Temecula seeks new look for aging Jefferson Avenue corridor

A $250,000 plan aimed at reviving an aging business district could bring the first residents – as well as six- and eight-story buildings – to a 560-acre area that hugs Interstate 15 in Temecula. That area, which is split by Jefferson Avenue north of Rancho California Road, has drawn the attention of city officials for […]

Temecula camera store to close following death of iconic owner

Temecula camera store to close following death of iconic owner

Bev-Ray Camera Shop—an Old Town Temecula fixture since 1998—will close soon due to the recent death of its iconic owner. It will be hard to measure the depth of the hole left by the death of Morris “Murray” Gutman. Gutman was the last of his kind, a rare blend of artist, storyteller, merchant, mentor and […]

Crowded field of applicants seeks rare open Temecula council seat

Twenty-three applicants – including a handful of high-profile community leaders – will vie for a rare open seat on the Temecula City Council next week. The crowded field of applicants represents a cross section of Temecula’s economic and racial mix and includes a retired city manager, a public school board trustee, four city commissioners, several […]

Temecula City Council opts to fill seat by appointment instead of election

A rare open seat on the Temecula City Council will be filled by appointment, and hopefuls have until April 10 to submit applications that detail their availability, education, work experience and political aspirations. Mayor Jeff Comerchero set the tone for the 50-minute discussion by stating that the upcoming process “is a very serious matter for […]

Temecula council newcomer tops in campaign fundraising prowess

Matt Rahn finished second among voters in the Nov. 4 Temecula council race. But the newly-elected official topped the five-candidate field in fundraising prowess. The filing of the final round of campaign disclosure reports prefaced a winery gathering in which Rahn, who drew support from environmentalists and a range of other groups, sought to offset […]

Temecula’s special needs playground opens

In the place of a name, Temecula officials have picked a pair of inspirational messages they say will “capture the intent” of the city’s $1.2 million special needs playground. That approach stemmed from scripture and a committee’s consensus, according to a city report and a council member’s remark at the playground’s recent dedication. That Feb. […]

Councilman Ron Roberts praised by friends, colleagues

An emotional homage to Ron Roberts took 90 minutes to unfold and required two large tables to hold all the mementos that were presented to the recently retired Temecula councilman and mayor.
Mayor Jeff Comerchero set the tone for the Jan. 27 sendoff event by telling onlookers that they had “picked an interesting night to come” to a Temecula council meeting. He told the audience to expect a “teary eye or two” before the event was over.