A Message from the City Manager

Greetings –

Earlier this month, the City of Temecula recognized the Temecula Valley Historical Society’s recent achievement given by the US Department of Interior that named the Vail Ranch Headquarters a National Historic Site, and the Butterfield Overland Trail that passes through the property a National Historic Trail. 

The rich history of this land and its buildings have lived through five phases of time as shared in this video (click here). Its most recent phase began in the 1990s when this area was not yet annexed into the City of Temecula and was under the jurisdiction of the County of Riverside. Caring citizens with a passion for history, including Darell and Rebecca Farnbach among others, banned together in a grassroots effort to save seven historic buildings on this four-acre site from planned demolition. As a result of their efforts, including a lawsuit where they represented themselves, the Vail Ranch Headquarters was saved. The buildings were fenced off for years as the commercial center developed around it. The area was then annexed into the City of Temecula and local historians continued their work, alongside a visionary architectural firm specializing in historic renovations, to carefully and successfully restore these 1800s-era ranch buildings and the site itself. Today, the Vail Ranch Headquarters is an historical escape to the past with its original charm reinvented into boutique stores, restaurants, and family-friendly events. 

On behalf of the City, we are grateful to those who persevered with diligence to protect and preserve Temecula's earliest standing structures. This site is one of the most unique destinations in the United States. Where else can you find an authentically restored old west ranch standing proudly within a modern-day shopping center? Given Temecula's enduring business-friendly commitment, let's continue to patronize the businesses and events that have made this site come alive again as a place we all treasure. See photo below.

Learn more here: https://www.vailhq.com/

-Aaron Adams, City Manager

Just the Facts with Zak

Tune in to watch the latest episode of ‘Just the Facts with Zak' a series where Mayor Zak Schwank discusses all things Temecula in relation to our Quality of Life Master Plan (QLMP).

In the latest episode, Mayor Schwank talks about our #1 QLMP Core Value, a Safe & Prepared Community. We thank our Fire and Sheriff Departments for their excellent work.

Council Spotlight

Tune in to watch Council Spotlight. In this episode, Council Member Alexander talks about Emergency Preparedness for every household:

  1. Be Prepared with enough water, food, and supplies for 3 days to ideally 2 weeks
  2. Have a "Go Bag" with life-saving items to take when evacuating
  3. Stay Informed during an emergency with the City's website, City's Facebook page, and sign up for City alerts
  4. Get Trained

Budget Talk

Tune in to watch Budget Talk, a series that shares City fiscal facts.

In this episode we get a quick overview of the City's two budgets: the Annual Operating Budget and the Capital Improvement Program Budget, as well as a 10-year comparison.

A few roadway enhancements on the horizon for Fiscal Year 2023-24:

Rancho California Road

A landscaped median with flowers, shrubs and trees is being designed along Rancho California Road to beautify the gateway into Wine Country, and provide enhanced traffic safety.

Moreno Road / Mercedes (Old Town)

8 new lampposts are planned along Moreno Road/Mercedes (nearby EAT Marketplace), which will brighten that area up at night.

Sixth Street (Old Town)

The south side of Sixth Street will soon have the “Old Town” colored concrete sidewalk, with lampposts and trees.

Traffic Alert - Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail Closure - 5 Months

Sept 27 - Oct 27: M-F, 5:30am-5:30pm

Oct 28 - Feb 28: Full 24/7 Closure

In continuing the French Valley Parkway (FVP) Phase 2 Improvement Project, the Northbound I-15 bridge over Santa Gertrudis Creek will be undergoing construction for bridge widening. This will result in a 5-month trail closure between Ynez Road and Jefferson Avenue. Detour signs will be placed to help guide bike/pedestrian trail users.

Annual Health & Community Resource Fair

Saturday, Sept 30


City Hall Conference Center

(41000 Main Street)

This event includes over 100 health-related vendors, free health screenings, educational material, live entertainment, raffle giveaways, and a kids zone.

For more information visit TemeculaCA.gov/HealthFair.

Temecula History Day

Saturday, October 7, 9am-1pm

Sam Hicks Monument Park

(41970 Moreno Road)

Celebrate the legends and pioneers of Temecula at the inaugural Temecula History Day. Transport back in time as you learn the history of Temecula with games like Flood the Temecula Canyon, crafts, live music, kid's tractor racing, food vendors and more. 

  • 7 Basic Steps to Strategic Planning (Tuesday, October 17) - In partnership with Barret Business Services, Inc., we will be hosting a workshop that will discuss strategic planning. The seven steps of strategic planning include: Company Analysis; Company Objectives; Financial Projections; Implementation; Monitoring and Measurement; Risk Management; and a Communication Plan. For additional details and registration information: bit.ly/48pYTAZ
  • Branding For Your Small Business (Thursday, October 19) - Effective branding can achieve differentiation, trust, customer loyalty, expanded market reach, competitive advantage, and business growth - all of which contribute to the long-term success and profitability of a business. Join us to learn the key factors to branding your business, how to utilize your brand for your business, and how to take your digital platforms to the marketplace. This workshop is being held in partnership with the Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center. For additional details and registration information: bit.ly/3ZyU84b
  • Manufacturing and Research & Development Equipment Exemption (Wednesday, October 25) - Join the California Tax and Fee Administration who will discuss a unique incentive offering California manufacturers and research and development firms a sales tax break on their equipment purchases. See who and what qualifies, and the simplified paperwork. Everything from repair parts to full manufacturing plants. This savings is also available to contractors and sub-contractors working for a manufacturer, as well as electric power generating companies. For additional details and registration information: bit.ly/3RtfLko
  • Meet the Buyers (Wednesday, October 25) - Join us for Meet the Buyers for an opportunity to pitch your product(s) or services to government and corporate buyers! This event is being held in partnership with the National Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce. For additional details and registration information: bit.ly/44WkJJ

Halloween Carnival

Friday, October 27, 5:30-8:30pm

Temecula Civic Center

(41000 Main Street)

Grab your friends and neighbors for the Annual Halloween Carnival! Dress up to enter a Costume Contest too! The first age-group will begin lining up at 6pm. With so many age groups available (0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-13 years, 14 years & older, group) the entire family can join in!

For more information, please visit TemeculaCA.gov/Halloween


Saturday, October 28, 11am-3pm

CRC Amphitheater

(30875 Rancho Vista Road)

Rock out at the City's music competition, where young musicians will show off their talents.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Mary Phillips Senior Center

Grand Reopening & 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 10am

(41845 Sixth Street)

Join us for the Grand Reopening of the newly renovated Mary Phillips Senior Center.

RSVP: 951-694-6464 or [email protected].

New Skate Park Community Meeting

Wednesday, October 4, 5pm

City Hall Conference Center

(41000 Main Street)

Are you a skater or do you use the Temecula Skate Park? Come out for our second community meeting to discuss design concepts and survey data for the new skate park.

Bicycle Friendly Community Survey

Open Now through Friday, October 20

If you enjoy our Temecula bike trails, you know that the City of Temecula is striving to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. In fact, we recently applied for this award from the League of American Bicyclists. This survey is a chance for residents, local area bicyclists, and bike advocates to share their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in the City of Temecula. Click here to take the survey, now through Friday, October 20.

Blood Drive at City Hall

Tuesday, October 17

(other dates available too)


City Hall Conference Center

41000 Main Street

The City of Temecula has partnered with the America Red Cross to host this blood drive. Participants must make an appointment before donating.

Click here to schedule your blood donation.

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