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 […]

Scrutiny intensifies over new plan for vast tract west of Old Town Temecula

Scrutiny of a developer’s plan for a vast tract west of Old Town Temecula has intensified in recent weeks among concerned residents, environmental activists and public agencies. The heightened interest was evident at a long, unorthodox city workshop that attracted an overflow audience. The onlookers dissected the latest plan for a 271-acre tract that has […]

Audi dealership hits high gear in Temecula

Audi dealership hits high gear in Temecula

The rhythmic thumps of a concrete pump truck on Temecula’s northern flank were music to the ears of city officials as they recently marked the start of work on the 17th new car dealership within their boundary. The ceremony to preview the arrival of an Audi dealership marked another milestone in Temecula’s march toward regional […]

Shakespeare in the Vines seasonal opening at Bailys debuts ‘Hamlet’ and his ghosts

Shakespeare in the Vines seasonal opening at Bailys debuts ‘Hamlet’ and his ghosts

If all the world’s a stage, then Temecula’s wine country is certainly no slouch of a setting. Shakespeare in the Vines has turned the corner of its 11th season in what could be its permanent home at a storied winery. The company oozes talent as it draws its audience, actors and advisors from far afield. […]

Tenacious workers finally ‘give birth’ to resurrected Vail Ranch historic site

Tenacious workers finally ‘give birth’ to resurrected Vail Ranch historic site

About 500 people gathered at a Temecula historic site last week to mark a feat that one speaker likened to giving birth after a 50-year gestation period that was punctuated by daily bouts of morning sickness. And, much like the pain-laced emergence of a newborn child, the work and the wait paid off, said Temecula […]

Murrieta unearths time capsule to mark city’s 25th anniversary

Murrieta unearths time capsule to mark city’s 25th anniversary

Murrieta residents and officials celebrated their city’s 25th anniversary by pulling a rust-crusted metal box out of the ground that contained documents and memorabilia dating back to its municipal roots. The ceremonial unearthing of a city time capsule featured a bit of fanfare and moments of reflection on the city’s transition from a sleepy outpost […]

Fallbrook, Temecula connect on specialized senior services

Fallbrook, Temecula connect on specialized senior services

A new link – perhaps the first of its kind for the two communities – has connected Fallbrook and Temecula. This connection hinges on a key service that a Fallbrook nonprofit group provides area seniors. Temecula residents can now access this specialized adult day care service, and the Fallbrook group can mine a fast-growing market […]