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Mayor Henry’s Video Update on the Emerging Cannabis Industry

Check out this video to learn more about the emerging cannabis industry in Cathedral City. Mayor Henry talks about the laws pertaining to use, the numbers of facilities, the revenue currently being generated and future growth projections. He also highlights the current cultivation center being built on Ramon Road.

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“Runway Dining, Drinks & Drag” Restaurant Groundbreaking Ceremony on Monday, March 5th

The first restaurant to be built in Downtown Cathedral City from the ground up in nearly a decade

The Cathedral City Economic Development Department, the City Council, and Owners Richard and Eric Altman invite you to join them in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new “Runway Dining, Drinks, & Drag” (Runway) restaurant that is being built in front of the CCBC Resort Hotel located at 68-300 Gay Resort Drive in Cathedral City. Plans include a well-appointed 2,560 square-foot restaurant with a 568 square-foot outdoor patio dining area.

The Runway will offer American Grill cuisine and LIVE, local entertainment featuring a retractable stage. The 24 hours / 7 days a week restaurant is the first restaurant to be built in Downtown Cathedral City from the ground up in nearly a decade.

A groundbreaking ceremony will occur on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm in front of the CCBC Resort Hotel located 68-300 Gay Resort Drive in Cathedral City. Owners Richard and Eric Altman will host a small celebratory reception following the groundbreaking. The event is free and open to the public.

  • What: Groundbreaking Ceremony for “Runway Dining, Drinks, & Drag” Restaurant
  • Where: In front of CCBC Resort Hotel, 68-300 Gay Resort Drive, Cathedral City
  • When: Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:00 pm
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Volvo Dealership Expands to a New Location

Cathedral City’s Auto Center continues to expand as the former Volvo/Subaru Dealership has split into their own stand-alone dealerships. The Volvo Dealership, now owned by Dan Jessup, has moved to a brand-new location at 67615 East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City, the former Flooring Innovations building.

According to Mr. Jessup, the dealership is currently under a soft opening with a Grand Opening Celebration to occur late March or early April.

The Subaru Dealership, owned by Wes Hinkle, will expand its footprint by taking over the entire dealership location at 67925 East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City.

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ACE Hardware Coming to Cathedral City

Cathedral City’s Economic Development Department is excited to announce that ACE Hardware Cathedral City will open in April at the former Fresh and Easy Grocery Store located at 30025 Date Palm Drive. Ace stores offer a wide variety of paint, lawn and garden, tools, business supplies, local niche services and virtually anything you’ll ever need to fix, repair and maintain your home or business. And of course, Ace is most certainly the place with the helpful hardware folks!

Owner Michael Reinhardt looks forward to opening the 14,000 square foot store quickly to provide residents with a local hometown option for all their home improvement needs. This will be one of ACE Hardware’s largest stores.

Community is what ACE Hardware is all about and they have already sponsored the Easter Kidapalooza on April 1, 2018 in Downtown Cathedral City where 25,000 Easter Eggs will be given away! It takes local businesses like ACE Hardware to help fund our community events.

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Gender Neutral Restrooms

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Gender Neutral Bathrooms Sign

The City Council adopted a Gender Neutral Restroom Ordinance effective January 2016 to address the needs of all people, regardless of the way one presents or identifies their gender identify. To comply, a single user restroom(s) within a commercial facility must have gender neutral signage (defined as a sign that indicates a restroom without reference to a specific gender) installed.

The following is a sample of gender neutral signage:

The complete ordinance, Cathedral City Municipal Code Chapter 5.86, can be accessed at Municipal Code Link.

For additional information, contact Al Jimenez, City Building Official, at (760) 770-0358.

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Shopping Carts

shopping carts photoA proliferation of abandoned shopping carts creates a visual blight in the city and causes a number of other issues.  It reduces property values, interferes with pedestrian and vehicular traffic, impedes emergency services and is generally a public nuisance.  In 2016, the City Council adopted regulations to ensure that owners and operators of retail businesses who provide shopping carts take reasonable measures to provide prompt retrieval of abandoned carts.  The City’s Shopping Cart Retrieval Program is based on input received from the community.  Conversely, to assist business owners in reducing the number of lost shopping carts, the ordinance follows the provisions of state law by stipulating that removal of a cart without permission of a business constitutes a criminal misdemeanor.

A summary of the ordinance can be accessed at PDF Document Link.  The complete ordinance, Cathedral City Municipal Code Chapter 13.160, can be accessed at Municipal Code Link.

For additional information, contact Patrick Milos, Community Development Director, at (760) 770-0319.

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Default Beverages

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In the fall of 2017, the City Council voted to promote healthy meal options for families and contribute to building a healthier community.   They did this by adopting an ordinance requiring healthy beverages, such as milk and water, be the default beverage for children’s meals offered by restaurants.  Sugary drinks, including soda, energy and sports drinks, sweetened water and fruit drinks, provide the largest source of daily calories in the diets of American children ages 2 to 18.  Each extra serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage consumed a day increases a child’s chance of becoming obese by 60 percent.

The key provisions of the ordinance require that

  • A restaurant that sells a children’s meal that includes a beverage shall make the default beverage offered with the children’s meal one of the following:
    • Water, sparkling water, or flavored water, with no added natural or artificial sweeteners.
    • Milk or non-dairy milk alternatives, such as soy milk or almond milk.
  • A restaurant is not prohibited from selling, or a customer from purchasing, a substitute or alternative beverage instead of the default beverage offered with the children’s meal if requested by the purchaser of the children’s meal.

The complete ordinance, Cathedral City Municipal Code Section 5.92, can be accessed at Municipal Code Link.

For additional information, contact Leisa Lukes, Business Development Manager, at (760) 770-0386 or e-mail at

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What’s Developing Within Economic Development

The Economic Development Department has been busy working on many projects since our last update. It is this activity, energy, and diversity of activities which makes our department an exciting place to be. Below is a brief overview of the important initiatives Leisa Lukes and I are working on:

  1. NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE: Stay abreast of the latest events, learn about our great City, and find important development facts by visiting and bookmarking The Economic Development Department would like to thank Kevin Lockwood for his proactive approach, creativity, and diligence in diagnosing community and developer needs when designing this site. We welcome additional comments and suggestions at
  2. AGUA CALIENTE DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY CASINO: On January 18, 2018, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians shared their site plan for the 12.5 acres of located on the northwest corner of Date Palm Drive and East Palm Canyon. The site plan contemplates a 60,000 total 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. Further, the plan shows an additional 65,000 square feet of mixed-use space for a total under-roof development of 125,000 square feet. 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!
  3. BOB HOPE CROSSING: The ground-breaking has already begun on this exciting new nine-acre site. It will offer travelers a variety of services including a 90+ room Best Western Plus hotel, AM/PM gas station, Starbucks, McDonalds, Taco Bell and several high-quality quick-serve restaurants.
  4. 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 and will be approximately 500,000 square feet at build-out. This project will provide 175 to 200 well paying full-time jobs with benefits.
  5. HIRE LOCAL PROGRAM: The Economic Development Department is working closely with the 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 determined to not only attract new businesses, but ensure our residents are given the first opportunity to land that great new position.
  6. DOWNTOWN CATHEDRAL CITY: Truly exciting things are happening in Downtown Cathedral City. Recent or pending developments within Downtown include: (i) the Agua Caliente casino; (ii) a $2.5m amphitheater located adjacent the parking structure which will be breaking ground within 60 days; (iii) the purchase of the Desert Cinemas theater by CV Repertory is scheduled to close escrow this month. The theater will become home to the future Carol Channing Playhouse with a scheduled opening in the Spring of 2019. I can’t wait!; (iv) The Economic Development Department continues to attract developers interested in creating attractive mixed-use projects located in other areas of the downtown. These projects are anticipated to include retail, lodging, and residential uses.
  7. 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. The first class starts tonight at 6pm at the Palm Springs Motors dealership. Times, dates, and program topics are available on our new Economic Development website ( Be sure to check the City’s economic development website, CVEP’s website (, and SBA’s website ( for other valuable services and resources. Many of these resources are free!

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, we encourage you to make a special effort to properly maintain your own properties (whether residential or commercial). This shows civic 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 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!

Stone James, Director

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Business in Cathedral City Continues Its Strong Trajectory

Great strides were made in 2017 to fill vacant commercial spaces that have been noticeable in Cathedral City since the Great Recession and its immediate downturn in the economy as well as the ever-changing habits of shoppers from brick and mortar shopping to more online shopping. Big box stores and indoor shopping malls are no longer desirable to many consumers.

The City has been working to address these changes in the market place and recruit new businesses to fill these spaces. In 2017, more than 300 new business licenses were activated in Cathedral City. Here is a list of the better known business:

New Businesses since 2017
Eisenhower Health Center’s Internal Medicine Residency Clinic
Relocated and renovated Eisenhower Occupational Health Services and Primary Care Facility

Staybridge Hotel
Regency Theaters
Planet Fitness
Honda Dealership expansion
Multiple Cannabis businesses

New Restaurants
Bubba’s Bones and Brews
Super Shawarma
La Michoacana (#2)
Lala’s Waffles and Crepes
Justin Eat and Drink
Pollo Dokys
Umami Seoul

Coming Soon in 2018
Restaurants: Pizza Peel and Beyond Balisage

Auto Sector: Relocated and expanded Volvo Dealership (taking over the former Flooring Innovations site)
Construction and relocation of Lexus Dealership (next to Volkswagen)
Mazda Dealership expansion

North Cathedral City: 98-room Best Western Plus Hotel
Taco Bell

Cannabis: Sunniva ($54 million cultivation facility)
EcoPlex Park

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