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Casting Call for Warner Bros. Feature Film – September 7 & 8

Greater Palm Spring Film Alliance and Film Office has notified the City of Cathedral City that Warner Bros. will be filming a feature movie in the Coachella Valley and they are seeking movie extras.  A casting call for extras for a film shoot between mid-September through mid-October in the east valley will occur at the following locations, dates and times:

Cathedral City

Saturday, September 7, 2019
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Staybridge Suites Cathedral City
67711 30th Avenue, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Indio

Sunday, September 8, 2019
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fairfield Inn and Suites Indio
42655 Marmara Street, Indio, CA 9220

Dixie Webster-Davis is casting.  For more information contact Levi Vincent, Levi@palmspringsfilm.com, or (760) 861-1182.

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About the Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance & Film Office

Recognized as the official film office of the Greater Palm Springs region, the Greater Palm Springs  Film Alliance and Film Office (www.filmpalmsprings.com) is the Coachella Valley’s economic development resource dedicated to attracting all types of film and media production to the Coachella Valley. The Film Office encompasses many activities, such as attracting and promoting film and television productions, facilitating access to filming locations, connecting producers with local crew, talent and vendors, and acts as liaison between industry and government entities; all while marketing Greater Palm Springs as a world-class production region in the United States. The Film Office works with all local governments, including city, county, state and tribal entities.

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What’s Developing Within Economic Development:

Today is a great day to be a Cathedral City resident!

Los Arcos Mexican Food. Image courtesy of Los Arcos.
Los Arcos Mexican Food reopens in the Pickford Promenade.

On Tuesday, Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant celebrated the Grand Re-opening of their Yelp rated 4.5-star restaurant. Located on the northwest corner of Monty Hall Drive and East Palm Canyon in the Pickford Promenade, their restaurant is an easy walk to the Pickford Movie Theater, The Roost, and the AMP sports lounge. Los Arcos offers authentic Mexican cuisine using generations-old recipes. If you enjoy guacamole, they make the guacamole right at your table and season it to your liking. Personally, my family and I LOVE their guacamole.

For those who enjoy a classic American diner, residents in District Five have a lot to look forward to. Denny’s Restaurant has submitted plans for an attractive mid-century designed restaurant which will be located on the northwest corner of Landau Blvd and Vista Chino.  While the project is likely 18 months away from opening, this new restaurant will be a great addition to the Plaza Rio Vista.

If gourmet dining and hand-crafted dishes is your thing, Daniel’s Table held a ribbon-cutting on their new restaurant located in the Revival’s shopping center today. Chef Daniel creates each dish by hand, and impeccably pairs said dishes with sides and wine recommendations that will meet or exceed even the highest expectations.

In terms of other exciting news within our Downtown Cathedral City Arts and Entertainment District, construction on our Cathedral City Community Amphitheater is in full swing. There will be numerous open lawn areas, a children’s play area, shade trees, restrooms, and permanent stage. Scheduled to be finished in Fall 2019, Chris Parman, our Events and Communications Manager is already planning events to celebrate and make the most of the new space.

If you have driven through the Cathedral City Auto Center lately, you have seen a construction fence go up, and dirt being moved on what will become Shottenkirk Desert Lexus’s new home. Greg Shottenkirk is investing $23m in this new facility. This new building will allow Greg and his team to provide anyone shopping for a new Lexus or any make/model used car great choices, top-quality service and support.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark Discovercathedralcity.com and  http://www.ccedd.org/. On these websites, we offer resources and information on all that is great and going on in our City.

All Cathedral City residents can help make our City more vibrant by “buying local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour our City looking for the “perfect” location.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated websites, www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and www.ccedd.org, which highlights many of our community attributes.  As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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New Business Incentive Program

RIVERSIDE COUNTY
INLAND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

NEW BUSINESS INCENTIVE PROGRAM

RCEDA Incentives Program Flyer PRESSRiverside County has many programs to help businesses succeed. In 2018 the following new programs debuted for businesses located in the County’s unincorporated communities.

SALES TAX REBATE
Projects that create a significant economic impact such as ecommerce centers and major retail centers may receive a rebate on the sales tax they generate. Businesses that provide a highly needed service in an underserved community are also eligible.

DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE FINANCING
Businesses may defer County-specific Development Impact Fees for up to 5 years! Eligible fees include the various types of mitigation fees that fund construction of transportation infrastructure or acquisition of land for open space. These fees are required prior to the issuance of a building permit or certificate of occupancy for a project.

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOND FINANCING
Provides small- to medium-sized manufacturers money for land purchases, building construction, facility expansion, new production equipment acquisition, and solar and energy conservation retrofits. Benefits of IDB financing include below market interest rates, and long-term financing.

To learn more about these incentives, call 800-984-1000
or visit us at one of our three business centers:

Riverside Business Center, 951-955-8916
3403 10th Street, Suite 120, Riverside

Coachella Valley Business Center, 760-863-2552
44-199 Monroe Street, Suite B, Indio

Email us at bizinfo@rivco.org
Look us up at RIVCOBIZ.org

Download the flyer

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Have you been to our Cathedral City’s Downtown Arts and Entertainment District lately? If not, you are missing out!  The CV Repertory Theater officially opened on March 13th to sold out performances of “Chess”. If you have not been inside the theater, or sat in the comfortable chairs, you need to go. The CV Rep’s Board and volunteers did an amazing job of creating a first-class playhouse. CV Rep’s next play, “Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire, begins on May 1st and runs through the 19th. If you were not able to catch “Chess,” then do not miss “Good People.”

Arts and entertainment are an integral component of an inviting, creative, and lasting community. Beyond attending periodic performances at CV Rep, there is no better way to memorialize your support of the arts by participating in CV Rep’s “buy a brick” program. For a small fee, you can make a donation to the theater and receive a message engraved into either 4” x 8” or 8” x 8” brick. These bricks will make up the main paths around the theater. Show your fellow community members your support of an invaluable part of our community.

If you arrive early to one of the plays, you have a number of places to grab a drink, enjoy local cuisine, and reconnect with friends. Bonta, Trilussa, The Roost, AMP Sports Lounge, Polo Doky’s, Los Arco’s, Trunk’s, La Tablita, Justin Eat and Drink, The Runway, Zobo & Meester, Denny’s, Apong’s Philly Steak, Salsas, Sammy’s Place, Pizzeria Bambinos, Capizzi’s, Sunshine Café, Taco Bell, Tony’s Burger’s, and India Oven are all tremendous local restaurants or bars and all are within walking distance or a short drive from the theater.

Construction on our new amphitheater is in full swing. With the construction fences up, it is difficult to see what is taking shape inside. Thankfully, the second floor of the parking structure offers the perfect view of what will become an amazing community amenity. There will be numerous open lawn areas, a children’s play area, shade trees, restrooms, and a permanent stage. In fact, just last night from a long list of suggested names, the City Council selected, “Cathedral City Community Amphitheater” as the amphitheater’s official name.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and  http://www.ccedd.org/. On these websites, we offer resources and information on all that is great and going on in our city.

All Cathedral City residents can help make our city more vibrant by “buying local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our many hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the city and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour Cathedral City looking for the “perfect” location.

As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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This will be a great year to live, work, and relax in Cathedral City. Our Downtown Arts and Entertainment District is building fantastic momentum. The CV Repertory Theater looks incredible inside, which you’ll be able to see during their first performance on March 13, 2019! For a limited time, you also have the ability to memorialize your personal generosity, or memory of a loved one by participating in CV Rep’s “buy a brick” program. For a small fee, you can donate to the theater and receive a message engraved into either 4” x 8” or 8” x 8” bricks which will make up the paths around the theater.

If you arrive early or stay a little late following one of CV Rep’s award-winning shows, you have a number of places to relax, grab a drink, enjoy delectable cuisine, and reconnect with friends and loved ones. Bonta’s, Trilussa’s, The Roost, AMP Sports Lounge, Pollo Doky’s, Los Arco’s, Trunk’s, La Tabilta, Justin’s, The Runway, Zobo & Meester’s, Denny’s, Apong’s Philly Steak, Salsas, Sammy’s Place, Pizzeria Bambinos, Capizzi’s, Sunshine Café, Taco Bell, Tony’s Burger’s, Daniel’s Table and India Oven are all tremendous local restaurants and bars within walking distance or a short drive from the theater.

While we are on the topic of arts and entertainment, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our Engineering Department, the downtown amphitheater is currently under construction. If everything goes as planned, the horizontal portion of the amphitheater could be completed as early as December 2019. This amphitheater is expected to hold nearly 3,000 people. Having attended many of the enjoyable and memorable City events, I can only imagine what the City will orchestrate when the new amphitheater is completed.

If movies are your thing, the Mary Pickford Movie Theater keeps getting better and better. The Pickford offers a diverse selection of movies, great snacks and drinks, and, for those environmental minded movie goers, our Mary Pickford theater is the only theater in California I know of which runs completely on solar power and battery backups. I invite you to experience their comfortable chairs, convenient parking, and welcoming staff. The Mary Pickford offers a first-class movie experience.

Saving the best for last, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians continue to diligently work on their plans for a Downtown Cathedral City casino.  It is my belief that we will soon see additional building plans for the site and it is our hope for a ground breaking to happen in 2019.

If you enjoy staying in the know, please bookmark our new Economic Development website http://www.ccedd.org/. On this website, we offer a number of resources, and information on all that is great and happening in our City.

In future communications, we will keep you abreast of new real estate developments, resources, and other opportunities that will improve the City’s quality of life, property values, and economic activity.   All Cathedral City residents can help accelerate our economic development by making a commitment to “buy local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels.  It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs.  Furthermore, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, we need your commitment to properly maintain your residential and commercial properties. Routine maintenance shows others the respect and appreciation we value for ourselves, our neighbors, and our community.  Property appearance is an important “selling point” when prospective homebuyers, businesses owners, and developers tour our City looking for the “perfect” location.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated websites, www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com and www.ccedd.org, which highlights many of our community attributes.  As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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A lot has gone on within the Economic Development Department since our last update! It is this activity, energy, and diversity of activities which makes our department an exciting place to work. Below is a brief update on several important initiatives:

1. HOUSING, HOUSING, AND MORE HOUSING!: GHA Communities’ District at the Edge has successfully sold! With such strong demand and positive customer feedback, GHA is already coming out of the ground with their District East project. I just heard one of the homes within District East just resold for $850,000! DR Horton, America’s largest home builder, just closed escrow on approximately 100 lots within the Verano Masterplan located in North Cathedral City. DR Horton will be bringing their national expertise to building well-design homes at affordable prices in a community with a refreshing new-urbanism land plan. Another great addition to our community will be provided by the Rilington Group. Voted 2006 Coachella Valley Builder of the Year Mickie Riley and his team will bring experience, passion, and a commitment to crafting thoughtfully designed and well-built homes within the Rio Del Sol community.

2. CONTINUALLY UPDATED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE: Stay abreast of the latest events, learn about our great City, and find important development facts by visiting and bookmarking http://www.ccedd.org/.

3. AGUA CALIENTE DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY CASINO: The casino is still on track! The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are still working their way through the fee simple to tribal trust application process. The Tribe believes they will complete this Federal process in the early to mid-part of 2019. The current site plan still contemplates a 60,000 square foot casino consisting of 500 slot machines in 40,000 square feet of gaming space; 5,000 square feet of restaurant space; and 2,500 square feet of retail space. Given the Tribe’s success in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage with two luxury destination-style casino resorts, we know the Tribe will deliver another first-class development!

4. BOB HOPE CROSSING: The developer is hoping to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first few commercial pads before the end of the year. This 9-acre property will offer travelers a variety of services including a 100+ room Best Western Plus hotel, AM/PM gas station, Starbucks, McDonalds, and several high-quality quick-serve restaurants. This project will be a great way to welcome visitors into our City and generate much needed revenue.

5. SUNNIVA: Construction on the Sunniva project is well under way! This $54m project is located on the south side of Ramon Road east of Date Palm Drive will be approximately 500,000 square feet at build out and provide 175 to 200 well paying full-time jobs.

6. HIRE LOCAL PROGRAM: Leisa Lukes continues working closely with City Council to implement a “Hire Local” program. This program promotes major new businesses to offer all jobs to Cathedral City residents first, before opening the same opportunities to the rest of the Valley. The City and the Council are working hard to not only attract new businesses, but ensure our residents are given first opportunity to land that great new position.

7. DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY: Truly exciting things are happening in Downtown Cathedral City. Recent or pending developments within Downtown include: (i) the casino planning process is underway; (ii) ground breaking will occur in early 2019 on the nearly $4m downtown amphitheater (located adjacent the parking structure); (iii) CV Rep Theater is selling tickets for their first performance in their new theater! “Chess” is scheduled to open on March 13, 2019. You can learn more and buy tickets by clicking here.

8. CVEP, SBA, & CATHEDRAL CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: The Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (“CVEP”) and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) have partnered to provide free monthly bilingual workshops on a variety of business and professional development related topics. A class is being held tonight at 6pm at the Palm Springs Motors dealership. Times, dates, and program topics are available on our new Economic Development website (http://www.ccedd.org/). Be sure to check the City’s economic development website, CVEP’s (http://cvep.com/), and SBA’s (https://www.sba.gov/) website for other valuable and free or low-cost services.

In future communications, we will keep you abreast of new real estate developments, resources, and other opportunities that will improve the City’s quality of life, property values, and economic activity. All Cathedral City residents can help accelerate our economic development by making a commitment to “buy local” whenever possible and encouraging out-of-town guests to stay in one of our several hotels. It makes economic “cents” for you to keep your tax dollars within the City and help fund local community services and programs. Further, there is no better testimonial for attracting future new businesses than to make sure that our existing businesses are prosperous examples for other potentially interested enterprises to follow.

Also, making a special effort to properly maintain your own properties (whether residential or commercial) shows pride in our community. This is another important “selling point” when prospective businesses, commercial real estate agents, and developers tour our City scouting out future business opportunities.

Please share with your friends and contacts the City’s dedicated website www.DiscoverCathedralCity.com which highlights many of our community attributes. As a team, we all play a part in the long-term success of the place in which we love to live, work, play and stay!

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Police Chief and Business Roundtable

Police Chief Travis Walker conducted a roundtable discussion with Cathedral City business leaders on September 25th.  This first-time event hosted by the City’s Police and Economic Development Departments was held at IHOP Restaurant on Date Palm Drive and Dinah Shore Drive.  Local business owners were invited to meet with Chief Walker to discuss the important relationship between the Police Department and our business community.  Cathedral City Councilman Mark Carnevale and Indio Councilman Glenn Miller attended along with representative from the Cathedral City Post Office, Mission Plaza, First Alarm, and the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Chief Walker provided a well-received overview of police responsibilities, ongoing activities, and changes in state law.  Questions from the attendees covered a variety of business-focused topics and they received helpful tips for reporting and preventing criminal activity.

Stay tuned. . .additional events will be scheduled at various times and locations on a quarterly basis during the upcoming year.

 

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Cathedral City Council Dedicates September 21st as “Flip the Switch Day” at the Mary Pickford Theatre

Mayor Stan Henry presented a proclamation to the Mary Pickford Theatre team including Owner Michael Tumanjan, D’Place Entertainment President Damon Rubio, and General Manager Ted Hane for their work on bringing solar power and energy battery storage technology to the theatre.  The first-of-its-kind mass production power source for a theatre in the state of California and possibly the nation, the Mary Pickford Theatre now generates nearly 100% of the power it uses through solar panels and captures the excess energy from the panels to power the theatre after sunset.  All City Councilmembers were present to dedicate September 21, 2018 as the “Flip the Switch Day” towards green power at the Mary Pickford Theatre.

Not only is the system saving the theatre more than $100,000 per year on its electrical costs, but it also lowers its carbon footprint by not utilizing fossil fuels for its energy needs that can lead to air pollution and climate change.   You can now enjoy “solar powered popcorn” as Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia stated at the beginning of his speech at the event.

To learn more about this impressive technology and what the theatre has achieved, CCTV Host Conrad Angel Corral sits down in this video with Aeterna Energy President Ron Harris and D’Place Entertainment President Damon Rubio to discuss this green power venture at the Mary Pickford Theatre, here in Cathedral City.

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Cathedral City Is on the Path to Victory

On Friday, Mayor Stan Henry gave an update on the progress being made in Cathedral City at the Council of Women Realtors’ Luncheon.  His message highlighted the improvements implemented over the past four years including:

  • Over $100,000,000 invested in public infrastructure projects that includes the Date Palm Bridge Widening and Seismic Project, the new Cathedral Canyon Bridge soon to begin construction later this year, the Ramon Road Bridge to begin construction in 2019, and street repaving on our major arteries and neighborhood streets.
  • Developing our Downtown into an Arts and Entertainment District that includes LIVE performing arts with the CVRep Theatre now under construction, the refurbishing of the Mary Pickford Theatre, the approval of the new Downtown Amphitheater Park, and the new Agua Caliente Casino coming to the corner of Date Palm Drive and East Palm Canyon Drive (HWY 111).
  • Capitalizing on the emerging cannabis industry approved by the voters of California and twice by Cathedral City residents through regulation that limit the zones for operation; taxing the growing, manufacturing and selling of cannabis in order to generate revenue for the City to expand public safety services to full staffing levels; and to provide good paying jobs and good employee benefits for our residents in addition to a product that is increasingly being recognized for helping those with certain medical conditions.
  • Implemented four major festivals and numerous smaller events that enhance the quality of life for residents and increase our presence in the tourism industry. These events have brought life to our downtown and renewed interest by private developers for restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments.
  • Cathedral City Auto Center has grown over the past four years with new sales and service centers, new dealerships, and expanded dealerships.
  • Housing construction and resells have flourished with a 10% price increase in the last year. The District sold out its first phase of its housing development and has begun constructing District East, a similar portfolio to The District.  Rio del Sol housing development that has remained idle for over a decade will soon begin its construction of over 200 new homes.
  • As consumers change their shopping patterns with the convenience of online shopping and home delivery, Cathedral City has done a great job repurposing former big box stores into fitness clubs, smaller retail businesses, and a new luxury automobile storage facility.

With all the new development, Cathedral City hit an extremely low 2.7% unemployment rate in April according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As Mayor Stan Henry stated on Friday, “Cathedral City is on the path to victory!”

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