MAYOR KHAN'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Safety is a key priority for Mayor Khan, especially as the city grows. She was able to help the Great Park HOA connect its security team with IPD for better patrol of the area. She is the co-chair of the newly formed Property Crimes Task Force that will work with community members and Irvine Police Department to curb property crimes.
BUSINESS RECOVERY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
As a small business owner herself, Mayor Khan has doubled down on the city’s direct support for local business owners. She created the Business Reopening Task Force with local business leaders to help businesses big and small, navigate through the pandemic and progress onward. She worked with the County of Orange’s 3rd District to receive 2 rounds of grants for small businesses, taking special care of restaurants and retail businesses..
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
Irvine is truly the “City of Innovation. It is home to nearly 200 of all Fortune 500 companies in the United States and serves as a magnet for fast-growing startups. In December of 2021, Mayor Khan announced the formation of a Technology and Innovation Council comprised of the top leaders in AI, Medtech, and emerging technologies, along with educational institutions and venture capitalists, to ensure that Irvine becomes the tech center in Southern California. Together, they have already proposed the creation of an Innovation Center and are looking at additional ways to create pipelines with our local schools to retain talent and attract new businesses from around the world.
INFRASTRUCTURE & HOUSING
Mayor Khan has been a leader in Orange County to protect working families and protect affordable housing. She has helped to develop a local eviction moratorium, provide rental assistance, and preserve every affordable housing covenant in the City since her term as Mayor began. Additionally, Irvine will be one of the first cities to clear out its backlog of roads & sidewalks that are in desperate need of repair thanks to Mayor Khan's request to use one-time funding from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act.
COVID-19 & PUBLIC HEALTH
Mayor Khan’s first act was to create a COVID-19 Task Force composed of health experts and the OC Health Officer to immediately review Covid-19 case data and plan for the vaccine rollout. The team worked to reach out to diverse communities about the vaccine in various languages and provided continued local vaccination clinics. She also initiated the effort to bring Be Well Amo bike response team to Irvine. She has also led the charge to add licensed clinicians to the Irvine Police Department to help answer mental health calls for service.
CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS
Mayor Khan has been a champion of the environment since her days as a member of the Irvine City Council. One of her first efforts on the Council was to pass a no-smoking ordinance. Additionally, she was instrumental in creating the Irvine Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, founding Orange County’s first Community Choice Energy agency, the Orange County Power Authority, and making Irvine the first city in Orange County to set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
As the first woman of color to hold the position of Mayor, it was important to Mayor Khan to ensure the City of Irvine did everything in its power to support residents of color and create a more equitable community. That is why she authored the creation of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, tasked with reviewing city policies and practices through a racial justice lens. Mayor Khan has also been an ally within the LGBTQ community, passing the first Pride Month Proclamation in Irvine and co-authoring the item to raise the Progress Pride flag at City Hall annually, starting on Harvey Milk Day. She also spearheaded the efforts to hold a Pride Day Celebration, Mid-Autumn celebration, Juneteenth celebration, and a Hispanic Heritage celebration. And she continues to work with the City's diverse communities to improve quality of life.