Brief: RMA approves 2.5% dues increase

The Rancho Murieta Association board approved the association’s 2015 budget at its monthly meeting Tuesday.  It calls for a 2.5 percent dues increase, or $3.15 a month, bringing the monthly bill to $128.50.  In other action:

  • The board referred to problems with negotiations to use a piece of land required for the new North Gate.  The board instructed General Manager Greg Vorster to get the easement negotiation settled by Friday or to start reworking the plan to eliminate a third lane -- a key piece of the project, meant to reduce traffic strains at the gate. Bids have been received and the RMA plans to begin construction soon, Vorster said.
  • The board voted unanimously to allow the killing of four to six sickly deer to allow their bodies to be examined for health problems, in particular the presence of ticks.  The action follows a presentation on the subject at last month’s board meeting.
  • With a mix of opinions and emotions, the board voted to allow a holiday-season display on Murieta Parkway.  The lighted display would say only “Alah.”  This follows April's board approval of a nativity scene in common area on the parkway.  The resident proposing the new display told the board he’s Jewish, and “Alah” is the term for God in ancient Aramaic.   The resident indicated he was trying to make a point more than put up the display.  As they had in April, some directors argued that residents have a right to any display they want on their own property, but common area shouldn't be used for displays with a religious orientation. Even some board members who supported the nativity display emphasized it was a one-year trial, and they expected to change their vote next year and withdraw the approval.
  • Three incumbents -- Bob Lucas, Tim Maybee and Sam Somers Sr. -- are the only candidates for their seats on the board in this fall’s election.  The election will take place Nov. 20 at the RMA’s annual meeting.  Candidates night was canceled, given the lack of competition for the posts.

Full coverage of the meeting is upcoming at RanchoMurieta.com.

As Smokey says, only you can prevent this

Smoke plume

Neighbor Bill "Birdman" Gengler offers this shot of the smoke plume from the King Fire near Pollock Pines.  Bill adds, "With the California drought of historic proportions, we need Smokey the Bear to educate our residents on how to prevent forest fires. ... In the next few months, the River Valley Garden Club will organize a Smokey the Bear/Woodsy Owl poster contest for youngsters from 1-5 grades who live in the Murieta area.  More info on the contest will be provided soon."

Security logs, Aug. 29-Sept. 11

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Blues, brews and a late-summer evening

Blues & Brews

Red square Photo gallery: 44 photos of the event and participants

The week began with Music Mike for the little ones and by Saturday it was all about the grown-ups as the Kiwanis Club shifted gears to present the 11th annual Blues & Brews event on a velvet Indian summer evening at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Tasting tents provided the crowd with a variety of locally produced beers and wines for sipping, food kiosks dispensed dinner-on-a-bun and desserts, and Rancho Murieta's own T'qeela Shotz played the blues according to the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and other icons of rock. The event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the Rancho Murieta Association and Plaza Foods to raise funds for community youth activities.

RM South will be sprayed to fight mosquitoes

After ground spraying two weeks ago, Rancho Murieta is in line for another spraying early Monday to battle mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. Read more »

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