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|Does anyone know of a chicken farmer nearby? With the price of eggs increasing at an alarming rate, I would like to purchase
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Here are some replies we got back from our readers:
Scott Young, Bermuda Triangle
I might have some you can purchase. My family which lives off Yucca Lane always ends up with more then we can eat during
the winter time. How much are you looking to spend per dozen ?
We love 'farm fresh' eggs, so about $5 per dozen
Gina Irwin, North La Quinta
Farmers Market in Old Town La Quinta
Thanks for this info. Mrs. B
Michael and I came from a golf community in Northern California. We were down sizing but still wanted a unique custom style home. We looked at
over 50+ in the neighboring cities. Our purchase was from the original owner a rarity these days. We knew we would remodel to make it ours. It has
been fun! We love our view from the elevated lot over looking the golf course.
Bermuda Dunes CC offers an established private golf course with a gated community for all ages. Everyone is friendly and it is easy to meet new
people. We asked Mark Goldman a year ago if the club had plans for a gym in the future. He said he was working on it. Mark, looking forward to
the new edition. Thank you. The area, with all the neighboring cities, has a small town feel. It offers fine arts, live entertainment, golf, tennis, polo,
shopping and restaurants that you will find in your metro areas.
When our friends come to visit, their first question is, how do you handle the heat? We look at them and say 9+ months of sunshine vs cold, rain, and
snow is worth it.
Michael & Ilona Bergman
Hi Michael and Ilona;
Thanks for responding to our quest to find out what you like about Bermuda Dunes. Mrs. B
|NOTE FROM MR. AND MRS. BLOGFOLKS:
We are happy to post comments from our Community with respect to the proposed Resident Community
Membership. We want to hear from you whether you are 'for' or 'against' it. This Blog is for everyone's use. We
value your opinions.
And now, here are more comments regarding the RCM:
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Residential Community Membership
> To Whom It May Concern:
As a retired golf professional/fitness instructor, the present dilemma facing private country club memberships was forecasted many years ago. As a golf/social
only Country Club, Bermuda Dunes Country Club, up to this point, has failed at attempting to diversify membership amenities/options in order to attract a
diversity of resident owners. The BDCC does not offer a Club pool/spa, tennis courts, and the current fitness center addition is a weak attempt to "excite" the
cause, therefore the comparative club fees/dues stated are not appropriate. To attempt to subsidize the operating costs of a private club, through alternative
memberships for the "benefit" of all property owners, at the advantage of an "equity-profit sharing" membership, is not a reasonable solution.
As for accessibility to the BDCC golf course, it is due time for the remaining BDCC golf memberships "to come to grips" that the age of a majority of totally
private country clubs is becoming financially unsustainable. Unfortunately, a move to semi-privacy, reciprocal access (i.e. http://www.nationalgc.com/), and/or
budget allocations for a majority of private club memberships is inevitable. Having also been employed by a major resort hotel, as a golf/fitness instructor, in the
valley, I was aware of the attempt of BDCC to access outside golf play through golf concierges at some local major resort hotels, however the program was
discontinued because of the dismay of the BDCC membership? Rather than propose to have non-golfing/social property owners attempt to subsidize an element
of the community with respect to property values and/or any benefit of exclusive residential "privacy" is not a sustainable solution to maximizing total rounds of
golf per day and/or use of the club facilities for profitability. An alternate solution is allocating preferred tee-times and reducing membership dues for future and
the remaining "202" golf/club memberships, and thereafter promoting reciprocating member clubs, resort hotel based, and/or corporate tournament golf for all
other available times. Of course the services of Club Corp, American Golf, Troon Golf, National Golf Club, etc. should be additional viable management
considerations. As a former Golf Operations Manager, in order to sustain a golf facility, the total number of rounds of golf for an 18 hole facility should be at least
175 to 200 per day "in season" and 75 to 100 per day "off-season". I would like to know the average rounds per day during the past "seasons" and "summers",
and total annual rounds for BDCC's 27 holes? As a result of this proposed increased golf usage, the relevancy of club membership F&B minimums should also
be reduced based on being profitably supported by the access of these additional resources to the F&B facilities.
The proposed Resident Community Membership features and benefits do not "excite" me to join, nor do I believe Property Values will be significantly impacted by
their implementation. Furthermore, the proposed available "Resident" golf tee-times for "high" season and "off-season", use of the range, clubhouse, social
functions and applicable rates do not equate to the value of the current monthly golf memberships and/or social memberships rates.
Let's recall that the gating of this property was predominately for the enjoyment of security (BDSA), the coinciding increase of property values, with membership
at Bermuda Dunes Country Club as an option.
I am available for consultation for these alternative solutions...
BDSA Property Owner,
Thank you for your informative and constructively written letter. It is time for the community to address the impact of the club's
The points you raise are valid and have been discussed during our three (3) years of negotiations with the Club.
We are not attempting to validate or condone anything that has been done by the Club (BDCC). During negotiations we
concentrated on finding ways to enhance the quality of life for our community residents .We felt having access to the Club was a
desirable benefit. The Resident's Community Social Membership (RCM) is a tremendous value, $50.00/Mo..Currently BDCC offers
the same Social Membership for $122.00. That's a $72.00/Mo. discount. BDCC was able to offer that kind of discount based
upon one criteria, 100% participation of all lot owners in the gated community. What we are doing is very similar to recent
programs at The Springs and Avondale. What we are trying to avoid is the failure of recent Golf Courses in our area ( Palm
Springs C.C., Palm Desert C.C. and Rancho Mirage). If you have not read the recent article with regards to Ranch Mirage C.C.,
please let me know and I'll forward a copy.
We feel that a part of our responsibilities, as board members of the various community associations , is to be aware of events or
activities that will impact our community. It is our genuine belief that if BDCC were to fail, it would have an impact on the
community, especially home values. I would like to stress that all Board Presidents (BDSA, BDCA, BDCC) have been a part of
negotiations and all Boards have endorsed this proposal.
Going forward, the Town Hall Meeting will give all residents a chance to voice and discuss their approval or disapproval of the
proposed program. A vote will then be conducted to determine the acceptance or rejection of the proposed program.
I would like to note that your statement with regards to the value of the proposed RCM is incorrect. A part of the package mailed to
our residents contained a comparison of the current BDCC Social and Social/Range Memberships with the Proposed Resident
Community Social and Social/Range Memberships.The proposed program for our residents has a much better price than is
currently being offered by BDCC. That includes Social as well as Golf privileges. BDCC currently charges $122.00 for a Social
and $230.50 for a Social /Range. The RCM Social is $50.00 and the Social/Range is $175.00. There is a third category included
in the RCM Program that is only offered in our program.
You also state that " a move to semi-private, reciprocal access and/or budget allocations for a majority of private club
memberships is inevitable." Having discussed this with three different consultants, the other option available is for community
involvement or ownership. All three favor engaging the community to work on a program that sustains the golf course and offers
value to the residents. Look at Morningside, The Springs, Avondale, Woodhaven, Sun City and Heritage Palms.
I personally feel that Sun City provides their residents a wonderful experience with a number of amenities that attract people to
their facilities and support property values. The proposed program uses their( Sun City) club house as a model. If you look at the
activities that take place in their clubhouse you begin to see that it is the center of the community. We are proposing the same thing
for BDCC. We do not envision a Pool as most residents have a pool. Tennis is an option that can be explored through ownership of
the Tennis Facility.Beyond that anything is possible. The proposed program also contains a funding formula for developing
additional facilities for the benefit of the community.
Lastly your statement regards the gating of our community is not completely accurate. The initial concern for gating had to do with
the traffic patterns that were developing in the community. Non-residents were using the county roads to get to destinations other
than the community. It is my understanding that driving was a hazardous activity prior to gating the community. Gating was seen
as the only rational solution at the time.
What BDSA does offer is Access Control with Gates, Guards and Perimeter Walls. We also offer 24 hour patrol, CCTV at all gates
and paid contract employees to man the gates. BDSA also is charged with Road Maintenance, Median Maintenance and we
provide a bulk purchase program for Cable TV.
Again thank you for your concern. I would point out that all members of all community boards are volunteers. Your knowledge,
experience and residency could serve our community resident well so I encourage you to participate. Run for a board position.
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 4:38 PM
Hi Bermuda Dunes Community,
I would like to weigh in on the most important issue facing BDCC residential community at this time, which is the proposed community assessment
effort to assure that BDCC remains a private golf course-based community or not.
I would encourage all of us to resist making a decision on whether or not to support or reject the proposed assessment based solely on our personal
opinions and/or emotions as to what effect being a golf course-based community contributes or may not contribute to our community, since our
personal opinions alone without independent corroboration may prove out to have been very ill conceived as to what the possible golf course failure
could hold in store for us as homeowner residents.
Accordingly, I have listed the links below I found on the internet that address the topic, which include the real world experiences and comments of
home owners in communities like ours that have experienced the closure of the golf course in their community. In them, it appears unarguable that
such an event has a major negative effect on not only home values but even the marketability of homes in a failed golf course community as well as
putting the homeowners at the mercy of city zoning officials and the personal for-profit motives of prospective developers of the golf course without
regard to how their project may effect existing homeowners.
I think it's unarguable that the residents in all gated golf course communities nationally are comprised of both golfers and non-golfers just as it is here
in BDCC. It's no mystery as to why golfers buy homes in them to support their desire to play the game, ideally on a private prestigious golf course
that screens their members to assure they are people who have an interest (and skin in the game $$) in maintaining the beauty and pleasurable
experience of the course and the game, while respecting the other fellow member players and the homeowners that live on the course. This is
certainly not the case on public courses, many of which end up looking more like goat yards than golf courses. Non golfers are attracted to private
golf course communities to benefit from the beauty and prestige of being a homeowner in a private country club community. In fact they get this
benefit based solely on their HOA fee without having to endure the high cost of private golf club membership. Yet they are still able to capitalize on
the millions of dollars invested in creating the unique beautiful topography and improvements that comprise the course grounds and it's impressive
facility's contribution to their community. Unlike most private golf country club communities, we as property owners at BDCC have the added benefit
of being 1400 strong. In most cases, this enables us to enjoy an HOA fee that is a fraction of what our neighboring private country club anchored
facilities have to pay for the privilege and prestige that accompanies such a location and contributes to the marketability and value of our homes. In
the same vein, it enables us to conquer the financial challenges of us remaining a prestigious (historically one of the most prestigious in the valley)
private golf course country club community for the very small cost of a $50/month assessment ($1.64 a day), which as an added benefit also
enables us to avail our family and friends to the beautiful facility's views, dining, live entertainment, doggie park and other community benefits that
accompany a social membership in BDCC ! As a professional appraiser of business assets, this may be the best deal of cost for value I have ever
I sincerely believe that the links below will provide valuable insight into the truly unique opportunity and benefits many of us may be taking for granted
as to how good we currently have it here at BDCC as residents, thanks to a handful of golf members that have been shouldering the lions share of
the cost of our golf course's contribution to our community, and may erase any trepidation those of you who may be experiencing resistance to
supporting this effort to maintain our status as a very respected and envied private prestifous golf course community. I am also of the opinion, that
this banding together of our community to contribute to and ensure the financial viability of our beautiful golf course as our common anchor tenant,
may likely enable the club to lower full membership fees to build back up to the typical 400 member status, to eliminate the need for any significant
increase in community assessments fees.
Edward Testo, ASA
Your fellow BDCC country club neighbor
Property values plummet as golf courses close in Central Florida
Homeowners fight zoning boards to prevent land development
Published On: May 01 2015 02:07:45 PM EDT Updated On: May 02 2015 12:13:10 AM EDT
Cassano said since the course closed a year ago, homeless people are staying there.
"We got a lot more people walking around here that don't live here, especially in the early mornings, just walking, carrying bags, and we know they are living
somewhere," Cassano said.
Homeowners living in Rock Springs Ridge said they are also teed off.
While Jim Scroggins still hits the ball in his yard, he blames poor membership for the closure of his neighborhood's 27-hole golf course last November.
"It got down to where there was about 11 of us who were members actually paying $2,500 a year," Scroggins said.
Both the west and south courses now sit unattended.
James Watson lives off the west course.
"It’s a crying shame ... such a beautiful golf course we had, to close it down," Watson said.
Watson said he worries about his property's value.
"We paid a premium extra for the lot to be on the golf course and it’s going to hurt the value of my home," he said.
Scroggins said he agrees.
"We're probably $125,000 down. We don't lose it till we sell it," he said.
Local 6 checked with Orlando Realtor Association to see the impact of closed golf courses on home sales.
Sabel Point closed in 2006. Single family homes sold for nearly $400,000 before the course closed. In 2011, prices dropped to $215,000.
Condos overlooking the course sold for $225,000 while the course was still open. In 2008, those same condos dropped to $60,000. In 2010, prices were lowest at
Homeowners living in Rolling Hills said they fought to keep the same thing from happening to them when their course closed last June.
"We were ready to raise the funds and buy it," Laura Perry said. "The home developers who swooped in and purchased the course were more organized and
have more power and more money."
"Their plan is to build 147 homes," Kit Bradshaw said. "We don't need 147 homes. We don't have the streets to handle it."
The golf course is zoned as "recreational" until 2019, so developers can't build on it unless the zoning is changed, but homeowners are fighting to keep it an
"If we lose, we want to know that we did everything we could to save the property,"Bradshaw said.
Developer Alynne Cordray said homeowners’ hands are really tied.
"They don't own that property, they own their property and somebody else owns that property," Cordray said.
But she said she does recommend checking the deed.
"See what kind of deed restrictions are associated with the lot that is right beside them and what they want to preserve, so they can look at how long that deed
restriction might be in place, what are the limitations of use," Cordray said.
What effect does a golf course closing have on home values that adjoin it?
Here are some comments:
In the short term, this is obviously a rather bad turn of events in terms of value. But, as your other answers alluded to, what is next? If the course is purchased
and turned into a Robert Trent Jones course, your value will probably skyrocket. If, on the other hand, the land is developed as townhouses or the shooting
range that Levi mentioned....
So my answer, short term, lowers adjacent property value. Long term, difficult to define at this time.
Best wishes, Jim
Being located in a close proximity to a golf course is a huge attraction for many. The fact that people likely purchased in the area based on this could cause them
to reconsider this choice. Additionally, this location will not have the same appeal minus the golf facility.
An even bigger question becomes, what will be taking its place? Will it be left as is? Will it be developed? If so, larger tracts of land in desirable locations can
result in concerning development.
On the surface, the closing of a golf course is not a good thing but it potentially could get worse....
That can be a big problem, I guess there would be a lot of factors, such as ... why did it close? is there an EPA issue? No Business? Is it a private community?
What are the future plans for the golf course? If they turn it into a gun range... horrible effects, if it gets overgrown and not maintained... still bad, but if it stays
maintained and a golf course, just under new ownership... good stuff.
Certainly isn't a good thing, but I guess there can be some better factors than others.
|Our thanks to Nancy Coates for sharing this great photo of a mushroom. It looks just like a golf ball sitting on a tee.
|TIP FROM MRS. B
I was baking an apple pie and just discovered this:
You can grate your cold butter? Intead of wasting time trying to turn cold butter into pea size
It worked just great! No pun intended!
Subject: Fwd: Bermuda Dunes Country Club Community
I and my spouse are owners in Bermuda Dunes Country Club. We received the information circular and are excited about the proposal and will
support the effort. We live in Canada and, notwithstanding we are only part time residents, we like the concept very much.
For golfing purposes what will be considered "high season" and "summer season"?
When will the additional facilities be constructed and who will bear the costs of those additional facilities?
Will there be an additional assessment to pay for the additional facilities?
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
The Season is defined as November through May. The Summer is June through September and October the course is
generally closed for over seed.
Construction of the Park and related facilities would begin after the site is located. We want to form a committee
with community participation to locate the site and determine exactly what the community wants in the Park. The
construction and maintenance costs would paid for by the community's Reserve Fund. There will be no special
assessment for this feature of the proposed program. Roughly 37% of your monthly assessment is deposited into the
Reserve Fund. As of August the fund had $2.1 Million and is managed by UBS. The Reserve Fund is used to repair
and replace community assets.
Last Tuesday of the month at Oasis Country Club from 11:00-2:30PM
All you can eat taco bar - $8.95 per person
Chicken or Beef - Soft Shell or Hard Shell
With all the trimmings
The Oasis Country Club
42330 Casbah Way • Palm Desert CA 92211
Tel: (760) 345-5661
We have been out of town, so we were unable to respond until now. We hope it isn't too late to let you know why we purchsed our home here in the
My wife Johanna, "Jickie", and I purchased a condo on the 11th fairway in 1962 because we had friends who had built a house at Bermuda Dunes
and had invited us to play the course. We loved playing the course because of the playability for all kind of players , from scratch to high handicapers.
Ir is also a course that can be played every day and you do not get tired of playing it. We found it very easy to get a game. There are plenty of groups
available that only require that you show up 30 minutes ahead of time and you are assigned to a foursome. The entry fees are very reasonable and
the social time after golf are very enjoyable. In many clubs in the desert it is hard to get a game because the members only play with people they
know and are closed to new members. Not so at Bermuda Dunes. If you have out of town guests or family members that want to play starting time
are easily arranged.
The social events are great and the food served in the last few years has been outstanding. The proposed fitness center will add another activity for
the club. For those who like to play card games there are plenty of opportunities in this area as well.
For those of us who are equity members, I also like the fact that we own the club and can plot our own destiny. We can serve on the board or one of
the many committees. The club house is adequate and the view over looking the lake towards the mountains spectacular.
Bermuda Dune is a great place to live and is one of the best investments in the valley.
Allan and Jickie Jacobs
Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains
Friday, November 6th
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains
National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert
Friends of the Desert Mountains requests the
honor of your presence to celebrate the
15th Anniversary of the Santa Rosa &
San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Please RSVP to Tammy Martin
No later than October 30, 2015
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|DID YOU KNOW?
Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand
Welcome to The Benoit Bulletin. This e-report provides updates and information on what’s happening in Riverside County and, especially, here in
the Fourth District. I trust you will find it informative, and I invite you to share it with your friends.
Property Tax Seminar, Thursday, Oct. 22 - 6 p.m.
Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana and I are presenting a free property tax seminar to provide an overview of property taxes and
answer questions. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Palm Desert Library, 73-300 Fred Waring Dr.
This seminar will help taxpayers learn more about their property tax bill and how to seek help if they need it. Topics include: the appraisal process,
market value versus appraisal value, how to reassess appraised property value, factors that can increase tax bills more than 2 percent,
supplemental tax bills and property tax exemptions.
County Legislative Update
Multiple Response Ordinance: During the season in the Coachella Valley, especially around major festivals, it has become increasingly common for
people to rent houses for parties. These parties tend to create problems in neighborhoods, bothering nearby residents through the night with
excessive noise, traffic, litter and other disturbances of the peace. Supervisor Kevin Jeffries and I introduced an ordinance, which was adopted by a
unanimous vote Sept. 15, to protect neighborhoods from extremely loud and unruly gatherings in unincorporated areas of Riverside County. The
“multiple response” ordinance will give the Sheriff’s Department the ability to declare these gatherings “public nuisances,” subject to fines and
billings for the costs associated with repeated visits. For events we find out about ahead of time, promoters will be issued courtesy notices warning
about potential penalties to stop trouble before it begins. The ordinance is modeled on similar “multiple response” ordinances in the cities of
Coachella and Palm Desert, where the Sheriff’s Department has had success enforcing this ordinance. Click here to watch KESQ’s
story about this ordinance.
Department of Waste Resources CNG Vehicles
Waste Resources General Manager-Chief Engineer Hans Kernkamp unveiled two of the department's new clean-fuel vehicles: a Freightliner service
truck (orange) and a Kenworth roll-off truck (white) that hauls green waste, tires and trash.
Department of Waste Resources CNG Vehicles: The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources acquired three new clean-fuel vehicles,
the first CNG vehicles in the department’s fleet! These vehicles replace three heavier-polluting diesel trucks. They will be used at the department’s
landfills to repair heavy equipment and driven throughout the county and outside to haul green waste, tires and trash. Every mile they drive will emit
significantly lower levels of pollutants. It was great that the department utilized air quality improvement funding to offset some of the costs. This
upgrade is very beneficial for the environment and air quality in Riverside County and the Inland area. READ more
Salton Sea Appointment: As the Salton Sea Authority chairman, I’m extremely pleased with Gov. Brown’s appointment of Bruce Wilcox as the
assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Wilcox has been the manager of environmental and Salton
Sea programs for Imperial Irrigation District, and interim assistant executive director at the Salton Sea Authority. I have worked with him, and he is
dedicated, exceptionally competent and very familiar with Salton Sea issues. The Governor’s selection of Wilcox for this position demonstrates the
willingness of the state to work closely with local governments through the Salton Sea Authority. READ more
Youth Community Clean-Up Program
Thermal Youth Force Clean-Up
I thanked the Desert Mirage High School Science Club and Esperanza Youth and Family Center kids for their participation in a Youth Force clean-up
in Thermal held in 2014.
Youth can raise up to $2,000 for their local organization by working hard to clean up illegal dumping sites in our community. Now in its eighth year,
the “Community Leaders Enhancing Area Neighborhoods (C.L.E.A.N.) Youth Force” program is seeking applications from Fourth District youth-
based nonprofit organizations to participate in a community clean-up event.
The C.L.E.A.N. Youth Force program benefits the communities in the Fourth District and provides an opportunity for youth to financially support their
clubs and organizations. I am proud to sponsor this program with the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 9. Interested youth groups should download an application on my web site
Youth Advisory Council Update
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program is a unique program for high school students in the Coachella Valley and Palo Verde Valley. Each year,
YAC students create and participate in approximately 30 to 40 community service projects. YAC is a great group to join and be a part of if you’re in
high school, looking to prepare for college and a career, and interested in building your skill set for public speaking, planning, responsibility and
Each year, I offer college scholarships to YAC members whose service stands out. Recently, I presented scholarships to Giselle Chavero and
Marilyn Lua, who both dedicated countless hours to community service as part of the YAC program. Congratulations to these young women!
YAC is currently recruiting high school students throughout the Coachella Valley and Palo Verde Valley. You can find more information and an
application at www.rivco4.org/web/yac.
Around The District
Mecca-North Shore Community Council Swearing-In Ceremony
I swore in my appointees on the newly formed Mecca-North Shore Community Council, from left to right: Lucio Vasquez, Adrian Rodriguez, Jaime
Gonzales and Janet Rodriguez.
Mecca-North Shore Community Council Meeting: I attended the Sept. 9 Mecca-North Shore Community Council meeting and had the honor of
swearing in the members of this newly formed community council. The Mecca-North Shore Community Council was formed by the consolidation of
the Mecca and North Shore community councils, and will have a benefit in boosting attendance and community involvement. I was excited to share
an update about many great county improvements and initiatives in the Mecca and North Shore communities, and look forward to a productive year
SunLine Commuter Link 220: Coachella Valley residents have a safe, convenient and affordable option for commuting to Riverside on SunLine
Transit Agency’s Commuter Link 220 bus service. Commuter Link 220 departs from Westfield Mall in Palm Desert twice daily, Monday through
Friday, with return trips in the evening. With stops throughout the region, residents can also connect to other transit systems to arrive to destinations
such as Loma Linda VA Hospital, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. SunLine produced a commercial to promote the comfort and convenience of this
route to Riverside with many connections along the way. Click here to see the story of our bus to Riverside and beyond!
Desert Hot Springs Make a Difference Day Kick-Off Walk
I joined the United Way of the Desert in the Make a Difference Day kick-off walk in Desert Hot Springs on Aug. 22.
Make a Difference Day Nine Weekly Walks: Saturday, Oct. 24 is the 25th Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest, single day of volunteering.
The 30th Annual Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge will once again be the signature event held in the Coachella Valley, benefiting the United
Way of the Desert and numerous local health and human service nonprofits. From Aug. 22 to Oct. 17, The Desert Sun, in partnership with the United
Way of the Desert, is hosting a series of nine Saturday morning walks in all nine Coachella Valley cities. The free weekly community walks promote
exercise and healthy living while supporting local charities through the donation of items to United Way-supported programs. For a schedule of
events, visit my events calendar.
Know Your Rights/California “Social Security and the LGBT Community” Town Hall, Thursday, Sept. 29 - 8:30 a.m.: Know Your
Rights/California and The Center are hosting a town hall to educate LGBT seniors and families about their enhanced rights and resources under
Social Security. The “Social Security and the LGBT Community” town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Mizell Senior Center in
Palm Springs, 480 S. Sunrise Way. I am proud to co-sponsor this informative event. For more information and a flyer, visit my events calendar.
Southern California Energy + Water SummitSouthern California Energy + Water Summit, Sept. 30-Oct. 1: The County of Riverside is a
proud host of the Sixth Annual Southern California Energy + Water Summit, taking place in Palm Springs Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The summit features
bus tours of energy and water facilities throughout the Coachella Valley, keynote presentations, panel discussions, and an exhibit hall of cutting-edge
green technology and services. Prominent speakers include former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s Jonathan
Weisgall, California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister and State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. Event and
registration information is available at www.socalenergywatersummit.com.
Regional Access Project Foundation Communications Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 21 - 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The Regional Access
Project (RAP) Foundation, which funds health, mental health and juvenile intervention programs and services in eastern Riverside County, is hosting
a daylong communications conference: “Changing Lives, Making Impact” on Oct. 21. This conference will bring together nonprofit organizations
to learn about communications, leadership and financial development from keynote speakers and experts in the non-profit sector. The conference
features the presentation of the “Riverside County Causes Count” report, which will give an overview of the social and economic impacts of
nonprofits throughout Riverside County. Another highlight is the “Desert Fast Pitch” event, where six non-profit organizations will present a three-
minute “pitch” describing their program to compete for $72,000 in cash grant awards. Tickets for the conference are $100 per person. Event and
registration information is available at my events calendar.
Supervisor Benoit's EVENTS CALENDAR
Thank you for taking the time to read these periodic updates. It’s an honor to be your representative on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
PAUL BANNOCK WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO OUR BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY COUNCIL!
I will look forward to working with you on behalf of our wonderful Community.
By shopping standards, October is that odd month sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday shopping extravaganza.
But cost-conscious shoppers need not despair -- there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover items from previous
months to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. And don't forget, Halloween erupts in October.
Unless you thought way ahead and bought a costume and decorations last November when prices were at their lowest, you'll need to be on the
lookout for bargains this month. The longer you wait, the bigger the deals. There is a time constraint, however -- you won't find many costume
choices and sizes if you wait too long. The best time to buy Halloween gear is mid-month when selection is still decent and prices are lower.
Back-to-school shopping is over and the holiday shopping season is just about due, and much like the month of October, denim is stuck in the
middle. Retailers want to sell off back-to-school denim and make room for holiday trends, so keep your eye out for October deals on jeans.
This is the month when auto dealers are eager to make room on their lots for new models. October is prime time for striking a deal on a new car that
happens to be stamped with last year's date.
This is most likely the last month shoppers will see patio furniture, summer yard tools, and summer-themed decorations in stores until next spring.
And you know where to look: the clearance bins. Add window air conditioner units to the list of October deals and get ready for next summer now, for
With the best of summer hikes and campouts now a memory, camping gear will go on sale this month. Find cheap and discounted sleeping bags,
tents, and other camping equipment.
Cruises and vacations take a dip in prices in October, the shoulder month between summer vacations and holiday travel. School is back in session
but many destinations still enjoy balmy and temperate weather and won't be very crowded. In other words, prices will be significantly lower.
October is a month to celebrate a couple of food favorites. With football in the air, naming this National Pizza Month makes sense. Check out how
Cheapism.com ranked low-cost frozen pizzas and four pizza chains during blind tastings. October is also National Cookie Month, and Cheapism's
chocolate chip cookie taste-off stacked 10 well-known brands against each other.
October is the month when the fall bounty begins coming in even as some warm-weather plants produce their final yields. Look for cheap apples,
beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, grapes, honeydew melon, kale, leeks, lettuce, oranges, pears, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes,
and yams. If there's an apple orchard nearby, picking your own is cheaper yet. Sometimes the same can be said for pumpkins. Such outings in
search of fresh fall produce to incorporate into nutritious and budget-friendly meals make for a fun time with family and friends on a weekend morning.
September and October used to be the prime time to buy big appliances because this is when new models are introduced. In recent years, however,
the best big-appliance deals have been popping up in November, so hold off a few weeks before hitting the stores.
Deals on pots, pans, and small appliances are also more enticing next month, so don't bother searching right now. Better yet, wait for Black Friday
|God must love animals – He made so many of them!
|OLD PEOPLE SHOULDN'T EAT HEALTH FOODS. THEY NEED ALL THE
PRESERVATIVES THEY CAN GET!!!!!
|HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BROWN SUGAR
1 cup white sugar
(put in blender)
add 2 tablespoons molasses
blend until mixed
there you have it!
|And now an article from of my favorite publications
Ryan Mountain Ruins
Joshua Tree National Park
Text and Photos By Dave Taylor aka Space Coyboy
"I'm getting really freaked out, Dave," Night Owl said.
I chortled as I inspected the cave we had crawled into after a climb up a hillside, even as I stuck my GPS (a Global Positioning System instrument,
which determines geographic location with high precision) out our lofty perch to get a position fix from a satellite.
"No, I mean it," Night Owl said. "Someone's buried here."
Ryan Mountains Ruins
According to our topographic map, there were ruins up this hill east of Ryan Campground (one of nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree National
Park, one hundred forty miles east of Los Angeles), where Night Owl, my family and I had encamped, waiting for others from the DesertUSA
forums to rally. Between the campground and the ruins, a broken-line square and the letters "CEM" denoted a cemetery.
My wife, my son Alex and Night Owl had hiked east from our campsite, toward what appeared to be adobe ruins. The weather was perfect for
hiking, cool enough to inspire us to keep moving. We had worked through black bush, creosote and yucca, through the twisted dignity of Joshua
trees, around looming piles of boulders, as we followed a trail that passed a fallen gate, then finally through the entrance of an adobe building
which sits atop a rise. High walls and elongated windows made me think of a cathedral.
This is all that is left of the Ryan's ranch house, destroyed by vandals in 1978. The mountain behind the ruins is named for the Ryan brothers. From
the windows of the structure, we could see more ruins to the south, more adobe walls, then up the hill, modern structures, also abandoned.
I hadn't seen anything even vaguely looking like a graveyard. Night Owl claimed he'd spotted a stone wall far up the side of Ryan Mountain, and we
all followed his charge. Night Owl looked around the flat above the ragged teeth of stone, and frowned. "I thought for sure this was a man-made
"Nature's hand," I gasped.
As I looked back the way we'd come, through black bush and creosote, I could just see my wife and son. Alex had finally mutinied about a quarter
Ryan Mountains hike"Well, at least we found that tool," Night Owl offered. "Indians were up here for some reason." I nodded, too busy sucking air
to say anything more. Night Owl had found a stone ax, or chopper, smooth where hands had held it many times, the end chipped. He had returned
it meticulously to where he'd found it.
The drum solo my heart had been playing tapered off, and I started suspecting I might survive this climb. Presently, I realized we had both taken up
positions, like sentinels on these ramparts, standing silently, looking across the vast Joshua tree forest stretching away below us. I looked back
toward camp. Between us and it was a pump house and a large metal water tank, circa 1960's. Beyond that, closer to the adobe ruins, another
pump house, a fallen windmill tower, all now worthless. An earthquake in 1972 crushed the desert well here, cutting the water source off forever.
With my binoculars I glassed the area around the adobe structure.
"Where's the cemetery?" I asked out loud. "Bet'cha its off to the north of the ranch house," Night Owl offered.
We got back to my family, then worked our way down. We discovered a flat of boulders near the ranch house, where someone in historic times
had made extensive designs with small rocks: lizards, coyotes, tarantulas, yin-yang signs, peace signs, pentagrams and names. Some of them
are impressive. No one seems to know anything about these symbols. Still, no cemetery.
Finally we came down from the bluff in amongst some very large boulders outside a gate entrance. "It should be right here," I said, looking around
the boulders standing around us. "You mean there!" my wife said. "Where?" She pointed at my feet. Bread-loaf size rocks made a square, to the
right of my boot.
Among the towering boulders were five squares of stone, no more than five feet long. No iron gate, no chiseled headstones. This was a pioneers'
graveyard, where only the danger of you being dug up by coyotes made them bury you deep. The prayers over you done, the others got back to the
business of keeping themselves alive.
"Dates!" my wife said. A huge split boulder, with two small graves tucked into the crevices, had over each of them "1897," neatly painted in black.
Children's' graves, or babies, maybe not even named yet, that rated the year being fixed above them.
The lonely truth of a graveyard seems doubly poignant in the desert. In the desert you ponder life, the nature of time and how much of it you've got,
and what it all means in the grand scheme of things. The grave pretty much sums up the answers.
Walking around this boulder, back to the graves we had already found, I spotted something etched into another, even taller, stand of boulders. "It's
a fish," Night Owl said.
"The real thing? A petroglyph?"
"We both know what a petroglyph [an image the Indians carved or pecked into stone] looks like," Night Owl answered blandly. "But, what's it doing
I looked around, then up the boulders. Above us, cutting through the boulders, was a natural tunnel. I crawled up into the split, into a roomy cave
with a flat sandy floor, and another tunnel going to the other side of the rock pile. Out the other way, a grand view of the campgrounds. I stuck my
GPS out. The GPS screen gave me something I rarely see, the indication that no satellites were available. I moved it around, looked up to see if
boulders above blocked a clear shot. The indicator persisted.
"Someone's buried here," said Night Owl.
I looked back at Night Owl as his blunt declaration sank in. "Where?" I asked. He nodded toward the tunnel, yet made no move toward it. I sighed,
got on all fours and crawled into the passageway, then out the other side. A small plateau here with brush and stone gave me a view back towards
the ruins. Still, no sign of a grave. On the way back, I noted the bread-loaf size rocks and the softness of the sand floor in the shaft.
"Nothing," I said.
"Yeah, but, did the sand feel like it had any depth?" I frowned at Night Owl. "You mean the sand I just scrambled across on all fours?" Night Owl
looked at me quizzically. "Well, yeah." For some reason, it seemed prudent to leave.
We found my family poking around the far side of these boulders. More graves are tucked against them, other graves are out in the open.
We discovered another large boulder that serves as a headstone for two graves partially obscured by brush, with names and dates neatly painted
above them: "James, 1893", then "Lopes, 1894". According to Robert Cates' book, "Joshua Tree National Park: A Visitor's Guide" Frank L.
James was a prospector murdered for his gold claim. Lopes may have been a victim of a brawl where five men died.
We headed back toward camp. We discovered still more graves. Another pile of boulders, even closer to the campground, was riddled with
dozens of morteros and obvious cave dwellings. I marked them with my GPS. "How's it doing?" Night Owl asked. "Locked right on," I said.
The graves are stark evidence of how the pioneering human population of this region failed to survive. Now the coyote population is at risk.
As the park rangers will tell you, it is a bad idea to feed the coyotes!
Having come in from the West Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, you're driving along the road, your passengers gawking at the eerie,
otherworldly landscape of twisted Joshua trees and piles of boulders, when suddenly, someone cries out, "There's a coyote!" You slow down for a
Joshua Tree has organized coyotes like Yosemite has begging bears. According to the park Coyoterangers, during the busy time of the season, a
group of coyotes has conceived a plan. One will skirt Park Boulevard's edges, showing itself to the passing motorist, slowing traffic, and shortly,
other coyotes will come up to the slowing or stopped vehicles and petition for food.
The coyote is considered the most adaptive of the desert animals, constantly finding new ways of surviving. This time, however, the animals have
outsmarted themselves because they whelp pups that learn how to beg and not how to hunt. When the slow season comes, the hot months of
summer, the pups don't know how to survive. They starve to death. Momentary entertainment by the side of the road causes traffic congestion, puts
drivers and passengers at risk, and results in tragedy long after the visitors have left.
If you go to Joshua National Park, explore the ruins and graves, but do not feed the coyotes. If you camp in the park, you will know the coyotes
more intimately than you can ever hope for, when the Choir of the Desert sings its eerie hymns in the night.
|“Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22
mph. He thinks to himself, this driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!” So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.
Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies — two in the front seat and three in the back — wide-eyed and
white as ghosts.”
“The driver, obviously confused, says to him, ‘Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to
be the problem?’
‘Ma’am,’ the officer replies, ‘you weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a
danger to other drivers.’
‘Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly … 22 miles an hour!’ the old woman says a bit
“The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle, explains to her that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit.
A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.
‘But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they
haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time,’ the officer asks.
‘Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute, Officer. We just got off Route 119.’ ”
About the beginning of the month of September, we had a new officer assigned to Bermuda Dunes community. Code Officer
Brenda Hannah is very familiar with the Overlay, in fact she has had this area before.
Thank you for making my time assigned to Bermuda Dunes a pleasurable experience.
Code Enforcement Officer, Riverside County Code Enforcement
Thanks for sending me this new information. I know Brenda and am looking forward to working with her.
October 8 - 10, 2015
Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, California
Mancuso Show Management is pleased to announce the return of Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs.
Along with many fine vendors and sponsors at the Quiltfest, Show Management will also
present an all-star line-up of international and nationally renowned instructors and, of
course, fabulous quilts. The international entries of the 2015 World Quilt Competition XIX will
once again be the centerpiece of this event, along with many spectacular special exhibits. We
hope you will enjoy Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs!