January 1, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Welcoming our New Mayor & a New Year!
We're entering 2020 with a new Mayor!

Each year, our City Council selects one of its own to serve as Mayor for a 12-month period. In this role, he or she leads Council meetings, represents the City at a variety of events and activities, and acts as an equal voting member of the City Council.

At its December 17, 2019, meeting, the Council selected Gene Wunderlich to take the helm as Mayor for the next year and Scott Vinton as Mayor Pro Tem. 

Wunderlich joined the Council in November to complete the term of Randon Lane, who took a job in Washington D.C. But you may remember him from 2014, when he was previously a Council Member. Maybe you even recognize him as one of our City's favorite Santa's, as he has volunteered his time for the past 15 years to bring holiday magic to local children.

You can read all about Mayor Wunderlich on our website, or meet him in person at an upcoming Council meeting. You will see how he brings a great combination of professional experience and a lifetime of civic engagement to the position. Please join me in welcoming Murrieta's new Mayor, Gene Wunderlich.

Happy New Year!

Kim Summers, City Manager
HOLIDAYS SHOWCASE OUR CONNECTED COMMUNITY
Thank You Residents for Your Generous Support!


















Murrieta Santa Stops are a favorite holiday tradition. They provide a chance for the City to spread holiday cheer while collecting donations of food and toys to support those less fortunate. This year's local generosity was overwhelming, with 50K pounds of food and 5K toys received. These items were passed on to local non-profits for distribution. 

From the Community Services team pictured above and all of us at the City, thank you to our residents for helping our connected community thrive. Happy New Year! 
SUPPORTING BUSINESS, RESIDENTS & THE ENVIRONMENT
Event Matches Local Jobs with Local People
Murrieta has welcomed more than 1,200 new businesses over the last two years alone, bringing a growing number of job opportunities to residents and the chance to eliminate the long commutes that are a reality for nearly half of of us.

On February 11, 2020, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., the City of Murrieta and the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce will host a mega Job Fair to connect area residents with companies seeking employees. If you're looking to get off the freeway, or if you are a business seeking employees, visit the Chamber's website to learn more about this annual event.
MURRIETA MICROSCOPE GETS UP CLOSE WITH LOCAL BUSINESS
Gallery Works to Enhance Local Arts Scene

Watch the latest episode of Murrieta Microscope where we talk with Inna Pankratova from Art by Inna about her work and bringing art to the community. The gallery will host its grand opening on January 11, 2020 from 2 to 7 p.m.

You can receive more economic development news, including the latest information on new businesses in town,  by signing up for our Economic Development newsletter.
TRANSPARENCY IN ACTION 
Data Portal Puts City Stats at Your Fingertips
Did you know that our Public Works crews sweep 1,011 miles of City streets each month? Or that Library patrons checked out more than 122K items in the last quarter alone!

You will find this and stats from Police, Fire, Public Works and Finance, including Measure T tracking, in the City's new Open Data Portal. We're starting small and will continue to add more information as we build out the portal. So bookmark this page and check back often. We update most of the data-sets quarterly.
MORE THAN BOOKS: EXPLORE YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY!
Access 100-Plus Years of the NY Times

The New York Times is available online at the Murrieta Public Library! Access is made possible by the California State Library, and provides libraries with direct links to the New York Times website  from 1851 to the present, including:
To access the New York Times when in the Library, go to nytimes.com/register and register or log in if you've already registered. To access from home or outside of the Library, click on will receive a code for 24 hours of full off-site access. You will need to log-in or register first. Both links can be found on the Library's web page at www.murrietalibrary.info under E-Resources.
IMPROVING OUR STREETS AND ROADS 
Slurry Seal Work Resumes in School Areas
Back from the holiday break, the City's residential slurry seal work will resume January 3, 2020, weather permitting.  We will begin the year focusing on school areas throughout the City while students are still out on break. If you live near a school, chances are you will see slurry seal activity over the next 10 days.

Please visit www.MurrietaCA.gov/streets  for regularly updated information, maps, and dates for the next two-three weeks. We will post rain delays online and on social media.
Murrieta All-Star: Colin Acda
Vista Murrieta Alumni and musician Colin Acda is a very active member of our community. Colin started singing at the age of four and has gone on to have a successful career as a local musician. 

You can find Colin singing the National Anthem at our City of Murrieta special events. In addition to his singing career, Colin is an Explorer Sergeant with the Murrieta Police Department! His favorite part of the MPD Explorer Program is working alongside sworn officers and learning leadership skills. Great job, Colin. The City of Murrieta appreciates your dedication to our community.
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