Friday, September 11
RSM Civic Center Flagpoles
The City of Rancho Santa Margarita invites the community to join together for a Patriot Day commemoration on Friday, September 11, 2015. This sunset ceremony will honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11, and pay tribute to those who rose to service in response to the tragedy.
We hope you'll join us on this day of remembrance to celebrate our freedom in a spirit of unity and national pride.
For more information, or to contribute to the ceremony, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.
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.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is pleased to announce their utilization of Nextdoor.com to share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. Nextdoor is a free, private social network monitored by law enforcement, and is being used by thousands of neighborhoods to quickly get the word out about law enforcement activity, crime alerts, neighborhood watch meetings, and up-to-the-minute crime and safety information. Nextdoor's mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will host a seven week Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA), which will prepare participants to care for themselves, family, pets and neighbors in the event of a disaster. The course is free and open to adult residents of RSM; teenagers my attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Thank you to motorists and pedestrians for your patience during the monument construction!
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.
Rancho Santa Margarita is recognized annually as one of the safest cities in the State of California and throughout the nation. FBI crime statistics assure us that we live in a secure and safe environment. Criminals might look at a community such as RSM and hope to capitalize on us "letting our guard down." By working together and taking simple steps toward increased crime prevention efforts, we can send a strong message that RSM is vigilant in maintaining the safety and security of our neighborhoods.
Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies serving Rancho Santa Margarita report an increase in the number of thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout the city over the past several weeks. The vast majority of these thefts are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. Nobody wants to be a victim of crime, but if you leave your purse, computer, tools or other valuable items in your auto, you’re increasing the risk that you will become a theft-from-vehicle victim. The message- if thieves can see it, they will steal it.
The HERO Financing Program, which is the largest energy efficient financing program in the nation, is now available to homeowners in RSM. The HERO Program is a local government approved program which empowers homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient by providing low cost, tax deductible financing for a wide range of home improvement projects.
More than 150,000 products for energy and water efficient improvements are available to property owners through the HERO Program. Among the most popular upgrade projects are whole-home heating and cooling (HVAC), solar power panel installations, energy-saving windows, roofing and insulation. Property owners may be eligible to borrow up to 15% of the property value and repay the loan over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years through an assessment on their property tax bill. The HERO Program differs from traditional consumer financing; approvals are based on a homeowner’s equity rather than household income or FICO scores.
Are you concerned about graffiti?
The Public Works Department can assist with removal. Please report graffiti to the City's Graffiti Hotline at (949) 635-1825.
AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City in which you live or work may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices.
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