Get Out and VOTE Fiscal Cliff 2 5 4 2 Elvis Haunting Snowbirds 19 8 DesertSTAR W Your Community News SOURCE Indio Pow Wow Pill for Women November 1, 2012 • E E K Vol. 6 No. 44 L • PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID Desert Hot Springs, CA PERMIT NO 00005 Y www.desertstarweekly.com Ordinance to Secure Rental TOT Passes Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade Pictures on Page 14 Home Values Rise DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - DataQuick has just released their September 2012 residential home sales report showing the Desert Hot Springs continues to see steady improvement in both demand for homes and increases in price. September saw 43 home sales for an average of $93,000 each in DHS. The home price is an increase of 14.9 percent over September 2011. The increase in average home priced outpaced Riverside County as a while where the average price increased by 10.2 percent. Even more remarkable is that at $66 per square foot (psf), homes in Desert Hot Springs now have an average square foot price similar to those in cities such as Hemet ($64-73 psf)and San Jacinto ($60-$71 psf) and is closing in on cities such as Lake Elsinore and Perris which both share per square foot prices of about $80. The ratio of homes sold to the overall population shows steady demand. In September 2012,DHS saw approximately one home sold for every 600 residents as compared to one home sold for every 970 residents countywide. Athlete’s Volunteer at FIND COD Student Athletes Lend a Helping Hand PALM DESERT, CA Approximately 40 student athletes from College of the Desert volunteered at FIND Food Bank on Friday, Oct. 26. The students arrived at 9 a.m. and heard an overview about FIND and took a tour of the facility. To lend a helping hand, the softball, baseball and football players sorted food and cleaed up the warehouse. “I want the students to have this experience and to encourage them to give back to the community,” said Thomas Armstrong, Head Women’s Softball Coach. Board of Trustees Member John Marman with the help of Gwen Ford, FIND Food Bank, helped Armstrong pull the student experience together. “I was very pleased with the results from our involvement with Breast Cancer Awareness activities last year,” Armstrong said. “It made an impact on the women’s softball team. They really enjoyed the experience and the ladies became more aware of the needs of others.” For more information, call Armstrong at 760-346-8041, Ext. 564. LA QUINTA, CA - The La Quinta City Council passed an ordinance this week directed towards improving collections of the city’s 10 percent transient occupancy tax (TOT) from vacation rentals in La Quinta. The ordinance is intended to help generate additional revenue for the city as part of efforts to improve its budget in the coming months. With the elimination of the La Quinta Redevelopment Agency, the city has been working on developing new revenue streams while evaluating future cuts to maintain a balanced budget and avoid depleting reserves. Establishing this program may generate $300,000 of new transient occupancy tax revenue during the first year, with full implementation estimated to generate as much as $600,000 annually. Up to this point, most short-term vacation rental owners of these rentals have not collected and remitted the 10 percent TOT payment as required by the city’s municipal code. This Ordinance implements current provisions of the Municipal Code as they relate to collecting TOT from short-term vacation rentals. Continued on Page 22 Cabot’s Gets Some Help See Story... Page 16 College Of The Desert To Open Veterans Resource Center PALM DESERT –College of the Desert (COD) will officially open the doors to its brand new BIGHORN Golf Club Charities • Veterans Resource Center with a ribbon cutting and Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. on the east lawn of the campus’s Cravens Student Services Center located at 43500 Monterey Avenue. The ceremony will feature a presentation by Dr. C. Douglass Kroll, Professor of History, and tours of the new Center will be available. BIGHORN Golf Club Charities donated $150,000 to help to fund design, construction, furniture, fixtures, Continued on Page 22 E co no m i c F o ru m • The City of Desert Hot Springs is hosting the 2012 Economic Investment Forum and Tour on Friday, Nov. 2 starting at 9:45 a.m. The program offers a continental breakfast followed by a one hour tour of the city aboard Cardiff Luxury Tours. A complimentary lunch will follow the tour with project updates on Pierson Plaza, Dollar General and Wal-Mart among other potential businesses poised to invest in Desert Hot Springs. The keynote speaker will be Nick Wirick of Lee & Associates with a special guest appearance from Championship Boxer Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.