City’s future looks bright

Irvine Mayor Christina Shea promised to expand upon the city’s successful green initiatives during her annual State of the City address on Feb. 25 at the Irvine Civic Center.

The night kicked off with a video of 2019 accomplishments, followed by a look at the year ahead.

Mayor Shea’s address focused on the city’s non-toxic initiative, including the use of organic pesticides and goats for weed and fire abatement.

The city’s organic landscape policy, she noted, earned a sustainability award in February from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Looking ahead, the mayor addressed two major initiatives for 2020.

One is a $10 million reinvestment to upgrade playgrounds, renovate senior centers, and refurbish aquatic centers.

Another will improve traffic flow on 12 major streets with upgrades to signal synchronization and equipment.