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April 25, 2019

Community Update

by John A. Corella, P.E. – Director of Engineering/Public Works

Summer is approaching, temperatures are climbing, and rain is the last thing on people’s minds. Many people think that it will not rain until next fall; and they may be right, but preparedness is always the best practice, because inevitably, it will rain. For those of us that have lived in the desert awhile, we know that the summer monsoons tend to be significant, as a verse in a popular song resounds, “it never rains…. but when it rains, it pours.”

In our rain event preparedness efforts, yes even in these sunny days, the Public Works Department Staff continually performs routine maintenance on our City’s storm drain system and inlets into the major storm channels. This typically involves making sure drain inlets are clear, removing trash from drain inlet baskets, pumping portions of the system that may accumulate sludge, and removing plants that seem to find a home in these damp environments.

In addition to these normal maintenance efforts, the Public Works Department is always looking to stay ahead of Mother Nature. We check the weather forecast daily. If there is no rain forecasted, we continue with our normal schedules of City infrastructure maintenance. If there is rain in the forecast though, then our Public Works crews’ priorities change. Other departments, e.g. Engineering, Facilities, Police and Fire, are notified as well. These departments know where the trouble spots are and take the necessary steps to prepare our facilities to take the forecasted deluge. If the rain event is minor, no worries as the desert can always use more water. If the event is major, the City is able to react to these variable events.

Why the discussion on rain preparedness? Well, do we all remember the rains of February 14, 2019 -Valentine’s Day Flood? We lost roadways, had severe traffic jams and, overall, had to deal with a lot of water. We know everyone is busy, and rain is the last thing people are thinking about, especially with the warm days of summer on the way. We encourage you, our residents, to be proactive, be prepared and make sure the drainage within and from your properties is working as it should. The Valentine’s Day Flood was a good indicator of how your property drains rain water. If you had challenges during that event, you will have challenges on the next event. We encourage our residents to be proactive and make the fixes that will pass the water through and off the property as it was originally designed to do.

For residents that live in gated communities with private streets, storm drain systems and retention basins, we encourage you to discuss with your HOA and property managers to make sure all the facilities are operational as if they were newly constructed. The responsible parties need to make sure drains are clean and free of obstructions, inlets cleaned out and the retention basin debris and soil accumulation is removed. We have found that in many private retention basin areas, the addition of landscaping rock, such as “Palm Springs Gold,” over the years has actually decreased the depth of the retention basins, thus diminishing the capacity. This may result in overflowing and flooding within the development. Being proactive is being prepared and these facilities should be checked to make sure they are clear and at the originally designed elevations.

As we are encouraging our residents, the City also has taken lessons from the events that occurred during the Valentine’s Day Flood. In the upcoming Capital Improvement Project budget, there are projects included to mitigate the challenges we typically encounter during the heavy storm events. The Los Gatos/Date Palm Drive Drainage Improvement Project will eliminate the need to shut down this major intersection when heavy rains occur. Another project, the Avenue Ximino Neighborhood Streets and Drainage Project, will not only pave streets, but also improve rain water drainage in this neighborhood area. And the big Project, that has already been designed, the Ofelia Bringas Memorial Bridge (formerly the Cathedral Canyon Bridge) Project should be getting a funding approval notice from Cal Trans this fall. Once funding approval is attained, we will be able to start construction on this Project that will keep Cathedral Canyon open during rain events.

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NEWS

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Census 2020 is Coming and We Need a Complete Count in Cathedral City

Census 2020 is Coming and We Need a Complete Count in Cathedral City

What is the Census? The U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States is counted every 10 years. The next census will take place from March through July of 2020. Census data are important to our democracy – these data determine apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and how district lines are drawn at …

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Stage Construction Approved for Cathedral City Community Amphitheater

Stage Construction Approved for Cathedral City Community Amphitheater

The City Council voted last night to award a $1.675 million contract to GKK Works/Cannon Design to construct the stage structure for the new Cathedral City Community Amphitheater at the corner of Avenida Lalo Guerrero and Cathedral Canyon Drive. The $4.5 million amphitheater park is currently under construction and will include a permanent stage, walking trails, children’s play area, restrooms, …Read more.

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Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club Annual Pasta Dinner & Community Awards

Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club Annual Pasta Dinner & Community Awards

Join Mayor Mark Carnevale and supporters of the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club for their annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser and Youth & Community Awards.  This annual event raises much needed funds for the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club while recognizing the youth and community members who volunteer their time and effort for a better tomorrow. What:  Cathedral City …Read more.

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Thousands Enjoyed Cathedral City’s Easter Kidapalooza

Thousands Enjoyed Cathedral City’s Easter Kidapalooza

On a beautiful sunny Sunday, thousands came to Downtown Cathedral City for Easter Kidapalooza presented by Quick Quack Car Wash that gave away 30,000 Easter Eggs filled with candy, toys, and four eggs with a special message of winning a new bicycle.  Children enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, three hours of bouncy houses, splash playing …Read more.

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Get Help with Your Small Business for Free

Get Help with Your Small Business for Free

Are you planning to start, finance or expand your business?  Need some technical assistance on how to achieve that goal?  Want that assistance for free? The California Small Business Development Center for Coachella Valley will provide a free business consultant on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm to assist you.  No appointment necessary, just come to …

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Events

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Cristopher Cichocki’s “Desert Sea” Exhibit (February 15 - May 5)

Cristopher Cichocki’s “Desert Sea” Exhibit (February 15 - May 5)

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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Dedication of the California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial

Dedication of the California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial

The dedication ceremony for the new California LGBTQ Veterans Memorial will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019 in Cathedral City, California. In 2018 the California state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 2439 introduced by State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia to designate America’s first LGBT Veterans Memorial at Desert Memorial Park a state memorial. California is …

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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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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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Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Rescheduled from its previous cancelled date of April 20, 2019:

Gather the family, blankets and/or chairs for “Movies in the Park” located at Panorama Park, 28905 Avenida Maravilla, in Cathedral City.  The free event, hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and sponsored by the City of Cathedral City, happens once a month on a Saturday evening between November and May, at dusk.

You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks.  Great Family FUN! Read more.

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City Hall at Your Corner - April 2nd

City Hall at Your Corner - May 15th

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 Mayor Pro Tem John Aguilar and Councilmember Raymond Gregory (District 5).   The forum will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm …

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Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club Annual Pasta Dinner & Community Awards

Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club Annual Pasta Dinner & Community Awards

Join Mayor Mark Carnevale and supporters of the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club for their annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser and Youth & Community Awards.  This annual event raises much needed funds for the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club while recognizing the youth and community members who volunteer their time and effort for a better tomorrow. What:  Cathedral City …

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Coachella Valley Boxing Battle in the Desert

Coachella Valley Boxing Battle in the Desert

Come watch the sport of amateur boxing on the Festival Lawn in Downtown Cathedral City. Doors open at 5:30 pm 1st boxing match starts at 6:30 pm

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Speakers Series - Friends of the Cathedral City Library

Speakers Series - Friends of the Cathedral City Library

The Friends of the Cathedral City Library invite you to join them for an informative Speakers Series featuring bestselling authors, writers, local celebrities and producers.  This free event will host the following: May 22, 6-7:30pm - Paul Clark on "Capturing the Desert Wind: Wind Energy Transforms the Coachella Valley" June 19, 6-7:30pm - Cathedral City Chief of Police Travis Walker …

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