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Message from the City Manager

November 2023

So far, fall has been busy and filled with fun activities. A big thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday to the City's Dark in the Park trunk-or-treat event. It was wonderful to connect with so many Murrieta residents.

Looking at the month ahead, there are many more opportunities to get out and connect. As we go through this busy season where it might be hard to slow down, I challenge you to take a step back as we honor our veterans. Please join the City for our Veterans Day Parade with a special unveiling of the long awaited Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Together we can thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Check out what's happening in Murrieta and read on to discover the latest events, programs, and news in this edition of More Murrieta:


  • Don't miss Murrieta's Veterans Day Parade
  • Join us as we unveil the Vietnam Memorial Wall
  • Learn where the anticipated Murrieta Trader Joe's will be located
  • Murrieta Fire & Rescue provide helpful winter safety tips
  • Learn more from Murrieta PD about how the City is addressing homelessness
  • Check out all the fun activities happening at the Murrieta Public Library

This month in particular, let's show gratitude and thanks to our family, friends, and neighbors. It's always wonderful to be connected by community this time of year.



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Kim Summers

Murrieta City Manager

Field of Honor

Join the City and Rotary Club of Murrieta for an awe-inspiring sight as thousands of American flags stand tall in Town Square Park

The Field of Honor will be on display November 4-11 giving visitors the opportunity to recognize their heroes from military veterans to law enforcement and fire.

This year's opening ceremonies will recognize first responders, including the Murrieta Fire & Rescue and Murrieta Police Department. In addition, there will be entertainment and local and state officials will also speak.

Field of Honor opening ceremonies

Date: November 4, 2023

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Murrieta Town Square Park, 11 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562

To learn more about the Field of Honor click here.

Veterans Day Parade

Join us for Murrieta's 21st Veterans Day Parade on November 11, at 10 a.m.

There is still time to secure your spot in our annual Veterans Day Parade. Registration ends on November 8, 2023. The registration fee is $25 per entry (not per person). Sign up today and don't miss this chance to be a part of a heartwarming celebration of our veterans' service and sacrifice. The parade begins at Washington Avenue and Ivy Street and ends at the Field of Honor in Town Square Park. If you are interesting in reserving your spot in the parade click here.

Please contact the Murrieta Community Services Department with questions at 951-304-7275.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Unveiling

Join us in honoring all those who served in the Vietnam War with this long-awaited memorial unveiling!

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023
  • Immediately following the Veterans Day Parade (approximately noon)
  • Eastern portion of Murrieta Town Square Park, near Murrieta Police Department and City Hall (11 Town Square Park, Murrieta, CA 92562)
  • A commemorative pin will be available to attendees in limited quantities and the event will be followed by refreshments and a live concert at the Murrieta Town Square Park Amphitheater.

Years in the making, this wall is the third wall featured in Murrieta's Veterans Memorial. The memorial is comprised of a tall, granite obelisk that stands proudly above a series of walls depicting dramatic and emotional imagery of men and women who have served and sacrificed in our nation’s defense. Read more about the history of the Veterans Memorial and the upcoming unveiling on the City's website.

Trader Joe's Submits Plans for Murrieta Location

Yes, you read that right! Trader Joe's is coming to town

The City's Economic Development team is excited to share that plans were received for a new Trader Joe's to be located at 40388 Murrieta Hot Springs Road in the Murrieta Plaza shopping center.

While there isn't a target opening date yet, this is a major milestone in bringing a new grocery option to Murrieta. Make sure to follow the City on social media for updates on when you can get your reusable bags ready for shopping at the new location!

Murrieta Market Nights

Visit the heart of Murrieta during our evening street markets

Enjoy the fall crisp air this month during Murrieta Market Nights! Head over to Washington Avenue to dive into an immersive experience, exploring local vendors, artisans, entertainment, and unique food options.

Dates: Thursday, November 2 and November 16

Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Murrieta

Murrieta Fire & Rescue

Neighbors helping neighbors

November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month. This is a good reminder for us all to install CO alarms, maintain our heating systems, practice proper ventilation, and recognize the symptoms to diminish the risks associated with CO poisoning. Learn more about carbon monoxide safety by clicking here.

Winter Safety Tips:

Winter is a season of warmth, gatherings, and festivities. However, it's also a season that poses unique fire hazards, making winter fire safety a top priority. 

  • Decorative Lighting: Check lights before installing: You need to inspect lights before hanging them outside or on trees. If there are damaged cords or frayed wires, replace or repair them.
  • Heating Safety: When it gets cold out, we usually need to use heating appliances, but it's important to be careful when using them. Make sure your furnace, fireplace, or space heater gets maintained and serviced regularly. If the system is running fine, there's less of a chance for it to be a fire hazard.
  • Candle Safety: Candles create a warm and comfortable atmosphere in the winter. Consider opting for a battery-powered candle for a flame-free option that will still give the candle ambiance.
  • Holiday Decorations: Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources. Don't put any decorations made from paper, fabric, or other flammable materials near fireplaces, space heaters, or candles.

For a more detailed list of safety tips click here.

Murrieta Police Department

Partners with our community

The Murrieta Police Department partners with multiple City departments and other regional organizations to address homelessness in Murrieta. Recently, they shared tips with community members and businesses to help combat the issue.

Here are a few:

  1. As a community member or business owner, please notify the City or police department whenever you see an encampment being setup.
  2. Please discourage anyone from providing homeless panhandlers with money.
  3. Encourage business owners who are being impacted by homeless individuals to submit a 602 - No Trespassing letter to the City of Murrieta. This allows the City to take enforcement action.
  4. Volunteer for the annual Point in Time homeless count. It's a great way to get involved and see what is happening on the streets.

To check out Murrieta PD's series on homelessness, visit their Facebook page.

To learn more about the City's efforts to address homelessness, click here.

Murrieta Public Library

Fall programming for all ages and expanded Seed Library events

Children’s Events:

The Children’s Department is set to have four recurring events for fall:

  • Dog Tales, Mondays at 4:30 p.m.
  • Family Storytime, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Independent Storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Steam Studio, second and fifth Thursdays at 4 p.m. 

Teen Events:

  • Teen Arcade in the Community Room, November 16, at 4 p.m. for ages 13-17
  • Drop-in Cricut Maker Workshop in The Lab: Monday, November 20, and Tuesday, November 21, Grades 7-12.
  • Beginning Embroidery Take-Home Kit – Saturday, November 25, pick-up at the Adult Reference desk

Adult Events:

  • Business Workshop: Windows of Opportunity, presented by Chase Bank, Wednesday, November 1 at 4 p.m. in the Community Room
  • Acrylic Painting Take-Home Kit, Saturday, November 4, pick up at the Adult Reference desk.

Library for All (Adults with Disabilities) Events:

  • Kindness Rocks, Monday, November 13, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room

Seed Library Events:

  • Murrieta Grows: Murrieta Library Garden Club Meetup, all ages, Monday, November 6, at 9 a.m. in The Lab
  • Build-a-Bee Hotel, Wednesday, November 15, at 4 p.m. for ages 5–12 in the Community Room. Registration required: click here to register

The Murrieta Public Library will be closed Saturday, November 11, due to the Veterans Day Parade.

Keep in Touch

To stay current with what’s happening at the Murrieta Public Library follow them on social media!

Instagram: @MurrietaLibrary

Facebook: @MurrietaLibrary

In addition, staff are available to answer questions via phone Monday through Saturday during regular hours by calling


Coffee with the City

Connecting over coffee with the City of Murrieta team

Every fourth Tuesday of the month, the City of Murrieta and the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce host "Coffee with the City," a free community event that brings residents together over a cup of Dunkin' coffee to connect with local leadership. Through these meaningful conversations, the community actively contributes to shaping Murrieta's future and strengthening the sense of community. The next Coffee with the City will be:

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Location: Murrieta Innovation Center, 26442 Beckman Court, Murrieta, CA 92562

Festival of Trees

Sleigh bells 🔔 ring are you listening, in Murrieta trees will be glistening! 🎵

The Festival of Trees event is back. We have 40 Christmas trees that families, organization and teams can sponsor.

How exactly does it work?

  1. You purchase a tree for $35, you pick a theme and purchase all the decorations, including lights for your tree.
  2. On December 2 you bring your friends, family or team to decorate your tree.
  3. Trees will be judge at the winner will be announced.

All trees will be donated to families in need.

If you are interested in purchasing a tree click here.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming special events and public meetings

November Public Meetings

  • City Council Meetings | November 7 and November 21
  • Parks and Recreation Commission | November 2
  • Planning Commission | November 8 and November 22
  • Library Advisory Commission | November 16

November Special Events

Upcoming events in December

Meeting times and dates are subject to change. Please visit the City's agenda webpage for meeting details and full agendas.


Join the Murrieta Team

Find your future career at the City of Murrieta

The City of Murrieta is consistently ranked one of the best places to work in the region and has a strong organizational culture and dedicated workforce.

Have you considered looking for the next step in your career by serving your community? Check out the City's website and learn more about current openings. Make sure to check back often, as new positions are listed frequently. The following positions are currently posted on the City's website:

Visit Murrieta's jobs website today!

City of Murrieta Legislative Updates

Advocating for the interests of residents and businesses

Throughout each year, the State Legislature and the United States Congress propose and enact legislation, some of which affect local municipal government. The City of Murrieta recognizes the need for active legislative engagement at the local, state, and federal levels to enhance the interests of Murrieta’s residents and businesses.

At times, it is in the City's best interest to take a position on proposed legislation. To view this year's approved Legislative Platform and all submitted letters of opposition and support, visit the City's website. This page is updated throughout the year as the City takes positions on various pieces of legislation. 

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