Upcoming VRC Meeting, 1/18/2017

Hello Verano Community!

Please join us this Wednesday, January 18 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Verano Commons for our monthly VRC Community Meeting.

Wednesday night we’ll be discussing proposed Verano Place landscaping projects and water conservation. Please come to enjoy a slice of pizza and express your concerns about this or any other concerns you might have.

The Verano Residents’ Council (VRC) is elected to advocate for your needs, and to create programming and events that benefit the entire Verano community. We are working hard to provide opportunities for all community members to get their voices heard and connect with the greater community!

Additionally, the VRC has a Facebook group where you can get the most up to date information on events, meetings and issues. Please join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucivrc/


Your friendly, neighborhood VRC representatives

Holiday Notices, Decorations in Common Areas

Good Morning,

Many residents have begun to put up holiday decorations; we love seeing the beautiful decorations from all different cultures and traditions. Walking around Verano Place we have noticed some decorations going up in common areas such as walkways, hallways, courtyards, and on grass, trees and bushes in the common areas.

Consistent with our general policy around use of common areas, decorations in these areas are not permitted. Common areas are for the use and enjoyment of the community at large.  These areas may not be used for resident storage, decorations, or planting and should be kept free of debris and personal items. Decorating in these areas can create fire and safety hazards, attract rodents, and interfere with planned grounds and operations work.  If you have placed decorations or other items in a common area (any space or facility other than the interior your apartment and private patio/balcony) please relocate them to your residence.

Below is information on using a shuttle service for winter break travel and holiday decorating and safety tips.

Please contact the Verano Place Housing Office if you have any questions.


UCI Transportation is happy to offer complimentary shuttle service to support your travel plans during the winter break. Service will be provided between the main campus and John Wayne Airport, and between the main campus and the Irvine Transportation Center (Metrolink/Amtrak Station).

The shuttle will depart UCI at set times on Thursday, December 8, and Friday, December 9. Return service will be available at set times on Sunday, January 8, and Monday, January 9. To review schedules and make reservations, see:www.parking.uci.edu/services/campus/holidayshuttle.cfm.


For questions regarding the Holiday Shuttle, please email rideshare@uci.edu. We look forward to easing your travel stress during the upcoming campus break.



Immediately following Thanksgiving, people start decorating their homes for the holidays. During the holidays, your home is more susceptible to fire than at any other time of the year. For your safety and that of your loved ones, we encourage you to follow the tips listed below when preparing for the holidays.



  • Trees or other decorative materials should not be located in any area where they may block corridors, exit passageways, fire exits, doorways, or ramps.
  • All decorations should be flame retardant. Look for the California State Fire Marshal’s Seal of Approval on packages of decorative materials.
  • If you plan to place any decorations outside on your door or patio, use Command-type removable strips to hang the decoration.  Ensure any lights are rated for outdoor use.
  • Decorating is one way many residents get in the holiday spirit. If you plan use holiday lights, plan to have them removed by January 2, when the academic quarter starts up again.
  • Extension cords can create a fire and trip hazard. If you use extension cords locate one, long enough that you do not need to connect or daisy chain cords together. Additionally, extension cords, if used, should be equipped with LCD’ (Leakage Current Detection and Interruption) for circuit protection. This type of protection is available in Fire Shield brand extension cords and power strips available at most home improvement stores such as Home Depot.
  • Due to fire safety hazards candles or other open flame devices are not permitted inside any on-campus residential buildings.



Holiday trees can be one of the most hazardous items you bring into your home or office. A dry tree can be totally engulfed in fire within three seconds, generating such intense heat that it can ignite the furnishings and wall and window coverings in an entire room in less than one minute. Click here to view a video that illustrates what happens when fire touches a properly maintained, well-watered tree vs. a dry tree According to the U.S. Fire Administration, holiday trees account for 400 fires, resulting in 10 deaths, 80 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage.


A holiday tree purchased from a lot or cut on a tree farm can remain relatively fire-resistant if you follow these simple steps:


  Make a Fresh Cut

  • Fresh cut trees should be treated with flame retardant before being brought to campus. This is a common service that is provided by most tree vendors licensed by the California State Fire Marshal. Many large tree vendors that offer services such as flocking also offer this flame retardant. Check with your vendor before you purchase your tree and be sure to request this additional treatment.
  • Make a fresh cut at the base on a diagonal in order to open up pores clogged by sap. Cut off 2-3 inches. The fresh-cut surface should be creamy white. Otherwise, the tree will not be able to drink water.
  • After the cut is made, put the tree in water immediately to increase absorption. Hot tap water should be used for the first filling.

 Initial Watering

  • Choose a sturdy stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
  • Rinse the tree stand with a mixture of one capful of bleach and one cup of water before inserting the tree. This rinsing reduces the growth of microorganisms that can block the tree’s ability to absorb water.
  • If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a cool place away from wind and sun.

 Water Daily

  • An average tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
  • If the water level drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and the tree will absorb no more water. So don’t forget to add water every day!

 Mini-Lights Produce Less Heat

  • Holiday tree fires started by short circuit or ground fault account for $4.9 million in damage in the United States every year.
  • Always check lights for frayed or cracked wiring and broken sockets before placing on a tree. Do not attempt to repair a worn light set. Throw it away and buy a new set.
  • Avoid overloading circuits.
  • Turn off tree lights when leaving the house or before going to bed.
  • Miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect.
  • NEVER use candles to light your tree!

 Keep Away From Heat Sources

  • Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, television sets or sunny windows. Keep rearranged furniture away from heat sources also.
  • Be careful not to block a door with the tree or with rearranged furniture.

 Remove the Tree Promptly

  • After the Holidays, remove the tree from the house before it dries.
  • Please place your tree at the nearest dumpster location.


More information can be found at http://www.ehs.uci.edu/gensafe/Home_HolidaySafety.pdf

Coyotes and Wildlife

Dear Verano Place Community,

The Verano Place Housing Office has been alerted that have been coyote sightings in Verano Place over the past couple of days. The coyotes have been reported around complex 10. Coyotes are common in this environment. 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.


If you see a Coyote and would like to report the sighting you can call Irvine Animal Control at 949-724-7092 or emailcoyotesighting@cityofirvine.org. If you have any concern that that the coyote is an immediate threat or danger to the community contact UCI Police Department at 949-824-5223 or 9-1-1 they can send an officer over to assist immediately and expedite a response from Irvine Animal Control.


Follow this link for a quick video about coyotes in Irvine: Got-a-Minute? Coyote Information


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.
  • Some coyotes may freeze and stare, or run a short distance and stop. Continue to make noise and appear as big as possible until the coyote finally leaves the scene. If the coyote appears to be injured, sick or is accompanied by young pups avoid contact and notify UCI Police Department immediately.


  • 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 trash outside your door.
  • Allow pets or domesticated animals to run loose at any time.


The City of Irvine has out together a website with information about coyotes. If you are interested in learning more you can visit https://legacy.cityofirvine.org/ipd/divisions/animalservices/coyote.asp.


Thank you,



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



Animal Reminders for All Residents:

As a reminder, pet dogs (residents or visitors) are NOT permitted in Verano Place.

Accommodations for service and comfort/assistance animals must be made through Disability Services(information found here http://www.dsc.uci.edu/resources/service_therapy-animals.php ). There are many reasons why a resident may have an approved service or comfort/assistance animal.

For more information regarding what an approved service animal is, please visit


For more information regarding what an approved comfort/assistance animal is, please visit http://disability.uci.edu/documents/comfort_assistance_animals_uci.pdf .

Unapproved animals are a violation of your lease. All unapproved animals will be removed from the premises.

Cleaning up after your dog is mandatory- poop must be bagged and deposited in appropriate trash receptacles.


  1. Dogs must be on leash at all times. No exceptions. Verano Place is not an appropriate venue for animals to be off-leash. If you see a dog that is off-leash during business hours, please report it to the Verano Place Housing Office at 949-824-5964. Please contact the after-hours duty line at 949-294-1812 and report any off-leash dogs to the Housing Assistant for all non-business hour sightings. Please call UCI PD if you think there is an immediate threat to safety due to a dog being off-leash.

Enrolling Now for UCI Children’s Center and Verano Preschool!

UCI Child Care Services is now enrolling for toddlers 18-36 months and preschool aged children 2 ½ to 5 at the UCI Infant Toddler Center, the UCI Children’s Center and Verano Preschool (all located in Verano Housing). The UCI Infant Toddler Center and the UCI Children’s Center are full day programs7:30-6:00, serving snack, breakfast,lunch and providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum. UCI students may qualify for subsidized child care spots, based on need and income eligibility. Verano Preschool is a half-day preschool program, 9:00-1:00, full cost only, subsidized tuition is not available at this site. Please contact the UCI Child Care Services Office at 949-824-2100 for more information.

Laura Sanbrano, MA


UCI Child Care Services



The Verano Summer Camp has limited spaces available for the remaining weeks of camp.
This fun summer program for children ages five through twelve years old is offered from the end of June through the end of August. Program Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Activities include fieldtrips, sports, arts and crafts, and swimming lessons (limited dates).  Verano and Palo Verde residents receive a reduced rate of $125.00 per week. Registration is required and enrollment is limited. Contact Betsy Franklin at 949-824-5383 or enfrankl@uci.edu for more information. (LIC 304270323)
  • Week of July 11th Highlights:  “What’s Your Story?”- Scavenger Hunt, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Crafts, Rock Climbing
  • Week of July 18th Highlights: Its a Zoo Out ThereField Trip to Prehistoric Pets, Swimming Lessons, Cooking, Crafts
  • Week of July 25th Highlights: Game Show Fun– Field Trip TBD, Swimming Lessons, Rock Climbing, Cooking and More       
  • Week of August 1st Highlights: Ride the Wave– Trip to Corona Del Mar Beach, Swimming Lessons, Wacky Tacky Day
  • Week of August 8th Highlights: Movie Mania– Create your own movie, Swimming lessons, Rock Climbing, Family Night
  • Week of August 15th Highlights: Endless Summer Fun!– Field Trip To Knotts Berry Farm, Free Swim Day, Back to School Crafts

Announcing the 2016-2017 Verano Residents’ Council Election!

Hi Verano Residents,

Do you have ideas on how to improve the community for everyone? Want more information on how to make that possible?

We will be holding two information sessions next week for all interested parties. You
will have an opportunity to meet the Election Commissioner, learn about the election
process, and ask any questions you may have regarding running for the VRC. You are eligible to run for a Council seat if you have been a Verano Place resident since at least December 13, 2015.

Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to run in the election, and ensures that the election can proceed in a fair and unbiased manner.

Information Session I: Monday, May 16 at 6:00pm in the Verano Commons.
Information Session II: Tuesday, May 17at 6:00pm in the Verano Commons.

If you are interested in running for a seat, but you cannot make either of these two information sessions, please email the Election Commissioner (contact info below) by Friday of this week, and we can discuss the possibility of making alternative arrangements.

Elections will be held via electronic voting from June 13 – June 17.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, this year’s Election Commissioner at:


Daniel Bogart

Daniel Bogart
Graduate Student
Department of Psychology and Social Behavior
University of California, Irvine