Ted Weill Newsletter

Hello Again Constituents and Neighbors,

It has been a while since I distributed an update about What's Happening in Rancho Mirage. I am probably overdue but as you will see there is alot happening around our wonderful City. I hope you find this update informative and helpful and as exciting as I do. Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me by email or I am always available by telephone or to meet with you in person at City Hall.

City Finances

Every Vote Counts

Upcoming Election

Rancho Mirage is recognized as the best managed and governed city in the Coachella Valley, some even say California or the country. There is no denying the current city council which includes Dana Hobart, Iris Smotrich and Charles Townsend have played a critical role and contributed their expertise to accomplish this goal. Through intelligent business and budgeting, our city has never been stronger financially.

We have developed fabulous amenities such as a world class library/observatory, amphitheater, dog park all without taking on any debt. Further, we are careful to avoid mistakes such as the highly publicized CV Link. This $100 million 20'-30' roadway would have negatively impacted our residential and business areas and to this date an unknown significant operation and maintenance expense. We felt it incumbent that our residents decide and thus 80% voted against this intrusion in Rancho Mirage.

To perpetuate the leadership and success we enjoy please make certain you vote to re-elect:

vote For Danan Hobart   Dana Hobart,
vote For Danan Hobart   Iris Smotrich and
vote For Danan Hobart   Charles Townsend

The General Municipal Election of April 10, 2018 is an ALL MAIL-IN BALLOT election. A ballot drop-off box will be available at City Hall during normal business hours, 8:00am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office will be open Election Day, April 10, 2018, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, for residents who prefer to vote or drop off their ballots at that location. The Registrar's office is located at 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, California 92507.

For more information, interested parties may contact City Clerk Kristie Ramos by calling (760) 324-4511 ext. 488, or by visiting City Hall at 69825 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, California 92270.

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The two most important points around the City's financial position are: First, Rancho Mirage is debt free. We have maintained a balanced budget since our incorporation in 1973. Second, we continue to operate with a surplus and remain on our two year budget plan target for 2017-2018.

Rancho Mirage Budget 2017-2018

Rancho Mirage Energy Authority

Rancho Mirage Energy Authority The city of Rancho Mirage is the latest city to join the California Choice Energy Authority that allowed the City to establish and operate a program to offer rate savings to residents and businesses. The program gave local control of rate setting and energy procurement to the City.

"Electricity bills can be a significant burden for City of Rancho Mirage residents and businesses due to the climate in our region," said Isaiah Hagerman, City of Rancho Mirage Director of Administrative Services. "The primary goal of Rancho Mirage Energy Authority is to save residents money, not to create a municipal utility burdened with high administrative costs. The Rancho Mirage Energy Authority has the potential to be another area where the City Council can positively impact our residents and business community."

Starting May 1st local officials decide where to buy energy for the city's 18,000 residents - a change that is expected to lower electricity bills by 5 percent, and allow the City to buy cleaner energy than we'd get from Southern California Edison.

Rancho Mirage Dog Park

Rancho Mirage Dog Park

The Dog Park is open for business! This 4.5 acre park includes two separate gated areas. One for off leash large dogs and another for small dogs. There are concrete sidewalks, seating areas, shade structures, lights and fountains to provide ambience and comfort for dog owners. The entire permieter of the park is enclosed by an exercise walkway. The park is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. It is located off Key Largo Avenue.

Rancho Mirage Food and Wine Festival

Rancho Mirage Food and Wine Festival

A Wine and Food Lover's dream came true last weekend. On February 17, 2018, the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival was held at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater and Community Park. Those in attendance had a chance to enjoy over 200 incredible wines and cuisine from 15 of Rancho Mirage's very best chefs. Award winning wineries poured world-class wines from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Washington State, The Santa Lucia Highlands, and Temecula. The afternoon provided unlimited fun, wine, food and lively, upbeat music. I hope to see you next year at the classiest wine and food festival under the sun, the Rancho Mirage Wine ↦ Food Festival!

Library and Observatory

Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory Construction is underway on the valley's only research-quality telescope to be located just west of the Rancho Mirage Library. Some unique facts about the observatory include:

  • The building is designed to isolate the telescope from the rest of the structure to minimize vibration during use.
  • The telescope features a 28 inch diameter mirror built by PlanWave.
  • The Dome is 22 feet in diameter and runs on two motors to move it into viewing position or to track progress of the night sky.
  • The telescope pier is 10 feet by 10 feet and weighs approximately 75 tons.
  • During days of cloud cover, high winds or rain, the system will automatically shut down instrumentation and close the dome to protect the telescope.
  • The open deck around the dome will facilitate up to four amateur astronomers providing electrical and data ports for their telescopes.
  • Images from the telescope will be projected onto a screen in the library for public viewing

Music in the Park Series

Rancho Mirage Music in the Park Series

The City is pleased to announce the third annual Music in the Park Concert series. Marker Broadcasting is once again partnering with the City to bring this extraordinary event to the City's premier outdoor concert venue, the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater. All performances are FREE and begin at 7PM. Gates open at 5pm. Rain or shine. This year's line up includes:

  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies
    Sunday Feb 18

  • Diane Schuur
    Saturday Feb 24

  • A Taste of Honey
    Saturday Mar. 10

  • Thelma Houston
    Sunday Mar. 3

  • Thompson Squear
    Sunday Mar. 18

  • Blue Öyster Cult
    Sunday Mar. 25

Rancho Mirage Community Park and Amphitheater

Rancho Mirage Amphitheater New Entry Primary construction at the Rancho Mirage Community Park is complete with our new Amphitheater, promenade, children's play area, pickle ball court, a new colorful heat-tolerant entryway plus additional parking.

Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital

Rancho Mirage Rehab Hospital Construction of the new Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital at the corner of Da Vall and Ramon Road is scheduled to be completed soon. This new 60 bed facility will provide patients with effective, personalized, and compassionate medical care following surgery.

Eisenhower Medical Center Expansion

Eisenhower Medical Center Expansion

One of several expansions planned at Eisenhower Medical Center was completed last year. It included a single story 16,000 sqft expansion to the Desert Orthopedic Center plus new landscaping. Also on the drawing board is a plan to add an additional 100,000 sqft Outpatient Surgery Center in the near future.

Update re: Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center

Rancho Las Palmas Sign Prior to renovation, the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center experienced an 80% vacancy rate. Today we are happy to announce that the vacancy rate is now down to just 14%. The two most recent additions to the Ranchjo Las Palmas include: Dickey's Barbecue and Haus of Poke. If you haven't been there lately check out all the great shops and restaurants at Rancho Las Palmas.

Rancho Las Palmas Storefronts

Update re: The River

There is a lot happening at The River! There is a major renovation going on at the theater, shade sails have been added to the amphitheater, solar power is now provided via panels covering cars in the parking lot plus new signage and new landscaping abound. Please join me in welcoming back to the River, Acqua California Bistro and Fox & Fiddle is now DRINKG Eatery + Bar with a new and fun décor. Also, coming soon, MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza plus the Coachella Winery.

The River Storefronts

New Medical Office Building in Rancho Las Palmas Office Park

Rancho Las Palmas Medical Office BuildingLast year a new Medical Office building went up in back of the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center. This is part of a four building remodel of the office park at this location. Two tenants have already moved into the new Medical Building. The next two buildings will add 6,000 sqft of retail space.

Rancho Mirage Marketplace, Gelson's Center

Gelsons Raw BarGelson's has completed its interior remodel adding a wine and tappas bar, a raw bar with sushi, oysters and other seafood, a charcuterie station for fruit cutting and juicing and a "Wolfgang Puck" build your own pizza station. Opening soon in the marketplace will be the O'Caines Irish Pub & Bistro featuring outdoor seating.

White Brothers / Monterrey Office Park (NEW)

A new Office Park is in Rancho Mirage's future. This new complex of 12 buildings will be located off Monterrey Street featuring a total of 75,000 sqft of space.

The River Storefronts

Del Webb / Pulte Homes (NEW)

Del Webb Pulte Homes SiteA new master planned community with up to 1,100 homes is being planned on the vacant 320 acre parcel northeast of Dinah Shore & Los Alamos. The plan includes 85 acres of open space with walking trails, a clubhouse, lake, 2 swimming pools and sports courts. Home sizes are expected to range from 1,450 to 2,700+ sqft.

Sunnylands Expansion

Del Webb Pulte Homes SiteSunnylands just completed a major expansion with the addition of buildings for archives, administration, operations, storage and mixed use. Together the expansion added over 45,000 sqft of space to the complex which is devoted to international peace and finding solutions to problems in the global community. Sunnylands is a place where national and foreign dignitaries and diplomats can gather for summit meetings and retreats in a relaxed and secure environment. Sunnylands is often referred to as the "Camp David of the West."

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