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September 2016

In this Issue


City Manager's Message

Emergency Preparedness

ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
Patriot Day Ceremony
State of the City Address
Crime Prevention - Back to School Safety
Election Information
September Recreation Highlights

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Jennifer Cervantez, City Manager

City Manager's Message

The recent fire in the vicinity of Holy Jim Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest brought many first responders to Rancho Santa Margarita, and while the sound of helicopters and sirens is always unnerving, fortunately, the City was never in imminent danger. During the event, staff took the opportunity to test and evaluate emergency policies and procedures. We rely on our partners at the Orange County Fire Authority and the Orange County Sheriff's Department, whose Public Information Officers (PIO's) are the official source of real-time information and updated status reports. I urge you to register for Alert OC for personalized emergency notifications and follow the City's website alerts and our Facebook page and Twitter feed for official information obtained from agency officials.
In other news, I am pleased to report that Rancho Santa Margarita's specialized Child Safety Deputy Calvin Silva will be in attendance at the Wednesday, September 14th regular meeting of the City Council. Meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. As the school year begins and students return to the classroom, Deputy Silva will make a timely presentation on the programs and resources available to the students and families who attend school in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Jennifer M. Cervantez

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, September 3rd 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" ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, September 7th
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.

Patriot Day Ceremony

Fifteen years after the terror attacks on America, citizens of Rancho Santa Margarita will come together in an annual commemoration ceremony to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. This community remembrance honors the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeovers and the American military service personnel who have died in the war against terrorism while other members of the service continue to fight. Click here for the event flyer.

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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


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Crime Prevention - Back to School Safety

With school back in session now is the time to review these simple safety rules & tips:

  • If your child is going to walk to school, take a few “trial runs” with him/her on that route and make sure he/she is comfortable with it.
  • Discuss traffic signals, stop signs, and the importance of cooperating with adult crossing guards, school safety patrols, and police personnel with your child.
  • Remember that the speed limit in a school zone and adjacent residential areas is 25 mph.
  • When a crossing guard is directing students and holding up a “STOP” sign, no traffic may enter or pass through that crosswalk. Once the crossing guard has returned to the curb and lowered the “STOP” sign, traffic may then proceed.
  • A driver approaching a school bus, with flashing red lights activated, from behind must always stop behind the bus and stay there until the flashing red lights are turned off.
  • A driver approaching a school bus, with flashing red lights activated, from the opposite direction, must also stop and wait until the flashing red lights are turned off before passing the school bus unless the bus is on the opposite side of a divided  or multi-lane roadway (i.e. raised center median, two sets of painted double yellow lines, two or more lanes of traffic in each direction).
  • A driver approaching a school bus with flashing yellow lights activated does not need to stop but should proceed with caution as children may be crossing the street or nearby streets, after exiting that bus.

For more information or questions related to school safety tips in Rancho Santa Margarita, please call Police Services at (949) 635-1830.

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 finalized list of qualified candidates is listed in the order as dictated by the Secretary of State randomized alphabet drawing. The order of candidate’s names on the ballot is as follows:
Shawn Gordon
Carol Gamble
Tony Beall

Contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806 for additional election information.

September Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots

Come experience a fun way of preparing your child for kindergarten. Using hands-on interactive learning with art, science, cooking, music and much more, your child will learn their numbers, letters and 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.  This is a year round program with month-to-month registration to meet the needs of your schedule. Ages: 3-5 yrs. What to bring: healthy snack & lunch.
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
$264/ month
310761   01   M,W,F   Sep 7 - Sep 30           9 am - 1 pm
$176/ month
310761   05   T,Th      Sep 6 - Sep 29           9 am - 1 pm

Princess Ballet
The princess series ballet session is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet and creative movement with an element of fun and fantasy. Participants learn age appropriate beginning ballet movements through creative imagery. They will also hear their favorite princess stories, dress in princess tutus and make princess crafts. Performance for parents on last day of class. Session includes dance progression worksheets for dancers to see their accomplishments each week. Optional recital will be held in December; recital participants must be enrolled in the September and October sessions of Princess Ballet (a nominal costume fee applies). Ages: 3-6 yrs.What to bring: $5 cash materials fee.
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions

$79/ 6 Classes
310402   01   W         Sep 14 - Oct 19         3:30 - 4:15 pm

Stretch & Grow
In this class children will learn the importance of exercise while having fun!  Each week participants will learn sports skills, yoga, endurance, flexibility, aerobic fitness as well as  their bones, muscles and nutrition. Ages: 3-6 yrs.
Instructor:  Jen Audet
$93/ 8 Classes
310242   01  Th          Sep 15 - Nov 3          1 - 1:45 pm

Tap, Jazz, Ballet Combo
In this intro to dance class, participants will learn beginning tap, jazz and ballet moves and terminology. Class also improves musicality, rhythm, balance and listening skills. Performance of routine on last day of class for parents and friends. Session includes dance progression worksheets for dancers to see their accomplishments each week. Optional recital will be held in December; recital participants must be enrolled in the September and October sessions of Tap, Jazz & Ballet (a nominal costume fee applies). Ages: 3-6 yrs.
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions

$79/ 6 Classes
310403   01   W          Sep 14 - Oct 19         4:20 - 5:05 pm

AM Yoga with Roz
This class provides a safe, supportive environment to explore the practice of yoga. You will build strength, flexibility and balance while exploring the various postures. Connecting breath and movement brings calmness of mind, stress release and enables us to function better both on and off the mat. This is a great way to start your day; you will experience better clarity and ease. Ages: 18 yrs. & up. No Class: 10/12, 11/11 & 11/25.
Instructor:  Roz Maissy

$165/ 15 Classes
$155/ 14 Classes*
340211   01   M          Sep 12 - Dec 19        9:15 - 10:15 am
340211   02   W          Sep  7 - Dec 21         9:15 - 10:15 am
340211   03*  F           Sep  9 - Dec 23         9:15 - 10:15 am

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 a 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

Rancho Santa Margarita 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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