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January 2019
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Warmth for Winter 
Crime Prevention 
Employee of the Year
Senior Activities
Christmas Tree Recycling
Bulky Item Pickup
Recreation Highlights
RSM Chamber of Commerce
Connect with the City of RSM

City Manager's Message

Happy New Year Rancho Santa Margarita! It was great to see so many of you at our 18th Annual Celebrating Family & Friends New Year's Eve event. Despite a brisk chill in the air and rather windy conditions, staff and volunteers provided a fun-filled end of the year celebration for folks of all ages. I'd like to especially recognize our community partners for their generous sponsorship of this event and others throughout the year. We truly value their investment in our community!


Jennifer Cervantez


ZeroTrash volunteers

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, January 5th

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 for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

*Wednesday, January 9th
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


The 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).

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

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.

"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.

*Date change due to holiday

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Warmth For Winter Donations Sought

HEART has been providing medical care, supplies, training, and other essential services for the past five years for pets owned by people who are experiencing homelessness in Orange County.  Thanks to their dedicated staff and the support of generous and caring donors, the lives of hundreds of homeless pets have been saved. Please read the flyer below for more information regarding items needed and drop-off locations.



Crime Prevention

Stay Informed and Connected

The County of Orange uses AlertOC to notify residents of voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders. Register your landline, cell phones, and email addresses to ensure you receive official emergency notifications and alerts. Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media for the latest in crime prevention and safety news. 

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


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

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Employee of the Year

Public Works Superintendent Terry Gregory has been named 2018 Employee of the Year by a vote of his colleagues, who who describe him as a kind, dependable and thorough hard-worker. Terry has been with the City since 2017 and quickly became an invaluable member of the RSM team.

Mr. Gregory has over 20 years of professional experience,  and as an American Public Works Association (APWA) Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector, is an integral part of City operations. Terry oversees the maintenance program for City buildings, streets, traffic signals, equipment, sidewalks, and other City infrastructure, supervises fleet maintenance and inspects construction work done under City-issued permits. 

The City's Employee Recognition Program recognizes outstanding customer service, performance, professionalism, and attitude. Employees nominate colleagues each quarter, and an Employee of the Year is named annually. Congratulations to Terry Gregory, an outstanding member of our exemplary City  staff!

City Manager Cervantez, Public Works Superintendent Gregory

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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 call (949) 709-7592.

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January Recreation Highlights

Paint, Paste & Pour
$45/ 5 Classes
Watch your little ones explore and discover paint, glue, crayons, dough, bubbles and much more. They'll enjoy developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences with manipulative art and sensory materials. Put on your play clothes and share this special time with your little one. Each session has new and exciting activities. Parent participation required. Ages: 1.5-5 yrs.
Instructor:  Paint, Paste & Pour Staff
410302 01 W          Jan 9 - Feb 6        10-10:45 am
The Etiquette Factory
$138/ 6 Classes
The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience designed to change the world, one child at a time. We define manners as helping those around you to feel valued. Our exclusive program helps children understand why integrity, respect, empathy, and charity help our lives both personally and professionally. Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, activities, role play, props, music, stories, and kind discussion.  Some of the skills included are: Introductions, Dining Etiquette, Kindness, Tact, Conversation, Being a Guest, A Clean Mouth, Sincere Apologies and so much more! Who knew learning manners could be so much fun! Ages: 5-12 yrs. What to bring: $20 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Etiquette Factory Staff
421097 01 W          Jan 9 - Feb 13           3:30-5:30 pm
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
440733 01 M          Jan 28 - Feb 18         6:30 - 7:30 pm
PM Yoga with Roz
$135/ 12 Classes
End your day with the practice of yoga in a supportive and encouraging environment.  Build strength, flexibility and balance while exploring various postures.  Connecting breath and movement brings calmness of mind, stress release and enables us to function better both on and off the mat.  We end this class with relaxation to aid in a restful night’s sleep. Ages: 18 yrs. & up
Instructor:  Roz Maissy
440212 01 T            Jan 8 - Mar 26              6 - 7 pm
440212 02 Th          Jan 10 - Mar 28            6:30 - 7:30 pm
Restorative Yoga with Roz
$145/ 12 Classes
This class is the perfect way to end your day.  Connecting breath and movement calms your mind from an active day.  You will build strength and balance while exploring various postures and the calming poses will help to reduce stress and muscle tension aiding in a restful night’s sleep.  This class moves at a gentler pace with a focus on proper alignment, stretching for flexibility and breathing for relaxation. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Roz Maissy
440221 01 T            Jan 8  - Mar 26          7 - 8 pm
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas trees will be collected curbside for recycling at no charge on the customer’s regular trash pickup day on service dates through Monday, January 14th. Residents do not need to call for pickup. CR&R will collect trees using a separate truck driving the route. Trees must be less than six feet tall for it to be taken by CR&R. If a tree is taller than six feet, CR&R requires customers to cut the tree so that no piece is longer than six feet. Flocked trees will be collected but not recycled; please be sure to remove all tinsel and decorations.

For more information call CR&R at (877) 728-0446 or visit their website.

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Public Works

Bulky Item Pickup

Household items that cannot fit into your automated waste carts are considered bulky items. Bulky items must weigh less than 50 lbs and be manageable by a two-person crew. The City's waste hauler, CR&R, provides a convenient haul away service to customers by special request. Common bulky items include:

Excess Green Waste

Items that are not accepted include (but are not limited to) car batteries, tires, automotive parts, and construction and demolition debris.

To arrange pickup of bulky items, contact CR&R customer service at (877) 728-0446 or visit crrwasteservices.com.

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Membership Benefits

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

For more information, visit rsmchamber.org or call (949) 667-3776.

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Connect with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, and cancellations occur occasionally due to holidays. There are several options to comment and participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings:

  • 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.

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Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

Jerry Holloway, Mayor

Brad McGirr, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Anne Figueroa, Council Member

Carol Gamble, Council Member

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