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In this issue:

City Manager's Message
Municipal Election Information
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic - August 3rd
ZeroTrash RSM - August 6th

Summer Concert Series Continues
Crime Prevention - Outdoor Safety
State of the City Address - Register Now
Chamber of Commerce Business Forum - August 29th

La Pata Gap Connector Ribbon Cutting Celebration
August Recreation Highlights

Natural Disaster Preparedness Town Hall Meeting

Jennifer M. Cervantez, City Manager

City Manager's Message

August is a busy month as summer winds down, and we prepare for the start of the school year. I hope you' have had an opportunity to attend our popular Summer Concert Series held on Sunday evenings in Central Park. They are a great way to end a summer weekend in Rancho Santa Margarita; we are hosting two more this month and I am pleased to report that our attendance is higher than ever! While you are here, I encourage you to take a moment to check out the renovations to the Civic Center and Bell Tower Regional Community Center. The majority of construction is complete and I think you'll agree that our beautification project meets the high standards that residents and visitors have come to expect in this beautiful City.


Jennifer M. Cervantez

Municipal Election Information

A General Municipal Election is scheduled to be held in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita on November 8, 2016 for two (2) members of the City Council for a full term of four (4) years.
The filing period to run for office began on July 18, 2016, and will end on Friday, August 12, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. If an incumbent does not file papers, the filing deadline will be extended to August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806 for additional election information.
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Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, August 3rd
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
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.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, August 6th is the next ZeroTrash "First Saturday" event; volunteers meet in the courtyard in front of Cinepolis at 10:00 a.m. to help beautify our city! ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets and wilderness areas of trash, reducing waste, supporting local businesses, and taking personal responsibility for our community and the environment!

"Like" us on Facebook for more information.

Summer Concert schedule

Free Summer Concerts Continue


Hosted by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, the 2016 summer concert series continues through Sunday, August 14th at  Central Park.  This year's six-week lineup has drawn record setting attendance, and we hope you'll join us for the final shows of the summer. Concerts take place in Central Park and begin at 6:00 p.m.
Date:              Sundays  8/7 and 8/14
Time:              6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:        Central Park, 30842 La Miranda, Rancho Santa Margarita
Seating:         Bring your own blanket and lawn chairs.
Parking:         Free parking is available at 22232 El Paseo
For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


 Applied Medical
RainTree Investment Corporation
Cal Elite


The Toll Roads of Orange County
PV Maintenance
South County Bank
Santa Margarita Ford
Santa Margarita Toyota
Charles Abbott Associates
Santa Margarita Water District
Thomas Communications Group LLC
Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart

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Crime Prevention

Whether you're walking the lake, hiking a local trail or hunting virtual creatures, you can reduce the risk to yourself and your family of becoming the victim of a crime while enjoying time outdoors this summer by taking a few simple precautions.

1. Scope Out Your Destination Before You Go

While all Poke Stops and Gyms are located in public places, it’s still a good idea to do some research on the area you’ll be visiting before you make your way. Some are bound to be safer than others, and by doing a simple Google search, you could avoid ending up in a potentially unsafe area. This is especially important if you are playing Pokémon Go when traveling and you are not familiar with the neighborhood.

2. Parents Should Accompany Children

Your child might not be too enthusiastic about being escorted, but it’s best if parents accompany their younger children the first time they visit a Poke Stop or Gym to make sure it’s a safe environment. For older kids, set up a pre-determined check-in time so you know they arrived safely and are enjoying themselves in a secure location.

3. Remain Aware of Your Surroundings

It’s easy to get distracted while playing Pokémon Go, so make sure you check in with your surroundings regularly and stay aware of where you are in the real world. While bumping into a tree or stepping in a puddle might be harmless, the game has been known to have glitches that accidentally place Pokémon in the middle of streets and other dangerous locations. Remember to also remain aware of those around you. Many of the people you encounter will also be playing Pokémon Go, which can be a fun way to meet new friends! However, there are still people out there who may have other intentions, so don’t get so distracted by catching Pokémon that you don’t notice telltale signs that someone nearby is looking for trouble.

4. Be Respectful of Private Property

If you see a Pokémon in someone’s yard or private area, DO NOT seek it out without permission, no matter how rare it might be! Trespassing on private property is against the law.

5. If You’re Going Out at Night, Be Extremely Careful

Avoid going to your favorite Poke Stop or Gym after dark–even if it is safe during the day, robbers or other criminals might be present at night. Players engrossed in the game have become victims of armed robberies, and the trend is unlikely to stop until players become more aware and stop putting themselves in compromising situations. If the temptation to seek Pokémon at night is too strong to resist, try to adventure with a group of players instead of going by yourself or, at the very least, let a friend or relative know where you are going and when you plan to return. Underage players should also be mindful of local curfew laws to avoid having your fun night cut short by a ride home in a patrol car.

6. Parents Should Download the App

Even if games are not your favorite past-time, it’s worthwhile to download the Pokémon Go App for a day to familiarize yourself with it. By studying the structure of the game and how it is played, you’ll be better prepared for the potential safety risks players might encounter. While Pokémon Go is obviously a huge hit across all age groups, it carries with it a very particular set of safety risks. If players are smart, stay aware of their surroundings, and avoid getting into risky situations, there’s no reason why this creative game can’t be just as safe as it is fun.

RSM Police Services non-emergency number: (949) 770-6011.

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State of the City Address

Friday, September 23rd
Dove Canyon Country Club

Presented by the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, the 16th annual State of the City address will feature a presentation by Mayor L. Anthony “Tony” Beall on the City’s economic, public safety, development and other topics of significance to those who call Rancho Santa Margarita home.

The State of the City address is an annual presentation by the Mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita bringing residents, City staff, and civic leaders together to reflect on City accomplishments from the past year and to review plans for the future.  The evening includes a review of City departmental activities, citizen honors and an opportunity for the Mayor to present information to the community on regional issues and projects affecting our community in the future.

5:15 p.m. - Check-in, Social
6:00 p.m. - Program


Reservations and information at www.rsmchamber.com

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Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Training

Monday, August 29
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita in partnership with the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is offering a free training opportunity for Rancho Santa Margarita businesses.
The Active Shooter Response and Impact of Workplace Violence program is available to all businesses located in the City on a first-come, first-served basis. The program brings together advice for workers on what to do in active shooter situations, along with statistics, law enforcement tactics and common responses to trauma following incidents.
Two sessions are being offered at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center (22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita) on Monday, August 29, 2016. The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon session begins at 1:30  Simply select a time and register your business here for this important training.
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La Pata Gap Connector Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Saturday, August 13th

Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, OC Public Works and Inside the Outdoors Foundation cordially invite the public to the La Pata Gap Connector Ribbon Cutting Celebration.

The La Pata Avenue/Camino Del Rio Extension Project is designed to complete the planned improvements for La Pata Avenue and Camino Del Rio, as identified in the County of Orange Master Plan of Arterial Highways. The Improvements will reduce congestion and improve regional mobility in South Orange County by providing a north-south alternative to Interstate 5 between Ortega Highway to the north and Avenida Vista Hermosa to the south.

August Recreation Highlights


Paint, Paste and More!

Encourage your child's creativity and imagination through hands-on exploration of a wide variety of manipulative and sensory materials. Different activities are introduced each week, so come for fun and dress for a mess.  All activities are amendable to suit all ages, older siblings are encouraged to enroll. Ages: 1.5-5 yrs. What to bring: $20 cash materials fee.

Instructor:  Wendy Rault

$78/ 6 Classes
310302 01        T                Sep 13 - Oct 18    10 - 10:45 am
310302 03        F                Sep 16 - Oct 21    10 - 10:45 am

Tunes & Tales

Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start off this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute and more. Children will have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required. Ages: 2-4 yrs.

Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton

$48/ 5 Classes
$43/ 4 Classes*
310913 01        Th              Sep 15 - Oct 13    9:45 - 10:30 am


Learn quality gymnastics skills with individualized coaching by professional coach Marie Corbett.  Big gym quality with personal attention you won’t get anywhere else.  Ages: 5.5-11.5 yrs. No Class:  10/31 & 1/16

Instructor:  Marie Corbett

$63/ 6 Classes
$82/ 6 Classes*
320201 01       M               Sep 12 - Oct 17     5 - 6 pm
320201 02*      M               Sep 12 - Oct 17    6 - 7:30 pm


Do you love music? Do you love to dance? Then come check out the new Jazzercise! It’s a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results while you dance to popular Top 40 hits. You’ll burn up to 800 calories in one fun and powerfully effective total body workout. Each class combines dance-based cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone muscles for maximum fat burn. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your current fitness level is. So grab a water bottle, an exercise mat and some hand weights and let’s get dancing! Ages: 18 yrs. & up. 

Instructor:  Maureen Stewart
$115/ 12 Classes
340243 01       T,W,Th      Sep 6 - Sep 29     7:15 - 8:15 am
$99/ 8 Classes
340243 05       T,Th          Sep 6 - Sep 29     7:15 - 8:15 am

Zumba with Tania

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. 

$35/ 3 Classes
340206 01       M               Sep 12 - Sep 26   7 - 8 pm
340206 02       W               Sep 14 - Sep 28   7 - 8 pm
$75/ 6 Classes
340206 03       M,W          Sep 12 - Sep 28   7 - 8 pm

Disaster Preparedness
Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, August 11th
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Santiago Canyon College
Building H, Room 106
8045 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
*Complimentary Parking in Lot 4

Congresswoman Mimi Walters will host a panel of public safety experts for an informative program that includes federal and law enforcement updates, as well as best practices for natural disaster preparedness and response. This event is free and open to the public.

RSVPs are appreciated, and can be sent to Donovan.Higbee@mail.house.gov or (949)263-8703.

RSM City Council

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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