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RSM Chamber of Commerce "Meet the Mayor" Event
April 15, 2014  Tuesday, April 29th, Tijeras Creek Golf Club, 5:30-8:30 pm 
Join the RSM Chamber of Commerce, Elected Officials and Community Leaders for the annual Meet the Mayor Event. Go to http://rsmchamber.com to register for this informative and popular event.   

National Prescription Medication Take Back Day
April 10, 2014  Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Police Services, located at 22112 El Paseo, will be collecting unwanted, unused or expired prescripton medications.  This event is free and drop off is anonymous.  For more information about this event, click here for a flyer or call (714) 647-4133.   

Monthly ZeroTrash Program Gathering - Come Join Us!
April 10, 2014  May 3, 10:00 am at the Courtyard (Between Cinepolis and Panera) 
Join the collaborative efforts of the City of RSM , the Bell Tower Foundation and the RSM Chamber of Commerce to pick up litter in the community through the newly established chapter of the ZeroTrash Program.  Join us for our monthly gatherings where friends, neighbors, city and business leaders will join together to keep the City clean.  For more information and to sign up, go to admin@belltowerfoundation.org.

Relay for Life
April 7, 2014  May 3rd, 9:00 am to May 4th, 9:00 am, Central Park
Join friends, families and neighbors for the upcoming Relay for Life.  The American Cancer Society's Annual Fundraiser is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.  All proceeds go to support cancer patients, survivors, research and development.  The 24-hour event will have fun activities for the entire family.  For more information contact Kathie Davis at kad@kathiedavis.com or to register a team or individual, go to  relayforlife.org/ranchosantamargaritaca.

Buena Suerte and La Miranda Median Project
April 3, 2014  Road Closure Through April
The City is currently constructing the Buena Suerte and La Miranda Median Project.  It is anticipated that this location will be closed for through traffic until late April.  This priority project will improve pedestrian circulation at a location that is heavily used by both senior citizens, parents and children. Project Details: The project will facilitate the installation of a visible concrete crosswalk, lighted LED pedestrian signs, a raised median and improved ADA curb ramps.  Click here for more information or contact the Public Works Department at (949) 635-1806.


FREE Is Your Teen at Risk? Forum
March 13, 2014  Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
at Bell Tower Regional Community Center in RSM
Parents and their teens are encouraged to attend this forum featuring a panel of expert speakers.  Topics of discussion will include cyber safety and social media, drug trends, alcohol habits and addictions, and teen depression.  A resource area will also be provided offering parents the opportunity to learn helpful tips and tools for recognizing and dealing with "at risk" behavior.
This class is free but pre-registration is required.  For forum content and additional information, click here for a flyer or call (949) 635-1830.

Governor Declares Drought Emergency
February 14, 2014  Water Experts Provide Conservation Tips
The drought emergency is expected to require a continued and extended effort to restrain water use.  Water experts have provided easy and convenient ways to conserve water including: shortening shower time to 5 minutes, using a broom to clean driveways instead of a hose and fixing leaking faucets.  For more water conservation tips, go to http://www.smwd.com.

Spring Community Living Magazine
February 14, 2014  Register for Spring Classes Today!
The new issue of the Spring Community Living Magazine is now available.  Included in this issue are dynamic new class offerings in the extremely popular "Try It Before You Buy It" program.  Additionally, the Spring issue includes the Summer Camp Preview Guide with over 35 camps for youth of all ages.  For more information contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700, go to the Community Services Facebook page or you can register for classes here.


2014 Safest Cities in America
February 18, 2014  RSM is 5th Safest City in America
Neighborhood Scout, a neighborhood research site has recognized RSM as the, "5th Safest City in America" based on their latest research.  Neighborhood Scout has guided millions of prospective homebuyers in making location decisions based on real estate data, crime statistics, school quality and more.  To learn more about Neighborhood Scout, please visit www.neighborhoodscout.com.

Southern California Gas Company Calls for Conservation
December 10, 2013  Current Winter Weather Placing Strong Demands on Natural Gas Use
The Southern California Gas Company is encouraging conservation because of a potential shortage of natural gas throughout the Southern California service territory.  At this time, there is no immediate threat of curtailment however the following conservation steps are encouraged:

  • Lower your thermostat by three to five degrees (health permitting).
  • Limit use of non-essential gas appliances such as fireplaces and spas.
  • Reduce your water heating usage: use less hot water, turn down the water heater thermostat or insulate your water heater.  
  • Go to http://www.vcstar.com/news/ for additional information and conservation suggestions.


Economic Development
November 14, 2013 

Great News for Small Businesses - No Charge Consulting Services

California SBDC of Orange County is an economic development program of Rancho Santiago Community College District partially supported by the U.S. Small Business Adminsitration, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and California State University Fullerton. Through this collaboration, free small business training is available. Whether you are expanding your business or launching a successful start-up, the Orange County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is availabe to help you advance to the next stage of success by providing small businesses and entrepreneurs with expert consulting, effective training and access to resources. Contact SBDC at www.ocsbdc.org or call 714-564-5200.



Website Enhancements Announced
October 7, 2013  Find Key Demographic Information and Commercial/Retail Space Quickly and Efficiently
New and improved information has been uploaded on the City's website, making the search for key demographic information, as well as commercial/retail space available for lease, much easier. Through two new software programs, "City Demographics" and "Commercial Space Available," the Development Services Department is providing access to important data that will assist commercial brokers nationwide, developers, businesses, and potential residents.

"City Demographics" is an easy to use program that allows the user to access population counts and other demographic information; household trends; general employment information; city maps; development opportunities and economic indicators.

"Commercial Space Available" is a program that identifies available commercial space in the City that can assist businesses that would like to locate to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, as well as existing businesses that would like to stay in the City. Office, industrial and retail availability information is provided.

For more information, contact Nate Farnsworth, at nfarnsworth@cityofrsm.org.

2014 Long Range Transportation Plan Online Survey
December 2, 2013  The OCTA Needs Your Help
Assist the Orange County Transportation Authority with the development of a Long Range Transportaiton Plan.  The plan will be used as Orange County's input into the Southern California Association of Government's Regional Transportation Plan. You can help by filling out the online questionaire and provide your priorities for Orange County's transportation systems.  Access the questionaire at octa.net/lrtp.

Questions? Contact Kelley Jiminez at kjimenez@octa.net or (714) 560-5421 for more information.

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