Irvine Catches the Wave of a Burgeoning O.C. Surf Industry

With year-round sunny weather and a close proximity to the beach, it is no surprise that the surf industry has set its sights on Irvine.  Some of the biggest names in the industry now call the city of Irvine home. Billabong, O’Neill, L*Space Swimwear, Lost International LLC, Ocean Pacific Apparel Corporation (known simply as OP), Tillys, Von Zipper and XCEL are now all operating within city limits.  So what makes …

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OCTA To Overhaul County Bus System Beginning October

In order to address falling ridership, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) will be modifying current O.C. bus routes as soon as October.  Following public input, transportation authority officials have revised the draft service plan that was presented in June. Using community recommendations along with technical analysis of existing routes, the final plan hopes to improve public transportation throughout the county.  Dubbed OC Bus 360º, OCTA’s project will adjust service …

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Irvine Trials Amazon Scout

You may have seen them in your neighborhood: friendly blue robots cruising around with the Amazon Prime logo emblazoned on their sides. Known as Amazon Scout, these devices are the company’s answer to a fully-electric delivery system.  Six-wheeled and roughly the size of a beach cooler, Amazon Scout delivers packages to customers by rolling along sidewalks at a walking pace. The courier devices are autonomous — self-driving and programmed to avoid …

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Irvine Council Approves Veterans Cemetery Location After Contentious Meeting

Tuesday evening tensions rose at the Irvine City Council meeting as councilmembers considered the future location for the development of the Southern California Veterans Memorial Park and Cemetery. In the packed City Hall, councilmembers voted to build the veterans cemetery on city land originally planned for a golf course in a 4-1 vote. Mayor Christina Shea, Mayor Pro Tempore Anthony Kuo and councilmembers Michael Carroll and Farrah Khan were in support. Melissa …

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Veterans Cemetery Site to be Considered by Irvine City Council at Next Meeting

On Tuesday, the Irvine City Council will consider a proposal to move forward with a site for the Southern California Memorial Park, a tribute to veterans and a final resting place for them.  At the center of the decision for the council is whether to build the veterans memorial on Orange County Great Park land originally planned for a golf course — a move that would finally fulfill a promise …

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A New Hope for Cancer Care in Orange County

City of Hope has announced plans to accelerate development of its Orange County campus with an investment of more than $1 billion. A world-renowned treatment and research center, City of Hope plans to bring highly specialized cancer care directly to O.C.. The cancer center is now expecting to open its doors in 2021 at FivePoint Gateway in Irvine.  The project was previously slated for completion in 2025. “This is a …

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