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By Sarah Peters | September 17, 2011
Like thousands of young Americans, Irvine resident Samir Jaka never thought that a heart attack could happen to him. When the 30-year-old collapsed during an afternoon basketball game with friends in April 2010 at Lemongrass Park in Irvine, the pain squeezing his chest was nothing like he had ever felt before. "I had blurred vision, trouble, my hands and feet were tingling and going numb," Jaka said. "I kinda figured something was going on that was not right. " He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors told him that he had suffered a heart attack.
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By Bradley Zint | October 13, 2012
Southern California Edison recently unveiled its ABC Green Home in Irvine to crowds eager to see its eco-friendly design and sophisticated gadgetry. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house - built in conjunction with and sponsored by Green HomeBuilder magazine and its clients - at the Orange County Great Park was designed to showcase the highest possibilities of sustainable home building. Organizers touted that the entry-level home off Marine Way can be built anywhere from materials found anywhere, as in they're not "unobtanium.
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By Brittany Woolsey | August 17, 2012
A new Wild Rivers location is expected to open in May 2014 in Irvine with a 25-year lease. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the park's construction and operation at its July 30 meeting. The Irvine Co. did not renew its lease with Wild Rivers last October, leading the water park to close, according to the Los Angeles Times. Its last day was Sept. 25. The location, next to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, was open for 27 years. "We are pleased to be bringing apartments to the greater Irvine Spectrum area," said Irvine Co. spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | June 15, 2011
IRVINE — The Irvine City Council approved a $136.2-million General Fund budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year Tuesday. Revenues are projected to increase by more than $9.6 million, with sales tax showing the greatest increase at $6.1 million, according to a city staff report. Council members also approved the $64.8-million Orange County Great Park fiscal year budget, with Councilmen Jeffrey Lalloway and Steven Choi voting against the item. The two had also voted against the park's budget at the May 19 Orange County Great Park Board of Directors meeting.
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October 16, 2010
Irvine — The Orange County Great Park's Hangar 244 is slated for renovations that include new restrooms and paint as well as significant structural upgrades. The City Council voted last week to approve construction plans, estimated between $1 million to $1.3 million, to upgrade the facility to meet current building standards. The project is funded from the Western Sector Park Development Plan, which was approved November 2009, and $475,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a staff report.
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September 24, 2011
The Orange County Great Park's agricultural programs will grow strong roots with the influx of $750,000 from Ohio-based ScottsMiracle-Gro over the next five years. The donation, which includes $500,000 in financial support and $250,000 in garden products, was commemorated by the replanting of a mature six-ton Jacaranda tree near the Great Park Farm & Food Lab on Sept. 17, according to a press release. The tree is one of many which will be rescued and replanted as the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is transformed into a metropolitan park over the next decade.
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June 1, 2013
Speakers and exhibitors are needed for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO. The Irvine-based Orange County Great Park has been selected to host the October event, which will be organized outside Washington, D.C., for the first time. Speakers are requested to provide educational talks on the clean, renewable and efficient theme of the XPO during the Powerful Ideas Symposium. Exhibitors can spotlight services or products offered by their companies at indoor and outdoor booths.
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August 18, 2011
El Segundo-based Partner Engineering and Science, a national environmental and engineering consulting firm, was awarded a contract to perform remediation services at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, according to a new release this week. The firm will be responsible for site demolition, remediation and restoration activities under the contract with the Irvine Public Works Department. The contract includes work on areas of the 4,712-acre base which have not yet been developed, but have already been remediated by the United States Department of the Navy and transferred over to the city, said Cliff Wallace, deputy chief executive of the Orange County Great Park Corp.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 26, 2011
IRVINE - The City Council on Tuesday night approved a letter addressed to the Orange County Grand Jury that disagreed with the jury's findings that Irvine council members are among the highest paid countywide. The countywide compensation study completed June 3 concluded that Irvine has the highest annual compensated City Council members, with a base pay of $21,120 and benefits of $26,976. The council cited these findings as flawed, according to a draft of the letter. The letter states that "the Grand Jury erroneously added together the annual salary of each member of the City Council and the annual salary of those who also serve, in a separate and distinct capacity, as members of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Great Park Corporation.
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By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | June 25, 2011
The Irvine City Council plans to sign off Tuesday on a three-year contract extension for Orange County Great Park Chief Executive Michael Ellzey. The renewal of his more than $200,000 annual salary will come with perks, including a $750 monthly car allowance and a $250 cell phone and Internet service allowance, according to attachments to the meeting agenda. The contract would expire June 30, 2014. Ellzey's contract will be among a package of Great Park-related action items that the council is expected to finalize.
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