Menifee community partners conduct a Zoom meet on city events

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Menifee business, nonprofit and school leaders Tuesday, April 14, met with the Menifee Community Services coordinator in a Zoom teleconference meeting to discuss what is happening in the community during the continuing pandemic.

Chelsea Bollinger, coordinator of Menifee Community Services, conducted the meeting from the city hall on its website. The virtual roundtable discussion included an introduction to the 381-acre Legado, a master-planned community by Michael Schlesinger of Newport Pacific Land Company. The Legado project will be built west of the 215 Interstate to Antelope Road on the west between Rouse and Chambers avenues in Menifee.

Schlesinger said the project will have more than 1,000 homes in 15 different neighborhoods, a community park, three neighborhood parks, three soccer fields, a paseo, commercial center, community garden, flood control basin and exercise area.

Once finally approved the community might be completed and new families moving in by 2020. The project will go to the Planning Commission, May 13. He said the cost for the planned construction will be approximately $400 million with the homes on 5,000 to 10,000-square-foot lots. For more information, email legado.menifee@gmail.com or visit https://www.legado-menifee.com.

Bollinger provided the viewers information on what the city’s Community Services offer including free meals to seniors 60 and older, children and student dance classes, arts and crafts and special events. Meal information is available at 951-972-9673. Virtual community services information can be seen at https://www.cityofmenifee.us/611/Virtual-CSD. She said the most up to date COVID-19 information for city residents can be found at https://www.cityofmenifee.us/604/Coronavirus-COVID-19.

Jason Hendrix, supervisor with Menifee Community Services, said the city has been trying to find ways to still have the city’s annual Memorial Day and July 4 Celebration in a virtual venue in the event the stay at home order is not lifted.

Amy Elgard from the Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee said the school has many 3D printers available, and the students and staff have modified them to make face masks for hospitals and skilled nursing homes in the area. Local businesses have contributed to the project, but the academy said they welcome other donations from the community. Find out more about how they are making the masks and make donations at https://www.sra.mn/sra-gives.

Roger Schultz, superintendent and president of Mt. San Jacinto College, told participants that since all but four classes on the college’s two sites have been canceled due to the stay at home order, the college has been helping students continue their classes online.

Kelly Robertson gave an update on the census gathering, noting that the census response rate from Menifee residents is now ranked No. 23 in the nation with a county response rate of 56%. She said the census, because of the coronavirus, could extend through October. She urged all who have not responded to the census to do so as soon as possible.

Gina Gonzales, director of Menifee economic department, said that many of the city’s outreach policies have changed since the coronavirus outbreak, but the city website has been revised to help residents and businesses still do business with the virtual “Zero Stop Shop.” She added that the city is also working to provide information to Sun City residents who are unfamiliar with computers or social media on local changes and available services offered by the city.

Others spoke about what services they offer and provided the contact information and website addresses.

Bollinger said the next Community Partners Zoom meet is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, at 10 a.m.

Bollinger may be contacted at the Community Services Department at 951-723-3898 or at cbollinger@cityofmenifee.us.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.