Cathedral City residents will vote on Measure B during a Special Election being held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 related to Short-Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs). You may have received informational pieces in the mail from City Manager Charlie McClendon and Police Chief George Crum.
In the letter written by City Manager Charlie McClendon, he points out that the City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 842 to address neighborhood safety, quality of life, and other input from nearly 2,000 complaints from residents. Ordinance 842 placed additional regulations on STVRS to address ongoing health and safety concerns by out-of-town guests.
In the letter written by Police Chief George Crum, he summarized a report regarding the public safety impacts of STVRs on our neighborhoods. Over the course of an approximately 14-month period, the City received nearly 2,000 complaints and calls for service related to STVRs, including an incident with multiple stabbings. Just last month, local Drug Enforcement Officers shut down an STVR that had been converted into a large-scale cannabis grow house. Between October 1, 2019 and November 30, 2020, the police department communications center received 809 calls for service on STVRs, including complaints about disruptive, and in some cases, illegal behavior by STVR guests including loud, late night parties, crowds coming in and out of residential neighborhoods and increased criminal activity.
Finally, the City Council passed a resolution on Measure B and one of its many excerpts stated “the community has identified policy priorities to be addressed including improving neighborhood safety, reducing criminal activity associated with short-term vacation rentals, reducing noise impacts on short-term vacation rentals and preserving neighborhood character…”
The following locations are the established polling locations for the March 2, 2021 Election. Your Voter Guide that you receive in the mail will have your polling location on it:
- Northgate Church, 30010 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City
- Cathedral City Library, Community Room, 33520 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City
- City Hall, Study Session Room, First Floor, 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City
These locations will be open on Election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for people to vote or to drop off their vote-by-mail ballot.
If you are a permanent vote-by-mail voter, you can drop off your ballot at City Hall located at 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
For more information on Measure B, go to www.CathedralCity.gov/Measure-B