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Irvine Police to conduct a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 19


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 12-18-14

Subject: Irvine Police Department to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

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

IRVINE, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint as part of the department’s continued commitment to reducing injury and deaths and raising awareness about the dangers caused by alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The checkpoint will be conducted tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of Jamboree Road and Michelson Drive.
This checkpoint is the second in a series of 10, which will be conducted through September 2015, with grant funding awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Read more…

 
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Q&A: Meet Melissa Di Scala, Irvine Unified’s new coordinator of mental health

Published on December 17, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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During the last school year, as IUSD was in the process of creating a sweeping new accountability plan, feedback from parents, staff and other stakeholders made it clear that mental health was a high priority.

So IUSD created a brand new position — coordinator of mental health — and tapped Melissa Di Scala for the role.

Di Scala was a natural choice. The former social worker joined IUSD in 2011 as a school psychologist at Creekside High School, and before that she took on similar responsibilities in the Colton Joint Unified School District and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.

Along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Fullerton, Di Scala has a master’s degree in educational psychology and an education specialist degree in school psychology from Chapman University. (She’s currently a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University.)

We sat down with Di Scala recently to talk about her new job and the work currently underway to support the mental health needs of more than 30,000 Irvine students.

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NF: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. For starters, tell us about your new role.

MD: I’m the coordinator of mental health, crisis intervention and 504 plans. (Note: 504 plans are student …read more

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Investigators seek iPhone thieves who robbed a Verizon store in south O.C.

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NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014

Contact:  Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org

Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Robbery Suspects

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at approximately 7:20 p.m, a robbery occurred at the Verizon 4G Wireless store located at 120 North El Camino Real.  The suspects entered the store and demanded iPhones that were being stored in the back of the store.  No weapon was seen or threatened by the suspects and they were seen leaving the location in a late model, grey or light blue, Toyota mini-van.

The suspects are described as male, Hispanics or Asians, 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build, hoodie sweatshirts, dark colored pants and black ski masks.  One suspect was wearing a red baseball cap.  Read more…

 
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IPSF campaign looks to raise $1.3 million for Irvine schools by New Year’s Eve

Published on December 17, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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Have you heard about the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Annual Campaign to raise money for IUSD schools? Well, it’s netted about 90 percent of its goal with just two weeks to go, foundation officials announced today.

This year’s drive was launched back in October, and the target amount is about $1.3 million. That figure reflects how much the City of Irvine will match through its own challenge grant.

Think of it this way: For every dollar donated to the IPSF campaign, the city will kick in an additional dollar until it has spent $1.3 million. By Wednesday, the foundation said it had raised approximately $1.17 million of that total.

That’s a lot of money, but it still leaves funding on the table, and the clock is ticking. The deadline to leverage the entire city match is Dec. 31

“We are deeply grateful for the community support of our Annual Campaign thus far,” IPSF President and CEO Neda Eaton said. “However, with 32,000 students currently enrolled in IUSD schools, we need additional funding to maintain the world-class education our community expects and our students deserve.”

The Annual Campaign represents IPSF’s primary call to action each year, reaching out to parents, community members and corporate donors. …read more

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#JWACONNECTS Photo Contest

Published on December 17, 2014 by in News

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John Wayne Airport (JWA) launched its first ever photo contest to encourage Airport travelers and visitors to share how JWA connects them to what’s important. Using #JWAconnects, participants 18 years or older and non-County of Orange employees can enter by uploading their original photos at www.ocair.com/photocontest.

The public can vote for their favorite photos at www.ocair.com/photocontest. A first, second and third place photo will be selected and featured on JWA’s homepage, ocair.com, from February through May. Winners will receive prizes ranging from a Southwest Airlines gift card, Javi’s dining certificate or an XpresSpa voucher at locations in John Wayne Airport, or tickets to the Lyon Air Museum.

To enter a photo, vote for favorites or for more information about the contest, visit www.ocair.com/photocontest.
John Wayne Airport launched the #JWAconnects campaign earlier this year to demonstrate how the Airport connects with the community, commerce and conservation efforts. To learn more about this campaign, visit www.ocair.com/jwaconnects.

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Car crash victim succumbs to injuries

Published on December 16, 2014 by in Irvine, News

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Irvine Police Department Press Release

12/16/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 12-16-14

Subject: Driver Succumbs to Injuries One Week After Single-Vehicle Collision

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

IRVINE, CA – A driver succumbed to her injuries this morning sustained in a single-vehicle collision one week ago. At approximately 3:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at approximately 3:30 a.m., 78-year-old Grace Owens died in the hospital.

On Dec. 9, 2014, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Owens was traveling eastbound on Irvine Center Drive and drove up the curb at the southwest corner of Irvine Center Drive and Culver Drive. Her vehicle knocked down a traffic signal pole and continued eastbound through the intersection. The vehicle went up another curb at the southeast corner of the intersection and crashed head-on into a tree, where it came to a stop. Read more…

 
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DHL contract truck driver to be charged with selling stolen Oakley sunglasses on Ebay

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 14NF4930

Date: December 15, 2014

DHL CONTRACT TRUCK DRIVER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING OAKLEY EYEWEAR INTENDED FOR SOLDIERS IN U.S. MILITARY ON EBAY AFTER REPEATEDLY STEALING SHIPMENTS FROM DHL PROCESSING CENTERS

SANTA ANA – A DHL contract truck driver is scheduled to be arraigned today for illegally selling Oakley eyewear intended for soldiers in the U.S. Military on eBay after repeatedly stealing shipments from DHL processing centers. Luis Quintanilla, 47, Buena Park, is charged with 10 felony counts of grand theft with sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and property loss over $200,000. If convicted, Quintanilla faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison. Quintanilla is being held on $290,000 bail and must prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The arraignment is scheduled for today, Dec. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m., at CJ1, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Man sentenced for defrauding victims of nearly $500K from their IRA accounts

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 13ZF0178

Date: December 12, 2014

MAN SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING VICTIMS OF NEARLY $500,000 FROM THEIR IRA INVESTMENT FUNDS

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to nine years and four months in state prison for defrauding victims of $492,000 from their individual retirement account (IRA) investment funds. Robert Barth, 62, Laguna Niguel, was found guilty by a jury, Sept. 29, 2014, of two felony counts of using an untrue statement in purchase or sale of a security, three felony counts of grand theft, one felony count of theft from an elder with white collar sentencing enhancements for related felony fraud resulting in a taking of more than $100,000 and less than $500,000. Read more…

 
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Irvine Police investigating a bank robbery at Union Bank today

Published on December 15, 2014 by in News

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Irvine Police Department Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 12-15-14

Subject: Irvine Police Department Investigating Bank Robbery

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

IRVINE, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) is investigating a robbery that occurred today in an Irvine Bank and is seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect.

At approximately 11:38 a.m. today, Dec. 15, 2014, IPD responded to a robbery at Union Bank at 5311 University Drive. A male suspect handed a note to a teller and robbed the victim. No weapon was seen in the robbery and no injuries were reported. The suspect fled on foot. Read more…

 
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How are we doing? IUSD asks parents, students to take Continuous Improvement Survey

Published on December 15, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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IUSD leaders are hoping parents and students will take about 10 minutes to complete an online survey that will help identify organizational strengths and opportunities for growth.

The parent version can be accessed here, and students can weigh in here. Both will accept responses through Jan. 9.

The twin surveys are part of IUSD’s ongoing drive toward continuous improvement, and in fact they were developed by the district’s Continuous Improvement Council, which comprises teachers, parents, students and administrators. The council meets annually to identify focus areas and examine how the district is carrying out the guiding principles and practices outlined in IUSD’s ever-evolving roadmap for progress — a document known as the Continuous Improvement Efforts.

Survey feedback will help inform future decisions by spotlighting trends and themes for further exploration, but individual responses will be anonymous and confidential.

For more information on IUSD’s Continuous Improvement Efforts, click here.

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