March 11, 2016 • www.myvalleynews.com • Valley News
Murrieta City Council to review city sign ordinances Tony Ault Writer The Murrieta City Council, on the suggestion of city staff, several local businessmen and Murrieta Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Ellis, approved the reestablishment of a sign ordinance task force to update the city’s sign ordinances at the March 1 Council meeting. The council met in a workshop to hear an update on the city’s sign ordinances from the city staff who reported that a recent Supreme Court decision, Reed vs. the Town of Gilbert, Arizona, said all non-commercial residential signs must be equal in size and removal
requirements. The case may result in changes in the current city sign ordinances, according to the staff. Some changes in the current ordinances were suggested including the size limitations and the time allowed for temporary sign removal. Depending on the type of sign the city has different size limitations and wants them down within 30 days. The staff recommended certain sign sizes be enlarged slightly and given 120 days for removal. The council took no immediate action on the requests but agreed to appoint a sign ordinance task force to review and make recommendations for changes that will comply with the Reed vs. Gilbert decision. Ellis, several local businessmen,
and members of the city development staff will be appointed to the task force. In other business the City Council members and staff reviewed its legislative platform. The city council legislative platform reflects its declared policy positions. Many bills are introduced each year in the United States Congress and the California State Legislature. Legislative representatives of the city keep track of the bills moving through the government houses many may affect the city’s goals and regulations. As a result, the council, doing its best to represent Murrieta resident viewpoints, sets up their legislative platform offering its support or op-
position to the bills. The platform enables city staff to efficiently affect legislative bills based on the overarching principles of prudent fiscal stability, protection of local control and transparent government. The council policy is on public record that can be obtained on the Murrieta City Council website or through the city clerk’s office. The council weighs in on 14 areas of legislation regarding general government, immigration, local government finance, economic development, labor relations, transportation, land use planning, housing, law enforcement and judicial, fire service, social service programs, resource conservation and management, parks and recreation
programs and regional and international governance. In the meeting, council offered its support to legislation that provides a balance between the increased demand in short-term residential rentals with the increased cost burden on local government services. They oppose legislation that legalizes motorcycle lane splitting because of the added burden of reimbursable costs to the city for public safety response due to accidents. There have been a number of motorcycle lane-splitting accidents in the city and in the region recently that have resulted in fatalities. Some states prohibit such actions by motorcyclists because of the inherent danger it poses.
New endowment program launches in Temecula Valley MURRIETA – The Community Foundation, in collaboration with Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment & the Arts and the Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation, has launched a new effort to support the greater financial stability of the three nonprofit organizations serving the Temecula Valley. Called the Temecula Valley Endowment Program, it aims to encourage donors who want to support the organizations’ endowment funds at The Community Foundation through outright gifts and legacy gifts. The program was recently unveiled in Wildomar at The Corporate Room during a reception event for donors interested in supporting the great work of these organizations. Each organization began their endowment with the Foundation as a way to establish their permanence within the community. Now leaders from each organization have come together to build their individual endowments through a consortium that would respect their individual donor populace, while inspiring charitable giving in the Temecula Valley. The consortia selected Jeff McNurlan to manage the programs as the program’s director to facilitate and grow the potential of
Crime up in Riverside County RIVERSIDE – Crime in Riverside County was on the rise in 2015, with particular increases across the board in the county›s unincorporated areas, according to statistics released by the Riverside County Sheriff›s Department. Overall, the county experienced a 7.4 percent increase in all reported FBI part I crimes. Part I crimes include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny theft, vehicle theft and arson. Auto thefts increased by more than 20 percent in 2015, the highest number reported since 2007, with more than one thousand additional auto thefts from 2014 to 2015. The increase was in line with a national trend of vehicle thefts, the sheriff’s department said, citing the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Violent crime, which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, increased by 6.6 percent. Property crime, robberies and aggravated assaults all increased by 7.4 percent throughout the county. Reported rapes increased by 2.4 percent. However, dramatic decreases were seen in other areas, with homicides down 26 percent (47 in 2014 compared to 35 in 2015) and burglaries down 20 percent (8,296 in 2014 compared to 6,632 in 2015). The sheriff’s department said a stark contrast can be seen when isolating crime statistics from the 17 contract cities that the department polices to the unincorporated county areas, which also fall under the department›s purview. Unincorporated county areas experienced a 14.6 percent increase in all FBI Part I crimes, the highest amount since 2012. Violent crimes were up 18.3 percent, property crime up 14.6 percent, aggravated assaults up 24.8 percent, vehicle thefts up 42.1 percent, robbery up 19.4 percent and larceny theft up 16.6 percent. Unincorporated Riverside County did see a 32.1 percent decrease in rape and a 29.4 percent decrease in homicides.
endowment giving. McNurlan has worked with several nonprofits in resource development and strategic planning roles. “With the addition of Jeff to guide and counsel each organization individually and collectively, along with the support of the Foundation, this program strives to build value, resilience and a permanence that will impact the Temecula Valley in the near future and for decades to come,” said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, President and CEO of The Community Foundation. To learn more about the Temecula Valley Endowment Program, contact Jeff McNurlan at (951) 387-4921 or email jmcnurlan@
thecommunityfoundation.net. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation created by and for the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and beyond. Established in 1941, at 75-years-old The Community Foundation has over $90 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants, including a new endowment building grant, to nonprofit organizations across the two-county region. Michelle’s Place is a full-service breast cancer resource center whose mission is to empower individuals and families impacted by breast cancer through education and support services. Since 2001, Mi-
chelle’s Place has provided over 100,000 services to over 10,000 men and women with cancer. Services offered include support groups, free comfort items, patient navigation, educational seminars, temporary financial assistance and more. Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center information is available at www.michellesplace.org. Oak Grove Center for Education Treatment & the Arts, is a nonprofit, 24-hour residential, educational and therapeutic treatment center, located in Murrieta that treats 76 at-risk children who live on campus and 90-100 day students who attend its nonpublic school.
Oak Grove also operates a second campus, Oak Grove at the Ranch, in Perris that serves an additional 50 students. For more information on Oak Grove Center, visit www. oakgrovecenter.org. Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation is a place-based, outdoor and nature education provider. These programs are aligned with EEI (Environmental Education Initiative), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum components. They are also fun, full of adventure and provided at no cost to students. Go to www. srpf.org.