City of Murrieta Newsletter                                         May 2019
City Government

Randon Lane
Mayor Pro Tem

Jonathan Ingram
Council Member

Council Member

Christi White
Council Member
City Manager 
City Special Events
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Military Moms & Wives Bruncheon
Saturday, May 11
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Garden of Verses
(Murrieta Library) 

Youth Art Showcase
Saturday, May 18
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Murrieta Youth Center

Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 27
Begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Town Square Park 

 Please refer to our website for more information or click  here for upcoming events and/or contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275).
  
*Please note that all events including dates and locations are subject to change. 
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A Message from the City Manager...
As our beautiful City continues to grow, City staff members have been working hard to ensure that our services grow as well. Last August, our Fire Department became one of 20 fire agencies to be accredited in the State of California. Thanks to our new revenue stream, Murrieta Fire & Rescue, as well as several other areas of the City, can continue to grow and develop.
 
To improve emergency response times throughout the City, we will be introducing two new medic patrol vehicles to the department. The new medic program will focus on healthcare related development which will significantly impact Murrieta Fire & Rescue's ability to reach their response goals.
 
The Murrieta Police Department will be getting additional officers which will impact the community in a number of areas. From a new Body Worn Camera Program, cadet program, and the addition of officers on the streets as well as more dispatchers, the department will be able to maintain our standing as one of the safest cities in the nation.
 
As promised to voters, the City will begin addressing the condition of our roadways and implement a new Graffiti Abatement Program in the coming months as well as offering new services and programs.
 
In the coming months, citizens will be able to track Measure T revenues and expenditures through a new dashboard on the City website. These are just the start of many exciting things citizens will be seeing to preserve and improve our beautiful community.

Kim Summers 

See What's New in Murrieta!

Renaissance Villages 
celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Assisted Living Villa with a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, April 18. The Assisted Living Villa is an alternative option for seniors who need or want more supervision and assistance, and offers an open and centralized floor plan. To discover more, click here
Innovative Document Solutions, a locally owned and operated full service document management provider that has served Riverside and San Diego Counties since 1989, hosted a Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 19, to celebrate 30 years in business. According to their website their mission is, "... to be the best document management solutions provider through a strong commitment to innovative solutions, quality products, superior service and sustained customer satisfaction." To learn more about their services, click here
On Tuesday, April 23, Dove River Tactical Training
celebrated their business with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Dove River Tactical Training  is a professional service that helps businesses, organizations, and individuals reach their professional and personal goals by offering a variety of training opportunities such as security training, security and firearms consulting, personal firearms training, and self-defense. Visit their website here
DIY Divorce  held a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, April 25, to celebrate six years in business! DIY Divorce offers services in Murrieta and Temecula,  and is operated by experienced paralegal Kristin Harrison, who has worked in Family Law since 2003. Check out DIY Divorce's blog here
For more Murrieta business news and information, click here.
Residential Grill Fires 
The rainy weather seems to be behind us, which means summer BBQ parties will soon be on the rise. Please be fire safe when using your grill to prevent injury, loss of life, or property damage.

According to the U. S. Fire Administration:
-Almost half (49%) of residential grill fires occur from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
-Over half (57%) of residential grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July, and August.
-More than a third (32%) of residential grill fires start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards, while an additional 24% start on exterior balconies and unenclosed porches.
-Most (79%) home grill fires involve gas grills.
-"Mechanical failure/malfunction" is the leading factor in the start of grill fires.

Remember these basic BBQ safety tips:
-Always locate your grill away from any combustible wall.
- Set up grill in an open area and away from buildings.
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors.
- Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
- Keep a fire extinguisher within reach.
- Use long-handled BBQ tools and flame retardant mitts.
- NEVER leave unattended children or pets near a hot grill.

Across the country, grill fires are estimated to cause $37 million in property loss each year. Therefore, while you are entertaining family and friends at your next home BBQ party, remember to use these tips to stay safe and continue to enjoy your summer fun!
Murrieta Police Volunteer Program
The Murrieta Police Volunteer Program is crucial to our success in maintaining services and community programs. Murrieta has the annual distinction of being the safest city in Riverside County and one of the safest in the state and nation. This would not be possible without our Police Volunteers. We firmly believe every Volunteer actively contributes to this prestigious designation and is part of the overall collaborative team effort. 
 
Volunteers can assist in several arenas which best suits their interests, time commitments and the organizational needs.  Some of our Volunteers prefer volunteering within the police station. They assist the public at the front counter, answering the business phone line, filing paperwork, data entry, conducting background checks and other clerical duties. Almost every specialized unit within the department such as the Special Enforcement Team, Code Enforcement, Detectives, Traffic Division, and our administrative staff utilize volunteers in house in key positions to help the sworn officers function more efficiently. Those Volunteers who have an interest in working "in the field" are assigned in uniform at community events such as the DARE Golf Tournament, City parades, the annual City Birthday Bash, and other civic events.
 
The Murrieta Police Department is actively recruiting volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month assisting in a variety of different duties within the police department. Minimum requirements include: an interest in serving the Murrieta community, being at least 18 years old and the ability to commit to a minimum of 16 hours of service per month. Some of our volunteers work as many as 35 to 40 hours a month but only 16 hours a month is required to maintain active volunteer status. Volunteers are also required to complete an application packet, be available for a short interview and pass an internal background process. 
 
If this program sounds interesting to you, please e-mail or call one of the volunteer coordinators listed below. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in serving our fine community. 

Murrieta All-Stars
A native of Murrieta and Vista Murrieta High School alumni, Su'a Cravens is now a safety and linebacker for the Denver Broncos. After a very successful high school career, Cravens went on to play football for the University of Southern California. His freshman year, Cravens started in 13 of their 14 season games. After his junior year of college, Cravens chose to forgo his final year of eligibility and entered into the 2016 NFL draft. Cravens was pick number 53 in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft! He started his NFL career with the Washington Redskins and is currently playing for the Denver Broncos. Congratulations, Su'a, the City of Murrieta is so proud of you!
FREE Access to Britannica & Teaching Books 
The Library now has free access to two new databases, Britannica and Teaching Books. In June of 2017, $3 million was provided by the State of California for online library databases for California's K-12 students. Britannica and Teaching Books voluntarily, and at no extra charge to the state, made available these two databases to all public libraries in California. Links to the databases can be found on the Library's web page www.murrietalibrary.info under the E-Resources, Children's and Teen links.
Military Moms and Wives Bruncheon
The upcoming Military Moms and Wives Bruncheon is a FREE event set for Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Murrieta Library's Garden of Verses.  On-site childcare for ages 3 to 12 years is provided by the City of Murrieta. Please RSVP to MilitaryMoms@MurrietaCA.gov by May 3, or contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275) for additional information.
Youth Art Showcase 
The Youth Advisory Committee and the Community Services Department are proud to present its Youth Art Showcase at the Murrieta Youth Center, Saturday, May 18, from noon to 2 p.m. Murrieta's own local, amateur artists from 12 to 18 years show off their creations. The art categories include fine, digital, photography, fashion, visual, and other mediums such as clay, sculpture, nouveau, etc.  Admission and participation are FREE to the Art Showcase. The top three artworks as voted by the audience will be awarded a gift card! Applications are available at www.MurrietaCA.gov/youth . Please contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275) for additional information.
Memorial Day Observance 
The City's Memorial Day observance will take place at Town Square Park on Monday, May 27, beginning at 8 a.m. We will honor and pay tribute to those service persons who have selflessly laid down their lives defending our freedoms. 

Event Program
Welcome Address
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
Invocation
Keynote Address
Laying of Wreaths
Taps
Concluding Remarks 
California Oaks Sports Park Pool 
If you're looking to cool off from the heat, the California Oaks Sports Park Pool will once again open its gates at the end of May. Located at the corner of California Oaks Road and Lincoln Avenue, the City pool offers a variety of programs including the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program (group swim lessons), Lap Swim, Water Exercise, Public Swim, and Private Swim Lessons. Costs vary by program. Please visit the City's website at www.MurrietaCA.gov for more information or to view the upcoming spring schedule and the pool rules or you may contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275).

     
                   
City of Murrieta
1 Town Square
Murrieta, CA 92562
(951) 304-CITY (2489)