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December 19, 2019

Community Update

By Anthony Yoakum, Acting Police Chief

Crisis Text Line

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment and make you aware of a new service that is available to those who might be struggling.  As of July of this year, a new law went into effect requiring that all student identification cards issued to California high school and middle school students have the Crisis Text Line (CTL) and other suicide prevention resources on the back of the ID.  The Crisis Text Line is available to everyone. 

This Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis, with over 100 million messages processed to date. 

A Supervisor from CTL will call emergency services when they have a texter at imminent risk of suicide or homicide who is unwilling to “safety plan” with the hotline and has not shared their location. CTL will follow a strict set of guidelines when making this determination as they are texting.  Crisis Counselors only know what texters share with them, and that information stays between the caller and the crisis counselor, unless sharing it with emergency services is absolutely necessary for your safety.  The Police Department and the CTL take your confidentiality seriously.

The CTL Supervisor will only have the texter’s phone number when they call law enforcement.  They will call the LE agency most closely associated with the area code the caller is using, unless the texter gives them additional location information.

The Cathedral City Police Department Communications Center will do their best to help by taking as much information as they can, such as the time frame, means and plan. We will create a call for service to document the contact we had with Crisis Text Line and do our best to get the texter the help they need.  If we find that the caller does not live in our jurisdiction, then we will call the appropriate agency to pass the call along.

            Sometimes the holiday season can be difficult.  There is no shame in seeking help and we hope this Crisis Text Line is one way for those in need to get help before any harm is done.  Remember, you can always call on your police department should you ever need us.  Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

NEWS

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City of Cathedral Receives GFOA Recognition for Budget Planning and Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recognized the City of Cathedral City for its biennial budget for the biennium beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. Cathedral City received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award as the result of the governing body and staff meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.   GFOA is …Read more.

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Magical Moments at Cathedral City’s Snow Fest

Magical Moments at Cathedral City’s Snow Fest

Please thank NBC Palm Springs Morning Anchors Joe Smith and Thalia Hayden for joining the crowd for the North Pole Village at Snow Fest and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.  This video captures many magical moments this past Saturday for families and their countless selfies that will last a lifetime. Activities included: 20 Lit North Pole Village Store Fronts thanks …Read more.

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EVENTS

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Cookies, Cocktails and Crazy Sweaters

Cookies, Cocktails and Crazy Sweaters

Indulge on some free holiday cookies, enjoy a purchased beverage or two, and watch your fellow neighbors and friends compete in the “ugliest sweater contest.”  This contest takes place in six bars in Cathedral City, over six weeks, with one cherished Golden Pass valued at $600 in prizes.  All presented by the Cathedral City Gay Business Association.  Anyone 21 years …

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Movies in the Park - December 28

Movies in the Park - December 28

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 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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First Friday Art Walk - Perez Plaza H and I

First Friday Art Walk - Perez Plaza H and I

Go Where ART Lives! Cathedral City is the place for wonderful art and design galleries. Every First Friday of the month, the galleries in Perez Plaza Suites H & I will host the First Friday Art Walk along Perez Road from 5 pm to 8 pm between Date Palm Drive and Cathedral Canyon Drive. You can meander in and out …Read more.

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City Hall at Your Corner - January 6, 2020

City Hall at Your Corner - January 6, 2020

Have an issue you would like to speak to your mayor about or learn what is happening in Cathedral City? Then join us for “City Hall at Your Corner” hosted by Mayor John Aguilar and Councilmember Mark Carnevale.   The forum will take place on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Date Palm Country Club, …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 …Read more.

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