October 1, 2019
It Takes a Village: Behind the Scenes in an Emergency
On the afternoon of September 4,  I looked out my window at City Hall to see a plume of smoke rising from the hills to our west.  Just a few hours later, we had opened the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for what had become the Tenaja Fire.  I want to share a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes when the City moves into emergency operations.

Every employee of the City takes an oath of office and becomes a disaster services worker in case of emergency. So when the EOC was activated, dozens of staff moved seamlessly into pre-defined roles. Working through the night, they gathered around laptops and whiteboards to manage logistics related to public safety, resident communications and City operations. They worked hand-in hand with dozens of partner agencies,  like CalFire, the Murrieta Valley School District, Animal Services, and Red Cross. Others kept services running at City Hall.

Across town at Los Alamos Sports Park, Murrieta Fire and Rescue and CalFire led the Incident Command Center. There they coordinated the work of more than 800 firefighters and a dozen public safety partners from cities across the state and kept the Tenaja fire from burning hundreds of homes in its potential path.

I am beyond grateful for our dedicated Fire and Police teams who put their lives on the line to protect our community. And I also recognize those behind the scenes: residents who evacuated efficiently, the businesses and neighbors that provided food and water for firefighters and police, staff who stepped out of their regular roles, and so many more. I am proud to be a part of this connected community.

Kim Summers, City Manager
Need a Passport? City Clerk Has You Covered
The City of Murrieta is now a Passport Acceptance Facility, designated by the U.S. Department of State! Just visit the City Clerk's Department during regular City Hall office hours to submit your passport applications. We can also  assist with forms and renewals and take your passport photos. Appointments are not required. Visit the City Clerk's Passport Info page for important instructions and document downloads.

What to Bring when You Apply
  • Original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate, previously issued passport, naturalization papers. See website for full list.
  • Valid photo ID.
  • For your convenience, you may download and complete the application  prior to your visit, but is not required. Applications must be typed or printed in black ink.
  • For a minor child's passport, both parents will need to appear with the child.
  • Two checks or money orders per applicant, one for the Department of State per person (fees vary and are listed online), and one for the City's $35 execution fee. The State Department does not accept cash or credit cards. There is also a $10 fee per photo.
The City Clerk is located on the second floor of Murrieta City Hall. Our alternate Friday closures are listed on the homepage of the City's website or view the calendar here.
Slurry Project Maps Now Online
Beginning in late October and over the next four-six months, the City will resurface approximately 19 million square feet of residential streets. Is your street included in this round?

Public Works has posted a map of selected streets on its Project Page. We will update the map periodically and announce on social media when dates are set for specific neighborhoods. We're starting with the streets that need it most and will slurry seal the remaining residential streets in about two years.

Signs will also be posted 48 hours prior to street closures. We know that it's inconvenient to keep cars off the streets during resurfacing, it's essential, however, as driving on wet slurry seal can cost thousands of dollars in repair fees. Thanks in advance for helping the City preserve and protect your streets!
Local Company Drives Medical Innovation

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Two Free Disposal Events Coming in October

Are you ready to get rid of those old appliances, bundled green waste, furniture or electronics? Want to avoid dump fees? 

Community Clean Up Day on October 19, 2019, 8 a.m. to noon at Kalmia and 2nd Streets.  Be prepared to unload your own items and bring a picture ID or utility bill.  Download the event flyer  for more information.
Wondering what to do with old paint, automotive and garden products? How about used oil, medications or sharps?

Riverside County will hold a free Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event at Murrieta City Hall's parking lot on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Download the HHW flyer for important guidelines.
Is Your Police Contact Form Up-to-Date?
Whether it's an after-hours alarm, fire or other emergency, there may be a time when Police or Fire need to quickly contact a business owner. 

By completing the Police Department's online Business Contact Update, you can ensure that we have primary and back-up contacts and other important information that will help us protect your business. It's quick and easy. Just visit us online where you can complete and submit the form.
Fall Events are Connecting our Community!
The Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 13, beginning at 8 a.m. The route begins and ends at Town Square Park and winds its way through downtown Murrieta. More details are available at their website

T he Drifters Car Club is hosting the 7th Annual Murrieta Rod Run on Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12, along Washington Avenue in Downtown Murrieta. Cruise Night from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.  Saturday hosts the vehicle showcase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at their website.
One of the City''s signature events, the Murrieta Fall Festival is set for Saturday, October 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at California Oaks Sports Park. Bring the whole family for carnival style games, food vendors, candy, and prizes.  Cost is $3 per participant. 
Free Programs  Build Early Literacy & Cognitive Skills
Budding Bookworms Storytime   is   held  on Mondays at 10 and 11 a.m. for children birth to age 6 with an adult.  This is a lap-sitting  s torytime  designed to enhance the rhythm of language while bonding with your young child.   For children 3-12 years old.

LEGO Club   meets   on  the second  Thursday  of the month   at 4 p.m. And a   Teen Art Contest for grades 6-12  will accept e ntries the week of October 7. Learn more here.
The Murrieta Book Club for adults meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. and the Book to Movie Club for adults meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, also at 6 p.m. New this fall is Tech Help for adults. One-on-one appointments for a variety of tech help topics can be booked by calling the Library at 951-304-2665, ext. 3 or asking at the Reference Desk.
V isit  www.murrietalibrary.info  for  a  complete list  of programs .
Murrieta All-Star: Hank Bachmeier
Murrieta Valley High School alumni, Hank Bachmeier, is the starting quarterback for Boise State Football. Hank is a true freshman and earned his starting position during the Bronco's summer camp. As a high school athlete, Hank had 13,150 yards, 156 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He currently holds the CIF Southern Section record for the most career passing touchdowns. The City of Murrieta is so proud of you, Hank! We are excited to watch all of our alumni athletes in action.
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