Community Link Newsletter



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May 5, 2023 | Edition 120

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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Join us in Shaping the Future of Irvine

At a special election in March 2024, Irvine residents have the chance to decide whether to expand the City Council to six Councilmembers and shift to district elections.


One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. 


Attend an upcoming meeting to share your thoughts and get the tools needed to draw a map that represents your district:

  • May 9, 2023 at 6 p.m. – Second Public Hearing at City of Irvine Council Chamber
  • May 13, 2023 at 3 p.m. – Community Workshop at South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, 9 Truman St.

Learn more, submit feedback, and view a schedule of participation opportunities at

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Support Irvine's 2/11 Marine Battalion 

Did you know the City of Irvine has an adopted Marine Battalion from Camp Pendleton? The City of Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee has been serving the courageous 2/11 Marines and their families for more than 10 years, and you can help support their mission.  


Participate by getting involved in upcoming events and fundraisers, and by donating to a variety of activities. These activities include holiday and pre-deployment events, care packages, toy drives, and more.


Learn more about the Irvine 2/11 Marine Battalion and how you can support them on the City's website


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Plan Now for an Emergency

Record-setting snow and rain have created vegetation growth with strong moisture content. Because of this, the California State Fire Chief has predicted wildfire season to begin in mid-June, about 50 days later than normal.


Take the delay as an opportunity to prepare for wildfires. Visit to find tools from the Irvine Police Department's Office of Emergency Management that can help prepare your home, families, and pets for emergency scenarios such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and more. 


Additionally, you can view the evacuation zone map to determine which zone you live in, in case of evacuation.  

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Come Out to the Ballgame May 6!

Celebrate your City and support UC Irvine baseball during City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. Residents are invited to watch the UCI baseball team take on the University of Hawai'i while celebrating the relationship between the City and the university. Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan will throw out the first pitch.

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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How Should we Serve our Senior Community?

Irvine Seniors are invited to share their feedback about the best way to serve our senior community as part of our five-year Strategic Plan. 


The goal of the Strategic Plan for Seniors is to utilize community input and feedback from the Senior Citizens Council to identify strategies that address: healthy aging; housing and emergency preparation; social well-being; isolation; marketing and communication; and transportation.


Upcoming workshops are planned for the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, May 10: 3:15–5:15 p.m., at Lakeview Senior Center
    • Presented in Vietnamese.
  • Thursday, May 11: 10 a.m.–Noon, at Rancho Senior Center  
    • Presented in Spanish.
  • Thursday, May 11: 1–3 p.m., at Lakeview Senior Center
    • Presented in Mandarin and Chinese.
  • Wednesday, May 17: 3:15–5:15 p.m., at Lakeview Senior Center
  • Thursday, May 25: 1–3 p.m., at Lakeview Senior Center
    • Presented in Farsi.

For questions, please contact Sandra Salcedo at 949-724-6356 or


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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Buddha Purnima/Vesak 
Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, is a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The holiday is observed on the full moon day in the month of Vaisakha, which falls in April or May in the Gregorian calendar, this year falling on May 5.


One of the most important customs of Buddha Purnima is the practice of giving to others, which is known as dana in Buddhism. Many people use the holiday as an opportunity to donate to charity or to perform acts of kindness and generosity. 


Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5, that commemorates the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Cinco de Mayo has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. Celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. Many people celebrate with parades, traditional music, dance, and food. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

May 9 | 2 & 4 p.m.

City Council & Great Park Board Meeting



May 9 | 6 p.m.

District-Based Election Public Hearing


May 13 | 4:30 p.m. 
Clean Comedy for a Cause 


May 6 | 1 p.m. 
City of Irvine Day at UCI Baseball 

View the City Calendar