City Connection


Holiday Closures

City Hall will be closed November 24 and 25 in observance of Thanksgiving and from December 23 to January 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Council meeting rescheduled

The December 7 City Council meeting has been rescheduled to December 14. The Closed Session meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Open Session meeting at 6:30 p.m. All City Council meetings take place in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. The meeting agenda will be posted at on the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Public Safety Meeting

Residents are invited to attend the meetings of the City’s Public Safety Committee. The public will hear reports on Police, Fire, Code Enforcement, Special Enforcement, Emergency Preparedness and Animal Services.

The meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall on the last Wednesday of every month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in March, June, September and December and at 9 a.m. all other months.

City Website

The City launched a new user-friendly website. The City’s goal was to create a website that was fast and easy for users to navigate. A spokesperson for the City says, “We want anyone who visits the website to get a pretty good idea of who we are and what we have going on in our community. Visually, the new website helps depict the beautiful landscape and skies that we all know and love in Canyon Lake.” The new website can be viewed at


The Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA) is now on Facebook at LESJWA aims at improving water quality and the ecology of Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore.

Chamber Notes

Residents are encouraged to support neighborhood businesses by shopping on Small Business Saturday on November 26.  Whether they are a family business, local shop, local restaurant, service business, wholesaler or small manufacturer shopping small can make a big difference.

The 21st annual Awards Gala with the Chamber’s 2017 Installation of Chamber officers and Presentation of Community Awards will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Lodge. Nomination forms will be in upcoming issues of the Friday Flyer.

The annual Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament benefiting Junior Golf at the Canyon Lake Country Club will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. More details to come.

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce lunches and mixers are postponed for the remainder of 2016. They will resume in 2017. For more information, contact Alison Burrafato at the Chamber office at 951-244-6124.

Emergency Preparedness

The Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee (CLEPC) meets monthly on the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The CLEPC is a committee made up of community volunteers who are committed to preparing and educating the community for emergencies, medical and shelter services, providing assessment and assisting in recovery after disaster. For more information or to serve as a volunteer, call City Hall at 951-244-2955.


The City of Canyon Lake has an emergency notification system called CodeRED, which will alert each resident by phone or e-mail in the event of an emergency.

The ultra high-speed telephone communication service allows the City to telephone all or targeted areas in case of an emergency, such as drinking water contamination, utility outage, evacuation notice, missing person, road closures, fires, floods, law enforcement activities that may impact the City, chemical spills and gas leaks where rapid and accurate notification is essential for public safety.

The system is capable of dialing a high volume of phone per hour and delivering a recorded message to a person or an answering machine. The system is ideal for residents who may not be watching television or listening to the radio when an emergency message is issued. The system also can call cell phones and send e-mails.

Since the initiation of the system, many Canyon Lake residents have changed their phone numbers or gone strictly to cell phones. The City wants to make sure that everyone is in the database and will be contacted in the case of an emergency.”

That is why City officials urge residents to take a few minutes and sign up for the service online on the City’s website at The short online form asks for information about alternate phone numbers, e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers.

Although residents can opt not to receive emergency notifications, City officials recommend that everyone participate. Those who previously have signed up and haven’t made changes to their contact information don’t need to sign up again.