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Irvine 2014 General Election Voter Guide

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Steven Choi for Mayor of Irvine


This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

General Election, November, 2014:

Local Elections

Irvine City Council

Mayor:

Endorsed Candidate: Steven Choi

Other Candidates: Mary Ann Gaido, Katherine Daigle

Note: Choi has done a fantastic job leading the Irvine City Council majority.  The OC Register endorsed Choi again this year, writing that “Under Mr. Choi’s leadership, the council has done much to further long-awaited progress in the city. He has been a responsible steward of the city’s finances and he has begun to fulfill a longstanding promise past mayors and councils have not lived up to: building the Great Park.” Click here to see Choi’s other endorsements, which are significant. Read more…

 
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Bonita Canyon families leave cars at home for eighth annual Walk to School Day

Published on October 29, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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These photos were sent to us by the staff at Bonita Canyon Elementary, which was among the Irvine schools to take part in Walk to School Day on Oct. 22. Observed annually around this time, the national campaign promotes walking and bicycling as a way to improve health, reduce traffic and highlight safe routes to school.

WalktoSchoolBCWalktoSchoolBC2We’re not sure where he trekked from, but Honeypaws, the school’s mascot, was there to greet B.C. students in kindergarten through grade six as they arrived on campus early that morning. To the right, Preston Getz takes a moment to pose with the affable bear, while Hunter Hertstein goes up top for a high-five. Both are kindergartens in Mrs. Watson’s class.

Speaking of B.C., the school also hosted a number of activities associated with Red Ribbon Week last week, including a popsicle party for the classes that wore the most red and a pizza party for those that collected the most pennies. We’re told more than 800 pounds of pennies were collected in total, and those funds will help support programs that encourage students to make healthy choices.

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UCLA Representative Visits Wednesday

Published on October 28, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach A UCLA representative will be in the Transfer Center beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 29. Following the rep visit at 2 p.m., a UCLA personal statement workshop will take place in the Transfer Center. Interested students should contact the Transfer Center at 949-451-5339 or stop by SSC 230.
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Retail Fair Thursday

Published on October 28, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach ​Looking for a job over the holidays? Stop by the Student Services Center Lobby between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30. The Career Center is hosting a seasonal hiring event. Companies attending are looking to hire individuals for the upcoming holiday season. For more information, contact the… (More) …read more

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UC Riverside Rep Visits Thursday

Published on October 28, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach A representative from UC Riverside will be in the Transfer Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30. A UC Application Workshop will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Transfer Center, followed by a UC application drop in session at 5:30 p.m. To participate, contact the Transfer Center at 949-4… (More) …read more

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Fear Fest Wednesday

Published on October 28, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach IVC’s Fear Fest is Wednesday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SSC Quad. Festivities include a DJ, games, pie eating contest, and costume contests and more. Prizes will be given for best costume. …read more

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Irvine rated #1 city for young families in Southern California

Published on October 27, 2014 by in Family, Irvine, News

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Consumer advocacy site, NerdWallet was curious to reassess which Southern California places were the best for young families, examining public school rating, median home value, monthly home ownership costs, median household income and income growth. The results of their second annual study revealed that Irvine ranks #1 on their list with a GreatSchool rating of 10 and a median home value of $646,500 in 2012.

A few interesting takeaways:

  • Smaller is better. Six of the top 10 cities occupy less than 15 square miles of land, but they have strategic locations in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
  • From the OC to LA: Moving down the list, Los Angeles County isn’t far behind its neighbor with six cities in our top 20. Read more…
 
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Teacher/soccer coach goes to prison for having sex with a 14-year old girl

Ricardo Aldana

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE: October 27, 2014

TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

Case # 12HF0258

FORMER TEACHER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR UNLAWFUL SEX ACTS WITH 14-YEAR-OLD FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AFTER SNEAKING HER PAST HIS ROOMMATES

SANTA ANA – A former JSerra Catholic High School (JSerra) teacher was sentenced Friday to three years and four months in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for engaging in unlawful sex acts with a 14-year-old girl he met at the school. Ricardo Aldana, 40, was found guilty by a jury on May 29, 2014, of three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child.

At the time of the crime, Aldana was a Spanish teacher and boys’ soccer coach at JSerra in San Juan Capistrano. He met 13-year-old Jane Doe while she was a student at the school. He befriended the victim and gained her trust. Read more…

 
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OC law firm raises $3,000 to support the Wounded Warrior Project

Choi supports Wounded Warrior project

Photo: Wounded Warrior Project National Campaign Team Member, Sonny Seyedi, poses with Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP Firm Managing Partner, Marie DiSante, and Irvine Mayor, Steven Choi

More than 100 attendees of all ages gathered at leading employment, labor and business immigration law firm Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF) on Oct. 23 to support the firm’s partnership with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) during its 20th anniversary year.

Event co-host Company 77 served stone-cooked pizza out of its unique mobile pizza fire truck – a retired 1983 Pierce Arrow Pumper – and delighted guests with upbeat music, plastic fire hats and a photo booth to capture smiles. Read more…

 
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Irvine Chamber announces results of skills gap analysis for local businesses

Irvine Chamber of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Christine Welch, 714-573-0899 x225, christine@echomediapr.com

IRVINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF SKILLS GAP ANALYSIS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Research Reveals Demand for Greater Communication, Leadership and Other Soft Skills in Today’s Workforce

IRVINE, Calif.—October 27, 2014— The Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Vitality Council (EVC), announced the findings from a skills ‘gap’ analysis designed to identify what training and skills are needed for future workers to compete for jobs within Irvine’s advanced manufacturing sector. According to the study, HR and recruiting executives from local companies — ranging from aerospace, mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical to software design — revealed the top factors in the gap between what the candidate brings to the job and what the position requires.

The survey identified that the lack of candidates’ practical real-life job experience and soft skills, including communication, team work, project management, problem solving and leadership traits, make open positions more challenging to fill. The majority of companies interviewed stated that most of the jobs require at least a four-year degree with accompanying, relevant technical training. Between 80 to 100 percent of positions require technical skills, and respondents cited that their ideal candidate will have three to seven years of hands-on experience. Yet, only half of the responding companies said they have internships or apprenticeship programs in place or connections with colleges and universities. Read more…

 
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GF Piping Systems and GF Machining Solutions Celebrate Continuing Growth at New Irvine Facility Grand Opening

Published on October 27, 2014 by in News

By Lindy Neubauer

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Georg Fischer Irvine facility ribbon-cutting ceremony

Georg Fischer LLC, Irvine, CA, and GF Machining Solutions LLC, Lincolnshire, IL, both part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd., welcomed more than 150 guests including many city and state officials, at the Grand Opening of their new Irvine facilities on Oct. 9. The event featured a formal ribbon cutting ceremony followed by refreshments and guided tours, product tradeshow displays, machine demonstrations, keynote speakers and raffle.

The 105,000 square-foot Irvine campus includes 23,000 square feet of office, engineering, technical support and training space; 82,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space; and more than 100 employees. The manufacturing/fabrication area is capable of producing 3,000 different kinds of valves assembled to specific customer requirements and can cut large pipe diameters up to 42” in size.

Hosting the official ceremonies were James Jackson, Head of Business Unit Americas for GF Piping Systems; Glynn Fletcher, President GF Machining Solutions Americas; and Pietro Lori, President of GF Piping Systems & Member of the Executive Committee of Georg Fischer in Switzerland. Local and state dignitaries offering opening remarks included State Assembly Republican Member Donald P. Wagner (68th Assembly District); Cody Eckert, representative from State Republican Senator Mimi Walters office (37th …read more

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