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March 2022

I am looking forward to many things in March. More daylight is one of themdon't forget to move your clocks forward the morning of March 13 when daylight saving time begins. March is also the official start of spring (March 20) and a beautiful time of year in Murrieta.

Your City team is ready to take on the new month and we have plenty to share in this edition of More Murrieta. Read on to learn more about the following stories and more!

  • Murrieta ranks 3rd safest city in nation by cost of crime per capita
  • Murrieta Fire & Rescue sets date for its annual Firefighter's Barbeque
  • Apply before March 18 to have your military banner included in May installation
  • City needs your help updating its Americans with Disabilities Act plan
  • Have you downloaded the City's new Murrieta Fix It app?
  • Mark your calendar for upcoming events and meetings

Spring is a great reminder of new beginnings and growth. Let's get outside and enjoy all Murrieta has to offer and always remember that we are Connected by Community.

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Kim Summers

Murrieta City Manager

Murrieta = Connection

New video highlights best of Murrieta

While you are likely familiar with Murrieta, are you familiar with today’s Murrieta? This is an exciting time for the city so check out Murrieta now: a community that is connected, innovative, and safe.

In a world where it is easy to feel disconnected, we are proud to support a community that thrives on connection in Murrieta.

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Murrieta 2022: Connected by Community Video

City Seeks Input on ADA Efforts

Residents and visitors encouraged to share their experiences

In keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the public, the City of Murrieta is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) self-evaluation and transition plan. The accessibility plan provides a comprehensive guide for accessibility for those with disabilities to City facilities, programs, services, activities, and events.

The City is seeking input from both the community and organizations assisting persons with disabilities. This feedback will assist in addressing and prioritizing current and future accessibility needs.

These comments and opinions are important to the City of Murrieta and will provide valuable information regarding how the City can better serve the community.

Surveys for the public and for organizations are available from the City’s ADA Coordinator (details below) and at the following websites:

Individuals can also send an email or call the ADA Coordinator with comments and suggestions without completing a survey:

Mike McGhee, ADA Coordinator

City of Murrieta

1 Town Square

Murrieta, CA 92562

Phone: (951) 461-6432

TTY through California Relay at: 7-1-1


Please contact ADA Coordinator Mike McGhee if you have questions or comments or would like to request a survey in an alternate format. 

Information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act can be obtained from the ADA Coordinator.

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Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming special events and public meetings

Spring Special Events

March Public Meetings

  • City Council | March 1, 15
  • Parks and Recreation Commission | March 3
  • Planning Commission | March 9, 23

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


Murrieta Fire Department

Date announced for 2022 Firefighter's Barbeque

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Murrieta Fire & Rescue (MFR) is hosting its annual Firefighter’s Barbeque on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Murrieta’s Town Square Park. In celebration of MFR’s 75th anniversary, this year’s event will be bigger than ever with live music at Murrieta’s Town Square Park Amphitheater, in addition to a variety of activities throughout the day. The Murrieta Firefighter’s Barbeque is one of Riverside County’s longest running events, with the first barbeque held in 1948. As is the tradition, barbeque guests will enjoy a smoked tri-tip lunch, music, beer and wine garden, bag toss tournament, and vendors’ market. Attendees will also get to cheer on fire explorers from throughout Southern California in the annual Fire Explorers “Muster” Competition. 


The day will be filled with fun, food, and entertainment, and is a way for the community to show their support for the dedicated public safety personnel serving at MFR. It is also a way for MFR to show its appreciation for the community it has served the past 75 years. In addition to the traditional barbeque fare, this year’s event will feature additional food options and general vendors, live music, and a DJ. Fun for all ages, this is an event the Murrieta community won’t want to miss.  

Visit the Murrieta Fire & Rescue Firefighter's Barbeque website for more information.


Public Library Activities

The Library resumes Zip Books Program and will receive special Spanish language materials

Zip Books Program

The Murrieta Public Library is very excited to announce that the Zip Books program has resumed! Zip books allows patrons to request books the Library does not own. Patrons can request up to five books per month. The full details of the program are outlined at

Upcoming Children's Events

The Children’s Services Department will host a 3D Create & Print event on March 8, at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required to attend this free program.

Spanish Language Materials

This month, the Library will receive many new Spanish materials from the Guadalajara International Book Fair. These materials will include original books from Central and South American countries not typically available through United States vendors.

Adult Services Department

The week of March 14, the Adult Services Department will be offering a Needlepoint Craft Kit. Each kit includes everything necessary to create a needlepoint design perfect for a gift or a piece of wall art. They will be handed out at the Adult Reference Desk while supplies last.

Access More Than Books With Murrieta Public Library Card

A Murrieta Public Library card doesn’t just give you access to books. It also provides free access to a variety of e-resources and online databases that support workforce development including Coursera, GetSetUp, Learning Express, LinkedIn Learning, Northstar, Skillshare and more. Learn new marketable skills or simply expand your knowledge for fun. For access and more information, visit the Virtual Resources webpage.

Murrieta PD Updates

Murrieta PD partners for blood drive and debuts 30-year badge

Murrieta Nationally Recognized for Safety

Murrieta ranks the 3rd safest city in the nation when considering cost of crime per capita! Analyzed by MoneyGeek, a financial tech company, the study used standardized crime data from the FBI combined with research on the economic cost of crime by type of incident. We are proud to be ranked so highly when considering the cost to residents.

Rankings like these wouldn’t be possible without Murrieta's engaged and supportive community. Remember, when you see something, say something.

Blood Drive Honoring Ami Hicks

Join the Murrieta Police Department in honoring Ami Hicks and Cole Harr by donating blood to help save lives. The blood drive takes place on Friday, March 4, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Murrieta Community Center. Check out location details here.

Murrieta PD Celebrates 30 Years of Service with New Badge

On August 1, 2022, the Murrieta Police Department will turn 30 years old and in honor of this celebration, Chief Conrad has authorized a new 30th Anniversary badge to be worn from August 1, 2022 until July 31, 2023. The anniversary badge is a replica of our very first badge created in 1992, but will be silver in color with some modifications added. The anniversary badge will honor the original 34 employees (both sworn and non-sworn) who started working at the Murrieta Police Department in 1992, with the number “34” inscribed at the very top of the badge. The badge is available for purchase to those uniformed personnel who currently are assigned a badge. In addition, the badge will also be available for purchase to those who have retired, in good standing, with the Department, in the form of a flat badge with the words “retired” above the “34.” 

Visit the Murrieta Police Department website for more information.


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Active Duty Military Banner Program

Applications for May installation due by March 18

The Active Duty Military Banner Program honors residents of Murrieta who are current, active duty military personnel. This is a free program offered by the City of Murrieta. The deadline for the May 2022 installation is March 18, 2022. More information and the application can be found at the City’s website or by speaking with staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275).

Economic Development Updates

New businesses bring new opportunities

Participate in Regional Start-up Competition

Every April the County of Riverside celebrates Innovation Month. Do you have a start-up? Come make your pitch for the judges! Participants will be given the opportunity to deliver a 5-minute pitch to a panel of judges. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 compliments of the Law Office of Benjamin Diederich and Kristin Harrison DIY Divorce. The grand prize winner, which must be a technology-focused business, will move on to participate in the Riverside County Innovation Month Grand Finale with total prizes of $30,000.

The competition takes place on Monday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Menifee City Hall located at 29844 Haun Road in Menifee, CA. The deadline to register is Friday, April 1. You can find the flyer and link to the application at

The City of Murrieta would love to see members of the Murrieta start-up community represented at this regional event! This is the time to put yourself and your start-up idea out there!

Amazon Fresh Now Hiring

Murrieta's Amazon Fresh is one step closer to opening! Amazon Fresh is a new grocery store that offers a seamless grocery shopping experience whether customers are shopping in-store or online. Customers can find everything they love about Amazon, such as consistent low prices, convenience, and great selection, along with prepared food offerings made in-store every day and a convenient in-store shopping experience. Additionally, Murrieta's store will offer Just Walk Out shopping, which lets shoppers enter a store, grab what they want, and get on with their day.

The Good Feet Store Coming to Murrieta

The Good Feet Store will be opening right next to Amazon Fresh in Murrieta Town Center! Discover America's "arch support experts" and follow the City's website and social media pages to find out when they open.

Rediscover Downtown Murrieta

Make sure to check out Market Nights in downtown. The first and third Thursday of the month join Downtown Murrieta 395 for an evening of vendors, entertainment, food, and fun from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Don't miss the special St. Patrick's Day Market night March 17. Find details on the Downtown Murrieta 395 website.

Tour de Murrieta

Popular cycling event rolls through Murrieta next month!

Tour de Murrieta

The City of Murrieta is proud to support the 17th Annual Tour de Murrieta, which will be back in town next month! On April 2 and 3, the Tour de Murrieta—an event recognized as one of California’s most prestigious race weekends—will feature the most competitive race teams in California right in the heart of Murrieta!


Saturday’s Grand Prix course is a one-mile lightning fast course through historic downtown Murrieta. On Sunday, the Circuit Race features a rolling four-mile course with eight turns. Saturday also includes the ever-popular kids’ bicycle race and a festival atmosphere including an exposition area, food and beverages, music, and fun.


For more information and to check out the course maps, visit

Parks & Recreation News

Multiple activities to enjoy this month for all ages

Alternative Recreation Program

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” Alternative Recreation Program (“ARP”) offers activities for special needs adults 18 years and older. Four-leaf clovers and rhymes will be the themes for March as the Murrieta Community Services Department hosts two events: All things green will be celebrated with a St. Patrick’s Shake your Shamrock event on March 11 and as a bonus a second event recognizing Dr. Seuss’s birthday will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost for participants is $2 at each event with guardians and caregivers free. This program takes place in the multipurpose room at the Community Center located at 41810 Juniper Street. Find out more at or by calling staff at (951) 304-PARK (7275).

Youth Advisory Committee

The City’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed Youth Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, March 18, at the Youth Center beginning at 4 p.m. This FREE event is open to 6th through 9th grade students and will include snacks, music, a photo booth, and a “green machine” challenge. Don’t know what a green machine challenge is? Give us a call and find out! Register your team of four at the Murrieta Youth Center located at 40644 California Oaks Road. You can contact staff at (951) 461-6117 or go to the Youth Center’s webpage for additional information.


Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and the City of Murrieta have partnered on an event honoring Vietnam veterans. The Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day event will take place on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. near the Vietnam memorial wall at Town Square Park. Please contact staff at (951) 304-PARK with any questions.

City Wraps Up Successful 2021-2022 Slurry Seal Project

25% of Murrieta's residential streets completed this year

Thank you Murrieta residents! The City has completed this year's street slurry seal project. The project covered 10 million square feet of residential roads—that's 25% of the city's residential streets! Check out more information on the Slurry Seal Project on the City's Streets website.

Have you downloaded the City's new app yet?

Murrieta Fix It app is convenient way to report issues

The City of Murrieta launched a new app to make it quick and convenient to report issues throughout the city: Murrieta Fix It. The Murrieta Fix It app makes connecting with the City of Murrieta simple. This is your tool to help improve Murrieta by reporting local issues like potholes and graffiti or damaged trees, playground equipment, street signs, and sidewalks.

The process to report an issue is handled quickly and easily by opening the app and submitting a service request. You can then track the City’s response. The app harnesses the power of GPS to provide a precise location for staff so that they can begin fixing the problem quickly. You can also include a photo with your report to help the City easily identify the problem. Downloading and using Murrieta Fix It is free and helps you proactively help create the best Murrieta, where we are Connected by Technology.

Visit to learn more or download the app on Google Play or the Apple Store on mobile devices.

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The City of Murrieta is consistently ranked one of the best places to work in the Inland Empire and has a strong organizational culture and dedicated workforce.

Have you considered looking for the next step in your career by serving your community? Check out the City's jobs website and learn more about current openings. Make sure to check back often, as new positions are listed frequently.

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