RSM Seal with mountains
March 2016
Safe City Seal

In this issue:

City Manager's Message
Low-Cost Pet Vaccinations
ZeroTrash RSM
Mobile Pet Sterilization Clinic
Senior Day 2016
RSM Chamber of Commerce News
Cybersecurity & Identity Protection
March Recreation Highlights
Crime Prevention - 18 Things a Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know

City Manager's Message

I am pleased to report that the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has been ranked once again as one of the safest cities in the United States according to Neighborhood Scout! Neighborhood Scout provides research data about cities and school districts, and each year they compile a list of the Safest 100 Cities in the United States. We have an excellent record in this competition; (7th safest in 2012, 10th safest in 2013, 5th safest in 2014, and 6th safest in 2015).

I am delighted to announce that we have advanced to 3rd place on the 2016 list! RSM is now ranked the third safest city in the United States with a population over 25,000. You can visit their website for more information at The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Lieutenant Kennedy, Chief of Police Services and I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks to all of you for your help and support in keeping Rancho Santa Margarita safe. 


Jennifer M. Cervantez


Dog and cat

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, March 2nd

Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

1st Wednesday of each month
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Cats only)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Dogs & Cats)
INFO: (714) 993-9193 
Bring your cat or dog for their life-saving vaccinations provided by the Society for California Veterinary & Vaccine Care (SCVVC)'s low-cost clinic. OC Animal Care will provide pet licensing services, including AVID micro identification chips (price includes registration and continuous, 24/7 lifetime monitoring).
Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.
Important Rabies Information
If you have a prior rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DAP/DHPP - $19.00
Bordetella - $14.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $18.00
FELV - $21.00
Purevax - $20.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Prices are subject to change. Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.


ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, March 5th
10:00 a.m. - noon

ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets of trash, reducing waste, supporting local business, supporting the Bell Tower Foundation and taking personal responsibility for the environment. ZeroTrash RSM meets the first Saturday of each month in the courtyard across from City Hall to beautify the community from 10:00 am to noon.
For more information, or to register as a volunteer, please visit The Bell Tower Foundation's website at Individuals and groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information on Chip McDermott's ZeroTrash movement, visit

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Kitten and puppy with spay sign

Mobile Pet Care Services Offered

Spay/Neuter Clinic
Friday, March 11

Bell Tower Regional Community Center

22232 El Paseo

The Society for California Veterinary & Vaccine Care (SCVVC) will be offering Spay/Neuter Clinics one Friday per month in Rancho Santa Margarita.  The next scheduled clinic will take place on Friday, March 11th. Procedures will be performed in their mobile surgical center, conveniently located in the parking lot of the Bell Tower Community Center.  Appointments are available for dogs, cats, and rabbits by contacting SCVVC at (714) 993-9193 or
Visit the SCVVC website at for fee information, appointment scheduling and other important details. 
The City would like to thank the SCVVC for providing this important and life-saving service to the pets of Rancho Santa Margarita and their people!  

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RSM Chamber of Commerce to host Regional Elected Officials Mixer

Friday, March 11
Park Terrace
21952 Buena Suerte
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a buffet style dinner and the opportunity to mix and mingle with local elected officials at this annual event hosted by the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce.

Reservations are required; click here for event details and registration information.

March Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots
$176/ 8 Classes

Come experience a fun way of preparing your child for kindergarten.  Using hands-on interactive learning using art, science, cooking, music and much more, your child will learn their numbers, letters, shapes, learn to write their name as well as develop social skills of patience, listening, cooperation and sharing. No parent participation needed. Children must be fully potty trained. Ages: 3-5 yrs.
What to bring:  Healthy snack and lunch.
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
110761 04       T,Th          Mar 1 - Mar 24      9 am - 1 pm

The Little Red Hen
$134/ 8 Classes
Have fun being in a darling musical production of the classic tale The Little Red Hen! Children will be coached by professionals in performing arts while rehearsing for this darling musical. Participants will be taught improvisational skills, creating a story on stage as well as other music, movement and drama exercises. Ages: 3-6 yrs.
Instructor:  Creative Kid Playhouse
110321 01       T                Apr 5 - May 24     9:30 - 10:15 am

Spanish for Immersion Time for Preschoolers
$58/ 4 Classes
This class is designed to provide a Spanish immersion experience for young children and incorporates dance, music, art, games, crafts and story time to provide a fun educational experience in Spanish. Ages: 3-7 yrs.  No Class: 4/5
Instructor:  Ursula Rubina
110767 01       T                Mar 1 - Mar 22      1 - 2 pm
110767 02       T                Mar 29 - Apr 26     1 - 2 pm
$66/  6 Classes
This class is suitable for beginning to intermediate students and great for cheerleaders!  Learn quality tumbling skills with hands-on personalized instruction you won't get in a big gym at a fraction of the cost.  You will see a difference in just six weeks.  A mini competition and class participation recognition will be held at the end of the session.  Ages: 5.5-11.5 yrs. 
Instructor:  Marie Corbett
120201 05       Sat              Mar 12 - Apr 16    8:30 - 9:30 am
120201 06       Sat              Mar 12 - Apr 16    9:35 - 10:35 am
Scratch Computer Programming
$123/  8 Classes
Students will learn fundamental programming concepts using a visual programming language developed at MIT.  Students will create their own games, animations, and various interactive projects using block-like puzzle pieces.  Computation and math concepts such as sequences, loops, conditionals, variables, operators, x/y axis, coordinates, testing and debugging are covered.  Educational fun while learning more about computers. Ages: 7-12 yrs.  No Class: 3/29
Instructor:  Savoy Academy
120764 01       T                Mar 8-May 3     3:30 - 4:30 pm

Talent Agent Showcase for Actors
$179/  8 Classes
$216/  8 Classes*    
This class moves at a fast pace and students must memorize a commercial, two person scene, monologue and runway modeling routine to perform LIVE to a panel of LA based talent agents for possible representation.  Students are required to have prior film acting training and/or experience.  All scripts provided by the instructor.  Showcase will be held on Saturday, May 21.  No Class: 3/31 & 4/7
Instructor:  Anthony Kiminas
Ages: 6-9 yrs.
120821 01       Th              Mar 17 - May 19   5 - 6:15 pm
Ages: 10-17 yrs.*
120821 02       Th              Mar 17 - May 19   6:30 - 8 pm
Web Development Coding using HTML
$135/  8 Classes
Students will learn the fundamentals of website building by coding in the industry standard languages of Hypertext Markup Language and Cascading Style Sheets. When finished, students will have an understanding of the language of the internet while using their creativity to design their own sites. Ages: 9-17 yrs.   No Class: 3/31
Instructor:  Savoy Academy
120767 01       Th              Mar 10 - May 5   4:45 - 5:45 pm

Learn to Sew for Adults
$148/  3 Classes

Learn sewing basics, fabric selection, how to follow a pattern, and complete amazing projects in class.  No prior experience is needed.   All fabric, notions and sewing machines are supplied. Ages: 15 yrs. & up. No Class: 3/17
Instructor:  Linda Rush
140513 01       Th              Mar 10 - Mar 31   7 - 8:30 pm 

Crime Prevention

18 Things a Burglar Doesn't Want You to Know...

This look inside the mind of convicted burglars might make a difference in the way you secure your home.

1. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

2. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

3. The two things I hate most: Loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

4. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

5. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

6. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

7. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

8. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

9. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

10. You're right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

11. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at

12. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

13. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

14. Your alarm only works if it's on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
15. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

16. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
17.  Lock your windows. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

18. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

L. Anthony Beall, Mayor

Carol Gamble, Mayor Pro Tempore
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

Mike Vaughn, Council Member

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