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April 27, 2017

Community Update by Pat Milos

Community Development Director

Cathedral City Code Compliance Officers Helping to Make Our City Beautiful

One of the most important services provided by the City is code compliance.  Our experienced officers, led by Al Jimenez, Chief Building Official and Code Compliance Supervisor, are committed to enhancing the quality of life and increasing the property values within our beautiful city.  Whether they are enforcing the municipal code, building code or providing information to our residents for issues such as hauling of debris or appliances, removal of inoperative vehicles, abatement of unpermitted structures or property maintenance standards; their goal remains the same -  to provide the highest level of customer service while improving the standards in our city.

(Pictured are (L to R) Al Jimenez, Annika Sanchez, Linda Human, Shawn Nitao, Sandra Martinez and Donna Ybarra)

Often times, the Code Compliance Officer must become the mediator between feuding neighbors.  Neighbor A complains about the appearance of Neighbor B’s front yard as an example.  The officers work to gather as much information as possible from both sides, evaluate the circumstances of the complaint, and then take appropriate action, if needed, to help rectify the situation.  

Cathedral City is also proud to announce that with the addition of Code Compliance Officer 1 Shawn Nitao, who has been an employee with Cathedral City for over nine years, the City will now respond to code complaints on the weekends.  Typical code compliance issues that occur over the weekends include unpermitted garage sales, illegal vendors, and complaints arising from Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVR).  Thanks in part to the new revenue generated by the emerging medical cannabis industry, the City was able to fund this new weekend position and offer a service not previously available.      

During the past two weekends, Officer Nitao has responded to five STVR complaints and twenty unpermitted garage sales, removed 75 unpermitted garage sale signs, cited two illegal vendors, and issued one parking citation, plus all of the additional complaints that have been previously reported into the Code Compliance system.

We hope you will get to know the Code Compliance officer that patrols your neighborhood:

 Additionally, here are several important community resources you many need to contact:

News

Cathedral City Television (CCTV) Available on Our New Website

Cathedral City Television (CCTV) Available on Our New Website

Don’t have cable to watch City Council meetings? No worries. Check out CCTV on the new www.CathedralCity.gov website. It allows you to watch Council Meetings as well as all the commission meetings on your smart phone, laptop, or tablet. Just click on CCTV tab on the Home Page. You can also … Read more.

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Check Out the New Pedestrian Directory Signs in Downtown Cathedral City

New Pedestrian Directory Signs Installed in Downtown Cathedral City

With new businesses coming into the downtown area and more changes on the horizon, the City has recently installed new pedestrian directory signs informing residents and visitors alike about our theaters, restaurants, and other great things to do in Cathedral City including our art galleries, family fun centers, and … Read more.

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Construction Begins on Cathedral City Whitewater Bike Trail

Construction Begins on Cathedral City Whitewater Bike Trail

We are pleased to announce that construction has begun this week on the 2.2 mile Cathedral City Whitewater Bike Trail that will go from Vista Chino to Ramon Road along the west banks of the Whitewater River basin. The nearly $3 million bike trail will be built to the specifications of the … Read more.

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Caribbean Music Festival Coming to Cathedral City - Memorial Weekend 2017

Caribbean Music Festival Coming to Cathedral City - Memorial Weekend 2017

BRT Weekend will be the first Caribbean 3-day/6 parties’ concert for Cathedral City, which is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28. The weekend will comprise of a series of themed events, featuring great music and entertainment by some of the best DJs, hosts, …Read more.

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New Short-term Vacation Rental and City Noise Ordinances Go into Effect on May 12th

New Short-term Vacation Rental and City Noise Ordinances Go into Effect on May 12th

  After extensive input from the public as well as the Short-Term Vacation Rental Task Force, the City Council approved on April 12th two new ordinances relating to short-term vacation rentals and the citywide noise ordinance.  Both ordinances go into effect on May 12, 2017.  Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these new ordinances.   Short Term Vacation … Read more.

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City Council Seeks Draft Electoral District Maps from Public

City Council Seeks Draft Electoral District Maps from Public

For some time now the City Council has been considering when, and under what circumstances, Cathedral City should make the switch from electing Councilmembers at-large to electing them from districts. Briefly, the “at-large” Council election method, the system Cathedral City has used up to this point, provides that Councilmembers can live … Read more.

Upcoming Events

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Town Hall with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia - Expansion of Desert Healthcare District

Town Hall with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia - Expansion of Desert Healthcare District

Town Hall with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia - Expansion of Desert Healthcare District

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Shred Event - Stop Identity Theft

Shred Event - Stop Identity Theft

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 each month, October thru May of each year.

May 6, 2017

Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am, please arrive early – once the shredding truck is filled to capacity the event will end.

Location:  68510 East Palm Canyon Drive (adjacent to the Festival Lawn)  Read more.

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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 members of the City Council, Greg Pettis and John Aguilar.

This will also serve as a great opportunity to come with your questions or comments about the City’s transition from “at-large” to “by-district” elections for members of the City Council starting with the November 2018 general election.

On March 8, 2017 the City Council approved a Resolution initiating procedures for establishing and implementing by-district elections for City Council Members, which is consistent with Elections Code section 10010.  The City Council also approved a Resolution specifying the criteria to guide the establishment of electoral districts which will be followed in drawing proposed district lines...Read more.

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Free Homebuyer Workshop

Free Homebuyer Workshop

Cathedral City and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage are hosting the second of four Homebuyer Workshops in Cathedral City this year.  It will be held on Saturday, May 13th at the Cathedral City Library Community Room.

These Workshops provide the opportunity to learn what you can expect, and what will be expected of you, in preparing to purchase a home.  In addition to Wells Fargo Bank representatives, Riverside County Housing Authority staff will be ... Read more.

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Cathedral City Cove Art Party for Children & Elders

Children's Art Party for children and elders.  NEW Location this Month: The SCRAP Gallery and the Agnes Pelton Society hosts the Children and Elders monthly Art Party at the Cathedral City Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Road, Suite I-27 (across from Frankie's Italian Bakery) on the Second Saturday of each month from 1-3 PM.   Admission is free. Participants create art pieces …  Read more.

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Battle of the Badges Boxing Event

Battle of the Badges Boxing Event

Come watch police officers and firefighters box in the main ring on the Lawn Festival in Downtown Cathedral City. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. 1st boxing match starts at 6:00 p.m.

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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!

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Caribbean Music Festival - BRT Weekend

Caribbean Music Festival - BRT Weekend

BRT Weekend will be the first Caribbean 3-day/6 parties’ concert for Cathedral City, which is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28.  The weekend will comprise of a series of themed events, featuring great music and entertainment by some of the best DJs, hosts, and artists from around the world. It will be all- inclusive with delicious food and drinks. The ambiance of the parties will leave thousands of anticipated supporters, also known as BRT Weekenders, hypnotized and mesmerized by the ethereal attractions of each party.. Read more.

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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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