MORE MURRIETA · FEBRUARY 2024 · UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF MURRIETA

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Message from the City Manager

February 2024


Happy February! It's incredible how time flies, isn't it? Today marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a great opportunity to remind ourselves to take care of our heart health. Let's make this month a time to prioritize our health and well-being.


Speaking of prioritizing health, I'm excited to share that through the City's efforts to keep Murrieta healthy and thriving, Murrieta was voted Best City.


Check out what's happening in Murrieta and read on to discover the latest events, programs, and news in this edition of More Murrieta:

  • The City of Murrieta was voted Best City
  • Join a Trails or Parks and Recreation Master Plan Workshop
  • Learn more about Murrieta's Adopt-a-Street Program
  • Check out rain safety tips from Murrieta Fire & Rescue
  • Murrieta Police Department announces 2022 crime rankings


Since February is the month of love, let's spread love to our neighbors and ourselves to make it a great month. We truly love serving you and, of course, being Connected by Community.


Sincerely,

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Kim Summers

Murrieta City Manager

City of Murrieta Voted Best City

The City is excited to share that Murrieta was voted Best City in the Inland Empire by readers of the Inland Empire Magazine. This is the first time the votes were ranked. The City is honored to receive this recognition, going up against cities such as Temecula, Menifee, Corona, Chino Hills, and Yucaipa, just to name a few. 


“It is wonderful that our residents felt strongly enough to submit and then vote for us,” said City Manager Kim Summers. “This is a direct reflection of all the hard work employees do each day to make this the best community possible!”

 

The City of Murrieta continues to provide its residents and businesses with an environment where they can thrive and takes pride in its ability to be a great place for people to live, work, and play.


Community Services Department

Master Plan Public Workshops

The City of Murrieta is currently updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was last updated in 2009, and it is moving forward with its first-ever Trails Master Plan.


These master plans will allow for long-range planning that provides policy guidance for future land use, park and amenity development, infrastructure, services, programming, and events. As a community that values connection, the City is seeking input from its residents. Each master plan will have three in-person workshops.


You are invited to participate in the several workshops that will be held over the next few months. The public can learn more and contribute input on the vision, goals, and direction for the plan and the City’s future, especially as it relates to multi-use trails, e-bikes, and trail connectivity.


The first workshop will focus on the Trails Master Plan.


Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: 28610 Baxter Road, Murrieta, CA 92563

Adopt-a-Street

Keep Murrieta Clean and Beautiful!

Murrieta is a beautiful place to live, and we should all take pride in it. The city is asking for your help to maintain its beauty.


Did you know you can volunteer to clean up litter from the roads? You can participate in the City's Adopt-a-Street program to help keep our roads clean. Groups and individuals who consistently participate in cleanup activities are eligible for signage to recognize their efforts.


To learn more about the program, click here.


If you are interested in applying, click here.

Economic Development

Connected by Business

Murrieta Hot Springs Resort is open. People can officially relax and indulge in the mineral water pools.


On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, Murrieta Hot Springs Resort hosted a grand opening event that City Council and City Staff attended.


“This world-class resort in Murrieta is going to have a strong start,” noted Scott Agajanian, Murrieta’s Director of Economic Development. “I’m proud of the City’s role in getting this project to the finish line. It’s a great example of how government can work with property owners and developers for the benefit of everyone”.


If you are interested in booking your experience, click here.


To get the latest Murrieta economic development news, sign up for the City’s Economic Development eNewsletter here.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue

Lifesaving tips

Did you know February is "Heart Month," and Murrieta Fire & Rescue is a Pulse Point-connected community? That means you have the power to be a lifesaver right from your phone. The free PulsePoint app connects you to nearby Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR-trained citizens in case of a sudden cardiac arrest.


Sudden cardiac arrest strikes unexpectedly. Early CPR and defibrillation are crucial for survival, but precious minutes can be lost waiting for EMS to begin life-saving measures. With PulsePoint, you can be the bridge between life and death.


Download the PulsePoint app today and learn CPR. You never know when you might be called upon to save a life. Remember, the basics can make a big difference, even if you last took a CPR course years ago.


Together, we can create a community where everyone is a potential lifesaver. Download PulsePoint today!

With February showers rolling in, remember to stay prepared and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Here's a quick guide to keeping things dry and secure during the rainstorms:



Free Sandbags: Protect your property from potential flooding! Residents can pick up up to 10 sandbags per household at Murrieta Fire Stations 1 & 2 (bring your shovel; supplies are limited).


Stay Away From Flooded Roads: Remember, "Turn around, don't drown!" It only takes a few inches of water to sweep away a vehicle. Choose alternate routes and avoid flooded areas altogether.


Vehicle Emergencies: If caught in moving water while driving, stay with your vehicle and call 9-1-1. If the water rises, climb onto the roof and wait for rescue.


Respect Road Closures: Don't move or drive around barricades or warning signs. They're there for your safety! City crews place them strategically to protect you from potential hazards.


Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather updates from the U.S. National Weather Service and local authorities for the latest forecasts and advisories.


Additional Tips:


  • Secure outdoor furniture and decorations to prevent them from becoming windborne projectiles.
  • Clear rain gutters and drains to prevent rainwater overflow.
  • Charge your phone and battery-powered devices in case of power outages.
  • Have a flashlight and emergency kit readily available.



Following these simple precautions, you can safely navigate rainstorms and minimize potential risks. Stay safe, Murrieta!


Did you know Murrieta Fire & Rescue has its own newsletter? To get the latest news from MFR, sign up here.

Murrieta Police Department

Murrieta ranks as one of the safest cities

The Murrieta Police Department continues to keep Murrieta ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation to live in and conduct business in. Our top three crime rankings for 2022 highlight the City’s unwavering dedication to fostering a safe and secure environment for its residents, visitors, and business owners.


To learn more about the crime rankings, click here.

Coffee with the City

Connecting over coffee with the City of Murrieta team


Coffee with the City is back! Every fourth Tuesday of the month, the City of Murrieta and the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce host "Coffee with the City," a free community event that brings residents together over a cup of Dunkin' coffee to connect with local leadership. Through these meaningful conversations, the community actively contributes to shaping Murrieta's future and strengthening the sense of community. The next Coffee with the City will be:


Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024


Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


Location: Murrieta Innovation Center, 26442 Beckman Court, Murrieta, CA 92562

Murrieta Market Nights

Visit the heart of Murrieta during our evening street markets

Grab your jackets and get ready for cool evenings while you shop local during Murrieta Market Nights! Head over to Washington Avenue to dive into an immersive experience, exploring local vendors, artisans, entertainment, and unique food options.


Dates: Thursday, February 15

Time: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Murrieta

Murrieta Public Library

Programming for all ages and expanded Seed Library events

Children’s Events:

  • Dog Tales, Mondays at 4:30 p.m., Community Room
  • Lapsit Storytime, Tuesdays (ages birth to 18 months), at 10:30 a.m., Community room*
  • Toddler Mornings, Wednesdays (ages 18 months to 3 years), at 10:30 a.m., Community Room*
  • Independent Storytime, Thursdays (ages 4 and 5 years), at 10:30 a.m., Community Room*
  • Joyful Minds Meditation (meets monthly – ages 6 to 12), Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., February 7, Community Room, or Garden
  • Book Talk (meets monthly – ages 8 to 12), Tuesday, February 20, The Lab
  • Family Arcade (meets monthly – Ages 3 to 12 years), Thursday, February 15, 4:30 p.m., The Lab
  • Chess Club (meets weekly – all ages, drop-in), Fridays at 3:00 p.m., The Lab
  • Lego Club (meets monthly – age 3 to 12 years), Thursday, February 22, 4:30 p.m., Community Room


Teen Events:

  • Community Service Night Partnered with Milvet, Tuesday, February 13, 4:30 p.m., The Lab
  • Tiny fuzzy Creatures Take Home Kit, Saturday, February 24, pick up at the Adult Reference Desk (While supplies last)



Adult Events:

  • Multicolor Candle Take Home Kit, Saturday, February 3, pick up at the Adult Reference Desk (While supplies last)
  • Understanding Credit and Managing Debit presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, Tuesday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m., Community Room 


Seed Library Events:

  • Murrieta Grows Garden Club (meets monthly), Monday, February 5, Community Room
  • Plant Wildflowers, Wednesday, noon, February 3, Community Room*
  • Seed Valentines, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., February 14, Community Room*
  • Murrieta Kids Grow Garden Club (meets monthly), Wednesday, February 28, Community Room*


*Some events require registration. Registration is available three days prior. Click here to register.



Keep in Touch

To stay current with what’s happening at the Murrieta Public Library follow them on social media!


Instagram: @MurrietaLibrary

Facebook: @MurrietaLibrary



In addition, staff are available to answer questions via phone Monday through Saturday during regular hours by calling

951-304-2665.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming special events and public meetings


February Public Meetings

  • City Council Meetings | February 6 and February 20
  • Planning Commission Meeting | February 14 and February 28
  • Trails Master Plan Workshop | February 15



February Special Events


Upcoming Events

  • Spring Eggstravaganza and Rec Expo | March 23
  • Murrieta Fire & Rescue 77th Firefighters BBQ | April 13 | Event details


Meeting times and dates are subject to change. Please visit the City's agenda webpage for meeting details and full agendas.

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Fall/Winter Murrieta Magazine and Recreation Guide

Discover Murrieta's vibrant community

The Murrieta Magazine Fall/Winter edition is available! This magazine is mailed directly to every resident and business in Murrieta and is packed with program updates from City departments and showcases upcoming events throughout the city. Published three times a year, it's a must-have to stay in the know. Access the digital magazine here: City of Murrieta Magazine digital edition.

City of Murrieta Legislative Updates

Advocating for the interests of residents and businesses


Throughout each year, the California State Legislature and the United States Congress propose and enact legislation, some of which affect local municipal government. The City of Murrieta recognizes the need for active legislative engagement at the local, state, and federal levels to enhance the interests of Murrieta’s residents and businesses.


At times, it is in the City's best interest to take a position on proposed legislation. To view this year's approved Legislative Platform and all submitted letters of opposition and support, visit the City's website. This page is updated throughout the year as the City takes positions on various pieces of legislation. 

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