City of Indio offers seniors an exemption to Utility User Tax (UTT)

There really are some advantages to senior living!

UUT’s are taxes cities apply to homeowners and businesses for utility use. You pay these fees through your utility company monthly. At least 50% of California cities have this tax. On November 2, 2010 voters passed Measure S, increasing the City of Indio UUT from 3% to 6%. The increase was needed to offset state budget cuts and limit cuts to police officers, firefighters, paramedic and ambulance response, pothole maintenance/street repairs, graffiti removal youth anti-gang/anti-drug programs, senior services, parks and other general City services. The UUT is a vital element in the funding of critical city services. On average, the UUT provides 15 percent of general-purpose revenue in cities that levy it. This tax goes directly to the City of Indio.

The City of Indio offers an exemption to “utility user taxes”. Carefully follow the instructions below to apply for your exemption. It will take a while as the city verifies the information you submit. NOTE: You will have to re-apply for this exemption every two years.

CITY OF INDIO UTILITY USER FEE: APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION and GENERAL INFORMATION

All City of Indio residents and businesses are assessed a Utility Users Tax on amounts paid for water, telephone, cable, gas and electric service.

You may qualify for an exemption of the Utility Users Tax if you meet the following criteria:

  1. The utility bill is in your name, and you pay the bill directly to the utility company, and
  2. You live within Indio city limits, and
  3. You are age 62 or older and file as head of household, or
  4. You are a recipient of the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled.

Requests for exemptions are accepted at the City of Indio Finance Department located at 100 Civic Center Mall (Located directly across from the Indio Library), and the Indio Senior Center located at 45700 Aladdin St.

To process your request in a timely manner, please bring in the following:

  1. Completed Application, click here to download and
  2. Proof of age (Driver’s License, State ID, or Birth Certificate), or
  3. Certification from SSI, and
  4. Copies of the most recent utility bill from each of the following utility companies that service your residence: Water, Gas, Electricity, Cable TV, Telephone, Cell Phone

Please keep in mind that each utility company has their own billing cycles and that it can take up to 60 days for your exemption form to be processed.

Can You Believe It’s Back to School Time Already? Take a Minute to Read These 5 Safety Tips for Drivers!

Dear Neighbors,

Where did the summer go? With children heading back to school, we at the City of Indio wanted to share these safety reminders with you.

  1. Watch your speed in school zones! Be aware that school zone speed limits may vary in hours and speeds. Be sure to follow the posted limits.
  2. Slow down in residential areas. Watch for children crossing the street and congregating near bus stops.
  3. Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus (the red flashing lights and extended stop sign arms are your cue to stop). On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.
  4. Be alert! The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
  5. Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard.

For more tips on school safety, check out the National Safety Council's Back to School Safety Checklist: https://bit.ly/2KIPh8T.

Thank you,
City of Indio

Message from IPD

Good Afternoon Neighbors,

We just wanted to share with everyone some information about your police department’s Nextdoor account. As an public service agency account we cannot see the individual discussions that occur within each neighborhood. We can only view messages or replies that are sent directly to the Indio Police Department and Chief Mike Washburn’s accounts.

That said we encourage everyone to contact the Indio Police Department when they see or know of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. We are also encouraging all our neighbors to make sure their homes and vehicles are as secure as possible every night. We have started the 9PM Routine and send out occasional reminds to do the following at 9:00 pm EVERY night:

1. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
2. Lock and secure your vehicles.
3. Lock and secure you house and garage.
4. Turn on your outside lights.
5. Report any suspicious activity!

You can be assured that your police officers are doing everything in their power to make Indio as safe as it can be! Working together we can have a significant impact on these preventable crimes of opportunity.

Have a Great Evening,
Sergeant Daniel Marshall

Indio Seeks Review of the Lighthouse Dispensary

INDIO, CA (July 25, 2018) – In order to preserve the City of Indio’s legal appeal rights, on Tuesday July 24, 2018, the Indio City Attorney’s Office reluctantly filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in reference to The Lighthouse, a retail business that sells recreational marijuana located on Avenue 48 and Van Buren Street in the City of Coachella.

It is important to express that the City of Indio did not make this decision lightly as it recognizes and values the right of every city to exercise local control over land use matters within their jurisdiction. This lawsuit does not challenge the City of Coachella’s rights to allow the sale of recreational marijuana within their community. The City of Indio relayed this message to the City of Coachella on numerous occasions. Rather, the complaint challenges the discretionary actions taken by the City of Coachella to permit the temporary and permanent operations of The Lighthouse dispensary without following the statutory process for issuing those entitlements.

Such action has disadvantaged those entities that have concerns regarding the location of this particular recreational marijuana retail business. The Lighthouse is located within close proximity of Martin Van Buren Elementary School in the City of Indio, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission as well as hundreds of rental housing units provided by the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, including farmworker housing, and near the multi-family residential community of Desert Gardens among other sensitive uses.

On three previous occasions, the City of Indio pointed out in writing the various procedural missteps in approving the temporary operation of The Lighthouse solely to allow the business to sell recreational marijuana during the three weekends of the music festivals as well as Coachella’s subsequent approval of its permanent operation. In seeking resolution outside of litigation, the City of Indio offered to enter into a tolling agreement with the City of Coachella to freeze the statute of limitations period to make filing of a legal action unnecessary. Unfortunately, our offer received no response.

Notwithstanding, the City of Indio and the other affected parties will continue to seek resolution of this matter outside of the legal system.

9PM Routine

Hey Neighbors,

Now that the World Cup is over!!! Have you heard of the 9PM routine?

Indio Police would like to help you prevent crimes and prevent you from becoming a victim. We are going to be sending out reminders via social media (Nextdoor, Facebook and Instagram) to get you into a crime prevention routine every night.

We are asking every evening at 9PM you do the following:

  1. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
  2. Lock and secure your vehicles.
  3. Lock and secure you house and garage.
  4. Turn on your outside lights.
  5. Report any suspicious activity!

Join us! Get in the #9PMRoutine and remember the #IndioTripleI...stay informed, be inspired, for an improved Indio.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram #indiopolicedepartment.

Be Safe,
Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department

City of Indio General Plan Update – Public Draft

As you may know, the City of Indio is currently in the process of updating its General Plan. The General Plan is a state mandated document that represents goals, policies, and programs that provide the framework for the City’s future physical development. The Indio General Plan will address land use, transportation, housing, safety, conservation, open space, noise, public health, sustainability, and economic development.

We are pleased to announce that a public draft of the Indio General Plan update is available for review. A copy of the draft General Plan can be viewed and downloaded by visiting www.indio2040.org. This is only a draft and intended only for your review and comment. Please provide your comments via email to (lnamvar@indio.org) no later than Friday, August 31, 2018 before 5:00 pm.

 

Second Day of Training

Good Morning Neighbors,

We wanted to let everyone know that the Indio Police Department, Cal Fire and staff from Desert Unified School District will be conducting first responder training at Indio High School (81750 Ave 46) beginning at 11:00 a.m. For the safety of the public and training participants, it will be necessary to close Ave 46 to thru traffic at Clinton Street and Aladdin Street beginning at 11:00 a.m. All roads will be open upon the completion of the training at approximately 5:00 p.m. Parents will still be able to pick-up their students at their normal time and place.

During the training evolution (11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) people in the area may hear loud noises and sirens. There is NO actual emergency. These noises are there to add realism to the training scenarios. If you see or hear sirens outside of the Ave 46 corridor it is a real emergency, please safely yield to all emergency vehicles.

We will post a recap of the training on our social media platforms when both days of training are completed.

IPD would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation allowing us to conduct this important training.

Have a great day and be safe!

Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department

First Responder Training at Indio High School

Good Morning Neighbors,

We wanted to let everyone know that the Indio Police Department, Cal Fire and staff from Desert Unified School District will be conducting first responder training at Indio High School (81750 Ave 46) beginning at 11:00 a.m. For the safety of the public and training participants, it will be necessary to close Ave 46 to thru traffic at Clinton Street and Aladdin Street beginning at 11:00 a.m. All roads will be open upon the completion of the training at approximately 5:00 p.m.

During the training evolution (11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.) people in the area may hear loud noises and sirens. There is NO actual emergency. These noises are there to add realism to the training scenarios. If you see or hear sirens outside of the Ave 46 corridor it is a real emergency, please safely yield to all emergency vehicles.

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, the second round of training is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the same road closures. We will send out a reminder to everyone on Thursday morning.

We will post a recap of the training on our social media platforms when both days of training are completed.

IPD would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation allowing us to conduct this important training.

Have a great day and be safe!

Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department

Passing of Officer Velasquez

Good Afternoon Neighbors,

It is with a heavy heart we would like to share the below information regarding the sudden passing of Officer Velasquez.

Officer Velasquez was hired with the Indio Police Department on July 7, 2016. After a brief but brave battle with a rare form of lung cancer, Officer Velasquez passed away on May 31, 2018.

The entire Indio Police Department is mourning the loss of our sister in blue. We were shaken to our core to learn of her unexpected passing. Officer Velasquez was a beautiful soul with an infectious smile. Her IPD family and the community she served will miss her greatly.

Izzy, though you may have lost the battle, we carry on in your name to fight the good fight. We will remain forever W455 Strong. We have the watch from here, as you hold the line from above. Until we see you again, may your smile never fade in our heart.

The City of Indio

June’s the Month for Foodies and Film Buffs in Palm Desert

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week used to feel like "so many restaurants, so little time!" Now supersized to more than two weeks, Restaurant Week offers plenty of opportunity to dine at the best restaurants in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley from June 1 to 17. Visit an old favorite, or try a new hot spot! Each participating restaurant serves up three-course dinners priced at $29, $39 or $49, and many offer lunch menus, too, priced from $15-25. Plan your culinary journey by browsing the event's website where you can search by cuisine, city or price point, and view each restaurant's special offerings.

Showcasing more than 325 films from 100 countries, the acclaimed Palm Springs International ShortFest is the largest short film festival in North America. Screenings are presented as themed, 90-minute-long programs of four to ten films each, making it easy to find a genre or cinematic style that appeals to you. This weeklong festival, held from June 19-25, is a qualifying event for the Oscars. Film fans can also participate in seminars, classes and Q&A sessions at this decidedly casual and slightly offbeat event.

Looking for entertainment other than the latest movie blockbusters? The McCallum Theatre's 2018 Summer Institute is a sensational way to see developing artists in exciting and affordable matinee performances geared towards the whole family. This month, enjoy shows by Miwa Matreyek, a multimedia artist who blends animation and live performance; "Mexico de Tierra a Mar," performed by Pacifico Dance Company and featuring Mariachi los Toros; and "The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures," performed by David Gonzalez.

The Indoor Certified Farmers' Market has returned to Westfield Palm Desert for a second summer to the delight of shoppers who yearn for farm-fresh fruit, vegetables and artisan foods all year round. Open Sundays from 9am-1:30pm, the market can be found on the lower level Main Court, adjacent to World Gym.

Courtesy of Palm-Desert.org.

9PM Routine

Hey Neighbors,

Have you heard of the 9PM routine?

Indio Police would like to help you prevent crimes and prevent you from becoming a victim. We are going to be sending out reminders via social media (Facebook and Instagram) to get you into a crime prevention routine every night.

We are asking every evening at 9PM you do the following:

  1. Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
  2. Lock and secure your vehicles.
  3. Lock and secure you house and garage.
  4. Turn on your outside lights.
  5. Report any suspicious activity!

Join us! Get in the #9PMRoutine and remember the #IndioTripleI...stay informed, be inspired, for an improved Indio.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram #indiopolicedepartment.

Be Safe,

The Indio Police Department Social Media Team

Sun Gold Community Street Improvement Project in Indio Begins May 14th

Construction Work Will Enhance Safety and Access for the Community

INDIO, CA (May 14, 2018) – The Sun Gold Community Street Improvement Project in Indio begins May 14 and continues through August 7, 2018. The project will improve streets in the Sun Gold Community, which is bounded by Miles Avenue, Monroe Street, Indio Boulevard and Oasis Street. The work includes crack filling and slurry sealing existing asphalt pavement sections; and removal and reconstruction of various concrete curbs, gutters, and cross gutters. Existing utilities within the work limits will be protected in place, or adjusted, repaired, or replaced to match the newly finished grade. Roadway signing and striping will be installed after all pavement reconstruction and slurry sealing is complete. The first phase of the project starts on Miles Avenue from Monroe Street to Oasis Street. The construction work will improve safety and access to homes, Miles Avenue Park, the Coachella Valley History Museum, various businesses, and downtown Indio.

Access will be maintained to all private and public facilities within the work limits, with lane closures, traffic control, and restricted parking areas during the project. Notifications will be distributed by the contractor to affected residents and businesses. Parking along residential streets will have temporary (1-2 day) restrictions while the slurry material cures. Construction will be performed in segments to minimize traffic impacts. Please adhere to traffic signs and notices. This project will improve and prolong the life of the existing pavement. The $1.2 million project is funded primarily by the Community Development Block Grant Program and a portion of Measure X funds.

The Indio City Council has made it a priority to improve streets throughout the community as the largest and fastest growing city in eastern Riverside County. Road improvements are also occurring along Highway 111, Varner Road, and Avenue 42 to increase safety for drivers and pedestrians; improve access to local businesses and homes; prepare for future economic development projects; and accommodate future traffic with thousands of people visiting and moving to Indio every year. Last year, as part of our long standing partnership with Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the Jefferson Interchange and Jackson Street Traffic Signal and Intersection Improvement Project were completed. We thank CVAG for the continued support of regional infrastructure and transportation projects. In addition, we thank Valley Sanitary District (VSD) for funding and construction of the Valley Sanitary District Requa Sewer Project, also completed last year.

For more information on the Sun Gold Community Street Improvement Project, please contact Reed Chilton, Construction Manager at Albert A. Webb Associates, at (951) 686-1070 or reed.chilton@webbassociates.com. For information on other road improvement projects, go to Indio.org.

 

Highway 111 Street Improvement Project in Indio Resumes May 1st

Construction Work Will Improve Safety & Increase Access to Businesses

INDIO, CA (April 30, 2018) – With the conclusion of the world’s most famous music festivals in Indio, all construction work on the Highway 111 Street Improvement Project in Indio resumes on Tuesday, May 1st and will continue through Thanksgiving. The next phase of the project will be from Las Palmas Road to Rubidoux Street, which is scheduled from May 1st to June 29th. Then from Granada Drive to Las Palms Road from June 14th to August 17th, and the intersection of Madison Street from July 23rd to September 28th. Final paving and striping will take place from October 1st to November 15th throughout the entire length of the project area. 

The reconstruction of a two-mile section of Highway 111 between Rubidoux Street to west of Madison Street began in January to widen the roadway to three lanes in each direction; and to replace and upgrade pavement, traffic signals, sidewalks, driveways and access ramps. During construction, certain traffic lanes in each direction will remain open at all times to provide access to businesses. Construction is being performed in segments to minimize traffic impacts. However, there may be times driveways and side streets may be closed, or utility or traffic signal work will be performed so please adhere to traffic signs and notices.

The Highway 111 Street Improvement Project in Indio will increase safety for drivers and pedestrians, improve access to local businesses, prepare for future economic development projects, and accommodate future traffic with thousands of people visiting and moving to Indio every year as the largest and fastest growing city in eastern Riverside County.

This $10.3 million project is funded by: the City of Indio through Measure X sales tax; Coachella Valley Association of Governments through Measure A and the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee; Riverside County through Measure A; State of California through SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) and the Transportation Development Act (Article 3 - SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program); and the Federal government through the Federal Surface Transportation Program.

For further information on the Highway 111 Street Improvement Project, please contact Martin Phillips, Construction Manager of TY Lin, at (760) 533-8119 or martin.phillips@tylin.com.

Indio Senior Center to Participate in Wreath Project Honoring Veterans

Wreaths to be Placed at the Coachella Valley Cemetery in Preparation for Memorial Day

INDIO, CA (April 16, 2018) – Now an annual tradition, Indio Senior Center members will once again participate in the upcoming “Wreath Project” on May 23, 2018, to honor veterans at the Coachella Valley Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.

Hundreds of wreaths are placed on veteran’s plots at the Coachella Valley Cemetery located in Coachella. Nearly 30 seniors from the Indio Senior Center participate in the annual event. Wreaths are also placed at the cemetery during Veteran’s Day and Christmas.

“Our goal is to ensure that every veteran plot has a wreath to honor and appreciate them,” said Sylvia Tenorio, President of the Board of the Friends of the Indio Senior Center. “With every wreath placed, we give thanks to our veterans for their service.”

Wreaths are purchased through donations and fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Indio Senior Center and the Freedom Flags for Families program, which supports veterans and active duty personnel in the Coachella Valley.

The public is welcome to participate in the event. Volunteers meet at the Indio Senior Center at 11:00 a.m. on May 23, 2018, before heading over to the cemetery to place wreaths between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Coachella Valley Cemetery is located at 82925 Avenue 52, Coachella, CA 92236.

To donate or get involved, please contact Susie Del Toro at (760) 567-0706 or ssdeltoro@gmail.com.

Temporary Traffic Light Ave 50 and Monroe

Good Afternoon Neighbors,

Starting today, April 2nd, there will be a temporary traffic light placed on Avenue 50 west of Monroe Street near the Empire Polo Fields which will be in full operation from now until the end of Stagecoach. When traveling in the area, please drive cautiously as there are several workers in the area preparing for the festivals.

An official press release with road closures during the festivals will be given out at a later time!

Be Safe!

Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department

March Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

March Spay & Neuter Clinic: March 30th and 31st
March Vaccine & Microchip Clinic: March 29th, 30th and 31st
March License Clinic: March 31st only!

ABC Recovery Center - 44359 Palm Street in Indio
Appointments and questions, please call 760-848-4284

Welcome Aboard Assistant Chief Christopher Shaefer

Good Afternoon Neighbors,

Please join us in welcoming our newest Assistant Chief Chris Shaefer as he was sworn in today. Assistant Chief Shaefer began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a police officer for the City of Manteca, California. In 1992 he joined the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms/Explosives Agency. In 2004 Assistant Chief Shaefer was transferred to ATF Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served in the Inspection Division until accepting his new position with the Indio Police Department.

Welcome aboard Assistant Chief Shaefer!

Sergeant Daniel Marshall
Indio Police Department

Deadline Extended for Artists for 10th Annual Indio Chalk Festival

Call for Entries Now Open through March 2nd; $5,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded to Winning Artists

The City of Indio’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission invites all professional artists to participate in the 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival on March 8-11, 2018, in downtown Indio.

Awards for participating professional artists will be: First Place – $2,500; Second Place –

$1,500; and Third Place – $1,000. Professional artists from all original art disciplines are encouraged to apply.

“We’re so pleased to be bringing this family-friendly festival back to Indio for its 10th year,” said William G. Maloney, Public Arts & Historic Preservation Commission Chair. “This event is a great way for professional artists to vie for cash prizes while showcasing their art for those attending this fun weekend filled with chalk art, food and live music.”

Chalk made by Eternity is provided, or professional artists can opt to bring their own chalk. Artists may request the size of their space in advance as part of their application. Chalk art space will be designated on the concrete sidewalks and asphalt surfaces of Miles Avenue between Oasis and Smurr Streets in downtown Indio.

Application forms can be downloaded at www.discoverindio.com/chalkfestival or www.indio.org, and will be accepted through March 2, 2018. There is a $25 fee to apply. Notifications will be sent immediately upon acceptance via U.S. mail, along with a professional artist packet including detailed information about the festival.

Accepted artists must be present all 4 days of the festival, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., regardless of weather. Professional artists will begin their art on Thursday morning, March 8th, and continue throughout the festival. Awards for artists will be announced Sunday afternoon, March 11th, at 1:00 p.m. Professional artists must be 18 years or older to participate.

The 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival is free to attend, and will include food vendors as well as entertainment.

For more information regarding professional artist applications, contact Mamum Faruque at (760) 541-4252 or mfaruque@indio.org.

Highway 111 Street Improvement Project Begins in Indio

Upgrades Needed to Accommodate Future Growth and Development

INDIO, CA (December 9, 2018) – On January 16, 2018, the City of Indio will begin its much anticipated widening and reconstruction of a two-mile section of Highway 111 between Rubidoux Street to just west of Madison Street. Construction is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving this year. Construction will be suspended between April 11th and May 1st so that all roads are open to traffic for the April music festivals.

The purpose of the project is to widen Highway 111 to three lanes in each direction between Rubidoux Street to just west of Madison Street. In addition, all pavement will be replaced; all traffic signals will be replaced and upgraded; and nearly all sidewalk, drive approaches, and access ramps will be replaced and upgraded. The first phase of this project will be between Madison Street and Granada Drive.

“These upgrades and improvements on Highway 111 are important for the future growth and development of Indio along this important corridor that connects us to all parts of the Coachella Valley,” said Indio Mayor Michael H. Wilson. “This will not only accommodate future traffic as we welcome thousands of new families and visitors each year to the largest and fastest growing city in eastern Riverside County, but it will beautify the roadway and make it safer for drivers and pedestrians.”

Access to all businesses within the work area will be provided at all times. A minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction along Highway 111 will remain open at all times. Construction will also take place in segments to minimize construction impacts, and no work will take place on Highway 111 east of Monroe Street until after the April music festivals and to avoid conflicts with events at the county fairgrounds.

The $10.3 million funding needed for this project has been made possible by the following public transportation investments at the local, state and federal levels:

  • City of Indio from the recently voter-approved Measure X sales tax increase measure;
  • Coachella Valley Association of Governments through Measure A and the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee;
  • Riverside County through Measure A;
  • State of California through SB 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) and the Transportation Development Act (Article 3 - SB 821 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program);
  • Federal government through the Federal Surface Transportation

The City of Indio awarded the construction contract to Matich Construction. For further information, please contact Martin Phillips, Construction Manager, at (760) 533-8119.

Three New Officers – Indio Police Department

Good Morning Neighbors,

Today the Indio Police Department swore-in three new officers. Pictured from left to right with Cheif Washburn:

  • Officer Josue Hernandez joins our department as a full time police officer after serving 5 years as a volunteer with both the Cadet and Citizens Helping Indio Police (CHIP) programs.
  • Assistant Chief Tully comes to our department after serving over 23 years at the San Bernardino Police Department and achieving the rank of Lieutenant. Assistant Chief Tully served in a variety of special assignments to include K-9, SWAT, and as a member of the Distressed Neighborhood Grant Team. Additionally, he was Watch Commander and oversaw many units such as Professional Standards and Investigations.
  • Officer Reiley Godfrey comes to our department after serving as a park ranger for the Downey Police Department.

If you see them in your neighborhood please say Hi and welcome them to Team Indio!

Regards,

Sgt. Dan Marshall

Indio Police Department Featured in Police Chief Magazine

Once again the great work of your Police Department is being featured in Police Chief Magazine. Attached is a link to the article. We should all be very proud that our City is featured in such a positive light on the cover of a magazine with international reach.

www.policechiefmagazine.org/community-engagement-indio/

The City of Indio is the largest and most populated city in the Coachella Valley desert region of southern California. The city’s estimated population is about 89,000; nearly 68 percent of residents are Hispanic and approximately 33 percent of residents are 18 years of age or younger. The city is served by the Indio Police Department, which is a full-service law enforcement agency, with a total authorized strength of 74 sworn and 45 non-sworn personnel, as well as more than 56 volunteer staff.

 

Flag Notification

United States Flags at Half-Staff Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day occurs on December 7 of each year, designated in memory of the lives lost in the 1941 attack and to remember that we enjoy freedom thanks to their sacrifice. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.

On this day, the President directs that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff and displayed from individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad.

City of Indio Celebrates 11th Annual Arbor Day

Tree Planting to Take Place at Dr. Carreon Park

INDIO, CA (December 5, 2017) – The City of Indio will celebrate its 11th Annual Arbor Day on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dr. Carreon Park located at 82200 Dr. Carreon Blvd.

“It is an honor for me to recognize the city’s commitment to sustainability as the only Tree City USA Community in the Coachella Valley,” said incoming Mayor Michael Wilson. “Our trees not only provide shade, cut cooling/heating costs, and cleanse the air, but they also increase property values and help beautify our neighborhoods.”

Arbor Day was founded nearly 150 years ago and is now observed across the nation and the world. The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest non-profit conservation and education organization dedicated to tree planting. Its Tree City USA program was founded in 1976 and cities can only achieve such status by meeting its core standards of sound urban forestry management.

The community is invited to serve as volunteers as well as donate and plant trees during the celebration. La Hacienda Nursery, West Coast Arborists, Excel Landscaping, Indio Youth Sports Association, and the Woman’s Club of Indio have already committed to providing trees and materials, and the number of individual tree donations is growing.

To donate trees or participate at the event, please contact Paul Stalma at (760) 625-1806 or pstalma@indio.org, or Isaac Garza at (442) 391-6437 or igarza@indio.org.

Indio Tree Lighting Ceremony

Who: The City of Indio

What: Holiday Fun Planned for Indio Tree Lighting Event on December 2

The City of Indio plans to kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 PM. The event, which is free and open to the public. The festivities include the live tree lighting, carolers from local Indio schools, community performances, and of course a visit from Santa! The public is encouraged to bring their cameras as children will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa after the tree lighting ceremony.

When: Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 PM

Where: 100 Civic Center Mall (in Between City Hall and the Indio Public Library)

Contact: Jim Curtis, Community Services Manager
(760) 391-4174 or jcurtis@indio.org

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment

One Death Reported

Consumer Contact:

Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Or, the Consumer Product Safety Commission at this URL for full details:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

Name of product:

Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard:

The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Remedy:

Replace

Recall date:

November 2, 2017

Recall number:

18-022

President Proclaims November Veterans and Military Families Month, Events Held Nationwide Throughout November

Today, VA Secretary David Shulkin joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the President’s signing of a proclamation establishing November as Veterans and Military Families Month.

This is the first time that America will celebrate Veterans and Military Families for the entire month and not just on Veterans Day.

“Our Veterans and Military Families are an important part of our lives throughout the year, and by focusing for the first time nationally on a whole month of activities nationwide for Veterans and Military Families Month, we can more fully celebrate and recognize their contributions to the nation,” said Secretary Shulkin.

Today’s proclamation by the President is the first of many events nationwide.  Also today, throughout the country VA medical centers (VAMCs) and Community Based Outpatient Centers will hold open houses.

Highlighted events for the Month include:

  • Throughout the month:
    • Senior leader visits to VA medical centers and regional offices;
    • Homeless Veteran Initiative events;
    • Surrogate Speeches;
    • Churches/Synagogues recognize Veterans and their families;
    • VA Canteen Specials
    • Suicide Prevention Events
  • November 1 – Proclamation signing by President Trump, VA Open Houses nationwide
  • November 2 – Capitol Hill Veterans Awareness & Recognition Day
  • November 4 (and several other days during the month) – Events held in coordination with Got Your Six where Veterans tell their stories of service
  • November 5 – Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival
  • November 6 –
    • 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War & Medal of Honor Recognition;
    • Secretary Shulkin address at the National Press Club;
    • Hiring our Heroes Summit in Atlanta along with the Atlanta Falcons
  • November 7 – Minnesota Vikings Visit Spinal Cord Injury Center – Minneapolis
  • November 9 – National Veterans Stand Out Day – Veterans will wear something meaningful to them denoting their military service
  • November 9 – National World War I Memorial Ground Breaking Ceremony -- Washington
  • November 10 – Boston Parade / Marine Corps Birthday
  • November 11 (Veterans Day) – Veterans Day Breakfast D.C. and Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony
  • November 13-17 – Veteran Legal Clinic Week of Service (Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Veterans at VA medical centers)
  • November 13-17 – National Apprenticeship Week
  • November 13-17 – Suicide Prevention Week -- Preventing Veterans Suicide is Everyone’s Business
  • November 15 – Groundbreaking Ceremony West LA Cemetery
  • November 20-24 – Spend an Hour with a Vet Week
  • November 20 – National Cemetery Administration Veteran Employee Day
  • November 28 – 10th Anniversary of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)
  • November 30 – VA names new cemetery in the San Francisco Bay Area

Come join SCSH Veterans at their potluck dinner the evening of November 11. Call Carl Thornton at 760-345-4511.

City of Indio Announces Closure of Avenue 44 Section

Road Closure at Terra Lago Parkway to Occur from Oct. 23 – Dec 14

INDIO, CA (October 23, 2017) – The city of Indio’s Public Works Department and Indio Water Authority announced the road closure of a section of Avenue 44 at Terra Lago Parkway from October 23 to December 14, 2017. Detour signage and traffic control will be placed to direct traffic around the construction area. All residents and guests of the Four Seasons at Terra Lago community must enter through the main gate on Terra Lago Parkway from Golf Center Parkway.

As part of an ongoing developer-managed street improvement by K. Hovnanian, 18-inch water mains of approximately 1,800 linear feet, reaching approximately 600 feet west of the Terra Lago Parkway intersection at Avenue 44, and approximately 1,200 feet east of the same intersection will be constructed for the Indio Water Authority by Jones Brother Construction.

For more information, please contact Jason Mock, Land Development Manager for K. Hovnanian at (909) 493-9066.

City of Indio to Sponsor Tachevah 2018

On October 19, the City of Indio held its Annual State of the City where Mayor Elaine Holmes announced the city of Indio as a sponsor of the Desert Sun's 2018 Tachevah music concert showcase series that will culminate for the finals at the Indio Block Party on May 5, 2018. See the Desert Sun's story at http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2017/10/19/tachevah-2018-sponsor/780906001/

Also, Indio released a new community video - Right Here, Right Now - highlighting community members and partners in the city. This can be found at Indio.org or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgIy7Nec4Yc

City of Indio Announces Road Repavement Project

INDIO, CA (October 13, 2017) – The city of Indio’s Public Works Department will be repaving two neighborhoods from October 16 to 19, 2017. Measure X funds will be used for this project. Residents are required to move vehicles on the street and will experience road closures during street grinding and repaving operations. Any vehicles that are not moved will be towed. Work will take place from 6am to 5pm. 

Calhoun St. and Dr. Carreon Blvd.

The neighborhood generally located east of Calhoun St. and south of Dr. Carreon Blvd. will have pavement ground on Monday, October 16 and repaved on Tuesday, October 17. 

Hopi Ave.

The neighborhood on Hopi Ave. from the west end of Cahuilla Park to the west terminus of Hopi Ave. will be repaved along with the five cul-de-sacs that branch off of Hopi Ave. to the north side.  The pavement will be ground on Tuesday, October 17, and the repaving will be on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19. 

For more information, please call (760) 625-1802.

Indio’s General Plan Workshop Key to Shaping Future of the City

INDIO, CA (September 14, 2017) – The city of Indio is inviting residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to its General Plan Community Workshop on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Indio Senior Center, 45700 Aladdin Street, Indio, CA 92201. Feedback will be critical to shaping the future of the largest and fastest growing city in the Coachella Valley.

The public will be asked about building heights, new park locations, transportation options, residential and retail locations, and community amenities. There will also be a special presentation on the future development of the Jackson and Kenner Public Park and Art Project.

“The General Plan Community Workshop is a great opportunity for our community to tell us how they want their city to look like in the future,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. “We are growing very fast with major developments happening all over the city. Smart growth and sustainability will be key to ensure we maintain the quality of life our residents and businesses expect.”

The city of Indio is embarking on a 12-month General Plan Update process. The General Plan is a policy document required by California law that provides long-range guidance for land use, development, transportation, open space conservation, affordable housing, economic development, community services and other topics. The Indio General Plan update will serve as the city's blueprint for future development and decision-making.

Light refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be available to those who attend and participate. More information can be found at Indio2040.org.