June 1, 2021
Dear friends & neighbors:
The Mayor's Message will come to your inbox each month offering updates and information about our fine City of Rancho Mirage. Each month, I will work alongside City staff, to provide you the most up-to-date information about the City's Economic Development, Covid-19 Recovery Efforts, Programs, Special Events, and other items that may be of interest to all of our residents, businesses, and visitors.

It’s hard to believe we are only a few weeks away from California moving “Beyond the Blueprint Framework” that established the tier system we have been operating under for this past year. I’m extremely grateful to our residents, first responders, medical staff, businesses and guests who have all done so much to get us to this point. There has been a lot of patience, resilience, planning and preparation in the hopes that we might be fully reopening our economy soon. You can rest assured, your City Council and staff are constantly working to help return some normalcy to your lives so you can begin (again) to enjoy our wonderful community in the 92270 zip code!
Remember Always
I hope everyone took time yesterday to honor America’s history and commemorate the bravery, courage, and honor of our troops. We should always be grateful for the freedoms and privileges given to us by the fallen heroes and those who continue to protect and serve our country.
City General Municipal Election
On May 20, 2021, the City Council had a first reading for setting the date of City’s General Municipal Election, historically held in April to now be aligned with the Statewide General Election held in November. This will also extend the terms of Current Council members to coincide with the same. 

Council plans to have a second reading on June 3rd, wherein the City will move its April 2022 General Municipal Election (and subsequent General Municipal Elections) to coincide with the November 2022 Statewide General Election (and subsequent November Statewide General Elections).
Butler Abrams Trail Rehabilitation
On Monday, May 17, 2021, the City began a project to improve the ever-popular Butler Abrams Trail.
The bulk of the project will occur over the next three weeks as pavement is reconstructed, widened, and new fencing separating the paved and non-paved surfaces is installed. Staff anticipates reopening the trail to the public the week of June 7, 2021. 
Butler-Abrams Trail connects Frank Sinatra & Country Club Drives via Michael S. Wolfson Park. Fabulous views of the mountains and golf courses are abundant on this quiet route.

Fire Station 69 Upgrade
To enhance emergency services provided by the Rancho Mirage Fire Department, the City submitted a grant application to Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to purchase a personal protective equipment extractor and dryer.

These devices are used to remove carcinogenic chemicals from firefighter’s safety gear. Firefighters, by profession, have a 400% increased risk of cancer due to chemical exposure. The selected extractor and dryer were chosen specifically to confront this dilemma.
Section 31
The City's Public Works staff recently issued grading permits for 3-well sites serving the Section 31 Development.

Additionally, the developer has submitted a final tract map for the initial phase of residential development generally located in the northwestern corner of the project site (southeast corner of Gerald Ford and Bob Hope Drives). These two milestones demonstrate the developer’s intent to move forward rapidly on this project. 
In-N-Out
In-N-Out project was approved by the City Council in January of 2021. On May 24, 2021, the City issued a grading permit and a construction fence was installed around the building site. Look for the commencement of construction activities very soon.
The City's Building & Safety Division works to ensure the safety of our residents and businesses by making sure that buildings are in compliance with State and local building codes. Our Building & Safety staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to our community.

Below is a breakdown of permits issued in our City for the month of May 2021 in comparison to May 2020.
2021

May:
192 permits issued
32 SFD* permits issued

01/01/21 – 5/26/21
1075 permits issued with valuation of $77,229,815
 
159 SFD permits issued with valuation of $50,178,538

2020

May:
89 permits issued
2 SFD* permits issued
 
01/01/20 – 5/26/20
654 Permits issued with valuation of $39,718,863
 
69 SFD permits issued with valuation of $20,761,994
*SFD: Single Family Dwelling
Live Cabaret Series at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
The Rancho Mirage Amphitheater has been host to a wonderful live Cabaret series presented by Desert Theatricals and dinner by Aqua California Bistro. The series began on Saturday, May 8th with Jason Lohrke - The Real Neil (early Neil Diamond). On May 15th, An Evening with Valerie Perri; May 22nd, The Mod Squad followed by Scott Dreier in Doris & Me on May 29th and ending with An Evening with Jonathan Karrant & Joshua White on June 5th.

All performances are currently sold out, however if you missed any of them, look for the digital version to be in future communications and on RMTV! Please ensure you are on the email list for Desert Theatricals as they get ready to launch future shows at desert-theatricals.com.
Sunset Guided Meditation in the Park
Tomorrow, June 2nd is the last session of our Sunset Guided Meditation in the Park Series!

Make sure to take some time to relax and refresh under the stars!
Satisfied Being Meditation & Mindfulness & The City of Rancho Mirage presents Complimentary Outdoor Guided Meditation Series
at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater
Wednesday, June 2nd is the last Guided Mediation of the series.

This event is free to the public but registration is required.
Beyond the Blueprint - State Guidance Starting June 15
Beginning June 15, all sectors may return to usual operations with the limited exceptions listed below for mega events

The beyond the blueprint framework highlights, no capacity limitations, no physical distancing restrictions for attendees, customers and guests. The state will align its mask and travel rules with CDC guidance, which allows vaccinated individuals to go without masks in most indoor and outdoor situations. For large outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees, the state recommends that event organizers require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. As an alternative to showing proof, attendees will have the option to wear masks. For large indoor events with more than 5,000 attendees, event organizers will need to require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Unlike New York state, California will not be issuing vaccine passports.

These requirements and recommendations will be in place through October 1. The state will assess conditions by September 1 to determine whether updated requirements or recommendations are needed beyond October 1.
Avoid the "Summer Slide"
You may have heard teachers speak about the “Summer Slide”, but did you know that kids lose up to 20% of the reading gains that they have made during the school year? 
The best way to avoid these losses and to help kids retain their new reading skills is to keep reading during the Summer. A great way to keep kids reading and help them find new books is to participate in the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory’s Summer Reading Club.  
 
The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory has events, challenges, rewards, raffles and more! Join them this Summer and try to avoid the "slide".

Learn more about the
Summer Reading Club below.
Summer Reading Club
Thank you for your time. Please share your ideas, suggestions, or comments by emailing me at Tedw@RanchoMirageCA.gov. I see many of you regularly during the week but I always look forward to receiving your comments. Do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

My very best wishes,
Mayor Ted Weill