News Release City of Irvine, Public Information Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #14-02-25
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IRVINE, CA (February 25, 2014): Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D., tonight delivered his second State of the City Address. Topics included 688 acres at the Orange County Great Park that will be developed as parkland and sports fields in a public-private agreement; the local economy including the City Council’s plan to pay off the unfunded liability years early; an anticipated refund from the Orange County Fire Authority that will address years of over-payments; the overall financial health of the City; his vision for a City library; and support of public safety, the tech industry and public education.
He also pointed out that Irvine has key connections worldwide.
“We are diverse in our businesses; we are multicultural in our neighborhoods; we have first-rate public schools and public services,” he told a near-capacity crowd in the Council Chamber. “Irvine is welcoming; Irvine is home.”
Mayor Choi also addressed the success of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO that was held at the Great Park, and the anticipation of the international event’s return in 2015.
The Irvine Mayor-Chamber Advisory Council on Business is underway, along with other initiatives, he told the audience.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 231,117, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.