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Community Services "Try It Before You Buy It" Spring Promotion

Spring class registration is underway; check out the latest issue of our  Community Living Magazine to try your first class FREE! Click here for a complete listing of eligible classes, which range from Princess Ballet, Karate, digital publishing, and fitness classes including yoga and Zumba.

The Summer Camp Preview Guide, with over 35 camps for youth of all ages is also included in the spring issue.  For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700, "Like" us on  Facebook, or click here for convenient on-line registration.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s Community Services Department is dedicated to providing quality recreation and leisure activities for children, youth, adults and seniors, offering opportunities for recreational and social participation, skill development, and personal enrichment by offering a wide variety of recreation activities and classes. We invite you to come by, bring a friend, and try something NEW at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center!

Housing and Community Needs Survey

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is preparing a five-year strategic plan that will permit the City to continue to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CDBG funds may be used for a variety of activities that primarily serve city residents in need.

Residents, business owners and other interested individuals are invited to take part in the preparation of the Consolidated Plan by providing opinions via a "Housing and Community Needs Survey."  The survey can be completed online or downloaded. Copies of the survey are also available at City Hall, 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688, or upon request. Survey responses will be accepted through March 6, 2015.

Alicia, Santa Margarita Parkway "T" Beautification Planned

The Santa Margarita Parkway and Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project is slated to begin construction in late spring/early summer.  Designed to enhance the scenic corridor that serves as a main entry point into the city, the project will include extensive landscaping and a signature monument featuring thematic elements which complement and reflect the existing character and aesthetic beauty found throughout Rancho Santa Margarita.  Click here to view a detailed and  larger version of the artist rendering.

Coyote Awareness

Coyote sightings have recently become more frequent, as "Urban Coyotes" live and thrive throughout Orange County. While Rancho Santa Margaita is in close proximity to large open space and rural areas, providing an ideal environment for coyotes to inhabit, many of the coyotes seen in our residential neighborhoods are the offspring of generations of coyotes who have adapted to city living.

Though these animals are far from domesticated, they are very comfortable living in close proximity to human beings. They have little fear of people and are frequently seen within a few feet of joggers and walkers. Coyotes are most active at night and during the early morning and late evening hours. However, young coyotes tend to be more active during daylight hours than adults.

While not normally a danger to human beings, coyotes will display defensive behaviors if threatened or cornered. Coyotes in California typically breed during the months of January through April, and can be very aggressive when their young are threatened. Domestic dogs are especially vulnerable to an attack during this time. 

A dog or cat left in a backyard can be snatched in a matter of moments. It is not unusual for a coyote to “stalk” a residence for several days observing the routine of their prey before attacking. 

Even a fully fenced yard will not keep out a hungry, athletic coyote. These animals are extremely agile and can easily scale any residential fence. All children should be taught from a very early age to avoid strange animals, whether domestic or non-domestic. When older children are walking through trails or parks, they should be instructed on coyote safety.

Click here for more information to protect your family and your property from coyotes.

Bright Lights, Safe City! Report Malfunctioning or Damaged Streetlights

Streetlights provide greater visibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement officials and are an essential component of ensuring public safety, especially as we move in to the winter months of early sunset and limited visibility in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Southern California Edison (SCE) owns and maintains most of the street lights in Rancho Santa Margarita. Any requests for repairs and/or maintenance of street lighting (such as an outage) should be directed to SCE to expedite the repair. The link below will direct you to SCE's online request form and will also allow you to track the status of your request. You may also contact SCE directly at 800.611.1911.

Click here to submit an online SCE Street Light Outage form. For additional questions, feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 949.635.1800.


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