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$10 Million Lawsuit Against City Dismissed; Daichendts Agree To Pay City's Statutory Court Costs

Less than 45 days after the City of Rancho Santa Margarita filed two motions to dismiss the two zoning and damages lawsuits brought against it by Gary and Joe Daichendt of Theory R Properties through their company Rancho Canyon LLC, on the grounds that both lawsuits were meritless, the Daichendts dismissed their cases and have agreed to pay the City’s statutory court costs. “The litigation filed against the City by the Daichendts has been successfully defended, resulting in a dismissal in favor of the City,” said Mayor Brad McGirr.


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Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project Approved

Members of the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council at their regular meeting on April 8, 2015 voted unanimously to award a $284,000 contract to an Orange construction company to beautify the city’s busiest intersection.

Designed to enhance the scenic corridor that serves as a main entry point into the city, the project will include extensive landscaping and a signature monument featuring thematic elements which complement and reflect the existing character and aesthetic beauty found throughout Rancho Santa Margarita. Click here to view a detailed and larger version of the artist rendering.



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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.


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FREE Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event

Saturday, May 9 - 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Located at the City Hall Parking Lot
22112 El Paseo, RSM 92688

Free for RSM residents:  Safely and responsibly dispose of electronic waste (no batteries or appliances, please) at this free collection event.  Document shredding will also be available.  Click here for details.


Panel to Address Drug, Alcohol Abuse, Cyberbullying

Teens Speak is a panel of teen survivors of drug, alcohol abuse, and cyberbullying, who will share their experiences in overcoming addiction and strategies to deal with inappropriate use of social media.  Teens and their parents are invited to attend this town-hall style meeting that will include testimonials and a Q & A session.

Teens Speak Panel Presentation
Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo, RSM 92688

Click here for the informational flyer.


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


Community Services "Try It Before You Buy It" Spring Promotion

Spring class registration is underway; check out the latest issue of our  Community Living Magazine to try your first class FREE! Click here for a complete listing of eligible classes, which range from Princess Ballet, Karate, digital publishing, and fitness classes including yoga and Zumba.

The Summer Camp Preview Guide, with over 35 camps for youth of all ages is also included in the spring issue.  For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700, "Like" us on  Facebook, or click here for convenient on-line registration.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s Community Services Department is dedicated to providing quality recreation and leisure activities for children, youth, adults and seniors, offering opportunities for recreational and social participation, skill development, and personal enrichment by offering a wide variety of recreation activities and classes. We invite you to come by, bring a friend, and try something NEW at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center!


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