Public Invited for Opening of the House That Art Built Exhibit in Indio

   

Unique Art Pieces in Downtown Indio Display Various Concepts of “House”

INDIO, CA (November 14, 2018) – The City of Indio's Public Art and Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to the official opening of the House That Art Built exhibit on November 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the vacant lot located at 45-190 Oasis Street adjacent to Casillas Bakeries. The temporary art installations are located throughout downtown Indio and features each artist’s concept of a “house.” The selected artists are Cathy Allen and Delos Van Earl from Joshua Tree, Marnie Navarro from the Coachella Valley, Chris Sanchez from Indio, and Tim Shockley from Palm Desert. The artwork can be viewed through April 29, 2019, at the following locations:

  • Delos Van Earl – Site 1: Near the southeast corner of Jackson Street and Requa Avenue
  • Marnie Navarro – Site 2: Near the southeast corner of Miles Avenue and Smurr Street
  • Tim Shockley – Site 3: East side of Oasis Street approximately 330 feet north of Bliss Avenue
  • Cathy Allen – Site 4: East side of Oasis Street approximately 250 feet north of Bliss Avenue
  • Chris Sanchez – Site 5: East side of Oasis Street approximately 330 feet north of Bliss Avenue

Following the art exhibit opening, the Coachella Valley Art Center will host an open house featuring additional works by the featured artists. The Coachella Valley Art Center is located at 45140 Towne St, Indio. For more information and map locations, go to Indio.org.

Indio to Begin Slurry Seal Project on Golf Center Parkway

Work To Take Place November 12-16 Between Avenue 42 and Avenue 44

INDIO, CA (November 9, 2018) – The City of Indio’s Public Works Department will slurry seal the streets on Golf Center Parkway between Avenue 42 and Avenue 44 the week of November 12, 2018. During the project, traffic lanes will be closed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Residents and other motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. Slurry seals are a mixture of asphalt and fine aggregate to repair cracks and surface defects on roads. The project is funded by Measure X, which was a voter-approved 1% sales tax increase measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety.

The road maintenance schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 12: No work due to Veterans Day Holiday

Tuesday, November 13: Golf Center Parkway from Avenue 42 to Avenue 43
Northbound and southbound curb lanes will be closed. Access at intersections may be delayed up to 15 minutes. Alternate routes are strongly advised. Station 87 Dog Park will be CLOSED on this day.

Wednesday, November 14: Golf Center Parkway from Avenue 43 to Avenue 44
Northbound and southbound curb lanes will be closed. Access at intersections may be delayed up to 15 minutes. Alternate routes are strongly advised.

Thursday, November 15: Golf Center Parkway from Avenue 42 to Avenue 43
Northbound and southbound inside lanes and turn pockets will be closed. Alternate routes are strongly advised.

Friday, November 16: Golf Center Parkway from Avenue 43 to Avenue 44
Northbound and southbound inside lanes and turn pockets will be closed. Alternate routes are strongly advised.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Charlie Hoffman with PMI, Inc. at 619-778-1921 or City of Indio Street Maintenance at 760-625-1802.

Indio Complete Streets Funded by Caltrans’ Sustainable Planning Grant

INDIO, CA – November 6, 2018 - The City of Indio is continuing its commitment towards a better connected and more sustainable roadway system by developing a Complete Streets Plan. This plan is funded through Caltrans’ Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program to develop an Indio Complete Streets & Drainage Master Plan.

“A complete streets approach integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks which helps to ensure streets are safer for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.”

National Complete Streets Coalition

The “Indio Complete Streets” project, will look to provide a comprehensive framework to enhance connectivity for all roadway users, improve the City’s drainage system, implement the “green streets” concept and provide more sustainable storm water management practices.

The project is an effort led by the City, along with input from partners such as the Indio Police Department, Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Sunline Transit Agency (STA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (GCVCC), bicycle advocacy groups, and other key stakeholders to facilitate strategic plan development and collaboration.

The City needs your participation. As part of the project, the City is seeking input from the community through a short survey to better understand needs and overall walking, biking, and transit experiences within Indio. An interactive webmap is also available to help document more location-specific feedback by allowing individuals to pinpoint concerns, record comments, and upload photos for the Indio Complete Streets team to evaluate for recommendations.

By developing this Complete Streets & Drainage Master Plan, the City will be positioned to apply for grants in the future, to design and construct the recommended citywide improvements.

Questions? Please contact Toyen Blake, Assistant Engineer, at (760) 391-4068, or email IndioCompleteStreets@gmail.com. For more information, visit the project’s webpage. To receive project updates, like us on Facebook! @IndioCompleteStreets

Indio Roads to Be Slurry Sealed Beginning November 7, 2018

Residents and Motorists Encouraged to Use Alternative Routes Due to Road Closures

INDIO, CA (November 5, 2018) – The City of Indio’s Public Works Department has released a schedule to slurry seal various roads in Indio starting on November 7, 2018 through the end of the month. During the project, traffic lanes will be closed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Residents and other motorists are urged to use alternate routes due to localized delays. Access for emergency vehicles will be unaffected. Slurry seals are a mixture of asphalt and fine aggregate to repair cracks and surface defects on roads. The project is funded by Measure X, which was a voter-approved 1% sales tax increase measure passed by Indio voters in 2016 for infrastructure improvements and public safety.

The road maintenance schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, November 7: Avenue 43 between 24-Hour Fitness and Patton Park

Road closure from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Use alternate route.

Thursday, November 8: Avenue 43 between Golf Center Parkway and Terra Lago

Road closure from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Terra Lago residents should use the gates on Terra Lago Parkway or Avenue 44.

Calhoun Street between Avenue 42 and Avenue 43

Road closure from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Use alternate route.

Friday, November 9: Avenue 43 between Patton Park and Golf Center Parkway

Road closure from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Use alternate route.

Additionally, the community streets within Bella Tierra and Villa Estates will be slurry sealed. Parking restrictions will be in effect per the contractor-installed signage. Door hangers will be distributed to all affected homes with notification of the dates of parking and access restrictions.

Crack sealing operations in preparation for upcoming slurry seal operations will be performed over the next few weeks on Avenue 38 between Dune Palms Road and Madison Street, Avenue 39, Jefferson Street between Avenue 38 and Avenue 39, Calhoun Street between Highway 111 and Avenue

48, Dune Palms Road between Avenue 38 and Avenue 37, and Avenue 37. Motorists can expect minor localized delays if one of the mobile work areas is encountered.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Charlie Hoffman with PMI, Inc. at 619-778-1921 or City of Indio Street Maintenance at 760-625-1802.

Indio Fair Housing Workshop – October 24, 2018

 

WHO: CITY OF INDIO
WHAT: INDIO HOUSING RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES WORKSHOP
  The City of Indio and Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board presents a FREE Housing Rights & Responsibilities Workshop. Topics include fair housing and discrimination laws, protections for people with disabilities and families, HUD guidelines, and evictions and deposits. RSVP at 909-984-2254 ext. 150, mmontes@ifhmb.com or at http://ifhmb.eventbrite.com/
WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Indio Teen Center, 81678 Ave 46, Indio, CA 92201
CONTACT: PJ Gagajena, Indio Public Information Officer

(760) 541-4444 or pgagajena@indio.org

Hampton Inn & Suites Groundbreaking Ceremony in Indio

WHO: THE CITY OF INDIO
WHAT: HAMPTON INN & SUITES GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
  The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton will be holding a Groundbreaking Ceremony in Indio. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the future hotel site location at the eastern end of The Palms shopping center on Spectrum Street just south of Showcase Parkway in north Indio. Mayor Pro Tem Troy Strange will be speaking on behalf of the City of Indio.
WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Spectrum Street (South of Showcase Parkway), Indio, CA 92203
CONTACT: PJ Gagajena, Indio Public Information Officer

(760) 541-4444 or pgagajena@indio.org

Indio Is the 30th Fastest Growing City in America for 2018

Rising Growth in Population, New Businesses, and Building Permit Activity Earns Indio Top Ranking

INDIO, CA (October 15, 2018) – Personal finance website WalletHub has just released its 2018 rankings for the Fastest Growing Cities in America and the City of Indio makes the Top 30 list. Indio is also the 8th Fastest Growing City in California, and 3rd Fastest Growing City in Southern California behind only Irvine and Santa Clarita. WalletHub applies 15 relevant metrics to evaluate cities across the nation including growth in population, jobs, income, business startups, and building permit activity. Indio is also ranked the No. 1 City in the U.S. for Live Music by Matador Network, No. 2 Top Emerging Travel Destination in the U.S. by Trivago, and has the unique distinction of being home to the No. 1 Best Places to Eat in the U.S. by Yelp, TKB Bakery & Deli.

“I’m thrilled to see Indio ranked in WalletHub’s Top 30 Fastest Growing Cities in America, but I am not surprised. We have been seeing families moving to Indio and businesses starting here since the Great Recession. I expect to see us move up that list in the future,” said Indio Mayor Michael Wilson. “The real estate and building industries all know Indio is booming and they have the data supporting this. It’s the reason why we have so many housing starts and filled up empty big box stores so quickly. Those attending Indio’s State of the City Address on October 26th at Fantasy Springs will see the full scope of Indio’s exciting plans for the future.”

The Desert Valley Building Association’s most recent 2018 data continue to show Indio with the most residential building permits issued in the Coachella Valley with more than 3,500 housing units planned or under construction. The number of households in Indio has increased by 90% since 2000. Indio remains one of the most popular cities for Canadian homebuyers. Indio is the only city in the Coachella Valley with two high schools. A new elementary school in north Indio opened this year to accommodate the city’s growing number of families. Nearly a third of Indio’s residents are under 17 years old.

Approximately, 6,057 business licenses and 20,437 business license renewals have been issued since 2014. Indio has the 3rd largest retail sales volume in the Coachella Valley according to Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, and Indio retail sales have increased by 33% since 2009. New retail, restaurant and hotel developments are also underway at Indio’s major centers – Indio Grand Marketplace (formerly Indio Fashion Mall), The Palms, Showcase at Indio, and Indio Towne Center. The Downtown is transforming with College of the Desert’s expansion; opening of the Loma Linda University Children’s Health; and new shows and attractions at the Coachella Valley Art Center, Coachella Valley History Museum, and Indio Performing Arts Center. A Request for Qualifications for a master developer for downtown Indio was issued in August and proposals are currently being reviewed.

To purchase tickets to Indio’s State of the City Address on October 26, 2018, at Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, go to the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.gcvcc.org. To see WalletHub’s fastest growing cities rankings, go to www.wallethub.com/edu/fastest-growing-cities/7010/.

About the City of Indio

The City of Indio is the 30th fastest growing city in America with 88,000 residents. Nearly 1.4 million people visit Indio every year to attend its world famous arts, food, and music festivals. With nationally recognized public safety services, exceptional school, great parks, and senior and teen centers, no wonder more than 3,500 new housing units are in construction or being planned throughout the city in addition to new hotels, restaurants and retailers. Indio was the first city incorporated in the Coachella Valley on May 16, 1930, and is governed by an elected City council that employs a City Manager. The City of Indio embraces its diversity and provides outstanding municipal services to enhance the quality of life for its residents, visitors and the business community.

Temporary Closure of South Parking Lot at Dr. Carreon Park and Alternative Parking

INDIO, CA (October 10, 2018) - Indio Water Authority (IWA) is pleased to announce the rehabilitation and redevelopment of Well 3B, which is located at Dr. Carreon Park. Projects such as this ensure long-term well performance and reliability of your water supply.

To ensure the safety of the public and accommodate heavy equipment for the project, the front parking lot (South Parking Lot) will be closed from October 15 through November 21. Alternative parking is available on the Northeast Parking Lot on Daisy Street (see Map for Direction). Please note that the park remains OPEN to the public throughout the construction period.

Please contact the Water Operations Superintendent, Miguel Pena at (760) 625-1852 or mpena@indio.org if you have questions or concerns regarding this project.

Upcoming CERT Classes in the Valley

What is CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT training incorporates a practical approach to handling emergency and disaster situations. CERT promotes readiness, self-sufficiency, teamwork, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Students learn how to organize themselves during a disaster, manage utilities, extinguish small fires, search for and rescue survivors and provide basic disaster medical care.

CERT training consists of 20 hours delivered over the course of three days. Those who complete all training hours, including practical skills practice, will receive a certificate of completion and CERT kit.

 Upcoming Classes

  • October 19-21
    La Quinta
    Free
    Information and registration, click here.
  • November 2-4
    Indio
    Free.
    Information and registration, click here.
  • November 6-8
    Roy Wilson Training Center, Thousand Palms.
    Free.
    Sponsored by the City Rancho Mirage, 760-324-4511.
  • February 1-3, 2019
    Palm Springs Palm Springs residents preferred.
    $50.
    Information and registration, click here.

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.