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September 15, 2016

Community Update by George Crum
Police Chief

It is my pleasure to inform you about several changes being implemented at the Cathedral City Police Department that will continue our tradition to serve and protect our residents. 

In January of 2016, one of our two captains, Captain Chuck Robinson, who served our community with distinction for more than 20 years, retired from the Cathedral City Police Department. Several months thereafter, Captain Earl Moss also announced his intent to retire from the force on January 3, 2017. With the potential vacancy of two captains within one year, I recognized this unique opportunity to reevaluate the management efficiencies of the department.  Over much deliberation and input from multiple resources, I made the decision to reduce the Department’s Command Staff of two captains and replace the two positions with one deputy chief through natural attrition. Reducing staffing from two captains to one deputy chief will result in an annual salary savings of approximately $89,000 and provide the service demanded by the community.

In June of this year, the City conducted a nationwide search for a new deputy chief position. Qualified applicants were interviewed by three separate interview panels. At the conclusion of this three interview panel process, one candidate was selected. I ask that you join me in welcoming Deputy Chief Travis Walker to the Cathedral Police Department. Deputy Chief Walker will begin his duties on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Deputy Chief Walker will serve as second-in-command of the Organization and oversee the Police Department in the event of my absence. He will oversee the day-to-day management of the Operations Division, Services Division and Investigations Division as the three lieutenants in those respective Divisions will report directly to the deputy chief. The addition of the deputy chief will streamline the Police Department as we continue to focus on our five-year strategic plan, goals and objectives. Please take a moment to read Deputy Chief Walker’s short biography to know more about his experience and the expertise he brings to our city.  

Deputy Chief Travis Walker joins the Cathedral City Police Department from the San Bernardino Police Department on September 19, 2016.  He has valiantly served the San Bernardino area for the last 20 years and has had many opportunities to work on a variety of distinguished assignments throughout his career.  His career has provided him the expertise in strategic leadership to motivate and manage multiple divisions and abilities to project with great ease and demonstrable results.  Currently, he is responsible for the overall management of the Northern Policing District in the City of San Bernardino, which encompasses nearly 36 square miles and an approximate population of 120,000 residents. Additionally, Walker is responsible for the management and oversight of the Department’s Traffic Bureau, Canine Unit, Community Affairs Unit, Gang Unit, SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, Fugitive Task Forces, and the Department’s Mobile Field Force.  Deputy Chief Walker served as the initial Incident Commander and overall Tactical Commander during the terrorist attack in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015.

News

Cathedral City Employees Donate the Most to the United Way among Valley Cities

Cathedral City Employees Donate the Most to the United Way among Valley Cities

Today at the United Way’s 2016 Annual Recognition & Kickoff Luncheon, Mayor Stan Henry and Councilmember Shelley Kaplan accepted on behalf of Cathedral City employees the Silver Cup - City Competition trophy. The trophy honored our employees for reaching further in their pockets to donate to the …

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Desert Oasis Market Coming to Cathedral City on October 25

Desert Oasis Market Coming to Cathedral City on October 25

Last night, the City Council approved a special use permit for the brand new Desert Oasis Market. It will be a weekly outdoor market located at the Welk Resort, 34567 Cathedral Canyon Drive, every Tuesday evening from 4 pm to 8 pm starting on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Read more.

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Public Notice: City of Cathedral City Invites You to a Public Workshop to Discuss Recreational Improvements at Panorama Park

Public Notice: City of Cathedral City Invites You to a Public Workshop to Discuss Recreational Improvements at Panorama Park

Public Notice: City of Cathedral City Invites You to a Public Workshop to Discuss Recreational Improvements at Panorama Park The City Engineering Division is proposing to submit an application for a State Park Youth Recreation Grant to replace the existing half basketball court at Panorama Park with one or two lighted full basketball courts. Read more.

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Cathedral City Fire Department Offers Free C.E.R.T. Training for Residents in October

Cathedral City Fire Department Offers Free C.E.R.T. Training for Residents in October

Cathedral City Fire Department Offers Free C.E.R.T. Training for Residents in October The Fire Department, in collaboration with the Riverside County Emergency Management Department, invites you to participate in a training program at no cost. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trains and organizes teams of volunteers who offer assistance to communities before, during and after disasters. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Senior Health Fair

Senior Health Fair

The Cathedral City Senior Center is hosting a Senior Health Fair on Friday, September 16th from 9 am to 12 noon.  Seniors will have an opportunity to receive multiple types of health screenings and free flu shots.  For more information, contact the senior center at (760) 321-1548. Read more.

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Cinema Diverse (The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival)

Cinema Diverse (The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival)

Cathedral City’s Desert Cinema will become the valley’s second theatre to screen films as part of Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, marking another record year of growth for the niche film festival.

“We are thrilled to be working with Cathedral City, and in cooperation with D’Place Entertainment to make this possible,” said Michael C. Green, Managing Director of Cinema Diverse, and its parent nonprofit, The Palm Springs Cultural Center. “For the past two years, we’ve used all three of the theatres at the Camelot. We were looking to grow, and given the commitment that Cathedral City has made to the LGBTQ community, this seemed a logical step.”

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Cathedral City Homecoming Parade & Rally

Cathedral City Homecoming Parade & Rally

Come celebrate Cathedral City High School’s Homecoming by cheering on the students at the annual Homecoming Parade and Rally in Downtown Cathedral City.  The parade kicks-off at 4:30 pm on East Palm Canyon Drive near the Carl’s Jr. and heads west to the Bell Tower at Buddy Rogers Avenue.  Read more.

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International Meatball Festival

International Meatball Festival

The City of Cathedral City proudly sponsors the International Meatball Festival hosted by Sammy's Place and benefiting the Cathedral City Boys & Girls Club.  This festival is all about tasting its namesake plus entertainment and beer and wine tasting.  Several meatball competitions occur throughout the event including a meatball tasting battle between our local fire and police departments.

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Cathedral City Cove Art Party for Children & Elders

Cathedral City Cove Art Party for Children & Elders

Children's Art Party for children and elders.  NEW TIME THIS MONTH: Cathedral City Art Gallery (City Hall) The SCRAP Gallery and the Agnes Pelton Society hosts the Children and Elders monthly Art Party at the Cathedral City Art Gallery, 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero (adjacent to City Hall), on the Second Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM.   Admission is free. Participants create …

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City Hall at Your Corner

City Hall at Your Corner

Have an issue you would like to speak to your city councilmembers about or learn what is happening in Cathedral City? Then join us for “City Hall at Your Corner” hosted by two member of the City Council. “City Hall at Your Corner” is scheduled once a month through November 2, 2016 at various locations throughout the City and at …

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Silence Is Golden: A Silent Film Series

Silence Is Golden: A Silent Film Series

he Cathedral City Historical Society together with the Mary Pickford Theatre will launch its “first-time ever” Silent Film Series October 18, 2016 at 5pm.

Come join us for a special screening of the 1927 celebrated war- time film, Wings, starring Buddy Rogers and Clara Bow. Actor Gary Cooper makes his debut on the big screen.

Marvel at the early “modern” film techniques used to create illusion, drama, and action!   The film will start at 5 pm.  Free entry passes will be available at the theatre ticket booth beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Limit of 2 passes per person on a “first come, first served basis only.

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FallFest

FallFest

KevaWorks, the promoter of the Tamale Festival in Indio, visited the Cathedral City Balloon Festival in February and decided that they wanted to start a new annual event for the Coachella Valley called FallFest. It will be a family-friendly, community event that will take place October 27-30, 2016 in Downtown Cathedral City. FallFest will include a full carnival, complete with …

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Cathedral City is proud to sponsor the 4th Annual "Dia de los Muertos" featuring: mariachi bands folkloric dancers an art contest for middle and high school students a children’s craft area supervised by SCRAP Gallery information tables food vendors This year, an an altar will be constructed that focuses on the 4 families who founded Cathedral City in the late …

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Halloween Spooktacular at FallFest

Halloween Spooktacular at FallFest

Trick or Treat, Meet Your Fire and Police, and Win a Bicycle with a Cool Seat at Cathedral City’s Spooktacular on Halloween The Cathedral City Police Department, Cathedral City Fire Department, City of Cathedral City's Special Events and many non-profit organizations bring to you the Halloween Spooktacular at FallFest, Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 1-4 pm. The event will occur downtown …

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Healing Field

Healing Field

"Healing Field" is a tribute to the men and women of uniform who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  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 …

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Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located this season at Ocotillo Park, 33300 Moreno Road in Cathedral City.  The free event every month at 7:00 pm, except for the month of May, which begins at 8:30 pm due to daylight savings time.

You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the park’s concession stand.  Great Family FUN!

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35th Anniversary Celebration and Balloon Festival
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Santa & Seasonal Lights

Santa & Seasonal Lights

Join friends and neighbors for a Special Holiday Celebration featuring “Santa & Seasonal Lights” on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Free event. 6:00 pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza Lighting of City Hall Light Refreshments Santa Claus Arrival Kids Art Project   For Sponsorship Opportunities … Read more.

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3rd Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days

3rd Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days

For all information, CLICK HERE

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