March 1, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Stay Informed and Healthy this Spring
It's almost spring, one of my favorite times of the year. As the weather enters that perfect state before the summer heat, and everything starts to bloom, I am reminded of the many reasons we love living here.
 
This is also the time when flu season peaks. And this year we have a new player, COVID-19 or Corona Virus, that's reminding us to think hard about prevention and preparation.
 
The good news is that we can take simple steps to limit the spread of germs from both of these culprits--and many others. Good hand-washing, wiping down surfaces, staying home if you're sick, all those things Mom recommended really do make a difference.
 
I also encourage residents to stay informed by following reputable sources of information. In Riverside County, Public Health is the lead agency for COVID-19. While there are currently no diagnosed cases in Riverside County, be assured that we're paying close attention, and will work arm in arm with our local and County partners should the situation warrant. 
 
You will find resources and tips in the links below, including a link to this week's Public Health Town Hall at Loma Linda University and some common-sense tips.  We will also include links and local information on the City's website, www.MurrietaCA.gov. Check in and stay connected.

Kim Summers, City Manager
ITS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE INAUGURAL COHORT
City Hall Citizens Academy Prepares to Launch
It's not too late to join the City Hall Citizens Academy, which starts on March 7, 2020, at 9 a.m. with a morning introduction and tour. the Academy continues on Thursday evenings from 5:30- 8 p.m. through April 23, 2020. Dinner is provided each session at 5:30 p.m. from rotating local restaurants.

It's fun, free and a great way to get to know the inner workings of your City! Eight weeks, 11 departments and a step toward becoming a City Ambassador. Visit www.MurrietaCA.gov/academy
FOLLOW-UP FROM SHORT-TERM RENTAL WORKSHOP
City Explores Balanced Regulation of STVR's
On February 18, 2020, City Council held a Workshop to explore the issue of Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs). We heard from City staff and learned about some tools that help track and manage STVR's.  Close to 100 people attended, and those who shared their thoughts were strongly supportive of the City implementing fair regulations for this growing industry.

Next step is to present recommendations to the City Council on how best to implement regulations. This will most likely involve identifying where these businesses are and setting up some enforceable rules that keep out the bad apples and help ensure that neighbors are not adversely impacted.
Once any recommendations go through Planning Commission, they will come back to Council for review and a vote. We will keep you posted on social media and through the City website.
WE'RE PUTTING TRANSPARENCY INTO ACTION
OpenData Portal Lets You See How We're Doing
A few months back we announced OpenGov, our fiscal data hub that connects the public with a wide range of City financial reports. Now we're taking things to the next level with OpenData. As part of our continued work to enhance our transparency, we have expanded this platform to include quarterly data on nine City Departments, including Finance. 

Just go to www.MurrietaCA.gov/opendata and check it out. This is a work in progress and we will continue to add data as we build out the site. We would like to hear what you think. Just visit the link on the Open Data landing page to submit your comments.
NEW #2 JOINS MURRIETA FIRE AND RESCUE
City Welcomes Deputy Chief Mike Lopez to MFR
Murrieta's new Deputy Fire Chief starts on Monday, March 2, 2020. Mike Lopez comes to us from the City of Carlsbad where he was Division Chief, and brings a wealth of experience to this key position.

With 26 years of public service under his belt, he has been a chief officer since 2008, serving as a member of Carlsbad Fire's leadership team and overseeing Administrative/Support Services, Emergency Medical Services, Training, and Fire Prevention .

Lopez will work under Fire Chief David Lantzer as the second in charge of the 51 firefighters in the department. Please join us in welcoming him to MFD and the community.
SIGNATURE CITY EVENT BRINGS CYCLING DOWNTOWN
Tour de Murrieta Runs this Weekend

This is an event not to miss. Each day of the 15th annual Tour de Murrieta bike race will host a challenging type of race.  The ever-popular, fast-paced, one-mile Grand Prix will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, with races beginning at 7:30 a.m. An under-12 kids' race begins at noon. 

The start/finish line is on Juniper Street in front of the Senior Center at 5 Town Square. The rolling, 4-mile Circuit Race with its eight turns will take place Sunday, March 8, 2020,  beginning at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude around 4:30 p.m.  Additional information about this event can be found on the Tour de Murrieta Website.
CITY'S 52ND PARK PREPARES TO OPEN
Help us Celebrate the Opening of B-Street Station
Join us for a ribbon-cutting at our 52nd park, B Street Station, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. The park is situated at B Street and Adams Avenue across from Murrieta Elementary School. 

This innovative park makes great use of small space. It includes two pickleball courts, outdoor strength-training equipment, ping-pong and picnic tables, and a picnic shelter. As the park was built partially with block grant funds, priority time will be set aside for adults and seniors 50 years and older, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and then to the general public after those times and on weekends. 
MORE THAN BOOKS: EXPLORE YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY!
Library Provides Mental Health Resources for all Ages
In partnership with the California State Library, the Murrieta Public Library now has mental health kits for adults and children that can be checked out for two weeks. 

The adult kits include books and resource links for topics such as PTSD, grief, depression, anxiety, mindfulness and stress reduction. The children's kits include a game or toy with books and resource links on topics such as empathy, sadness and anxiety. Dementia/Alzheimer kits will also become available in the near future and will include a kit for caregivers, and memory lane kits that have games, music CDs, conversation cards and memory books for the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. 

For more information call the Library at 951-304-2665 or stop by and ask a staff member about the kits.
PARKS & RECREATION SNAPSHOT
Dodgeball and Rock N Roll are Coming!
Our Youth Advisory Committee will host its annual Youth Dodgeball Tournament on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Youth Center beginning at 4 p.m. This free event is open to 6th through 9th grade students and will include snacks, music, a photo booth, and a "green machine" challenge. Don't know what a green machine challenge is? Give us a call and find out!  Register your team of four at the Murrieta Youth Center or contact us at 951-304-7275.

Offering monthly activities for special needs adults 18 years and older, the City's Alternative Recreation Program will host a Rock & Roll 50's theme event on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Community Center. There is a $2 event fee per participant, caregivers are free and pre-registration is not required.
Murrieta All-Star: Olympian Charlotte Craig
Charlotte Craig has overcome several challenges and is a true All Star. When Charlotte was just two years old, she had a dysfunctional kidney and needed it removed. The doctors told her parents that she couldn't participate in hard contact sports. 

At the age of five, her parents signed her up for taekwondo. She started the sport with full padding to protect her only kidney. Despite the odds, Charlotte worked hard to become a professional taekwondo fighter. She represented the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games and holds several championship titles. 

Charlotte is currently a Murrieta resident. Way to go, Charlotte. The City of Murrieta is proud of your perseverance and dedication to the sport!
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