Long wait ends with Temecula ramping up for freeway project

Long wait ends with Temecula ramping up for freeway project

Work will soon begin on a $51 million project that is aimed at unplugging Temecula’s southern-most bottleneck. That start, which is now being painstakingly strategized and scheduled, marks a key juncture in Temecula’s 15-year push to unravel the knotted freeway ramps that serve the city’s crucial southern corridor. “We are so ready,” said Mayor Maryann […]

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 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 […]

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 […]