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The City has a three-prong approach to dealing with homelessness that focuses on Collaboration, Coordination, and Communication:
We Collaborate with partner organizations like Community Mission of Hope and Temecula Community Pantry to provide services and a path to self-sufficiency to those who are currently in need.
We Coordinate with law enforcement, City staff, and other agencies to provide a continual, visible, and physical presence to deter illegal activity.
We Communicate with residents and businesses to educate the public about well-intentioned actions which may unintentionally contribute to unwanted or illegal behaviors which negatively impact quality of life in our City. At all stages, the City leverages strategic partnerships with established agencies, consistent with our commitment to fiscal responsibility.
The causes of homelessness are many and complex, and include large-scale socioeconomic factors as well as personal risk factors including mental illness, disability, and lack of a family or social network. In our work with other organizations, we have identified four broad categories of at-risk individuals:
1.Those who desire assistance in regaining self-sufficiency
2.Those who suffer from mental illness or other conditions which inhibit reasoning skills
3.Those who refuse help and choose to lawfully live outdoors
4.Those who refuse help and may be engaging in unlawful activity The City directs its efforts at providing resources to those who are willing to accept help, partnering with regional organizations to address the causes of homelessness, and deterring unwanted behaviors.
Panhandling is not inherently illegal. The City encourages residents to respond to panhandlers with a respectful but firm “No.” All of our partner organizations as well as law enforcement concur that giving money to panhandlers does more harm than good, and may encourage panhandling and support illegal activity including drug use. Responsible options for generosity include volunteering with or donating to any of the local organizations which work to solve homelessness in our community. If the panhandler is aggressive and you feel threatened, then call 911. You may also dial 211 or visit www.connectriverside.org for additional resources for helping those in need, including information about Community Mission of Hope and other front-lines relief organizations.
For more information about the Responsible Compassion Program please visit our website: www.responsiblecompassion.org
Since 911 is for emergencies only, it helps to understand when to call and when NOT to call. An emergency is any serious situation where a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical help is needed right away. If you are ever unsure of whether your situation is an emergency, go ahead and call 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 call taker can determine if you need emergency assistance and can route you to the correct location.
Examples of when to call 911:
Do NOT Call 911:
Do you have usable items that you want to get rid of or could you use free or low cost surplus or used functional items? CalMAX is prepared and updated by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Individuals and organizations can post items needed and usable items that are no longer needed. Items are listed by counties and provided via the internet. To learn more about this FREE service call (877) 520-9703 or visit CalMAX.
Beginning July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill 341 [AB341] requires all businesses in California that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week to recycle. In an effort to assist you with this new law, our contracted hauler (CR&R Environmental Services), offers a wide variety of recycling services. Please visit their website at www.crrwasteservices.com for further information. Information about California’s new business recycling requirement is available from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) at https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/
Contact CR&R at 1-800-755-8112
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Beginning April 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) requires all businesses in California that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week and multi-family residential dwellings of 5 or more units to arrange for recycling services of organic waste.
This new law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, such that by January 1, 2019, a business that generates 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for recycling services of organic wastes. Organic waste consists of food waste, landscape waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste.
To assist with the implementation of this new requirement, CR&R has prepared an Organic Waste Fact Sheet, which includes an overview of AB 1826 and a self-assessment guide to help identify when a business or multi-family facility may need to establish organic waste services. Please contact CR&R at 1-800-755-8112, or visit their website at www.crrwasteservices.com for further information.
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce methane emissions. Methane gas is created in landfills when organic waste naturally decomposes. In accordance with this law, all local jurisdictions must provide recycling and organics waste collection services to all residential and commercial generators by January 1, 2022. This will help divert organic materials from landfills. If you have not done so already, please reach out to CR&R, the City’s waste hauler, to sign up for collection services.
In addition to organics recycling collection programs, SB 1383 regulations also require businesses to minimize throwing out “edible food” by requiring the implementation of an Edible Food Program.
Starting January 1, 2022: All Tier One edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or non-profit charitable organization. Tier One generators include supermarkets, grocery stores, food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors.
Starting January 1, 2024: All Tier Two edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or a non-profit charitable organization. Tier Two generators include restaurants, hotels, health facilities, large venues, large events, state agencies, and local education agencies.
For more information on SB 1383, please visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organic/slcp
Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) amended existing California statute, namely the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) and Mandatory Commercial Recycling Organics (MORe) laws. Effective July 1, 2020, MORe-covered businesses must provide organics recycling containers to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. If a business does not sell any of the organic materials for immediate consumption on the premises, then the business does not have to provide an organics container in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers. Click the link for more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827). Examples of large and small labels made by CalRecycle can be used for compliance.
The State requires face coverings outside of the home in California. Visit the California Department of Public Health’s mask guidance webpage and published guidance for details and exceptions regarding use of face coverings.
The latest State of California Public Health Order dated May 7, 2020 states physical distancing is required (See paragraph 3 here). The “distance” is 6 feet.
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In summary, all City parks and trails have remained opened through this pandemic allowing walking, jogging, hiking, bicycling, or other outdoor activities. Playground equipment, community pools, splash pads, picnic areas and other fixed amenities remain closed per State of California Public Health guidelines.
Statewide, all individuals and businesses fall under the direction of the State of California’s Stay at Home Order / Public Health Order, which can be found online here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.
Additional State information can be found here: covid19.ca.gov.
The State of California has a hotline and email for such inquiries.
State Hotline: 833-544-2374State Email: EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov
Additionally, the County of Riverside’s Public Health Department can assist.
County Hotline: 951-351-6866County Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, Temecula’s wine country is located outside of the City of Temecula’s city limits, and is therefore under the jurisdiction of Riverside County. For questions related to weddings and events located in wine country, please contact Riverside County directly by dialing 2-1-1, or emailing EssentialServicesInquiries@cdph.ca.gov.
The City of Temecula does not have the authority to override the State of California by re-opening businesses that are currently closed by State orders. The State of California determines which businesses are a part of the “essential” workforce and/or part of each stage of re-opening. Although the City is proactively lobbying on behalf of Temecula Valley to safely and responsibly re-open our local economy, the decision is made by the State of California.
The City is providing the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) additional office space within its business incubator and resource center known as the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur’s Exchange or TVE2, which is located within Temecula’s former City Hall at 43200 Business Park Drive. The extra office space allows SBDC to expand its one-on-one consulting services for existing businesses who have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in gross receipts or customers, a temporary closure, or other impacts as a result of COVID-19. These free business consulting services are available now and will continue through this pandemic, and beyond. Business owners can get guidance and advice from industry experts on a multitude of topics including finance, human resource/staffing laws, disaster/contingency planning and more. COVID-19 response planning will be flexible and change as our business community recovers and additional areas of assistance are identified. Contact Paul Nolta at email@example.com.
Temecula REVIVE! Economic recovery resources for Temecula individuals, families, students, senior citizens, small businesses, veterans and more... The City of Temecula developed an online resource to support Temecula Valley in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The website, TemeculaCA.gov/REVIVE, is updated often and provides informative summaries and links to available resources, including Federal and State stimulus packages such as the CARES Act and other legislation. There is also a variety of supportive economic assistance ranging from free webinars, links to job opportunities, food pantries and more.
Shop, sip, dine and stay LOCAL!
Now is the time to rally together and support Temecula businesses. Seek out retailers, wineries, restaurants and other Temecula businesses. Order online from Temecula locations. Call local shops and boutiques to see if they are offering delivery or curbside pick-up. Need a car? Buy it in Temecula! Check out the interactive map of open take-out restaurant options at Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and scroll to the various lists of open businesses at Visit Temecula Valley.
The answer here varies, depending on if you had symptoms and if you have been tested. Read the CDC guidelines on this topic here: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
No. Coyotes are considered non-game wildlife with no special protections (FG 4150).
Yes. However, it is best to leave trapping up to the trained professional. You are not required to procure a trapping license, but you are required to abide by regulations set forth in the Use of Traps T-14 CCR 465.5.
The trapper must be currently licensed with the CDFW (passing a certified trapping examination). Hired trappers must follow all rules and regulations set forth in T-14 CCR 465.5 and FG 4005.
Yes, as long as they are doing so on HOA owned land or with property owner permission.
No, unless authorized for a specific research purpose.
No. Coyotes that are legal to trap must be immediately put to death or released. Relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else’s neighborhood. It is also not sound wildlife management practice due to potential disease transfer and disrupting the ecosystem, potentially causing an imbalance in the predator-prey cycle.
No. Hazing, otherwise known as “Aversive Conditioning,” is a process used to teach the coyote to fear humans. It is a good thing in that its intent is to save the animal’s life. When coyotes become too habituated, and lose their natural fear of humans, they can become a threat to public safety. Basically, “A Fed Coyote is a Dead Coyote”. Some urban coyotes become comfortable in close proximity to people. To safely coexist it’s important to modify this behavior. Urban coyote behavior needs to be reshaped to encourage coyotes to avoid contact with humans and pets. Hazing is the process that facilitates this change and is by necessity a community response to encounters with coyotes. Hazing employs immediate use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage undesirable behavior or activity. Deterrents include loud noises, spraying water, bright lights, throwing objects and shouting. Hazing does not harm or damage animals, humans or property. Behavioral change also involves human activities such as how to identify and remove attractants and how to responsibly protect pets.
Intentionally or unintentionally providing food for coyotes causes the coyote to lose their fear of humans and become habituated. This leads to changing the coyote’s feeding behavior causing them to become dependent on humans for food; increasing habituation, leading the coyote to its eventual death.
Urban coyotes have developed a different lifestyle from coyotes in rural environments. Cities support larger populations of animals in close proximity to people for the following reasons: 1) Increased access to food. People provide easy access to large supplies of food by leaving pet food, bird seed, unsecure compost or trash and fallen fruits in yards. Unintentional and intentional feeding of coyotes encourages bold behavior and increases aggression towards people and pets. Intentional feeding makes people a target source of food. 2) Increased access to water. Year-round water supplies in cities from man-made ponds, lakes, flood control channels, pet water dishes, pools, fountains etc. increase water for prey animals and coyotes. 3) Increased potential shelter. Parks, golf courses, buildings, vehicles, sheds, decks, crawl spaces, overgrown vegetation, among others increase the amount and variability of coyote shelters. Steps must be taken to address: safety concerns, misconceptions, and appropriate responses to potential threats to human safety. Coyotes can easily remain close to people, pets, homes and businesses without detection. 4) Increased exposure to people. Regular interaction between coyotes and people without negative consequences encourages habituation or increases comfort levels with human contact. People are, or may be, disregarded as a source of danger. 5) Increased exposure to pets. Pets are a normal part of an urban landscape. To urban coyotes they are considered other animals in their habitat. Pets can be considered, potential prey, or a potential competitor in coyote territory.
While the CDFW is NOT a wildlife rehabilitator, they recognize the value of rehabilitative care for individual wild animals. The CDFW works with interested agencies and organizations - volunteer and otherwise - to ensure high quality practices in the rehabilitation of sick, injured, orphaned, or displaced California wildlife.
The information was sourced from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (https://wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Coyote).
The Book Friend Program created by the Friends of the Temecula Libraries offers a great way to honor or remember a person or event important to you or your family. Visit the Temecula Public library or the Friends of the Temecula Libraries’ bookstore to pick up the
Riverside County's Backyard Composting Program has been developed to aid the residents of Riverside County in composting their organic material, into a useful product and keep more waste out of our landfills. Check the above link for more information about the Master Composting Program and for workshop locations and schedule. For more information please visit:
Do you have usable items that you want to get rid of or could you use free or low cost surplus or used functional items? CalMAX is prepared and updated by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Individuals and organizations can post items needed and usable items that are no longer needed. Items are listed by counties and provided via the internet. To learn more about this FREE service call (877) 520-9703 or visit:
Black = TrashBlue or Grey = RecyclingGreen = Green WasteFor more information please visit: CR&R Residential Services
Please review our Household Hazardous Waste document (PDF) to learn more about the proper disposal of household hazardous waste.
Please do not place these items in the recycling cart StyrofoamPlastic bagsOrganics (yard/food waste) Construction wasteElectronicsHousehold hazardous waste (cleaners, pesticides, paints, light bulbs, medications, etc.)
The California Integrated Waste Management Act (CIWMA) of 1989 mandates that all cities and counties in California reduce solid waste disposed at landfills generated within their jurisdictions by 50%. Cities and Counties that do not meet the State goals may be fined up to $10,000 per day.
The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources manages backyard composting programs, waste education, and the household hazardous waste events for all county residents.
The City will provide up to $10,000 in CDBG grant funds to eligible businesses.
The City will use a lottery to select businesses to receive the grant in providing grants, if it receives more applications than there is funding.
If additional funding for this program is made available, eligible businesses not receiving funds in the first round will be given priority in the second round. Those businesses which were funded in the first round will not be eligible to receive funding in the second round.
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No, businesses may only submit an application for one of the Temecula Assist programs.
Applications will be accepted from May 26, 2020 through June 9, 2020 at 5 pm via the City’s website TemeculaCA.gov/TemeculaAssist. Applicants may also mail their applications to:
City of Temecula
Temecula Assist: Rent Recovery and Job Retention
Attn: Lynn Kelly-Lehner
41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Please note that City Hall is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mailed applications must be received by 5 pm by Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Hand delivered applications cannot be accepted at this time. Email submissions will not be accepted. Questions about this program can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants may only be used for rent, mortgage, or payroll related expenses incurred on or after June 9, 2020.
Following selection in the lottery, the business will need to confirm program eligibility as set forth in the program guidelines. The business will also need to provide demographic and socioeconomic data for Federal program reporting and documentation.
If during the application review, the application is deemed to be incomplete or lacking adequate detail, the City will provide one week for the business to complete the application before considering the business ineligible.
The business owner must demonstrate that the CDBG funding will be used for different purposes than were provided by the other funding source or that the other funding source was insufficient to meet the existing or current needs.
Yes. This is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Application materials are subject to public disclosure, except that personal and financial information will be withheld from disclosure to protect the privacy of the applicants. The information will only be viewed by the City’s program employees and consultants directly working with the grant review process and possibly by a HUD auditor.
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