Agua Caliente Casino Ground Breaking Ceremony

Mayor Carnevale stated, “It is refreshing to know that our downtown will look and feel completely different in about two years.  Residents will have so many new entertainment and food options than they currently have.  Visitors will be wanting to stay in Cathedral City to enjoy gaming, LIVE performances, musical concerts, the latest blockbuster movie, and our incredible line-up of festivals and events.”

— Mayor Carnevale

On November 4th, the entire City Council, former City Councilmembers as well as the Tribal Council of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Agua Caliente Casino – Cathedral City. This beautiful, new facility will serve as a major anchor at the eastern edge of the City’s Downtown Arts and Entertainment District.  The City of Cathedral City could not be more appreciative to the Tribe for their continued commitment to Cathedral City residents and our inter-governmental relationship.

 The Tribe planned a casino, restaurants, and future mixed-use retail to the 13 plus acres on the eastern edge of the Arts and Entertainment District is a major milestone in our City’s history.  

Their commitment to the roads and public safety for Cathedral City was shown in the Intergovernmental Agreement signed several months ago that provides approximately $6.5 million over ten years to help mitigate the impacts of a new gaming facility.  Specifically, the City will receive $150,000 per year to help pay for increased public safety including police, fire, and ambulance service.  It will also receive from the Tribe $500,000 annually for repairing, maintaining and reconstructing city streets.

And possibly most exciting, this project will spur the investments and expedite the building of restaurants, hotels and housing on the southside of Highway 111 as well.

Lift to Rise- Rental Assistance

For more than a year now, thousands of families throughout Coachella Valley have lost their jobs or had their work hours drastically reduced due to the effects of COVID-19. This rental assistance program is for both those who are behind as well as those struggling to pay their rent due to these dire circumstances.

Nancy Ross

Help came to Cathedral City in April with the Lift to Rise event that assisted anyone who was behind on their rent due to COVID-19-related issues.  Applicants were eligible for a grant to pay up to 15 months of back and future payments.

The event was held at the Cathedral City amphitheater, at 68526 Avenida Lalo Guerrero. More than $57 million was available for rental assistance in Riverside County. The program provided one-time rental assistance support to cover up to 12 months of unpaid rent from March 13, 2020, to the time of application, plus an additional three months of future rent.

United Lift — a joint effort by Lift to Rise, Inland SoCal United Way and Riverside County, as well as Cathedral City Councilmembers Nancy Ross and Rita Lamb were onsite to help renters with the application process.

Assistance is provided without regard to immigration status, officials said.

“For more than a year now, thousands of families throughout Coachella Valley have lost their jobs or had their work hours drastically reduced due to the effects of COVID-19,”  Ross said. “This rental assistance program is for both those who are behind as well as those struggling to pay their rent due to these dire circumstances.”

More information about the rental assistance program and an online application can be found at UnitedLift.org.

Grocery Outlet Grand Opening in Cathedral City

Cathedral City welcomed it’s newest grocery store as “Grocery Outlet – Bargain Market” on June 17.  Locally owned and operated by Kimberlie and Bob Jackson, the grocery store is located at the former ACE Hardware location, 30025 Date Palm Drive. 

Grocery Outlet is an independently owned grocery store that specializes in name brand foods offered at prices 40%-70% less than traditional retailers.

The City Council of Cathedral City, including Nancy Ross participated in the ribbon cutting celebration hosted by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce.  As part of the celebration, the store donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City and gave away $1,000 in free groceries. Check out this new edition in our great city today.

2021 Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting

June 22, 2021

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Rizzo

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells.

The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce event was inspiring. This year’s event theme was “Journey to the Valley of Boom”, uncovering the future of business in our Coachella Valley.

The location was the beautiful Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.  There was a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner, and awards show.  The awards recognized professionals in the category of Small Business, Large Business, Non-Profit, Leadership, and the inaugural “Patrick E. Swarthout Business Advocate Award”, and the prestigious “Chairman John A. James Lifetime Achievement Award”.

It was a fun night to mingle with great minds in our Valley and I gained inspiration of what our own Cathedral City can strive towards.

The GCVCC Business Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting were brought to you by Title Sponsors Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Desert Care Network. Presenting Sponsors are Desert Urgent Care and the City of Indian Wells.  The event is proudly sponsored by Altura Credit Union, AT&T, Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services, California Bank & Trust, Chandi Group USA, Coachella Valley History Museum, Eisenhower Medical Center, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries, Greater Palm Springs CVB, Gulf California Broadcasting – CBS Local2, KESQ-TV, KDFX, KCWQ & KUNA-FM-TV, NBC Palm Springs, Osborne Rincon CPA’s, State Farm Insurance – Carmen Contreras, and West Coast Cannabis Club.

Pack the Bus- Back to School Event

We are calling on the community once again to help provide for these students. With the transition back to in-person learning after 16 months away, they need new supplies more than ever.

Lauren Skiver told City News Service

SunLine Transit Agency came out on a super hot day to pack a bus with school supplies at the Walmart in Palm Desert. There is a shortage this year for these supplies and I was happy to donate about $250 of my community assistance money to help fill that bus. We supplied backpacks, paper, pens and pencils, erasers, markers, scissors, crayons, colored pencils and much more (a whole basket full) all for the Palm Springs Unified School District! Happy to help our kids – the next generation!

Coachella Valley residents are invited to drop off school supplies for local students in need at a donation event this week in Palm Desert at the Monterey Walmart, Thursday July 22, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Walmart, located at 34-500 Monterey Ave.

“We are calling on the community once again to help provide for these students. With the transition back to in-person learning after 16 months away, they need new supplies now more than ever,” said Lauren Skiver, the agency’s CEO and general manager.

Organizers are asking for new backpacks, safety scissors, #2 pencils and notebook paper in particular, though other commonly used supplies will also be accepted. The event is Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge

You could save a life by donating blood this year with the Ninth Annual Lifestream Blood Bank– 9 Cities Challenge. The 2021 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge begins soon in Cathedral City! Coachella Valley communities are going head-to-head to collect the most LifeStream blood donations to assist local hospital patients and save lives!

The challenge started July 1, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2021. The dates and locations for Cathedral City donantions are listed below.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Here in the Coachella Valley, in the summer months, when our population dips by about 30 percent, we experience a local blood shortage and an increased need for residents to donate blood. And that’s why LifeStream is holding its annual 9 Cities Challenge Blood Drive this summer. You are encouraged to round up your neighbors – donate blood – make Cathedral City #1!

All blood donors receive a free t-shirt that recognizes your thoughtful donation that will save lives.

Cathedral City’s Dates, Locations and Times:

• Tuesday, July 20th, Stater Bros, 69255 Ramon Road, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

• Wednesday, August 25th, Northgate Community Church, 30010 Date Palm Dr., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

• Thursday, August 26th, Palm Springs Motors, 69200 HWY 111, 6:45 am – 11:45 am

To set your appointment, call TODAY at (800) 879-4484 or go online at https://www.lstream.org/9cities

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District #2 is the last district in Cathedral City to elect their own City Council member. For the first time the Council will have a representative that not only represents the city but was elected by the voters of District #2. We have many neighborhoods in District #2 and I am proud to live here and look forward to representing us.

For more than 2 years I have attended every City Council Study Session as well as Council, Planning Commission, Parks Commission and Arts Commission meetings.

I have listened to you and share in what you want;

A transparent government that is accountable and responsible, serving with the highest integrity.

A vibrant city that has good streets, opportunities for an affordable education for every family member, quality medical care, great recreational opportunities, cleanliness, sustainable growth, economic development and above all safe neighborhoods with fully funded, and staffed, Fire and Ambulance services as well as a quality Police Department that works to serve and protect you.

A beautiful city with parks, art, gorgeous landscaping, live performances and a downtown, including our new amphitheater that attracts people from all parts of the city and around the world.

Working together we will continue improving Cathedral City making us the best place to work, own a home, raise a family, enjoy your free time or retire in peace and quiet. We really can have it all.