RMA votes to end Village bar-code access

The Rancho Murieta Association board voted unanimously Tuesday night to end bar-code access for Village residents on Jan. 1 after a breakdown in negotiations over a potential access fee. President Alex Bauer said the RMA was willing to negotiate, but in the end the Village wasn't. The board also delayed action on a request by the Murieta Bulldogs youth baseball team to be allowed to use community sports fields for their practices. Nearly 50 Bulldogs supporters were on hand. One of the reasons the team's request was tabled: The board wants to review the fees paid by all Murieta youth sports teams. Full coverage of the meeting is upcoming at RanchoMurieta.com.

Third CSD vote update: Butler widens lead

CSD leaders

[Updated Nov. 13] Sacramento County updated its election totals Tuesday afternoon, widening Linda Butler's lead over Martin Pohll for the third and final spot on the Community Services District board. Butler led Pohll by 16 votes in results released Friday; in the latest results she leads by 88. Randy Jenco and Tim Maybee are still far out in front for the first and second spots. There are 95,000 votes countywide yet to be counted. Read more »

RMA meetings, election this week

The Rancho Murieta Association holds its monthly board meeting Tuesday and its annual members meeting and election of directors Thursday at the RMA Building. Read more »

Your chance to help Paradise fire victims

Neighbor Tony Avampato, who volunteered last year to haul Murieta donations to the Santa Rosa fire victims, is stepping up again, this time to help the people who’ve lost everything in Paradise. Read more »

Honoring those who stood for America

Veterans Day

Veterans Day→ Photo gallery from the event (nine photos)

For the fourth year, Rancho Murieta honored its vets Monday morning with coffee and donuts at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. More than a hundred people came out. Kids outside greeted arriving vets with flags large and small, and teens handed out poppies and Veterans Day cards hand-made by kids. Except for the Coast Guard, every branch of service was represented in the crowd. There were no speeches, just a nice group rendition of "God Bless America." At 96, Art Murphy of Carmichael was the oldest vet. Murphy, an Army private who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII, attended with his Murietan daughter, Marcia Quinn. The day was hosted by the Rancho Murieta Caregiver Support Group and sponsored by RanchoMurieta.com, individual donors and the efforts of groups from Rancho Murieta Community Church. (Click for larger images)

Country Club opens pickleball courts

Pickleball

Photo gallery: Pickleball social and play (5 photos)

John Vigil, the Country Club's tennis pro, huddles with 16 players who came out midday Saturday for a pickleball social to inaugurate the club's courts. Portable nets have been used to convert a tennis court into two pickleball courts, and Vigil paired up players for some pickleball play. The courts are open for pickleball to club members and their guests except for 7 to 11 a.m. on weekend days or if there's a tournament in progress. Some players chafed a bit at these restrictions and asked Vigil if the pickleball stripes could be painted a color with more contrast. (The stripes are hard to see – blue on a blue court.) Vigil promised to work with club management to see about the change. He also pointed out an advantage to club pickleballers – the court lights that will let them play after dark. Fans of the game have been pushing the Rancho Murieta Association to add pickleball courts beyond the ones at Riverview Park and the courts RMA added last year at Stonehouse Park. (Click for larger image)

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