Nine out of 10 say life is good in Irvine
Results of annual survey put Irvine in top 5 percent of city services
By SONYA SMITH
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
IRVINE – Life is good here.
Once again, that's the reaction of residents in the city's annual satisfaction survey. Sixty-one percent of the respondents said life in Irvine is "excellent," 36 percent said "good," 3 percent said "fair" and less than 1 percent said "poor."
True North Research, which prepared the report, said the results again put Irvine in the top 5 percent of cities in terms of service performance. But the authors suggested that the city focus on managing traffic congestion, growth and housing affordability.
Other interesting results:
• Growth: Fifty-two percent of respondents said the city has been growing too fast in the past five years, 39 percent said the pace is OK, and 1 percent said it has been too slow.
• Emergency preparedness: Last year about half of the respondents said they were prepared for a disaster. This year 62 percent felt adequately prepared for a disaster.
• Transit: Forty-three percent of those asked said that someone from their households would regularly use a transit system linking the Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine train station and Great Park.
• Priorities:Residents' ranking for six city projects are: completing street-construction projects quickly; coordinating traffic signals; creating pedestrian-friendly signals; expanding recreational programs; building a city library; and providing free wireless Internet service.
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