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
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
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 email@example.com.
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:
The City of Indio awarded the construction contract to Matich Construction. For further information, please contact Martin Phillips, Construction Manager, at (760) 533-8119.
Today the Indio Police Department swore-in three new officers. Pictured from left to right with Cheif Washburn:
If you see them in your neighborhood please say Hi and welcome them to Team Indio!
Sgt. Dan Marshall
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Isaac Garza at (442) 391-6437 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment
One Death Reported
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:
Name of product:
Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles
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.
November 2, 2017
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:
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
Popular Travel Site Trivago Names Indio Trending Destination
INDIO, CA – Popular travel site Trivago today named Indio, California one of the top “Trending Travel Destinations in the U.S. and Beyond.” A recent analysis by trivago.com tracked the top emerging travel destinations among U.S. travelers and found Indio to be near the top of the list for growing travel spots.
Among the driving factors influencing travel behavior, the study sites Americans’ continuing desire to enjoy the outdoors. With many parks and outdoor events, including the nearby Joshua Tree National Park, coupled with ideal winter weather, Indio perfectly fits the profile of travelers eager for outdoor adventure. “Indio has become world famous for our outdoor festivals and activities,” said Mayor Elaine Holmes. “With beautiful sunshine almost year-round, this is the ideal destination for people who want to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. With the mountains, beach, and various national parks within close driving range, you can see why so many people are choosing Indio to visit and call home.”
While joined on the prestigious list by several nearby Arizona destinations, including Yuma and Kingman, Indio was the only city in California to make the list. Indio is host to several internationally recognized festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival, and the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. Indio is also home to championship sporting events, world-class entertainment venues, and several prominent regional and national annual events.
City Council Dedicating Funds to Organizations Serving Local Businesses
INDIO, CA (August 15, 2017) – The city of Indio is inviting organizations, non-profits and government agencies to apply for funding under its annual Community Grant/Sponsorship Program. Made available by the Indio City Council, the program is for the current fiscal year, which runs through June 30, 2018. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017. Applications can be found on the city of Indio’s home page, www.indio.org.
“We recognize the need for consistent re-investment in our local organizations in order to create new opportunities for the business community,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. “The Community Grant/Sponsorship Program contributes to that effort, as well as the overall quality of life for our residents.”
The sponsorship program requirements are as follows:
Questions about the application process can be directed to Community Services Manager Jim Curtis at (760) 391-4174 or email@example.com.
Indio Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on 08/13/2017, between the hours of 8:00 PM and 3:00 AM. High Visibility Enforcement efforts like this have a deterrent effect, lowering the incidents of impaired driving. The following are the results of the eight-hour operation:
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft, or Curb.
Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
The DUI Saturation Patrol was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.”
INDIO, CA (August 4, 2017) – The Indio City Council appointed Mark Scott as Interim City Manager at its City Council meeting on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Mr. Scott has served in numerous management positions, including City Manager of the city of Beverly Hills for nearly fourteen years, as well as City Manager in the city of Spartanburg, South Carolina and the cities of Culver City, Fresno and Burbank.
A resident of Rancho Mirage, Mr. Scott recently announced he was stepping down as City Manager for the city of San Bernardino, a position he had assumed following the December 2015 terrorist attack, to help the city exit a long‐term bankruptcy and restore municipal service levels. After completion of the bankruptcy case in June, he announced plans to retire and spend more time in the desert with his wife Carol Scott, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. “The timing of Mr. Scott’s decision to leave his position in San Bernardino was fortuitous for Indio,” said Mayor Elaine Holmes. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to bring a seasoned manager like Mark to the city of Indio. Having served as City Manager for the past 28 years, the city will benefit from someone with the depth and breadth of experience that Mark has, and we are fortunate to have him join our team.”
Scott’s city management career has been extensive and diverse. He worked for the city of Beverly Hills for 20 years in total, and was the longest tenured city manager in the city’s history. He then spent six years in Spartanburg, South Carolina, joining a team that was helping to restore the economy in a community that had suffered from the decline of the textile industry. Since then, Mr. Scott has made briefer stops in cities with a variety of specific management challenges. While in San Bernardino, Mr. Scott and his city team worked on a resolution of the 4‐year bankruptcy and took steps to restore staffing, local economic confidence, and service levels that had declined. They also won voter approval of a new City Charter implementing a Council‐Manager form of governance. “We are confident that Mark’s experience and reputation will help us during this transition,” commented Mayor Holmes.
“I am honored that the Mayor and City Council appointed me for this interim position. Since my wife and I moved to the desert, I have taken note of Indio’s strong local identity and huge upside potential. I am proud to take on this role and am energized about working with this City Council and Indio’s management team,” commented Mr. Scott.
Mr. Scott grew up in Fresno, California and received his undergraduate degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. His background also includes a stint with American Airlines at their Dallas/Fort Worth headquarters where he was the first Marketing Manager for the AAdvantage program, the industry’s first frequent flyer program. He was also a co‐founder of the City‐County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA).
INDIO, CA. (July 19, 2017) — The Riverside County Library System is excited to announce that the Indio Library will be closing for a short period of time in order to make some improvements to the facility. This refresh project will bring a new vibrancy to the library with new paint, new carpet, new workspaces, selected new fixtures and of course new BOOKS! To accomplish these improvements a temporary closure of the library will be required.
The closure will be for a period of around six weeks starting July 31 and is scheduled to re-open on September 11. All Indio Library programs will be on hold during that time. Patrons may return items at the Indio Library in the book drop as well as at any of our other Riverside County Library System branches. Local branches include:
The Coachella Valley Bookmobile will also be available throughout the community. For the Bookmobile schedule, please visit the website at www.rivlib.net. The schedule can be found under the “Branches” menu then “Coachella Valley Bookmobile”.
Your continued patronage is greatly appreciated. We look forward to serving you and your families again in the near future in your newly refreshed public library.
The Riverside County Library System is a division of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. For more information, please contact the Riverside County Library System at (951) 369-3003 or visit www.rivlib.net.
INDIO, CA (July 5, 2017) – The City Council, together with City Manager Dan Martinez, mutually agreed to end their relationship as of July 5, 2017. Mr. Martinez joined the City at a critical time during the economic downturn in 2010. Over the last seven years he has been a great asset in achieving the City Council’s primary goals of reestablishing the reserve fund and strengthening the City’s finances as well as implementing fiscally prudent policies and management practices. “On behalf of the City Council, City employees and residents, we thank Mr. Martinez for his dedication and service to the City of Indio for the past seven years,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes.
“I thank the City Council for affording me the opportunity to serve the community where I grew up. It has truly been an honor and a privilege. I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments and advances that we have made during my tenure. The City of Indio is a vibrant community that is on a healthy and strong financial path with an excellent team of hard working dedicated employees. I sincerely appreciate and thank each and every one of them for their commitment and support during the past seven years,” said Mr. Martinez.
INDIO, CA (June 30, 2017) – After a high turn-out from residents at the last public hearing on June 21, 2017, the City of Indio encourages more feedback from residents at the final two public hearings scheduled on July 5, 2017, and August 2, 2017, at 5 p.m. in Indio City Council Chambers, 150 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201. On April 19, 2017, the Indio City Council approved a resolution to transition from its current system of at-large elections (one in which all voters in the city vote for the entire city council) to a district-based election system (one in which city council candidates from specified geographic districts are elected only by voters within their district).
“Our goal in this process is that every resident and community of interest will be fully represented in the voting process for elected officials,” said Elaine Holmes, Mayor of the City of Indio. “I encourage every resident to participate in drafting the maps and attend our public hearings.”
District based election systems are a result of the California Voting Rights Act, which was enacted in 2001 to address disparities between ethnic demographics and elected officials. The public hearings are designed to identify how the City of Indio will create five districts that will reflect the ethnic makeup of the residents in that district. These districts will take into account the topography, geography, cohesiveness/compactness, and communities of interest in the districts. During the prior public hearings, the City developed initial drafts of the proposed districts. The City has been gathering input from the community and encouraging residents to submit their own maps to identify what districts they propose.
The City has invited its residents to attend the last set of public hearings to ask questions, provide comments, and participate in the process. The ordinance will go into effect in September 2017. The first district-based council elections will be held in 2018. The draft maps and additional information can be found at Indio.org.
Former Indio Police Chief Richard P. Twiss Inducted Into Hall Of Fame For The Center For Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Chief Twiss Recognized for Commitment to Evidence-Based Policing
INDIO, CA (June 28, 2017) – Richard P. Twiss, former Chief of the Indio Police Department (IPD) who retired in August 2016, was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University. The city of Indio’s Community Outreach Resource Program (CORP) is one example of the successful use of evidenced-based practices to address homelessness, which Chief Twiss helped to develop.
“The value of evidence-based, data-driven policing to the Indio Police Department and our community cannot be understated,” Chief Twiss said. “It drove organizational change, enhanced cross-sector community relationships and the successful development and implementation of crime reduction tactics and strategies.” In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services selected IPD to serve as a model for implementing the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, primarily due to the success of CORP and engagement with youth in the community.
“I congratulate and applaud former Indio Police Chief Richard P. Twiss on this remarkable accomplishment,” Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes said. “His efforts, along with the work of current Police Chief Mike Washburn and the outstanding men and women of the IPD, were able to make Indio safer. In fact, in 2016, there was a 12% overall reduction in crime in Indio compared to the previous year and a 17% reduction from the five-year average. In comparison to other cities, we are one of the safest communities in the Coachella Valley based on crime data and statistics.”
The city of Indio and the IPD continue to conduct effective community outreach and engagement activities through such programs as Cops vs. Kids community basketball games and the Annual Turkey Bowl event with the Indio Teen Center. These meaningful programs help strengthen the trust and collaboration within the community.
When a holiday falls on a weekday, service will be delayed for one day.
For more information, visit the Burrtec website at: www.burrtec.com/indio
Residents Encouraged to Participate to Provide Feedback and Draw Maps
INDIO, CA (June 15, 2017) – The City of Indio will hold a series of public hearings about the City Council’s recent resolution to transition from its current system of at-large elections (one in which all voters in the city vote for the entire city council) to a district-based election system (one in which city council candidates from specified geographic districts are elected only by voters within their district). The City has invited its residents to attend a series of public hearings to ask questions, provide comments, and participate in the process. The next public hearings will be held during the City Council meetings on June 21, 2017, and July 19, 2017, at 5 p.m.
District based election systems are a result of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), which was enacted in 2001 to address disparities between ethnic demographics and elected officials. The public hearings are designed to identify how the City of Indio will create five districts that will reflect the ethnic makeup of the residents in that district. These districts will take into account the topography, geography, cohesiveness/compactness, and communities of interest in the districts. During the public hearing process, the City will develop an initial draft of the proposed districts. An independent demography specialist will then review the demographics of the city and finalize five districts that reflect the ethnic and demographic diversity of each district. At the same time, the City will gather input from the community and encourage residents to submit their own maps to identify what districts they propose.
“Our goal in this process is that every resident and community of interest will be fully represented in the voting process for elected officials,” said Elaine Holmes, Mayor of the City of Indio. “I encourage every resident to participate in drafting the maps and attend our public hearings.”
After the proposed districts are identified, the City will continue the public hearings and ordinance process to fully vet the proposed districts. The ordinance will go into effect in August 2017. The first district-based council elections will be held in 2018.
Law enforcement is oftentimes a thankless job in our country. Every mistake made is broadcasted by the media nightly, while the thousands of appropriate interactions go virtually unnoticed.
It should be shouted from the rooftops that the innovative and progressive work that is being performed by our Indio Police Department has been recognized in this month’s Police Chief Magazine.
The publication, which is produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police mentioned the work of the Indio Police Department in two different articles: Examples from the Advancing 21st Century Policing Initiative and Collaborative Policing: The New Paradigm for Effective Policing.
“In addition to being honored by this recognition, this type of coverage will assist us in continuing to recruit the type of officers Indio residents deserve”, wrote Chief Mike Washburn of the Indio Police Department.
Our hats are off to you, sir, and to the many men and women in your department!
Good Morning Neighbors,
The Indio Police Citizens Helping Indio Police (C.H.I.P.) program is actively looking for volunteers. The CHIPs Program assists the police department by conducting neighborhood patrols, traffic control, crime prevention programs, parking enforcement (issue citations) and other administrative and logistical tasks.
They also are involved in crime prevention efforts and liaison with many of the community groups in Indio. Additionally, CHIPS are an invaluable resource during our concerts and many festivals. The possibilities are endless!
If you have 4 hours a week, a clean background and a strong desire to serve your community, we want you to join the multi-generational CHIP program.
See the attached flyer for additional details or call Ben Guitron at (760) 391-4037.
The Friends of the Indio Senior Center presents the annual Indio Health and Wellness Fair. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Indio Senior Center. There will be health resources, nutrition services, refreshments and prizes.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Indio Senior Center, 45‐700 Aladdin Street, Indio, CA 92201
CONTACT: PJ Gagajena, Indio Public Information Officer
(760) 541‐4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning January 1: