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COUNTY
INFORMATION:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Council
Meets the 2nd Thursday
every other month

supervisor's office
joe pradetto
760 863 8211

sheriff's Department
Lt. Mike Manning
760 863 8784

Cal fire
Battalion Chief
Eddy Moore
760 540 1878

code enforcement
brenda hannah
760 393 3344

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center
Manny Marrujo
Community Services
Coordinator  Bermuda
Dunes Community Center
Email
mmarrujo@drd.us.com
Cell: 760-508-9562.

Bermuda dunes Airport




Robert Berriman, Mgr.
PH: 760 345 2558

Myoma Water Co
Mark Meeler
General Manager
Myoma Dunes Water
Company
79050 Avenue 42
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
760-772-1967  Office
760-345-9761  FAX

graffiti Removal
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444

rubbish retrieval
760 320 1048

ILLEGAL DUMPING
1 393 3344

Dept of Animal Services
760 343 3644

SALTON SEA
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USEFUL INFO
ABOUT BDSA AND
BDCA




BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every
month

BDSA
Responsibilities:

Bermuda Dunes Security
Association (BDSA) is
responsible for streets
(potholes, cracks, street
drainage and dry wells),
Security entry/exit, patrol
vehicles, cable TV
agreement, fee collection
& payment, gates & gate
lights, medians, walls,
guardhouses and all
street/gate signage.

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
Contact:
John Walters-Clar
k
760 346 1161

The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.
Admin staff can also assist
with access to the
Resident Login System
access.

Admin hours are as
follows:

Monday 10-6
Tuesday10-6
Wednesday Closed
Thursday10-6  
Friday10-6
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Glass Gate: 760-772-3137
Admin Building:
760-772-3140

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Association Meets
Third Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. each month

EXCEPT AUGUST
Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Here is what
BDCA is
responsible for:

Bermuda Dunes
Community Association
(BDCA) is responsible for
most problems relating to
property owner's home
and lot, dogs,
landscaping, pool
draining, trash cans,
fountains and landscaping
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

Dues are $100 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum

New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309
Email:greg.gamboa@
managementtrust.com.

The Management Co.
39755 Berkey Drive, Suite
A • Palm Desert, CA 92211

P: (760) 776-5100 x6343
F: (760) 776-5111

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TODAY is Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The Dunes Club has arranged a Stay-and-Play Package with
the Bermuda Dunes Country Club. Rentals are being offered
from May through September, on a weekly basis, and include
accommodations, with golf & cart for the couple every day during
the visit!

As you are aware, space is limited at The Dunes Club. So if you
have an interest please contact our offices ASAP for details at
760.772-9877


Thank you,
Vanessa Estes
Executive Assistant
The Dunes Club

42-325 Adams St.
Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
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NOTE FROM MRS. B

I would like to encourage everyone to participate in my blog and website

I am very much interested in knowing what the community is thinking

Here is a questionnaire for you to fill out and send me your replies

I will compile all comments and share them here

QUESTIONNAIRE

Please DO NOT feel that you have to answer all of these questions - Just the ones that pertain to you and your family...
Or add other suggesions and/or comments!

Why did you move to Berrmuda Dunes?

Is the community all you thought it would be? If not what has disappointed you?

Do you feel our community is divided in any way?

How could we improve our community?

What would you like to see in our community that we don't have?

How can we become better acquainted with one another?

How can
you help the community?

Are you a young family? If so - what could we do to better serve you and your children?

Are you a senior? What can we do to help you?

Over the years I have become good email buddies with seniors who miss
the opportunity to be heard. Often times they are living alone and are lonely.

Do you volunteer outside out community?
If so, where?

Send us your information for inclusion on this blog

Since we do not have a central location to meet and visit - what suggestions do you have to remedy this?

Did you like the Halloween Party and Bermuda Dunes Country Club hosted this past year?

Are you an animal lover?

Do you have a dog? Or a cat?

What type of material would you like to see on this blog?

We used to feature individuals in our community - would you like more of this?

We also did articles on pets. Would you like to see more of this?

Would you like to have articles by other individuals on this blog?

Do you mind that I don't allow BDSA/BDCC/BDCHOA controversy on this blog?

Would you like more controversial material on this site?

Are you a snowbird? What would be helpful for you when you are away from Bermuda Dunes?

Thanks for your help in making this community and this website and blog better.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mrs. B





Keep Me Wild: Coyote

Wild Animals Ruined, Even Killed, by People’s Carelessness!

Wild animals are in trouble, and the problem is people who are careless with food and garbage.

Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature fearful of
humans.











If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose caution and fear. They may cause
property damage. They might threaten human safety. They might be killed.

Relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else’s neighborhood.

Help prevent human-coyote conflicts.

"Coyote country" precautions

Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The result may be deadly conflicts with pets or livestock, or serious injuries to small children.

Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.

Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.

Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.

If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.

If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the nearest Department of Fish and Wildlife or law enforcement office.

Stash Your Food and Trash

Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is reckless and deadly.

Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food but will take advantage of whatever is available including garbage, pet food,
and domestic animals.

Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.

Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.

Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.

Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other coyote prey.

Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other livestock.

Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.

Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.

Please respect and protect wild animals.

Keep them wild.

Click HERE for additional information on how to protect our wildlife. This site contains so much interesting information.
I think you will enjoy it.

Mrs. B
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PLEASE SEND US YOUR COMMENTS, CONCERNS,
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Dear Mrs. B,

Would you be kind enough to post the attached notice in your Blog for me?

I appreciate it.

Thank you

Greg Gamboa | Community Association Manager

The Management Trust

Thanks for this information, Greg. I will get it posted by Wednesday.


RESIDENTS – Please remember that there are no “Short Term Rentals” allowed in the Bermuda Dunes Community, Except for the
one week prior – the week during and one week after the Humana (Formally known as The Bob Hope Classic) Golf Tournament.
All rentals must be listed with The Management Trust and the Security Office with the name and number of occupants.
Should you have any questions please, contact Greg Gamboa of The Management Trust at greg.gamboa@managementtrust.com
Thank you.


ATTENTION ALL EMPTY LOT OWNERS – For those of you that may not have been contacted, please address any weeds and
dust suppression needed on your empty lot before June. Respect your neighbors and help keep your beautiful Community looking
Proud!

Should you need assistance in locating a landscaper to assist you please, contact greg.gamboa@managementtrust.com and he
will be happy to provide you a couple of phone numbers of reputable business.

To: theblogfolks@bdcommun.com
Sent: Monday, May 8, 2017 11:28 AM
Subject: care givers

looking for experienced caregiver recommendations.
contact person is robert at 760-275-3030.

thankyou
Nice new street signs.

Mary Gipson
Bermuda Dunes Community Council  Agenda
6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017
Bermuda Dunes Community Center
78-400 Avenue 42, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203


I.  Pledge of Allegiance

II.  Roll Call  

III.  Swearing-In of Councilmember Michael Pierson

IV.  Approval of the Minutes – March 9, 2017  

V.  Councilmember Reports and Comments

VI.  New Business: Presenters must direct their report to the council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may allow
questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the Chair.  

a.  Presentation:

Unpermitted Coachella Parties

i. Background: The residents of the Bermuda Dunes community reported an increase in unpermitted parties in the area as a result
of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Code Enforcement will discuss the permitting process and the measures they take
to inform people of the ordinances and post advisory notices.

The Sheriff’s Department will discuss their response to this year’s festivities, the regulations they have to follow, and plans to
address the problem next year.

ii. Code Enforcement – Brenda Hannah, 760-393-3344, bhannah@rivco.org

iii. Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Michael Manning, 760-863-8990, mmanning@riversidesheriff.org  

Discussion: Traffic Accidents in Washington Square Shopping Center (42nd Ave and Washington St.)

i. Background: Chairwoman Donna Hubenthal requested that the council discuss the safety of the Washington Square Shopping
Center, managed by Milan Capital Management.    

VII.  Staff Reports: Presenters must direct their report to the council. At the conclusion of the presentation, Chair may allow
questions. Each speaker must first be recognized by the Chair.  

1.  Office of Supervisor John J. Benoit – Brittney Baird, 760-863-8211, bbaird@rivco.org

a.  Requested Updates On: 

Traffic study on 42nd and Adams Street to determine if a traffic signal is needed  

Plans to slurry 42nd Street and, also Country Club Dr.  

Status of the proposed project at Yucca Lane and 42nd Street

Whether a dedicated right-hand turn lane is possible on Country Club Dr. and Carter St.  

2.  Sheriff’s Department – Lt. Michael Manning, 760-863-8990, mmanning@riversidesheriff.org

3.  CAL Fire – Battalion Chief Eddy Moore, 760-540-1878, eddy.moore@fire.ca.gov

4.  Code Enforcement – Brenda Hannah, 760-393-3344, bhannah@rctlma.org

5.  Desert Recreation District – Manny Marrujo, 760-347-3484, mmarrujo@drd.us.com  

6.  CHP – Officer Phil Watkins, 760-772-5300, pwatkins@chp.ca.gov  

7.  Bermuda Dunes Airport – Bob Berriman, 760-345-2558, rberiman@bermudadunesairport.org

8.  Other Departments

Please limit your remarks to 3 minutes.  

VIII.  Agenda Items for next meeting

IX.  Adjourn meeting

2017 meeting schedule: Jan 12, Mar 9, May 11, Sept 14, Nov 9 (Additional meetings may be added if needed). Please visit
Supervisor Benoit’s Web site to access more information: www.RivCo4.org If you would like to get agenda’s and other important
meeting information for the Bermuda Dunes Community Council, please send your email address to Brittney Baird at bbaird@rcbos.
org.  

Jacob Alvarez Member jacobalvarez@outlook.com

Donna Hubenthal Chair dhateasystreet@msn.com

Michael Pierson Member mpierson@dmiwcw.com  

Jeff Wattenbarger Vice-Chair jeff@wattenbargerconst.com

Jim Snellenberger Member jimws1@me.com  
Dear Mrs. B

Please put this on the blog.

Thanks
Kim Laidlaw, Animal Samaritans


Celebrate Compassion with Be Kind to Animals Week®
For immediate Release – May 9, 2017

The nationally recognized Be Kind to Animals Week® is happening now - May 7 - 14!

Animal Samaritans was founded in part to educate grade and middle school children on animal abandonment and abuse, as a
means of ending the cycle of abuse against animals, which left unchallenged, often leads to abuse against people.  Currently, our
bilingual Humane Educator annually visits approximately 10,000 children from all three school districts here in the Coachella Valley.

Each presentation includes a visit with a live animal friend, an age-appropriate animal-themed lecture, and presentation, and
educational handouts for students and parents. Presentations are available in both English and Spanish.

Since 1978, Animal Samaritans has been the only non-profit in the Coachella Valley offering bilingual humane education classes in
local schools to accommodate the requirements of California education section 233.5.

Over the course of 36 years, we developed a grade specific curriculum which teaches compassion and empathy for animals,
responsible and safe pet care, animal CPR classes, how to recognize animal neglect and abuse and more.  When you see the
environmental friendly car travelling through the streets of the Coachella Valley, Animal Samaritans is on their way to educating
more children about the importance of Being Kind to Animals.  This car was a donation to Animal Samaritans Education Program
from The William C Bannerman Foundation.

Through the Boys and Girls club in Desert Hot Springs, Animal Samaritans holds a summer Critter Camp that focuses on kindness
and empathy for all living creatures.

Animal Samaritans was founded in 1978, and is a leading 501(c) (3) no-kill animal shelter, full-service veterinary clinic, and
comprehensive outreach animal welfare organization committed to “Improving the Lives of Animals and People.”  In addition to our
high-quality affordable veterinary services, we rely on individual and corporate donors, grants, planned giving, and fundraising
efforts to maintain and expand our many programs and services.  We employ roughly 40 employees and utilize community
volunteers to carry out our mission. We champion compassion and respect for all living creatures, with a primary focus on dogs,
cats, and the humans who love them.
NOTE FROM MRS. B

This past week has been dedicated to trying to find out information about our desert predators.

We inadvertently blamed a coyote for the last attack on a neighbor's cat, when, in fact, it had been hit by a car and left
to die. A coyote then attacked the dead animal and hauled it over to another location.

The owner of the cat and her neighbor met through the blog. The owner of the cat went to Animal Control to see her dead
cat and Animal Control was able to verify that the cat had been hit by a car first.

I have spoken to Fish and Wildlife, Animal Control, Detective Salas and others to get the scoop to share with you.

First of all, it is illegal to shoot a firearm in our area. This comes with large fines, so, please don't shoot our wildlife.

It would be possible for our community to hire a professional trapper, but they must be certified by Fish and Wildlife
and would come with a considerable price tag...and they kill the coyotes.

As I see it - we invaded the home of our wildlife and we need to make some adjustments in our thinking. I know, this
doesn't seem fair, but after talking with lots of professionals, including Kim Laidlaw of Animal Samartians, I have
adjusted and hope you will also.

I am including information on how best to survive with God's creatures... Coyotes, owls and bobcats! Yes, I have a
photo of a bobcat lounging in a yard in Rancho LaQuinta Country Club and I also received an mail from a reader in Sun
City near our community.
Keep Me Wild


Wild animals don’t need your handouts.
They need your respect.

You may not realize it – a simple bag of garbage, bowl of pet food, or plate of leftovers left outside your home or vacation site, can
cause severe harm to wildlife.

Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors. Most wild animals will not bother you. They
naturally fear humans and keep their distance – so long as they remain fully wild.

But if wild animals have access to human food and garbage, they want more and more. They lose their natural fear of humans and
can become aggressive.

If bears and other wild animals damage property or threaten human safety, they might be killed. Allowing wild animals access to
human food is dead wrong.

Please – stash your food and trash.

Keep them wild.
This is a email from Rancho La Quinta CC. YIKES.....

In a message dated 5/9/2017 4:18:29 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, eBlast SECURITY
Casitas Residents -


















This is a reminder that bobcats do roam throughout our community. The below photo was taken by a Rancho La Quinta
homeowner on Monday morning, while on a walk near Vista Estrella.

While bobcats are usually shy and tend to avoid interaction with humans, it is important to remember that they are predators. Their
main prey sources are rabbits, birds and other small wildlife but it's hard for a bobcat to tell the difference between a rabbit and a
small pet.

Residents are asked to be diligent in monitoring small children and pets outdoors. Pets should not be left outside unsupervised or
unattended, especially after daylight hours. Please note the following suggested deterrents from the Department of Fish and Game:

Minimize Encounters

Immediately protect children and pets.

Back away from the bobcat slowly and deliberately.

Avoid running away as this could trigger a pursuit response.

If possible, spray the animal with water.

When possible, make a lot of noise (i.e. bang pans or b low an air horn).

Protect Your Yard

Trim back excess vegetation that might otherwise provide cover.

Do not leave pet food or water outdoors.

Never leave pets outdoors, unsupervised.
Thanks for all you do.  It's so reassuring to have a kind
and generous Mrs. B in a new home town.  

Judy N��

Samantha Manning, Bermuda Golf Club Estates









Found this small dog today near Ave. 42 and the Bermuda Dunes country club. This little one looks like she or
he has been on the streets for some time. Anyone missing a dog similar to this??! Please let me know or
spread the word if you know anyone who has lost their pup. Thank you

Note from Mrs. B

Since Samantha did not give her phone number, please email me and I will get your info to her.
Mrs. B

I saw the above mentioned article (It is where a newborn coyote is found by someone's house and rushed to a place called
WildCare in San Rafael, CA, for care).  

I thought of the continual concern about coyotes seen here in the desert.  When we moved here in 1988, we often heard coyotes
howling at night and didn't think much about it.  We realized that this is the coyotes' home, too. But at that time this was more like a
rural area.  Aren't the coyotes now blocked in on all sides by big and busy streets. How do the coyotes even find water?  (Of
course, taking care of the people and our cats and dogs, is the most important thing to focus on.)  But about 7 years ago when a
big coyote got hit and killed by a car on Adams Street, people who were there seemed very sad.  One boy was beside himself
crying.  

(The subject article was interesting to me.  A newborn coyote looked like a little puppy, but it was a little wild animal instead.)

An opinion.

Thanks. Sally W
Note from Mrs. B

I had been searching for professional coyote trappers...I sent an email to my friend Kim who is a professional feral cat
trapper. Her response is below:

Hi Mrs. B

Trappers will kill them. They are considered nuisance animals, they won't relocate. So I stay away from that whole thing. They are
hungry, they are all over the valley right now,  it's heartbreaking .

Sorry I don't have any information to help...

Kim

Hi Kim and thanks so much for your information. I had no idea they would kill them.

It is heartbreaking that they just cannot relocate them.

Mrs. B
Mrs. B,

Here is the phone number for
Riverside County Animal Control. 760 343-3644.  Brenda at the Riverside Code Control office
provided it to me.  She said she would advise them of our coyote problem and that if we inundate them with calls they will  take the
concern more seriously.

Please post this on the blog and urge folks to pick up the phone and make their concerns known.

We should be prepared for their response that the coyotes were here first -- then ask them what the 'control' in Animal Control
means.

Gordy Jenkins

Thank Gordy for your information. You and I have been working aggressively to keep our animals safe and get the
coyotes relocated.

Please call Riverside County Animal Control and let your concerns be known. They relocate - not kill!

Mrs. B
V Manuel Perez


Good morning everyone!

Foremost, Thank you for all the good will and moral support.

Let me say that I am humbled and honored to serve as the next Supervisor for Riverside County's 4th District.

However, let us not forget the unfortunate circumstance as to why we are here. It is not lost on me that this appointment would not
have happened were it not for Supervisor John J. Benoit's ultimate passing. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.

I also want to express that his shoes as well as the shoes of late Supervisor Roy Wilson will be difficult to fill. But I will strive to live
up to their legacies in ensuring that others come before self.

It is my intent to work on behalf of the entire District and County and I extend a sincere handshake to everyone. Especially to all
candidates that sought the appointment. A warm hug to you all.

Over the next few days I will transition out of my current professional role and hope to be sworn in next week. We will keep you all
posted.

Much love,

VMP

Note from Council Chairwoman Hubenthal:

Finally, a replacement for our beloved Supervisor, John Benoit. You will always be missed, but it is now time to
move forward.

Looking forward to meeting Mr. Perez and working with him to keep Bermuda Dunes great!
COMMENTS FROM FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
NOTE FROM MRS. B

This will be the last week I run my Questionnaire. I have had over 75 responses. I will recap all of them for you next
week.

Thanks for being part of making Bermuda Dunes great.
Original post by Sharon Nielsen from Bermuda

Can anyone recommend a catering taco truck that will come to
your house

Kim Carrera, North La Quinta

Tacos Gonzalez. Their asada tacos are amazing!! They have a
restaurant on the corner of Jefferson and 111 across from Home
Depot. They do catering as well. I believe they have a $500
minimum for catering. Great food and the owners are great too!

Tacos Gonzalez was the winner.
Mrs. B

I went to the last BDSA Board meeting at the club. You said that
for $10 you got munchies and drinks. The drinks are extra.

Just thought you should know.

Marilyn

Thanks for correcting me. Marilyn.  I appreciate it.
The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and
quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it. Jim Fowler
NOTE FROM MRS. B

My good friend, Emma, who works in rehab at The Living Desert has given me some good advice that I will share.

First of all, we have many predators in the valley. Not just coyotes; racoons, bobcats, gray foxes, black bears and
western spotted skunks, and the Great Horned Owl.

TLD has just finished a program to see just what coyotes eat. 40% of their diet is vegetation. Oranges, apples,
grapefruit, lemons - are you getting the picture? By leaving all of these things on the ground will and does attract all of
the predators. Especially, coyotes.

Her idea would be for our community to trim all vegetation so these animals cannot find a place to hide, don't leave out
water or pet food and always be cautious with small animals.

The Great Horned Owl can weigh up to 5 pounds, so essentially he could carry away any animal that is 1/2 of its
weight.

Also, if you know of anyone who is feeding feral cats - they are also adding to the food chain for the coyotes.

Tell your neighbors to STOP FEEDING FERAL CATS!
NOTE FROM MRS. B

I just love the internet. I was actually looking for info on predators and up popped this interesting article. Check it out.
And, yes, I did cut and paste it.

MAY 5, 2017
Animal Predatory Behavior Decreases Near Desert Wind Turbines, Study Finds

"These findings could be helpful in assisting managers to design future wind energy facilities with species in mind."

Wind turbines overlooking Whitewater Creek and Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, California. (PHOTO: David McNew / Getty
Images News / Getty Images)













PALM SPRINGS, CA – A study conducted at the windmills near Palm Springs showed that predators are less likely to attack prey
living near the wind turbines, including desert tortoises that burrow in the Coachella Valley.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Geological Survey employed motion-activated cameras facing
the entrances of 46 active desert tortoise burrows at the 5.2-square-kilometer wind energy facility.

They found that predators are far more likely to visit the tortoises' burrows near dirt roads and far less likely to visit burrows close
to turbines.

The five predator species monitored included bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes, black bears and western spotted skunks, who
scientists say were not actively hunting the tortoises but seeking smaller prey that frequently live in desert tortoise burrows.

"These findings could be helpful in assisting managers to design future wind energy facilities with species in mind," said lead
author Mickey Agha. "There may be benefits to adding space between turbines and increasing the number of dirt roads, to
potentially provide habitat for sensitive terrestrial wildlife."

Scientists behind the study -- which was published in the April issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management -- say the findings
show that the design of wind energy infrastructure impacts animal behavior, an area of study rarely touched on.

"There is little information on predator-prey interactions in wind energy landscapes in North America, and this study provides a
foundation for learning more," said Jeffrey Lovich, USGS scientist and study co-author.

"Further investigation of causes that underlie road and wind turbine effects, such as ground vibrations, sound emission and traffic
volume, could help provide a better understanding of wildlife responses to wind energy development," he said.
Posted 1:37 PM  
Subject Headings: bobcat, Coachella Valley, desert tortoise, Palm Springs, predation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), wind power
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The Guzzler
Mrs. B...

We bought in Bermuda Dunes 2 years ago after renting for 4
years in la Quinta Fairways...we like the eclectic homes, not
cookie cutter...and our eclectic, interesting friendly neighbors.

Am dissatisfied that garbage trucks pass by everyday many
times...we are snowbirds and are used to an organized
collection route = one day a week one company route for whole
neighborhood.

We appreciate and enjoy the blog as is...

We are dog lovers ... This is Daisy "holding" her bone !!!










cathie.petsch

Hi Cathie:

Thanks so much for contacting me with your reasons for
moving to our community and just fyi - I added Daisy to
our Pet Page. She is now an honorable member of 'Paw
Patrol.'

I am sorry to hear about the garbage trucks. Our day for
pickup is Friday. What day do they collect in your area?

Mrs. B