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Veterans Day Recognition
October 3, 2015  Veterans to be Honored by City Council
Thursday, November 12
6:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Margarita Civic Center

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita invites veterans and their families to a reception at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Click here for flyer


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.

FREE Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event
September 25, 2015 

Saturday, October 24
8:00 a.m. - Noon

City Hall Parking Lot
22112 El Paseo, RSM 92688

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will be hosting an e-waste recycling and document shredding event in conjunction with SAMLARC's "Haul in the Fall" event on Saturday, October 24, 8am-12pm in the City Hall parking lot.

Safely and responsibly dispose of electronic waste (no batteries or appliances, please) at this free collection event.  Click here for details.

Free "Senior Scam Stopper" Presentation
September 23, 2015  The community is invited to an informative presentation designed to protect seniors from scams on Friday, October 16 in neighboring Mission Viejo.

The “Senior Scam Stopper” presentation is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Guests will learn how to protect themselves and family members from predatory scams. The presentation will cover different scams and offer tips so people will not fall victim to fraud.

For more information and to RSVP, contact the office of Senator Patricia Bates at 949-598-5850 or email senator.bates@senate.ca.gov.

Click here for event flyer.

RSM Chamber of Commerce FallFest
September 22, 2015 

October 9, 10 & 11
Central Park
FallFest 2015 is almost here! The event features live music and entertainment, kids and adult fun zone, food booths galore, beer and wine, local business vendors to shop from, a classic car show, and performances by community schools and local groups.  Click here for additional information about this community event hosted by the RSM Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. 

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.


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.

Crime Prevention: RSM Neighborhoods Join Nextdoor.com
August 5, 2015 

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is pleased to announce their utilization of Nextdoor.com to share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. Nextdoor is a free, private social network monitored by law enforcement, and is being used by thousands of neighborhoods to quickly get the word out about law enforcement activity, crime alerts, neighborhood watch meetings, and up-to-the-minute crime and safety information. Nextdoor's mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.


$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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