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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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OC Coroner seeks public help in identifying man who died in Newport Beach

Deceased male found in Newport Beach

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Orange County Coroner Division Seeks Public’s Assistance Locating Next of Kin

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 24, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division seeks the public’s assistance identifying a deceased male found in the early morning hours of October 11, 2014 along the shoreline near 32nd Street and Oceanfront in the city of Newport Beach. He appears to be of Caucasian, Asian, or middle-eastern descent, 15-25 years old, 5’9” tall, 130 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. He has a small healed surgical scar on the right side of his neck. He was wearing orange and white Hawaiian print swim trunks and a black button up dress shirt with faint vertical lines. Read more…

 
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Solar Decathlon Groundbreaking Held at Irvine Valley College

Published on October 24, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach ​Solar Decathlon Project Manager and University of California, Irvine student Alexander McDonald joins Irvine Valley College Applied Science and Engineering Club representatives to throw the ceremonial light switch at today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Casa Del Sol Team Orange County House at I… (More) …read more

Read more here:: Irvine Valley College News

      

 
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Irvine to Probe City Commissioners’ Votes

Published on October 24, 2014 by in News

By By ADAM ELMAHREK

Republican Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway points to a lobbyist’s email as evidence that votes on an apartment project might have been tainted by campaign contributions. Democratic Councilman Larry Agran …read more

Read more here:: Voice of OC

      

 
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Did you know these 15 facts about the Irvine Unified School District?

Published on October 24, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

DistrictOffice

We’ve noticed that a lot of magazines, both the print and online kind, seem to be fond of lists lately. So we thought we’d come up with one of our own. Without further ado, here are 15 things worth knowing about the Irvine Unified School District:

1. IUSD schools have earned the California Distinguished School designation – considered the state’s highest honor – 61 times since 1986, and all four comprehensive high schools have been recognized at least once.

2. All four comprehensive high schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools, the nation’s highest level of recognition for K-12 campuses. (That’s a lot of pressure for the soon-to-be-constructed Portola High.) In all, IUSD has produced 15 Blue Ribbon schools since 1983.

3. IUSD has been at the vanguard of the “green schools” movement. In addition to generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on utility bills through staff conservation efforts, the district has promoted environmentally-friendly construction and diverted thousands of tons of construction debris to recyclers for reuse.

4. Since 2010, IUSD has authorized the installation of energy-generating solar panels on the rooftops of more than a dozen schools, and vehicle shade structures topped with photovoltaic tiles have been constructed at a …read more

Read more here:: Irvine Unified News

      

 
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Witness helps to nab a home burglar in Irvine

Bishoy Fahmy

Irvine Police Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #10/23/2014

Subject: Diligent Witness Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Contact : Farrah Emami, Public Information Officer, 949-724-7112, femami@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (October 23, 2014): Information from a diligent witness led to the arrest today of Bishoy Fahmy (12/29/90) for committing two residential burglaries.

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 22. 2014, a resident in a neighborhood near Jamboree Road and Portola Parkway in Irvine heard glass breaking and observed a suspicious vehicle near a neighbor’s home. The witness recorded the vehicle’s license plate number and then observed the suspect exit a neighbor’s home. Read more…

 
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Two separate Veterans Day ceremonies to pay tribute to our nation’s troops

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City of Irvine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #14-10-23

Subject: Irvine Honors All Who Served

Two separate Veterans Day ceremonies pay tribute to our nation’s troops

Contact : Public Information Office, 949-724-6077, pio@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (October 23, 2014): Veterans Day is a time to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In honor of our veterans and in support of their families, the City of Irvine is hosting two Veterans Day events:

Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony

On Sunday, November 9, in partnership with the Northwood Memorial Committee, a special candle lighting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial to pay tribute to our nation’s troops – past and present – and to honor local veterans, veterans groups and military organizations. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The Northwood Memorial is located at 4531 Bryan Avenue, Irvine. Read more…

 
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OC Great Park to present an Art Exhibition by Mark Leysen

Mark Leysen painting

City of Irvine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #14-10-21

Subject: Orange County Great Park to Present Art Exhibition: Mark Leysen

Exhibition runs from November 1, 2014–January 25, 2015 with an opening reception on November 2

Contact : Public Information Office, 949-724-6077, pio@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA (October 21, 2014): The Orange County Great Park will present an art exhibition, Mark Leysen, November 1, 2014-January 25, 2015 at the Great Park Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 2 from 1-3 p.m.

Mark Leysen’s abstract expressionist paintings allude to physical space, its experience and emotional imprint. Color and rhythm shape the compositions, with geometric forms providing balance and harmony. Leysen’s tools and materials – brushes, palate knives, paints and his music collection – are incorporated in the exhibition to illustrate the creative process of the artist at work. Read more…

 
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Public update on Orange County ebola preparedness

Facts about Ebola

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014

Contact: Deanne Thompson, Orange County Health Care Agency, (714) 834 7649, dthompson@ochca.com

Public Update on Ebola Preparedness

(Santa Ana, CA) — Emergency planning is well underway in Orange County in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The risk of contracting Ebola in the United States and in Orange County is very low; there are currently no cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases. County officials are reviewing communicable disease response plans and conducting drills to exercise those plans.

County officials have developed extensive preparedness procedures in coordination with other local, state and national partners, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and its Emergency Management Division, John Wayne Airport,the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Public Health Lab, which is a CDC-designated site with the capability to test for Ebola. Read more…

 
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Man to join three family members in prison over $16M in real estate fraud

Suniti Shah

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2014

Case # 10CF0477/11ZF0120

MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT OVER $16 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE FRAUD

*Three additional co-defendants were previously convicted and sentenced

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison for conspiring with three other family members to commit over $16 million in real estate fraud by forging documents and purchasing homes using “straw buyers.” A straw buyer is a person who knowingly and willingly allows their credit to be used for the purchase of a property they never intend to control.

Dinesh Valjeebhai Shah, 65, pleaded guilty to the court Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, to five felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, 13 felony counts of forgery, four felony counts of identity theft, four felony counts of recording false and forged instrument, five felony counts of grand theft, and sentencing enhancement allegations for loss over $100,000, property damage over $1.3 million, and aggravated white collar crime over $500,000. Dinesh Shah is also sentenced to pay $12,800 in restitution. Dinesh Shah was also sentenced to two years in state prison after being found guilty by a jury on June 25, 2014, of one felony count of filing a false tax return and two felony counts of failure to file any return or supply any information with intent to evade any tax (Case #11ZF0120). Read more…

 
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County gives the OK for renewable energy plant at Irvine area landfill

Bowerman Power Landfill Operation

County Gives the OK for Renewable Energy Plant at Irvine Area Landfill

A proposed state-of-the-art renewable energy plant to convert landfill gas to electricity has received the green light from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The Board, in a unanimous vote at its regular meeting on Oct. 21, gave the go-ahead for OC Waste & Recycling, the Department that manages the County’s three landfills, to revise and update a previous agreement with a private contractor to build a gas-to-energy facility at the county’s Frank R. Bowerman Landfill located in the foothills northeast of Irvine.

Under the agreement, Bowerman Power, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Montauk Energy, will build a processing and power plant that captures landfill gas and converts it to energy. The gas, a natural byproduct of solid waste decomposition, contains significant amounts of methane, which is a prevalent greenhouse gas. Montauk Energy is a leading U.S. producer of renewable green energy from processed landfill methane. Read more…

 
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