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August 2, 2018

Community Update

by Travis Walker, Police Chief

Burglary Prevention

We are reaching a period in the year where law enforcement agencies begin seeing a rise in various burglaries.  I am sure you know, burglaries can occur anywhere – at your home, business, or your vehicle. A burglary occurs when a person unlawfully enters a building, residence or vehicle without proper authorization and commits a theft or felony offense while inside.  Sadly, several of the burglaries that we respond to could have been prevented had the victims simply locked their doors or closed their windows.  Please take a look at the following tips to help reduce your chances of being the victim of a burglary.

Safety Tips for Your Residence

• Make sure all exterior doors/windows are closed and locked when leaving.

• Use dead-bolt type locks on exterior doors.

• Install surveillance system.  I would recommend purchasing a system that can be remotely monitored and records.

• Place a wooden pole or broom handle in sliding glass door tracks to keep the sliding door from opening.

• Leave a radio or television on if you are going to be gone for a few hours.

• Put some of your interior lights on a timer if you plan to return after dark.

• Make a list of your valuables (make, model, serial number and value), and take pictures of these items. Keep one copy of the list at home and store another copy in a safe location.  It is also good to place this information, along the pictures of your valuables, on a computer flash drive or store online.

Safety Tips at Work

• Make sure all exterior doors and windows are closed when securing the building for the night.

• If you have a private office, lock your office door if you are going be away from your office and out of sight of the door.

• Be careful with your office keys. If you lose them, report it immediately to your supervisor.

• Do not leave valuable items at work if you can avoid it.

• If you have valuables in your office, do not leave them in plain view.

• Secure them in a locked cabinet, desk or closet.

• If you do not have a lockable cabinet, desk or closet, conceal the items out of sight as well as possible.

• Don’t tell others that you have valuables in your office or where they are concealed.

 Safety Tips for Your Vehicle

• Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.

• Completely close the vehicle’s windows and lock the doors. Most vehicle burglaries involve doors being left unlocked and/or vehicle windows being left open.

• Take items of value with you when you leave your vehicle.

• If you leave valuables in your vehicle, do not leave them in plain view:
      *   Secure them in the trunk or glove box. 
      *   If you can’t secure them in the trunk or glove box, put them on the floorboard and cover
          them with a blanket or towel.

• Don’t let others know that you have valuables in your vehicle.

Remember to be alert for people who are loitering or lingering around your residence, in restricted work areas or on parking lots. Many times, individuals will see suspicious people or activity, but don’t report it until after a crime has occurred. If you see something or someone acting suspicious, call 911.

News

Another Auto Dealer Plans to Expand in the Cathedral City Auto Center

Another Auto Dealer Plans to Expand in the Cathedral City Auto Center

At the August 1st Cathedral City Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission approved a 3,563 square-foot building addition to the existing 2.2 acre Nissan dealership located in the Cathedral City Auto Center. The addition creates more space for the dealership’s service center and adds a new 869 square-foot mezzanine for a new conference center and additional sales offices.  There will … Read more.

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Free SunLine Bus Service for College of the Desert Students - "Haul Pass"

Free SunLine Bus Service for College of the Desert Students - "Haul Pass"

SunLine Transit Agency’s Haul Pass Program is scheduled to launch this fall at participating colleges and universities. The three-year program will provide college students with free unlimited access to the public transit network. Transportation is often a barrier for Coachella Valley residents seeking education and employment opportunities. The Haul Pass Program will provide an expanded mobility option for local college … Read more.

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Free Workshop on "Networking and Building Business Relationships"

Free Workshop on "Networking and Building Business Relationships"

The Cathedral City Economic Development Department invites Cathedral City businesses to register for this free workshop on "Networking and Building Business Relationships." Click on the link to learn more... http://www.desertbusinessassociation.org/events/details/networking-and-building-business-relationships-free-workshop-1053   Business Owners and Managers: Join us in a free half-day workshop to learn more about Building Business Relationships – and managing those relationships for the benefit of your business. …Read more.

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Four New Firefighters/Paramedics Hired to Serve Cathedral City

Four New Firefighters/Paramedics Hired to Serve Cathedral City

On Monday, July 30, 2018, four new firefighters/paramedics were sworn-in to serve the residents and businesses of Cathedral City.  They include Kael Eaves, Josiah Maier, Brodie Trayer, and Derek Wochholz.  These firefighters filled positions vacated due to department retirements and internal promotions. They will now go through the Cathedral City Fire Department Academy that trains firefighters on the policies and …Read more.

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Cathedral City is Hiring

Cathedral City is Hiring

The City of Cathedral City is looking for experienced professionals to join our Team! Please visit our website for additional information regarding the following employment opportunities:

• Administrative Analyst I/II

• Senior  or Associate Civil Engineer

• Police Officer Recruit/Lateral

• Public Safety Dispatcher

• School Crossing Guard

Please visit our City website to apply: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cathedralcityca If you have any questions regarding our current job … Read more.

Events

Free Summer Kids Movie Series

Free Summer Kids Movie Series

The Cathedral City Parks and Community Events Commission in partnership with the Mary Pickford Theatre presents a Free Summer Kid Movie Series happening on every Friday at 9:30 a.m. starting Friday, June 15, 2018 thru Friday, August 3, 2018.  Thanks to Councilmember John Aguilar who donated a generous portion of his City discretionary funds, the film series will allow free admission in order to see a different movie geared towards kids each Friday morning at the Mary Pickford Theatre in Downtown Cathedral City... Read more.

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2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

Every 2nd Saturday, come to Cathedral City’s Art & Design District for “2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road” where you will discover special art exhibits, museum quality art as well as cultural art to brighten your soul, meet other like-minded people, and maybe get a little exercise going from art gallery to design gallery to art gallery.  It will be ARTtastic! Read more.

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Tejano Music Festival 2018

Tejano Music Festival 2018

The 2nd annual Tejano Music Fest

VENDORS • FOOD • DRINKS
RAFFLES • OUTDOOR MARKET
FUN FOR ALL AGES!
FREE ADMISSION • FREE PARKING

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Stop Identity Theft Program

Stop Identity Theft Program

To help STOP identity theft and as a service to its residents, the City of Cathedral City is hosting FREE Document Shredding Events. The Shredding Events are the first Saturday of the month October thru May each year.

WHEN: 2018 Saturday, October 6, November 3 and December 1
2019 Saturday, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6 and May 4

TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Arrive early – once the shredding truck is filled to capacity the event will end.

LOCATION: 68510 East Palm Canyon Drive

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Halloween Spooktacular 2018

Halloween Spooktacular 2018

20,000 Pieces of Candy! Food Vendors, Costume Contest, and much more!

The Cathedral City Police Department, Cathedral City Fire Department, and City of Cathedral City’s Special Events bring to you the Halloween Spooktacular, Sunday, October 28, 2017 from 12-3 pm. The event will occur in downtown in front of City Hall, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero. Halloween Spooktacular will include free admission as well as exhibits sponsored by non-profit organizations, the Cathedral City Police Department and Cathedral City Fire Department. ...Read more.

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5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival

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North Pole Village at Snow Fest

North Pole Village at Snow Fest

Bring the entire family for this special event that shall become a tradition!  North Pole Village at Snow Fest captures all the holiday spirit and places it at one event.  You will enjoy an outdoor market featuring holiday arts & crafts, food, treats, and beverages including hot chocolate.  Best of all, you will be captivated by a stroll down Main Street at the North Pole Village lit up with holiday lights.  Listen to holiday music, smell the fresh cookies baking, and  ...Read more.

For Questions or Comments, Contact Chris Parman, Communications and Events Manager
cparman@cathedralcity.gov