Community Link Newsletter: Climate Action Workshop | Proposed Plastic Ban | 2024 Transit Vision


Community Link Newsletter

October 26, 2023 | Edition 144

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. 

CAAP Workshop

Join Irvine's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan Workshop

Save the date for the City of Irvine Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) Virtual Workshop. Join us via Zoom Monday, October 30, from noon to 1 p.m. The CAAP workshop will review goals of Irvine's CAAP, share information on the municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory, and provide a chance for the public to interactively engage with the City and their peers around emissions reduction measures. Visit the Climate Action and Adaptation webpage at for the most up-to-date information. Register for the Zoom workshop.


Take Our Survey

The City recently reopened the online community survey, where you can provide your input on potential CAAP actions. Share your feedback with us by taking the survey, and send to your networks and peers to do the same. Visit for more resources and ways to get involved.

Attend the Workshop
Take the CAAP Survey
Proposed Plastic Ban

Irvine Businesses Can Share Feedback on Plastic Ban 

Single-use plastics contribute significantly to pollution, affecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems, endangering wildlife, driving greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change, and posing risks to human health. The City of Irvine is committed to reducing the negative environmental impacts of these single-use plastics and is proposing a plastic waste reduction ordinance to be reviewed and discussed by the City Council in November. 


The proposed ordinance would include food service ware (including utensils, cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, and other containers), plastic bags, straws, stirrers, lids, lid plugs, helium balloons, and plastic water bottles. California already has legislation in place against single-use plastics; the proposed local ordinance will build upon these existing laws and support the City's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP).


We want to know how a local plastic ban would impact local businesses and other key stakeholders. Irvine businesses are invited to share their thoughts in an online survey so the City can address any concerns, answer questions, and support the community. 


For questions, contact Project Delivery & Sustainability Manager Jenelle Shapiro at

Take the Plastic Survey
Fair Housing Workshop

Fair Housing Workshop November 9

The City of Irvine and the Fair Housing Foundation will host a free Fair Housing Workshop for Irvine residents Thursday, November 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Irvine City Hall, Room L-102.


The Fair Housing Foundation will share information including but not limited to: 

  • New federal and state fair housing laws.
  • Housing discrimination.
  • Eviction process.
  • Rent increases.
  • Security deposits. 
  • Habitability and repairs.

The workshop is intended to provide an easy way for tenants, landlords, managers, property owners, attorneys, realtors, and management companies to learn about their rights and responsibilities. 


Registration is mandatory online. For more information, visit the Fair Housing Foundation’s website or call 1-800-855-7100.

OC Transit Vision

What is your Transit Vision?  

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is developing the 2024 OC Transit Vision Master Plan, which is a 30-year plan aimed to integrate, enhance, and expand transportation services in Orange County. 


OCTA is seeking public input on this plan. Take the online survey by November 17 and attend the public webinar Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 


By sharing your feedback you can help shape transit services, including bus, streetcar, microstransit, and other mobility services. 


You can learn more about the transit vision at

City-wide Serve Day

Serve Your City November 4


The City of Irvine has partnered with Love Irvine for the third annual Citywide Serve Day Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. This partnership connects people who want to help those in need with volunteer opportunities at various nonprofit service providers, faith-based organizations, government entities, and schools.

As part of Love Irvine’s 2023 Citywide Serve Day, the City of Irvine and Love Irvine will host multiple volunteer opportunities, including Harvest Solutions Farm, supporting our environment, saving the lives of books for our youth, making welcome home gift blankets for the 2/11 Marines Battalion, and much more.

To view and register for these and other Citywide Serve Day projects, visit

Compost Giveaway

Free Compost Giveaway in Irvine

Do you need compost material? OC Waste & Recycling is hosting a compost giveaway Saturday, November 4, from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Bee Canyon Greenery at Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.

Bring a shovel and container or bag to fill with compost. Quantities are limited and staff will be on-site to assist. 


Please note that rain will cancel the event. For more information, visit OC Waste & Recycling's 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.


Global Diversity Awareness Month

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and colorful Mexican holiday that celebrates the memory of deceased loved ones. It is a unique blend of indigenous Mesoamerican beliefs and Catholicism, and it typically takes place on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1st) and All Souls' Day (November 2nd). 


Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life, death, and the enduring connection between the living and the deceased. It is a time for families to come together, remember their loved ones, and celebrate their legacy in a joyous and meaningful way. While the holiday is most closely associated with Mexico, it has also gained popularity and recognition in other parts of the world, and its traditions continue to evolve and adapt in various cultural contexts. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

October 27 | 9:30 a.m.

Trick-or-Treat at the Senior Center


October 27 | 6 p.m.



October 28 | 10 a.m.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 28 | 1 p.m.

Monster Splash 2023

View the City Calendar 

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