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City of RP Updates

Don Schwartz
Addressing overgrown vegetation
February 14, 2020

In this Valentine’s Day edition of the Community Voice column I wanted to share some city news you’ll likely love. 

Our Public Work’s team is addressing the not-so-welcome overgrown vegetation along the creek pathways. The vegetation smothers the upper bank areas, obscuring visibility and hindering safety. The obtrusive vegetation includes non-native species such as privets, cotoneaster, blackberry and pampas grass. The work improves safety by significantly improving visibility and provides an openness for residents. We hope you’ll be enamored by recent improvements to Copeland Creek - Commerce Blvd. to Seed Farm Dr. Next up is Hinebaugh Creek from Hwy 101 to the SMART train tracks this month.  

When it comes to traffic signals, our Development Services department recently launched a new webpage to help residents be informed and take action on traffic signals. Our new webpage, available at rpcity.org/signals, provides updates on scheduled signal maintenance, anticipated delays, and a tool to report malfunctioning signals. Traffic signal malfunctions can also be reported directly on the GovOutreach App available on your smartphone App store. Visit rpcity.org/signals.

If you’re ready for a new fur-ever relationship (or just enjoy an Italian buffet and auction), we hope you’ll attend this year’s Bark After Dark event. The Animal Shelter League presents its 4th annual event to benefit our furry friends. Come meet adoptable animals and preview a showcase of animals they’ve helped this year. Mark your calendar for Sat., Feb. 22 from 6:30–10 p.m. at the Community Center at 5401 Snyder Lane. Tickets are $35 per person prior to Feb. 19 and are $45 after. Proceeds benefit the Animal Shelter League.

If you or that special someone in your life enjoys laughter and musicals, Urinetown is debuting tonight at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center. The satire runs from Fri. Feb. 14 – Sun., Mar. 1 and promises to leave you chuckling. In response to a severe water shortage, private toilets have been banned, pay-to-pee public ones are owned by the Urine Good Company, and violators are sent to Urinetown, a mythical penal colony from which they never return. But the spirit of pee-for-free rebellion is afoot. This satiric musical-comedy takes aim at the justice system, capitalism, bureaucracy, politics—and public toilets. Purchase tickets at spreckelsonline.com.

There is still time to tell us how we’re doing in serving you by taking our annual community survey. The survey closes Sun., Feb. 29 and we still haven’t heard from many of you. If you’ve already participated in this year’s survey, consider asking your friends or neighbors to participate. Our residents’ responses help us improve and set goals. Without your response, we don’t get an accurate picture of how things are going. Don’t leave us broken hearted, participate and share our survey at rpcity.org/survey.