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News ImageFireworks Prohibited in Rancho Santa Margarita
June 30, 2015 

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) wants to remind everyone that the sale, discharge or possession of all types of fireworks is illegal in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.  The OCFA recommends that residents enjoy a Fourth of July celebration with friends and family at a professional fireworks show. Many communities provide additional amenities, including barbecues, concerts and children’s activities along with a large fireworks show. Click here to view a listing of local fireworks displays.

For a more information, call the OCFA fireworks information line at (714) 573-6225.

To report the illegal use, possession, manufacturing or sale of any fireworks call (714) 538-3501.

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Street Dedication Ceremony to be Held In Honor of City's Master Planner
June 30, 2015 

Sunday, July 12, Central Park
5:30 p.m.

Join us on Sunday, July 12 as we officially dedicate Richard Reese Way in honor of the City's master planner, Richard Reese. The 2,400-foot thoroughfare, formerly named El Portal, runs alongside Central Park, the Civic Center complex, the library and the city center between La Promesa and Avenida De Las Flores.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at Central Park, immediately preceding the first summer concert.

"He's truly the heart and soul of this community ... a gem of a human being," said Mayor Brad McGirr, when describing Mr. Reese. "He's the man responsible for the city we have here today. We live in an urban village surrounded by wilderness. This city was planned in a very specific manner. I can't think of anything else I've done since I've been mayor that means more to me."

Mayor McGirr stressed the deliberate choice of "Way" in the street-naming process; "There is meaning behind it; we want everyone to know that this City we are so proud of today is because of Richard Reese and his vision - we are doing it the Richard Reese Way."

City Hall Closed in Observance of Independence Day
June 29, 2015  City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4. City offices will reopen on Monday, July 6th.

City of Rancho Santa Margarita on YouTube
June 23, 2015 

Looking for information about the City's many programs and services? Check out RSM on YouTube for a variety of informational videos that feature our fair City. The most recent upload is a segment on the ZeroTrash RSM initiative, produced by Cox Communications as a part of their Civic Connection series.  Click here to become a subscriber.

Summer Concerts in the Park
June 18, 2015  Summer Concert Series 
Sundays, July 12 through August 9
6 - 8:00 p.m.
Central Park

Bring your blankets, chairs, family and friends to Central Park, located at the Civic Plaza, and become a part of the musical tradition of Rancho Santa Margarita as the Summer Concert Series returns.  These concerts offer an opportunity for residents to gather together with friends and neighbors to experience beautiful summer evenings here in Rancho Santa Margarita with live music and dancing while enjoying the outdoors. Bring a picnic dinner, or choose from a variety of food vendors to enjoy a relaxing al fresco dinner on the lawn.


Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project Underway
May 19, 2015 

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.


Governor Issues Water Restrictions – What You Can Do to Save Water
April 9, 2015 

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
April 7, 2015 

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.

Lock It or Lose It
June 11, 2015 

Rancho Santa Margarita is recognized annually as one of the safest cities in the State of California and throughout the nation.  FBI crime statistics assure us that we live in a secure and safe environment. Criminals might look at a community such as RSM and hope to capitalize on us "letting our guard down."  By working together and taking simple steps toward increased crime prevention efforts, we can send a strong message that RSM is vigilant in maintaining the safety and security of our neighborhoods.

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies serving Rancho Santa Margarita report an increase in the number of thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout the city over the past several weeks. The vast majority of these thefts are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. Nobody wants to be a victim of crime, but if you leave your purse, computer, tools or other valuable items in your auto, you’re increasing the risk that you will become a theft-from-vehicle victim. The message- if thieves can see it, they will steal it.


HERO Financing Program now available to RSM Property Owners.
March 30, 2015 

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
November 18, 2014 

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.

$10 Million Lawsuit Against City Dismissed; Daichendts Agree To Pay City's Statutory Court Costs
April 15, 2015 

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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