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Vote “Yes” on June 5 for Measures B, C, and D FEATURE

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by Irvine City News staff

IRVINE RESIDENT, VIETNAM VETERAN AND YES ON B ADVOCATE ROBERT BROWER, HOLDING A PHOTO OF HIMSELF AS A YOUNG SOLDIER. SEE MORE ON PAGE 3.

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COURT RULES KEY ARGUMENTS BY CEMETERY FOES ARE FALSE

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hen opponents of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery began their campaign to overturn the choice of veterans for their final resting place as the Strawberry Fields site in Irvine, the anti-cemetery team’s petitions, websites and campaign materials said “Save the Veterans Cemetery.” The sloganeering was false and misleading for numerous reasons, veterans and observers consistently said, the work of a cynical cadre of ex-politicians and paid petition gatherers.

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IRVINE VETERANS WIN IN COURT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.

n addition to statewide primary campaigns, there will be three important measures on the June 5 ballot for Irvine voters to decide. Irvine City News urges a “yes” vote on all three. Here’s why. This publication over the past several issues has reported on the various issues Irvine voters will decide on June 5. The following is a summary of the three important Irvine only ballot measures and the recommendations of our editorial staff.

MEASURE B

YES on Measure B to give veterans the cemetery they want and deserve. Official measure language

“Shall Ordinance No. 17-08, approving a zone text amendment so as to facilitate the development of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery by reflection an exchange CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 >>

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TAKE TIME TO APPRECIATE OUR CITY

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ife is pretty good here in Irvine. It’s a great place to raise a family, go to school, play a sport, ride a bike, take a hike and have a meal. We have a fiscally responsible municipal government, a healthy local economy, safe neighborhoods, great public schools, a diverse and highly educated populace, cutting-edge business and tech centers, and the intellectual, scientific and cultural vigor that a world-class university brings us. It’s a place that draws individuals and families from across the state, nation and the world. In Irvine, generations of residents have pivoted their family’s fortunes toward a better future. Those of us who work, live, and study here are fortunate. So why is everybody always complaining? Social media and online forums are filled with angry messages and responses, some of which are regrettably personal attacks between those who are neighbors, if not neighborly.

Campaign signs are up. We get it. There are important issues facing the city upon which reasonable minds might differ. And there are those who enjoy riling things up, or believe they benefit from doing the same. But sometimes we wish we could do so with a bit more civility. Here’s a suggestion: Let’s take a minute. Turn off our phones. Close our laptops. It’s time to lift our collective heads and look around. We live in a special place. Schools are exceptional. Roadways are clean. Parks and open space plentiful and safe. Bike and walking trails stretch for miles. This is Irvine, this is why multiple magazines claim our city as one to appreciate, emulate and enjoy. Let’s stop listening to the negativists and stop pitching personal barbs. It is time to start believing what outsiders have envied for so long. Irvine is special. We all want to protect what we love about our home, but let’s do make our points without the toxic rhetoric and sophomoric swipes. n

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Now, an Orange County judge has ruled that the “No on B” campaign has made false and misleading claims in its arguments against the veterans cemetery. The ruling vindicates the veterans who believe the campaign is designed to spread confusion about the status of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery, and is designed to kill the cemetery they so deserve. An Orange County court cut through that confusion when it ruled that key arguments made by the “No on B” team are false and misleading. Here are several of the false and misleading claims made by the anti-veteran cemetery campaign in its ballot arguments, according to the Orange County Superior Court:

False and misleading argument #1:

The No on B group has continually claimed that the former cemetery site is in the Great Park and on the former MCAS El Toro base and the approved Strawberry Fields site is not. That’s not true, as the judge’s ruling confirmed. “The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, the ballot arguments (RJN, Exhibit D) that refer to the ARDA Transfer Site as being in the Great Park are false or misleading.” The court’s ruling is based on the City Attorney’s impartial analysis that “Both properties are on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and are located near, but outside, the boundaries of the Orange County Great Park.”

False and misleading argument #2:

The contaminated former cemetery site (the ARDA site) is

“construction ready.” “The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the term ‘construction-ready’ is misleading. “Veterans cemetery at the cityowned ARDA site is not ‘state-approved,’ is not ‘construction ready,’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 >>

THE STRAWBERRY FIELDS SITE IS THE ONLY AVAILABLE AND APPROVED ORANGE COUNTY LOCATION FOR THE CEMETERY. IT IS SUPPORTED BY VETERANS AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS, AS WELL AS CITY, COUNTY AND STATE OFFICIALS AND BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES.

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and cannot be built and maintained ‘at no cost to the city.’”

A VETERAN’S VOICE to discuss his support of the veterans cemetery, and why he’ll be voting Yes on B.

False and misleading argument #3:

ICN: Why have you been so active in the Veterans Cemetery issue? Brower: The brave men and women I served with were willing to write a blank check to the United States up to and including their lives to protect the things that we enjoy so dearly in our country. The MCAS El Toro base was both the last U.S. soil many soldiers saw as they departed to protect our country abroad and the first place many people saw when they escaped foreign dictators for a better life in the U.S. Since the base was selected for closure in the late 1990s a dedicated group of veterans have fought to establish a veterans cemetery at the former Marine Base. These Veterans have never been closer to achieving their goals, but unfortunately, there are some who are trying to stop the efforts through misleading statements and outright lies to the voters. Make no mistake, a yes vote on Measure B on June 5 will get the veterans cemetery built once and for all, while a no vote will likely prevent it from ever being built. The stakes are incredibly high.

The city is “giving away” the 125acre former cemetery site. “The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the use of the term “giving away” is misleading. The City of Irvine is receiving property in exchange for the property it is transferring.”

False and misleading argument #4:

The city of Irvine is exchanging property with FivePoint. “The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the ballot arguments suggesting that FivePoint is the entity receiving the property is misleading. The court finds that Petitioners have established that Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC is the entity that is exchanging properties with the City of Irvine.” The court ruled that the “No on B” anti-cemetery arguments are false and misleading by “clear and convincing evidence.” That’s a higher standard of proof than the “preponderance of the evidence/more likely than not” standard usually required in civil court. The standard is high because First Amendment rights are at stake, so legal precedent requires that courts rule against ballot arguments only when, as with the No on B statements, there is significant proof of falsity. In ruling the above arguments “false and misleading,” the court only considered the arguments included in ballot materials for the voters. The judge could not rule on other claims the No on B group makes that are considered equally false and misleading by veterans groups and others. It begins with the campaign name itself: “Save the Veterans Cemetery.” The Strawberry Fields site

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ROBERT BROWER SUPPORTS HIS FELLOW VETERANS IN VOTING “YES” ON B

Irvine resident and Vietnam Vet Robert Brower on why he’s voting “Yes” on B Robert Brower is a Vietnam veteran who has lived in Irvine for 31 years, and is a strong advocate for a veterans cemetery in the city. His history of service has extended through many years. During his tour in Vietnam, Sergeant Brower was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroism in ground combat, two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat, a Combat Infantryman Badge, two Air Medals, Vietnam Service Medal,

an Army Commendation Medal, and other service awards. Sergeant Brower was part of the battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord, the last major engagement between U.S. forces and the North Vietnam Army. Today, Mr. Brower continues in a broad array of volunteer community services. He is a member of The American Legion where he serves as one of six Legislative Commissioners for the Department of California, and the Finance Officer for District 29 (Orange County). He is also a member of and a key advisor to the Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation. ICN caught up with Mr. Brower in Quail Hill, near his long-time home in Turtle Rock,

ICN: What would you say to those who claim Measure B is about development? Brower: I would tell those people not to believe the lies. Our veterans group, made up of many Irvine and countywide vets, has fought for this cemetery to become a reality for almost 20 years. It has been disheartening to see people who were advocates of the cemetery turn around and become vicious opponents, merely because they aren’t getting their way. In fact, we had to file a lawsuit against the opponents of Measure B because of the number of misstatements in their arguments. The court ruled that the opponents were intentionally trying to mislead the voters, yet they still print the lies in their campaign materials. This has never been about development or traffic. It is simply a question of whether voters in Irvine will choose to honor their commitments to their veterans or not. I am an optimist, to have fought where many of us did to protect our country, you had to be. Ultimately, I believe the voters of Irvine are smarter than some people believe and that they will see through the lies.” n

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is the only available and approved Orange County location for the cemetery. It is supported by veterans and their organizations, as well as city, county and state officials and both Republican and Democratic parties (see below). In fact, the No on B team was rebuffed. Measure B is not a choice between sites. The petition-driven campaign is designed to overturn the consensus selection of the Strawberry Fields site on the former MCAS El Toro land. Veterans call the former base, including the Strawberry Fields site, “hallowed ground.” In the unfortunate event that the No on B campaign’s false and misleading arguments convince and confuse enough voters to win on June 5, it could end the decades-long quest by veterans to have a cemetery on land that was once the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. n

of City-owned property for the State-approved site at the intersection of Bake Parkway and Interstate 5, commonly known as the Strawberry Fields, be adopted?”

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Broad Support for Yes on B The “No on B” group recently attempted to convince the Democratic Party of Orange County to reverse its strong support of the Orange County Veterans Cemetery located at the Strawberry Fields site, part of the former MCAS El Toro base. The DPOC was not swayed, rejecting the overture. In fact, both the Democratic and Republican Parties in Orange County support a “Yes on B” vote, along with many other organizations and elected officials. Below is a summary of that support.

Those in favor of voting “Yes on B” to move forward with the approved Veterans Cemetery at Strawberry Fields The Republican Party of Orange County: “The Republican Party of Orange County strongly condemns the misleading tactics of Larry Agran, and encourages not only Irvine residents, but all of Orange County

DESPITE FALSE AND MISLEADING ARGUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE “NO ON B’ CAMPAIGN, THE ARDA SITE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION AS A SITE FOR VETERANS CEMETERY. CALVET ESTIMATED IT WOULD COST $77 MILLION, INCLUDING MORE THAN $30 MILLION TO DEMOLISH AND REMOVE THE EXISTING 77 BUILDINGS AND SURROUNDING CONCRETE AND ASPHALT AND UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AT THE SITE.

to unite together to soundly defeat any attempt to deny its veterans their cemetery at Strawberry Fields.” —letter to Irvine City Council The Democratic Party of Orange County: “The Democratic Party of Orange County opposes the misleading tactics and communication with Irvine residents by referendum proponents to initiate a zoning change, the effect of which would likely eliminate the development of a veterans cemetery in Orange County.” —letter to Irvine City Council The clear majority of Orange County veterans: nT  he American Legion nV  eterans of Foreign Wars nT  he Vietnam Veterans of America nT  he American Legion Riders nT  he American Legion Auxiliary nT  he Marine Corps League nT  he American G.I. Forum nT  he 40 & 8

nT  he Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation nA  merican GI Forum of the United States Education Foundation Orange County, California (AGIFOC) nL  eague of United Latin American Citizens Federal, state and local government leaders, including: nG  ov. Jerry Brown nU  .S. Representative Lou Correa nU  .S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher nA  ssemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, the key leader in Sacramento seeking to honor veterans with a cemetery in Orange County nS  tate Senator Janet Nguyen nS  tate Senator Josh Newman nS  tate Assemblyman Steven Choi nO  range County Supervisor Todd Spitzer nO  range County Supervisor Michelle Steel n I rvine Mayor Donald Wagner n I rvine Mayor Pro Tem Christina Shea n I rvine City Councilmember Melissa Fox

A “yes” vote fulfills the promise Irvine has made many times to the city’s veterans: We will give them the dignified cemetery they have sought for years. That is why veterans’ organizations like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Orange County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation for your “yes” vote. A “yes” vote on B means the promise will be kept: there will be an Orange County veterans cemetery on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro base. A “no” vote means no to the veterans and the cemetery they want and deserve for their service to this nation, and to all of us.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED: THE JUNE 5 VOTE IS NOT AN “EITHER/OR” VOTE ON THE LOCATION OF A VETERANS CEMETERY IN THE CITY OF IRVINE. If the “No on B” forces win, there is little chance the city and state will return to the former cemetery site. Not when it means spending $77 million to clean it up. A “yes” vote allows the Southern California Veterans Cemetery to be built on a clean, State-approved site, that will be a highly visible, honored, and an honorable resting place. That is why state and city leaders, taxpayer organizations, and both the Orange County Republican and Democratic parties ask for your “yes” vote. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 >>

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A “yes” vote costs Irvine taxpayers nothing extra, but means a $10 million payment from FivePoint to promptly begin cemetery construction. The State of California has approved the project, but only at the Strawberry Fields site. The 2017-2018 California State Budget has authorized CalVet to: n acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery at the Strawberry Fields/Bake Parkway site. n allocate $5 million to the Southern California Veterans Cemetery Master Development Fund, including $500,000 for CalVet to complete site studies, a concept plan and Phase I cost estimates for the Strawberry Fields/Bake Parkway Site. n CalVet, with the assistance of the Department of General Services, continues its evaluation of the new site for a Federal pregrant application. n CalVet will submit a pre-application requesting Federal Cemetery Grant funds for the Strawberry Fields/Bake Parkway Site. According to CalVet, it intends to submit the pre-grant application by the July 1, 2018 deadline.

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Measure C closes a loophole for charter cities such as Irvine that allows a simple majority of the city council to propose new taxes. With the passage of the measure, the council will need four out of five votes, or a two-thirds majority, to put new taxes on the ballot. Impartial analysis by Irvine City Attorney: State law distinguishes between taxes for general governmental purposes (known as “general taxes”) and taxes for specific governmental purposes (known as “special taxes”). Both types of taxes require voter approval. A City Council can propose a ballot measure for a new or increased tax. This is known as a “City Council sponsored tax measure.” The City of Irvine is a charter city. If Irvine were not a charter city, state law would require a vote of two-thirds of all members of the Irvine City Council in order to present a City Council sponsored general tax measure to the voters.

However, as a charter city, a City Council sponsored general tax measure can be presented to the voters by a simple majority vote of the Irvine City Council. Effect of this Charter Amendment Measure: With regard to general taxes, this Charter amendment would align (i) the City of Irvine’s procedures for placing City Council sponsored tax measures on the ballot with (ii) the procedures already applicable to non-charter cities (i.e., “general law cities”) throughout the state. With regard to special taxes, this Charter amendment would require at least a two-thirds vote of the total City Council membership in order to place a City Council sponsored tax measure on the ballot for voter consideration.

MEASURE D

YES on Measure D to ensure that new development in Irvine provide a financial

benefit to the taxpayers of at least 15 percent over the city’s costs. Official Ballot Language

“Shall Section 1099 be added to the Irvine City Charter which benefits Irvine’s general fund and local taxpayers by requiring that no City procedures or requirements delay important revenue streams from development projects which provide a fiscal benefit to Irvine citizens, be adopted?”

Argument

A “yes” vote on Measure D ensures that needed funds for important city services such as our police department, fire protection, and traffic improvements will be appropriately available – without raising taxes. The Irvine Police Association has endorsed Measure D.  Its president, Officer Dave Wills: “Measure D is a lockbox – it makes sure that there is accountability for fees owed to the city – funds that help ensure the safety

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of our Irvine community. The Irvine Police Association asks you to vote “Yes On D” on June 5th.” These are fiscally uncertain times for city governments up and down California.  Measure D is a proactive measure to ensure that Irvine continues to be a superior place to live, work and play. On June 5, vote “yes” for the veterans. Vote “yes” to close the higher tax loophole. And vote “yes” to insure fiscally responsible growth and development.    YES on Measure B to give veterans the cemetery they want and deserve.   YES on Measure C to require a two-thirds vote of the city council for any new or expanded taxes to be put on the ballot, as required by the majority of cities in California.   YES on Measure D to ensure that important city services, such as our police and fire protection, and traffic improvements, are available to spend. n

MEASURE C

YES on Measure C to require a two-thirds vote of the city council for any new or expanded taxes to be put on the ballot, as required by the majority of cities in California. Ballot language

“Shall the measure amending the Irvine City Charter to require at least a two-thirds vote of the total City Council membership in order to place City Council sponsored general or special tax proposals on a ballot for voter consideration, be adopted?”

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“Yes” on Measure B to Build a Veterans Cemetery and Send Opponents a Loud Rebuke for Misleading and Lying to Voters

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emocracy is an interesting thing: we tend to take it for granted until some individual, group or organization is trying to subvert it. Veterans, citizens and public officials in Irvine and throughout Orange County and at the state level in Sacramento have long been committed to building a much-needed and infinitely deserved veterans cemetery within the boundaries of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. There have been years of studies, debates, and exchanges in the marketplace of ideas. The community and its elected representatives have held numerous public hearings where hundreds made their feelings known, including veterans from every war since and including World War II. Having heard those voices and analyzed all the information, our democratically elected representatives voted. The result was clear as the community came to a consensus: the best location for the veterans cemetery is at the undeveloped site near the 405 and 5 Freeways known as the Strawberry Fields. That site is now the approved location of the Southern California Veterans Cemetery, and has the support of the majority of our military veterans. “This is the America that I love. This is the America that we are. And we are great when we are together… as you can see in this bipartisan movement,” said Assemblywoman Sharon QuirkSilva (D-Fullerton) of the effort

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ON JUNE 5, 2018, THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF IRVINE WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY. WILL WE BE DECEIVED BY THE FALSE AND MISLEADING POLITICS OF A BYGONE ERA IN IRVINE? to establish the veterans cemetery at the strawberry fields site. Quirk-Silva spearheaded approval and funding of the veterans cemetery site. So why, then, is there a veterans cemetery vote on June 5? It’s a result of a false and misleading petition drive designed to overturn the dreams of veterans for a final resting place on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. It was just such fraudulent petition-gathering campaigns that triggered a warning from law enforcement officials. The Orange County District Attorney strongly urged residents to “thoroughly understand” what they are signing before lending their signature to any petition effort” and cautioned that petitions often mislead the public and hide important details. Make no mistake: the paid petition gatherers out in Irvine last fall used emotionally charged, false and misleading arguments about “Saving the Veterans Cemetery in the Great Park” to get Measure B on the ballot, and opponents to this measure continue to use false and

misleading language in trying to trick a majority of voters into voting “no” on it. The court’s ruling that “No on B” arguments are false and misleading further proves the group isn’t about debate, but about deceit. “Be warned that the cemetery opponents will spare no trick or political charade in their efforts to deny veterans a place to rest,” says Nick Berardino, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and president of the Veterans Alliance of Orange County (VALOR), a non-profit led by some of Orange County’s most distinguished veterans. “In addition to widespread support from veterans, Measure B has broad community backing from leaders in both the local Democratic and Republican parties,” Bernardino says. “Measure B brings a veteran’s cemetery to Irvine, away from homes, without costing Irvine taxpayers a dime and without adding any new traffic or development that hasn’t already been planned.” On June 5, 2018, the voters of the city of Irvine will have the final say. Will we be deceived by the false and misleading politics of a bygone era in Irvine? Instead, the city and its residents should move forward by voting “YES” on Measure B. Let’s keep our promises to the veterans and build the Veterans Cemetery at the city-selected and state-approved “Strawberry Field” site on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Vote “YES” on Measure B. n

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SUMMER IS IN SESSIONS

NEW GOURMET SANDWICH SHOP IS JUST WHAT WOODBRIDGE VILLAGE CENTER NEEDED

Irvine has enjoyed a restaurant revolution (or at least evolution) in recent years, as successful culinary concepts from around the world have opened locally. In many cases the exciting new spots have replaced venerable chains that existed at the same spot: Denny’s, Marie Callender’s and others. Some nostalgic locals are sad to see the old favorites go. Others in Irvine and greater Orange County are excited to see more contemporary global choices and artisan eateries. Whether one is on the “old school Irvine is best” team, or among those yearning for something artisan and new, everyone should be excited about the opening of Sessions West Coast Deli at the Woodbridge Village Center. Sessions is a sandwich shop, but not a typical one. The vibe is coastal Orange County at its core. The first two Sessions are located at or near the beach in Newport and Huntington. So why Woodbridge for the third? Well, surfers have a saying: locals only. And Sessions is as local as an Irvine restaurant gets.. “I grew up in Irvine, Woodbridge to be exact, which is why we are opening here,” says Matt Meddock, who is owner/managing partner of the restaurant, along with Partner Beckham Thomas and Executive Chef/ Partner Max Schlutz. “Opening in Woodbridge

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is a homecoming for me and my partner Beckham Thomas – we both grew up here and lived in Woodbridge until we were into our late teens, and my parents still live here today. We have such great memories of the center, and it’s great to see Sessions becoming part of the Woodbridge Community.” Sessions serves a wide variety of sandwiches and salads all day long. Everyone loves the chicken and donuts starter on the dinner menu. It includes some of the best chicken strips we’ve had recently, paired with delicious cinnamon donut holes. The veggie bahn mi is a knife and fork affair, with fantastic crispy and spicy Brussels sprouts a highlight. The kid’s menu is among the best in Irvine. We love Ruby’s—who doesn’t?— but Sessions will rocket to the top of our kid-friendly dining list The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast. Morning choices include a selection of six breakfast burritos with names like The Warrior (filled with sharp cheddar, turmeric home fries, haute sauce and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage) and Epic Steak (carne asada, bacon, avocado, sharp cheddar, turmeric home fries, haute sauce and pico de gallo). The savory combos can be served in a bowl rather than a tortilla if you choose. For those who love the avocado toast trend, Sessions has three versions, along with three breakfast sandwiches on the menu. Wake & Bake is the standout favorite so far: a spicy combo of smoked bacon or spicy breakfast sausage with avocado, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and an over easy fried egg, all on a poppy seed roll from OC Baking Co. The yolk spreads out upon the first bite, so this isn’t your choice if taking it to go and eat in the car.

GOURMET SANDWICHES ARE ON THE MENU AT SESSIONS WEST COAST DELI, NOW OPEN IN WOODBRIDGE

The burritos work better for that. In fact, we’d suggest enjoying the choices on the breakfast, lunch or dinner menu at the restaurant rather than to go, at least at this point. We’ve seen folks get stressed at the sometimes long wait for to-go items during the restaurant’s first weeks, as the kitchen gets used to the demands at dinner and other busy times. And the sandwiches are huge, messy works of art, anyway. Plus, it’s just such a pleasant place. Part of the experience at Sessions involves enjoying both the ambience of the new restaurant and its cool aesthetic, as well as the remodeled center it sits in. The original opened in 1979, and over the years it evolved into a family-friendly part of the

community. Now, after a redesign said to be in the $30 million range, the center is enjoying a renaissance. The biggest change is the removal of a central two-story building, which opens up views of the lake from a variety of new vantage points, including Sessions outdoor patio. Sessions West Coast Deli is one of the most anticipated of the few new restaurants and cafes opening at the center. Others still upcoming include The Lost Bean, an organic/gourmet coffee shop, and The Pizza Press. Sessions opened just in the nick of time for those adults who spend time at the center waiting for kids, friends and family members to complete any number

of classes—dance, art, yoga, music, math and English, computers and more—offered in the center. Having a safe haven from the throngs of kids and rowdy teens who have made the center their after school hideout is most welcome. Added bonus that one can keep an eye on the playground while enjoying an adult beverage: Sessions offers full barista service, along with a well-curated (if limited) selection of beer and wine. One needn’t be a Woodbridge resident to love the local touches at the restaurant. The owners have hired Woodbridge High School students to join the staff, and the service has been attentive and friendly. Design elements decorating the restaurant include a large black and white photo taken from beneath one of the Woodbridge bridges. Those who really know the history of the Woodbridge center might recognize another work of art on the wall. Locals had purchased and their families painted tiles back in the 1990s, and they were long part of the playground at the center. A plaque nearby read: “Dedicated to the children of Irvine for helping to build a better Woodbridge.” It was dated September 1991, Beckham’s father happened to walk by during the remodel, and saw that the tiles were being removed. He arranged to retrieve theirs. The tile sits proudly near the entrance to Sessions. The handprints in paint have faded with which the siblings decorated the tile is faded but still visible. On the wall below the words ”Committed to our Roots” is written. That’s about as Woodbridge as it gets, folks. n

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The “Best Kept Secret” about the history of art in Irvine: Tony DeLap

DONALD MCKAYLE COURTESY OF UCI

Irvine loses its modern master of dance, Donald McKayle Donald McKayle, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, director teacher and writer who lived in Irvine and was a UCI professor for nearly 30 years, died recently at the age of 87. “Donald McKayle’s passing is truly the end of an era in American dance,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His passion for teaching and mentoring young, talented dancers remained unabated throughout his long life, and one of his greatest legacies is the hundreds of professional dancers now performing around the world.” He was a five-time Tony Award nominee and one of the first African American men to both direct and choreograph major Broadway musicals, including “Raisin” (1973) and “Sophisticated Ladies” (1981). McKayle’s contributions to the world of dance earned him a medal from the Kennedy Center as a “master of African American choreography.” His choreography garnered two Emmy Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award and a citation as “one of America’s irreplaceable dance treasures” by the Dance Heritage Coalition and the Library of Congress. McKayle taught and mentored UCI students until his final days. The Los Angeles Times said McKayle’s “seven

decades in modern dance distinguished him as one of the art form’s leading lights and socially conscious practitioners.” “At least two of his works are considered modern classics,” The New York Times obituary said, citing “Games” from 1951 and “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder” from 1959. Born in Harlem, New York, McKayle began dancing during his senior year in high school after being inspired by a Pearl Primus performance. He made his professional dancing debut in 1948. During his seven-decade career, he danced or worked with Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow and Merce Cunningham and in the classic Broadway productions “House of Flowers” and “West Side Story.” McKayle joined the UCI faculty in 1989 and was honored in 2000 with the UCI Medal, the university’s highest honor. He was the Claire Trevor Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of UCI’s Etude Ensemble, which he founded in 1995. His original choreography “Death and Eros” was performed at the university’s annual Dance Visions just this February. “The world knew Donald as a groundbreaking dancer and choreographer; we at UCI knew him as a great teacher and mentor,” said Stephen Barker, dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. “Donald was a great choreographer because he was a great human being. We celebrate our opportunity to have known and worked with one of the giants of American dance for such a wonderfully long time.” n

The UCI dance department Donald McKayle is recognized not only nationally, but also worldwide. The same can be said for much of the university’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, including its fine arts program, which has had tremendous impact on the Southern California art world over the past 50 years. Artist Tony DeLap was the first art professor to be hired at UCI. He taught there for 30 years, influencing generations of young artists. Through May 28, Laguna Art Museum features Tony DeLap: A Retrospective, an exhibit of the work of the artist that the museum calls Orange County’s foremost living artist, in On May 24, former Irvine resident and Laguna Art Museum curator Grace Kook-Anderson will return to Orange County to discuss DeLap in the context of her most wellknown exhibition, Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in

Southern California, 1964-1971. Best Kept Secret was a revelatory and historically important exhibit about the impact of Irvine on contemporary art. The show, which was part of the Getty’s ambitious and influential Pacific Standard Time: Art in the L.A. 1945-1980 series of 60 shows across SoCal, looked at the incredible impact students and teachers at UCI’s art department had on Southern California art. It featured some 40 artists now famous in creative circles, including Chris Burden, Tony DeLap, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Barbara Rose, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Laddie John Dill, John Coplans (the department’s first chair and founder of University Art Gallery) and many others. For those who want to learn more about Irvine’s impact on art, the exhibit and the lecture offer a fine opportunity. n Grace Kook-Anderson: Tony DeLap and the Best Kept Secret Years at UC Irvine Thursday, May 24 6:00 p.m. Lecture free with museum admission n lagunaartmuseum.org/gracekook-anderson-tony-delap

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SONGS FOR THE SUMMER AT FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE Last October, music fans celebrated a remarkable accomplishment: replacing Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, an iconic venue where generations had enjoyed live music, with a new interim amphitheatre less than a year after the older venue closed forever. FivePoint Amphitheatre opened with three outdoor concerts drawing thousands to the new venue. Fans were excited by the music, as well as the food, drink and other amenities at the new venue. Now, the first full season will debut on May 11 with a soldout show, the opening of what will be three full seasons at the interim venue. The 2018 summer season produced by Live Nation will feature classic rock, country, pop, singer-songwriters, metal and more. While looking at the schedule, our music-loving staff began to imagine the iconic songs spanning generations and genres that will be heard in the coming months. Here are a few of the hits we’re looking forward to hearing. fivepointamphitheatre.com May 11 “California Man,” Cheap Trick “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Poison Here’s hoping Cheap Trick has “California Man” on the band’s play list for its May 18 show. It’s the second concert of the season, following a sold-out Slayer show on May 11. It’s one of those songs you remember as soon as you hear it: “Dance right on till the floors are

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breakin’… I’m a California man!” Though it’s not as iconic as “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me,” we’re fans of the entire “California” genre of songs, from Joni Mitchell and The Eagles to X, 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. You should hear our mixed tape of Golden State tunes. Cheap Trick plays on a bill with ‘80s rockers Poison. If the songs “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time” don’t ring a bell, then you weren’t around in 1988. May 30 “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts The May 30 show features Styx and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. We’ll see how well Styx hits like “Lady,” “Come Sail Away” and “Babe” have aged. But we know Joan can still rock, having seen her in concert in recent years. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” “Crimson and Clover,” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You” will get us out of our seats. But it’s also the older songs from the Runaways, like “Bad Reputation” and “Cherry Bomb,” that we can’t wait to hear. June 16 “Saturday in the Park,” Chicago There are so many Chicago songs, it’s hard to pick one. But since FivePoint Amphitheatre is on the border of the Orange County Great Park, and the concert is on a Saturday, this one seems as good as any. We’ll also enjoy juxtaposing two classic breakup songs during the double bill: Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” and REO Speedwagon’s “Time for Me to Fly.” But it’s “Ridin’ the Storm Out”

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that we’re most looking forward to hearing from REO. We loved the concert version of the song on “Live: You Get What You Play For,” the one that opened with a keyboard that sounded like a siren. That was way back when live albums were actually a thing, along with cassette tape players and landlines. July 8 “’Round Here,” Counting Crows When the band’s album August and Everything After came out in 1993, we discovered it early and shared it with family and friends. Then it hit big, and you couldn’t get away from “Mr. Jones” and other songs by singer Adam Duritz. We caught “we liked them first” syndrome, and soon abandoned the band in search of the next thing. We haven’t been nostalgic for them, but are certain many will love singing along. July 20 “Crazy on You,” Ann Wilson We assume Wilson will include one of the signature songs from

the Wilson sisters band Heart in her solo set. She did tour once without singing a single Heart tune, but that’s not what we expect from this triple bill that includes Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers, of Bad Company and Free fame. Aug. 1 “Juke Box Hero,” Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Feels Like the First Time,” might have been bigger hits, but whenever we see one of those YouTube videos about a band bringing a fan onstage who proceeds to be fantastic, this song pops into our head. Whitesnake is also on the bill. Who can forget “Here I Go Again,” by singer David Coverdale, or O.C.’s own music video vixen Tawny Kitaen? Aug. 5 “This Town,” Niall Horan We expect the kids to be out in force, screaming Beatlemaniastyle for the former member of boy band One Direction.

Aug. 24 “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum Our taste runs to older, classic country. But one cannot deny the talent of this trio. Also on the bill is Darius Rucker, who made the transition to country after first gaining fame leading the band with one of the worst names ever, Hootie & The Blowfish. And in an OC connection, Rucker is friends with Tiger Woods. Sept. 14 “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz Summertime sounds a lot like a Jason Mraz song. This one was nominated as Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Performance at the Grammys, and will sound fine on a warm Irvine night. Sept. 15 “What Hurts the Most,” Rascal Flatts The best country songs should resound with regret and anguish, and this one does. n

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he first round of the 2018 National Merit Scholarships were announced recently, those sponsored by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Seven Irvine Unified School District students received one of the prestigious scholarships, the most students of any school district in Orange County and the second-most in the state, according to IUSD. In addition, two Irvine students attending Arnold O. Beckman High School in the Tustin Unified School District also received this category of National Merit Scholarships. National Merit-Sponsored Scholarships and UniversitySponsored National Merit Scholarships will be announced in coming weeks, no doubt with more Irvine students receiving them. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships

for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice. Nationally, 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. NMSC will name recipients of National Merit $2500 Scholarships on May 9, and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards on June 6 and July 16. Here is Irvine’s first round of National Merit super scholars: Avadh S. Patel Irvine High School Probable career field: Computer Science Schneider Electric North America Foundation Scholarship Irene L. Fu Northwood High School

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IrvineCityNews Hope for health

City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, has announced plans to build a $200 million, best-in-class, cancer center in Irvine on land owned/to be donated by FivePoint Holdings, LLC. “City of Hope’s vision is to bring tomorrow’s discoveries to the people who need them today. Increasingly, this means bringing technologically-advanced care, physician expertise, and clinical research closer to home for patients and their families,” said Robert W. Stone, president and CEO of City of Hope. The cancer center will be equipped with leading-edge technologies and dedicated oncology specialists to provide innovative, high quality care to Orange County and beyond. The $200 million cancer center is proposed to be located near the Irvine train station, across Barranca Parkway from the new headquarters building for Broadcom. The 18-acre medical campus would include the City of Hope center, plus other medical facilities and a hotel for patients and their families. “The City of Hope state-of-the-art cancer center will anchor a comprehensive new medical campus that will ultimately feature multiple centers of excellence offering the very best health care and wellness services in the heart of Irvine,” said Emile Haddad, FivePoint chairman and CEO. “This unique campus and the cancer center will be dedicated to longevity and the best possible quality of life, and they will reflect our commitment to make Great Park Neighborhoods a model for all other communities in California and beyond.”

Music matters

Irvine Unified School District was named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States, the only district in Orange County to receive the honor. Now in its 19th year, the awards program recognizes the

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outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are given to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and consistent access to music education, including funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, and commitment to standards. “This honor is representative of the District’s commitment to the arts,” says Brad Van Patten, IUSD Fine Arts Coordinator. “Despite being one of the lowest funded school districts in the nation, fine arts have flourished in IUSD schools under the Board of Education’s visionary leadership.” IUSD is among only 4 percent of school districts nationwide to receive the “Best Communities” designation. Research studies continue to demonstrate the physical, cognitive and social benefits of music making. Students who are involved in a school-based music program are not only more likely to graduate high school and attend college; also, only a few years of musical training early in life improves how the brain processes sound, even later in life. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and learning how to give and receive constructive criticism.

Cross-town traffic

Everyone in Irvine has an opinion on traffic. A key irritant in driving around the city are intersections where one has to wait for a green arrow to turn left, despite the fact that there’s no oncoming traffic in sight. Now, the city will test a flashing yellow arrow to replace the dreaded red one, allowing drivers to make the left turn when it is safe to do so. The Irvine City Council approved testing the new traffic light system at five intersections, choosing ones where relatively lightly traveled side streets intersect major arterials. Construction will start in August and the new lights should be in by February. The test intersections are: Culver Drive and Florence; Sand Canyon Avenue and Towngate; Rockfield Boulevard and Oldfield; Irvine Center Drive and Tesla; and Irvine Center Drive and Odyssey. The city will see how it goes at the first five intersections before trying it at others. Now, if those and other intersections also had quicker greens and/or fewer red lights at many of those same intersections with smaller side streets, particularly on weekends when the commercial building access along major routes through town isn’t needed as often. n

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Top Through 5.6 “A Bright Room Called Day” at UCI

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner, the play juxtaposes Hitler’s rise to power in 1930s Berlin with an American activist fighting authoritarianism in the 1980s. arts.uci.edu/event/bright-roomcalled-day

Through 5.13 Huell Howser’s Golden Parks

Witness the beauty of California’s parks and open spaces at the Great Park Gallery exhibit Golden Parks: Huell Howser. This exhibition highlights the California State Parks that the late public television legend visited throughout his career. cityofirvine.org/orange-countygreat-park/palm-court-artscomplex

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Things To Do in May Through 5.26 “It Passes Like a Thought” at UCI

Flight, song, and navigation have made birds powerful symbols for many cultures. Beall Center for Art + Technology will explore flight, birdsong, and the aesthetic variation of avian species through the work of artists. arts.uci.edu/event/it-passesthought

Through 5.26 Past Tense at Irvine Fine Arts

The exhibition presents a selection of works by 21 current graduate students at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts. cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-artscenter

KAYHAN KALHOR AND BROOKLYN RIDER. COURTESY BARCLAY THEATRE

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Through 6.21 “Harmony of Light” at Irvine Museum

Experience a beautiful exhibit of paintings depicting spring in California by Impressionists working a century ago. irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

5.12 Coco Carnival with Irvine Police Department

Bring lounge chairs for the family to Heritage Community Park and join D.A.R.E. officers for a free evening of fun, food, games and an outdoor showing of DisneyPixar’s Coco. cityofirvine.org/news-media/ calendar-of-events/event/darelounge-chair-movie-and-carnivalnight

5.18 Celebrate Music at UCI

Enjoy a family-friendly evening of performances at the Barclay featuring students and faculty from the Department of Music at Claire Trevor School of the Arts. arts.uci.edu/event/celebratemusic-uci

5.26 Kayhan Kalhor and Brooklyn Rider

Presented by the Philharmonic Society of OC at the Barclay Theatre, Iranian kamancheh (spikefiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the American string quartet Brooklyn Rider come together to bridge the traditions of Eastern and Western music. thebarclay.org

5.27-5.28 Memorial Day events

Honor America’s military servicemen and women who have given their lives defending our nation at the Northwood Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony (5.27) and the official city Memorial Day Ceremony (5.28) at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. cityofirvine.org/play/communityservices-department/city-specialevents

5.30 Styx and Joan Jett at FivePoint Amphitheatre

If you love rock and roll, come to one of the early shows in the first full season of outdoor music at Irvine’s interim amphitheater. fivepointamphitheatre.com/ events

STYX AND JOAN JETT AT FIVEPOINT AMPHITHEATRE. COURTESY STYX

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