.
Transportation Commission Meeting


March 23 | 5 p.m. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Meeting


View the City Calendar