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City Offices Closed for Memorial Day
City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project Underway

Construction has begun at the three-way intersection of Santa Margarita Parkway and Alicia Parkway, where Horizons Construction Company International will build a 140-foot long monument sign. The Gateway Improvements Project is part of a seven-year Capital Improvement Program that was originally given the go-ahead last summer by the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council.

The northbound lane closest to the sidewalk on Santa Margarita Parkway, as well as the bike lane, will be compromised from May to July during monument construction. It will be closed, as needed, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays only.

SMWD Directors Approve Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Water Use

Santa Margarita Water District Directors on Monday approved a comprehensive plan to meet the state’s mandatory 24 percent reduction in water use. The plan includes new recycled-water systems construction, outreach efforts to help customers convert to more efficient irrigation and plumbing systems and even sending representatives door-to-door to stress the importance of using less water.

The District’s primary message to residents is to cut their outdoor water use by half.

Governor Issues Water Restrictions – What You Can Do to Save Water

California Governor Jerry Brown, on April 1, 2015, ordered mandatory water use reductions for the first time in California’s history, stating the state’s four-year drought has now reached near-crisis proportions after a winter of record-low snowfalls.

Executive Order B-29-15, places significant restrictions on water usage and set water use reductions goals. As a result of the Governor’s order, City staff have been receiving inquiries about requirements associated with alternative landscaping such as the installation of artificial turf and xeriscaping.

Nominate an Individual or Business for City Council Recognition

Outstanding Volunteer Awards
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary celebration, the City will honor residents and not-for-profit organizations for their good deeds or community service with a special award from the City Council.
Nomination forms are available at here and are accepted at City Hall or electronically through October 30, 2015.

Outstanding Business Award
A RSM Business of the Year will be selected to be honored by the City Council in recognition of 15 years as a business friendly community; nomination forms are available at here and are accepted at City Hall or electronically through October 30, 2015.

Orange County Officials Urge Caution Against Mosquito Bites

Summer mosquitoes are breeding ahead of schedule at an alarming rate and volume in Orange County cities, prompting officials at the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) to caution county residents against mosquito bites. 

Juvenile mosquitos live only in stagnant water; without it, they will die. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your home and community by: 

 - Dumping and draining all stagnant water.
 - Avoid runoff from overwatering.
 - Make sure all windows and screens are in good condition.
 - Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
 - Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors.
 - Report all dead birds immediately to the OCMVCD.

To report mosquitoes, stagnant waters, or recently-deceased birds, contact the Orange County Mosquito Vector Control District at (714)971-2421 or (949) 654-2421 or at 
ocvcd.org. To view the Public Advisory Notice, click here

HERO Financing Program now available to RSM Property Owners.

The HERO Financing Program, which is the largest energy efficient financing program in the nation, is now available to homeowners in RSM. The HERO Program is a local government approved program which empowers homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient by providing low cost, tax deductible financing for a wide range of home improvement projects.

More than 150,000 products for energy and water efficient improvements are available to property owners through the HERO Program. Among the most popular upgrade projects are whole-home heating and cooling (HVAC), solar power panel installations, energy-saving windows, roofing and insulation. Property owners may be eligible to borrow up to 15% of the property value and repay the loan over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years through an assessment on their property tax bill. The HERO Program differs from traditional consumer financing; approvals are based on a homeowner’s equity rather than household income or FICO scores.

Bright Lights, Safe City! Report Malfunctioning or Damaged Streetlights

Streetlights provide greater visibility and safety for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement officials and are an essential component of ensuring public safety, especially as we move in to the winter months of early sunset and limited visibility in the late afternoon and evening hours.

Southern California Edison (SCE) owns and maintains most of the street lights in Rancho Santa Margarita. Any requests for repairs and/or maintenance of street lighting (such as an outage) should be directed to SCE to expedite the repair. The link below will direct you to SCE's online request form and will also allow you to track the status of your request. You may also contact SCE directly at 800.611.1911.

Click here to submit an online SCE Street Light Outage form. For additional questions, feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 949.635.1800.


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