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May 2019
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Street Sweeping No Parking Zones
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
Crime Prevention
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
RSM Chamber of Commerce
Meet the Mayor and City Council
RSM Cares Food Pantry

E-Comments and Public Record Requests

SMWD Water Festival

City Manager's Message

The City’s partnership with the RSM Chamber of Commerce provides opportunities throughout the year for residents and businesses to get involved in community events. Plans are underway for Rancho Family Fest – a two-day family music festival featuring live bands and family-friendly activities on the lawn of the Bell Tower Regional Community Center on June 8th and 9th. In the meantime, another RSM tradition continues with the Meet the Mayor event on Thursday, May 16th. The evening is an informal gathering and is free and open to the public thanks to the generous event sponsors. I have it on good authority that the namesake of one of our main streets in town might be in attendance. I hope you'll join us on May 16th as well.


Jennifer Cervantez

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No Parking During Street Sweeping 

To keep the City streets clean and increase the effectiveness of street sweeping operations, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is implementing NO PARKING DURING STREET SWEEPING restrictions in fourteen (14) target areas throughout the City.

No parking during street sweeping restrictions 
applies ONLY on streets with fixed signage indicating the days and times parking is restricted. Parking Restrictions went into effect in  April, with a 60-day grace period during which warnings will be issued.
A full schedule and maps can be found at www.cityofrsm.org/536/street-sweeping.

Parking citations with a $50 fine will be issued beginning on Monday, June 17, 2019.

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Animal Services - Animal Control Officers provide door-to-door licensing information

Mission Viejo Animal Services (MVAS) staff conduct canvassing throughout the year to ensure that dogs over four months old are licensed and have a current rabies vaccination.

Door to door licensing (canvassing) is responsible for ensuring that dogs over four months old are licensed and have a current rabies vaccination. This applies to all dogs living in the jurisdiction of Mission Viejo Animal Services (MVAS), Rancho Santa Margarita's animal services provider since January 1, 2017. 

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center officers provide personal door-to-door service by:

  • Canvassing contract cities throughout the year.
  • Issuing dog licenses and updating licensing records.
  • Providing general information about the services provided by Mission Viejo Animal Services Center. 
  • Providing information to the public about the benefits of licensing their pets, state and local mandates, and how pet licensing is a form of identification that helps reunite pets with their families.  

Your pet's license is proof of its valid rabies vaccination, as well as its best chance to get safely home if it is lost.

Call (949) 470-3045 or email petlicensing@cityofmissionviejo.org for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, May 1st
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Cats only)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Dogs & Cats)

INFO: (714) 993-9193


The Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and, if time allows, nail trims for dogs and cats at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center on the first Wednesday of each month. Please visit their website or click here to view a detailed flyer for more information. Cash or credit card ($3 additional processing fee per pet) only; checks are not accepted. Those who have a cat or have pre-paid for vaccines do not need to wait in line and may proceed directly to the cashier table. All others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of those who are physically unable to stand in line).

Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DHP/DHPP - $22.00
Bordetella - $17.00
Lyme - $24.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
Rabies - (killed virus) Purevax - $22.00 (1 yr) $49.00 (3 yr)
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $22.00
FELV - $24.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

Important Rabies Information
Please bring a prior Rabies Certificate and other vaccination records with you. A 3-year Rabies Certificate can only be issued if you provide a prior Rabies Certificate. Otherwise, you will receive a 1-year Rabies Certificate.

"HEART" (aka "SCVVC") is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving lives and improving pet and wild animal health, safety, and welfare.
Prices are subject to change; clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, May 4th

ZeroTrash Rancho Santa Margarita is a volunteer group that meets on the "Zero T First Saturday" of each month to rally together to rid the community of litter. All are welcome; parents, children, students, friends, neighbors  – anyone interested in keeping RSM clean! 

Volunteers meet in front of Cinepolis/Panera at 10:00 a.m. and fan out from there. ZeroTrash provides the pickers and bags; volunteers are asked to closely supervise young children at all times, stay on trails and to keep a look out for snakes!  Return pickers and trash at noon behind the Bell Tower Community Center and obtain sign-offs for certification of community service hours or badge requirements.

Follow ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

*ZeroTrash will cancel in the event of rain.

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Crime Prevention

RSM’s own Deputy Brenden Billinger was recognized last month with two awards for his exemplary service. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) presented him with the Deuce Award for making 35 DUI arrests in 2018. He received a Lifesaving Award at OCSD's Medal of Valor luncheon. Deputy Billinger currently holds the title of 2018 Deputy of the Year for his performance here in Rancho Santa Margarita. 

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm

Register for AlertOC to ensure you receive official emergency notifications and alerts. This is the platform used by emergency personnel to notify residents of evacuation orders and other emergency information.


Orange County Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency (949) 770-6011
Emergency 911

Deputy Billinger
2018 Rancho Santa Margarita Deputy of the Year 

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Senior Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The mission of Age Well Senior Services is to promote and improve the quality of life and independence of the senior community.


Visit the Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or call (949) 709-7592.

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May Recreation Highlights

My Gym Parent & Me
$48/ 4 Classes
This fun-filled, interactive program leads parents and their little ones through a variety of songs, dances, beginning stretches and exercises, beginning tumbling as well as fun rides, games, and puppet shows! Ages: .5-1.5 yrs.
Instructor:  My Gym Staff
110252 03             T                 May 7 - May 28     9:30 - 10:20 am
Little Ninjas
$43/ 4 Classes
This class will cover basic development of skills, structure, and coordination of a Karate class. Ages: 4-5 yrs.
Instructor:  Robert McDonough
110235 03             T                 May 7 - May 28         4 - 4:30 pm
$98/ per month
Youth Beginning Karate: 4:30-5:15 pm
This class will cover basic blocking and self-defense.  Class is conducted traditionally with an emphasis on protocol and etiquette. Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Youth Advanced Karate: 5:15-6 pm
This class will go more in-depth in the study of Karate and will include traditional Karate as well as preparation for National and International competition for the students who want to compete.  Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.  Ages: 8-12 yrs.
Adult Karate: 6-7 pm
This class will cover all aspects of Karate; the lecture portion of the class is designed for individuals ages 13 yrs. & up. Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough. Ages: 6 +
Instructor:  Robert McDonough
120202 03             T,Th            May 7 - May 30    
Swing Dance Jitterbug
$83/ 4 Classes
Jitterbug has a basic 6-count pattern with many figures to do with a partner.  Three foundation footwork patterns will be taught (single step, kicks & triple step), perfect for a beginner. Ages: 18 yrs. & up. No Class: 5/27
Instructor:  Retro Rhythm
140406 03             M                May 6 - Jun 3         7 - 8 pm
Swing Dance Lindy Hop
$83/ 4 Classes
Lindy Hop has a basic 8-count pattern with many figures to do with a partner.  The basic footwork, Swingout, Lindy Turn, and Lindy Circle will be taught, followed by many variations and styling options. No partner required. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  No Class: 5/27
Instructor:  Retro Rhythm
140421 03             M                May 6 - Jun 3        8 - 9 pm

Click here to access the City's online registration system.

Summer Camp registration is underway!
Check out the Spring issue of the Rancho Santa Margarita Community Living Magazine for our Summer Camp Preview!

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Membership Benefits

The RSM Chamber of Commerce' mission is to promote and enhance the business community of Rancho Santa Margarita by assisting members through Joining, Connecting, and Growing a vibrant local economy.

For more information, visit rsmchamber.org or call (949) 667-3776.

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RSM Cares Food Pantry

Wednesday, May 1st
Wednesday, May 15th
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church
30605 Avenida de Las Flores

The RSM Cares Food Pantry is supported solely by donations from generous private donors, local churches and businesses. There are no minimum or financial qualifications required. Stop by between 2 - 5:00 p.m. and get a box for you, your family or for a neighbor in need. 

Visit the RSM Cares website for more information on how to donate or to learn about  volunteer opportunities.

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Connect with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, and cancellations occur occasionally due to holidays. There are several options to comment and participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings:

  • Written material may be submitted in hard copy to the City Clerk, who will copy it and provide the statement to the Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be submitted via the City's website The eComment will be emailed directly to the City Clerk. eComments are accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  • Comments may be submitted by e-mail message to the City Clerk who will provide them to the City Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be delivered orally at a meeting. There is a three-minute time limit per speaker. 
  • A statement can be submitted by proxy on a resident’s behalf at a meeting by reading it aloud. The three-minute time limit applies.  

For more information, please contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806.

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SMWD Water Festival 

Saturday, May 4th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

26111 Antonio Parkway

Join Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Ricky the Raindrop, and the Santa Margarita Water District on Saturday, May 4 for the annual Water Festival.
The Santa Margarita Water District will offer family fun like bounce houses, reptiles, glitter tattoos, and fire truck rides, along with garden and leak detection experts, and the opportunity to walk through a 5 ½ foot water pipeline.  Barbequed hot dogs, refreshing water and snow cones will be offered. Have your picture taken with special guests, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Ricki the Raindrop! And don’t forget to pick-up a special water saber and lunch bag giveaways. 

Lastly, tour the construction of Orange County’s largest recycled water reservoir. The Trampas Canyon Reservoir will hold 1.6-billion-gallons of water and allow the Santa Margarita Water District to recycle 100% of its wastewater. 

Learn more about the event at  smwd.com.


Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

Jerry Holloway, Mayor

Brad McGirr, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Anne Figueroa, Council Member

Carol Gamble, Council Member

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