October 2021
As we enter into the final quarter of 2021, it's difficult not to stop and reflect on how wonderful it is to welcome fall and all that comes with it. From (mostly) cooler temperatures to all the holiday events taking place, this is one of my favorite times of the year.

While fall has just begun, the City's events and programs are in full swing. This edition of More Murrieta is filled with a variety of City updates you don't want to miss:

  • Ways to show support for our local service members
  • October events
  • New restaurant openings
  • Fire safety
  • Infrastructure improvements coming to Murrieta
  • The Library's new seed catalogue
  • And much, much more

Let's enjoy the start of fall. I hope to see you at an event soon!
Kim Summers, City Manager
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City Honors Return of Marines and Sailors from Camp Pendleton

The City of Murrieta is honored to show its support for Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment based out of Camp Pendleton as they return home from Afghanistan. The second group from this battalion returned to Camp Pendleton last week and on their way Murrieta's first responders paid their respect.

Sadly, they are returning home without 10 of their brothers. Nine Marines and one Navy corpsman assigned to this division were killed in Kabul on August 26, 2021.

Many from the community have expressed their desire to show their support for 2/1. The City designed this banner with plenty of space for the community to sign a note of thanks. It will be available for signing before the October City Council meetings, (10/5 and 10/19) at City Hall, and also at the Murrieta Fire & Rescue booth at the Murrieta Rod Run (more on this later in the newsletter). There will be additional opportunities for the community to sign the banner. The City of Murrieta will ensure it is given to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment as a reminder of Murrieta's ongoing support for their service and sacrifice.

Many thanks to local Murrieta business Signs By Tomorrow - Temecula Valley for donating the banner printing. We appreciate your support!
Murrieta Hosts Spooktacular Events to Celebrate Halloween

Saturday, October 30 the City’s Police and Parks and Recreation departments will join together for a spooktacular time. Murrieta PD will offer a “trunk-or-treat” style Goodies for Goblins event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. along the loop road of Town Square Park and the Community Services Department will follow that event with a Dark-in-the-Park movie featuring Beetlejuice beginning at 7 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater. Both events are free to the public to attend. For additional information, please refer to the City’s website Upcoming Special Events Page or contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275).
Murrieta Rod Run Rolls into Murrieta on October 8 and 9

The Drifters Car Club is hosting its eighth annual Murrieta Rod Run benefitting the Murrieta Oak Grove Institute. The event is set to take place Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 along Washington Avenue in Historic Downtown Murrieta. Friday’s event is the Cruise Night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday’s event is the Rod Run vehicle showcase from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. where the public can get a closer look at the classic cars, peek under the hood, and talk to the owners. The event is free to the public with music and entertainment as well as lots of food and vendors. Additional details are available at their website: murrietarodrun.com
The Time to Prepare is Now

From beeps to chirps – the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme is “Learning the Sounds of Fire Safety." Fire Prevention Week takes place from October 3 - 9 and focuses on educating the public to the different sounds smoke alarms make, what they mean, and how to respond to them. It is important to know the difference between the sound of a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm – three beeps for smoke alarms; four beeps for carbon monoxide alarms; and chirps mean the battery needs to be replaced. If there is someone in your household who is deaf or hard of hearing, install bed shaker and strobe light alarms that will alert that person to fire.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2021, visit fpw.org.
Murrieta Fire & Rescue Chief Lantzer Retiring This Month

The City of Murrieta celebrates the career of Fire Chief David Lantzer as he heads into retirement after 34 years of fire service. Chief Lantzer has been with Murrieta Fire & Rescue since 2015 when he joined as deputy chief. Prior to Murrieta, he served the communities of Calexico, Holtville, and Hermosa Beach.

A lifelong learner, Chief Lantzer earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy, and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence). For nearly ten years he has served as an accreditation peer assessor and peer team leader for the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Assigned as accreditation manager, he guided Murrieta Fire & Rescue toward accredited agency status in 2017, the first agency in Riverside County to achieve this elite designation.
The Murrieta community wishes Chief Lantzer and his family well on the next phase of his journey. We thank you for your years of dedicated service. The City of Murrieta will present Chief Lantzer with a proclamation at the upcoming October 5 City Council Meeting, celebrating his service to the community. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.
2021 Redistricting, Council and Planning Commission Vacancies Mean Many Opportunities for Community to Get Involved

The City Clerk's Office has been busy! The 2021 redistricting process has begun and there are a variety of community meetings and other ways for residents to get involved. Please visit the recently launched redistricting website at murrietaca.gov/redistricting.

The City Clerk team will also facilitate filling the upcoming vacancy on City Council. Please visit murrietaca.gov/cityclerk to learn more about how qualified residents can apply to fill the City Council District 5 seat. In addition, Murrieta's Planning Commission has a new vacancy. Residents can apply on the City's website until October 27, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Here are links directly to information about these City Clerk's Office initiatives:

Important New Projects Coming to Murrieta This Fiscal Year

On September 21, the City's Finance and Public Works and Engineering departments brought the 2021/22 - 2025/26 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) before City Council. It was unanimously approved with a variety of major projects that will impact Murrieta residents. The adoption of this five-year plan established a $2.8 million budget for new projects and an additional $6.1 million for existing projects. The total CIP budget is approximately $64.4 million.

The projects include:
  • North Amphitheater Parking lot to accommodate guests using the adjacent Town Square Park Amphitheater
  • California Oaks Sports Park Pool deck and equipment repairs
  • Oak Terrace Park Tot Lot revamp
  • Automated book bin sorter replacement at Murrieta Public Library
  • Police Department building office expansion to create additional workspaces
  • Police Department building redesign of the existing Detective Bureau to accommodate Gang Task Force and School Resource Officers
  • Public Works facility expansion to house Park Maintenance staff
  • Fire Station 1 and 2 concrete and septic system replacement 

Check out the full approved CIP on our website.
Library Offers Programming, Creates a Seed Library, Hosts a New Exhibit 

Beginning Monday, October 4, adults can pick up a Tiffany Crystal Bookmark Kit at the Adult Reference Desk. On Saturday, October 23, the Children’s Department will host a National Friends of the Library membership drive event for the Friends of the Murrieta Library. Several opportunity prize drawings are anticipated.
The Library is excited to announce the creation of its new Seed Library. Patrons can get a variety of seeds from the Library’s newly created seed catalog to use in their own garden!
The Library’s Heritage Room will display a paper art exhibit by local artist David Robinson. The artwork will be on display throughout October.
To stay current with what’s happening at the Murrieta Public Library and have a chance to win a prize every month, sign up for the Library’s monthly Newsletter. Please go to bit.ly/murlib to sign up. As always, the staff is available to answer questions Monday through Saturday during regular business hours by calling (951) 304-BOOK (2665). 
Join Murrieta PD for a Safe and Fun Trunk-or-Treat!

Bring out your little goblins and join Murrieta PD, along with a variety of other City departments, for a fun and safe "trunk or treat" on October 30 at Town Square Park. The event is free and children can come in costume to collect treats from a variety of spooky and fun "trunks" around the Town Square Park loop.
2021/22 Slurry Seal Program Kicks Off This Month

On September 21, 2021 the Murrieta City Council awarded a construction contract with American Asphalt South, Inc. This near $3 million contract will apply slurry seal material to 10 million square feet of primarily residential streets, which account for approximately 25% of the City’s residential streets.

The project is tentatively scheduled to begin October 4 with weed removal and crack filling prior to the slurry material placement. A map and list of the streets included in this project can be found on the City’s Public Works projects webpage.

The contractor is required to place flyers one week prior to the start of work in a neighborhood and notify the property owners of upcoming street closures 48 hours prior to the slurry placement. If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager Brian Crawford at (951) 461-6047.
New Restaurants Coming to Murrieta This Fall

One of the top requests the City's Economic Development team receives is for additional restaurant options. This month, we are happy to share about three exciting new dining choices coming to Murrieta!

On Tuesday, October 5, Raising Cane's will have the grand opening of its Murrieta location at 24655 Madison Avenue. Visit their website to learn more about this fast casual favorite!

In mid-October, Murrieta Roadhouse plans to open at 40345 Murrieta Hot Springs Road. Their menu will feature top of the line meats with line dancing entertainment from its serving staff daily. Finally, Toast Murrieta will be opening soon in the Madison Marketplace at Madison Avenue and Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

For the latest updates on restaurant and other business openings, following the City on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Active Duty Military Banner Program Honors Military Service Members

The Active Duty Military Banner Program honors current, active duty military personnel who are residents of Murrieta. This is a free program offered by the City of Murrieta. Information and the application can be found on the City’s website at City of Murrieta - Active Duty Military Banner Program or from staff by calling (951) 304-PARK (7275).
Alternative Recreation Program Offers Monthly Activities

The City’s Alternative Recreation Program (“ARP”) offers activities for special needs and differently-abled adults 18 years and older at least once each month. Program activities include dances, potlucks, movies, field trips, and pool parties. Most activities take place at the Community Center on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a nominal fee of $2 per participant and guardians or caregivers are free except for field trip admissions where prices are to be determined. There will be two gatherings for October: the Friday, October 8 event will have everyone dining al fresco and the Friday, October 22 event will be the annual Halloween costume party. Please refer to the City’s Alternative Recreation Program web page or contact staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275) with any questions.
Community Shredding Event will be Held November 6!

On Saturday, November 6, the City of Murrieta will host a free community shredding event for Murrieta residents. Located in the back of the Murrieta City Hall parking lot (1 Town Square), residents can drop off their documents to shred between 8 a.m. and noon. More information will be shared on the City's website, social media, and throughout the community.
Through December 31, 2021, we will be honoring 30 years of cityhood with weekly #throwbackthursday posts and a growing collection of photos and stories at www.MurrietaCA.gov/30th.

Check-in often for a trip down memory lane.
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