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Fireworks Prohibited in Rancho Santa Margarita

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) wants to remind everyone that the sale, discharge or possession of all types of fireworks is illegal in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.  The OCFA recommends that residents enjoy a Fourth of July celebration with friends and family at a professional fireworks show. Many communities provide additional amenities, including barbecues, concerts and children’s activities along with a large fireworks show. Click here to view a listing of local fireworks displays.

For a more information, call the OCFA fireworks information line at (714) 573-6225.

To report the illegal use, possession, manufacturing or sale of any fireworks call (714) 538-3501.

Street Dedication Ceremony to be Held In Honor of City's Master Planner

Sunday, July 12, Central Park
5:30 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, July 12 as we officially dedicate Richard Reese Way in honor of the City's master planner, Richard Reese. The 2,400-foot thoroughfare, formerly named El Portal, runs alongside Central Park, the Civic Center complex, the library and the city center between La Promesa and Avenida De Las Flores.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at Central Park, immediately preceding the first summer concert.

"He's truly the heart and soul of this community ... a gem of a human being," said Mayor Brad McGirr, when describing Mr. Reese. "He's the man responsible for the city we have here today. We live in an urban village surrounded by wilderness. This city was planned in a very specific manner. I can't think of anything else I've done since I've been mayor that means more to me."

Mayor McGirr stressed the deliberate choice of "Way" in the street-naming process; "There is meaning behind it; we want everyone to know that this City we are so proud of today is because of Richard Reese and his vision - we are doing it the Richard Reese Way."

City Hall Closed in Observance of Independence Day
City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4. City offices will reopen on Monday, July 6th.
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Looking for information about the City's many programs and services? Check out RSM on YouTube for a variety of informational videos that feature our fair City. The most recent upload is a segment on the ZeroTrash RSM initiative, produced by Cox Communications as a part of their Civic Connection series.  Click here to become a subscriber.

Summer Concerts in the Park
Summer Concert Series 
Sundays, July 12 through August 9
6 - 8:00 p.m.
Central Park

Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends to Central Park, located at the Civic Plaza, and become a part of the musical tradition of Rancho Santa Margarita as the Summer Concert Series returns.  These concerts offer an opportunity for residents to gather together with friends and neighbors to experience beautiful summer evenings here in Rancho Santa Margarita with live music and dancing while enjoying the outdoors. Bring a picnic dinner, or choose from a variety of food vendors to enjoy a relaxing al fresco dinner on the lawn.

Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project Underway

Construction has begun at the three-way intersection of Santa Margarita Parkway and Alicia Parkway, where Horizons Construction Company International will build a 140-foot long monument sign. The Gateway Improvements Project is part of a seven-year Capital Improvement Program that was originally given the go-ahead last summer by the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council.

The northbound lane closest to the sidewalk on Santa Margarita Parkway, as well as the bike lane, will be compromised from May to July during monument construction. It will be closed, as needed, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays only.

Governor Issues Water Restrictions – What You Can Do to Save Water

California Governor Jerry Brown, on April 1, 2015, ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, stating the state’s four-year drought has now reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.

Executive Order B-29-15, places significant restrictions on water usage and set water use reductions goals. As a result of the Governor’s order, City staff have been receiving inquiries about requirements associated with alternative landscaping such as the installation of artificial turf and xeriscaping.

Nominate an Individual or Business for City Council Recognition

Outstanding Volunteer Awards
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary celebration, the City will honor residents and not-for-profit organizations for their good deeds or community service with a special award from the City Council.
Nomination forms are available at here and are accepted at City Hall or electronically through October 30, 2015.

Outstanding Business Award
A RSM Business of the Year will be selected to be honored by the City Council in recognition of 15 years as a business friendly community; nomination forms are available at here and are accepted at City Hall or electronically through October 30, 2015.


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