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February 14, 2019

Community Update

by Tami Scott, Administrative Services Director

As many of you are aware, we are entering high season here in Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley. With less than desirable temperatures in many parts of our country, visitors flock to the California desert throughout the year, especially in the winter and spring. Here in Cathedral City, like many of our neighboring cities, we have not only hotels, motels and recreational vehicle (RV) parks available for our visitors to rent, but we also have a number of individually owned “vacation rental units” available throughout our city.

You might ask yourself what exactly is the definition of a vacation rental unit. The City of Cathedral City defines a vacation rental unit as a privately owned residential dwelling (not a hotel, motel or timeshare), including without limitation, a single-family detached or multiple-family attached unit, lodging or rooming house, dormitory, apartment house, condominium, cooperative apartment, duplex, mobile home or house trailer. Also the definition includes any space, lot, area, or site in any trailer court, campsite, park, or lot where a trailer, recreational vehicle, mobile home, motor home or any other conveyance, is rented for occupancy for dwelling, or lodging, or sleeping purposes.

For all vacation rentals, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent/representative is required to obtain a business license. In addition, short-term vacation rentals, 30 consecutive calendar days or less, require a vacation rental unit permit. The business license application, the vacation rental permit fee, and a fire/life safety inspection fee shall be accompanied by fifty-eight dollars ($58.00), four hundred and fifteen dollars ($415.00), and fifty dollars ($50.00), respectively.  The business license, the vacation rental permit, and a fire/life safety inspection must be renewed annually to remain valid. Furthermore, any rental agency or service engaged in advertising or renting vacation rentals shall maintain a separate business license.

Cathedral City welcomes visitors (vacationers) to our City’s attractions, events and neighborhoods.  Just like our citizens, visitors to our City are expected to be “good neighbors”. As a result, the City has developed a Good Neighbor Brochure outlining four pillars to being a good neighbor: noise, occupancy, parking and trash. While a vacation rental unit is rented, the owner, the owner’s authorized agent/representative and/or the owner’s designated local contact person shall be available twenty-four (24) hours/day, seven (7) days/week to be able to respond (within forty-five (45) minutes) to complaints regarding the condition, operation, or conduct of occupants and/or guests of the vacation rental unit. Should there be an issue with a vacation rental unit, Cathedral City has a HOTLINE available for residents to register a complaint. The vacation rental hotline number is 760-883-1800.

One of the primary concerns is to ensure the safety of our City’s residents and visitors. As a result, there is a limitation on the maximum number of occupants allowed to occupy a vacation rental unit:

* Overnight (10:01 p.m.—6:59 a.m.)
** Daytime (7:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m.)

In addition to the license and permit requirements, the owner or authorized agent/representative collects not only their nightly or weekly rent, but they also collect a 12% transient occupancy tax (TOT). This tax is remitted on a monthly basis to the City. You might ask the question “why have a tax for short-term vacation rentals”. Just like visitors coming to our City and staying at a hotel, motel or RV park, those opting to stay in a short-term rental unit are also using the City’s services (such as police, fire and paramedic), and City amenities such as roadways, streets, and parks. As such, there is the associated cost to maintain those City services and amenities.

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NEWS

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CITY OF CATHEDRAL CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS TO FILL THE COUNCIL SEAT VACATED DUE TO THE PASSING OF MAYOR GREGORY S. PETTIS

CITY OF CATHEDRAL CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS TO FILL THE COUNCIL SEAT VACATED DUE TO THE PASSING OF MAYOR GREGORY S. PETTIS

At the council meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, the city council unanimously voted to appoint a person at-large to fill the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Gregory S. Pettis.  The council determined that appointing the next councilmember was the best option as it is less costly and has the potential to have the council seat filled within … Read more.

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LATEST ROAD CLOSURES IN CATHEDRAL CITY

  CATHEDRAL CITY, CA Due to the heavy rains, the following roads are closed in Cathedral City: Cathedral Canyon Drive at the Wash Los Gatos at Date Palm Drive Vista Chino Road at the Wash Varner Road between Mountain View and Edom Hill Road Flooding near Plumley and Converse is causing a major slow down as well as Date Palm … Read more.

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Events

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Opening Reception of Cristopher Cichocki’s “Desert Sea” Exhibit in Downtown Cathedral City

Opening Reception of Cristopher Cichocki’s “Desert Sea” Exhibit in Downtown Cathedral City

Internationally recognized, Coachella Valley artist, Cristopher Cichocki, will create his latest art installation entitled, “Desert Sea,” on the Festival Lawn, 68-600 East Palm Canyon Drive, in Downtown Cathedral City with a scheduled opening on Friday, February 15, 2019 through Sunday, May 5, 2019. Desert Sea unveils a fusion of materials derived from the Coachella Valley that include Salton Sea barnacles, …

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Speakers Series - Friends of the Cathedral City Library

Speakers Series - Friends of the Cathedral City Library

New Speakers Series Comes to the Cathedral City Library The Friends of the Cathedral City Library invite you to join them for a new Speakers Series featuring bestselling authors, writers, and producers.  This free event will host the following: Bestselling Author Andrew Kaplan, “James Bond, Homeland, the CIA, the KGB and Other Spies & Terrorists I Have Known” Meet Andrew …

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Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

 

According to the organizers, the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic is the nation’s largest and most prestigious preseason college softball tourney, featuring more than 25 top Division I teams. Celebrating its 16th year, the Cathedral City, California event will occur on February 21-24, 2019.

The lineup of teams includes UCLA, Stanford, Cal-Berkeley, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oregon, plus many more…Read more.

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Cathedral City Senior Center's Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting

Cathedral City Senior Center's Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting

Come join in the fun, cook some chili, eat lunch, sponsor or donate items for the Silent Auction.  The proceeds go to benefit the programs at the CC Senior Center which relies upon donations, gifts and grants for its funding.  Help our seniors “THRIVE” and take part in the new and fun event.  Contact Bob@CathedralCenter.org or 760-321-1548 for details.

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Agnes Pelton House Museum Day

Agnes Pelton House Museum Day

 

Within a five block radius walking area , the centerpiece of the event is Chuperosa Lane and the Pelton House, that the posthumously celebrated Transcendental American painter, Agnes Pelton designed and had built in 1939. The Pelton House is located in the heart of the fabled neighborhood, the Historic Cathedral City Cove artists’ colony of the 30’s through the 60’s. This is where she painted for over twenty years– her notable desert landscape “plein air” works and her abstract master works, her Transcendental paintings that established her reputation at the mid-century in the art world. Throughout the 30’s-50’s, the ...Read more.

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CHILDREN’S ART PARTY FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS

CHILDREN’S ART PARTY FOR CHILDREN AND ELDERS

The SCRAP Gallery and the Agnes Pelton Society hosts the Children and Elders monthly Art Party at the Agnes Pelton House Museum Day this month.  It will be located at 68680 F Street on Sunday, February 24th from 11 am – 3 PM.   Admission is free.

Participants create art pieces made of recyclable materials and also meet and work with a local guest artist, who will share his/her work as well as conduct an art making activity in their style ... 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, District 5 Councilmember Raymond Gregory and Mayor Pro Tem John Aguilar.   The forum will take place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 …

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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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State of the City 2019

State of the City 2019

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the annual “State of the City.”

The lunch portion begins at 11:30 am.  Tickets for the luncheon are available at www.gcvcc.org

The State of the City address begins at 12:30 pm and is free to the public.

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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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Food Truck Mash-Up

Food Truck Mash-Up

If you came to the 5th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival and enjoyed the Food Truck Mash-Up, then you are going to LOVE the Food Truck Mash-Up on Saturday, March 16, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  More than 25 of the best food trucks from SoCal will be here for your enjoyment as well as musical …

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