Murrieta council moves forward on plan to jump-start downtown

Murrieta council moves forward on plan to jump-start downtown

Murrieta officials have embraced a new vision for the city’s core, a 20-year game plan that could dramatically boost the area’s residential and commercial densities. Council members enthusiastically approved the Downtown Murrieta Specific Plan Feb. 21, an act that sets the stage for key changes to a 320-acre area that overlaps the city’s government center, […]

Temecula inks deal with developer to build on city lots in Civic Center

Temecula inks deal with developer to build on city lots in Civic Center

Temecula has struck a deal with one of its most prominent developers to construct a pair of commercial buildings on land flanking the iconic Civic Center complex. The Town Square Marketplace, if it comes to fruition, would cap nearly a decade of uncertainty and negotiations over the fate of two city-owned parcels. The deal was […]

Temecula voters split on council race and tax hike

Temecula voters recently cast a series of split decisions at the polls. Voters rejected one incumbent council member as they returned another to office. Meanwhile, the outcome of a proposed sales tax increase continues to hang in the balance. Mayor Mike Naggar won a fifth term on the City Council, easily outdistancing eight other candidates […]

Searing flash points erupt in supervisor race pitting appointed incumbent against challenger

Searing flash points erupt in supervisor race pitting appointed incumbent against challenger

A high-stakes race for an open Riverside County supervisor seat has suddenly gone from simmering to searing. The waning days of the Nov. 8 race that pits appointed incumbent Chuck Washington against challenger Shellie Milne has been marked by each side releasing stacks of documents aimed at painting their opponents in a negative light. The […]

Temecula council tackles panhandling as concerns escalate over homelessness

Temecula council tackles panhandling as concerns escalate over homelessness

  Tougher rules governing panhandling and loitering were recently approved by Temecula’s council as a way to curb the impacts of homelessness. That action – along with stepped-up work by an alliance of agencies and local governments – heightened the city’s focus on what it calls a “pressing regional concern.” The problem of aggressive panhandling […]

Funds, visibility raised in waning days of Temecula council election

Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar and challenger Adam Ruiz lead the field in fundraising as a crowded pack of hopefuls scramble for two open council seats. The uneven surge in donations and loans has given some candidates a marketing edge, but others are relying on name recognition, word-of-mouth and other attention-winning means in the waning days […]

Temecula officials link quality of life to sales tax increase vote

A coalition of Temecula officials and business leaders say their city’s future quality of life hinges on the outcome of a proposed sales tax increase that anchors the Nov. 8 general election ballot. However, that pitch and lopsided campaign spending have not swayed a cadre of vocal foes. Other residents and business owners remain on […]

Temecula issues raised, incumbent targeted in council election forum

Temecula issues raised, incumbent targeted in council election forum

Several hot-button issues were raised and a longtime Temecula council member was singled out for criticism during a sparsely-attended candidates’ forum. Traffic gridlock, Old Town’s parking squeeze and the controversial prospects of council term limits, a sales tax increase and the creation of a city police force were tossed out by challengers in the nine-candidate […]

Temecula’ eulogized in rare service held at Old Town Community Theater

Temecula’ eulogized in rare service held at Old Town Community Theater

A seminal figure in Temecula’s push to become the city it is today was praised and remembered at his memorial service last week. Twenty speakers – including all five Temecula council members, a past and a current city manager and a Riverside County supervisor – took turns saluting a humble man who helped shape his […]

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