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Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, many cities are hosting their spooky celebrations over the weekend. There are also a few good theater options and one last chance to see a concert at Irvine Meadows. Here are our picks for this weekend.


GWEN STEFANI AT IRVINE MEADOWS: With special guests Young The Giant and Save Ferris. Stefani’s third solo album “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” was released in March and became her first solo number-one album on the Billboard 200. She has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist she has received several accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award and two Billboard Music Awards. 7:30 p.m. at Irvine Meadows, 8808 Irvine Center Drive. Tickets start at $15. Information: (Read more about Young The Giant and Gwen Stefani here.)

via 20 things to do this weekend in Orange County (Oct. 28-30)

anielle Varon says she pays $1,745 a month to live in a studio apartment in Irvine.

But privacy comes with a price. She is one of a growing number of millennials whose rent is going up much faster than her income.

Varon says at least 50 percent of her income goes to her rent.

Real estate agent Sam Orozco says many of his friends are forced to live with roommates or move outside Orange County.

“If you’re a millennial you’re looking at a minimum-wage job, it’s nearly impossible to get by and live, let alone eat and survive,” Orozco says.

According to Real Answers, the average studio in Orange County is $1,500, up 6.7 percent in just the last year.

1 bed 1 bath $1700, up 4.9%
2 bed 2 bath $2200, up 6.0%
3 bed 3 bath $3000, up 6.4%

“You have a lot of investors that want to buy these houses to rent because rentals are so hot commodity,” Orozco says.

via Rent In Southern California Skyrockets, Especially In Orange County

On Wednesday, Orange County received approval for a $23.5 million pilot project to deliver a more holistic and individualized approach to homelessness. Under the five-year Whole Person Care pilot program, Orange County will move homeless patients out of emergency rooms and into recuperative care and supportive services. Orange County will put up a portion of the funding with the federal government matching local dollars.

“Every person’s situation is unique. For some, it’s serious mental illness. Other people may struggle with substance abuse,” said Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, who has led the county’s comprehensive response to homelessness. “Our goal with this pilot program is to deliver personalized solutions that keep people off the street and out of the ER.”

via Orange County approved for $23 million homeless pilot project

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