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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StoryCorps: Oral History Project Takes O.C. Stories All the Way to the Library of Congress

An oral history of Orange County will now find its way to the Library of Congress thanks to a new exhibit at Cadence Park in Irvine.  The story-collection project is called “Stories from the O.C.” and is part of a nationwide effort from StoryCorps to record thousands of stories from around the country, where people from all walks of life interview each other in a campfire-themed exhibit with cozy recording …

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Weedmaps to Stop Listing Illegal Cannabis Retailers

Irvine-based Weedmaps — the very popular website that guides cannabis fans to stores — recently announced it would stop listing illegal retailers later this year. The decision is a dose of good news for the legal marijuana industry in California. The Weedmaps site features information on the products offered by hundreds of sellers in the Golden State, details on the special sales they are offering, information on different products and consumer reviews of dispensaries …

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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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Saturday Morning Bike Ride to Highlight Irvine’s Bike Paths

With summer beginning to wind down, Councilmember Farrah Khan has arranged a sunny day of exercise right here in Irvine. This Saturday, August 31, Councilmember Khan and Community Service Commissioner Branda Lin have organized a community bike ride through the city, starting at Cypress Village Community Park.  Members and representatives from the Orange County Bicycle Coalition, Bicycle Club of Irvine, The Cyclist Bike Shop and the Irvine Police Department will …

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Op-Ed: Build the Veterans Cemetery Now

After years of enduring manipulation and bludgeoning from individual political agendas, veterans are finally poised to secure a cemetery on the proposed “golf course site” to honor our nation’s heroes. The only obstacle to building the cemetery is more political nonsense. The following demonstrates the many compromises that have been made by veterans and some elected officials who have worked tirelessly to make a veterans cemetery in Orange County a …

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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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Doing Good: Irvine Nonprofits Serving Local and Global Communities

With National Nonprofit Day having been August 17 and many nonprofits gearing up for the upcoming holiday season or year-end fundraising activities, finding a few social cause organizations to support with your time and skills is easy in Irvine. According to a 2014 OneOC.org report, Irvine led Orange County cities with more than 300 nonprofits at the time, the majority working in the human services, education and public benefit areas, …

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