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Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs
2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Thursday November 9th
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Free Popcore - Soda and Cake
Academy of Musical Performance (AMP)
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Empowering Women Through Entrepreneurship
Experiences and instances say that women entrepreneurs view the world through a different lens, hence, execute things differently. Women-led enterprises often focus on improving the lives of women, solving specific issues that plague them while playing an active role in promoting education, literacy and addressing gender disparities and other challenges.
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'The Wall': Hear 'Here and There' Storytellers Project stories
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September 12, 2017 (760) 347-2360
More of Assembly member Eduardo Garcia’s Measures Head to the Governor’s Desk
(SACRAMENTO, CA)— With a total of seven pieces of chaptered measures already under his belt, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D- Coachella) remaining 2017 legislative proposals are swiftly accelerating toward the finish line.
“As we near the end of this year’s legislative session, I am particularly excited to see the success of measures we introduced in direct response the ideas and concerns of my constituents,” stated Assemblymember Garcia, who so far, this week, has ushered an additional four bills onto the Governor’s desk. Three of these initiatives stemmed from requests made by residents or other local entities within the 56th Assembly District, including; AB 1264, AB 1073, AB 661, and AB 474.
AB 1264, Parent Involvement and Transparency Act will help improve the educational tract for children with special needs by allowing parents/guardians the opportunity to review documents pertaining to their child prior to their scheduled IEP meeting. Most parents/guardians are not able to review their child’s IEP related documents until minutes before they are asked to sign and verify the contract, unaware of their right to review documents relevant to the proposed plan in advance.
“This bill seeks to enhance the educational experience for students with special needs by granting parents access to information to ensure they make the best choice for their child. The objective is to increase transparency and enhance parental engagement, because every child deserves their best chance to succeed,” professed Assemblymember Garcia.
1073, California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program aims to alleviate a majority of air pollutants by providing incentives for more zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles. Specifically, it would require the state board to allocate no less than 20% of available funding to support the early commercial deployment or existing zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology until January 1, 2023.
“Unfortunately, communities of color and the economically disadvantaged along transportation corridors are disproportionately affected by pollution and left to face the dire health ramifications of poor air quality, such as cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases,” said Garcia. “By incentivizing the use of more clean fuel heavy duty trucks for the movement of goods we can reduce a significant source of pollution, while helping to achieve our state’s emission reduction and long-term climate goals.”
AB 661, Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve: Mirage Trail extends access to the Magnesia Spring Ecological Reserve Mirage Trail, known as the “Bump and Grind” between the months of May and January until January 1, 2028.
“I was proud to tag team this legislative effort with my regional colleague, Assemblymember Mayes. AB 661 will allow our Coachella Valley families and tourists continued access to this beloved desert treasure for fitness and recreational opportunities, all while ensuring vital environmental protections for the populations of Bighorn Sheep who call it home,” exclaimed Assemblymember Garcia.
474, Hazardous waste: spent brine solutions would exempt from Hazardous Waste Control Law, spent brine solutions that are byproducts of the treatment of groundwater to meet California drinking water standards. This legislation brought forward by the Coachella Valley Water District and would permit a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial means of treating the waste products resulting from meeting the clean drinking water standards in areas affected by concentrations of Arsenic, Chromium 6 and potentially other undesirable minerals in the future.
With only a few days left until deadline, Assemblymember Garcia continues to work toward desired results on his seven remaining active measures.
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. He represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
NPR Latino USA- Valley of Contrasts
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Hi Patrick and Darry,
I wanted to flag NPR Latino USA latest segment Valley of Contrasts, which talks about the vast contrasts between the Westside and Eastside in Coachella Valley, the main difference- access to clean water. It profiles Coachella Valley Water District’s first Mexican American Board Member, Castulo Estrada, who also happens to be the first board member from Eastern Coachella. Castulo, a civil engineer is dedicated to solving the water crisis in Eastern Coachella, where the demographics consist of predominantly low-income Mexican immigrants who don’t have access to clean drinking water.
Furthermore, the segment mentions Pueblo Unido a local non-profit who installed 140 filters in trailer parks in Eastern Coachella, letting families access clean drinking water, without the filters the water is not safe for drinking and contains arsenic. The segments also mentions the communities concern for the diminishing aquifer in the Valley and the long-term implications it can have on Coachella Valley.
Although, the Eagle Crest project isn’t mentioned, this piece gives great insight on the Valley’s water history and the challenges they face. It also mentions many local players that could be helpful for CARES outreach.
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Regional Partners Celebrate North Shore Community Park Funding
NORTH SHORE, CA (August 1, 2017)
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Desert Recreation District (District) are thrilled to celebrate the combined work of a coalition of regional partners, which has resulted in the successful acquisition of state funding for the North Shore Community Park project. This $800,339 grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing-Related Parks Program will bring about critical investments into areas, most in need within our Eastern Coachella Valley communities.
The District is hopeful that Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia's proposed Park Bond, AB 18, will pass the legislature and succeed onto the 2018 ballot. The measure will bring about much needed and long overdue investments into our states recreational infrastructure, resulting in immeasurable health and economic benefits. Uniquely, Garcia's bill levels the playing field for rural communities, such as ours, to competitively pursue state park grant funding.
“This infusion of state funds will go a long way in bringing the North Shore Community Park project to fruition. We are celebrating a unique opportunity for our state to play a role in truly transforming a community. This resident driven project will be the first of its kind for this unincorporated, rural community. While exciting there is still much more work to be done, more communities of need and a bigger picture of parks possibilities to focus on,” exclaimed Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. “I want to thank the Desert Recreation District and Riverside County Supervisor Perez, for their support of our legislative endeavors to spur additional investments in outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly in underserved, disadvantaged communities that lack means to support park infrastructure. Investments in parks are investments in health, wellness and the promise of increased prosperity in areas of immense need.”
In addition to AB 18, Assemblymember Garcia is coauthor of AB 1483, a measure that would allocate $50 million into the afore mentioned California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing-Related Parks Program whose funding has just expired.
Desert Recreation District offers a special thanks to the Board of Supervisors and staff at Riverside County for making this opportunity a reality. The team at the Economic Development Agency and Housing Authority, Transportation and Land Management and the Fourth District Supervisor's office pulled together under extremely tight deadlines to get all the necessary eligibility requirements met. Desert Recreation District, and its many partners on these much-needed projects, are grateful for the dedication and commitment to getting this done.
Desert Recreation District General Manager Kevin Kalman explained “This funding will be combined with several other grant awards and the Desert Recreation District's capital reserves to build a five-acre community park in North Shore. The District and its non-profit design partner, Kounkey Design Initiative (KDI), have been actively engaged with the North Shore Community since 2013 in the planning and design of this project. We expect to award a contract for construction on August 9 and break ground in September,” Kalman went on to say “We are thrilled for the North Shore Community who has stuck with us through this long process of planning and fundraising.”
The North Shore Community Park is the first of three planned parks in the Eastern Coachella Valley to be constructed. Desert Recreation District is also planning the first community parks in the communities of Oasis and Thermal. The District thanks and supports Garcia's efforts.
EVC Managers Report June 2017
ICSC-The EVC Manager worked the Las Vegas ICSC “Convention” in many capacities. Riverside County hosted the booth with the participation of fourteen Cities and entities this year. As an EDA representative I was responsible for scheduling appointments for the participants and maintaining the meeting facilities. The EVC ICSC recap summarizes meetings in and out of the EDA Booth. The EVC was able to hand out over 200 copies of the EVC collateral piece to interested parties. The La Quinta “tote bags” were a hit and we ran out of the 100 bags early the second day of the event, as well as the La Quinta collateral piece. Good meetings and follow up conversations are planned. An economic development collaborative was formed with Temecula, Riverside and the EVC to work together and partner in upcoming regional projects the joint use of SOURCE LINK RESOURCE NETWORK. Another positive event was planned at ICSC with the Kosmont Company to produce another P-3 ICSC event sometime in the fall of 2017. The last EVC P-3 event was well attended by many Coachella Valley cities.
The biggest projects the EVC is working on now include the Pavilions Palms Shopping Center project on Ave 50 and Jefferson Street in La Quinta. This center was re-born at the 2016 ICSC Las Vegas Show. This EVC driven project has been a top priority for the EVC Manager. This proposed project is the largest since the Costco Center and is estimated to generate 30-40 million dollars in taxable sales to the City of La Quinta at buildout. We have had numerous planning sessions and are getting closer to a consensus of all parties involved. The Golden Corral Restaurant and Planet Fitness sites in North Indio are getting closer to becoming reality. We are working on a regional tech site for Coachella that could be the beginning of a Silicon South boom for the east valley. We look forward to the new Coachella downtown library, social services building, and ongoing plans for a mixed use small retail/restaurant district surrounding the newly remodeled Vietnam Veterans Park. We continue to work with the Cabazon Tribe to make a free trade zone and US Customs Office a reality. We are also involved with continuing the movement of a recycling zone on Tribal land.
The EVC remains involved with the Salton Sea restoration movement. We have attended many meetings with the SSAC, SSA and IID to work towards a solution. The EVC is also represented on the joint developer/Tribal/IID project meetings. The EVC continues to support the GCVCC with membership and participation. The EVC is a supporter and participant with Desert Valley Builders Association. EVC Manager Wright was an original member of the DVBA and continues to support new housing and commercial development, especially in the east valley. The Manager remains a Board Member of the Salton Sea Action Committee and Growing Coachella Valley. Both of these organizations remain crucial to economic development in the east valley. The EVC Manager is pursuing economic development certifications through CALED and ICSC.
The EVC and the CVSBDC (Coachella Valley Small Business Development Center) continues to produce programs that reach out to the Spanish speaking community with small business and foreign trade workshops as well as planning our second annual Business Conference in April during Riverside County’s Innovation month. The CVSBDC, which the EVC Manager acts as Assistant Director, has served over 150 clients and currently involved with three access to capital campaigns each over 2M in size. We are continuing to work with La Quinta resident Shannon Stevens in bringing her patented medical device to market. As previously mentioned, the EVC is working with a client whose employment “app” has drawn much enthusiasm. We have taken the opportunity to promote a future tech region in the east valley. I think this has the potential to be a large economic development driver for tech business and JOBS. The CVSBDC has received a grant from GoBiz for continued consulting hours, and the final estimated resources from the Annual Business Conference in April will fund 140 consulting hours for business start-ups and expansions. We see real growth for the CVSBDC in 2017-2018 which will impact the EVC’s business growth and jobs MISSION.
The June EVC Board meeting will concentrate on the 2017-2018 EVC Budget. I am in hopes that we can ratify the document in June in general and discuss further during the Strategic Planning meeting on July 19th. I would also like to see some bones for the planning session agenda as well. Please come prepared to comprise some bullet points for the AGENDA. I am also still in need of more Member profiles for the website. I also need real estate site sheets in PDF format so I can put up on the site. I have decided that I must get more of a hands on approach with the monthly SITE management. I’ve learned that just paying individuals to post isn’t enough, if you want it done right, you must do it yourself!
Finally, I want to reach out to all of you in hopes that you will give the EVC and the EVC Manager another “full” year to continue the work to reach my two year goals. There are 4 new Companies/Organizations that want to join the EVC with a financial contribution as a full voting Board Membership. I will be bringing them to the EVC Board for future ratification. I know that you are all getting tired of hearing it, but I want ALL persons involved in the economic development of the East Valley to be at the TABLE. Only then do you have a consensus and only then can you accomplish the goals that we all set out to achieve at the EVC’s inception.
On a personal note, my Daughter Hanna Rose graduated from La Quinta High School last week with a 4.0 GPA and will be attending California Lutheran University in August. We are very proud of her accomplishments. The East Valley is a great place to raise a Family and I have proudly made it our home for the past twenty seven years.
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