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Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic Wednesday, May 6
May 5, 2015 

Rancho Santa Margarita's monthly Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6,  from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center.
No appointment is needed; pets are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Cats only please from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, call Community Services at 949.216.9700. or click here for prices and details

Addiction Awareness Speaker Series
April 22, 2015  Wednesday, May 6
6:00 p.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The Bell Tower Foundation and Origins Behavioral Healthcare will host a roundtable discussion of celebrity panelists who will share insight on the stigmas and solutions for families struggling with addictions to drugs or alcohol, with an emphasis on treatment and education. Guest speakers will share examples of successful outcomes and provide information on treatment and prevention. Click here for the informational flyer.

RSM Chamber of Commerce "Meet the Mayor" Event
April 20, 2015 

Presentation by Mayor Brad McGirr
Tuesday, May 12
Tijeras Creek Golf Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the RSM
Chamber of Commerce

Visit rsmchamber.com to register.   

$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.


Santa Margarita Parkway/Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project Approved
April 13, 2015 

Members of the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council at their regular meeting on April 8, 2015 voted unanimously to award a $284,000 contract to an Orange construction company to beautify the city’s busiest intersection.

Designed to enhance the scenic corridor that serves as a main entry point into the city, the project will include extensive landscaping and a signature monument featuring thematic elements which complement and reflect the existing character and aesthetic beauty found throughout Rancho Santa Margarita. Click here to view a detailed and larger version of the artist rendering.


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.


FREE Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event
April 7, 2015 

Saturday, May 9 - 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Located at the City Hall Parking Lot
22112 El Paseo, RSM 92688

Free for RSM residents:  Safely and responsibly dispose of electronic waste (no batteries or appliances, please) at this free collection event.  Document shredding will also be available.  Click here for details.

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.

Orange County Officials Urge Caution Against Mosquito Bites
March 25, 2015 

Summer mosquitoes are breeding ahead of schedule at an alarming rate and volume in Orange County cities, prompting officials at the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) to caution county residents against mosquito bites. 

Juvenile mosquitos live only in stagnant water; without it, they will die. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your home and community by: 

 - Dumping and draining all stagnant water.
 - Avoid runoff from overwatering.
 - Make sure all windows and screens are in good condition.
 - Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
 - Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors.
 - Report all dead birds immediately to the OCMVCD.

To report mosquitoes, stagnant waters, or recently-deceased birds, contact the Orange County Mosquito Vector Control District at (714)971-2421 or (949) 654-2421 or at 
ocvcd.org. To view the Public Advisory Notice, click here

Community Services "Try It Before You Buy It" Spring Promotion
February 20, 2015 

Spring class registration is underway; check out the latest issue of our  Community Living Magazine to try your first class FREE! Click here for a complete listing of eligible classes, which range from Princess Ballet, Karate, digital publishing, and fitness classes including yoga and Zumba.

The Summer Camp Preview Guide, with over 35 camps for youth of all ages is also included in the spring issue.  For more information, contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700, "Like" us on  Facebook, or click here for convenient on-line registration.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s Community Services Department is dedicated to providing quality recreation and leisure activities for children, youth, adults and seniors, offering opportunities for recreational and social participation, skill development, and personal enrichment by offering a wide variety of recreation activities and classes. We invite you to come by, bring a friend, and try something NEW at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center!

Volunteers Needed: RSM Meals on Wheels
April 24, 2015 

Age Well Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program is in need of regular route drivers in Rancho Santa Margarita. Volunteers are also needed to serve as on-call substitute drivers to fill in when regular drivers are unavailable.

Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver meals to homebound seniors between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. one day per week, Monday through Friday. Click here for more information, or contact Cherie Unholz at (949) 216-9700, ext. 1271. 

Santa Margarita Water District’s Jim Mizell Memorial Scholarship Program Open for Applications
April 7, 2015 

Applications are now being accepted for the Santa Margarita Water District Jim Mizell Memorial Water and Environmental Scholarship Program, which is designed for college-bound students who live in SMWD's service district.


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.

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