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California’s Spa City™

August 1, 2010 Issue 1 Desert Hot Springs


Desert Hot Springs on the move... Energy Vortex at Pierson Blvd. & Palm Drive


Desert Hot Springs Energy Vortex

Desert Hot Springs


on the move...

he City of Desert Hot Springs is moving along progressively with their new downtown improvements, including the Streetscape and the Façade. Businesses along Pierson Boulevard

will have a major facelift, with a more modernized look that will be expected to attract thousands to Downtown Desert Hot Springs. Mayor Yvonne Parks believes that the projects will be completed at least by September 1, 2010.

Playoffs Sports Bar

Contents DHS City Council


City Hall


California’s Spa City


DHS Spa Tour


DHS Chamber Breakfast


Wellnes & Music Festival


Energy Vortex Pierson Blvd.

Mission Springs Water District 10 Cabot’s Museum


Business Directory


DHS Event Calendar


New ‘Boys and Girls Club




Pierson Blvd. at Palm Drive

Meet The Desert Hot Springs City Council


Mayor Yvonne Parks

Mayor Pro Tem Scott Matas

Councilmember Jan Pye

Councilmember Russell Betts

Coucilmember Karl Baker Jr.


DHS City Hall

Welcome to Desert Hot Springs With its elevated views of the Coachella Valley and thousands of acres of gorgeous mountain preserves, Desert Hot Springs is one of the fastest-growing communities in Southern California. Minutes from an international airport, golf, shopping, renowned restaurants, major sporting events and more, this spa destination city beckons visitors and resort recreational developers. Desert Hot Springs is built over one of the world’s finest natural hot mineral water aquifers. Naturally occurring miner-

al waters bubble and percolate to the surface in this get-awayfrom-it-all destination. Not surprisingly, spas rule in Desert Hot Springs. You can calm and renew in polished marble resorts, retro-hip motels or ultra-exclusive celebrity retreats. The city also boasts pure and delicious award-winning municipal drinking water. For a wonderful getaway, or a beautiful, affordable place to live, visit Desert Hot Springs. You’ll see why it’s “Clearly Above the Rest.”

Police Chief Pat Williams

City Manager Rick Daniels

City Attorney Ruben Duran

Community Development Direcor Rudy Acosta

Fire Chief Dean Veik

Assistant CM City Finance Director Jason Simpson

Community Service Director Laura Green

Desert Hot Springs ‘California’s Spa City’™


BOUTIQUE MINERAL SPAS Living Waters Spa/Condos European-style clothing-optional

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa

Miracle Manor Retreat Leave your tension behind

Nurturing Nest

Dissolve your cares. Relax!

Sagewater Spa

Mineral well water & views and serenity

Swiss Health Resort

Desert walks, water massage

The Spring Resort & Spa “Instant Bliss” - Spa Magazine

Two Bunch Palms

Nestled in the foothills of Joshua Tree National Park, beautiful Miracle Springs Resort and Spa overlooks the Palm Springs Valley. 110 Large, Comfortable Rooms ~ 8 Natural Hot Mineral Water Pools ~ Excellent Restaurant ~ Lounge ~ Full-Service Spa ~ Weddings and Banquets.

Yamazaki Onsen Miracle Hill

Call 1-800-400-4414 for more information about MIRACLE SPRINGS RESORT & SPA

Tuscan Springs

Quiet, relaxing, magnificent views

An oasis of peace, tranquility

Japanese style hot springs

Bella Monte Hot Springs Diamond of the desert

El Morocco Inn & Spa

A luxurious Moroccan oasis


Hacienda Hot Springs Inn

110 Rooms and Suites

Tranquil retreat, lagoon

Hope Springs Resort Small, perfect getaway

Lido Palms

Unwind in our silky pools

Agua Caliente

Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel World-famous mineral rich water Miracle Springs Resort & Spa Odorless water, rich in minerals


DHS Chamber of Commerce Spa Tour


The Inaugural Desert Hot Springs Spa Tour was a huge success on Thursday as huge crowds from far and abroad came to Spa City USA to check out all that it has to offer. Each person who attended took a bus to tour at least fourteen different spa

hotels, which included the Miracle Springs, Desert Hot Springs Spa, El Morocco Inn and even the clothingoptional Living Waters Spa. The magic began at the Cabot’s Museum where cocktails were served and the evening ended at the Playoff’s Bar, where prizes were handed out. The grand prize was worth well over $1,300.

DHS Chamber of Commerce Leadership Breakfast

Reports were given by Marilyn McKay on water and sewer issues and the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint by Wes Ahlgren. Meeting was held at Miracle Springs Resort.

Wes with City Council member Jan Pye ~all photos by Bruce Montgomery

Arden Wallum MSWD Mgr.

Wes Ahlgren CVEP talks with chamber members Mark Paul and Mike Bickford

Wes Ahlgren with Coachella Valley Economic Partnership was the speaker. Here with Leanna Bonamici, John Soulierre and Jeff Bowman

Tony Calsolaro of Two Bunch Palms talking with John Soulierre who is back working for MSWD ~Photos by Bruce Montgomery



Wellness & World Music Festival

Wellness and World Music Festival all set to go: Organizers ready for October

Wayne Baruch, Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee, Dr. Steven Gundry, Tony Clarke

LESLIE ANDREWS Organizers of the Wellness and World Music Festival announced on Wednesday that all is set to go for an annual two-day event in Desert Hot Springs at a press conference at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Tony Clarke, CEO of Tressed Ventures in Los Angeles, announced part of the wellness lineup scheduled to take part in the event and also introduced them to the public. “We’ve been excited about this event ever since the city of Desert Hot Springs embraced it,” Clarke said. “The Wellness component of this event is important. People have been coming here for years for that purpose. We believe that the event will do a lot for the community.” Wayne Baruch of the Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group is also a major player in the event. “This is right out of the history and the reason for being in Desert Hot Springs. The event itself will be a marriage of wellness and world music,” he said. “Today is all about the wellness side of the event. It’s the dominant side of the event, as there hasn’t been one of its kind in this area.”

He also announced that there will be a cuisine side of the festival, as healthy food will be provided and promoted as well. No inauguration could be complete without a few words from Mayor Yvonne Parks. She stated, “There isn’t a better venue for this event other than Desert Hot Springs. We have everything. This will be an opportunity for those with a desire to get well and we’re very excited about having the promoters that are here. The entire valley will wrap their arms around Desert Hot Springs and support this event.” Amongst those scheduled to appear at the event are Rodney and Colleen Saidman Yee, a husband/wife team of Yoga experts. Both have appeared nationally in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, on the Oprah Winfrey show and on PBS’s “The Practical Power Of Yoga”. Also appearing will be local doctor and author Steven Gundry, who wrote the best-seller “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution”. A fan of world music, Dr. Gundry believes in the power of certain music, like reggae for example, which

he described as having the rhythm of a heartbeat. The Wellness and World Music Festival will be the first in its kind in Southern California, as Scott Kiner, CEO of Kiner Communications pointed out. The musical line-up will be announced shortly at a later date. The expected turnout will be about five to ten thousand. Originally, Two Bunch Palms was chosen to be the site of the event. Clarke stated that the hotel resort will still be utilized to some minor degree for now. “Two Bunch is up in the air, and we still have plans to work with them. We have to go forward, no matter what. It’s a historic and beautiful location,” he said. “There is a lot of area to be utilized, if need be.” Also, Clarke confirmed that the location of the event will happen at the Mission Springs Soccer Park in Desert Hot Springs on October 9th and 10th. Tickets will be ranging from $50-80 for each day of the festival. For more information, visit www.

Wellness & World Music Festival

Yvonne Parks, Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee, Dr. Steven Gundry, Tony Clarke and Wayne Baruch

Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee, Dr. Steven Gundry, Tony Clarke, Wayne Baruch

Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee



Mission Springs Water District

MSWD does it again with its water

BY S TA F F The City of Desert Hot Springs has reportedly won another award for its drinking water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival 2010. Previously, the city has won awards in 1999 (silver) and in 2004 (gold) by the same group, which samples tap water from all around the world. Two special awards were given this year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the water tasting. The Festival honored Sweet Springs Natural Mountain Water of Gap, WV, winner of four gold medals, a feat that has not yet been matched. The American Water Works Association presented a top winner award to Mission Springs Water District of Desert Hot Springs, California for their six medals won over the years. More than 200 people watched at the Country Inn in Berkeley Springs on Saturday night as a dozen media judges spent hours tasting more than 125 waters from 24 states and ten foreign countries. There were 44 municipal waters from 12 states and Canada. “We have double the

number of cities and towns competing in the tap water division from last year, “ said Klein Rone, “and seven former gold medalists. “ The Country Inn serves as home of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. Winning sparkling waters were all international with Dobra Voda of Kratovo, Macedonia taking the gold and previous gold medal winner, Canadian Gold of Marchand, Manitoba coming in second. Arthur von Wiesenberger, author and founder of once again served as the event’s watermaster. “This is the longest running and largest water tasting in the world,” he said. “The granddaddy of them all.” Klein Rone was delighted at the crowd. Also, the city’s Horton Wastewater Treatment Plant won the award from the California Water Environment Association for the second time in a row, for its treatment system. Both awards were presented over the weekend.

Cabot’s Museum


Scott Matas, Peter Toth, Yvonne Parks, Russell Betts and Karl Baker BY LESLIE ANDREWS DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA“Waokiye”, a statue carved by Native American inspired artist Peter “Wolf” Toth, was rededicated at an artists’ festival held at the Cabot’s Pueblo Museum Saturday afternoon. Toth, a Hungarian-born sculptor, received a plaque of recognition by Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks and a blessing from Tribal Chairman Richard Milanovich from the Agua Caliente Indian Tribe for his work that he has done on his statue, which was created back in 1978 as a gift to the Indians. “To honor the Native Americans is my goal,” said Toth. “This represents and honors the Agua Caliente Indian people, plus all the Native American people in the state of California.” The carved statue, which stands 43 feet tall, was created from a 750-year-old Sequoia tree, and took six months to complete. About a few weeks ago, Toth began to renovate the

statue, chiseling away at wornout wood, thus giving Waokiye a facelift, adding “age” to its look. With the old wood shavings, Toth will either donate the pieces to other artists or create mini-statues with them. Plus, a steel rod will be inserted into the statue, giving it added protection from falling down and from natural disasters such are earthquakes or wind storms. A liquid preservative will also be added in order to preserve the statue for at least another 250 years. Chairman Milanovich added, “What Peter has done is something everybody should be proud of. It’s an ongoing memorial and a living memorial to him. For the people, this is important.” “Waokiye” is a Lakota Sioux word for “Traditional Helper”. Also, Cabot Yerxa, the founder of the museum, was born on the Sioux Indian Reservation 121 years ago. So far, the statue has miraculously survived all these years without termite damage.


Desert Hot Springs Business Directory HIGH HOLIDAYS DESERT HOT SPRINGS and the HI DESERT

All services will be held at: Mission Lakes Country Club, 8484 Clubhouse Blvd, DHS Drive through the complex to the Club House No charge for services for Jewish residents of DHS or the Hi Desert

Rosh HaShanah Services Friday,

September 8


Rosh HaShanah Services Saturday,

September 9


Kol Nidre Services


September 17


Yom Kippur Services


September 18


Discussion groups at 1:00 Yizkor at 4:00 Nilah at 4:30

BREAK FAST served after Yom Kippur services No charge for residents of Jewish residents of DHS and the Hi Desert

Jewish Family Service of the Desert presents these services to the Jewish Residents of Desert Hot Springs as part of a financial allocation from Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and the Desert Area.

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Desert Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club

New center in DHS to benefit children and the community

BY STAFF ~ Photo by Bruce Montgomery DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CADesert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks, along with the rest of the city council and other elected officials broke ground Thursday on a new facility that will house the Boys and Girls Club as well as a new health care clinic.

was donated by city resident and Mission Springs Water District board member John Furbee. Funding is expected from the city, the Desert Healthcare District, Palm Springs Unified School District and other donors like Congressman Jerry Lewis and Senator Barbara Boxer.

The 26,000 square foot Desert Hot Springs Community Health and Wellness Center will also house an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a gym, a clubhouse and a teen center at the corner of Pierson Boulevard and Cholla Drive, not far from the city’s high school and City Hall. Plus a community health center to be managed by the Borrego Community Health Foundation, which currently runs four clinics in the Coachella Valley, with the nearest one in Cathedral City. The land

“This is another example of collaboration,” said Mayor Parks. “The City of Desert Hot Springs is reaching out to partners to support a project that the youth and residents of our great city not only have earned but deserve. It’s a very proud day in Desert Hot Springs.” Russ Martin, Public Safety Commission member and candidate for City Council, added, “It was quite a day for Desert Hot Springs. As a former law

enforcement professional, I know how important a Boys and Girls Club can be for a community. It will provide a healthy environment for young people to gather and spend quality time with their peers. In addition, Desert Hot Springs High School will now have a first class regulation size swimming pool for the swim and water polo teams’ training sessions. A lot of different people had a hand in making this a reality. My congratulations to all of them.” Construction should be completed by early 2010. The price tag for this project totals nearly $14 million. Photos by Bruce Montgomery

Desert Hot Springs People Profile


John Furbee A Desert Hot Springs Icon BY VONDA PATE-DAVIS EXCLUSIVE- When you enter the grounds of John Furbee’s home, there is a very large pool and beyond the pool is the history of Desert Hot Springs. You are greeted by “Blitzen”, a white Shepherd dog who has been John’s constant companion of 14+ years. Newer and on duty as watch guard is “Kelly“. You sit at the chess/dining table and look out at the BBQ pit and beyond pool to the palms and mountains. There is history all around you. The plaques of appreciation and awards are numerous from State, Local, and charitable organizations. John came to the Coachella Valley in 1959 from West Virginia, after graduating from University of West Virginia as a pharmacist. He fitted into the style of Palm Springs very well. He went to work for the Drug King drugstore and for a period of time lived in the famous “tree house” of Palm Springs. In 1969 he and a partner bought a motel in Desert Hot Springs and started remodeling it for living quarters. The units were rented out to Canadians which proved out very well. He bought the drug store on Palm Drive near Pierson. As the pharmacist it meant long hours so he bought the restaurant across the street. The many visitors at the hotel would go to the

restaurant and Coffee’s Bathhouse or events at Wardman Hall; which both facilities have been torn down and are gone from history today. After closing the pharmacy for the day he could go across the street for his dinner and days count of proceeds. This became a very enjoyable part of his life. He got to know and talk to many people and to become a part of his city. This started his venture into property and business ownership. John was becoming involved with real estate purchases and development.

his major involvement in the development of Desert Hot Springs. Dennis Baldwin bought the drug store in 1977. However John stayed as relief pharmacist for a long time.

In 1974 John bought the Saver’s Drugs in Coachella. He started a drugs pickup and delivery service to the nursing homes and eventually was serving all the nursing homes in the valley. At that time he was running two pharmacies. He was first in the valley to have automatic pill count for filling orders.

In the 1980’s John, along with partners, ventured into building homes as Spa City Construction to sell at $90,000 a piece. In 1990 they built 53 homes as Sun Spring Homes. Later, John bought 288 lots in the l990’s. In 1999 they built homes to sell for $99,900, which a few years later resold for over $250,000; proving to be a very good investment for the buyers.

John got into more land acquisition at auction and, together with partners Jasper Huckabee and Larry Bertrand, built Casa del Sol, a 108 unit development on 2nd Street. Later came 48 units of Casa West next to what is now the Desert Hot Springs High School. In 1977 he sold the property which was later to become Rancho del Oro on Mission Lakes Boulevard. These were the beginning of

John has been a very active serving on the Board of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club for years and President one term. He donated land for the Angel View Foundation houses. One of the houses was designated “Furbee House”. He sold the land to the city for its future civic center and was available for help when needed for advancement of city facilities. John served on

the Planning Commission and was involved with the Economic Development Committee. He has been on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce several years and served on the original Downtown Development Committee. John also serves as President of the Mission Springs Water District with a high level interest in the usage of solar energy. He has looked at the technology as the advancement for future development consideration. John always appears at every event; as he was Grand Marshal of 2006 Christmas Parade and recipient of the 2006 Senior Inspiration Award for Desert Hot Springs. Although John did not know Cabot Yerxa; he did know Cole Eyraud, who saved Cabot’s Pueblo Museum from demolition. As of 2010, he is still active in the areas important today to the city, even if just behind the scenes in our City of Desert Hot Springs.

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