By Ann Frances –
Farrah Khan was sworn in as mayor of Irvine this afternoon in a near-empty council chamber in Irvine City Hall. Due to the pandemic, the swearing-in ceremony for Khan and three council members was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube, as well as on the city’s own website. Some 60 viewers tuned in on Facebook, with another 25 watching on YouTube as the ceremony commenced at approximately 2:20 p.m.
The ceremony began with an invocation by Pastor Sarah Halverson-Cano of Irvine United Congregational Church. Also included in the invocation was Rabbi Richard Steinberg of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’a lot. Sheikh Atef Magoub, religious director of the Islamic Center of Irvine and Pastor Jorge Molina of Mariner’s Church also appeared.
Former Mayor Sukhee Kang (2008 – 20012) swore in Khan as mayor. Afterward she invited the other newly sworn-in council members to speak. Larry Agran led the comments virtually, followed by Michael Carroll and Tammy Kim. Anthony Kuo also offered his comments.
In a brief statement Mayor Khan thanked her family and friends for their support and then expressed her desire to work together in unity with her fellow council members. Khan also announced plans to form a COVID-19 task force. It will be comprised of locally based health officials that will advise and guide the city council as the pandemic evolves.
In addition, the council’s 50-50 initiative was announced. The city of Irvine will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
The ceremony ended at 3 p.m. The new council will reconvene at 4 p.m. for a regular city council meeting which can be viewed at ICTV, at cityofirvine.org/ictv. On the agenda, a COVID-19 update for the city and the selection of a vice mayor.