Eight Cathedral City Students Win ScholarshipsEight Cathedral City students receive scholarships to the California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus: Clayton Baker, Nursing; Marcos Barrera, English; Lisa Conway, English; Adrian Enriquez, Accounting, Maria Karina Izquierdo, Liberal Studies; Claudia Miranda, Liberal Studies; Amy Spikerman, and Nursing; Maria Stowe, Education credential.
In addition to scholarships and financial aid that students may receive through the San Bernardino campus, Coachella Valley residents receive scholarships from activities in the desert such as the annual golf tournament.
In total this year, UCSD is awarding $160,500 in scholarships to seventy-four local students from these activities.
Information on Measure L Now Online
If you want more information on Measure L – the Cathedral City Vital City Services Measure – you can go to either the City’s webpage www.cathedralcity.gov or www.thespiritofthedesert.com to learn more about the proposed measure. Also, if you know of a neighborhood group or if you belong to an organization that would like to have a member of the Finance Advisory Committee or the Police or Fire Chief come and speak to them, please contact Allen Howe at 770-0396.
The State’s fiscal crisis is affecting our local services. With state funding being cut due to the state budget deficit and the increased costs of producing services, Cathedral City has made significant budget cuts in the last two years and faces more in the next year.
Cathedral City’s population has grown by 20% since the year 2000, to more than 55,000 residents. As a result, demand for services has increased dramatically, including a 33% increase in the number of 9-1-1 emergency calls.
New Home Development Kiosks Around Town Soon
In partnership with the city, the Building Industry Association (BIA) has updated the “New Home Directional Kiosks” located around the city. The kiosks now include the City’s new logo as well as city directional signs for the library, parks, fire station and other locations. The kiosks are on major roadways and provide direction to new home developments located in the city.
September is “Junk Your Jalopy” Month
Every September, Cathedral City’s Fire Department’s Code Enforcement Division helps get abandoned or inoperable vehicles towed from people’s property. This both improves a neighborhood’s appearance and helps the property owner avoid fines for their inoperable vehicles.
During September, Cathedral City residents can have an abandoned or inoperable vehicle towed at charge. Residents must complete a Vehicle Release Form noting the make, license and vehicle identification number, as well as authorizing the removal of the car or truck from the property, or driveway. You can pick up a form at the Cathedral City Fire Department Administration Office at 32-100 Desert Vista Road, or download the form the department’s website at www.cathedralcityfire.org.
“Junk Your Jalopy”, which is co-sponsored by the Riverside County Abandoned Vehicles Authority, is just one of several community enhancement programs offered by the Cathedral City Fire Department Code Enforcement Division.
Two Meetings for Cove Improvement District Phase 2 Property Owners Announced
Property owners in Phase 2 of the Cove Improvement District are invited to attend one of two meetings being held next week.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008Council Chamber, City HallFirst meeting: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.Second meeting: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Each meeting will provide identical information about the facets of construction that have begun in Phase 2 – sewers, streets, water lines and storm drains. Through the assessment district, property owners are paying for sewers and streets. The Desert Water Agency is financing substantial waterline upgrade and replacement, while outside grants are paying for storm drains. The city continues to seek outside funds for the assessment district.
We are pleased that Sukut Construction, an experienced nationally acclaimed contractor in business for over 40 years, submitted the lowest responsible bid for Phase 2. There is adequate funding for the project and concrete and other needed materials are readily available to Sukut.
While minor clean up continues in Phase 1, construction of Phase 2 has begun and is scheduled for completion in the last half of 2010, well before the State deadline of 2012, when septic tank use will be banned. Before work starts on your street, you will receive a letter about the construction schedule and its affect on you and your neighbors.
During Phase 2 construction, please take advantage of the Cove Helpline, 760-250-8673. Residents in Phase 1 placed their calls to the Helpline, finding it a fast and easy way to obtain answers. You can also read constantly updated information about the project from the City of Cathedral City website, www.cathedralcity.gov by clicking the quick-link titled “Cove Improvement District” on the right side of the homepage or by emailing 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Property owners who occupy their homes may qualify for financial assistance to help pay property tax assessments and sewer connection. To determine your eligibility, just call the Redevelopment Agency’s Housing Office, at 760-770-0376.
We realize it is never easy to live in a construction zone; however, by the dramatic changes that are already evident in Phase 1, you can look forward to a much improved neighborhood. Our team will do everything we can to make the process a smooth one.
MORE PROJECT INFORMATION: For more information on the Cove Improvement Projectplease call theCOVE HELPLINE: (760) 250-8673Click here for more informationCove Improvement District Home Page
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