To help stop identity theft and as a service to our residents, the City of Murrieta City Clerk Department is hosting a FREE Document On-Site Shredding Event. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or until the truck is filled to capacity. Residents may bring up to FIVE banker-sized boxes per trip, to the back parking lot of City Hall.
Items that may be included are paper documents such as legal, medical, financial, tax, bank, photos, and credit card statements (no need to remove staples or paper clips). Residents may also bring credit cards and CDs. No businesses please.
For more information on this event, please call (951) 461-6013.
ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
MORE BUSINESSES ARE GROWING IN MURRIETA
Cardenas Markets, a full-service market chain, opened to large crowds and wide acclaim in the Home Depot Shopping Center at Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Madison Avenue, replacing a former furniture store in that plaza. The City worked very closely with the Cardenas Family to assist them with the process of opening Murrieta's latest superstore. Cardenas' location will serve a large region which includes Murrieta, Temecula and neighboring communities. Elias Shoes opened in the Murrieta Spectrum Center on Madison Avenue next to the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce office. Elias is an upscale, fashion-oriented shoe store which also caters to people with special shoe and fitting needs, such as people with diabetes and prosthetics.
The Hat, a Los Angeles-based iconic eatery, which specializes in pastrami dip sandwiches, is under construction in the Sam’s Club shopping center. This Murrieta location joins cities such as Alhambra, Rancho Cucamonga, Brea, Lake Forest, Pasadena and others already served by The Hat. Bully Burgrz is coming to the Olivewood/Farmstead shopping center across from the Murrieta City Hall/Town Square Park. The owner is hoping to open by the end of the year and has already been very involved with Chamber events. The logo, which features a large pit bull, speaks to the owner’s passion to rescue these misunderstood animals. The Mill restaurant has recently expanded their patio area, almost doubling the size. The Mill is a famous fixture in Historic Downtown Murrieta, an area which is seeing increased business investment.
Murrieta’s Economic Development team recently travelled to Claremont Village in Los Angeles County to visit unique restaurants and introduce them to Historic Downtown Murrieta. The focus was to familiarize existing upscale specialty restaurants in other cities to growth opportunities in Murrieta. The City is very interested in encouraging the growth of new specialty dining establishments the Historic Murrieta area. The City staff will continue to visit other downtown communities such as Orange, Fullerton, Redlands, LaVerne, Upland and San Diego over the next several months, so as to market Historic Downtown Murrieta to operators of quality restaurants.
HEALTHSOUTH BRAIN REHABILITATION HOSPITAL COMING TO MURRIETA
HealthSouth is a leading owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the United States for patients recovering from stroke, neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, brain and spinal cord injuries. The City of Murrieta has been working with HealthSouth for over two years to encourage them to locate in Murrieta and particularly in the North Murrieta Technology Corridor which is anchored by Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta and the planned 40-acre Kaiser Permanente Murrieta Valley health care campus. The City recently rezoned this area of Murrieta for Office and Research Park Development. The HealthSouth hospital will serve as the third major anchor in the North Murrieta Technology Corridor and will continue to help implement the City’s vision of Murrieta as the healthcare center for the region.
MURRIETA HOSTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EVENT WITH UC SAN DIEGO
The City of Murrieta and InSoCal CONNECT (www.insocalconnect.org) hosted a major event in Murrieta recently on "How Regional Economies Can Keep Reinventing Themselves". The speaker for this inspirational meeting was Dr. Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of California-San Diego. Dr. Walshok spoke about how cities across America are struggling to keep up with the increasingly global economy and the continued decline of post-war industries and how they can adapt to the new knowledge economy and grow new jobs. Dr. Walshok was a leader in the transformation of San Diego’s economy from a small West Coast community to one of the most successful innovation economies in the world today. She offered insights that apply to Murrieta and the Murrieta Valley region. She emphasized the importance of a local economic development strategy that focuses on small, nimble tech startups and other small businesses, rather than focusing on the large corporations, which are not growing as quickly. Dr. Walshok emphasized the importance of long term strategic thinking to promote economic development. She indicated that the key economic development strategies should focus on planning and zoning prime land for the development of research, technology and business parks, working to attract and retain the community’s talented workforce, offering a high quality of life and amenities, and creating the entrepreneurial environment that encourages the growth of knowledge -based companies. It was clear in listening to Dr. Walshok that Murrieta is well on its way in this regard – having established such an economic development strategy, including rezoning land along the freeways for Office Research Park development, establishing a business/technology incubator, working with InSoCal CONNECT to promote mentoring for startup businesses, maintaining a very high quality of life and City services, and marketing the City as an ideal place for startup companies and other small businesses.
CITY HOSTS TECH COAST ANGELS INVESTOR MEETING
The City of Murrieta, in conjunction with InSoCal CONNECT, hosted Tech Coast Angels at City Hall in November. Tech Coast Angels is the largest network of angel capital investors in the United States. This live "shark tank"- type event allowed nine local, start-up companies to make presentations to get the attention of seasoned angel investors. Each company was given five minutes to get the angels’ attention and another five minutes of questions and answers as the angels put each company on the hot seat. Companies ranged from brain scientists to technology nerds telling the angels about their new ideas. Some of the products included biodegradable plastic bags, brain games that can help to increase memory, new social media platforms, new marketing ideas and more. It was a great opportunity for companies to showcase their “special sauce,” learn what angel investors are looking to invest in, and get ideas about their next presentation.
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