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November 2016
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In this Issue

City Manager's Message

Election and Voting Information
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
Free E-Waste and Document Shredding
Veterans Day Recognition
Police Services Welcomes New Chief
Military Support Opportunities
Chamber of Commerce News
Animal Services Transition
Introducing RSM CARES 
General Plan Update
November Recreation Highlights

Jennifer Cervantez, City Manager

City Manager's Message

November is the season of giving, and nowhere is it more evident than in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. As you peruse this month's activities and offerings, I hope you and your family will consider one of the many opportunities to give back to our wonderful community. From giving thanks to those who served in the Armed Forces at our Veterans Day Recognition reception and ceremony, making a donation to the members of the City's adopted Marine Battalion, supporting the RSM CARES Brick Legacy Program or food drive - opportunities abound to make a difference throughout the City. In fact, there are even ways to help and support our four-legged friends as we prepare to transition on January 1, 2017 to the City of Mission Viejo's Animal Services Center. Volunteers are needed for dog-walking as well as cat and rabbit care at the shelter. In addition, and the Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) gladly accepts donations and volunteer assistance. As we give thanks for the abundant spirit of giving that defines Rancho Santa Margarita, I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Jennifer M. Cervantez

Municipal Election Information


A General Municipal Election is scheduled to be held in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita on November 8, 2016 for two (2) members of the City Council for a full term of four (4) years.


The finalized list of qualified candidates is listed in the order as dictated by the Secretary of State randomized alphabet drawing. The order of candidate’s names on the ballot is as follows:
Shawn Gordon
Carol Gamble
Tony Beall


To confirm your registration status, find your polling place, or for general information visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters at ocvote.com. Contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806 for additional municipal election information.

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Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, November 2nd
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Cats only)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Dogs & Cats)

INFO: (714) 993-9193
Bring your cat or dog for their life-saving vaccinations provided by the Society for California Veterinary & Vaccine Care (SCVVC)'s low-cost clinic. OC Animal Care will provide pet licensing services, including AVID micro identification chips (price includes registration and continuous, 24/7 lifetime monitoring).
Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.
Important Rabies Information
If you have a prior rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DAP/DHPP - $19.00
Bordetella - $14.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $18.00
FELV - $21.00
Purevax - $20.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Prices are subject to change. Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, November 5th is the next ZeroTrash "First Saturday" event; volunteers meet in the courtyard in front of Cinepolis at 10:00 a.m. to help beautify our city! ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets and wilderness areas of trash, reducing waste, supporting local businesses, and taking personal responsibility for our community and the environment!

"Like" ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Electronic Waste Disposal and Document Shredding Event


Saturday, November 5th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
RSM City Hall parking lot
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a free electronic waste disposal service and document shredding event on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the RSM City Hall parking lot. The event coincides with SAMLARC's "Haul in the Fall" community-wide clean up effort.


Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 9th
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting and Recognition Ceremony
Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita would like to thank all veterans for their service, and show appreciation for their contributions to our national security. We invite the public to join us at our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony to recognize the men and women of our community for their military service.

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of City Hall, where light refreshments will be served, followed by a special presentation to veterans of all branches of the armed services by the Mayor and City Council. Veterans and active duty military personnel are especially encouraged to attend. 
If you have a photo of a veteran that you would like to see featured in our tribute, please drop off a copy at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, or email photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org  We hope you’ll join us in honoring our Veterans on this very special evening. For more information contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700.
Lt. Luke South

Welcome Lieutenant Luke South

Chief of Police Services 

It is with great pride, humility and enthusiasm that I accept the honor of serving the citizens of Rancho Santa Margarita as the Chief of Police Services. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is already one of the safest in the state, and I will do everything within my power to maintain that distinction.  This city is safe and beautiful because of the residents desire to make it a warm and welcoming place combined with the commitment of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to help keep it that way.

I worked in Rancho Santa Margarita as a Patrol Sergeant and feel blessed to return to the city in this new capacity.  I will constantly strive to make improvements where possible and to strengthen the bond between the community and the fine members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  Thank you for helping to make Rancho Santa Margarita one of the best places to live in California.

Lieutenant Luke South
Chief of Police Services

Click here to read more about law enforcement services in Rancho Santa Margarita, or call Police Services at (949) 635-1830.

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Seeking Military Support Donations


Opportunities abound to assist the Marines and Families of the City’s Adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines 


DEPLOYMENT – The City of RSM is collecting donations of snacks, and homemade thank you cards for the men and women of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines (2/5) in anticipation of their upcoming six-month deployment. Let’s help send them off with a variety of snacks and treats! Donations of items such as individually packaged nuts, protein bars, muffins, cookies, crackers, and candy bars are great choices and Gatorade and other sports drinks are also a favorite. Deployment items are being collected now through Thursday, November 10th.  

HOLIDAY PARTY - While the Marines are deployed there is much-needed love and support for the families here at home, especially during the holidays. On Saturday, December 10th there will be Christmas Party to brighten the spirits of the 2/5 families.  There will be opportunities to volunteer; details will be forthcoming on our website. In the meantime, we will be collecting gifts such as toys (all ages and genders), spa items, and gift cards of any kind to provide holiday cheer to Marine families. Holiday gift items will be collected now through Monday, December 5th.

Donations may be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Community Services Supervisor, Wendi Redington at (949)216-9700 x1260, wredington@cityofrsm.org.   Click here to learn more about the City of Rancho Santa Margarita's Military Support Programs.

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RSM Chamber of Commerce News


November Highlights

  • Evening Mixer Tues Nov 1st , 5:30–7:30 pm at Uncorked
  • Performance Breakthrough Conference Thursday November 3rd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Ribbon Cutting Friday November 4th , 5:30 pm at Club Pilates
  • Lunch Mixer Tuesday November 15th at Regus, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • New Member & Guest Orientation Tuesday November 15th, 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm
  • Constant Contact Workshop Tuesday November 22nd , 6 – 7 pm (FREE - Campaigns That Drive Action: Offers & Promotions)

The Chamber invites you to join us for an evening of holiday cheer hosted by the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Tuesday, December 6th 5:30 – 8:30 pm
The Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo 
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688


For more information about RSM Chamber programs visit rsmchamber.com.

Animal Services Transition Information

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is preparing for exciting changes in our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents – and their pets! When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2017, our new partnership with the City of Mission Viejo to provide excellent, high-quality animal care and sheltering services will officially begin. Mission Viejo Animal Services provides a pro-humane animal shelter, 24-hour response to emergency calls, pet adoption and fostering, low-cost vaccination clinics, animal licensing, volunteer opportunities, community outreach and events, and many other essential animal care services. Read more...

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RSM CARES Continues Legacy of The Bell Tower Foundation

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to partner with RSM CARES, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of those who live and work in our community. The following is an excerpt from their newly redesigned website:

Over the years, the Bell Tower Foundation has grown and changed along with the Rancho Santa Margarita Community.  Our foundation has been shaped and supported by many talented volunteers and business and civic leaders, in return, RSM has benefited from our giving back to the community.

Our values and principles remain unchanged, we seek to enrich the quality of life for residents of Rancho Santa Margarita by inspiring local philanthropy, engaging stakeholders in community service and embracing the local nonprofit network through collaborative partnerships.

Our new name, RSM Cares/Bell Tower Foundation and our new logo represents our immutable service and dedication to the RSM Community, service that is deeply rooted in our hearts.

For more information, or to get involved with the many programs and volunteer opportunities offered by RSM CARES, please visit their website at belltowerfoundation.org.

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General Plan Update

In October, staff and the City’s General Plan Consultant wrapped up the Public Participation and Input phase of the General Plan Update.  On October 10th, a focus group comprised of 15 attendees from Age Well Senior Services led to a very lively and insightful conversation from the unique perspective of our senior residents, many of whom have resided in the City for 20 year or more, about how they experience our City.  The Planning Department would like to thank Lindy Kehler, the Nutrition Site Director at Age Well, for her assistance with facilitating this focus group.

On October 11th, approximately a dozen children ranging in age from 12 to 14 years provided staff and the Consultant with feedback about their vision for the City.  A spirited and interactive conversation ensued; the children drew pictures and wrote words that represented their vision for the future of the City.  The Planning Department would like to thank Christina Wolbert from the Boys and Girls Club for all of her help.

While the public participation phase has concluded, there will be other opportunities for you to provide feedback during the public review of the Updated General Plan. These opportunities, as well as more information about the General Plan Update can be found on the City’s website.   

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November Recreation Highlights

Winter Live Action Flix (NEW)

Have a blast making a winter themed movie!  Will your movie be about a snow day or huge winter storm? This is your chance to write, direct, film, and star in a live action movie…and you will get to keep your movie to enjoy forever!  Ages: 7-12 yrs. What to bring: $30 cash materials fee

Instructor:  IncrediFlix Crew

$173/ 5 Classes
220825 01       M - F           Dec 19 - Dec 23   9 am - 12 pm
Winter Imagination Flix (NEW)

What’s better than building a snowman? How about building a claymation snowman that you bring to life to star in your own movie?  You will compose a story, create your clay character, build your set and film the movie. Once your movie masterpiece is complete, you will get to keep it to share and enjoy forever! Ages: 7-12 yrs. What to bring: $30 cash materials fee

Instructor:  IncrediFlix Crew

$173/ 5 Classes

220826 01       M - F           Dec 19 - Dec 23   1 - 4 pm

American Doll Fashions

Design, plan and actually create your very own doll fashions. Students will select fabrics and learn to follow a pattern while mastering basic sewing skills and will work on a complete outfit for an 18" doll (includes American Girl Dolls). Girls are encouraged to bring their doll to class for the fittings and fashion show. No experience is necessary. All fabric, notions and sewing machines supplied. Ages: 7.5-14 yrs. No Class: 11/24

Instructor:  Linda Rush
$112/ 3 Classes

320506 02       Th              Nov 10 - Dec 1    3:30 - 6 pm

Youth Beginning Karate: 4:15-5 pm

This class will cover basic blocking and self-defense.  Class is conducted in a traditional manner with emphasis on protocol and etiquette. Ages: 6-12 yrs.

Youth Advanced Karate: 5-5:45 pm

This class will go more in-depth in the study of Karate and will include traditional Karate as well as preparation for National and International competition for the students who want to compete.  Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.  Ages: 8-12 yrs.

Adult Karate: 5:45-6:45 pm

This class will cover all aspects of Karate; the lecture portion of class is designed for individuals ages 13 yrs. & up. Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough. No Class: 11/3 & 11/24

Instructor:  Robert McDonough
$85/ per month

320202 03       T,Th          Nov 1 - Nov 29   4:15 - 6:45 pm

Zumba with Tania

ZUMBA Fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Appropriate for any fitness level. Try the first class of a session before you register. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Tania Villalbazo
$45/ 4 Classes
340206 08       W               Nov 2 - Nov 23   7 - 8 pm
340206 10       M               Nov 28 - Dec 19  7 - 8 pm
340206 11       W               Nov 30 - Dec 21  7 - 8 pm
$85/ 8 Classes
340206 12       M,W          Nov 28 - Dec 21  7 - 8 pm

Click here to access our online class registration system.

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council


L. Anthony Beall, Mayor

Carol Gamble, Mayor Pro Tempore
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

Mike Vaughn, Council Member

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