First Impressions

Contributed by: Taisha Lewis, Verano Place Housing Assistant

Most of us are taught at a very young age the extreme importance of first impressions. Many of us can remember a time when our parents reminded us of best behavior when meeting a new person. Whether they be within social circles, professional atmospheres, or among anyone that we are meeting for the first time, a higher level of self expectation to be our personal “best” exists. It takes a short time period to “sum up” a person in our minds after meeting them. Here are a few tips to ensure you are making the impression that you desire:

  1. Be Punctual: The first impression you will make on a person will be whether you are on time or not. Always strive to be early. The early bird does get the worm.
  2. Shake Their Hand: Shaking a person’s hand when you meet them is a sign of respect and creates a certain openness amongst people.
  3. Smile: A smile can tell a lot about you. Smiling while speaking, or listening, to others makes the interaction feel more welcoming and comfortable.
  4. Stay Conscious of Your Posture: Good posture is not only beneficial for your health. It also shows confidence and self-esteem.
  5. Keep Your Conversation in Context: While it is definitely important to be yourself, certain conversation topics are better suited for certain situations than others. For example, meeting new friends may call for a discussion of hobbies, while meeting a potential employer would make discussing future goals and skills a more successful topic.

Some say that it takes mere seconds to make a lasting impression on another human being. With that being said, many first impressions can be suppressed in the mind by the positive interactions that follow. If you feel that the first impression you made on another person was not the one you desired, or didn’t truly exhibit who you are, DON’T GIVE UP. Continue communication in an attempt to redeem your character with them or even apologize if you feel it is appropriate. Strive to make people’s first impressions of you memorable, and remember that there’s always a chance to better the impressions you leave; even after the first one.

Verano Place Housing Office Closure

The Housing Office will be closed Friday, July 3rd in Observance of the 4th of July Holiday.

Please plan any maintenance requests accordingly. Contact the UCI PD at 949-824-5223 if there is an emergency. Please contact the after-hours duty line if you are locked out or in need of emergency maintenance assistance. Stay safe and happy holiday!

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: Interior Plumbing and Closet Repairs

Good afternoon Verano Place community,

Interior Plumbing and Exterior Closet Repairs:

Residential addresses affected: 6457 thru 6493

Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm

PROJECT SCHEDULE: See attachment for projected project calendar.


PROJECT SCOPE:   The contractor will be cutting out drywall in the entry, living/dining area, bathroom, and one bedroom closet. The areas indicated on the attached floor plan map will require you remove all personal items from these areas the best you can. A work area will be tented with plastic, to prevent drywall dust from affecting your living space. At the end of each day, they will remove the plastic, and clean areas affected. The contractor will require access to your unit for five continuous days, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.The construction crew who has been awarded this contract is Blackstone Builders, a company who has performed the majority of the interior aesthetic renovations of your residence.


The copper pipes in the walls that supply water to the sinks, tub/shower, and toilet in each apartment are original to the building and have reached their service life.  Leaks due to deterioration are occurring with increasing frequency.  This project will install higher grade copper pipes, valves that will allow shut off to only 1-2 apartments instead of the entire building when required for maintenance/repairs, and high-efficiency water heater equipment. The work in each apartment may require up to 10 work days to complete. The pipes under and around the buildings were replaced in an earlier project.


This work plan is to be phased due to unique conditions of this project, as the aesthetics were completed in advance of this invasive project. The final product as a result of this project will be repaired and match the existing casework (cabinets).


RESIDENT IMPACTS: Openings will be cut in specific areas of drywall and bathroom cabinetry to remove/replace the pipe.  Personal items that obstruct access to these areas will need to be relocated to another area of the apartment while the work is being performed.  A detailed layout of the affected areas will be provided in advance of the work.  The usual noise, dust, and the presence of contractor staff associated with construction work of this sort will occur.  The contractor will provide floor protection and vertical barriers to contain the dust to the work area.



  1. A)    There will be two planned water outages for final tie-ins and water heater replacement.
  2. B)    Access to your unit will be difficult as the tented areas will limit your free range use of the interior space, kitchen, one bedroom closet and bathroom areas.
  3. C) Removal of personal belongings from the designated areas must be completed in advance, the inspection will occur five days ahead of the planned start date.
  4. D) Pets will need to be locked into a secure space unaffected by this work as the front door will be opened and closed several times daily.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Thank you,

Jason A. Espinoza

Associate Director of Operations

Verano Place Housing


(949) 824-6739 (office)

(949) 824-2617 (fax)

Carts for Move Out

Because we anticipate this being a busy weekend, Moving Carts and Dollies will be available at the Verano Housing Office with a reservation window of 2 hours between 8am and 7pm Monday – Friday, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm .

2015 Summer Sublet Available For Female!

A Verano Place apartment is available to sublet this summer from July 7th – August 31st

The apartment is a 2 bedroom town home that you will be sharing with another female housemate. The rent is $680 per month, with the first month prorated at $544, so the full two months will be a total of $1,224, plus a $150 security deposit. 

If you are interested or require further information, please send an email with the subject ‘VP Sublet’ to

Free Summer Yoga Classes in the PV Community Room- Beginning June 24th @ 6pm

Back by popular demand, free Yoga classes are being offered for residents of Verano and Palo Verde this summer! Join us once a week to relax, de-stress, and get a great workout during the Summer!

The first class will take place Wednesday, June 24th at 6pm. Classes will continue every week on Wednesdays EXCEPT FOR THE SECOND WEEK. The second session will be held at 6pm on TUESDAY, JUNE 30TH. The remaining 8 sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 6pm all the way through August 26th.

These 10 sessions are brought to you FREE of CHARGE as a part of VRC’s and PVRC’s community programming! Be sure to show up early as space may be limited, especially early in the summer!

Yoga is not only great for core strengthening and flexibility; it also reduces stress and provides an energy boost that we’d surely all love to have. Never taken a yoga class? That’s okay! This class is suited for all levels and abilities, and is great for newbies or experienced people alike. Bring along an exercise mat or towel and a water bottle. Please come early for your first session to sign a waiver for the ARC.

Brought to you by the Verano Residents Council (VRC) and Palo Verde Residents Council (PVRC).


City of Irvine Scholarship Program

Irvine’s Community Services office has a scholarship program to enable low-income Irvine families the opportunity to participate in some of their many classes for children and adults. If an application to the program is approved, each child in a family can receive up to $400 and each adult up to $200 in scholarship funds, which are good for one year or until funds run out. The scholarship can be applied to many City of Irvine classes (not all classes are eligible for scholarship funds). Scholarship participants are required to pay a 10% co-payment per class (for example, $6 for a $60 class). Scholarship participants must renew their applications yearly. For more information about this program and to get an application, please visit this link: