September 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Municipal Election Information
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Patriot Day Ceremony
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
RSM Chamber of Commerce News
RSM Cares Food Pantry
OCTA Long Range Transportation Plan
Electric Lawn Mower Rebate Program
Keeping Kids Safe Project

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City Manager's Message

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita uses a variety of channels  to provide information and news to our residents. August’s Holy Fire certainly appeared ominous and threatening for several days as viewed from many locations throughout the City. We are grateful to the first responders for their dedication and skilled response. As a reminder, the City uses the AlertOC mass notification system designed to keep Orange County residents and businesses informed of important information during emergency events. Examples of use would include disaster notifications, evacuation notices, public health or safety emergencies, and/or any emergency information as defined by the City.  I hope you’ll take a moment to register you and your loved ones for this essential public safety service.


Jennifer Cervantez

Lago Santa Margarita, August 27, 2018

Municipal Election Information

A General Municipal Election is scheduled to be held in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for three (3) members of the City Council for a full term of four (4) years.


The deadline to register to vote is October 22nd. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 30th.

Contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806 for additional election information.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, September 1st

ZeroTrash Rancho Santa Margarita is a volunteer group that meets on the "Zero T First Saturday" of each month to rally together to rid the community of litter. All are welcome: parents, children, students, friends, neighbors - anyone interested in keeping RSM clean! 

Volunteers meet in front of Cinepolis/ Panera at 10:00 a.m. and fan out from there. ZeroTrash provides the pickers and bags; volunteers are asked to closely supervise young children at all times, stay on trails and to keep a look out for snakes! Return pickers and trash at noon behind the Bell Tower Community Center and obtain sign-offs for certification of community service hours or badge requirements.

Follow ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook  or visit their website for more information

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, September 5th
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

On the first Wednesday of each month, Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and, if time allows, nail trims for dogs and cats at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Please visit their website or click here to view a detailed flyer for more information. Cash or credit card ($3 additional processing fee per pet) only; checks are not accepted. Those who have a cat or have pre-paid for vaccines do not need to wait in line and may proceed directly to the cashier table. All others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of those who are physically unable to stand in line).

Important Rabies Information
Please bring a prior Rabies Certificate and other vaccination records with you. A 3-year Rabies Certificate can only be issued if you provide a prior Rabies Certificate. Otherwise, you will receive a 1-year Rabies Certificate.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DHP/DHPP - $20.00
Bordetella - $15.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
Rabies - (killed virus) Purevax - $20.00 (1 yr) $48.00 (3 yr)
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $20.00
FELV - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

"HEART" (aka "SCVVC") is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving lives and improving pet and wild animal health, safety, and welfare.
Prices are subject to change; clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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Patriot Day Remembrance

Tuesday, September 11th
5:30 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita will host a community gathering in honor of the men, women and children who lost their lives and the heroes who responded to the catastrophic events of 9/11.This brief yet poignant ceremony is held annually on the lawn at City Hall, giving attendees and participants an opportunity to reflect on the memories of a day we will never forget. 

Please bring lawn chars for seating; call (949) 216-9700 for more information.

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Crime Prevention 

Protecting Yourself and Your Business Against Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, September 18th 
6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

Rancho Santa Margarita residents and business owners are invited to a free seminar designed to protect them from cyber crimes on the rise in Orange County.

Led by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Detail, the seminar will focus on phishing scams, business email compromise, network intrusions, ransomware and malware and vishing scams. Participants will gain vital information about these potential threats and learn what to do if they’ve been compromised. 

The Cyber Crimes Detail, which launched last July, is the only unit in Orange County that specifically investigates cyber-attacks. The detail is also a member of multiple federal task forces focused on high-tech crimes.

Reserve your place here by using class code #540610-01.


Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media for the latest in crime prevention and safety news. Register with AlertOC to receive emergency notifications and alerts.

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


Orange County Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency (949) 770-6011
Emergency 911

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Senior Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The mission of Age Well Senior Services is to promote and improve the quality of life and independence of the senior community.


Visit the Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949) 709-7592.

September Special Presentations

Wednesday, September 12thDriver Safety for Seniors
Thursday, September 13thStroke Seminar

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Community Living Magazine - Fall 2018

September Recreation Highlights

*NEW* LEGO Engineering - Crazy Carnival
$99/ 8 Classes
Strategic Kids' Crazy Carnival Machines will get students working with LEGO® while teaching a wide variety of engineering topics.  Children will learn organizational and fine motor skills as well as teamwork and other life strategies! During this course the students will discover simple engineering concepts (gears, levers, pulleys) by engaging in fun activities and guided play all based around carnival games and machines.  Each child will receive a LEGO® gift along with a certificate of participation on the last day of class.
Instructor:  Strategic Kids
Ages: 4-6 yrs.
320841 01 F            Sep 7 - Oct 26         2:45-3:45 pm
Ages: 6-12 yrs.
320841 02 F            Sep 7 - Oct 26         4-5 pm
*NEW* Tiny Twisters
$90/ 6 Classes
$75/ 5 Classes*
Tiny Twisters and their parents will shake-tumble-n-roll with upbeat music and friends! Safe spotting tips and age appropriate tumbling will facilitate your child's sensory and motor skills development.  Tumblers will learn to roll down the "big cheese", balance on beams, crawl through tunnels, jump on trampolines and learn gymnastics positions in circle time. Ages: 1-2 yrs.
No Class: 9/19
What to bring: $5 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Tumble-N-Kids
310248 01*             W                Sep 12 - Oct 17      10-10:45 am
310248 02              Sa                Sep 15 - Oct 20      9:30-10:15 am
*NEW* Tumble Bugs 
$90/ 6 Classes
$75/ 5 Classes*
Let's MOVE!  Music, tumbling challenges and introducing simple directions will help your child develop listening and social interaction skills.  Tumblers and parents will participate in circle time and obstacle courses, dance to songs, tumble, roll, jump, balance, walk like animals and finish with parachute activities!
Ages: 2-3 yrs.  No Class: 9/19
What to bring: $5 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Tumble-N-Kids
310249 01*             W                Sep 12 - Oct 17      10:45-11:30 am
310249 02              Sa                Sep 15 - Oct 20      10:15-11 am
Dog Obedience Training
$103/ 4 Classes
This class is designed to teach pet owners how to train their dogs to perform basic obedience skills such as heel, sit, stay, down and come! Ages: 10 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Doggie Do Pet Services
340733 01               M                 Sep 10 - Oct 1           6:30-7:30 pm
Spanish for Beginners
$93/ 5 Classes
Learn Spanish with this innovative course that emphasizes vocabulary method development; you will acquire basic communication skills through listening, speaking and reading.  This class is perfect for students as they prepare for their second level Spanish courses in high school. Ages: 14 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Jose Pedraza
320714 01                M                  Sep 10 - Oct 8            6-7 pm
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

State of the City and Business of the Year Award Presentation

Tuesday, September 18th

7 - 9:00 a.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The mission of the RSM Chamber of Commerce is to promote and enhance the business community of Rancho Santa Margarita by assisting members through Joining, Connecting, and Growing a vibrant local economy.

One of the Chamber's signature events is the State of the City and Business of the Year Presentation. Join Mayor Mike Vaughn for breakfast and an overview of the great things happening in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

To register, or for more information, visit rsmchamber.org.
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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, September 4th
Thursday, September 20th

The RSM Food Pantry is every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There are no minimum or financial qualifications required. Stop in and get a box for your family, or for a neighbor in need. 

The RSM Food Pantry is located in the parking lot behind The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact RSM Cares to learn about how you can volunteer time or donate to this great program. The RSM Food Bank is  registered with 211OC.

OCTA Long Range Transportation survey

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is now shaping the future of Orange County transportation! We’re paving the way towards the year 2040 based on projected increases in population, housing, and employment. We need help from Orange County residents like you! What do you want your daily journey to look like?

Four Ways to participate:

  • Survey: Give your input online, help us see OC through your eyes.
  • Art Contest: Students! Show us your transportation vision, win up to $200! *
  • Telephone Town Hall: Share your ideas with the experts on September 12th.
  • Family Open House: Bring the whole family for a fun night on September 22nd.

* Art contest open to students K - college. See contest rules for details.

Learn more here by visiting the Long Range Transportation website.

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Electric Lawn Mower Rebate Program

The South Coast AQMD offers a year-round Electric Lawn Mower Rebate program. Purchase a new, cordless electric lawn mower, scrap your old gas mower and receive a rebate check based on the purchase price of the new mower. Help improve air quality by participating!

The on-line application is available at www.aqmd.gov/lawnmower.

For more information please call 888-425-6247 (Tuesday-Friday). 

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Keeping Kids Safe Project

Thursday, September 6th 
4 -  8:00 p.m. 
Rancho Santa Margarita Honda
29961 Santa Margarita Parkway

The community is invited to the Keeping Kids Safe Project community health and safety fair hosted by Rancho Santa Margarita Honda where FBI quality digital fingerprinting will be provided for children at no cost.

The event offers not only digital fingerprints for kids - it also provides empowering safety information to families. All activities at the fair are free, and parents and children of all ages are invited to attend.

For more information, visit KeepingKidsSafeProject.com or call Amy Chapouris at (949) 713-2000.

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Connect with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

There are several convenient ways for citizens to engage and participate in public meetings. The Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month, and the City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, and cancellations occur occasionally due to holidays. The following options are available for those who wish to comment on agenda items or present a matter to the City Council and/or Planning Commission:

  • Written material may be submitted in hard copy to the City Clerk, who will copy it and provide the statement to the Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be submitted via the City's website The eComment will be emailed directly to the City Clerk. eComments are accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  • Comments may be submitted by e-mail message to the City Clerk who will provide them to the City Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be delivered orally at a meeting. There is a three-minute time limit per speaker. 
  • A statement can be submitted by proxy on a resident’s behalf at a meeting by reading it aloud. The three-minute time limit applies.  

For more information, please contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806.

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

Michael Vaughn, Mayor

Jerry Holloway, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Carol Gamble, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

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