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April 18, 2017

Generous gift

UC Irvine has received a $1 million gift from the estate of Christian Werner, professor emeritus of geography and former dean of its School of Social Sciences.

Werner died in March 2016 at 81 years old, following a lifelong career in academia at UCI. He and his partner, Kathy Alberti, a longtime UCI staff member in the school’s graduate office, were ardent supporters of graduate education and student success.

The donation will establish an endowment for fellowships to be awarded by the social sciences dean beginning this fall.


New condos and cell tower

The Irvine Planning Commission on Thursday, April 20, will discuss a proposal to construct a 44-unit condominium community on the south side of Gillette Avenue, east of MacArthur and north of Main in the Irvine Business Complex.

The commission will also take on Verizon’s proposal to construct a wireless signal facility on a Southern California Edison tower in the second phase development of the Los Olivos apartment community.

The meeting starts 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza.


Moving Forward in Service for Veterans

The Mission Viejo and the Irvine Ranch chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a tea to benefit the Veterans Services Center at Irvine Valley College on Saturday, April 22.

The “Moving Forward in Service for Veterans” tea will include a high tea buffet and silent auction. Student veterans will speak about their experiences and college pursuits. All proceeds will be used to help purchase electronic items for the Veterans Services Center.

Open to the public, the event is 1-4 p.m. at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, 26772 Avery Parkway in Mission Viejo. The cost is $45. RSVP: Beth O’Such at


Open House

Susan G. Komen Orange County will host an open house on Friday, April 21, after moving its office to Irvine from Costa Mesa.

Guests can stop by 1-4 p.m. at 2817 McGaw Ave. No need to RSVP. Susan G. Komen is a Texas nonprofit corporation aimed at funding breast cancer research and outreach. Info: 714-957-9157 or


Preventing ‘second injury’

Nonprofit Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County, dedicated to preventing what mental health professionals call the “second injury,” is recruiting volunteers.

The second injury is a victim’s perspective that the emergency system did not provide the support needed after a tragic event. No experience is necessary and training begins April 27. TIP volunteers provide immediate support to survivors of traumatic events. Info: or 714-314-0744.


Young Masters Art Show

Assistance League of Irvine will present the 27th annual Young Masters Art Show on Saturday, April 29, featuring hands-on arts and crafts, balloon animals, live music and an art exhibit.

The event is 1-4 p.m. at Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive. All artwork will be on display until May 11.


Meet your Muslim neighbors

The Islamic Center of Irvine will host its Meet Your Muslim Neighbors event on Sunday, April 30, featuring a presentation on Islam, a mosque tour, Q&A and ethnic food.

The free event is 3-5:30 p.m. at the center, 2 Truman Street. RSVP:


Best practices in HR

The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce on May 2 will host a workshop on best human resources practices, covering topics such as recruiting and retaining talent and managing employee relations.

Guest speakers include ManagEase CEO Sam Murray and employment attorney James McDonald Jr. The event is 7:30-10 a.m. at 36 Executive Park, Suite 100. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for visitors. Registration:


Women’s Wellness Day

The 15th annual Women’s Wellness Day will be held May 5 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel.

More than 20 medical experts will provide sessions on various aspects of integrative medicine, which focuses on preventing and fostering the development of healthy behaviors. Integrative medicine incorporates traditional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments such as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, biofeedback and yoga.

Chef and author Alice Waters will be the luncheon keynote speaker addressing “Real Nourishment: Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture.”

The one-day event, by the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine and UC Irvine Health, begins 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $225. Info: or 949-824-5763.


Works of special artists

Irvine restaurant Bistango will exhibit the works of artists who participate in a creative expressions program offered by the United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The free public event will be held 3-5 p.m. May 6. Immediately after, guests may dine on a three-course menu for $55. A portion of the proceeds will benefit UCPLA.

Bistango, which doubles as an art gallery, is at The Atrium, 19100 Von Karman Ave.


High school art exhibit

The annual High School Art Exhibition will be held May 5-26 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, with an opening reception 4-6 p.m. and a poetry slam 6-8 p.m. on May 5.

The multimedia show features drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and ceramics produced by students from Irvine high schools.

Admission and parking are free. The center is at Heritage Community Park, 14321 Yale Ave. Info: or 949-724-6880


Revitalizing Spectrum

Irvine Co. purchased the 19-building Alton Plaza as part of its effort to enhance the Irvine Spectrum area.

The developer plans to revitalize the 216,000-square-foot campus on Alton Parkway near the Irvine train station. When completed, roughly 700 employees from 25 companies will have modern indoor and outdoor work spaces designed to foster innovation and collaboration, the Irvine Co. stated in a release.

Alton Plaza is 95 percent leased to technology, medical device, R&D, real estate and engineering companies. Irvine Co.’s reinvestment plans include adding outdoor spaces for people to work, collaborate or simply recharge.


Tax agency visit

Staff from the California Board of Equalization will soon visit Irvine retail businesses to educate operators about the tax agency, its tax and fee programs, as well as violations where businesses may be selling or leasing tangible personal property without a seller’s permit.

Officials will visit retailers in Zip codes 92618 and 92620. Details:


Real estate honors

Hoag Health Center Irvine, the 150,000-square-foot health care village on the corner of Alton and Sand Canyon, was recently awarded three real estate achievements.

They are LEED Silver certification, Best New Medical Office Building by Healthcare Real Estate Insights Award and one of the top New Construction projects from the SPIRE Awards by Corporate Real Estate Women Orange County.

The center hosted grand opening in September 2016.


Chamber legislative update

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Western Region Executive Director Jennings Imel spoke at the Greater Irvine Chamber’s government affairs meeting April 6.

Imel said the U.S. Chamber is concerned about new tariffs on Mexican and Canadian products and is working to “tackle difficult problems with Mexico and Canada,” in regard to trade and the potential denigration of NAFTA principles.

A video of the discussion can be viewed at


Recycled water on campus

UC Irvine is partnering with the Irvine Ranch Water District to convert the school’s central cooling plant to an environmentally friendly system that will conserve more than 50 million gallons of drinkable water per year.

The central cooling plant is the hub of the air conditioning systems for 65 buildings at UCI. Recycled water will replace the potable water used in its 4.5 million-gallon evaporative cooling tower, which uses a process that drops water through the air to lower its temperature to 39 degrees. This chilled water is pumped throughout campus in a closed-loop circulation system to cool various structures, thereby reducing the amount of electricity that would otherwise be needed for air conditioning.


New associate dean

UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education has announced the appointment of Professor Charles “Tony” Smith as the Division’s new associate dean.

Smith replaces Jane Welgan, who served in the role for over 30 years. Smith will lead the efforts of all of the academic planning units and strategic support units.


Originally published on April 18, OC Register