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A New Vision for District 3

I’m running for OC Supervisor in District 3 with a contrast in values. I have a proven record serving as the City of Irvine’s Councilmember and 2-term Mayor, standing up for our communities, creating access to services, and ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard.

As Supervisor, my priorities will include:

  • Homelessness: Address and allocate resources based on the needs of individual cities, like housing with support services and mental health/substance abuse programs. And create an Eviction Diversion program like the one I initiated in Irvine to help keep families in their homes when facing loss of job or health emergencies.

  • Affordable Housing Initiative: Develop affordable housing programs that cater to diverse income levels, including workforce housing, transitional housing, and supportive housing, to ensure stable living conditions for all residents.

  • Public Health Access: Expand access to quality healthcare services for all residents, regardless of their socio-economic background, by collaborating with local health organizations and advocating for affordable healthcare options. Including robust mental health and substance abuse programs and services to assist in providing people with the much needed access to resources.

  • Public Safety: Work to implement programs and services to address the variety of issues faced by cities in District 3, provide resources and new technologies to keep our communities safe, and continue towards building trust, engagement, and cooperation between law enforcement and residents.

  • Open Space Protection: The Third District includes important parks, wild lands and open space reserves that deserve enhanced protection and management.

  • Equity in Resource Allocation: Ensure fair distribution of resources and services across all communities in Orange County, addressing historical disparities and focusing on the upliftment of under-resourced cities and neighborhoods.

  • Disaster Preparedness: Establish comprehensive wildfire protection strategies by investing in early detection systems, enhancing firefighting capabilities, and promoting community education on evacuation plans and fire-safe practices.

  • Education Equality: Advocate for improved educational opportunities, including technology access, after-school programs, and mentorship initiatives, aiming to bridge the achievement gap.

  • Green Infrastructure: Integrate sustainable practices into urban planning, investing in green spaces, renewable energy projects, and water conservation initiatives to create a more environmentally friendly and resilient county.

  • Small Business Support: Foster entrepreneurship, mentorship, and streamlined regulatory processes to support the growth of local businesses.

  • Civic Engagement: Encourage community participation in local decision-making processes through town halls, community forums, and digital platforms, ensuring that all voices are heard and considered.

  • Transportation Equity: Improve public transportation options, enhancing mobility and connectivity while prioritizing pedestrian and cyclist safety.

  • Youth Empowerment: Develop youth engagement programs, including internships, mentorships, and extracurricular activities, to provide constructive opportunities and pathways to success for young residents.

​I am committed to creating a more equitable, healthy, and resilient county that protects its under-resourced communities and prepares for the challenges of the future. We can build a brighter and more inclusive Orange County for everyone, together.

A Legacy of Leadership: Mayor Farrah N. Khan's Impact and Initiatives in Irvine

Mayor Farrah N. Khan made history in November of 2020, becoming the 23rd Mayor of Irvine. She not only received the highest number of votes for the position of Mayor in the city’s history, but also shattered glass ceilings as the first woman of color to hold the position, and the first Muslim woman to lead a large city in the United States. She was re-elected as Mayor in 2022 to serve her second term. She was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 2018.

Mayor Khan grew up in northern California and began her career in the biotech and innovation industry as a regulatory affairs manager focusing on streamlining complex products and international research. She holds a BA from UC Davis in English Literature with extensive work in Microbiology. She and her family moved to Irvine in 2004, where her two sons have had the privilege of attending Irvine public schools since kindergarten. She and her husband also serve as Legacy Partners with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation.

Mayor Khan is focused on ensuring that the City of Irvine is a leader throughout Orange County and California when it comes to innovation and technology, maintaining a safe environment and fiscal stability, combating climate change, and protecting the health and wellness of Irvine’s diverse communities.

During her 2-year term as City Councilmember (2018-2020), she initiated and passed the city-wide ban on smoking in public places, initiated the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, initiated the Transit Vision Study, supported the One Irvine program to rejuvenate older neighborhoods, and established OC’s first Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency OC Power Authority. She also served on the Boards of the Irvine Community Land Trust, OC Mosquito and Vector Control, Irvine Barclay Theatre, and OC Library District.

In her first term as Mayor (2020-2022), she initiated several new strategies leading to Irvine becoming the first City in Orange County to spearhead COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in local neighborhoods and senior centers, established the COVID-19 Task Force and the Business Reopening Task Force with industry experts. In addition, she passed HERO pay for frontline grocery workers, created a new committee focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (under the Mayor’s leadership, the City celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival, Juneteenth, Fiesta en Irvine, and Pride in Irvine for the first time in its history), she also spearheaded the Be Well OC mobile response for mental health calls, established the Innovation Council, and adopted a resolution with strategies to support achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. During these two years, she also established Irvine as a major city by highlighting its programs and services, which brought US President Biden, US Secretary of Health & Human Services Xavier Becerra, US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and CA Infrastructure Director – former Mayor of LA Antonio Villaraigosa to Irvine. Mayor Khan served on the Boards of Transportation Corridor Agency, OC Power Authority, and Irvine Barclay Theatre.

In her second term as Mayor, she has made progress on the Transit Vision Study with the approval of the Transit Pilot program with a dedicated route to begin later in 2023, she introduced the E-Bike ordinance with IPD, introduced the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program, and supported more affordable housing and extension of expiring HUD units throughout the city. She also spearheaded and approved a Community Workforce Agreement (for local hire and apprenticeship opportunities) and continues to work on finding solutions for homelessness, housing, energy efficiency, social connections, and economic development.  Mayor Khan currently serves on the Boards of OC Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agency, OC Sanitation District, and Irvine Barclay Theatre.

Mayor Khan represents the city on the CA Big City Mayors coalition, League of CA Cities, Mayors Innovation Project and US Conference of Mayors. 

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