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November 8, 2018

Community Update

by Travis Walker, Police Chief

Since our last Community Update, the Cathedral City Police Department has been extremely active with a variety of events in our community.  As we continue to build upon the strong partnerships that we have with our local schools, our officers had the pleasure of spending the day with students at Nellie Coffman Middle School as part of their career day.  Officers from our Traffic Unit, Patrol Division, SWAT Team, and K9 Unit set-up a variety of displays to showcase their capabilities and talked with students about the importance of maintaining good grades, healthy-living habits, and staying out of trouble as they pursue their chosen educational paths.   Officers also participated in the “Walk to School Day” event at Rio Vista Elementary School.  These events are always fun for both the students and our officers, and I look forward to participating in more of these events throughout the school year.  

In November, several of our officers and detectives were recognized by the Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce for the great investigative work that they did tracking down a suspect, whose identity was not known at the time of a serious crime, using DNA recovered from the scene.  Once the suspect’s identity was learned, the detectives tenaciously searched and arrested the transient suspect within three hours.  We appreciate the Chamber taking the time to recognize our officers for their investigative prowess and dogged pursuit of this criminal.

Members from the department also participated in the annual Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City International Meatball Festival, which helped raise money for an extremely valuable resource for our local youths.  It is with great pride that I tell you that this year’s 1st Place winner in the “City Category” was your very own Police Department!  I want to thank Detective Todd Brothers for working his magic in the kitchen to produce the winning meatball recipe. 

Pedestrian safety is always important, but everyone should be extra vigilant in the fall and winter seasons, especially in the morning and at dusk. With the time change, the days are shorter, and visibility is lower when the sun sets. Pedestrians should wear light and reflective clothing when traveling after dark and drivers should remain alert, attentive and prepared to stop for pedestrians. The Cathedral City Police Department is reminding drivers to stay alert, obey the posted speed limit and stop for pedestrians.  At the same time, pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks, look left, right, left before crossing, wait for the walk signal and stay visible at night.

Please take a minute to review the safety tips listed below for drivers and pedestrians.

For pedestrians:

• Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks whenever possible.

• Press the pedestrian signal button and wait for the walk signal.

• Always stop at the curb and look left, right and left before crossing a street.

• Watch for cars turning in or leaving driveways.

• Wear light or bright colored clothing.

• Pay attention and take off headphones while walking – no texting or playing games.

For drivers:

• Always stop for pedestrians.

• Follow traffic signs, signals and markings.

• Don’t run red lights.

• Observe posted speed limits. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop for pedestrians.

Keep your eyes on the road. It’s illegal to use a handheld phone/device or text while driving.

News

Recognition of Service Reception

Recognition of Service Reception

Please join us in recognizing Mayor Stan Henry, Councilmember Shelley Kaplan, and City Clerk Gary Howell for their years of service on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVPs...Read more.

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Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Take Flight in a Hot Air Balloon

Complete your bucket list by taking a hot air balloon ride across the Coachella Valley during the 5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Limited balloon ride tickets are still available for Saturday morning (November 17) and Sunday morning (November 18).  Hurry!  They will go fast. A ride in a hot air balloon is unlike any other experience.  You …Read more.

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“Hollywood U2” and “Woodstock” Perform LIVE at the 5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Fest and Food Truck Mash-Up

“Hollywood U2” and “Woodstock” Perform LIVE at the 5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Fest and Food Truck Mash-Up

“Hollywood U2”, the best tribute band of “U2”, is performing LIVE and for FREE at the 5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 pm thanks to the festival’s sponsor, Sunniva, Inc.  This band has toured the world performing to sold out crowds.  The lead singer, Joe Hier, sounds and looks amazing similar to …

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Events

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Healing Field

"Healing Field" is a tribute to the men and women of uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country since September 2001.  The event is organized by the Cathedral City Rotary and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City. Located in Patriot Park next to Big League Dreams Sports Park at the corner of Date Palm Drive and Dinah …
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2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

2nd Saturdays Art Walk on Perez Road

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The Roast of Mayor Stan Henry

The Roast of Mayor Stan Henry

Mayor Stan Henry will leave office after serving two terms.  There is no better way to honor him than by bringing friends and family together for a comedic Roast!  Enjoy a night of comedy and help support a local charity, the Cathedral City Evening Rotary.  V.I.P. seats are $35 and reserved seats are $25.  All proceeds benefit the Rotary.  Please …

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Free Speaker Series Featuring Tom Davis

Free Speaker Series Featuring Tom Davis

The Friends of the Cathedral City Library begin a Free Speaker Series featuring Chief Planning and Development Officer Tom Davis of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Mr. Davis will discuss the history and current plans for the Tribe and its operations.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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Low-Cost Pet Spay & Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs Living with Cathedral City Residents

Low-Cost Pet Spay & Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs Living with Cathedral City Residents

Thanks to the generous donation by the Mental Insight Foundation, the Palm Springs Animal Clinic is hosting a Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic for Cats and Dogs living with Cathedral City residents on...Read more.

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Recognition of Service Reception

Recognition of Service Reception

Please join us in recognizing Mayor Stan Henry, Councilmember Shelley Kaplan, and City Clerk Gary Howell for their years of service on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm, City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City. Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVPs.

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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.

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Two for Tuesday

Cathedral City residents can ice skate for half-price on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding holidays) at Desert Ice Castle. Just bring proof of being a Cathedral City resident, such as an Driver’s license, copy of a utility bill, or any other form of residential proof.  Ages 3 years and up. The Time for Public Skate Available for "Two …

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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