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March 14, 2019

Community Update

by Travis Walker, Police Chief

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In Memory of Cathedral City Police Officer Jermaine Gibson Sr.

In the early morning hours of March 19th, 2011, the City of Cathedral City lost a protector of our community when Cathedral City Police Officer Jermaine Gibson Sr. tragically lost his life during the pursuit of a wanted felon.  Officer Gibson faithfully served our community from August 2009 to March 2011. He was a beloved husband, devoted father, loving son, valued friend, loyal co-worker, and a former United States Marine who earned a Purple Heart for injuries suffered during combat in Iraq.

Peace officers risk everything in the line of duty, so that the lives of those we serve may be a little safer, and their homes a little more secure.  Although deeply saddened by his loss eight-years-ago, we are eternally grateful for the service Officer Gibson provided to our great community.  On Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, we will lay a wreath at our Fallen Officer Memorial, located adjacent to the Police Department, to stay true to our commitment to never forget the sacrifice he made. 

I ask that you also keep his family in your thoughts that day.  At the time of Officer Gibson’s untimely passing, he left behind a mother, father, brother, wife, and a three-week-old son.   His family bears the burden of the heart wrenching sacrifice he made every second, minute, hour, and day of the year.  Some days tougher to deal with than others as milestones in life tick by.  Anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, weddings, and holidays, all take on new meanings and his family is sadly left to conform to a new norm. 

Law enforcement has always been a noble profession that comes with great risk.  As a country, we saw our first Peace Officer lay his life down for others in 1791, when Albany County Constable Darius Quimby, an unpaid peace officer, was killed while attempting to arrest a man for a trespassing warrant.  Since Constable Quimby’s death, 23,613 additional law enforcement officers would lay their lives down while serving their communities, and sadly, 64 of those names have come from Riverside County.  I pray that we do not have to add another peace officer’s name to this staggering number. 

Jermaine protected our community with honor and pride and made a sacrifice few humans are willing to make for strangers. He lived his life honorably and considered it a privilege to serve this community.  It will forever be our duty to honor and remember him, and we will not forget his service or the loved ones he left behind. 

The memorial, titled “The Protector” allowed us to forever connect Officer Gibson’s son to our community, as he is the child depicted in our statue. The picture below shows Officer Gibson’s son at the memorial during the dedication ceremony.

Photo Credit: Alan Carvahlo

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NEWS

Cone Zone Update: Cathedral Canyon Drive at the Wash to Reopen Next Thursday

Cone Zone Update: Cathedral Canyon Drive at the Wash to Reopen Next Thursday

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA Cathedral Canyon Drive at Whitewater River Wash has been closed since the Valentine’s Day Flood as record rainfall turned the ordinarily dry riverbed into a raging river.  Consequently, the flood severely damaged Cathedral Canyon Drive through the wash.  Damage was estimated at $1.2 million.  Crews have been working on repairing not only the road but also several …Read more.

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Journalist Maggie Downs and NYT Best-Selling Crime Author Tod Goldberg Featured at Cathedral City Library’s Speakers Series This Saturday

Journalist Maggie Downs and NYT Best-Selling Crime Author Tod Goldberg Featured at Cathedral City Library’s Speakers Series This Saturday

The Friends of the Cathedral City Library invite you to join them for its Speakers Series featuring Maggie Downs and Tod Goldberg entitled, “Tales from the Open Book Radio Show & Podcast”.   Journalist Maggie Downs and NYT best-selling crime author Tod Goldberg will discuss their memorable books and interview moments from their Open Book radio show on Saturday, March …Read more.

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LGBTQ Art Exhibit Opening Reception Happens This Friday

LGBTQ Art Exhibit Opening Reception Happens This Friday

The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission will hold an Opening Reception for the LGBTQ Art Exhibit on Friday, March 15th at 5:00 pm at the City’s Cultural Arts Museum.  The reception will honor LGBTQ artists living in Cathedral City whose work is featured in the exhibit.  The public arts commission decided to host the art exhibit in coordination with the …Read more.

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Cathedral City LGBT Days’ Pride Weekend, March 29-31

Cathedral City LGBT Days’ Pride Weekend, March 29-31

Join us for California’s first Pride of the year at the 5th Annual Cathedral City LGBT Days starting Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Downtown Cathedral City.  Presented by CCBC Resort Hotel and the Runway Restaurant (Dining, Drinks & Drag), the weekend activities include the following:   Friday, March 29th – Kick-Off Block Party – 6 pm …Read more.

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Food Truck Mash Up Comes to Cathedral City on Saturday – Get Your Discount   

Food Truck Mash Up Comes to Cathedral City on Saturday – Get Your Discount   

Nothing sounds more yummy than 20 food trucks coming to Downtown Cathedral City this Saturday, March 16th from noon to 9 pm.  Enjoy delicious comfort cuisine from top food trucks, such as Cousin’s Maine Lobster, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Mess Hall Canteen, Middle Feast, and White Rabbit Truck.  Tickets are on sale now at  https://tickets.desertsun.com/e/food-truck-mash-up-3/tickets With the weather forecasted to be …Read more.

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Cone Zone Alert: East Palm Canyon Drive to Receive New Slurry Seal Road Improvements Starting Thursday

Cone Zone Alert: East Palm Canyon Drive to Receive New Slurry Seal Road Improvements Starting Thursday

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA The southeast bound lanes of East Palm Canyon Drive near the intersection of Date Palm Drive will receive a new slurry seal treatment and lane striping on Thursday, March 14, 2019 and Monday, March 18, 2019.  East Palm Canyon Drive will remain open during the entire process; however, the southeast bound lanes will be reduced between the … Read more.

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Events

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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:   Maggie Downs and Tod Goldberg, “Tales from the Open Book Radio Show & Podcast” Calling all book lovers!  Join journalist …Read more.

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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 …Read more.

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CityHallatYourCorner&#;June

City Hall at Your Corner

Are you wanting to speak to your city councilmembers or learn more about 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 June 7th at various locations throughout the City and at different times …

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sday

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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Rethinking how museums work and feel

Rethinking how museums work and feel

Dr. Stephen Karr will share his insights, and those of other modern cultural museum leaders, regarding the changed landscape in collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting the history and life of native/indigenous people. With his extensive background working in major museum organizations, Dr. Karr has participated directly in the movement to rethink how museums work and feel.  Free admission, Cathedral City Library, 33520 Date Palm …

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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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Greater Palm Springs Fast Pitch for Entrepreneurs

Greater Palm Springs Fast Pitch for Entrepreneurs

The excitement is real as entrepreneurs from across the Coachella Valley compete in this Shark-Tank-style fast pitch competition. The audience will help select three winners who will take home cash prizes, and the top two contestants will advance to the countywide Fast Pitch Finale in Corona, CA. Part of Riverside County Innovation Month... Read more.

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Easter Kidapalooza

Easter Kidapalooza

For more information, Click Here.

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