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Murrieta appoints 5 to federal grant advisory committee

The Murrieta City Council at its Oct. 2 meeting appointed five city residents to a citizens’ advisory committee tasked with overseeing reviewing and requesting federal grants. The federal Community Development Block Grant program... — Updated 10/19/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Menifee cleans up alcohol sale restrictions

Menifee has amended its restrictions on where alcohol can be sold. Menifee City Council voted unanimously during their Sept. 19 meeting to increase the minimum distance between some types of public institutions and certain... — Updated 10/5/2018

 
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Murrieta City Council rejects appeal of planning commission decision on project near Loma Linda hospital

Murrieta City Council voted Sept. 4, to reject an appeal of the planning commission’s decision to allow a developer to move forward with subdividing 14 acres into five lots along Baxter Road near Loma Linda University Medical... — Updated 9/19/2018

 
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Temecula raises commissioners' pay for first time in 17 years

The Temecula City Council voted Aug. 28 to raise stipends for city board and commission members for the first time in nearly two decades. Members of the public safety and community services commissions, which meet monthly and the... — Updated 9/6/2018

 
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Sun City woman faces insurance nightmare after condo flood

Imagine taking all of the needed steps to prepare for the worst only to find out the people who were trusted to help instead made major mistakes and won’t take responsibility. That’s what Sun City resident Karen Boan said... — Updated 8/30/2018

 
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Murrieta Fire Department achieves international accreditation

Murrieta officials flew to Texas to receive recognition of accreditation of the city’s fire department from an international commission earlier this month. City Manager Kim Summers, Fire Chief Scott Ferguson and others were in... — Updated 8/30/2018

 
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Temecula finalizes plan to purchase street lights from Edison, use savings to fund Margarita Recreation center

Temecula City Council approved a plan to buy most street lights within the city limits from Southern California Edison last week and to retrofit them with LEDs, an action that’s expected to save the city hundreds of thousands of... — Updated 8/28/2018

 
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Freeway access improvements, Wal-Mart expansion and more in the works in Temecula

Several major businesses, residential and transportation projects are in the works in the city of Temecula over the next several years. Projects include road repaving throughout the city, improvements to freeway access at... — Updated 8/22/2018

 
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Murrieta turns down offer to join CCA

Murrieta City Council at its Aug. 7 meeting opted not to join a new power-buying authority known as a community choice aggregation, or CCA, created by the Western Riverside Council of Governments. Joining the CCA could have saved... — Updated 8/22/2018

 
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Grading could begin soon on 'Golden Triangle' site, but details remain vague

Fantastic things are in store for Murrieta’s “Golden Triangle,” the city’s mayor said. The only things is Mayor Jonathan Ingram can’t give any specifics. “Yet,” he said. But the owners, the Domenigoni family – the... — Updated 8/20/2018

 
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Murrieta passes resolution to oppose SB 54 'sanctuary' law

Murrieta is the latest to join a wave of conservative California municipalities going on the record in opposition to a controversial “sanctuary state” law passed by the state Legislature last year. Murrieta City Council voted... — Updated 8/16/2018

 
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Here's why the new Clinton Keith Road extension doesn't appear to have a speed limit

The Clinton Keith Road extension from Murrieta into French Valley opened last week, but drivers may notice that there are no speed limit signs anywhere on the new stretch of road. That’s because traffic engineers have yet to cond... — Updated 8/12/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

A guide to the region's many, many street sign designs

Navigating the roads of southwest Riverside County, an observant driver may notice it seems like each jurisdiction has its own special design for street signs. Some are blue, some... — Updated 8/10/2018

 
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What is a community choice aggregation?

Several cities in western Riverside County are considering joining a joint powers authority called Western Community Energy, which will allow them to purchase power from Southern California Edison at slightly lower rates than they... — Updated 8/2/2018

 
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Temecula's roads are in A- condition, consultant says

Temecula’s 325 miles of roadway are in better-than-average condition, a consultant told the city council, July 24. Stephen Smith of IMS Infrastructure Management told the council he’d rate the city an A-minus for road... — Updated 8/2/2018

 
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Officials celebrate opening of Clinton Keith Road extension

The Clinton Keith Road extension opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, July 27. Motorists can now travel down Clinton Keith Road from La Cresta almost all the way to... — Updated 8/3/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Lake Elsinore approves loan to purchase street lights from Southern California Edison

Lake Elsinore is finalizing a plan to purchase most of the city’s street lights from Southern California Edison and retrofit them with LEDs, which is expected to save the city millions of dollars over the long run. The city... — Updated 8/2/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram showcases city at 2018 Murrieta State of the City

Addressing a packed house, Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram showcased the city's accomplishments and looked ahead to the future at the 2018 Murrieta State of the City, Tuesday, July... — Updated 8/1/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Murrieta votes to place sales tax referendum on ballot

A referendum on imposing a one-cent sales tax will appear before Murrieta voters this fall. The city council voted unanimously Tuesday, July 17, to place the measure before voters, arguing that in the face of projected budget... — Updated 7/27/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Wildomar to rename key corridor

A road that runs right through the heart of Wildomar will soon be known by a new name. The city is planning to rename “the street with five names” – the corridor that’s known at various times as Central Street, Baxter... — Updated 7/27/2018

 
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Murrieta honors retiring city planner

Murrieta City Planner Cynthia Kinser is retiring, and the city council paid her tribute with a presentation at their July 17 meeting. Kinser’s career in public service began in high school, when she helped draft plans for a local... — Updated 7/28/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Lake Elsinore takes no immediate action on joining power-buying authority

Lake Elsinore’s city council at their July 10 meeting heard a proposal from the Western Riverside Council of Governments to join a new power-buying authority called Western Community Energy. Perris has already signed on to the... — Updated 7/18/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Temecula begins outreach meetings for short-term rental regulations

The city of Temecula is holding outreach meetings this summer for residents to voice their concerns over short-term rentals and help the city craft regulations for them. Short-term... — Updated 7/20/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Clinton Keith Road extension to open by end of July

After two years of construction, the new Clinton Keith Road extension between French Valley and Interstate 215 is set to open by the end of the month. Riverside County and Murrieta... — Updated 7/18/2018

 
 By Will Fritz    News

Teen lures alleged predator to Temecula Wal-Mart, films, posts encounter

A Temecula teen filmed his encounter with a man he claimed was a child predator whom he tricked into meeting him at a local Wal-Mart recently. Matty, who was 17 at the time of the video but has since celebrated his 18th birthday,... — Updated 7/18/2018

 

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