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.
HealthSouth is in the process of submitting an application to the City and the State hospital agency for the development of a brain rehabilitation hospital in the east side of Whitewood, south of Baxter in the North Murrieta Technology Corridor. The City Council recently rezoned the land in this area for Office Research Park development and the establishment of a brain rehabilitation hospital at this location is consistent with the City’s objective to encourage additional healthcare and other tech-related development in the area currently anchored by the Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta and the future Kaiser Permanente-Murrieta Valley healthcare campus. HealthSouth is based in Birmingham and is the largest owner and operator of stroke, neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, brain and spinal cord injury facilities in the United States. We are pleased that HealthSouth selected Murrieta for their regional facility since it is a further recognition that Murrieta is becoming the healthcare center for Southwest Riverside County. A copy of the building illustration is shown.
The City of Murrieta recently hosted a meeting in December with educational institutions and representatives of the Murrieta Valley’s growing cluster of software and digital media businesses. The purpose of the meeting at Murrieta City Hall was to discuss opportunities to create internships for local software businesses. The idea is to encourage university/college students as well as local high school students to learn about future career opportunities in the Murrieta Valley area for software engineers and code writers. The meeting at City Hall included representatives of the City Economic and Business Development Department, the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, InSoCal CONNECT (a regional organization based in Murrieta which promotes the growth of technology businesses), the University of California-Riverside, California State University-San Marcos – Engineering School, Cal Baptist University-Engineering School, Murrieta Valley Unified School District, and Azusa Pacific University-Murrieta. Industry representatives included the Temecula-Murrieta Software Developers Group (which has 250 members in the area), Novohit (a new Murrieta-based company that focuses on software for the hotel and restaurant industry), and Power Automedia, (a company which moved from Orange County to Murrieta and which focuses on digital media for the automotive industry). The companies at the meeting indicated that they had selected Murrieta due to the quality of life and the lower cost of doing business than in the coastal counties.\
The City of Murrieta has agreed to support the Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s (MVUSD) application to receive a grant to expand its Career Pathways programs. The Career Pathways Trust Grant is intended to create a partnership between Murrieta schools, employers and the community colleges in order to better prepare our students for the 21st century workplace and to improve student transition into postsecondary education training and employment. Murrieta’s Economic and Business Development Department has long supported the expansion of the MVUSD Career Pathways program in order to insure that Murrieta is building its talented workforce for the future, so as to continue to insure a strong economy for the community. The City is also seeking to encourage its high school students to focus on entrepreneurship and tech careers so as to encourage them to return to Murrieta and create new companies.
The City was honored to host a visit in December by Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, the Executive Director of Select USA. Select USA is a key federal agency which presents the United States as the world’s premier location for business and provides numerous federal level programs to promote business investment in the US. The agency’s primary focus is to encourage foreign direct investments in America so as to create new jobs in this country. In addition to his role with Select USA, Ambassador Thummalapally is the co-chair of the White House’s National Economic Council. Prior to becoming the head of Select USA, Ambassador Thummalapally served as US Ambassador to Belize and had a 31 year career in the private sector, including serving as president of a leading optical disc manufacturing company. The Ambassador met with over 45 area businesses and governmental leaders during his visit to Murrieta City Hall and discussed how city government can help grow local jobs by encouraging exports and foreign direct investments in the community. The Ambassador visited three cities during his trip to Southern California: Murrieta, Los Angeles and San Diego. The visit to Murrieta was arranged in partnership with the US Department of Commerce. Murrieta is the only city in Inland Southern California to have a cooperation agreement with the US Department of Commerce.
Murrieta hosted a high level business and governmental delegation from South Korea at Murrieta City Hall and at the Murrieta Innovation Center in January in order to spur relations between Murrieta businesses and the Republic of Korea.
Many have asked about the new 4 story construction underway near Murrieta’s Walmart on Madison Avenue. This is the first phase of two hotels being built on this site. The first one is the four-story Residence Inn by Marriott which is currently under construction and will open this spring. The next phase will be the construction of a four-story Courtyard by Marriott hotel. These are the first new hotel development in Murrieta in recent years and were made possible due to foreign direct investment in new development and job creation in Murrieta. Plans have been announced to develop a four-story Hampton Inn by Hilton on the east side of Hancock Avenue in the medical corridor, just north of the Rancho Springs Medical Center and the new Rady’s Children’s Hospital of San Diego medical office building site. The City is actively seeking to encourage additional hotel development in Murrieta to serve the Southern California Wine Country and other regional tourism destinations as well as business travelers to Southwest Riverside County.
Construction is underway on The Hat Restaurant in the Sam’s Club Shopping Center. Bully Burgrz is opening across from the Murrieta Civic Center/Town Square Park. The Backyard Bottleshop and Taproom recently opened on Murrieta Hot Springs at Margarita. Menchies Yogurt is opening on Cal Oaks. Tractor Supply opened recently at The Orchard, taking the long vacant space formerly occupied by Dixieline. Tractor Supply indicated that they located in Murrieta in order to serve the equestrian communities and homeowners in the region, including the Wine Country, LaCresta/Tenaja and elsewhere. A developer has submitted an application to the City for a Golden Corral restaurant and medical office building on Murrieta Hot Springs Road.