On to year No. 2
Over the past 12 months our reporters, editors, photographers and critics have covered an election we felt was crucial to the future of the city.
Count us encouraged by the professionalism, vision and cordiality of the new city council, led by Mayor Wagner. We’ve chronicled the incredible progress at the Orange County Great Park, and our staff has highlighted Irvine’s excellent schools, parks and community amenities.
We’ve done our best to support diversity, prosperity and growth in the city. And we’ve recommended some new restaurants to try, while we were at it.
In this space a year ago I wrote that “Irvine is a city of roughly 250,000 people: smart, hard-working, family- and community-oriented people, people doing well and people striving to do well. In many ways, Irvine is a model, modern, American and world city.
“The state of the city of Irvine in one word is…exceptional. Safe streets, strong schools, lots of entertainment, dining, and community events in which to participate, Irvine has it all.”
Now, 12 months later, nothing we’ve learned over the course of the past year so closely covering Irvine and its citizens has changed our mind about this place. It is, and continues to be, an exceptional city, and a fine place to live, work and raise a family.
A year ago, I told you what we hoped to do for you and for the city with this community newspaper: “To stay informed about the issues impacting Irvine, to read inspiring stories about Irvine residents, to get a preview of upcoming community events or to simple enjoy coverage of what Irvine has to offer. We are a work in progress—aren’t we all!—but we hope you like what you see in this inaugural issue.”
We’re still a work in progress, of course. But by now we hope you know what to expect from Irvine City News: What really matters.