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RSM Chamber of Commerce Educational Business Forum
July 27, 2015 

A  FREE educational business forum will be held on Thursday, August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Hosted by the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita, the forum is a resource designed for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Contact the RSM Chamber for more information at (949) 888-6681. Registration is required, and can be completed online at the Chamber's website. 



RSM Concerts in the Park Series Continues Sunday, August 2
July 17, 2015 

The City of RSM’s 2015 Summer Concert Series presents The Silverados on Sunday, August 2, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This dynamic band features an extensive playlist made up of current top 40 country hits from artists like Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert, rounded out with a large repertoire of classic rock hits from the 60’s and 70’s like The Beatles, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and Guns N Roses.
The Silverados are a high energy, up-tempo band that will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. We hope you'll join us Sunday at Central Park! 



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.



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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.


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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.



Community Emergency Preparedness Academy Offered
July 22, 2015 

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will host a seven week Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA),  which will prepare participants to care for themselves, family, pets and neighbors in the event of a disaster.  The course is free and open to adult residents of RSM; teenagers my attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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Alicia Parkway and Santa Margarita Parkway Gateway Improvement Nears Completion
July 17, 2015 

This week, the City’s contactor, Horizons Construction Company International, Inc., painted the stucco finish and completed the veneer stone installation. Up next are the finishing touches which will include tile, the city seal, metal lettering, trees and landscaping.  Thank you to motorists and pedestrians for your patience during the construction of what will be a beautiful improvement to this important gateway into our City.


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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.



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.


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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.


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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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