OPINION: It’s Time to Focus on Our Veterans, Not Political Rhetoric

I grew up in Irvine at a time when Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and Marine Corps Air Station Tustin were both active and operational. In fact, many of my classmates in Irvine’s public schools were the children of active duty Marines. The presence of these two bases was an integral part of our community’s heritage, and certainly a formative part of my rearing.  Following the closure of El …

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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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Afters Ice Cream: Unique Sensations and Flowers Abound

“Remember when you cared about your so-called ‘diet’?” I internally whisper, almost scoldingly.  Then you decided to do food reviews. At least you’re exercising more, or whatever you have to tell yourself to rationalize eating a doughnut filled with ice cream.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.  Not that you could get ahead of anything at this point, tubby.  Ok that’s enough, conscience. Anyway, if Afters Ice Cream is …

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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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OC Pride: It’s Here, and It’s Queer, and We’re Celebrating Another Year

It’s been a few years since I last attended OC Pride, during the festival’s second year. I had a great time, but there weren’t very many attractions or much of a crowd. I admit, I had some reservations about OC Pride 2019. I had assumed that this year would be like the fledgling version — a good enough time, but sparsely attended and with few activities. I was, I’m happy …

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Why Irvine? For Edwards Lifesciences, It’s the City’s Comprehensive Business Ecosystem

It’s no surprise to anyone here that Irvine is not only a fantastic place to live, but a fantastic place to work. Recently ranked 2nd Happiest City in America by WalletHub and #1 in Truth in Accounting’s latest Fiscal Strength Survey, our city is also home to many major companies and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, national brands and globally-recognized names across many sectors. In celebration of the city, we’re …

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Beall Family Foundation Gift to Fund UCI’s First-of-Its-Kind Nonprofit Business Accelerator

Last week, The Beall Family Foundation, led by Donald and Joan Beal, granted a multi-million dollar gift to the University of California, Irvine. This new donation has brought the Beall family’s total contributions to UCI to almost $30 million. The most significant segment of this donation will go to UCI Applied Innovation, the campus’s entrepreneurial and innovation platform, which is to be renamed UCI Beall Applied Innovation. UCI Applied Innovation …

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