Community Link Newsletter: November 30-December 7


Community Link Newsletter

November 30, 2023 | Edition 149

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. 


City of Irvine Receives Funding for Real Time Crime Center and Police Electric Vehicles

Real Time Crime Center

The City of Irvine recently received funding from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris to develop a Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). This will further enable officers, crime analysts, and dispatchers to gather and communicate critical information and effectively capitalize on the expanding range of technologies that increase the apprehension of offenders, prevent crime, promote sustainability, and improve officer safety. 

RTCCs provide first responders with critical information to preserve their own safety as well as address community safety issues related not only to acts of crime, but also missing persons, and quality of life concerns.

Real Time Crime Center Computers

The City also received a check from Sen. Dave Min (D-Irvine) for $990,000 in state funding that will allow the Irvine Police Department (IPD) to introduce a fleet of all-terrain and on-road electric vehicles for policing service in and around the Great Park. A portion of the state funding will also allow multiple charging stations to be installed at the Great Park and will be used for the purchase of state-of-the-art communications equipment, enhancing IPD’s technological capabilities.

Great Park Fleet Check Donation

The new fleet will include cutting-edge Ford Lightning trucks, Ford Mustang Mach Es, Polaris Rangers, and versatile all-terrain vehicles, marking a significant step toward modernizing the IPD vehicle fleet.

Great Park Vehicle

Irvine set an ambitious goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city and is developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan – a plan of action to measure, track, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks through a framework of initiatives. The all-electric fleet brings the City closer to meeting its climate action goals.

Digital Cities Award

City Honored with Digital Cities Survey Award

The City of Irvine has been recognized for our efforts to utilize technology to strengthen cybersecurity, and enhance transparency, digital privacy rights, and digital equity. 


We received a 2023 Digital Cities Survey award from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. 


Irvine ranked eighth in the 250,000–499,999 population category for our focus on technology investment, cybersecurity, and innovation. We were also recognized for supporting a culture of perpetual advancement, and for the City of Irvine Transparency Portal, which features financial data that lets visitors see how funds are invested and uses rich GIS data to enable visualizations and interpretations.


You can learn more about Irvine’s 2023 Digital Cities Survey award and view a complete list of winners here

16 Days of Activism

Participate in 16 Days of Activism to Prevent and End Violence

Join the City of Irvine and others throughout the world in raising awareness of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism, a campaign to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The campaign began November 25, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through December 10, Human Rights Day.

We invite you to join us in spreading the campaign’s message. To learn more about the 16 Days of Activism and how you can get involved, visit


Get your Free Compost

Receive up to three pre-packaged, 20-pound bags of compost at a free compost event Saturday, December 9, at the Great Park. The City of Irvine, in partnership with Tierra Verde Industries, is hosting the free compost event. Residents can stop by between 9 a.m. and noon to receive the compost. 


The event will be in Parking Lot 8, located off Skyhawk and Great Park Boulevard, next to Wild Rivers. 


For more information, view the flier


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 AIDS Day: December 1
World AIDS Day takes place on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3
The United Nations created the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992 to help people with disabilities participate without any barriers and promote fair treatment of all people, regardless of ability.


Disability Services at the City of Irvine provides support to individuals with sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities, and their family members, in the Irvine community. Support services include social recreational programming, inclusion and accommodation support, and resources and referrals. 


Visit our Disability Services website to learn more about our offerings. You can also read our Disability Services Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Dec. 2 | 3-7 p.m.

Illuminate Irvine & Holiday Market


Dec. 4 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


Dec. 5 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission

Dec. 7 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

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