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RSM Chamber of Commerce Presents RanchoFest 2015
May 26, 2015  FlyerFriday, June 5  -      6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 -  Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7,  -   Noon - 8:00 p.m.

 - Live music and entertainment
 - Kids Funzone
 - Local business vendors
 - Food booths including beer and wine

Admission - Adults all weekend (13 & older) $10
Children 12 & under are FREE

For more information, visit www.rsmchamber.com.

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.


SMWD Directors Approve Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Water Use
May 12, 2015 

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
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.

Coyote Sightings Increase in Orange County
January 16, 2015 

News reports in Orange County indicate that Coyote sightings have recently become more frequent, as "Urban Coyotes" live and thrive throughout Orange County. While Rancho Santa Margaita is in close proximity to large open space and rural areas, providing an ideal environment for coyotes to inhabit, many of the coyotes seen in our residential neighborhoods are the offspring of generations of coyotes who have adapted to city living. As such, precautions should be taken to protect children and pets from encounters with these animals.


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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