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May 9, 2019

Community Update

by Anthony Yoakum, Deputy Police Chief

The first few months of the year have been an exciting time for your police department.  In our continuing efforts to provide the community with progressive and professional police services, we have been able to add personnel to our staff to deal with increasing demands.  We celebrated our newest staff members with a small ceremony, where we were able to learn more about each of them and share a meal. 

Adrian Martinez, Alberto Felix, and Brooke Kohrell are our newest officers.  Both Adrian and Alberto come to us with multiple years of experience, while Brooke is a recent graduate from the Riverside County Sheriff’s, Ben Clark Training Center Basic Academy.  The three of them are college educated and bring a lot to our community. 

Two new Public Safety Dispatchers have also joined us.  Amy Burningham and Erica Collins.  The staff in our Communications Center is very busy and they have been a welcomed addition to the team. 

The Cathedral City Police Department’s Records Division has also added a new position.  Gabby Torres brings several years of experience in records management to us and we are grateful to have her. 

All employees go through a very thorough background check and once hired require a significant amount of training.  Background Investigator Mark Hardy has joined the department to help us with the hiring process and our new Training Coordinator, LeAnn Carrillo, will coordinate the training needs of our staff.

We have two new Police Cadets, Jesus Felix and Kaelee Henderson.  They are a huge asset to our staff and assist wherever they are needed.  From working in Records to helping officers in the field, their assistance frees up the time for other staff members to finish the more complex tasks. 

Finally, the two newest additions to our Citizens on Patrol team are Danny Lee and Tom Hahn.  The men and women of our volunteer force help the police department and community with a variety of duties.  They check on your home when you are away on vacation, they deal with abandoned vehicles on our city streets, and so much more.  Our volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time during the year in service to our community.

If you see them in the Police Department or out in the community, please say hi and welcome them.

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NEWS

City Council Adopts Biennial Budget that Addresses Our Community’s Priorities

City Council Adopts Biennial Budget that Addresses Our Community’s Priorities

At the May 8th City Council meeting, the Council adopted the biennial budget (2019-20 and 2020-21) that addresses the priorities of the community while generating revenues that meet city expenditures.  The council reviewed each line item over the past six weeks and passed a budget that keeps our police and fire departments at very strong levels, and simultaneously, providing additional …

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Two New Murals by Mother Earth’s Farmacy Adds More Art to Our Downtown

Two New Murals by Mother Earth’s Farmacy Adds More Art to Our Downtown

Adding art murals to our downtown and commercial zones has been a goal of the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission and the City Council.  Last October, Mural Artist Rick Rodriguez finished a Local Legacy Mural of World Boxing Champion Tim Bradley and Mixed Martial Arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship Competitor Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson outside of One Eleven Conditioning Club, …Read more.

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Ortega Road and Sidewalk Gap Closure Improvements Taking Shape

Ortega Road and Sidewalk Gap Closure Improvements Taking Shape

Work has begun on the Ortega Road and Sidewalk Gap Closure Improvement Project on the north side of Ortega Road between Campus Lane and Via De Anza.  The nearly $500,000 construction project will widen and resurface a portion of Ortega Road, and install four-inch (4”) concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters.  This project will also include the construction of residential driveway …Read more.

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Public Provides Input on Future Dream Homes Park

Public Provides Input on Future Dream Homes Park

Thanks to statewide voters approving Proposition 68 in November 2018, Cathedral City has a strong chance of successfully receiving a state grant to build a 7.5 acre park in the Dream Homes neighborhood and adjacent to the first segment of CV Link.  The City held two public meetings on May 7th for the neighborhood and will have a third public … Read more.

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 “The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit” On Display at the Cathedral City Public Library

 “The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit” On Display at the Cathedral City Public Library

The Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) and the Cathedral City Public Library are hosting the photographic exhibit entitled, “The Sioux Wars: A Historic Exhibit,” in main lobby leading to the multi-purpose room at the Cathedral City Public Library during normal business hours for an indefinite period of time.  The library is located at 33520 Date Palm Drive in Cathedral …Read more.

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“Movies in the Park” Happens This Saturday

“Movies in the Park” Happens This Saturday

Weather permitting, “Movies in the Park” featuring Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” will occur on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at approximately 7:30 pm at Panorama Park, 28905 Avenida Maravilla, in Cathedral City.  This is the rescheduled April movie that was previously cancelled due to wind.   The free outdoor movie event, hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary and sponsored by …Read more.

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Three Senior Center Events Not to Be Missed

Three Senior Center Events Not to Be Missed

"The Golden Age of Musicals - 1940s to 1960s" – May 14th   This popular series by Stephen Radosh continues on Tuesday, May 14 at the Cathedral City Senior Center.  Stephen is a stage producer, director, actor, singer, dancer now living in the Coachella Valley.  He presents video clips and dialogue from the ‘best of the best” musicals on Broadway …Read more.

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Nomination Period for District 1 City Council Seat Starts Today

Nomination Period for District 1 City Council Seat Starts Today

The City Council called for a Special All-Mail Ballot Election for District 1 to be held on August 27, 2019 in order to fill the vacant seat created by the passing of the late Mayor Gregory Pettis.  All ballots will need to be postmarked on or before August 27, 2019 and be received within three days of the election date.   …Read more.

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Desert Community Energy Is Accepting Applications for Its Community Advisory Committee

Desert Community Energy Is Accepting Applications for Its Community Advisory Committee

GET INVOLVED & APPLY NOW for Desert Community Energy's new volunteer Community Advisory Committee that will help guide the growth of Coachella Valley's newest locally-owned clean energy provider. The committee will help advise the DCE Board on matters ranging from operations and policy to outreach and education to programs that will make clean energy affordable and accessible to all. Anyone …Read more.

Events

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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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"The Golden Age of Musicals - 1940s to 1960s"

"The Golden Age of Musicals - 1940s to 1960s"

This popular series by Stephen Radosh continues on Tuesday, May 14 at the Cathedral City Senior Center.  Stephen is a stage producer, director, actor, singer, dancer now living in the Coachella Valley.  He presents video clips and dialogue from the ‘best of the best” musicals on Broadway during the 40s through 60s.  The event starts at 5:30 pm and runs …

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City Hall at Your Corner - May 16th

City Hall at Your Corner - May 16th

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 Councilmember Raymond Gregory (District 5).   The forum will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Express, Dining …Read more.

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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Quarterly Rummage Sale at the Cathedral City Senior Center

Quarterly Rummage Sale at the Cathedral City Senior Center

The Cathedral City Senior Center hosts one of its quarterly rummage sales on Saturday, May 18 from 8 am to 12 noon.  All monies collected go directly to the Senior Center and are used for center operations.  We're accepting gently used donations as well. The CC Senior Center is located at 37171 W. Buddy Rogers Ave., across Hwy 111 from …

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Dream Homes Park Grant Community Meetings

Dream Homes Park Grant Community Meetings

The City will be holding three community Dream Homes Park Design Meetings in May for the neighborhood at the Agua Caliente Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. The park designer and City staff will meet with the residents to build upon park design ideas from previous community meetings. In addition, City partners, Desert Healthcare District, Loma Linda University Health, and El Sol …

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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 …Read more.

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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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SBDC Eats Program

SBDC Eats Program

If you are looking to start a food truck, sell homemade cookies and pies or open a brick and mortar restaurant then this is the program for you! At no cost, this series will take you from creating your concept to starting your business and everything in between. Consider this a crash course on becoming a foodpreneur! Read more.

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Rockin' Sock Hop

Rockin' Sock Hop

 Come dressed to listen and dance to the music from the 50’s and 60’s and enjoy hot dogs provided by Sonic Drive-in and ice cream sodas.  Each item is only 25 cents.

Join all the hip cats and dolls who will be participating in the rocking 50/50 raffle.

Presented by and benefiting the Cathedral City Senior Center.

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Job Openings are Happening, Get Job Ready

Job Openings are Happening, Get Job Ready

Job Openings are Happening, Get Job Ready. Learn Essential Hiring Skills, Trade & Public Safety Career Pathways. Meet with Employment Vendors & learn effective Application Preparation. Read more.

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