November 1, 2020
MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Giving Thanks and Recognizing the Good
It's hard to believe that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in just a few weeks. I am a big believer in the value of gratitude, and this time of year brings it front-and-center.

Not to make light of our challenges. There are plenty. But for this moment, I invite all of us to seek out the nuggets of good and recognize all we have. It may even renew a tired perspective.

As City Manager, I am grateful that we are in a position to help the community through our Back-to-Business Grants and expanded Community Development Block Grants. Together these will bring nearly $350k to small businesses and non-profits in need. I was also happy to see newly-released FBI stats that show our city with some of the lowest crime in the nation. You can read more on that below. And I appreciate our engaged, community-based Police and Fire Departments that help to keep us safe every day. I love that we have made it easier for thousands of residents to vote with an innovative drive-through ballot drop at City Hall. And I am thankful for a City Council and staff that have the best interests of Murrieta at heart every day.

Murrieta is truly a beautiful, safe, engaged and connected community. Thank you.
Kim Summers, City Manager
Rotary Field of Honor Returns With a Twist
This year’s Rotary-hosted Field of Honor will return for public viewing from Saturday, November 7 through Saturday, November 14, 2020, at Town Square Park. To support safe viewing, the site will allow no more than 50 people at a time within the flag area. These flags honor veterans as well as active-duty military personnel, first responders, and others who protect our freedoms. For more on this Murrieta tradition, or to purchase a flag, please visit www.MurrietaFieldofHonor.com.
Murrieta Holds Its Place as a Safe City
Each October, the FBI releases its national crime stats for the previous year. And once again Murrieta stands out as a remarkably safe place to live and work. A number of factors contribute to local safety, but community involvement is key. Special thanks to our City-based Police and Fire Departments for getting to know residents, businesses and neighborhoods through events, outreach and conversation. By working in partnership and ensuring that we really are "connected by community."
National Rankings
  • Violent Crime: tied for 2nd lowest in the country
  • Property Crime 18th lowest in the country
State Rankings
  • Violent Crime: 2nd lowest in the state
  • Property Crime 4th lowest in the state
B-Street Station Announces Long-Awaited Opening!
We're proud to finally open our 52nd park, and a unique one at that. B-Street station sits on a small, thin patch of land adjacent to our Senior Center and benefited from grant-funding that supports adults over 50. The result is a modern, innovative space to play, relax and get fit. We are starting with limited hours from 8 am to noon, and older adults will have priority use. COVID safety measures are in place, with visitor screenings and extra cleaning. Bring your mask (not required when exercising), pickleball, ping-pong or game gear, and have fun!
Business Snapshot: Chef's Grille Expansion
Chef's Grille, a gourmet-casual restaurant conveniently located across from City Hall, is moving forward with its expansion into the vacant space next-door, adding a wood-fired pizza oven and indoor-outdoor seating and a Sangria bar. This will double their seating space and add even more variety to their menu. They are estimating completion in early 2021.

Each month, More Murrieta will highlight one of our many new or expanding local businesses. Suggestions or questions? Contact: sagajanian@murrietaca.gov , our Back-to-Business Team leader.
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