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July 21, 2016

Community Update by Charlie McClendon

City Manager

The City Council of Cathedral City has taken a clear policy position that they want the business of the City to be conducted in an open, transparent manner where the public has ample opportunity to participate and where input received from the community is given serious consideration.  A number of recent Council actions demonstrate this commitment.

Proposed City Charter - Since early 2015, Council has held eight public study session discussions on governance issues in general specifically leading to the development of a draft City Charter (May 13, June 10, June 22 and December 9 in 2015 and February 24, March 9, April 13 and June 8 of 2016).  In addition to those meetings, and in accordance with state law, two public hearings on the charter were held on June 20 and July 20 of this year.  Comments were received from the public at both meetings and additionally, comments have been received via email, Facebook posts, and at City Hall at Your Corner meetings.  As a result of the public input a number of provisions in the draft have been revised.  A final opportunity for public comment will occur at the regular Council meeting on August 10 at which time Council will vote on whether to refer the Charter to the voters.  It can only become effective with an affirmative vote from the people of the City on November 8, 2016.

Vista Chino Street Improvement Project – This project, which will result in new pavement along the entire length of Vista Chino from Date Palm to the western City border with Palm Springs, is funded in the Capital Improvement program for the current fiscal year.  Staff originally proposed adding medians as part of the project.  This was discussed before the Planning Commission on February 2, 2016 and a number of people from the neighborhood spoke at that meeting, many questioning the addition of medians.  As a result of that input, a community meeting was held on June 14, 2016 and a notice was sent to over 4,000 residents in the neighborhood.  During that meeting and a subsequent Council study session held on July 13, 2016 a number of people spoke in opposition to the medians being added on Vista Chino.  Council heard the concerns and acted to delete the medians from the project.  So now the street will still get new pavement, but medians will not be added.

Whitewater Bike Path and Possible Community Park – A neighborhood meeting was held at the Agua Caliente School on June 13, 2016 to provide information to neighbors on the Whitewater Bike Path, being constructed with grant funds along the Whitewater River Channel’s west levee from Vista Chino to Ramon.  Staff also provided information on a possible new park in the same general area, which would serve the entire City, but will be especially convenient to residents of the Dream Homes neighborhood.  Residents provided important feedback and suggestions on both projects.  As a result, Council is moving forward with grant applications for funding for the park, which will incorporate the suggestions provided by the neighbors.

Community Meeting at St. Louis Church – On June 10, 2016 Council held a public meeting at the St. Louis church to receive input from the community on a number of issues important to those in attendance.  Access to job opportunities was an important issue raised by the community at that meeting.  As a result, Council formed a special task force to work on possible Community Benefit Agreements with developers, which may help ensure that jobs created by new development are available to local residents.

Vacation Rental Regulations – A number of people in the community have sent emails and posted on Facebook and Nextdoor sites regarding vacation rental homes in their neighborhood.  As a result, Council held a public study session discussion on the topic of Vacation Rentals on April 27, 2016.  At that meeting, Council asked staff to do some more research and develop a plan to address the issue.  A follow-up discussion is tentatively scheduled for study session on September 14, 2016.

City Hall at Your Corner – Council members hold monthly meetings at local businesses to allow residents an opportunity to ask questions and talk with Councilmembers in a more informal setting.  The meetings are held on various days of the week and at different times of day to accommodate the varying schedules of people in the community.  The most recent City Hall at Your Corner event was held on July 12, 2016 at Frankie’s Old World Italian Bakery on Perez Road and the next one will be held on August 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor near the corner of Vista Chino and Landau Boulevard.

Even if you cannot attend a meeting or event in person you can still provide input to the Council.  Any emails received on a Council agenda topic are included as part of the agenda packet and become part of the record on that item.  Please rest assured that your City Council is listening and make your voice heard in whatever manner works best for you.

News

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Upcoming Events

Camp P.O.P. for Kids

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Cuisine & Art Tuesdays

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Cathedral City Library Summer Reading Program

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Mid-Summer Savings Event on the Cent$ational Mile of Resale Shops

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City Hall at Your Corner

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FallFest

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Healing Field

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35th Anniversary Celebration and Balloon Festival
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