IUSD Online Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals Now Available

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The IUSD Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce that our application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals is now available online for the 2015-16 school year. To ensure that your child receives the benefits for which your family may qualify, please submit a Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application for this school year as soon as possible.  Parents who are certain that their students do not qualify are not required to submit an application.

New applications can be found online at ApplyForLunch.com. If you prefer to submit a paper application, these will be available throughout the summer at the District Office and at the Nutrition Services Office, located on the campus of Rancho San Joaquin Middle School at 4861 Michelson Drive, Irvine.  Paper applications will also be available at your student’s school office at the beginning of the school year.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at nutrition@iusd.org.

Best regards,

The Nutrition Services Staff

July 29 zotALERT Incident Follow Up – sign up for zotALERT


This is a follow up regard the police activity in Verano Place last night. The following message went out to the UCI Community this afternoon:

This message is being sent as a follow up to the zotALERT incident that occurred yesterday evening in Verano Place Housing.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 29, the UCI Police Department was conducting a welfare check of an individual in the Verano Place housing community. While attempting to contact the individual, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from inside an apartment in the same area. A zotALERT message was then issued to the campus community.

Officers immediately secured the perimeter and requested assistance from the Irvine Police Department. The UCI Police Department and Irvine Police Department then evacuated the area for community safety.

Officers were eventually able to make contact with the individual inside the residence and confirmed the loud noise was not a gunshot.

We appreciate the community’s support and patience during this incident.

Jeffrey D. Hutchison
Interim Chief of Police
UCI Police Department


Several Verano Place Housing residents have asked about signing up for Zot Alert. zotALERTS are issued upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a potential immediate threat to the health or safety of community members occurring on the campus. Examples of situations in which a zotALERT may be sent include in-progress crimes, earthquakes, bomb threats, an armed intruder, gas leaks, explosions, or severe weather, among other situations. When UCI issues a zotALERT, a mass email is sent to all individuals with a UCI email address and a text message is sent to cell phone devices for those individuals who opt-in. Students, staff and faculty should visit http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/   to register and opt-in for this service or to update zotALERT contact information. Additionally, residents who live full apartments I family housing can sign up their spouses and partners up for zot alerts, visit for more information http://www.resnet.uci.edu/zotalert.html.

When the Verano Housing Office receives a zotAlert, we will forward the information to Verano Housing list serves in an attempt to reach any residents who are not registered with the zotAlert system.

We know last night’s situation was concerning to the community. We attempted to inform you as we received information. If you have concerns or feedback for the Housing Office or would like to talk about the situation please feel free to contact me.



Jennifer Nelson Martinez

Associate Director of Apartment Life

Verano Place Housing

University Of California, Irvine

6529 Adobe Circle Road, South

Irvine, CA 92617


(949) 824-7976 direct

VRC- Advocating for You

VRC: The Verano Resident’s Council is elected and funded to provide services, goods, and advocacy to benefit the Verano community. VRC meetings are held at least once a month, but a schedule for 2015/2016 will be sent to the community when available. Contact the VRC at http://verano-place.org or email: vrc@uci.edu. The Verano Residents Council has a new mailing list to communicate directly with the Verano Community. To stay informed about VRC events and receive updates about projects the VRC is working on, please sign up for the listserv. You can sign up by following the link below and entering your email address. The listserv is open to all Verano clients, including students, partners and spouses and other family members living in Verano.

To sign up for their listserv go to: https://maillists.uci.edu/mailman/listinfo/vrc-news

Visit the VRC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucivrc/

 Your 2015/16 Verano Residents Council Members are:

        • Bonnie Bui
        • Cait Cavanagh
        • Shaunie Cluff
        • Stephanie Pulles
        • Kristen Roher

Zot Alert- Verano Place Shelter In Place

As of 6:37 pm, 7/29:

We received this Zot Alert from UCI PD:

“Avoid the area of Adobe Circle South, Lot 35 to Verano Rd. due to police activity until further notified. If in Verano Housing, shelter in place. Please avoid the area of Verano Housing until further advised.”

When Verano Place Housing receives further information residents need to know, we will share it then.


Verano Housing Assistant

Community Advisory- Suspicious Person

Date: July 27, 2015

Incident / Location: Suspicious Person / Vista Del Campo Student Housing


UCI Police Department has received a report of a suspicious person seen peeping into an apartment window around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in the Vista Del Campo student housing community. The resident of the apartment reported that an unknown subject knocked and rang the doorbell of the apartment and the resident decided not to answer the door. A neighbor then reported seeing a male subject approach a window of the same apartment who attempted to look through an opening in the blinds for approximately 30 seconds. The male subject then ran towards the rear parking lot of the building and out of sight.



The suspicious person is described as a white male, in his early 20’s, wearing a white short sleeve baggy t-shirt, blue colored basketball shorts with white stripes on the side, short brown or black colored hair, about 5’11” and 155 pounds.


Safety Tips:

Immediately report all suspicious persons, vehicles and activities to the UCI Police Department at (949) 824-5223. Ensure that all doors, windows and desks are locked. Do not prop open doors. Immediately report inoperable locks and latches to the appropriate maintenance personnel. Never leave purses, wallets, electronics or other valuables in plain sight. If you feel you are being followed, cross the street, yell, run and look for a well-lit area or occupied building and dial 9-1-1. The UCI Police Department Safety Escort program is available to anyone on campus at (949) 824-SAFE (7233).

If you have information regarding this suspicious person, please call UCI Police Department at (949) 824-5223.


In emergency situations or during crimes in progress, dial 9-1-1 or use an emergency phone available on campus. Emergency phone locations are shown on the campus map available at http://communications.uci.edu//documents/pdf/UCI_14_map_campus.pdf


WHAT IS THIS COMMUNITY ADVISORY? Community Advisories are released by the UCI Police Department when certain events that warrant an advisory are reported on or near UCI property. These Community Advisories allow UCI community members to be aware of certain safety and security related situations.


UC Irvine Police Department
(949) 824-5223 (UCIPD Dispatch)

(949) 824-1885 (Administrative)

Coyote Sightings in Verano Place

The Verano Place Housing Office has been alerted that there have been a couple of coyote sightings in Verano Place over the past couple of mornings. The sightings have been around complex 10. Coyotes, raccoons, and other wild animals are a part of the natural habitat around UCI.

As Irvine becomes more urbanized, the human population has infringed on those areas where native wildlife has prospered for generations. Throughout the year Verano Place residents report seeing area wildlife such as coyotes, raccoons, opossums and sometimes bobcats. Coyotes often roam the area looking for rodents and small animals. Coyotes are generally nocturnal and are most often out in the late evenings or early mornings.

Tips for living in a community with Coyotes and other Wild Animals:


  • Make noise; announce your presence when approaching dark, protected areas such as trash bins to avoid startling animals and triggering an aggressive response.
  • Feed pets and domesticated animals inside.
  • Store bags of pet food in animal proof containers and areas.
  • Keep small children under close adult supervision at all times.
  • Talk with children about wildlife seen around Verano Place and ensure they know not to approach them.
  • If you encounter a wild animal – make a lot of noise: clap your hands, yell, bang pots and pans together, make yourself look as big as possible. Never turn your back and run from the animal.


  • Leave any type of food or water out for wildlife.
  • Make friends with wild animals by trying to capture them, give medical assistance, or handle them in any way. This includes trying to pet them.
  • Leave plastic bags out filled with trash or put trash out the night before trash pick-up day.
  • Allow pets or domesticated animals to run loose at any time.

Tips to Prevent a Clogged Drain and What to Do to Try and Clear a Back-Up

Just be careful what you put down your sink to prevent a clog! Seems pretty simple, right?A clogged sink is a very common repair, but a little preventative maintenance can go a long way.  Here are a few good examples of common things that will clog your sink and some good tips to keep it clean.


Hair, Keep it Out of the Drain

One of the most common things responsible for a clogged sink in a bathroom is the accumulation of hair in the drain. Try brushing your hair away from the sink, and do not ever try washing the hair out of your hair brush into the sink. Though over time some hair will fall into the drain, frequent instances of larger amounts being washed down the drain are a good way to ensure that you will have a clogged drain.

Do Not Shave Over the Sink

The sink seems like a logical place to let all the little hairs fall or shave when you get a haircut, but this is one of the worst things you can do for your drain. Try shaving over a paper towel or washcloth so you can throw the hairs away in the trash can.


Never Put These Things Down Your Disposal or Drain:

  1. Fibrous foods like asparagus, corn husks, artichokes, carrot or potato peels or any other vegetables that have any kind of stringy qualities to them
  2.  Grease, oil, and fat
  3.  Pasta and rice, it expands when it contacts water and swells up
  4.  Eggshells, coffee grounds, pits and seeds
  5.  Bones of any kind

Regular cleaning is very important! Here are a few good tips to try:

  • Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
  • Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling better.
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.