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Irvine Committee Will Identify Veterans Cemetary Site

Published on April 23, 2014 by in News

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By By ADAM ELMAHREK

The decision was accompanied by political bickering as the council’s Democrats, with support from some veterans, complaining of being railroaded out of the process. …read more

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Irvine Housing Overview: March/April 2014

Published on April 23, 2014 by in News

By Sylvia Walker

According to Altos Research, the Market Action Index (MAI) for Irvine’s single-family housing market was 38.30 on April 4, 2014. This means that the Irvine MAI moved up just a tick from where it was about this time last month. As defined by Altos, this puts the Irvine single-family housing market in the seller’s market category. (Above 30 is defined as a seller’s market; below is defined as a buyer’s market.) Altos also states that the average single-family home in Irvine has been on the market for about 105 days as of April 4th.


Overview of Irvine Real Estate Trends Provided by Redfin (redfin.com)*

  • Median List Price: $800K
  • Median Sale Price: $690K
  • Median Sale $/Sq Ft: $408
  • Median Sale / List: 98.5%
  • Average Number of Offers 3.1
  • Average Down Payment: 24.4%
  • Number of Homes Sold: 503

*These figures include the house and condo numbers combined and are calculated over the ninety days prior to April 20, 2014.

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Irvine Open Houses: Our Top Picks for the April 26th Weekend

Published on April 22, 2014 by in News

By Sean Rees

clay Irvine Open Houses: Our Top Picks for the April 26th Weekend Value Real Estate Irvine, CA

Open houses are on the rise. Which ones should you go to this weekend?

We celebrate the steady resurgence in traditional real estate practices like open houses, which are serving as we suspected, as a compliment to the modern internet-centered real estate consumer. As part of the celebration, we’re going to pick our four favorite open houses scheduled for this weekend in Irvine and ask for you to review them. Naturally, you are welcome to visit Irvine open houses of your own choosing as well and review them also herein (all Irvine open house reviews are welcome), but here are our picks to take note:

14 Clay, Northwood, Irvine

Saturday April 26, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

83 Mission, Woodbury, Irvine

Saturday April 26, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

seedling Irvine Open Houses: Our Top Picks for the April 26th Weekend Value Real Estate Irvine, CA

25 Seedling, Portola Springs, Irvine

Sunday April 27th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 …read more

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Vocational Visions’ Enchanted Evening set for May 3 in Irvine

From left, Frances Trillwood, a Vocational Visions client, and her sister, Hilary Hurt, Executive Sales Manager of EBE and the Co-Chair of Vocational Visions’ upcoming fundraiser “An Enchanted Evening at The Kentucky Derby” on May 3.

From left, Frances Trillwood, a Vocational Visions client, and her sister, Hilary Hurt, Executive Sales Manager of EBE and the Co-Chair of Vocational Visions’ upcoming fundraiser “An Enchanted Evening at The Kentucky Derby” on May 3.

Electron Beam Engineering (EBE) Strong Supporter of Vocational Visions and its ‘Enchanted Evening’

Fundraiser on May 3 to benefit individuals with disabilities

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 22, 2014) – Electron Beam Engineering, Inc. (EBE), an established precision electron beam and laser welding company, is continuing its long-standing partnership with Vocational Visions, the influential nonprofit group now in its 40th year of helping people with intellectual/developmental and other disabilities.

Hilary Hurt, Executive Sales Manager of EBE, is serving as co-chair of Vocational Visions’ fundraiser Saturday, May 3, “An Enchanted Evening at The Kentucky Derby,” to be held in Irvine. Read more…

 
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DUI Saturation Patrols in Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods and Aliso Viejo set for 4/25

OC DUI Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock (714) 904-7042, Gail Krause, (714) 647-1840

DUI Saturation Patrols in Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods and Aliso Viejo

SANTA ANA, California – (April 22, 2014) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm until Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 am in the cities of Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, and Aliso Viejo. These patrols will be targeting areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. Read more…

 
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Irvine High choirs to premier three new songs at upcoming ‘Concert in Spring’

Published on April 22, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

Irvine High Concert in Spring

The Irvine High School Choral Department plans to premier three original songs on Thursday at its “Concert in Spring.”

The show, set to start at 7 p.m. at Irvine Presbyterian Church, will feature all five Irvine High choirs, as well as the Venado Middle School choir, performing works by living composers.

One of those songs, Thomas Cabaniss’ “Celestial Fire,” was originally commissioned for an ensemble in New York City. But the piece was sent out west on the reputation of Irvine High’s vocalists, according to Choral Director Tina Glander Peterson. You can read more in this Orange County Register feature. (Subscription required.)

Two other original songs will also make their debut, one composed by Irvine High sophomore Sean McNamara and another written by retired Woodbridge High Choir Director Ron Soderwall.

Concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the venue, which is located at 4445 Alton Parkway, Irvine. For more information, visit www.ihschoralmusic.org.

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Open House Review: 91 Summerstone

Published on April 22, 2014 by in News

By SMS

Woodbridge Single Family Tropical Spot in Outer Loop
91 Summerstone $929,000

Turning off of Main, onto West Yale Loop, and taking Blue Lake South leads you to 91 Summerstone. This 4 bedroom, 2 and a half bath home delivers a smart package of updates featuring a stunning backyard with in ground rock spa and waterfall. New to the market, about 9 days, it will be interesting to see how the outer loop location with updates and features sifts out in the current market. Recently I reviewed 11 Mandarin in Woodbridge, which is currently pending at $959,000. It shows equally well and sits on a similar size lot in the inner loop with one less bedroom. Both properties seem to underscore the strength of the Woodbridge market.

Significant Numbers: Built in 1981, this two level 2,000 sq. ft. single family home sits on a 4,642 sq. ft. lot at $465 a sq. ft. HOA dues are $83 a month. There are no Mello Roos.

Close up: From the strong curb appeal on through the house, there is a very functional appeal in the living room with marble fireplace, formal dining room and family room with built-in entertainment center and …read more

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Educator with elementary and secondary experience named next principal of Plaza Vista School

Published on April 21, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

James Parker

A little more than two weeks after naming new principals for Canyon View, Meadow Park and Stonegate elementary schools, IUSD has announced the next principal of Plaza Vista School.

James Parker, who currently serves as assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Ocean View High School, will succeed Heather Phillips, who was recently tapped to open one of Irvine’s two new elementary schools. Parker’s expected start date is July 1.

In an email to the Plaza Vista community, Superintendent Terry Walker noted that Parker “has experience at both the elementary and secondary school levels, and he has demonstrated a strong understanding of the unique characteristics of a K-8 learning environment.”

“James is also well-versed in instruction and the new Common Core standards, and he has been a leader in establishing and promoting Professional Learning Communities,” Walker said.

James’ career in public education began in 2001 at IUSD’s Sierra Vista Middle School, where he worked as an instructional aide, and a year later he was hired at Lark Ellen Elementary School in Covina, teaching grades three, four and five. From 2005 through 2009, he taught at Westminster High School, and in 2009 he was named assistant principal of Ocean View High in …read more

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Celebrate Earth DAY

Published on April 21, 2014 by in News

04/22/2014 to 04/22/2014 – Calling all “greenies”! Today is your day to paint the city green. Pretend City is proud to host its 4th annual Earth Day Celebration. Promote environmental awareness on Earth Day and throughout the year by visiting Pretend City to celebrate our Earth through engaging activities such as:
◾Art Studio: Recycle City – From cereal box buildings to can cars the possibilities are endless when you recreate with recyclable materials. Stop by the Art Studio to see what your little ones will engineer.
◾Sensational Story Time: Compost Stew – Who knew rotting vegetables and fruit could be so great for the environment? This story time and activity will help you figure out what you need to create your own compost bin at home.
◾Science for the Senses: Seed Exploration – Your children will enjoy using their deductive reasoning skills and senses as they explore and match a variety of seeds. …read more

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Fine Art Tiles by Mike Tauber

Published on April 20, 2014 by in News

04/08/2014 to 04/08/2014 –

A selection of ceramic tile artworks by Laguna Beach artist Mike Tauber are on exhibit. Tauber’s works can be seen on the Departure (upper) Level near the security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4.

The works displayed consist of hand-painted imagery on ceramic tiles, which are then combined into mosaics. The theme of this exhibition is “Golden State,” in which the artwork depicts scenes of California’s lush landscapes.

“Most of these works are inspired by places I have visited while hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or snorkeling. Viewers will recognize iconic natural locations including Mendocino, Yosemite, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and of course Orange County. As one who appreciates the outdoors, I am grateful to our forefathers for preserving these native areas and wildlife, and hope to inspire others to value them,” said the artist.

Tauber utilizes traditional ceramic painting methods along with “lost wax” painting to create his works. Now a full time artist, Tauber previously worked as an architectural illustrator and draftsman prior to becoming a fine art muralist in the late 1990s. His work has been commissioned by Whole Foods Markets, Kaiser Permanente, …read more

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