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Even with Irvine’s diverse mix of cultures, some residents feel they don’t ‘fit’

In a region known for its cultural mix, Irvine stands apart. It is more Asian than white, affluent and booming — its population now surpassing 250,000 as it continues to be an economic powerhouse of Orange County. The master-planned city has become synonymous with a certain kind of lifestyle, a magnet for high-achieving families of all races and backgrounds looking for the best public schools for their children and safe, immaculate neighborhoods for themselves.

Amphitheater, lake, trails, gardens among residents’ top choices at Irvine’s Great Park

An amphitheater, a lake, trails and a botanical garden are among the most popular features residents would like to see built at the developing Orange County Great Park, according to the latest surveys. The City Council, acting as the Great Park board, on Tuesday, May 23, will discuss results from Irvine’s efforts in the past several months to get resident input on the future of the 1,300-acre former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro site. When fully developed, the city’s park could match the size of Balboa Park in San Diego.

OC Veterans Cemetery: Strawberry Fields Forever?

Governor Jerry Brown indicated it could be strawberry fields forever for Orange County veterans at a Friday press conference in Irvine, where he expressed fondness for a cemetery site near the 5 and 405 freeway interchange. The freeway land, which is sandwiched between car dealerships located off the Northbound I-5 on large fields currently growing strawberries, could be the new home to the veterans’ cemetery if the Irvine City Council accepts a land swap proposal from developer Fivepoint.

Young the Giant will open the new FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine

Just six months after the demolition of the beloved Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in November, concert promoter Live Nation, in partnership with developer FivePoint Communities, have announced that a temporary amphitheatre will officially open on Saturday, Aug. 26. Irvine-based rock band Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, who also have O.C. roots, along with New York indie band Joywave will be the first to grace the freshly constructed stage, officially dubbed FivePoint Amphitheatre.

OC REGISTER: FivePoint Cemetery Plan a Fitting Tribute

On Thursday, the FivePoint Communities sent a formal proposal for the potential land exchange to the city manager and the five council members. In it, Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint, lays out a vision that he believes will present the city with cost savings and expedite the construction of the cemetery.

Will county’s planned development south of the Great Park cause regional traffic jams? Cities think so.

Orange County’s plan to develop 108 acres just south of the Great Park into a massive commercial and residential complex has drawn concerns from officials with several local cities and transportation agencies, who believe the project could clog roads and spawn gridlock not only in Irvine but in communities and freeways bordering the project. The cities of Tustin, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest and Irvine – as well as the Orange County Transportation Authority and CalTrans – lodged traffic-related complaints or comments in their official responses to the county’s plan to construct 1.9 million square feet of office space, 2,103 housing units, 220,000 square feet of commercial space and a 242-room hotel on its Great Park-adjacent land. Those official comments were submitted late last year and reviewed recently by the Register.