Irvine is a special place to live, where families of diverse backgrounds work hard to provide the best opportunities for their children, and neighbors look out for one another. We are a City that values innovation and creativity, and in many ways, we are the envy of Orange County.
I’m running for City Council to bring a new voice and commonsense leadership to City Hall, and restore civility to local government. As your Councilmember, I will work to maintain public safety, promote responsible development, build stronger partnerships with our neighborhood schools, responsibly manage our City’s budget, and celebrate the diversity of cultures that exist within our unique villages.
I encourage you to learn more about my campaign, and I would be honored to earn your support.
Shiva Farivar is a mother, community leader, and longtime Irvine resident, who is running for City Council to protect our quality of life and move our City forward.
Shiva served on Irvine’s Community Services Commission for seven and a half years, and she chaired the commission for five years. In this role, she oversaw all aspects of the City’s Parks and Recreational Programs. She also chaired the Advisory Committee of Irvine’s Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families. Her long history of community involvement includes serving on numerous school site councils, working as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Irvine, and directing the Persian New Year Festival in Irvine for three years. In 2014 she was presented with the “Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award” by the Irvine Prevention Coalition.
Shiva was born in Tehran, but spent much of her childhood in Germany. In 1978, after graduating from the German High School in Tehran, she moved to California to pursue her higher education. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and German Literature from the UC San Diego, and her Master’s Degree in German Literature from UC Irvine. After ten years as a Banker in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Shiva and her family moved to Irvine in 1994, and she decided to stay home and raise her children. Being a strong education advocate, she started volunteering at her children’s schools and served on different School Site Councils. She and her husband, Firouz, have lived in Irvine for over 22 years.
Shiva also became involved in various political causes and campaigns. Her interest in local government became noticed, and in 2006, she became the Executive Assistant to Mayor Beth Krom, serving as her liaison to cultural, educational and non-profit organizations.
– Adhere to Irvine’s Master Plan and ensure high standards for all new developments.
– Create short- and long-term strategies to reduce traffic.
– Increase the police department’s officer-to-resident ratio to 1.0 per 1,000 residents (from .84).
– Develop the Cultural Terrace at the Great Park and bring the Pacific Symphony to Irvine.
– Build a Veteran’s Cemetery at the Great Park.
– Address mental health and substance abuse issues, especially among our youth.
– Celebrate cultural diversity by expanding local festivities throughout the year.
– Collaborate with the Irvine Unified School District to address redistricting issues.
– Create an “Arts in Public Spaces” program.