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Posted on: July 29, 2021

COVID-19 Updates


For all health-related information related to the novel coronavirus, or any information related to the County of Orange response to COVID-19, visit the OC Health Care Agency’s website.

For complete information and FAQs on the State’s current mask guidance, click here.Orange County COVID-19 case counts, and testing figures are updated daily, Monday through Friday, at

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Police Services Front Lobby Open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Police Services Lobby Hours

The Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services lobby is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Police Services for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita are provided by contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD). The Sheriff's Department is responsible for protecting citizens, the enforcement of laws, and crime prevention. 


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News Flash
Posted on: June 30, 2021

Rancho Santa Margarita Finance Department Wins GFOA Award

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This is the City’s 20th consecutive award since incorporating in 2000.

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has once again awarded the City of Rancho Santa Margarita the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita was judged on its comprehensive annual fi...

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News Flash
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Summer Concert Series Lineup Announced

2021 Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts are back! We're excited to announce that the City of Rancho Santa Margarita Summer Concert Series will rock Central Park on five consecutive Sundays with an outstanding lineup of excellent musical performances!

The fun starts on July 11th with STONE SOUL, an eight-piece, horn-blowing, foot-stomping Classic Soul & Motown tribute band – a great way to kick off the series!

The following Sunday, July 18th, THE COUNTRY WESTERN BAND will provide country-r...

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News Flash
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Next E-Waste & Document Shredding Service set for October 2, 2021

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Mark your calendar for the fall electronic waste and recycling opportunity.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s next electronic waste disposal and document shredding event will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of City Hall. 

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News Flash
Posted on: May 18, 2021

SCE Free Battery Program for Medical Baseline Customers

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Be prepared in the event of an unexpected power outage. The Critical Care Backup Battery (CCBB) Program provides a free portable backup battery and solar panel to eligible customers who depend on medical equipment for life-support purposes.

All Californians need to be prepared for potential outages, especially those who rely on electricity for medical devices and equipment and live in a high fire risk area.

Southern California Edison’s Medical Baseline customers can now have greater...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

Kindergarten Readiness Activities

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OC Read/OC Public Libraries offer Kindergarten Readiness activities at


Children who enter kindergarten with basic reading, math, and social skills are more likely to achieve success in school, attain higher levels of education, and secure employment. OC Public Libraries has compiled resources and design...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

RSM Library Construction Update

Rancho Santa Margarita Library reopen date

The Rancho Santa Margarita Library closed for refurbishment in December 2020 and is now scheduled to reopen in August. While closed, patrons can access all other OC Public Libraries and are asked to pick up their holds at the Foothill Ranch Library.

The renovation process is to bring the buildings up to code and to meet current and future needs.  Repairs are based on the OC Public Works Capital Improvement Program and the OCPL Facility Assessment Study and interior modifications will include...

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