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FBI says Irvine is the Safest City in America for the 5th Year in a Row

HT to our friends at OC Weekly for the link.

Irvine, sometimes known as “the bubble” to sdo many of my neighbors, has been again named the safest big city in America by the FBI.  It’s the fifth straight year the city has earned this designation, and as a homeowner and a parent, it’s something that helps me sleep a little better at night.

We’ve had strong progressive leadership in the city for since 2001 and our city leaders have fostered an environment that combines effective planning, strong local schools, solid reaction activities, strong neighborhood HOAs, and a well-trained and caring law enforcement professionals that keep things like meth labs out of the city.  City staff is pretty good too, and truly put to rest the notion of the inefficient government worker.

From the story:

“The data, which was released Monday by the FBI, showed that Irvine was the nation’s safest “large” city — one with more than 100,000 people, Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang said in a statement.

The figures were based on “violent crime per capita,” Kang said.

Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

In 2008, violent crime in Irvine declined by 10 percent, compared to the previous year, Kang said, the first Korean American to serve as mayor of a large U.S. city. “A safe community ranks at the top of the city’s priority list,” Kang said. “There is nothing more important than preserving the safety and security of our community.”