Committee returns to discuss security issues

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After a hiatus of more than two years, Rancho Murieta’s Joint Security Committee returned Tuesday to discuss a range of issues with the community's key organizations.  The largest part of the meeting was spent discussing the use of undeveloped land for a network of trails. Read more » about Committee returns to discuss security issues

CSD continues push for new DUI policy

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The Community Services District is continuing its effort to institute a vehicle-stop policy for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The proposed policy was addressed at several meetings this month, including last week’s meetings of the CSD and Rancho Murieta Association boards.

The CSD proposed the policy in response to a DUI car accident a Security patrol officer witnessed but couldn’t take any action to prevent.  The policy would allow a Security patrol officer to attempt a voluntary stop if the officer believes a driver is "under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and the Security Patrol Officer reasonably believes that the operation of the motor vehicle presents an imminent threat to public safety or property." Read more » about CSD continues push for new DUI policy

CSD answers DUI concerns, advances water plan

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At its meeting Wednesday, the Rancho Murieta Community Services District responded to concerns the Rancho Murieta Association board expressed the night before about the CSD’s proposed DUI vehicle-stop policy. The board also took further steps on its water-shortage contingency plan. Read more » about CSD answers DUI concerns, advances water plan

Committee addresses DUI frequency, policy

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How many DUI arrests occur here every year and how other private communities handle vehicle stops for suspected DUI were part of the policy discussion that took place at the Community Services District Security Committee meeting this week. Updates on incidents in the community included a Labor Day accident on a bike trail that resulted in a 16-year-old being taken to the hospital by helicopter. Read more » about Committee addresses DUI frequency, policy

Man dies in apparent drowning in Villas pool

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A 24-year-old Rancho Murieta man was an apparent drowning victim early Wednesday at the Villas in Murieta North. Read more » about Man dies in apparent drowning in Villas pool

Security explains plan to handle DUI stops

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A policy that would allow Security patrol officers to make DUI vehicle stops within the gates got a vote of confidence from the woman whose experience with a drunk driver inspired it.   "Just knowing that this policy is in effect is going to be a good deterrent," Linda Garcia told the Community Services District Security Committee last week.  The committee also heard an update on gates blocking paths leading to the river. Read more » about Security explains plan to handle DUI stops

CSD board to vote on handling DUI stops

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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District board holds its monthly meeting  5 p.m. Wednesday at the CSD Building. Board actions include voting on a policy for Security patrol officers to make DUI vehicle stops. The board will also vote to place delinquent accounts for CSD water, sewer, drainage, security and trash collection services on the county tax rolls for collection after a public hearing set for 5:30 p.m. The meeting includes a consultant's presentation on a water shortage contingency plan for the district that covers drought stages. The agenda is available hereRead more » about CSD board to vote on handling DUI stops

CSD moves ahead on water, security issues

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[News brief and blog published July 18] At its meeting last week, the Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors moved forward on water issues that included plans for a well, and learned a policy allowing Security patrol officers to make vehicle stops may be in the works. The directors voted to initiate foreclosure proceedings on an undeveloped parcel on the South because the landowner is delinquent in paying Mello-Roos bond obligations. Read more » about CSD moves ahead on water, security issues

CSD approves budget, examines Security's role

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A replacement is being considered for the sign that has stood for decades at Jackson Road and Murieta Drive.  The old sign, which is in bad shape, could be replaced by an electronic sign.

The Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors completed the budget process for 2012-13 last week by approving rates that will increase the average monthly residential bill for water, sewer, drainage, security and trash collection services 5.35 percent, a slight reduction from the budget that was presented last month. In response to a recent DUI incident, CSD personnel are reviewing security procedures to address future incidents and holding internal meetings on the matter. Read more » about CSD approves budget, examines Security's role

CSD is challenged on Security policies

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When a car crashed into her yard early in the morning of May 21, it was a rude awakening in several ways, Linda Garcia told the Community Services District Security Committee this week.

The 19-year-old male resident driving the vehicle had attended a party in the neighborhood. Following the accident, the uninjured driver was charged with DUI and felony possession of marijuana by the California Highway Patrol, according to Security.

"I don't understand why this party wasn't shut down, number one, and number two, I don't understand why there was no attempt to stop this kid," Garcia told CSD managers and Directors Bobbi Belton and Betty Ferraro at the committee meeting Tuesday. Read more » about CSD is challenged on Security policies

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