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In this issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
Crime Prevention
State of the City Address
Veterans Day Recognition
Military Support
Recreation Highlights
Senior Activities
RSM Chamber of Commerce
RSM Cares

Emergency Preparedness
Arts & Crafts Fair
Connect with Us

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City Manager's Message

There is so much to be thankful for as we greet the month of November in Rancho Santa Margarita.  On Wednesday, November 13th, the City Council will recognize and thank veterans and their families for the many sacrifices they have made in service to our country. All are welcome; I hope you will join us for the reception at 6:30 p.m. and attend the ceremony immediately following at the City Council meeting.

Again this year, we’ll express our gratitude to the members of the City’s adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, by collecting new books and board games for our Marines and Sailors to enjoy with their families. Donations can be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center through December 13th.

As we reflect on the abundance of Rancho Santa Margarita, I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Zero Trash RSM

Saturday, November 2nd 

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.

*ZeroTrash will cancel in the event of rain.

ZeroTrash Volunteers

Pilgrim Pets

Low Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, November 6th
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


Each month, 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 the HEART 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 - $22.00
Bordetella - $17.00
Lyme - $24.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
Rabies - (killed virus) Purevax - $22.00 (1 yr) $49.00 (3 yr)
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $22.00
FELV - $24.00
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.

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Crime Prevention


Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Wood Ranch Restaurant

On Wednesday, November 6th, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services will participate in the Tip-A-Cop Event at Wood Ranch Restaurant from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Deputies serve as celebrity waiters and donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics athletes. 

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

Follow OCSD RSM Police Services on social media:

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm

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2019 State of the City Address

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Council Chamber
22112 El Paseo

Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Jerry Holloway will deliver the annual State of the City Address during the upcoming Wednesday, November 13th  regular meeting of the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council.

The State of the City Address will highlight City accomplishments throughout the past year while providing a vision and preview of the City’s future projects in 2020, the City's 20th anniversary of incorporation.

This annual address offers citizens the opportunity to listen and understand how their investment in our community is working for them and where the community, collectively, is headed in the coming year. Updates on the city’s budget and reserves, public safety, public works projects, and upcoming community improvement projects will be covered.

Mayor Holloway's State of the City address will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The address will stream live audio on the City’s website at www.cityofrsm.org.

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Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
                                              Civic Center
                                              6:30 p.m. Reception, Bell Tower Quiet Lounge
                                              7:00 p.m. Ceremony, Council Chamber

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. Please join us in honoring the men and women of our community for their military service. All veterans are welcome! Please complete a participation form here.

If you have a photo of a veteran that you would like to be added to our presentation of veterans’ photos, please drop off a copy at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, or email photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org.

For More Information: 949-216-9700

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Military Support

New Book and Board Game Collection

Through Friday, December 13, 2019
Bell Tower Community Center

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to support our adopted Marines - and their families! To than end, we are asking the generous RSM community for the gift of new books and board games for our Marine families to enjoy. Items may be dropped off at the Bell Tower Community Center during regular business hours through Friday, December 13th.

Please contact Wendi Redington at (949) 216-9700 for more information

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November Recreation Highlights

Tunes & Tales
$55/ 5 Classes
Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 4 years. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute, and more. Children have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required. Ages: 2-4 yrs.  No Class: 11/27
Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton
310913 02     W       Nov 6-Dec 11        9:45-10:40 am
My Gym Parent & Me
$48/ 4 Classes
This fun-filled, interactive program leads parents and their little ones through a variety of songs, dances, beginning stretches and exercises, beginning tumbling as well as fun rides, games, and puppet shows! Ages: 14-24 months.
Instructor:  My Gym Staff
310252 03     T         Nov 5-Nov 26         9:30-10:15 am
The Etiquette Factory – Holiday Edition
$29/ 1 Class
Dining Etiquette for the Holidays! This exciting two-hour class is focused on dining etiquette. Your child will learn the basics of dining out American-style in fun and interactive ways.  Through discussion, role play, and fun competitions, your child will learn lessons, including demonstration of proper place petting, correct use of table linens, napkin folding options, and role-play a complete dining experience. Ages: 5-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Etiquette Factory Staff
320783 01    T          Dec 10         4:30-6:30 pm
Zumba with Tania
$33/ 3 Classes
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.  No Class: 11/11
Instructor:  Tania Villalbazo
340206 03     M          Nov 4-Nov 25          7-8 pm
340206 04     M          Dec 2-Dec 16          7-8 pm
AM Yoga with Dara
$113/ 10 Classes
This class provides a safe, supportive environment to explore the practice of yoga.  You will build strength, flexibility, and balance while exploring the various postures.  Connecting breath and movement brings calmness of mind, stress release and enables us to function better both on and off the mat. This is a great way to start your day; you will experience better clarity and ease. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  No Class: 12/23, 1/2 & 2/17
Instructor:  Dara Linson
340211 02     M        Dec 2-Feb 24          9-10 am
$117/ 9 Classes
This well-rounded All Levels class invites a deeper understanding of mind-body connection with classic yoga postures. Increase your range of motion, utilizing breath awareness through a structured series of asanas to lengthen, strengthen, and rebalance specific muscles of the body. Modifications and props will be used making this class accessible to beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  No Class: 11/29
Instructor:  Christy Graniere
340254 03     W,F       Nov 20-Dec 20        9-10 am
Befree.yoga Stretch
$117/ 9 Classes
Release tension, elongate and open the body with this All Levels class.  We will begin with a series of Yin Yoga poses that are held passively, for longer periods of time, creating space in our connective tissues and joints.  Classic yoga stretch postures will then be introduced, using the aid of props to support the process of stretching, ending with a relaxation series. Ages: 18 yrs. & up
No Class: 11/28
Instructor:  Christy Graniere
340255 03     T,Th       Nov 19-Dec 19        4:15-5:15 pm
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

Senior citizens

Senior Activities

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

November Activities and Classes

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

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

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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RSM Cares Food Pantry

Wednesday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 20th
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church
30605 Avenida de Las Flores

The RSM Cares Food Pantry is supported solely by donations from generous private donors, local churches and businesses. There are no minimum or financial qualifications required. Stop by between 2 - 5:00 p.m. and get a box for you, your family, or for a neighbor in need. 

Visit the RSM Cares website for more information on how to donate or to learn about  volunteer opportunities.

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Emergency Preparedness 

Public Safety Power Shutoff Information

Southern California Edison (SCE) 

In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfire, Southern California Edison (SCE) may initiate Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in High Fire Threat District areas as designated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

During these events, SCE may proactively shut off power temporarily as a result of elevated weather conditions that could cause a power line to fall and spark, possibly igniting a wildfire. PSPS events are temporary and are meant to keep the community safe.

SCE considers a number of factors and conditions before declaring a PSPS. These include, but are not limited to:

• High winds (including Red Flag Warnings declared by the National Weather Service)
• Low humidity
• Dry vegetation that could serve as fuel
• On-the-ground observations
• Fire threat to electric infrastructure
• Public safety risk

SCE will notify local governments, the emergency management community, and first responders in advance of PSPS events. They also intend to notify affected customers approximately two days in advance of a potential power shutoff. This notification will be via email, text or phone call. They may also send another notice to customers approximately one day before a potential power shutoff. SCE will also notify affected customers when power has been restored.

For more information, visit www.sce.com and SCEs social media channels, and sign up for PSPS alerts at: sce.com/OutageAlerts. Download the free ReadyOC app and register for emergency alerts at www.AlertOC.org.

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Arts & Crafts Fair

Sunday, November 24th
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Central Park Grand Terrace

The Rancho Arts & Crafts Fair will take place on Sunday, November 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Central Park Grand Terrace lawn, just adjacent to City Hall. Artists from RSM and surrounding communities will exhibit a wide array of paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, home décor, photography, gifts and more! Items will be available both for sale and viewing.

For more information, like or follow the Rancho Arts & Crafts Fair page on Facebook.

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Connect with Us!

Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. 
City Council meetings are 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.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council

Jerry Holloway, Mayor
Bradley J. McGirr, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Anne D. Figueroa, Council Member
Carol A. Gamble, Council Member

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