Nonprofit Founded by Local High Schoolers Teaches Computer Coding to Homeless Youth

“Open Sesame,” the immortal words of Ali Baba, is a phrase frequently used to represent the secret code to open any door. In Irvine, two high schoolers have taken this common phrase to represent their own kind of code, a code that could help underprivileged children push their way out of poverty and homelessness, and open the door to a future of their own design. Their code, however, is a …

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Persian New Year Festival Celebrates Love, Peace, Joy and Happiness

This Sunday, March 24, the Iranian American Community Group will be celebrating its 6th annual Persian New Year festival. The celebration will take place at Irvine’s Bill Barber Park from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Persian New Year, or “Nowruz,” translated from Persian to literally mean New Day, takes place at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, centering around the Spring Equinox. It is an ancient tradition, …

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Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner Makes Strong Showing in O.C. Supervisor special election

Following last week’s special election, Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner appears to have won the vacant seat representing the Third District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. As of 5 p.m. on March 15, Wagner held a 3,518 vote lead (42 percent to 37.1 percent) over former U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, there are only an estimated 48 ballots left to count. …

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A Visit to the UC Irvine Arboretum

Long before human beings assumed stewardship of the planet, there were plants. And while it is often taken for granted that people could not survive without the nutrients with which plant life directly and indirectly fuels our bodies – to say nothing about the oxygen they provide – the study of plant life is a significantly underrated field. However, key individuals in Irvine’s history have demonstrated their appreciation for our green ancestors …

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Professional Sports in the Heart of Irvine

Growing up in Irvine, I never viewed it as the home of a professional sports team. Frankly, many of us locals aren’t aware that there is a venue large enough to host a professional sports franchise. Orange County Soccer Club is setting out to change this perception and bring professional sports to a city that thrives on fandom and athleticism. In 2011, Orange County became part of a new national …

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State of the City: Mayor Wagner addresses homelessness, traffic and the Great Park

From the newly remodeled Council Chambers at the Irvine Civic Center on Feb. 26, Mayor Donald Wagner delivered his first State of the City address since being re-elected last November. His speech hit a similar tone to his prior annual city updates. We’ve broken down most notable elements of his speech below: Community Response: The mayor opened his speech by reminding the audience of some darker moments the city faced …

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Inside the Politics Behind the Race for Third District Supervisor

Analysis: Does the BOS Race Portend 2020 Election? Election season isn’t yet over for part of Orange County, which, on March 12 will elect a new member to the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the Third District. While the winner of the election will represent portions of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Anaheim Hills as well as Orange, Tustin, North Tustin, Yorba Linda, Villa Park and some of unincorporated O.C., …

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