Welcome back! This week's newsletter is chock full of exciting news from in and around our community including a Champion, voter information for the upcoming Presidential election, updates on City orders and programs, assistance for renters and businesses in Riverside County, a chance to win a $25 gift card, tips and tidbits on health and travel, and more.

As always, we will continue to keep you updated on all things happening in Rancho Mirage and beyond and hope we help you navigate through this pandemic.
ANA INSPIRATION 2020 CHAMPION!
Congratulations to Mirim Lee! Lee remained steady to win a tense three-way play-off and claim her first golf major at the ANA Inspiration. This is Lee's first LGPA Tour title since 2017 and the fourth of her career.

The 29-year-old from South Korea beat American Nelly Korda and Canada’s Brooke Henderson with a birdie on the first play-off hole, after the trio had finished the fourth round tied on 15-under par.

Watch Final Round Highlights from the ANA Inspiration
ELECTION/VOTER INFORMATION


Ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election will be mailed October 5, 2020. For your convenience, the City of Rancho Mirage will have a ballot box for drop off of vote-by-mail ballots beginning October 5th.


Voter Assistance Center

A Voter Assistance Center is a one-stop location for all things voting. At a voter assistance center voters can:
  • Vote
  • Register to vote
  • Solve voter registration issues
  • Get a replacement ballot

The Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory, located at 71-100 Highway 111, will offer a Voter Assistance Center from:

October 31 - November 2, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, please call (760) 324-4511, Ext. 488.

For detailed 2020 election voting information,
please visit the City's website at RanchoMirageCA.gov.
GREAT PLATES DELIVERED PROGRAM CONTINUES!
We are happy to announce that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program has authorized a time extension for the Great Plates Delivered program through
October 9, 2020.
 
If you are a Rancho Mirage resident
65+ or 60-64 and at risk, please
call (877) 652-4844 or email greatplates@ranchomirageca.gov to find out if you qualify to receive free delivered meals through this program.


COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS & BUSINESSES
AFFECTED BY COVID-19
RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Have you, or someone you know, been impacted by COVID-19 and having trouble paying your rent? If so, the County of Riverside is providing $33 million in rental assistance, funded by the CARES Act and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

Eligible residents in Riverside County can apply for $3,500 in rental assistance. Rental assistance is open to all residents regardless of immigration status.

Applications are now open. Apply online at UnitedLift.org or click below for in-person pop-up application events.
COVID-19 BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY


The County of Riverside COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program, round 3 will begin September 16, 2020.

$10,000 grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted beginning on September 16th until October 30th at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit rivcobizhelp.org.

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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
SALTON SEA 10-YEAR PLAN WORKSHOPS
The State of California just released the draft Project Description for the Salton Sea Management Program 10-Year Plan and will host a series of workshops to receive public input on the draft goals and objectives as well as the sizes, locations, and types of projects being proposed and anticipated impacts. The State is also seeking feedback as to how the public would like to access the Sea and what compatible community amenities should be prioritized. 
 
Salton Sea Management Program 10-Year Plan
Virtual Public Workshops
September 22 - 24, 2020

Facebook event schedule:
 
For more information including how to participate and submit written comments, please visit saltonsea.ca.gov

California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate 
"GET DIGITAL CA!"
California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate Helps Small Businesses (CalOSBA) Grow Digital Footprint

CalOSBA just announced the "Grow with Google" workshop series, which will launch on September 22, 2020 and is designed to help California small businesses grow their digital footprint.

Through partnership with Google, as well as California’s network of small business centers, diverse small business groups, and other corporate partners, CalOSBA is launching the first component of its new e-commerce initiative, “Get Digital CA,” an effort to promote e-commerce to help California small businesses build the skills they need to compete in an online marketplace, increase their revenues, and improve resilience in the face of California’s current multi-disaster environment.

For more information or to register,
GOT WRISTBANDS?
is happening right now through September 22, so you still have time to get your $10 wristband to enjoy specials from $5 $10 & $15.

specials and participating restaurants.

Sign up for a Chance to WIN!

Click below to sign up to win a $25 gift card to
a participating restaurant of your choice
plus two free wristbands to the Taste of Summer event.
JETBLUE ADDS NONSTOP SERVICE FROM
PALM SPRINGS TO FORT LAUDERDALE!
JetBlue announced it will launch 24 new routes later this year aimed at capturing traffic on a variety of new, nonstop routes—including a new nonstop route from Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). 

The new seasonal flight will run twice a week starting December 18, 2020 through March 2021. 
JOSLYN CENTER: STAYING STRONG & MOVING FORWARD
The Joslyn Center has been closed to the public since March 17, 2020 but their mission to provide support and services to seniors and older adults in the Coachella Valley remains true.

The Center continues to provide its Meals on Wheels and community food bank and has found creative ways to bring programs and activities to its members during the pandemic.

For more information about online programs and services, go to joslyncenter.org/programs.
The premiere of the Joslyn Center's first televised fundraiser, Joslyn in Motion: Staying Strong - Moving Forward will air on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. The half-hour presentation will be simultaneously broadcast on NBC Palm Springs and Facebook Live.

Hosted by Sandie Newton from NBCares and Dale Johannes, the program will showcase The Joslyn Center’s work and raise critical funds to meet the increasing needs of the senior community because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also feature a special appearance by the incomparable performer Ann Hampton Callaway.

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WEEKLY HEALTH TIP
Visiting Parks & Recreation Areas
Soon, the weather will be changing and everyone will be flocking out doors to enjoy our beautiful parks, trails, and open spaces. Staying active and getting some fresh air for a change definitely does the mind and body good, however, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) wants everyone to remember to follow the steps below to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

When visiting parks, beaches, or recreational facilities open for public use, try to protect against exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by practicing social distancing and everyday steps such as washing hands often and covering coughs and sneezes.

For more information on how to protect yourself while enjoying your favorite outdoor activities, whether that's at a playground, park, trail, beach, or in the water, please visit the CDC's website at
FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS AND ADJACENT PUBLIC SPACES IN THE CITY OF RANCHO MIRAGE

Exceptions to the Order:

  • Seated at a table or bar at a restaurant that is allowed to be open.

  • Outdoors, standing, walking, hiking, bicycling or running, at a location other than on a sidewalk adjacent to a business establishment.

  • Those with a health condition whose medical provider has advised against wearing a face covering and can provide documentation.

All persons are required to practice social distancing of six-feet
(except for members in the same household).

The City of Rancho Mirage has extended it's
Face-Covering Order through October 1, 2020.