March 2021
MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Let's Remember Those We Have Lost, Together
Welcome to March. It warms my heart to see our community moving forward with the determination and connectivity that define us. Our COVID positivity rate has dropped by half this past month, and schools are preparing to open with modifications. Businesses are welcoming outdoor activities and modified indoor shopping, and our Back-to-Business Team is supporting them along the way. And on March 14, we will spring ahead into Daylight Savings time by setting our clocks ahead one hour, adding more outdoor time into our lives.

Yet, it is also a time for solemn reflection, as we have hit the unimaginable landmark of more than 100 COVID deaths in Murrieta alone. While we can appreciate the pandemic's weakening grip, we recognize the tragic loss of friends, colleagues, and family members over this past year.

I invite all of you to take a virtual moment with us on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:15 p.m., when we lay a wreath in remembrance. This event will stream live on the City's Facebook page. You can participate in this tribute by lighting a candle at home with us during the live-stream. We will distribute complimentary candles at City Hall between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. today (Monday) and Tuesday.

Let's remember together.
Kim Summers, City Manager
WHERE DID THE TIME GO?
City to Celebrate the Big 30!
On July 1, 2021, Murrieta will celebrate 30 years of cityhood. We're preparing for the occasion by virtually recognizing how far we have come and celebrating those who have helped along the way. Watch our social media pages and bookmark our 30th Anniversary Webpage for Thursday posts, historical photos, videos, and fun facts about Murrieta's road to cityhood. We're adding new content each week!
Costco Project Prepares to Break Ground

The long-anticipated Costco Warehouse is one step closer. Last month, the City issued a rough grading permit, allowing Costco to begin the first major construction step. Several other buildings in this shopping center have also received approvals with Starbucks, Farmer Boys, Accelerated Urgent Care, a multi-tenant retail site, and a convenience store, all approved or in process. The Center will be called the Vineyard and is located off Clinton Keith Road at the northeast corner of the 215 intersections. 
PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE
Grab and Go Services, and Kids’ Packs are Back

The Library has resumed its grab-and-go services. Patrons can make an appointment to pick up their held items by calling (951) 304 – BOOK Monday - Thursday,  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Or make an appointment online here.

Kids’ Book Packs are available again! If you would like our staff to choose up to five items for your children, please make your request online.

Want to see hundreds of photographs of Murrieta’s historical past? Visit the Library’s Historypin and Flickr accounts, located on the Heritage Room page of the Library’s web page.

Have a Circulation or Reference question? Our staff is available to answer inquiries via the telephone number and listed hours above. You can also contact staff at the following emails: circ@murrietaca.gov for account questions and reference@murrieta.gov for general questions. Stay safe!
PARKS AND RECREATION UPDATE
City's Military Banner Program Accepting Applications

The Active-Duty Military Banner Program honors current, active-duty military personnel that are residents of Murrieta. This is a free program offered by the City of Murrieta. The deadline to be included in our May installation is April 1, 2021. You can find information and the application on the City’s website or by calling (951) 304- 7275.
NEWS FROM CITY HALL
Summers Named Ethical Hero!
City Manager Kim Summers received an Ethical Hero Award from the California Segment of the International City/County Managers Association. Transparency and ethical practices are at the core of a City’s success, and Kim puts these principles front-and-center in all she does. Read more about the award and some of the work behind it on the City's website.
The Latest on Vaccines, Testing, Reopening, and Staying Safe

Vaccination
Wondering when and where you can get the COVID vaccine? Riverside County Public Health, the State, and several community partners offer it, but demand continues to exceed supply. 

If you are over 65 or working in healthcare, a first responder, law enforcement, or food and agriculture worker, you are likely eligible. Visit www.RivcoPH.org/covid-19-vaccine to verify your eligibility and sign up for an appointment. This site has information on all vaccination clinics, not just those run by the County. 

Slots are filling quickly, and Public Health is adding new clinics regularly, so it may take a few visits to get signed up. You can also call 2-1-1 and request help finding a vaccination site. Please only use 2-1-1 if truly needed, as there is a significant wait time.

While there are currently no County or State sites placed in the city of Murrieta, there are partner sites within the city (Ralphs and Albertsons), and we are told there are plans to open a State site soon in the Temecula area. 

Testing
We are also offering free testing outside the Murrieta Community Center each Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info at www.MurrietaCA.gov. Getting tested will help our area open more quickly, as this is a factor in the State's re-opening metric.

Case Rates and Closures
Case rates have dropped quite a bit this month. We are now at 7.6% positivity, and hospitalizations have dropped down to last summer's numbers. By moving in this direction and improving testing numbers, we should soon move to the less restrictive Red Tier.
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