Community Link Newsletter



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April 28, 2023 | Edition 119

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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Review the City of Irvine's Budget

The City of Irvine's proposed Fiscal Year 2023-2025 Budget and Five-Year Strategic Business Plan is now available for review. 


The proposed budget is prepared following community budget meetings, which were held in March. The proposed budget will be presented for review to the Finance Commission next week, to other City commissions in May, and to the City Council in June. Upon City Council approval, the two-year budget goes into effect July 1, 2023, with quarterly financial updates and budget revisions each year, as necessary. 


Tune into the Finance Commission Meeting Monday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. There are several ways to watch the meeting:


Learn more at  

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Last Chance to Make Irvine the Most Water-Wise City!

Time is running out to help the City of Irvine win the title of the “Most Water-wise” City in the nation.


Pledge to save water as part of the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, presented by the Wyland Foundation. You not only help our planet, but you also have the chance to win environmentally friendly prizes and $3,000 toward your home utility bills.


The Wyland Foundation has also created a digital tool called MyVolunteer Water Project, which gives residents a unique way to do hands-on home, community, and workplace projects year-round in support of Irvine’s sustainability efforts. The more projects residents do throughout the year, the better chance Irvine has to win the Mayor’s challenge. 


It's not too late! Learn more and take the challenge at



Happy Arbor Day!

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The City of Irvine has received the "Tree City USA" designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for the past 30 years, and we remain committed to maintaining and growing Irvine's urban forest.

As part of these efforts, City staff planted more than 60 new trees at Heritage Community Park this month to replace 18 large trees that had to be removed due to irreversible health decline. Staff also teamed up with 100 fourth-grade students from Brywood Elementary School to plant 12 new trees at Brywood Park in celebration of Arbor Day. 

In addition, the City’s landscaping team also planted a coast live oak tree at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park this week (pictured above). The tree, which will eventually grow to become about 70 feet tall and 70 feet wide, replaces an oak known as Annie Oak Tree, that was more than 50 years old and had fallen during a storm in February. After inspecting the fallen tree, the City’s arborists discovered advanced decay located in some of the main anchoring roots, which had weakened it. With help from the City's Street Maintenance division, over 30 cubic yards of soil were removed and replaced in order to remove the fungal pathogen.

For additional information about Irvine's urban forest, which is made up of more than 500,000 trees, watch this video or call 949-724-7600.

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City of Irvine Day is May 6 at Anteater Ballpark!

Saturday, May 6, is City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark! We hope you will join the City of Irvine for a fun-filled day celebrating our community and supporting the UC Irvine Baseball team as it takes on the University of Hawai'i at 1 p.m.

Discounted tickets for both general-admission grass seating and home-plate reserved seating are available at

Please note that Anteater Ballpark has a clear bag policy. For the policy and general information, visit

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Celebrate Older Americans Month with Orange County Public Libraries

Older Americans Month starts next week, and Orange County Public Libraries is hosting events all month long to celebrate!


Mark your calendars for the Senior Get-Together Wednesday, May 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Katie Wheeler Library for a morning of crafts, games, food demos, and an interactive experience with the OC memory lab. 


Additionally, author talks and musical performances are planned throughout the county's libraries. Learn more on their website


This Week in DE&I  

There are many cultural and religious holidays celebrated and recognized throughout our community this month. Learn about some of the significant dates being observed in Irvine below and on our DE&I calendar.

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Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

This week, the City of Irvine joined in remembering and honoring those who lost their lives during the Armenian Genocide that began on April 24 in 1915 when Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople.

The City stands with the Armenian American community in Irvine and across the country and we vow to never forget. Earlier this month, the City Council issued a proclamation recognizing April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and last month, the City Council voted unanimously to establish a location at Great Park for a memorial in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

May 1 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission Meeting



May 2 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission


May 3 | 3:15 p.m. 
Strategic Plan for Seniors Outreach Event


May 4 | 5:30 p.m. 
Planning Commission

View the City Calendar