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August 19, 2019

Community Update

by Charlie McClendon, City Manager 

Happy New Year.  I wish everyone in Cathedral City a healthy, safe and prosperous 2018.

Let me take this opportunity to review some of the highlights of the year we just completed.  It was a busy year for the City, with some significant accomplishments.

  1.  Downtown Amphitheater – The City was awarded a $1.4 million grant for the construction of a park and amphitheater in Downtown Cathedral City at the corner of Avenida Lalo Guererro and Cathedral Canyon Drive.  A design contract was awarded in 2017, including a sound engineering study, and we anticipate that construction will begin in the first half of 2018.

  2. Special Events – Our Cathedral City events continued to bring excitement to the community and attendance at all of our events reached new highs in 2017.  New events were introduced, such as Snow Fest and the Tejano Music Festival and recurring events such as LGBT Days, Taste of Jalisco, Halloween Spooktacular, Easter Kidapalooza, and the Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival rose to new heights in 2017.

  3. CV Link – The first phase of this Coachella Valley wide transportation and recreation facility was initiated in Cathedral City in 2017 using funding from a grant awarded to the City several years ago and supplemented by regional funding from the Coachella Valley Association of Governments.  Look for the grand opening of the first segment, running along the Whitewater River from Vista Chino to Ramon, to occur in early 2018.

  4. Street Improvements – Paving projects were completed in 2017 on Vista Chino, McCallum and 30th and slurry seal projects were completed in the Dream Homes, Cove and Rio Vista neighborhoods among others.  Additionally, construction began on a project to widen the Date Palm bridge, which will be completed in late 2018.  Construction will begin in 2018 on a new bridge over the Whitewater River on Cathedral Canyon Drive.

  5. Financial Stability – Cathedral City completed the 2016-17 fiscal year with an increase in fund reserves for the fourth consecutive year.  City fund reserves, the City’s savings account, which insures us against emergencies or future economic hard times, grew to nearly $29 million or 53% of general fund revenues.

  6. Council Districts – Cathedral City completed the transition to holding Council elections by districts.  In September of 2017 Council unanimously approved the new Council district maps following a public process that included 6 public hearings, 4 special “City Hall at Your Corner” meetings and an on-line mapping tool that allowed residents to submit their own maps for consideration – 35 maps were submitted.

  7. Economic Development – In the summer of 2017, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians completed the purchase of a 12-acre site at East Palm Canyon and Date Palm and submitted the necessary paperwork to take the land into tribal trust, which will allow a future gaming and entertainment project on the property.  The immediate benefit to the City will be the construction of a new Fire Station at Date Palm and Buddy Rogers to replace the aging station currently located just south of the new site.  Construction will begin in 2018.  Additionally, Shottenkirk Desert Lexus has acquired a five-acre site just to the west of the existing Volkswagen dealership on East Palm Canyon and will construct a new Lexus dealership on the site, likely starting construction in late 2018.  Finally, CV Rep theatre announced plans in 2017 to accelerate their relocation from Rancho Mirage to the Desert Cinema building at Cathedral Canyon and East Palm Canyon.  They have submitted their plans to the City and will start their improvements to the building in 2018.

  8. Cannabis – Cathedral City took steps to develop a strong regulatory structure and welcomed this new industry to the City in 2017.  Council and legal staff navigated through the changing state regulatory environment and developed code amendments to comply with the new state laws so that Cathedral City was ready when the new state laws took effect.  The Community Development department worked with the industry to overcome some initial odor control problems, which have mostly been resolved, and the Council also adopted a resolution outlining priorities for the use of the revenue that will accrue to the City from this new industry.  Most recently Sunniva began construction on a $54 million facility in Cathedral City on Ramon Road after working with neighboring properties to insure compatibility with surrounding land uses.

  9. New Management Staff – In 2017 the City was fortunate to welcome Travis Walker as the new Police Chief in Cathedral City and Stone James as the new Economic Development Director.  They replaced retiring Chief George Crum and retiring ED Director Curt Watts.  We also welcomed new Deputy Police Chief Anthony Yoakum who came to us from the City of Upland upon Chief Walker’s promotion.  Eugenia Torres was named Human Resources Manager upon the retirement of Sly Zelnys early in 2017.

As busy as 2017 was, I expect just as much activity to occur in 2018.  Here’s to another great and prosperous year for Cathedral City.  It is my pleasure to serve you as your city manager.

News

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