Can it happen here? YES. Report domestic violence.

As many people that live in Verano have discovered, living in a close community like graduate housing means that you can often hear the many comings and goings and day to day sounds of your neighbors. While much of this can be chalked up to normal community living sounds, there are some things that should not be ignored if heard or seen. Among these include the very real possibility of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can come in many forms, from the telltale sound of shouting, to items being thrown, or physical violence. If you hear ANYTHING that could be considered domestic violence, it’s important to report it. Don’t wait for it to stop, don’t wait for it to happen again; if you hear or see something, say something. If you are unsure, it’s always better to be safe and report it than wish that you had later.

So what can you do? If you think domestic violence is occurring, call 911. Provide them with as much information as possible, including but not limited to:

The location of the incident
What you hear or see
If you believe there are injuries (for EMS response)
If it’s in a car or involving vehicles, report the license plate number
Any description of people you can see are involved
If you see or hear things and are concerned, make sure to document the situation. This does not require that you intervene directly, but your information and/or reporting could save lives.

For more information about domestic violence, see what UCI CARE has to offer:

VRC Special Election Results

Dear Verano Residents,


The results of the Verano Residents’ Council Elections are in…Congratulations to Emily Knutson and Maryam Asghari, who have been elected to serve as VRC members for the 2016-17 year.  The VRC now has all five elected representatives. Thank you to everyone who voted, and a special thanks to Jennifer Martinez for assisting with the process.


It has been a pleasure to serve as the election commissioner this year.


Connor Strobel

VRC Special Election Voting is Underway!

Voting for the Special Election to elect 2 of your 2016-2017 VRC representatives has begun and will continue until 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 23. Please make sure to vote and let your voice be heard for which candidates you would like to represent you moving forward!


Voting in the election is open to all Verano Place residents over the age of 18. All residents who have provided email addresses to the Verano Place Housing Office have been added to the Ballot Bin. You should have received an email from Ballot Bin with your election code.


If you did not receive an email from Ballot Bin with your election code first check your junk email to see if your email server accidentally classified it as spam. If it is not in the junk email then you can email Jennifer Nelson Martinez at We will research the situation and get back to you within 1 business day.


If you have any questions, you may direct them to the Election Commissioner, Conner Strobel, at You may also contact Jennifer Martinez at

Upcoming VRC Community Meeting

Hello Verano Community!


Please join us Thursday, November 17th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Verano Commons for our monthly VRC Community Meeting.


Come with you concerns, questions, comments and suggestions to share with your VRC representatives. Let us know what you want to see from your VRC this year and ways we can work together to improve your living experience in Verano Place.


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:



Your friendly, neighborhood VRC representatives

VRC Special Election

A message from your election commissioner:


Hi Verano Residents,

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

 Announcing the 2016-2017 Verano Residents’ Council Election! 

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 April 2, 2016.

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: Wednesday November 2 at 6:00pm in the Verano Commons.

Information Session II: Thursday, November 3at 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 November 17 – November 24.

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

Connor Strobel


Trick-or-Treat in Verano!

Will you have a Trick or Treat Friendly Home on Halloween? If you are planning on passing out candy or treats, please register for our annual Trick or Treat Map.

This map will be posted to the BLOG on Halloween so fellow residents can know where to go for Halloween fun!


To register please go to:


For more information please contact: Betsy Franklin at

Coyote Sightings in Verano Place

The Verano Place Housing Office has been alerted that there have several coyote sightings in Verano Place over the past couple of days. The coyotes have been reported near apartment buildings and approaching porches to eat pet food. 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 email 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.

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 interesed in learning more you can visit


Jennifer Nelson Martinez
Associate Director of Apartment Life
Verano Place Housing
University Of California, Irvine
6529 Adobe Circle Road, South
Irvine, CA 92617