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June 2019
Flag Day Ceremony

In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Electronic Waste & Document Shredding
Street Sweeping No Parking Zones
College Student Work Experience Program
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Flag Day Ceremony
Crime Prevention
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Summer Concerts
RSM Chamber of Commerce
RSM Cares Food Pantry

E-Comments and Public Record Requests

Summer Concerts

City Manager's Message

The month of June is full of events and activities in Rancho Santa Margarita! We hope you’ll take the opportunity to recycle unwanted electronics at our free E-Waste and Document Shredding event on Saturday, June 1st. On Friday, June 14th we will once again gather for the annual Flag Day Ceremony, hosted by local scout troops and American Legion Post 862.
Rancho Family Fest returns to Central Park on June 8th and 9th hosted by the RSM Chamber of Commerce.  Please visit the City's booth and say hello to our volunteers who will have information available about the many activities and events offered throughout the summer, including our 6-week free concert series which kicks off on Sunday, July 7th

I am also pleased to announce that applications for our new Student Volunteer/Work Experience Volunteer Program are now being accepted. The program introduces college students and recent graduates to various careers in city government and the role they play in our community.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Free E-Waste and Document Shredding Event 

Saturday, June 1, 2019     
8:00 a.m. - Noon 
City Hall Parking Lot, 22112 El Paseo 
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a free electronic waste disposal service and document shredding event on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. Safely and responsibly dispose of obsolete electronic waste and prevent identity theft during this semi-annual event sponsored by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and CR&R Environmental Services. 

Take advantage of this opportunity to clean out your garage and get rid of those unneeded large items taking up valuable space! While not accepted at the e-waste event, every residential customer is entitled to [4] bulky item pick-ups free-of-charge per calendar year. Items that cannot fit in your automated carts are considered bulky items - and they must be manageable by a two-person crew. Examples of  bulky items include couches, tables, desks and dressers. A bulky item service may include a combination of large items or bags of material. Additional picks-ups may be arranged for a nominal charge. Call CR&R at (877) 728-0446 to schedule a pickup date. NEW RESIDENTS: If you are a new resident you may use your bulky item service to collect all of your paper, cardboard, and packing material.

For more information, call Public Works at (949) 635-1800.

E-Waste and Document Shredding Event

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No Parking During Street Sweeping 

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

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 were issued.

The full street sweeping schedule and maps can be found at www.cityofrsm.org/536/street-sweeping.


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College Student Work Experience/Volunteer Program

Volunteer during your summer break and join City of Rancho Santa Margarita staff for this six-week program. This non-paid volunteer program introduces college students and recent grads to City functions. Participants will pair up with a different City Department each week and receive an overview of that City function and will be assigned duties throughout the program to familiarize them with various professions in a welcoming work environment.  At the end of the program, volunteers should have a better understanding of the diverse and exciting careers that exist in city government. 

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 Student Volunteer Program. Space is limited, so apply today!

Please visit our website or contact (949) 635-1814 or email volunteer@cityofrsm.org for more information.

ZeroTrash Volunteers at the Bell Tower

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, June 1st

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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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, June 5th
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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Flag Day Ceremony

Friday, June 14th
7:45 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Dusk (7:45 p.m.)

The City's annual Flag Day event is a community tradition and features patriotic music and inspirational remarks. This year's event is on Friday, June 14th at dusk on the lawn behind City Hall. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs and any worn or damaged US Flags in need of disposal. This is an opportunity to honor the American Flag in partnership with American Legion Post 862 and many local Boy and Girl Scout units.

The ceremony is held to destroy properly – by burning – worn, damaged or otherwise unserviceable American Flags in a dignified manner in accordance with The United States Flag Code which reads: "As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America needs to be treated with the utmost respect. This respect extends to the flag's eventual retirement and destruction." Flags can be disposed of throughout the year in the flag box receptacle located in the lobby of the Bell Tower Regional Community Center to be included in the retirement ceremony.

For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

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Crime Prevention

Mounted Enforcement Unit

Join Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services and the OCSD's Mounted Enforcement Unit on Friday, June 14th at the Flag Day Ceremony. Deputies will be on hand to answer questions and meet the public. Follow OCSD RSM Police Services on social media:

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

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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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June 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: 6 mos.-1.5 yrs.
Instructor:  My Gym Staff
210252 01 T            Jun 4-Jun 25            9:30-10:20 am
Tunes & Tales
$50/ 4 Classes
Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 4 years. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute, and more. Children have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required. Ages: 2-5.5 yrs.
Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton
210913 01 W          Jun 5-Jun 26            9:45-10:40 am
Zumba with Tania
$43/ 4 Classes
$53/ 5 Classes*
Zumba Fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes, creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Appropriate for any fitness level. Try the first class of a session before you register. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Tania Villalbazo
240206 01 M          Jun 3-Jun 24            7-8 pm
240206 02*             M                Jul 1-Jul 29        7-8 pm
240206 03 M          Aug 5-Aug 26          7-8 pm
NEW! Sending Your Child to College 
$23/ 1 Class
In this class, you will learn ways to define a college saving goal that is right for you, determine today's cost and various payment options, balance retirement, and college savings and understand what goes into college savings and college spending. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Jeffrey Halbreich
240783 01 W          Jun 12         6:30-7:30 pm
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

Summer Camp registration is underway!
Check out the Summer issue of the Rancho Santa Margarita Community Living Magazine for our Summer Activities, Camps, and Classes!

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Family Fest

Saturday, June 8th
Sunday, June 9th

Central Park

Rancho Family Fest is a fun-filled weekend for the entire family featuring live music and entertainment, a kids’ fun zone, beer & wine garden, a variety of food booths, local business vendors* and performances by local school groups and organizations. This much-anticipated community event is brought to you by the RSM Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation (SAMLARC), and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita - it's a great way to kick-off the summer!

Pre-sale "Skip the Line" tickets can be purchased here. Please visit the RSM Chamber of Commerce website for more information or call (949) 667-3776.

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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Crowd enjoying Rancho Family Fest

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RSM Cares Food Pantry

Wednesday, June 5th
Wednesday, June 19th
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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Summer Concerts 

Sundays, July 7th - August 11th 
6 - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Park 

30842 La Miranda

Join us for six consecutive Sunday evenings of live music, food vendors, a beer and wine garden with the sunset as your backdrop. Pack a picnic dinner and join neighbors, family and friends for a summer tradition in Rancho Santa Margarita. 

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700. Click here for band details.

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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