Join us for the last breakfast of the season!

Saturday, February 13

Get rawrr'd up for an encounter that will bring dinosaurs to life in front of your very eyes.  The Guardians of The
Living Desert are planning a special morning of fun and activities.

Members are invited to have

Breakfast with the Dinos!

Located at the Discovery Center

Adults $ 20 * Children $15

7:30 - 8:30 am


Reservations Required * Limited Seating
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Today is Monday, February 1, 2016



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

supervisor benoit's office
joe pradetto
760 863 8211

sheriff's Department
lt. Johnny Rodriguez
760 863 8990

Cal fire
Battalion Chief
Eddy Moore
760 540 1878

code enforcement
brenda hannah
760 393 3344

Bermuda Dunes
Community Center
Axl Spinks
760 347 3484

graffiti Removal
1 951 955 3333
1 866 732 1444

rubbish retrieval
760 320 1048

1 393 3344

ANIMAL control
1 760 343 3644

Click HERE

BDSA Meeting
Adm Bldg

4th Thurs. of every
month at 4PM


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.

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

Admin hours are as

Monday 10-6
Wednesday Closed
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:

Bermuda Dunes
Home Owner's
Association Meets
Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Here is what
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
at the main gate.

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board.

Dues are $120 per year
and are payable in
January in lump sum.

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

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

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Palm Springs Art

Free Admission Every
Thursday, 4-8 p.m.

Thank You to the City of
Palm Springs
Now that the Town Hall meetings have concluded,  I do want you to know that you can still get your questions answered.
Simply contact Robert Nelson,, Ron Rowell,, or Rob Watson,,
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Help restore the Salton Sea!

Take your support for the Salton Sea “on the road.” You can reserve a specialty license plate of the Salton Sea and
do your part to help restore the Sea’s air quality, wildlife habitat and precious water. When 7,500 people have sent
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As you know, I am a YES for this proposal. As you can see by the date above '2004' - I have ALWAYS been about

I do not feel the RCM is a bailout for the Club and Golf Course. If I did, I would vote NO.

We need parks for our kids to play freely and not worry about them getting hit by a speeding car. Many young families
who reside here have to take their kids outside our gates in order for them to play.

I propose that some of the money be spent in providing a nice park, with all the latest fun play ground equipment for
our children. And...then why not an off leash dog park? I know many do not have dogs, but others' needs could be
addressed in other ways i.e., vehicle storage, new tennis courts, larger workout facility. You name it, we can do it!

I do see an opportunity here to build our community into a setting where others will want to purchase a home
and live.

If I owned rental property - I would welcome this opportunity. What a draw for a golf at a private club with
lots of wonderful history. And...if I were selling...what an added plus...and if I was going to live the rest of my life
here...I would still vote YES...because I love our community and want more good things to happen here...and it only
costs us $50....$30 to help offset expenses for Golf Course and Club...and $20 for Community projects!

We live in a Democratic Country. Thank Goodness.

The final results will be up to everyone in this community - and it easily solvable - You have two options - YES or NO
Que sera, sera


Yes, it is illegal to put fliers in someone else’s mailbox and trespass.

Thank you for asking if there was a rule in the CC&R’s prohibiting these things. My answer is there is no verbiage in the CC&Rs
prohibiting people from putting flyers in people’s mailboxes. I’m sure the reason why the CC&Rs are silent is because other
government entities (such as the post office for mailboxes and the police department for trespassing) do deem those
actions illegal.


Leslee Cicogna, PCAM®, AMS®, CMCA®

Community Association Manager


34th La Quinta Arts Festival

Ranked #1 in the Nation 2013, 2014, 2015!
March 3 – 6, 2016 – 10AM to 5PM
La Quinta Civic Center Park

Steve Geracimos  from Esplanade  

I am available 24-7 for your driving needs. I am punctual and reliable. Reasonable rates, $50 to the airport.


Check the  List, Click on 'T' for transportation
Mrs B.

Does anyone know where you can purchase eggs directly from a farmer near here.  

I have eggs here at my juice bar that are from my neighbors hens. $9 for 18 jumbo eggs. My juice bar is next to Subway on
Washington and Country Club.

I have 3 cartoons of 18 eggs left. For the jumbo they are $9 for the regular size they are $7.50. They are sized by weight

Karen Livreri,   Bermuda Triangle   
11th Annual Desert Garden Tour

The 11th Annual Desert Garden Tour will be held Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 12 Noon to 4 PM. Presented by The Desert
Horticultural Society of Coachella Valley, this year’s event features desert-friendly, water conserving gardens of all sizes, from small
patios to HOA conversions.

Enjoy self-guided walks through Palm Springs gardens showcasing a variety of landscapes and gardens both large and small.
Created by homeowners and design professionals, these gardens offer insight and inspiration that speak to every garden

“This year we’re focusing on landscapes and gardens in large and small environments,” says Lisha Astorga, DHSCV Events
Coordinator. “Some of us have large garden spaces, while others have small, patio size or even balcony gardens. But no matter the
size, you can take ideas from these gardens that will add color and beauty and conserve water, too.”

This year’s event begins at 12 Noon, allowing guests up to four hours to tour the featured gardens. All guests check in and receive
tour maps at Wellness Park on the corner of Via Miraleste and Tachevah in Palm Springs.

Pre-registration will be available online starting February 15 via Paypal here. Guests may also register on-site from 12 Noon to 2
PM at Wellness Park the day of the event. There is no cost for current DHSCV members. Admission is $15 for non-members and $5
for students (No checks or credit cards can be accepted. Cash only please).

The Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley was founded in 2005 to promote the use of desert appropriate plants that
support local wildlife and conserve water. DHSCV members include home gardeners, landscape professionals, volunteers and staff
of The Living Desert, faculty and staff from local area colleges and water districts, and many others who share a love of gardening
and conservation in our beautiful desert. Each year, DHSCV supports community programs including desert landscape conversions
and scholarships for Coachella Valley horticulture students.
Come join Lake Cahuilla for their Annual Fishing Derby. Rain or shine, be ready to reel them in
February 27, 2016. Gates open at 6:00 am, cast your line by 7:00 am, and catch the biggest trout by
12:00 pm. Many great prizes available to those who qualify, prizes will be awarded shortly after. This
event is great for the whole family; enjoy beautiful scenery and fishing excitement.

Purchase advance tickets for $12.00 at Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, or by clicking below. All derby
entrants are required a state fishing license, (not sold at park) for more information, please call
(760) 564-4712. For reservations and special camping packages, call 1(800) 234-7275.
Excerpted from
Geology of the Imperial Valley

FOR THREE MILLION YEARS, at least through all the years of the Pleistocene glacial age, the Colorado River worked to build its delta. By then, the delta
had reached the western shore of the Gulf of California (the Sea of Cortez) creating a massive dam which excluded the sea from the northern reaches of
the Gulf. Meandering at random across the ever-growing fan-shaped mass, the river changed its course constantly. For a while, the course would shift to
the north, and the stream flowed into the isolated Salton basin, filling it with a large freshwater lake. Eventually, a river shift to the south to the Gulf of
California would abandon the inland lake to evaporation and extinction.  
As a result, the Salton basin has had a long history of alternately being occupied by a fresh water lake and being a dry, empty desert basin, all according to
the random river flow, and the balance between inflow and evaporative loss. A lake would exist only when it was replenished by the river, a cycle that
repeated itself countless times over hundreds of thousands of years.

There is abundant evidence that the basin was occupied by multiple lakes during this period. Wave-cut shorelines at various elevations are still preserved
on the hillsides of the east and west margins of the present lake, the Salton Sea, showing that the basin was occupied intermittently as recently as a few
hundred years ago. The last of the Pleistocene lakes to occupy the basin was Lake Cahuilla, identified on older maps as Lake Leconte.

Lake Cahuilla

Lake Cahuilla was possibly one of the largest lakes of the past. It was a huge freshwater body covering over 2,000 square miles to a depth of more than
300 feet. The lake was almost 100 miles long by 35 miles across at its widest point, extending from the delta in Mexico north to the vicinity of Indio. It was
six times the size of the present Salton Sea. This ancient freshwater lake completely filled the Salton Basin to overflowing behind the natural delta-dam.

The muddy water of the Colorado River flowed into Lake Cahuilla for centuries. The rich soil of the Imperial and lower Coachella Valleys was built up from
river silt deposited on the floor of the old lake. The thick accumulation of lakebed deposits is evidence of a long period of deposition.

The shoreline of the old lake is still visible at the base of the surrounding mountains. It averages about 40 feet above sea level, but varies from 25 to 50 feet
elevation. The variability of elevation is thought to be due to subsidence of the basin floor.

Radiocarbon age-dating of charcoal and fish bones found interstratified in the lagoonal silts behind gravel bars suggests that the lake existed since before
the year 1200. Further evidence discloses that about 900 years ago, while Lake Cahuilla was a young, vigorous freshwater lake, the Cahuilla Indians,
generally thought to be connected to the Aztecs by language, appeared from the northeast.

With the first Spanish explorations in the 16th century, they found no lake in the Salton Basin. This suggests that Lake Cahuilla had evaporated completely
by 1600, or about 400 years ago. Yet, these early Spanish records allude to Indian legends of the existence of a large body of water to the west. The
Indians now living in the Coachella Valley have distinct legends to the effect that at some time in the past the valley was occupied by a large body of water.

Prof. Blake in his 1854 exploration report notes that the Indians told him of a time when a great body of water existed in which there were many fish and of
the manner in which the water disappeared 'poco a poco' (little by little) until the lake became dry. The Indians now living in the desert put this event as far
back as the lives of four or five very old men. (The year 1900 less four or five times 60 years would place the approximate time of its end at about the year

Lake Cahuilla's end must have been rapid when it came. The lake had been sustained for centuries as the net inflow of river water balanced the loss by
evaporation. But again, the river changed its course. Possibly there was an ancient flood caused by a surplus of melt water, or perhaps the river's own
natural levees became so high to be unstable. Whatever the cause, the river changed its course to flow once again south into the Gulf of California, and the
lake was abandoned.

When fresh river water was no longer supplied, evaporation became the dominant factor. The lake quickly wasted away, leaving beach deposits, travertine
deposits, wave-cut cliffs, sand bars and other shoreline features as proof of its existence. In its final stages, the lake level appeared to have retreated in
steps, as more than a dozen separate shorelines still appear in aerial photos of the western shore and the Coachella Canal between Niland and Mecca.

So it was that Lake Cahuilla disappeared, leaving a playa, a flat, extensive salt-encrusted mud flat, desolate and without vegetation. Typical of playas, the
lake bed was a dry, smooth hard packed surface. When supplied with a little water from an infrequent rain, or perhaps some random inflow via the New
River, the playa would temporarily become a huge pond, sometimes miles across but filled with only a few inches to a foot of water.

Lake Cahuilla left abundant evidence of its existence. Foremost among these is the old shoreline representing the high water level of the old lake. This is
evident from Indio to Cerro Prieto in Mexico at a height of about 40 feet above sea level. Where the shore abutted the bedrock of the mountain slopes, it
left a whitish encrustation, called travertine. The travertine deposits destroyed or covered the original desert varnish.

The travertine appears as a showy light-colored deposit along the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, from La Quinta for several miles southeast along the
shore of the present Salton Sea. In places, the travertine is several feet thick on the rock face. The sharp contrast of the light colored travertine against the
reddish brown desert varnish causes the old shoreline to be highly visible from a considerable distance.

Travertine, or tufa, is a freshwater lime deposit. It is derived from fresh waters that have a high concentration of calcium carbonate, CaCO3, the material of
sea shells. Freshwater algae use carbon dioxide in photosynthesis precipitating the lime. This usually occurs in shallow water where algae can grow in
abundance on resistant rock surfaces.

Travertine Rock is a vivid reminder of old Lake Cahuilla. It is along Highway 86, near Desert Shores, on the northwest shore of the sea. Travertine Rock
was a small islet of bedrock that projected above the lake's high water line. Below this line, the boulders are heavily crusted with pale brown travertine, from
a few inches to three feet thick and appearing sponge-like.

Travertine Rock is connected to the Santa Rosa Mountain mass by a conspicuous saddle, or tombolo, rising 150 feet. Successive Lake Cahuilla
shorelines were once visible on the saddle, but they have been destroyed by recent cultivation of the land.

Shell fossils from a brackish water environment are abundant on the valley floor. They are arranged in linear accumulations parallel to the old shoreline. As
the shorelines retreated, enormous numbers of Pleistocene gastropods and pelecypods (mollusks) became stranded, leaving their shells in windrows that
stretch for miles. These beaches and their shells are most pronounced along the northwest and eastern margins of the Salton Sea. They may be reached
by several side roads west from Highway 86, in some places less than a quarter of a mile from the main highway.

Wave-cut shore lines and sand and gravel bars are found near Niland. These are left from the ancient beaches and strand lines. In most places, the beach
line has a sand ridge a few feet high, covered with abundant well-preserved freshwater shells.

Fish Traps

West of Valerie Jean, and along the lower mountain slope, is a valuable archeological site.

These are stone structures considered to be ancient Indian fish traps. There are three rows of shallow pits excavated in the talus slope. Each row has about
40 circular pits 10 feet in diameter and three feet deep. This photo, taken in 1929 clearly shows the circular pits as well as the stratified levels of the
retreating shoreline.

These artifacts are thought to have been used by the Cahuilla Indians for fishing purposes, as they lie just below the high-water mark of Lake Cahuilla. The
arrangement of the pits suggests they might have been constructed to keep up with the receding shoreline. With the high evaporation rate in the arid
climate, each row of traps was probably used for only a few seasons before it was replaced. So, the traps are likely to be about 400 years old.
Note from Mrs. B

I recently took a Coachella Valley Water Awareness Tour designed to give us an inside look at their expansive water
system. This informative tour included visits to a groundwater replenishment facility, domestic water reservoir,
wastewater recycling plant, stormwater protection facility and more!

The next Water Awareness Tours (May & October)

The Coachella Valley Desert Horticultural Society booked a private tour (otherwise, I doubt I would have been able to be
included), because these tours fill up within 20 minutes after they are posted.

I hope you enjoy the following information about how our water is being saved and deposited back into the aquifer.
Water Awareness Tour

The tour begins at the new Coachella Valley Water District's Building in Palm Desert. A continental breakfast is served
and everyone is asked to introduce themselves. A short presentation is given along with handouts.

The first stop is a well on Jefferson Street and Fred Waring Drive. CVWD has almost 100 wells in service now. Each well
services 1200 homes. A short presentation was given with respect to how they locate a spot for a well, how they are

Next stop, LAKE CAHUILLA and the end of the Coachella Canal.

After passing the lake, we wind our way up a hill and through the desert. Arriving at the top of the hill we see the largest
domestic water storage tank in Coachella. CVWD is very concerned about keeping these storage tanks well-hidden so
they do not interfere with the landscape and beauty of the Valley.

Our next stop is back down the hill and a short distance to Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility at
Avenue 62 and Monroe Street in La Quinta. We were given ear plugs to help with the noise generated by the huge pumps
inside the building.

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presents another example of how a replenishment facility can have
a positive impact on local groundwater levels and slow or stop land subsidence.

Although some land areas in Palm Desert and Indian Wells have subsided as much as two feet since the 1990s, USGS
and the Coachella Valley Water District has detected slower rates of subsidence and a positive trend for water levels in
La Quinta near the vicinity of the district’s Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility that began operations in
2009. The system replenishes aquifers using Colorado River water.

At five locations in La Quinta, average subsidence rates decreased near the replenishment facility based on
measurements taken in 2010, only one year after the facility went into full operation. USGS measured ground uplift at
one of the locations with previously observed subsidence.

Groundwater levels have increased as much as 75 feet, according to the water district’s well monitoring within six miles
of the facility. Since 2009, groundwater levels have increased an average of 26 feet in about 200 wells throughout the
eastern Coachella Valley.

The water from the replenishment facility pumps it a few blocks away to their percolation ponds.
Water flows into a percolation pond at the Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility at Avenue 62 and Monroe Street in La Quinta

This is one of my favorite events in the Valley.

The view is incredible...the bar is Open...lots of artists, music, fun things for the kiddies...and much more.

Join us for our annual signature event! The Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival is a FREE event celebrating wellness, recreation,
and the outdoors. Featuring vendors and exhibitors, a kids’ zone, interpretive hikes, beer & wine garden, food and beverages for
purchase, and more!

Park at St. Margaret’s Church, 47535 Highway 74. Free parking and shuttles up to the National Monument Visitor Center.
Your YES vote can make this happen!
Groundwater Replenishment

To alleviate groundwater overdraft, Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water Agency oversee 4 groundwater
replenishment facilities. Artificial replenishment, or recharge, is one of the most effective methods available for
preserving local groundwater supplies, reversing aquifer overdraft and meeting demand by domestic and commercial
water consumers.

CVWD and DWA's groundwater replenishment program has percolated 650 billion gallons of water back into the aquifer
to date. This has been possible thanks to a supply of imported water from the Sacramento Bay Delta and the Colorado
River, as well as entitlements to captured snow melt from the San Gorgonio Mountains.

At the same time, the District secures increased supplies of imported water for replenishment, it asks customers to reduce
their demand by being water-efficient in their homes, yards, gardens and businesses.

History of Groundwater Management

Decline in the valley’s water table was first noted in the 1910s, when local residents and farmers, concerned that their
artesian wells were drying, formed a public water district. The Coachella Valley County Water District was established
in 1918 under provisions of what is now known as the California Water Code. In 1979, it dropped “County” from its name
and became known as the Coachella Valley Water District.

All wells in the Coachella Valley at the time were privately owned and operated. With a rapid increase in well pumping
due to agricultural expansion, it was feared that wells would run dry as the water table dropped.

The Coachella Valley’s earliest groundwater replenishment efforts in the 1910s involved capturing fast-moving flood
waters during storms and using that flow to replenish the valley’s western aquifer at Windy Point, northwest of Palm

Water Importing

With plenty of foresight, CVWD’s original leaders realized groundwater management alone would not be enough to
ensure continued, adequate supplies of agricultural irrigation water for the region in coming decades. In 1919, CVWD's
directors approved contracts with the federal government for importation of Colorado River water into Coachella Valley
for farm irrigation.

Bringing imported water to the region required a massive waterway that did not yet exist. In 1928, the Boulder Canyon
Act authorized construction of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Imperial Dam, All-American Canal and the 123-mile Coachella
Branch of the All-American Canal.

The Coachella Canal was completed in 1948. For the next 30 years, groundwater levels in the eastern part of the valley
recovered as local farmers used Colorado River water instead of groundwater to transform the eastern half of the
Coachella Valley into California’s third largest agricultural region. The western side of the valley remained largely
undeveloped at the time.

Increasing Imported Water

In the late 1960s, with its eye on the future growth of the Coachella Valley, CVWD joined the State Water Project (SWP), as
did Desert Water Agency (DWA). Combined, the 2 agencies today hold an SWP entitlement of 194,100 acre-feet per year,
equal to the 3rd largest entitlement in the state.

In 1973, CVWD and Desert Water Agency began using their combined entitlements to the State Water Project to replenish
the western Coachella Valley’s aquifer at the Whitewater Spreading Area, northwest of Palm Springs. Today, modern
facilities divert stormwater, natural runoff from nearby mountains and water released from the Colorado Aqueduct into
the riverbed.

In 35 years, the 2 agencies have replenished more than 2 million acre-feet of water. However, regulatory restrictions and
water shortages in the Sacramento Bay Delta have limited the districts’ access to its imported water entitlements in
recent years. The 2 agencies also cooperatively operate the Mission Creek Replenishment Facility, west of Desert Hot

With farms using imported water for 2/3 of their needs, a manageable domestic demand in the western valley, and
groundwater overdraft in the eastern Coachella Valley no longer a concern, the district seemed poised for slow growth
through the 1970s. But rapid urbanization in excess of population forecasts was on the horizon. From 1980 to 2000, the
total population served by the district tripled to more than 200,000 residents. Tourism soon outpaced agriculture as the
valley’s leading industry. Like it had decades earlier, water demand sharply increased and groundwater levels began to

Groundwater Replenishment in the Eastern Coachella Valley

In 1994, CVWD began extensive scientific modeling and a pilot groundwater replenishment program in the eastern
Coachella Valley. When the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA) (PDF) was signed in 2003 by CVWD, Imperial
Irrigation District, the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority, one result was the district
could now access an additional 35,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water via the Coachella Canal and apply it to
groundwater replenishment among other uses.

Beginning in 2004, replenishment assessment charges (RAC) levied on cities, farmers, golf courses and others that
annually pump more than 25 acre-feet of groundwater in the area were authorized for funding of construction and
operation of replenishment projects.

In June of 2009, the new Thomas E. Levy Groundwater Replenishment Facility began percolating imported Colorado
River water into the eastern subbasin of the Coachella Valley’s aquifer.

Named after a former CVWD general manager, the La Quinta facility replenishes 40,000 acre-feet of water annually into
the eastern Coachella Valley’s aquifer. This amount of water is approximately what is used each year by 40,000

The district currently operates a 3rd groundwater replenishment pilot facility in the eastern valley at Martinez Canyon.
The Coachella Valley Water Management Plan (PDF) calls for an expansion of the facility in coming years.
Almost finished with the tour - Next stop is the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Palm Desert

Wastewater Treatment

Today, most Coachella Valley Water District domestic water customers also receive sewer services from the water
district. Nearly 6.3 billion gallons of wastewater are treated yearly. The district also has the capacity to increase its
wastewater treatment as the Coachella Valley’s population grows.

CVWD began wastewater collections and treatment services in 1968 when it acquired the Palm Desert Country Club’s
water and sewer systems. Today the district provides wastewater service to more than 91,000 home and business
accounts. It operates six water reclamation plants from Palm Desert to Thermal, and maintains more than 1,000 miles of
sewer pipelines and more than 30 lift stations that collect and transport wastewater to the nearest water reclamation

Current expansions and improvement to the wastewater collection system and reclamation plants are taking place
throughout the Coachella Valley.

Of its six water reclamation plants, three are equipped to treat wastewater to meet state ­­­standards for non-potable
water for irrigation. Every gallon of recycled water used for outdoor irrigation saves precious groundwater for potable
use by domestic customers.

What you can do

Be aware of what you dispose into the wastewater system. Large items flushed down a sink or toilet can result in
damages and costly repairs to sewer pipelines and wastewater reclamation plants. Likewise, disposing of trash,
chemicals or other items directly into a sewer line is against the law.

Scrape hardened grease into the trash can, not a sink drain or garbage disposal. Grease is a common byproduct of
cooking with meat fats, oil, butter, margarine, lard and shortening. When it enters a home or business’s plumbing system
it winds up sticking to the inside of sewer pipes, causing costly damage. Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out
of the plumbing system.

Dispose of unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in a sealed container or at a household hazardous
waste collection site. Drugs should never be flushed down the sink or toilet.
AND FINALLY -BACK TO THEIR FACILITY FOR A WONDERFUL LUNCH...All in all, it was a 5-hour tour and
well worth it!


Thanks Coachella Valley Water District for keeping our Valley alive and well.
Would you please put this treadmill on the Blog for sale. Thank you.
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Like new
Pulse sensor, fan,programs, folds for storage

For All Details and Price

We have a wonderful lady who thoroughly cleans our home. She is trustworthy, (a priority), punctual and we are pleased to have
found her.  She loves animals and will even feed them if you are away during the day. She is going to school, speaks English and
currently taking advanced ESL classes.  She would prefer to clean houses rather than work in a hotel so she can continue to go to
school.  Her name is Imelda Vidana and can be reached at 760 989-6229.  Paul and Maria Myron

Hi Paul and Maria:

Thanks so much for recommending Imelda to us. We are happy to add her to our List.

Check The List, then click on 'C' - Cleaning Ladies

Mrs. B

Mrs. B

Your ears must have been ringing last night.  My husband and I were talking about how much of a wonderful person you are.  I was
looking at your community blog this morning again, and admiring how perfectly put together it is.  

The little car that you put on Steve's post is just adorable! He will be writing to you separately today to give you his personal thanks
and provide additional information regarding contacts for volunteering at the Sinatra Golf Tourny.  

On that note, any time you need either one or both of us, day or night, 24/7, you can call.  We have experience dealing with unruly
and disruptive idiots and personally, I hate bullys!    

Have a great day and know that for every loser in the world, you have 100 supporters who love you and all you do.


Hi Coleen and Steve:

Thanks for your kind comments. They are always appreciated. I keep my bullet proof vest by my side at all times!

Mrs. B
Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

"And what do you think is the best thing
about being 104?" the reporter asked.   

She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

Yes last Sat. was our yearly clean up!

Somehow no one knew!

I offered to become the Liaison to Burrtec  so this does not happen again, after all these years and the project is still
not working.

Just wanted to let you know!

Thanks Cheryl

Hi Cheryl:

I am going to ask my readers if they received any notice from Burrtec about our Yearly Clean Up. I don't recall getting
anything in the mail...or at the last Council Meeting. I will check with Burrtec and see what happened.

Mrs. B
Dear Blog Folks,

In your recent reply to Laura Gregor re: Ralph's parking lot sweeper you wrote, " Riverside County Ordinance 847, which regulates
unincorporated areas of the county where Ralph's is located, is the "noise" ordinance and it includes penalties. There are  
exceptions for property maintenance, like leaf blowers etc., which you could claim a parking lot sweeper is part of. But this
exception is limited to hours between 7:00 AM and 8:PM including Saturday's.

Any time before that is a violation and subject to a $500 fine for the first offense. If code enforcement will not take care of
the problem, you can call the Sheriff's Department and refer them to County Ordinance 847.

Would this ordinance also apply to golf course maintenance equipment operating at 5AM?

Bill and Jerry

Hi B and J:

Yes, it would apply to the Country Club maintenance crew. Check out page 2, on the City Ordinance.

Riverside County Ordinances take precedence over BDCC's CC&Rs, in this instance.

Mrs. B



Mrs. B, Miss Ellie and
Black Cat aka Babycakes
and Mr. Bob
Mrs. B.

Last week I asked that you remove a certain plumbers name from 'the blog list' since he seemed to have disappeared into the

I was wrong. The guy had some telephone issues and has now corrected them and even apologized for the lack of communication.
He's done a lot of work here  inside the gates and I've heard no complaints at all.

Hopefully you can re-do my goof and move him back on the list where he belongs. The details are:

Darian Philish

Plumbers R Us


Good guy and is fair and quick to address all plumbing matters.


Steve Elliott

Hi Steve:

I have added Plumbers R Us to our List. Click on the List, then Click on 'P' for Plumber

Mrs. B
How Gourds Are Grown  

Gourd Growing Info and Timeline

March:Gourds are planted after the previous year's crop has been harvested. Seeds germinate in 8-10 days.

These gourd plants are 6 weeks old.

April:Plants continue to grow and begin to set fruit.

At 10 weeks, the gourd vines have almost completely closed the gap
between rows. Some vines grow longer than 25 feet!

May-July:Most of the gourds that grow to maturity are pollinated during this time. The later in the season the gourd is pollinated, the less likely the
chances that it will be mature enough to cure when the vine freezes in winter. (Gourds that have not matured will rot at that point).

Here is a female flower with the
small gourd fruit at the base.

May-November:This is the main growing period for the plants and gourds. The gourds that were the earliest to be pollinated will grow the largest in
their respective size-classes. (For example, a mini gourd seed can never grow to be the size of a Giant gourd, but the first-pollinated will be the
largest in the Mini-gourd class).

By August, many gourds are nearly mature.
Gourds are pale green in color and very
heavy like a pumpkin when they are growing.

Occasionally a very hot summer will weaken the gourd plants and "e;knock down"e; many of the broad leaves that serve to keep the gourds

Whitewash serves to protect these exposed gourds.

When this happens, the entire Welburn Gourd Farm crew takes to the fields with buckets of whitewash to paint a protective, white shield on every
exposed gourd. (The paint is water soluble, and what is not washed off in the winter rains comes off easily when the gourds are cleaned.)

Mid-November: First winter frost kills the gourd vines. Gourds are fully mature and now begin to dry (cure).

Gourd field just after frost has knocked down the vines.

Late November:Gourds can now be cut from the vines. There is no mechanical harvesting method. Every gourd must be cut from the vine by hand! (If
you are growing gourds at home, you can cut your gourds from the vine as soon as the stem has begun to turn brown at the base).

Gourds just cut from the vine and placed in long rows,
called "e;windrows,"e; for drying.

At this stage the gourds will have often have big dark spots and almost look like they are rotting.

The waxy "e;skin"e; peeling away during drying.

The warm days and cold nights of Southern California's winter help break down the waxy cuticle layer on the outside of the gourd.

Gourds grown in other climate zones do not have this advantage and the waxy skin hardens on the gourd as it dries and takes hours of scrubbing to
remove! One of the reasons Welburn Gourds are so popular is because they are so easy to clean -- just scrub off the dirt and mold and you're done!

The Southern California weather is also what contributes to the dark colorations and beautiful, natural markings that make Welburn Gourds so

The natural markings gives a gourd its own unique "e;personality,"e; and gourd artists search to find the most beautiful markings, which they feel will
inspire their designs.

November-February:It takes approximately four months for the gourds to dry. To keep the gourds from cracking and to ensure even drying, every
gourd is picked up and individually turned by hand 2-3 times during the drying season!

To give you an idea what this involved, it takes a crew of 5 men working all day for 2 weeks just to turn the crop one time!

By late February, most of the gourds are dry and ready to be harvested.

March - Harvest Time:The gourds are brought in from the fields and piled in the gourd racks for customers to purchase.

The gourds in racks under the oak trees -- not only protects them
from the sun, but you as well while you are shopping!

The Farm closes for 2 weeks during harvest time in order to bring in the new crop. In the past, the farm remained open during this time, but
gourd-lovers were so anxious to get their hands on the new crop, they were pulling them out of the trailer before we could get them in the racks!

Eager crowd pulling gourds from the trailer.

Once all the racks are full, the farm re-opens. The first day the new crop is made available to the public is called Opening Day, and it is one of the
most exciting days of the year for gourd lovers! There's food, drink, gourd demos, and tons of fun!

End of March:The gourd fields are plowed and prepared for the next season's planting.

Between bringing in the new harvest, notifying everyone about Opening Day, and planting the new crop, March is a VERY busy month
here at the farm!

I am so pleased to announce that Ralph's Grocery Store has agreed to enlist a daily 'grocery cart' pick up service. This
will help so much to keep our community looking better.

Thanks so much, Mark Anthony. We love you!
Mrs. B

I understand the people who are against the RCM caused quite an ugly scene last Thursday at the BDSA Community meeting.They
were angry that only 3 at a time could enter the building. They didn't like it and told the BDCommunity Director they were going to
storm the building...and take over the meeting. The BDSA BOD adjourned and left the building. Was the Sheriff really called?

Also, when is the next meeting.

Sandra Snyder

Hi Sandra:

I wasn't there, so I cannot really comment on the situation. The next meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday,
February 4, 2016. It is being held at the Bermuda Dunes Community Center - Avenue 42 and Yucca Lane.

Mrs. B
Professional Polo Player Nacho Figueras Returns to Empire Polo Club in 2016

Internationally recognized professional polo player and world-renowned model Nacho Figueras will play competitive polo at Empire
Polo Club in February 2016. Nacho Figueras will be the Team Captain of the Piocho Ranch Polo Team slated to compete against
several other teams in Empire’s 8-Goal League.

Spectators will have the opportunity to watch Nacho in action, doing what he loves to do best, play polo. Nacho’s game schedule
will be posted on and updated weekly during the month of February.

Nachocloseup“I’m thrilled that Nacho will be joining us this winter,” said Alex Haagen, III, owner of Empire Polo Club. “Nacho has
done more than any other player to promote and grow the sport of polo. He’s also given generously of his time and support to
hundreds of charities over the years. We’re honored he’s chosen to play at Empire Polo Club this season.”

Nacho Figueras may be best known internationally as the face of Ralph Lauren’s line of Polo fragrances. According to Conan O’
Brien, “he’s one of the greatest polo players in the world.” Oprah Winfrey calls him “one of the most handsome men in the world,”
while Lara Logan of 60 Minutes describes him as “the game’s greatest ambassador.”

“The success I have had modeling has given me more fame and publicity than polo has,” Figueras confesses. “So I am trying to use
that publicity as a platform from which to promote the game I love so much, to make it more accessible to the general public.”

Sunday Polo games are scheduled every week from January 3rd through April 3rd, 2016. The polo club will be closed on Sunday,
January 17th and again on Sunday, March 6th, 2016.

General Admission is FREE with a $10 parking fee for all Sunday afternoon polo games. Tailgaters are welcome; space along the
sidelines is available on a first come, first served basis. Bleacher seating is also available in the General Admission area.
Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the General Admission area. Food and beverage service is also
available for purchase.

VIP Admission is $25 per person and includes parking, VIP seating and a complimentary Champagne Divot Stomp. The VIP seating
area is located in front of the Olympic-peaked tents on the west side of the main polo field and offers field-side covered seating.

Reservations for VIP seating are highly recommended. Food and beverage service is available onsite during the Sunday matches.
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the VIP area. For VIP reservations or group rates please call 760-393-7298 or email


The entrance for Sunday Polo games at Empire Polo Club is on Ave. 50 between Madison St. and Monroe St.

From Interstate 10 take the Monroe St. exit. Head south on Monroe St. Take a right on Ave. 50 and you will see the Empire
entrance gates on the left side of the road. Use the middle gate for tailgating access and General Admission parking. If you are a
cabana holder, have VIP reservations for a table or if you are part of a group with reservations, use the third gate to access the VIP
parking area.

Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave 51
Indio, CA 92201

General Information Tel. 760-393-7298
VIP Reservations Tel. 760-393-7298
Empire Polo Club is pleased to announce the dates of their 2016 Polo Season. “Opening Day & Hat Day” at Empire Polo Club is
scheduled for Sunday, January 3rd, 2016. Opening Day will feature two competitive polo games at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

Sunday Polo games are scheduled every week from Jan. 3rd through April 3rd, 2016. The polo club will be closed on Sunday,
January 17th and again on Sunday, March 6th, 2016.

General Admission is FREE with a $10 parking fee for all Sunday afternoon polo games. Tailgaters are welcome; space along the
sidelines is available on a first come, first served basis.   Bleacher seating is also available in the General Admission area.
Spectators are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the General Admission area. Food and beverage service is also
available for purchase.

VIP Admission is $25 per person and includes parking, VIP seating and a complimentary Champagne Divot Stomp. The VIP seating
area is located in front of the Olympic-peaked tents on the west side of the main polo field and offers field-side covered seating.

Spectators can also enjoy watching the Sunday football games while enjoying polo at the VIP Sports Lounge and Bar, located
adjacent to the VIP seating area. The Sports Lounge offers viewers three flat screens featuring Sunday football games and other
popular sports.

Reservations for VIP seating are highly recommended. Food and beverage service is available onsite during the Sunday matches.
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the VIP area. For VIP reservations or group rates please call 760-393-7298 or email

The entrance for Sunday games is on Ave. 50 between Monroe St. and Madison St.

Friday Night Polo

Empire Polo Club offers Friday night “Polo Under The Lights” on the second Friday of each month. Friday night polo features one
polo match that typically lasts about an hour and a half. The Friday night game time is 5:30 PM in January and February, and 6:30
PM in March. Arrive early to get a good spot to tailgate. Bleacher seating is also available. Beverage service is available onsite
during the Friday night games. Admission, tailgating and parking are free for Friday night games. Spectators are welcome to bring
their own food and beverages to this event. Enter on Monroe St. at Ave. 51 for Friday Night Polo.

2016 Friday Night Game Schedule

◾Friday, January 8th at 5:30 PM
◾Friday, February 12th at 5:30 PM
◾Friday, March 11th at 6:30 PM

General Information

What to Wear?
This is the one of the most frequently asked questions by spectators. We suggest “hats and flats,” as heels sink in
the grass and the sun is always shining here in the desert. Polo is a casual affair at Empire Polo Club, so please wear whatever
you feel comfortable in. You will see spectators wearing everything from shorts, jeans and flip-flops to sundresses, khakis and
button-down shirts. If you plan to attend a Friday night “Polo Under The Lights” game, dress warmly.

Why Watch Polo?

It’s a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon. Imagine sitting field-side, overlooking a series of immaculate polo fields
surrounded by majestic mountains in the distance, while watching one of the fastest team sports on earth.

Polo is never boring. Eight players travel at speeds up to 30 miles per hour while riding-off other players, hooking their opponent’s
mallets and hitting the ball at full speed. It’s a great spectator sport and general admission is FREE. You can’t beat that!

The entrance for Sunday Polo games is on Ave. 50 between Madison St. and Monroe St. The entrance for Friday night “Under the
Light” polo games in located on Monroe St. at Ave. 51.

Sunday Polo Entrance
From Interstate 10 take the Monroe St. exit.  Head south on Monroe St.  Take a right on Ave. 50 and you will see the Empire
entrance gates on the left side of the road.   Use the middle gate for tailgating access and General Admission parking.  If you are a
cabana holder, have VIP reservations for a table or if you are part of a group with reservations, use the third gate to access the VIP
parking area.

Friday Night Polo Entrance
From Interstate 10 take the Monroe St. Exit.  Head south on Monroe St.  The main entrance to Field #3 and Friday Night Polo is on
Monroe St. at Ave. 51.

Thank you so much for your help regarding Buster. He slipped out of the house late yesterday afternoon and evidently came back in
the middle of the night and left before dawn - I didn't hear or see him, but I smelled his urine in the carpet outside my bedroom door
when I woke up. It's very strong because he hasn't had food or drink for a while. Yes, I have a litter box but he just always went
outside. I've been leaving the slider open to accommodate him and my once-feral black cat who's the boss over here.

Haven't seen or heard from him since. He was so weak - skin and bones, couldn't even sip water or cream. I'm afraid he went
somewhere to die. My black cat seems relieved. I'm disappointed that no neighbors saw your post - or declined to fess up. If he
happens to show up again I'll keep you posted.  I recently had to put down a Bengal I got from a crazy breeder - had the cat for 13
years but she stopped eating. Vet checked - the cat was full of cancer and had to be euthanized. That experience cost me $1,500.
Really don't want to repeat that.


Hi Janet:

Thanks so much for the update. Of course, it isn't the ending we had hoped for. I understand about the vet bill. We took
care of my son's two elderly cats (over 20 years) and it cost us an arm and a leg. We also have a gentleman who is very
much involved in the ASPCA and he has helped us get vet care for free.

Thank you so much for caring enough to contact us to help find Buster's family.

Mrs. B


THURSDAY, FEB, 4, 2016 AT 2:00 PM


Mrs. B

Would you provide me a little help in understanding the issue which faces BDCC re: social/golf membership.  It seems that I have
bumped into many individuals this holiday season who appear to have different understandings of the situation.  Being away from the
valley this past summer, I did not attend any of the home owner meetings but I did read the printed material, both pro and con.  For
me, only a few questions need answering in order for me to cast my ballot....though I do not know, nor did anyone I talked to, give me
a definitive date for the vote.

1.)  Is the following correct:  The proposal before the homeowners is to increase HOA dues, payable to the BDSA, by $50.00 per
month, for the period of 3 years.  After, or during the initial 3 year period, the HOA dues may be increased  equal to the CPI
 It is correct that the $50 fee is fixed for the first three years and thereafter it can only be increased by the CPI for
each year.  That does not mean it will be increased, it only limits the potential increase year to year.

2.) Further, at the end of the three year period, a new vote will be taken by the homeowners to determine if this assessment will
continue?????.....or is it correct that at the end of the three year period, the   "Boards" of BDCC and BDSA  will determine if the
assessment is to continue....and at what dollar amount??  
After the three year period, the agreement continues unless one board or
the other cancels the agreement with a 90 day notice.  Otherwise, it will continue without any additional votes and with the only
increases limited by the CPI year to year as noted above.

3.)  When is the vote to be undertaken?  
The ballots are being prepared and should be mailed out on February 10th if things stay on
the track as planned.  Then, each resident will have 40 days to return their ballot.

4.)  Will the vote be determined based on "a majority of votes cast".....or....based on a majority of the registered homeowners who
"could cast a ballot"?  For example, assuming that there are 1500 homeowners in the BDCC, will 751 votes be needed to determine
the outcome of the vote or if , of the 1500 homeowners, only 500 cast a ballot, the vote will be determined by 251 individuals?  
pass, it requires a 50% plus one vote of the entire membership.  We have about 1407 members, so it will take 704 or 705 yes votes to
pass, not being sure how the half point would be counted with an uneven number involved.  Hope that makes sense.

5.)  After listening to the "pro/cons" of the proposal before us it seems to me that financially,  opening the BDCC golf course to the
public would generate greater cash flow than a $600.00 annual assessment to an additional 1300 or so homeowners.   It seems to me
that charging a market competitive rate to those individuals who would play golf most frequently.....summer and winter
season.....versus a $50.00 assessment to homeowners who may only reside here 6 months of the year, would create greater cash
flow.  Additionally, the "homeowners" are part of the "public"......and as such might themselves play golf and utilize the country club
services when they are here anyway.  
We are limited on the amount of "outside play" (non-members) we can allow due to our current
corporate structure, which limits us to only 15% of rounds played.  With the proposal, all residents would become "members" and
would not be counted as "outside play" so their play can be unlimited, depending on which membership option they choose.  Outside
play has been attempted with limited success, we have never filled completely the allowable rounds for outside play.  Part of the
difficulty is we can't allow outside play at a lower rate then our membership is paying for their golf rounds, or we'd lose those members
too.  Statistically, we have learned that with so many courses closing nationwide, the vast majority of the closures are for public
courses, with private courses surviving at far higher percentages.  So, going public is not the solution to the problems we can see
down the road with our aging and declining membership.  We are in the process of changing our corporate structure to remove the
limitations we now experience.

If you have any other questions, you can call me at 760-397-7978 or email me with any other questions.

Ron Rowell

President of the Community Association

Thank you for "cutting to the case" for me so I may better cast my ballot.

Henry Hudson

Hi Mrs B:

In response to Sandra Snyder's question on the 'ruckus' at the BDSA meeting last week, the input below is from Jack Podsedly who is
one of the more outspoken 'dissenters':

Interesting BDSA board meeting. I tried to get into the building to ask the board members why they did not honor my request for a
change in venue. The security guard got in front of me and pushed me back, I told him not to touch me and asked why a board
member was not outside the door talking to us. He pushed me real hard the next time. I did a citizens arrest for assault. There were
30 witnesses. the guard said that a woman with the blond hair that was at the executive session saw ME push the guard!!!! I do not
know her name but SHE was inside the building at the time. If anyone knows her name let me know, just curious. Also since the
woman seems to be able to see through doors I need the video that someone offered me.

I was not there either and am glad that I wasn't. This stuff is such a bunch of silliness. This group of negative residents just does not
seem to understand that there is a democratic process in play here, and that those Board members are the ones who have been
actually and legally elected to the BDSA Board to represent them.

If the Board is not representing them in the fashion that they agree with, then they should vote to;

(1) either have them removed from office, or;

(2) elect an individual who represents their individual values at the end of the next term on panel.

Having served on the HOA Board, I see why there must be fair processes in place in which folks with issues can be heard, but
certainly 'rushing' the meeting as a group, or placing a citizens arrest on a salaried security officer is not a positive way to approach
matter like this. In fact, it's immature as it can be and downright goofy!

( I should add that I understand that Jack is recovering from the assault very nicely.)

I know that this group if dissenters tried to have 'one of their own' placed on the Board thru the legal process, but the resident vote fell
well short of the number necessary to elect him. Again, that's how the process works - -

In closing, let me add that I don't plan on attending any BDSA meetings and will let the Board try to do their jobs. I will promise to
attend the hearing on the 'citizen's arrest' that Jack Podsedly placed on the security officer.

That will be most interesting and ask that Jack pass on the time, date and location. Okay, Jack?

I promise to stay on this one - -

I will also report honestly on the results of that hearing in full.

You go get em' Jack! Those 'security bulls' must be reined in, and I'm behind you all the way!

Thanks, Steve Elliott

Mrs. B

Perhaps someone could manage to have Kent and his followers explain to us on what authority they are convinced that we are acting
outside the law.  We are acting on advise of council as to what the law allows us to do.

If they are convinced to the contrary, they should seek council on the status of their claim.  What the law actually means is never
certain until an appellate court decides what it means.  If there are previous decisions rendered by California Appellate Courts, on this
subject, I am unaware of them.  But I am NOT an attorney.  So, I think we should seek to have this clarified by council and put this to
rest.  If there is no previous ruling, which seems quite remote, then perhaps they should actually invest in hiring council and bring suit.
Until that occurs, they need to refrain from making statements of legal opinion for which none of them are qualified.  Their opinion of
what the law means has no greater weight then does yours or mine.  At the very least, they need to recognize that we operate with
advise of council as our guide.

Their actions of obstruction and confrontation are no more valid than are those of Mr. Bundy in Oregon.  In short, “put your money
where your mouth is or shut up and sit down.”

Lee Miller
Just read the blog…Mike is ecstatic about the shopping carts being picked up!


Hi Linda:

Mark Anthony really took the bull by the horns and is becoming more and more agreeable to the
fact that the shopping carts are not only ugly, but dangerous.
Jack Podsedly
January 29 at 6:00pm

THURSDAY, FEB, 4, 2016 AT 2:00 PM at the BERMUDA DUNES COMMUNITY CENTER. 78-400 42ND Ave. Bermuda Dunes, Ca.

My thanks to Theresa for sharing this joke!

Siamese twins walk into a Toronto bar and park themselves on a bar stool. One of them says to the bartender, "Don't
mind us-- we're joined at the hip. I'm John, he's Jim. Two Molson drafts, please."

The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers. "Been on holiday yet,

"Off to England next month," says John. "We go to England every year, rent a car and drive for miles. Don't we, Jim?"

Jim agrees.

"Ah, England !" says the bartender. "Wonderful country... the history, the beer, the culture..."

"Nah, we don't like that British crap," says John. "Hamburgers and Molson's beer, that's us, eh Jim? And we can't stand
the English --they're so arrogant and rude."

"So why keep going to England ?" asks the bartender.

"It's the only chance Jim gets to drive."