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June 5, 1992
Residents with broken appliances, lumpy mattresses or assorted other junk will have an opportunity to get rid of them this weekend during the city's regular Clean Up Days. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, residents may drop off items too large for curb-side trash pickup at Sunset Environmental Industries, 16182 Construction Circle West, near Jamboree Road and Barranca Parkway. There will be no charge, but the program is open only to Irvine residents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A car plowed into an Irvine lake Friday night after the vehicle missed a turn, police said, but the driver and passenger suffered no major injuries. The vehicle was headed south on Yale Avenue, which terminates at a "T-intersection" with Yale Loop Road, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. About 9 p.m., the car failed to make a turn and headed into the shallow lake. Both occupants of the car, in their early 20s, got out of the vehicle themselves. One fled but was later detained by the authorities.  The Irvine residents were taken to a hospital for observation after suffering  abrasions.  ALSO: California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Fight over school's American flag t-shirt ban likely to continue Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case   ron.lin@latimes.com Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1999 | HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three men broke into an Irvine home early Thursday, tied up its occupants and pistol-whipped them, then fled after failing to find many valuables, police said. Four of the residents--a couple, one of the woman's two teenage sons and an adult boarder--were hospitalized for minor injuries. The second teen was not injured. Investigators said the home in the Greentree area of the city appeared to have been targeted by the assailants, but they could not say why. "They don't project wealth," said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Raymond Watson, the architect and community planner who steered the development of Orange County's signature master-planned city of Irvine and briefly ran Walt Disney Productions during one of its most tumultuous periods, has died. He was 86. Watson died Saturday at his longtime home in Newport Beach from complications of Parkinson's disease, his family said. A carpenter's son, Watson was born in Seattle in 1926 and raised by his grandmother in what he described as a rootless childhood in Oakland, sometimes in boardinghouses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Raymond Watson, the architect and community planner who steered the development of Orange County's signature master-planned city of Irvine and briefly ran Walt Disney Productions during one of its most tumultuous periods, has died. He was 86. Watson died Saturday at his longtime home in Newport Beach from complications of Parkinson's disease, his family said. A carpenter's son, Watson was born in Seattle in 1926 and raised by his grandmother in what he described as a rootless childhood in Oakland, sometimes in boardinghouses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1994
At the risk of asking whether the emperor is wearing any clothes, perhaps Irvine Mayor Michael Ward or City Manager Paul O. Brady Jr. would be kind enough to tell Irvine residents precisely how it will be possible to cut 50 full-time and 20 part-time staff positions, continue to "reduce the cost of doing business in Irvine," and yet still "provide the same level of service citizens have come to rely on" from city government. Such a miracle must also be accomplished as the city continues to grow, increasing demands for municipal services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1999 | Kristiane M. Ridgway, (949) 764-4309
Fearing the loss of open space near Quail Hill, Irvine residents asked City Council members Tuesday to halt attempts to expand Strawberry Farms Golf Course. The controversy began when Strawberry Farms owner Doug DeCinces began circulating a petition called the Irvine Recreation Initiative Ordinance. The measure would add nine holes to a nearby golf course and change the zoning of 84 adjacent acres from preserved open space to recreational use. Under the proposal, the Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1989
Irvine residents are invited to present their views on the county's plans to build an 18-hole golf course on an undeveloped area of Mason Regional Park in Irvine near Quail Hill. A meeting of the Community Services Commission, which will consider the matter, is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Irvine City Council chambers at City Hall. The county's Environmental Management Agency endorsed a proposal to build a golf course at a site on University Drive near the terminus of Michelson Drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1987
Irvine Temporary Housing Inc. is facing such a financial crisis it may have to close its doors by Dec. 15. So much for the "current ongoing program of assimilating the homeless in a decentralized manner" referred to by Pat Sabetta in the letter published Nov. 15. Like so many other Irvine residents, Sabetta's concern seems to be a smoke screen. The silent message is always the same. We care but only the privileged must be allowed to live in Irvine, The Planned Perfect Image Community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2000
I am appalled by Irvine Mayor Christina L. Shea's comment in your article "Work Starts on Islamic Elementary," (Nov. 19). Shea states regarding locating the school in Irvine after failing to do so in Rancho Santa Margarita, "They had absolutely no problems and I made sure they didn't." I live within a few hundred yards of this new school. I expressed my concerns to the City Council and Planning Commission about the volume of traffic this school would cause on Roosevelt. I know some of my neighbors did also.
OPINION
June 1, 2003
I welcome The Times' call for "visionary leadership" from business executives and elected officials, especially on matters of transportation. In Irvine, I think we're already demonstrating that kind of leadership. Four members of our City Council have enthusiastically endorsed Measure A, the pro-CenterLine initiative on Irvine's June 3 special election ballot Tuesday. If approved by the voters, Measure A will give the go-ahead to the first segment of the Orange County Transportation Authority's CenterLine light-rail system.
OPINION
May 25, 2003
That the recent "CenterLine Yes" flier presents a one-sided view is no surprise, but the omissions on the "yes" side are flagrant, and the references to Measure B are inflammatory and grossly misleading -- not exactly what I deserve from my City Council members. On the "yes" side, half of the 170,000 commuters who reportedly drive on Irvine streets are within "easy walking distance of CenterLine" because they drove here, not because they live near it. Except for the few who live near UC Irvine, there is no CenterLine "benefit" to Irvine residents.
OPINION
October 13, 2002
Re "Now Irvine Mayor Is a Major Player," Oct. 7: Instead of discussing the enormous contributions that have been made under Larry Agran's leadership during his 16 years on the Irvine City Council, the article relies on name-calling and half-truths. It seems to me that The Times, by constantly repeating offensive names and terms used by Agran's enemies, is responsible for these continuing attacks. The Times article pillories a highly educated, articulate, devoted family man. Agran is resented by the opposition for the very qualities that have earned him the support of Irvine residents.
NEWS
July 14, 2002
I have lived in Irvine for more than 20 years. I have raised my family here; I have made my living here; my wife and I are growing old together here. I strongly believe that what makes Irvine special is the working relationship between the city of Irvine and the Irvine Co.--sometimes antagonistic, sometimes cooperative, but always creative--that has resulted in the planning and development of America's finest master-planned community. Sure, some people complain about the "sameness" and the fact that there's no central downtown, but most residents are happy, secure and tickled pink with their property values.
OPINION
December 23, 2001
Being over 30 isn't old, but even then age can begin to show. A certain shabbiness can start to set in. That's why in January, after another new year tolls in, Irvine is scheduled to consider ways to stop the aging process seen at some of the community's earliest structures and neighborhoods to prevent them from becoming run-down. Some of those neighborhoods, like upscale Turtle Rock, even preceded the city's incorporation on Dec. 28, 1971.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former president of a high school athletic booster club was arrested Tuesday in connection with the embezzlement of more than $69,000 from that and another Irvine organization for which she had served as a volunteer banker and bookkeeper. Melissa Ann Kucera, 48, of Irvine was being held at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of embezzlement and grand theft, authorities said. Bail was set at $25,000. "Basically the case is complete," said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angry residents jammed Irvine City Council chambers Tuesday night to voice their opposition to a proposal for a light-rail system that would link their city with Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. Though the council is considering only a joint $20-million preliminary engineering study for now, opponents were trying to halt it early on. Many carried signs reading, "We're not falling for this line" and "Don't waste our money."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2000
I am appalled by Irvine Mayor Christina L. Shea's comment in your article "Work Starts on Islamic Elementary," (Nov. 19). Shea states regarding locating the school in Irvine after failing to do so in Rancho Santa Margarita, "They had absolutely no problems and I made sure they didn't." I live within a few hundred yards of this new school. I expressed my concerns to the City Council and Planning Commission about the volume of traffic this school would cause on Roosevelt. I know some of my neighbors did also.
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