Community Link Newsletter: Plan for the Future | Wall of Recognition | Annual Toy Drive


Community Link Newsletter

November 9, 2023 | Edition 146

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. 


Help Irvine Plan for the Future

Help shape Irvine's future! The City of Irvine has one more workshop planned this fall to gain community feedback for our General Plan Update, which is the master plan for the City.

Join us virtually via Zoom Wednesday, November 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a workshop focused on noise and safety. 


To register for the workshop and learn more about the General Plan Update, visit

Lawn Equipment

Gas-powered Lawn Equipment Ban Proposed

The State of California will be banning the sale of new small off-road engine-powered garden equipment, such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, and small chainsaws beginning January 1, 2024. 


This ban will result in the eventual phasing out of this equipment. The City of Irvine is interested in expediting this phased-out approach by proposing to enact a ban on the use of this equipment beginning July 1, 2024, for leaf blowers and January 1, 2025, for the remaining equipment. 


This ban will be presented to the Irvine City Council later this month for consideration. The City would like to hear the community's thoughts on this proposed ban and learn how you plan to transition to electric equipment given the state ban taking effect in January 2024. 


Please send your comments and questions to and learn more at


Nominate a Community Member to be on Irvine's Wall of Recognition

Wall of Recognition

The City of Irvine is accepting nominations for individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses for the City’s Wall of Recognition. The Wall of Recognition, established in 2006 at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the community.


Nominations will be accepted through Saturday, December 30. To be eligible for consideration, individual nominees must be or have been a person living, working, or attending school within the City. Additional criteria include:

  • Demonstrated creativity and/or initiative in providing service to the community.
  • Provided long-term service to the community, state, or nation.
  • Made unique contributions marked by excellence and worthy of honor.
  • Made distinct, significant contribution(s) for the betterment of the City.
  • Demonstrated exceptional determination, character, commitment, and leadership. 
  • Nominee died in the line of duty serving the City, the state, or the nation.

Any one individual or group may submit no more than three nominations. Forms are available at Irvine City Hall and online. For more submission options and criteria, visit

Toy Drive

Donate Toys to Irvine's Military Families


Bring joy to children whose families are actively serving in the United States military by donating to the City of Irvine's annual Holiday Toy Drive.


Together, with the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, we invite the community to participate in the toy drive by donating new, unwrapped gifts suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger.


Drop-off boxes are in the lobbies of each location below, through Monday, December 11:

  • Irvine City Hall and Irvine Police Department
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

  • Great Park Visitors Center
    8000 Great Park Blvd.
    10 a.m.–8 p.m., Daily. 

Two Drive-Thru Drop-Off events will be held at Irvine Civic Center, on Sunday, December 3, and Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Drive to Parking Lot near Deanna Manning Stadium.
  • Please keep all donations in the trunk or backseat and remain in the vehicle. Staff will be on-site to retrieve toys directly from vehicles in the designated drop-off area. 

For more information, visit or call 949-724-6606.


Become a XeroHome and Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Are you single-family homeowner interested in reducing your home's energy bill? Southern California Edison (SCE) and the City of Irvine invite you to participate in the XeroHome initiative. 


Help make Irvine carbon-neutral, prioritize your next home upgrade, and be an energy leader in your community by exploring the XeroHome tool at By entering your Irvine address, you can find which energy upgrades are best suited for your home — including energy efficiency, insulation, electrification, or rooftop solar options — and you can explore any combinations for your household. 


XeroHome is available to Irvine residents through November 2024. This program is funded by Southern California Edison in partnership with the City of Irvine.


Learn more at


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.


World Freedom Day: November 9
World Freedom Day is a federal holiday observed November 9. On this day in 1989, a momentous event in history took place when the Berlin Wall was abolished. The wall separated families and communities for almost three decades. Today,  the holiday marks the rise of democracy and freedom, and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.

Veterans Day: November 11

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 making it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday in 1938. Sixteen years later, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name to Veterans Day to honor all those who served their country during war or peacetime. On this day, the nation honors military veterans — living and dead — with parades and other observances across the country.


The City of Irvine will host a special ceremony in the Formal Garden at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to noon to pay tribute to our nation’s troops — past and present. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 949-724-6606.



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

November 14 | 2 & 4 p.m.

Great Park and City Council Meeting


November 16 | 6 p.m.

Great Park Library Feasibility and Feedback Community Town Hall

November 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

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