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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!

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.


Alicia, Santa Margarita Parkway "T" Beautification Planned
February 3, 2015 

The Santa Margarita Parkway and Alicia Parkway Gateway Improvement Project is slated to begin construction in late spring/early summer.  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.

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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