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  La Quinta Chamber of Commerce                                                              The Voice of Business                                                      Vol. XXII Issue #10                        October 2005


MAYOR’S LUNCH SERVES NEWS                                                                                            CHAMBER HAS NEW BRAND IDENTITY
                                                                                                                          Membership Services’ Logo Committee recently selected a new logo for La Quinta
                                                                                                                     Chamber. “We’re very excited about this new brand identity, which Brenda Rincon at Kiner
                                                                                                                     Communications developed for us,” said Board Secretary Robert Sylk. “It uses some of the
     The September Mayor’s Lunch at La Quinta Riverside and Murrieta.                                                elements and ideas submitted by Caitlin Jarrett, a La Quinta High school graduate.” The new
resort was chock full of members, new members,                “CASA was formed in the last 1970’s,”                  logo was “unveiled” at the September Mayor’s Luncheon.
news and information.                                     Yeates said. “CASA volunteers become sworn
     Board Chair Lew E. Piper announced that the officers of the court, and each child also has an
Board hired Ruth Finholt as the Chamber attorney and a social worker. We become diligent
CEO/President. (See article this page.) He also advocates for the services needed to help each
                                                                                                                   CHAMBER CEO APPOINTED          La          Quinta                     She also owned and operated her own busi-
reported that the Chamber added 149 new child become a healthy and productive adult,                                                          Chamber Board of                           ness—Ultimate Cards & Gifts—in Murrieta,
members between Jan. 1, 2005 and Sept. 1, able to break the chain of abuse, neglect or                                                        Directors has appointed                    Calif., from 1987-1991.
2005—89 in the last three months. Fifty new abandonment.”                                                                                     Ruth Finholt to be the                          “I’m very excited about being named CEO
members were introduced at the                                            Yeates reported that CASA has                                       Chamber’s          Chief                   and about the future of La Quinta Chamber,”
luncheon that day. Also, the                                         four case managers and about 200                                         E x e c u t i v e                          Finholt said. “Having owned a small business, I
Chamber’s new logo was displayed at                                  volunteers in Riverside County. “That                                    Officer/President.                         can appreciate the problems that small business
the event (see box this page).                                       is simply not enough,” she said. “We                                           Finholt, who had                     owners face every day. I know how important it
                                                                                                                   Ruth Finholt,Chamber CEO
     The day’s speakers were: La                                     get 15 to 20 requests per month for                                        been interim CEO,                        is to promote your business and to belong to the
Quinta City Councilwoman Terry                                       a CASA volunteer for new cases in             has been with the Chamber for more than three                         Chamber of Commerce.”
Henderson, filling in for Mayor Don                                  the court system. We have 225                 years. She had assumed positions of increasing                             Finholt said she intends to focus on member-
Adolph, and Marilyn Yeates, execu-               Marilyn Yeates      children in the CASA program now,             responsibility at the Chamber, and was events                         ship and retention, along with new programs that
tive director of Court Appointed Special                  and there are about 4,500 that need CASA.”               coordinator before being named CEO in                                 will help members increase revenues.
Advocates (CASA). Modern Woodmen of                           Each trained CASA volunteer can manage               September.                                                                 “The City is just booming, and I would like
American sponsored the luncheon.                          the cases of one to three children at a time, she            “Ruth’s attention to customer service and                         to see every new business in La Quinta become
     Henderson provided an update on City activ- said. They usually make personal visits with a child              delivering the best product for our membership                        a Chamber member,” she added. “I also want us
ities, including the opening of the new City every one to two weeks. They also generally                           set her apart from other candidates,” said Lew E.                     to find and develop new ways to help member
Library; current residential, commercial and road attend court hearings with the child.                            Piper, Board chair. “Because she can ‘hit the                         businesses grow. We have some exciting new
projects; plus information on Community Services              She asked attendees to consider becoming             ground running’ in management of all of our                           plans that came out of our recent Board planning
activities and the SilverRock golf course. (See the CASA volunteers and to make donations                          events and is very attentive to customer service,                     retreat, and every board member agreed that
City Manager’s message on page 9.)                        to the non-profit agency. More information               that made her a clear favorite.”                                      membership retention is an important focus area.”
     Yeates discussed CASA for Riverside can be obtained by calling Yeates at                                          Piper added that the Board unanimously con-                            Finholt is a native of Minnesota, and lives in
County, Inc. According to its materials, CASA’s 760-863-7425 or visiting the Web at                                firmed Finholt, and it looks forward to a long and                    La Quinta. She recently graduated from the
mission is to speak for the best interests of abused, www.casariversidecounty.org.                                 successful tenure with her as CEO.                                    Leadership Coachella Valley program. She has
neglected and abandoned children in the courts of             The next Mayor’s Lunch will be 11:30 a.m.                Before joining the La Quinta Chamber,                             attended both California State University-Long
Riverside County. The agency has offices in Indio, Thurs., Nov. 3, at La Quinta Resort & Club.                     Finholt worked in the travel industry for 10 years.                   Beach and Riverside Community College.



                             In This                              SPOTLIGHT
                                                                                                                        La Quinta Chamber of Commerce
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• Chamber Happenings . . . . .2                                      11:30 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 13
                                                                      Embassy Suites Palm Desert
• Chairman’s Message . . . . . .3                                        OCTOBER MIXER
                                                                      5:30 p.m, Wed., Oct. 26
• LaKwinta . . . . . . . . . . . . .4                                      Ewing Builders
• New Member Intros             . . . . .5                           MAYOR’S LUNCHEON
                                                                      11:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 3
• City Pages . . . . . . . . .9-12                                        La Quinta Resort

• Member Discounts . . . . . .14                              LA QUINTA LIBRARY GRAND OPENING
                                                                      3 p.m., Wed., Nov. 16
• Member Anniversaries . . . .15                                            La Quinta

• Member News             . . . . . . .17
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                                                                  CHAMBER HAPPENINGS
      OCTOBER                                                                                                                                                    NOVEMBER
      3             LEGISLATIVE MEETING                                                                                                                         3               MAYOR’S LUNCHEON
                    3:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                   11:30 a.m.
                    La Quinta Chamber Office                                                                                                                                    La Quinta Resort & Club
                                                                                                                                                                                Sponsor: TBD Panel: Commercial Development in La Quinta
      12            BIZNET 2006 COMMITTEE MEETING
                    9:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                   4               RIBBON CUTTING
                    Indio Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                                                   11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                Merle Norman Cosmetics/Point Happy
      13            POWER LUNCH
                    11:30 a.m. – Embassy Suites                                                                                                                 16              BREAKFAST NETWORK COMMITTEE MEETING
                    Sponsor: Desert Southwest Insurance                                                                                                                         8 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                La Quinta Chamber
      14            MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COMMITTEE
                    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                                                                                                                      16              EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING
                    La Quinta Chamber Office                                                                                                                                    9 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                La Quinta Chamber
      17            CITY/CHAMBER BI-MONTHLY MEETING
                    La Quinta Chamber Office                                                                                                                    16              MIXER – NEW DATE
                                                                                                                                                                                5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
      21            RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY                                                                                                                                     Indian Wells Tennis Gardens
                    11:30 a.m.
                    Le Mirage Salon and Day Spa                                                                                                                 17              THE BREAKFAST NETWORK
                                                                                                                                                                                7:30 a.m.
      25            BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                                                          New Venue: La Quinta Café
                    11:45 a.m.                                                                                                                                                  Sponsor: 1st Centennial Bank Speaker: Stephanie Greene, Creative i Group
                    La Quinta Resort & Club
                                                                                                                                                                22              BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      26            MIXER                                                                                                                                                       11:45 a.m.
                    5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                        La Quinta Resort & Club
                    Ewing Builders
                                                                                                                                                                24-25           THANKSGIVING
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
                                             MISSION STATEMENT                                                                                                                                  CREATING A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY.
                                   TO   PROMOTE AND ENHANCE BUSINESS GROWTH,
                                                                                                                                                                                               PROVIDING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES.
                                  CIVIC WELL-BEING, AND A SOUND QUALITY OF LIFE.
                                                                                                                                                                                REPRESENTING       THE INTERESTS OF BUSINESSES WITH GOVERNMENT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             POLITICAL      ACTION.




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                      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                             BOARD OF DIRECTORS                                                                                   COMMITTEE CHAIRS                                CHAMBER PROFESSIONAL STAFF
                   LEW E. PIPER, CHAIR OF THE BOARD                   STU BAILEY, Pacific Western Bank                                                                                      BIZNET 2006
                        Boseant Piper & Associates CPAs               VICTORIA BAILEY, Desert Springs Publishing                                        Chair Cosmo Cappellino, KEZN-FM EZ 103.1                           RUTH FINHOLT, CEO & President
                         LINDA EVANS, 1ST VICE CHAIR                  CATHY BRETZ, IID Energy                                                                          EVENTS & PROGRAM COMMITTEE                          PATRICIA WALSH, Membership Sales Director
                     John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital                COSMO CAPPELLINO, KEZN-FM EZ 103.1                                                        Chair Ken Napper, American Woodmen                         KAE HAMMOND, Membership Sales
                       SCOTT BROOKS, 2ND VICE CHAIR                   JON P GAFFNEY, Desert Sands Unified School District
                                                                           .                                                                                                        Co-Chair Roger Perris                  IDALIA URIBE, Membership Coordinator-A/R-A/P
                                            JESA Printing             ALEXIS LARSON, Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority                      POWER LUNCH SUB-COMMITTEE                          DEBBIE WHITENER, Reception/Visitor’s Center
                                ROBERT SYLK, SECRETARY                THOMAS MCDERMOTT, JR., McDermott & Delateur, LLP Chair Alexis Larson, Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority
                                          The Sylk Group              KEN NAPPER, Modern Woodmen of America                                             Co-Chair Scott Nelson, KEZN- FM EZ 103.1
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                             PEDRO RINCON, TREASURER                  JOHN PEÑA, John Peña & Associates                                                                          EDUCATION COMMITTEE                       THE GEM
                 Peterson, Slater & Osborne Accountants               ROGER PERRIS, PTF Financial                                                                  Chair Stu Bailey, Pacific Western Bank                  WORDSMITHS COMMUNICATION
               DAVID HOWARD, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR                     TORY ROGERSON, Costco Wholesale                                                              LEGISLATIVE & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
                                         Cherokee Homes               RON SALUTE, Desert Southwest Insurance Brokers                                           Chair Mark Harner, Pacific Western Bank                     VOLUNTEERS
          LA QUINTA CHAMBER             OF   COMMERCE                 KURT A. SPURGIN, D.C., Advanced Physical Health Center                                          MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COMMITTEE                        MILDRED DONLEY
        78-371 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253                                                                                                                 Chair Robert F. Sylk, Sylk Casino Group                    JOAN MOLOUGHNEY
       PHONE: 760-564-3199 FAX: 760-564-3111                                                                                                       Vice-Chair Victoria Bailey, Desert Springs Publishing                   JOANNE SNYDER

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MONTH OF OPPORTUNITIES MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
by Lew E. Piper                                            and recruitment. Out of that discussion, these            by Robert F. Sylk                                     New upcoming programs will be:
Chair, The Chamber Board of Directors                      top three new ideas emerged:                              Chair, Membership Services Committee
                                                                 • Website advertising and front-page                                                                    1.Mentor Program with Co-Chairs
    The Board of Directors and Staff of the                          search engine;                                      As the clock winds down on my year as             Judy Frank and David Archer;
La Quinta Chamber of Commerce held the                           • Classified ads in the Gem newspaper; and          chairman of Membership Services, I have             2.Marketing to attract home-based
Annual Planning Retreat at the PGA WEST                          • A “signature” event that will be identified       spent many hours reminiscing about my time             businesses as members;
Stadium Clubhouse on August 31.                                            with the La Quinta Chamber and the        on the Board of Directors and what                                 3.An expanded Gem;
The retreat’s purpose was to develop                                       City of La Quinta.                        it has meant to me.                                                4.Web-site enhancements;
a plan of action for the 2005-                                                 These ideas are beneficial to our         I would like to thank the                                      5.New mixer initiatives
2006 fiscal year.                                                          membership, as they provide addi-         Executive Committee Members and                                        and more; and
    The group performed an evalua-                                         tional opportunities for advertising,     Chairman of the Board, Lew Piper,                                   6.Ambassadors Com-
tion of last year's goals and objec-                                       networking, and growth. An added          and all my fellow board members for                                    mittee.
tives, and much of the progress                                            benefit is that they also will produce    their commitment to La Quinta and                                  Please call Patricia Walsh at
made over the past 12 months will                                          revenue for the Chamber.                  our great Chamber.                                             760-564-3199 to volunteer!
continue as the Chamber's member-               LEW E. PIPER                   New revenue generation is neces-          I salute our new CEO, Ruth            ROBERT F. SYLK           Lastly, isn’t our new logo
                                         Boseant Piper & Associates CPAs                                                                                      SYLK CASINO GROUP
ship grows.                                                               sary as the Chamber develops its           Finholt, for the selfless dedication she                       terrific? See you at the next
    Next, we held a brainstorming session to long-term facility plan for office and conference-                      has shown over these past years, and con- mixer, October 26, and Toys for Tots in
entertain topics to consider as the Chamber's most room space. Although the Chamber will soon                        gratulate her on her new position.              December.
important issues. These items were then prioritized move into temporary facilities at the La Quinta
into the top three categories that the Board City Library, the term of the contract is for three
believes could have the greatest impact on years and the Chamber must take an active role in
Chamber members:                                           finding permanent facilities for its future. That proj-   SALUTE NAMED TO BOARD
    • Membership benefits;                                 ect starts now and will continue so that the
                                                                                                                                                Chamber        Chair    parts and accessories business by working in the
    • Retention; and                                       Chamber can function independently to best
                                                                                                                                            Lew E. Piper recently       family auto parts store in St. Paul, Minn. He is
    • Recruitment.                                         serve members and the community. A building
                                                                                                                                            named Ron Salute of         the third generation in automotive parts and
    Board Members and staff then broke into fund will be implemented to help balance the
                                                                                                                                            Desert        Southwest     accessories sales, and owned the business for
small discussion groups in order to develop action costs of this facility.
                                                                                                                                            Insurance Brokers, Inc.,    more than 44 years.
plans for each category. Next, the groups pre-                   Also, I encourage your continued support to
                                                                                                                                            to fill a vacant position       In January 2005, he retired in La Quinta.
sented their preliminary action plans to the entire ensure the sustainability of Chamber programs and
                                                                                                                                            on the Board for a one-     Soon afterwards, he decided to work for Desert
group for discussion; and next steps were deter- events, produced for you—our members.
                                                                                                                                            year term.                  Southwest Insurance, which is owned by his
mined for appropriate committees to address.                     The LQCC Board of Directors and Staff fin-               RON SALUTE            Salute started his      son Brad.
    The La Quinta Chamber is fortunate to have ished the retreat with a sense of accomplishment,
                                                                                                                                            career in the automotive        You can reach Salute at 760-771-5550.
members who are actively involved on our com- for both the efforts over the past year and the
mittees. Their leadership and participation is the ideas and focus going forward. As always, we
key to our success this year and the years ahead. welcome your suggestions and feedback on mak-
    The group also discussed ideas for enhancing ing the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce the
the strategies on membership benefits, retention, true “Gem of the Desert”.                                                    CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING


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PLEASE…DON’T CALL IT
LA KWINTA                                        The     Summer      La     Quintan:
                                             Sleeveless t-shirt, Bermuda shorts with                              O U R                 I N
by Leslie Lafayette                          six pockets, thongs, perspiration, and a                         Y
                                             somewhat sun-struck look. Visor and




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   I just read in The Desert Sun that        sunglasses.                                                          BUSINESS PACKAGES




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all the fall fashion magazines are on




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newsstands. And, that they ’re so                  The Fall La Quintan: T-shirt with                              EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
heavy with ads for how to dress, sleeves. Women may graduate to Capri-
articles on how to dress, and pictures length pants. Gentlemen may substitute                                WORKERS COMPENSATION




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of the way to dress “in                                   golf shirts. Running shoes or                      HOMEOWNER AND AUTO
style,” that you need a dolly                             sandals with heels replace




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to roll Glamour or InStyle or                             thongs.      An     occasional                           LIFE INSURANCE
Vogue to your car. And, two                               Hawaiian shirt is de rigueur.




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teenage sons (I knew they                                 Visor     and     sunglasses—                                UMBRELLA




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                                                                                                        F
had to be good for some-                                  in darker colors.
thing!) to haul them in.                                                                                       N E       .
   I remember how much I
looked forward to fall fashion.
                                                              The Winter La Quintan:
                                                          It’s only 75 degrees?
                                                                                                                   E D S
                                     LESLIE L AFAYETTE
My male readers will probably                             I’m freezing! The “layered
wilt at this point and turn on the Golf look” is IN. A sweater goes over the
Channel… but we women know how golf shirt. Women may bring out the
much fun it was to shop for back-to- boots they ’ve been hiding in the                            DESERT SOUTHWEST
school…for college…and in the world closet, to wear with the perfect pair of                      I N S U R A N C E         B R O K E R S , I N C.
of business.                                   jeans they have to lie down to squeeze
   The shoes alone were an adventure. into, and a short-sleeved sweater over                         78010 MAIN STREET • SUITE 200 • LA QUINTA, CA 92253
                                                                                                            OFFICE 760.771.5550 • FAX 760.771.5755
Sometimes I look at one favorite old pair a long-sleeved tee. Visor and sunglass-
of 4-inch stiletto heels and marvel that I es mandatory, even on rainy days.
could walk in them. Let alone run
through airports in them, in a tight skirt         The Spring La Quintan: It’s already
with two suitcases and a briefcase in 95 degrees? It’s only April! Sleeveless
tow. And Jerry Rice thought he was an t-shirt, Bermuda shorts with six pockets,
athlete!                                       thongs, perspiration, and a somewhat
   Ah, to be that young again, to have sun-struck look. Visor and sunglasses.
the energy and enthusiasm to stand in a
dressing room bathed in bad lighting               There you have it. For special occa-
with fake mirrors (they make you look sions, such as dining out at a fancy
skinnier and you know it), balance on restaurant, going to a play, or attending
one foot, pull things over your head, a wedding, one might wear the basic
skulk out half-dressed to find something traditional garb. But add 12 or 14
in another size. After several hours and pieces of jewelry (turquoise, silver,
several stores, bringing home treasures more turquoise, more silver) and possi-
and laying them on the bed—to try bly (but not necessarily) forgo the visor
them all on, all over again!                   and sunglasses.
   My mother used to tell me I couldn’t            If you are lucky enough to live in our
wear something brand-new right away. It beautiful city, you don’t really need one
had to hang in the closet, tags still of those big walk-in closets. Everything
attached, for a prescribed period of you need to wear could fit into three
time. Was this a Hungarian custom drawers. Sure beats the heck out of
invented to torture a teenage girl? As an standing on one foot in a dressing room,
adult, I tore off the tags and wore new doesn’t it?
clothes the very next day.
   Fashion is important, and we in                 (Leslie Lafayette is a chamber
La Quinta know it because we live in member and Broker owner of Lafayette
the most fashionable part of the Desert. Properties. You can visit her website at
(They might argue that point in Palm www.laquintaescapes.com, or e-mail
Springs or Indian Wells, but we shall her directly at cnetwork@aol.com.
pay them no never mind.) I would like She loves hearing from you, and her
to describe the various uniforms of the opinions are her own.)
well-dressed La Quintan. Follow these
guides and you cannot go wrong:
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                                                                                         articulation/phonological disorders, and receptive, expressive and pragmatic
                                                                                         language (social skills) disorders.
RICO GARZA & KEVIN KERSEY, TOTALLY YOU SALON                                                 Her practice provides individual therapy for the above disorders, as well as
                                                                                         age/ability appropriate group therapy to improve social skills. Children with a
    Totally You Salon has been at its current location and providing customers qual-     variety of communication disabilities including Asperger ’s Syndrome, high-func-
ity hair services since 1993. In March 2005, a local and talented hair technician        tion Autism, pervasive developmental disorders (not otherwise specified),
(Rico Garza) decided to find a unique and existing salon to purchase and operate         non-verbal learning disabilities and social anxiety disorder greatly benefit from
as a business—dedicated to customer service.                                             group therapy. They are able to improve their ability to generalize social-skill
    The talented staff of more than 15 qualified technicians offers customers the        techniques in order to become successful communicators.
newest technology in hairstyles and spectacular color treatments.                            Please contact Marcey Utter for more information about evaluations and
    Rico’s business partner (Kevin Kersey) was previously a successful business          therapy programs.
owner in the San Diego area. Kevin manages salon operations and has put his tal-
ents to work by updating the physical beauty of this elaborate 3,000 sq. ft. salon.          79-440 Corporate Centre Dr. Suite #113, La Quinta • 760-574-6157
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                                   FEATURING THESE FINE SHOPS:
                   Polo Ralph Lauren                            Marketplace/Coffee Market
                 Including "Black Label" Apparel                        Serving Starbucks Coffee

              Tommy Bahama Bungalow                                      Audrey's Closet
                     Island Lifestyle Apparel                  Boutique and Signature Clothing for Women

               Cutter & Buck Latitudes                                         The Studios
                     Golf Inspired Clothing                                 Fine Arts & Crafts

                Brighton Desert Hearts                                  Oasis Spa Shop
               Handbags, Jewelry and Accessories                            At Spa La Quinta

                      Tumbleweeds                                Nike Tennis & Fitness Shop
               Children's Clothing and Accessories                    At the Tennis & Fitness Center




                                          49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta
                                                    760.564.4111

                                            Gift Certificates Available
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EVENTS COMMITTEE                                                                                       MAYOR’S CUP
by Ken Napper
Chair, Events Committee
                                                    77-885 Las Montanas, Suite A, Palm
                                                    Desert (across from Sun City off Washington).      GOLF TOURNEY SCORES
                                                                 Prizes for the best costumes!
    First, let me thank Council                                      The response to our possible           The eighth annual Mayor’s Cup Golf                of Palm Desert.
Member Terry Henderson for fill-                                 future “non-events” was over-         Tournament on Sept. 13 at PGA West                         Flight B, 2nd: Steve Warge, Justin Silver and
ing in at the September luncheon                                 whelming! Well, if I count the two    Stadium Course was a huge success for La               Angelo Bianchi.
for the Mayor who was on vaca-                                   received from my family, but that’s   Quinta Chamber. The tournament was filled,                 Flight B, 3rd: Rod Grinberg, Mike Eyre,
tion. Secondly, let me add my                                    okay. After all, the article was on   with 143 players registered to compete in a            Scott Selke, Chuck Shepardson, of TransWest
hardy congratulations to Ruth                                    page 17. Who reads page 17            team scramble.                                         Housing.
Finholt who was named our                                        anyway? The only thing it was in           “Our sincerest thanks to all the players, tee         Flight C, 1st: Pedro Rincon, Adam Ochoa,
Chamber’s CEO.                                                   front of was an article about what    sponsors, donors, staff and volunteers for mak-        Octavio Rosales, Mike Cho of Peterson, Slater &
                                             KEN NAPPER
    Before I get into October              MODERN WOODMEN        to do in Bakersfield during the       ing this an incredible event,” said CEO Ruth           Osborne.
                                              OF AMERICA
events (and because Ruth and I                                   summer.                               Finholt. “And, I’d also like to offer special              Flight C, 2nd: Robert Sylk, Ruth Finholt,
would like to add a little humor to the Events           Friends and neighbors, take a few minutes     thanks to Mayor Don Adolph, the John                   Alan Goda, J.B. Gold of the Sylk Group.
news), review page 17 from last month’s and review “Chamber Happenings” on page                        McLean Golf School, and the management                     Flight C, 3rd: Jon Gaffney, Diane Gaffney,
Gem and tell me mine wasn’t the best look- 2 (inside cover). Try to attend one or more of              and staff of PGA West Stadium Course. We               Ralph Whitlinger and Charlene Whitlinger.
ing picture on the page. Actually, the two of our monthly activities.                                  raised funds that will support ongoing and new             “My thanks to the terrific Golf Committee that
us (me and Robert Sylk) look like two escorts            The mixers are a good place to start. They    programs.”                                             organized the event,” Finholt added. The Golf
on a senior cruise.                                 provide an opportunity to meet some new                 The day began at 11:30 a.m. with the              Committee members were: David Archer, Cos
    While our September Mayor’s Golf people on a very informal basis. You do not                       Putt-for-Dough contest sponsored by David              Cappellino, Jim Dibley, Jon Gaffney (chair),
Tournament will be a tough act to follow, we have to be a Chamber member to attend the                 Archer of Edward Jones. John McLean Golf               John Kay, Rich Lane, Roger Perris, Mike Petranek,
have a POWER LUNCH on the 13th at the mixers. I’m a firm believer that the more folks                  School staff set up six challenging putting holes      Debbie Powell, Tiffanie Tobe and Molly Winge.
Embassy Suites in Palm Desert, starts at you get to know, the better you are for it.                   with sand traps, water hazards, rocks, doglegs
                                                                                                                                                                 SPONSORS MAKE EVENT SUCCESSFUL
11:30 a.m.                                          Another super activity is the bi-monthly           and simulated vegetation. Ties resulted in “putt-
    We have a RIBBON CUTTING at Mayor’s Luncheon. Come meet our City offi-                             offs” for first and third places. Mike Pope won              The Mayor’s Cup Golf Challenge had numer-
11:30 a.m. on the 21st at LE MIRAGE cials, almost all of whom attend and, without                      first place and $100; Randy Duncan took sec-            ous sponsors and donors. The Chamber’s Diamond
SALON and DAY SPA, 78-045 Calle exception, are there to get to know you and                            ond ($50); Al Minor won third ($30); and                sponsors are: IID Energy, John F. Kennedy Memorial
Cadiz, suite #4, La Quinta. Everyone is cor- to be of service.                                         Gil Lund took fourth ($30).                             Hospital and La Quinta Resort & Club.
dially invited to attend and participate. If you         And … welcome to October and better                The tourney started shortly before 1 p.m.               Contest sponsors were: Vacation Pools (hole-in-
have a ribbon cutting at a spa, does your weather. Stay cool, my friends, and come up                  with the “Mayor’s Challenge:” Mayor Don                 one); David Archer, Edward Jones (Putt for
                                                                                                                                                               Dough); Rich Lane, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
towel fall off?                                     to me at the next activity and let me know if      Adolph hit a drive and players were challenged
                                                                                                                                                               (closest-to-the-pins); The Beer Hunter (out-drive
    And on the 26th of October, a you actually read page 17 (or wherever we                            to out-drive him. The Beer Hunter donated               the Mayor); Electric Golf Cart Distributors and Kia
Halloween MIXER from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 show up this month). Page 21 of a 20-page                       wooden nickels (redeemable at the restaurant)           of La Quinta (hole-in-one contests).
p.m. at Totally Covered/Ewing Builders, paper? (Chuckles…)                                             to those who accurately out-drove the mayor.                 Tee sponsors were: Boseant Piper & Assoc.,
                                                                                                            Vacation Pools’ team—Hal Hampton, Jim              Cedar House Custom Garage Doors & Gates,
                                                                                                       Peters, Ed Musselman and Ryan Caress—were               Dejager’s Granite and Stone, Desert Mountain
                                                                                                       overall winners of the team scramble, taking first      Mortgage, Desert Willow Golf Resort, John Easton
                     Dyson & Dyson Real Estate Associates                                                                                                      Realtor, Granite Construction Co., K. Hovnanian
                                                                                                       place in the “A” flight.
                                                                                                                                                               Homes, Kiner Communications, KEZN-FM EZ
                                                                                                            Other “challenge” winners were: Valerie            103.1, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Ledesma &
                                                                                                       Van Winkle and Diane Gaffney, women’s clos-             Meyer Construction Co., Lender’s Depot, MDS
                                                                                                       est-to-the-pin; Ryan Caress and Gil Lund,               Consulting, Palm Desert National Bank, Peterson,
                                                                                                       men’s closest-to-the-pin; Jim Fitzgerald, men’s         Slater & Osborne Accountants, PFF Bank & Trust,
                                                                                                       straightest drive; Dori Smith, women’s straight-        Rabobank, Rancho La Quinta Country Club,
       Call This                                                                                                                                               Ruhnau, Ruhnau & Clarke, Southern California Gas
                                                                                                       est drive; Todd Knight, men’s longest drive; and
       Winning                                                              50-981 Washington St.                                                              Co., Sylk Casino Group, Time Warner Cable,
                                                                                                       Kate Spates, women’s longest drive.
        Team!                                                               La Quinta, CA 92253                                                                TLC for Mind & Body, TransWest Housing, Warner
                                                                                                            Kia of La Quinta and Electric Golf Cart            Engineering, Wilson Johnson Capital Group,
                                                                                                       Distributors were “hole-in-one” sponsors.               Vacation Pools and We’re Organized.
                      Maureen Byrne        Ginny Jones      Michelle Cope
                       760-567-5097        760-861-1826     760-902-0923
                                                                                                       “Unfortunately, we didn’t witness a hole-in-one this         Raffle-prize donors were: Arnold Palmer’s
                                                                                                       year,” Finholt said. “Bob Marra of Wheeler’s            Restaurant, Augustine Casino, Bob Hope Chrysler
                                                                                                       Desert Letter won a golf cart last year!”               Classic, Bunz, Casey’s, Cedar House, Cliffhouse-La
                                                                                                            Other winners, by flight, of the team              Quinta, Costco, Embassy Suites, Esser Air
                                                                                                                                                               Conditioning & Heating, Falls Prime Steakhouse,
                                                                                                       scramble were:
                                                                                                                                                               Fisherman’s Market & Grill, Genesis Health Club for
                                                                                                            Flight A, 2nd: Phil Rilett, Fred Nadeau,           Women, Golf Etc., Rev. Harriett Guttman, Indian
                                                                                                       Kurt Dempster, Jim Clay of Rancho La Quinta             Springs Golf & Supper Clubs, Kristina’s in the
        T HANK YOU T O O UR 2005 D IAMOND S PONSORS
                                                                                                       Country Club.                                           Cove, Landmark Golf Club, La Quinta Resort &
                                                                                                            Flight A, 3rd: Mark Hernandez, Pat                 Club, Lumpy’s Discount Golf, Main Street Bar &
                                                                                                       Morgan, Chuck Strother, Mike Pope of Cedar              Grill, McDermott & Delauter, Jim McLean Golf
                                                                                                       House Custom Garage Doors & Gates.                      School, Modern Woodmen of America, Oasis
                                                                                                                                                               Country Club, Olive Crest, Parker Hotel,
                                                                                                            Flight B, 1st: Carlos Ortega, David
                                                                                                                                                               SilverRock Resort and Vacation Pools.
                                                                                                       Yrigoyen, Martin Alvarez, Rodney Young, City
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        La Quinta Chamber members and guests turned out in droves to support the annual
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                                                                                                   And the winners were…the Vacation Pools golf team took first place in Flight A during the

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        fund-raising golf tournament, with 143 golfers registering. There also were numerous tee   annual golf tournament. They are (left to right): Hal Hampton, Jim Peters, Ed Musselman
        and contest sponsors and raffle-prize donors. The golf event was held Sept. 13, 2005 at    and Ryan Caress.
        the PGA West Stadium course, with dinner at the PGA West Nicklaus Private clubhouse.
        For all details, see article page 7.

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                                                                                                   Cup Golf Challenge. He earned $100 and bested Randy Duncan (center) who took the
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                                                                                                   $50 second-place prize. David Archer (right) of Edward Jones sponsored the contest.
        Around 100 people attended the Aug. 24 mixer at The Tutoring Club in La Quinta.

R       Cos Cappellino, chair of the BizNet 2006 Committee (center), thanks owners Rick and
        Pat Weisbart for hosting the event.                                                                                                                                                     E
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                              VEHICLE SECURITY
                              By Deputy Heather Olsen, La Quinta Police Department
                                                                                                                                                                                   CITY NOTES
                                                                                                                                    FROM THE                   CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE
                                    YOU CAN HELP PREVENT CAR THEFT!                                                       With relief from the heat finally in sight, don’t miss the opportunity to get out and enjoy the many
                                                                                                                          amenities La Quinta has to offer during these dwindling daylight hours, as Daylight Savings Time
                             Though professional car thieves have entered the field in                                    ends on Sunday, October 30 (don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour). Also, please watch out
                        increasing numbers, most vehicle thefts are committed by amateurs                                 for children trick-or-treating on Halloween on Monday night, October 31.
                        who can be stopped fairly easily. You can greatly increase your
protection against this type of crime by taking the following sensible precautions.                                       A few highlights of recent activities in and around the City are listed below. If you have any
                                                                                                                          questions regarding any of these items, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 777-7100.
                                                LOCK UP TIGHT
                                                                                                                          •   More than 20,000 building inspections have been performed as of mid-August. Building
•    An unlocked vehicle is an open invitation to a car thief. Whenever you leave your                                        permits issued through July totaled 425, for a total valuation of $35.5 million. Year-to-date
     vehicle — LOCK UP TIGHT — and take the keys with you.                                                                    valuation is in excess of $229 million.
•    If your vehicle is equipped to do so, lock the trunk and/or the tailgate.
•    Close all windows. Though it is hot here in our desert community, professional                                       •   The La Quinta Senior Center hosted its 15th Annual Boys and Girls Club “Back to School”
     car thieves have specialized tools that allow them to unlock a vehicle taking                                            luncheon on Thursday, August 25. The event honors the top 50 readers of the Summer
     advantage of a very minimum amount of open space. Be sure vent or “wind-wing”                                            Reading Program. All 50 received a backpack filled with school supplies, made possible by
     style windows are shut tight. These are favorite points of entry for car thieves.                                        donations provided by seniors and local businesses. Pizza Hut provided lunch for approximately
                                                                                                                              85 people who attended.
                                             PARK CAREFULLY
                                                                                                                          •   The La Quinta Senior Center has been an active “Cool Center” site since July. The Riverside
•    Avoid leaving your vehicle unattended in public parking lots for an extended                                             County Community Action Partnership sponsors this program and provides snacks and water
     period of time. A vehicle is five times more likely to be stolen when left unattended in a                               for the various Cool Centers around the Coachella Valley. The Cool Center program provides
     public parking lot than when parked on the street or in a parking lot with an attendant.                                 a place for individuals to seek refuge from the heat during the summer months when a heat
•    If possible, park your vehicle in a lot where you don’t have to leave your keys.                                         advisory has been issued.
     If you do have to leave your keys with a parking attendant, only leave the ignition.
     Never attach a tag with your name and address to your key ring. If your keys                                         •   Work will be ongoing at the corner of Adams and Highway 111 as street improvements
     were lost or stolen, the tag could lead a thief directly to your vehicle and/or your home.                               progress. This project is scheduled to be completed in late October.
•    When parking on the street, turn the wheels of your vehicle sharply toward the
     curb to make it extra difficult for a thief to move or tow your vehicle.                                             •   Riverside County is continuing with plans to landscape the I-10 interchanges beginning with
•    When parking at night, park in well-lighted areas with pedestrian traffic.                                               Monterey Avenue and Washington Street.

    If you have further questions regarding VEHICLE SECURITY, please contact                                              •   Plans have been submitted for three shell buildings, which will be located at the Pavilion
Community Service Officer Tom Fowler at (760) 863-8950.                                                                       project at Highway 111 and Adams Street. One of the buildings will house the Best Buy store.

                                                                                                                          •   Plans have been submitted for the landscape and minor exterior improvements to the theater
                                                                                                                              building at Highway 111, which will mitigate the unsightly appearance of the area.



            City Calendar
                                                                                                                          •   Staff met with representatives of the design/build team and the school district to review
                                                                                                                              preliminary designs for the Boys & Girls Club exercise room addition and Sports Complex
                                                                                                                              restroom addition. Construction is estimated to begin within the next 30 days.
                                                                                  OCTOBER                 2005            •   Contracts have been executed to re-roof Fire Station 70 (PGA West), the snack bar at the
October 4                            City Council                                                         3:00 p.m.           Sports Complex, and the police sub-station.
October 5                            Architectural & Landscaping Review Committee                         7:00 p.m.
October 10                           Community Services Commission                                        7:00 p.m.       •   Site Development Permit has been submitted by One Eleven La Quinta, LLC, for a Petco store
October 10                           Columbus Day                                                                             to be located next to Big 5 Sporting Goods.
October 11                           Planning Commission                                                  7:00 p.m.
October 12                           Investment Advisory Board                                            5:30 p.m.       •   Dave Bang & Associates has installed two shade structures and six sets of bleachers at the Sports
                                                                                                                              Complex.
October 13                           Cultural Arts Commission                                             7:00 p.m.
October 18                           City Council                                                         3:00 p.m.       •   Staff is reviewing preliminary plans for a 3-story, 25-unit condominium project between Calle
October 20                           Historic Preservation Commission                                     3:30 p.m.           Tampico, Avenida Navarro and Avenida Villa. The project will include subterranean parking
October 25                           Planning Commission                                                  7:00 p.m.           and a community pool.
October 30                           Daylight Savings Time Ends
                                                                                                                          SILVERROCK RESORT
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the Civic Center. Residents and others interested in attending any
of the above meetings are encouraged to contact City Hall at 777-7000 to confirm dates and times of meetings.             •   Updated grass and tree plans were received from Erik Larsen of Palmer Design. Mr. Larsen
*Other locations, please call 777-7090 for more information.                                                                  spent two days on site in mid-August reviewing the native area improvements.
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                                                                                                        OCTOBER 2005 SCHEDULE
                                                              SPECIAL EVENTS
                                                                                                         MONDAYS                                           11:15 AM BRIDGE LESSON PLAY OF

      CITY HALL                                 OCTOBERFEST LUNCHEON
                                                Thursday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                          8:30 AM PUTTING CONTEST (FREE)
                                                                                                                                                                     THE HAND
                                                                                                                                                            12:30 PM ACBL BRIDGE (REGISTRATION)
                                                                                                          9:00 AM MORNING WORKOUT (EXERCISE)                12:30 PM LATIN DANCE
  PHONE NUMBERS                                 Good food, entertainment and friendly
                                                conversation! Reservations are required.
                                                                                                          9:00 AM HOOKED ON LOOPS                                    BEGINNER REFRESHER
                                                                                                          9:00 AM I.I.D ENERGY ASSIST. (BY APPT, FREE)       3:00 PM POLITICAL & ECONOMIC EVENTS
                                                                                                          9:00 AM KNITTING GUILD (1ST MONDAY)
  General Information: 777-7000                 Fridays, October 7 and 21, from 10:15 until               9:00 AM SELF PUBLISHNG EXPERIENCE
   Building and Safety: 777-7019                12:00 p.m. a representative from Social Security                  (OCT 17)                                 THURSDAYS
                                                                                                         10:00 AM POTPOURI OF CREATIVITY
      Building Permits: 777-7012                will assist with new Medicare & Medi-Cal
                                                                                                         10:15 AM YOGA-CONTEMPLATIVE                        9:30 AM MEDICARE INSURANCE (BY APPT.)
    Building Inspection Requests:               prescription drug program for 2006.
                                                                                                         12:15 PM DUPLICATE BRIDGE                          9:40 AM LEGAL CONSULTATION (FREE)
                         777-7153               You may qualify.                                         12:30 PM SOCIAL BRIDGE (REGISTRATION)             11:00 AM COMPUTER TUTOR (FEE/BY APPT.)
    Code Enforcement: 777-7050                                                                                                                             11:00 AM TAP DANCE BEGINNER
                                                Thursday, October 13, 9:30 a.m.                                                                             9:00 AM BRIDGE INTERMED. PLAY OF HAND
       Animal Control: 777-7050
                                                FREE Medicare and Insurance Counseling with             TUESDAYS                                           11:30 AM “OCTOBERFEST” LUNCHEON(OCT 20)
    City Clerk’s Office: 777-7025                Naomi Bateman. Appointments are required.                                                                  1:00 PM “QUILTERS FOR GOOD TIMES” (FREE)
 City Manager’s Office: 777-7100                                                                         8:30 AM   LEARN TO KNIT                            1:30 PM MOVIE TIME (FREE)
       Community Development:                   Thursday, October 20, 9:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.             9:00 AM   CPR/FIRST AID (OCT 11, ONLY)             2:00 PM BALLROOM/SWING BEGINNER
                                                                                                         9:00 AM   EZ BALLET FITNESS                        3:30 PM BALLROOM/SWING EXPERIENCED
                         777-7125               Free Legal Consultation with Attorney David
                                                                                                         9:00 AM   WATERCOLOR                               3:30 PM TAI CHI CHUAN
  Community Services: 777-7090                  Grossman. Appointment is required.                       9:00 AM   YOGA-REJUVENATING
                Finance: 777-7150                                                                       10:00 AM   BASIC DOG TRAINING
         Public Works: 777-7075                 HEALTH FAIR                                             11:00 AM   COMPUTER TUTOR (BY APPT)               FRIDAYS
         Senior Center: 564-0096                Thursday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.              1:00 PM   ARTS & CRAFTS
                                                Health Information booths will be available!             1:00 PM   BRIDGE LESSON BEGINNNING                 8:00 AM MATURE DRIVER TRAINING
           Job Hotline: 777-7124                                                                         1:00 PM   HEARING (RESERVATION REQ.)                       (OCT 28)
                                                Vendors are being accepted.
         Street Sweeping Hotline:               Pre-registration is required.                            3:00 PM   ARTHRITIS TAI                            9:00 AM MORNING WORKOUT (EXERCISE)
                         777-7104                                                                        3:00 PM   TAP DANCE INTERMEDIATE                  10:15 AM MAT PILATES
                                                                                                                                                           10:30 AM FOOD DISTRIBUTION (FREE)
       Graffiti Hotline: 777-7095               Thursday, October 28, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.                                                                  11:00 AM COMPUTER TUTOR (FEE/BY APPT.)
           Pet Hotline: 777-7049                AARP Driver Safety Program. Cost is $16.00             WEDNESDAYS                                          12:15 PM DUPLICATE BRIDGE (REGISTRATION)
          Shopping Cart Hotline:                per person. Pre-registration is required.                                                                  12:30 PM SOCIAL BRIDGE (REGISTRATION)
                  1-800-252-4613                                                                         9:00 AM BRIDGE ADV. BIDDING IN                    12:30 PM WOODCARVERS (FREE)
                                                                                                                 COMPETITION
        INTERNET/WEB SITE:                                                                                                                                The La Quinta Senior Center provides these opportuni-
                                                                                                         9:00 AM MORNING WORKOUT (EXERCISE)
                www.la-quinta.org               LA QUINTA SENIOR CENTER                                  9:00 AM SKETCH DRAW
                                                                                                                                                          ties as a service and does not endorse or recommend any
                                                                                                                                                          service or business. Services rendered are the responsibility
                                                 78-450 AVENIDA LA FONDA                                10:15 AM FELDENKRAIS, YOGA A.T.M                  of the provider and the providee.
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SILVERROCK RESORT                                                                 PROJECT UPDATE
FALL IS HERE
Fall is here and great golfing weather lies ahead. The Arnold
Palmer Classic Course at SilverRock Resort has seen numerous
improvements throughout the summer: new and improved                                                                                                                                         REGISTER
drains, converted bunkers, new trees, a new tee on hole #14
and playing surfaces that will be in GREAT SHAPE! The
                                                                                                                                                                                             TO VOTE.
SilverRock staff is excited about the season and we hope to see                                                                                                                   Voter Registration forms
you soon!                                                                                                                                                                       are available at the City
                                                                                                                                                                               Clerk’s office in City Hall, if
                                                                                                                                                                             you need to register to vote or
OVER-SEEDING                                                                                                                                                               to change your address. The
The golf course will close October 10 for over-seeding and will                                                                                                          Registrar of Voters will accept
reopen on November 11. During that time, the golf shop will                                                                                                            mail-in applications received by
be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for anyone who wants to                                                                                                           October 24, 2005, for the November
shop or book advance tee times.                                                                                                                                     8, 2005 election or they may be filed
                                                                                                                                                                   with the City Clerk up to 5 p.m. on
                                                                    LA QUINTA RESIDENT CARDS                                                                    October 24, 2005.
FOOD & BEVERAGE                                                     Residents can play this beautiful golf course year-round for a                             If you wish to apply for an absentee ballot, you
The Food and Beverage Department will be closed October             fraction of the cost of a tee time by buying a Resident Card for                       may do so fromOctober10through November 1,
10-24 during over-seeding and will reopen for normal busi-          $15 at the Community Services Department, La Quinta City                            2005 by contacting the Registrar of Voters at
ness hours (6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) on October 25. We welcome             Hall. November 11 through December 25, residents will be                         (909) 486-7200 or (800) 773-VOTE (8683).
golfers and non-golfers. The Grill Room offers an interesting       able to play for only $45. The cards are issued by appointment                        Consideration of eight State-wide Propositions
new menu, a 50-inch Plasma TV, and out-door patio seating           only. To make an appointment or to obtain more information                       will be presented to the voters at this election;
with umbrellas.                                                     about qualifying for and purchasing a La Quinta Resident                         however, there will be no City Council or School
                                                                    Card, call the Community Services Department at 760-777-                         Board matters on the ballot. For more information
                                                                    7090 or go to www.SilverRock.org to download a brochure.                          on voter registration, call the City Clerk’s office at
                                                                                                                                                          777-7000.
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                                                         LA QUINTA SENIOR CENTER NEWSLETTER

CURRENT POLITICAL & ECONOMIC EVENTS – OPEN DISCUSSION                                                            BASIC DOG TRAINING
A discussion group covering current political and economic events. Leader Bob Pyle’s credentials:                By Instructor Rosemary Caputo of TLC Dog Training. Tuesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 1, 10 -11 a.m. $50/ses-
Washington lobbyist and former field director of The Republican National Congressional Committee.                sion. All must attend the Oct. 4 complimentary class. Dogs must be on a leash and have a collar.
Wednesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 16, 3-4:30 p.m. All points of view are welcome.
                                                                                                                 LATIN DANCE BEGINNER & REFRESHER
MAT PILATES                                                                                                      Come with or without a partner. Instructor David Belanger teaches the Rumba, Salsa, Tango, Samba
Instructor Sally Marshall teaches “Pilates” a system of strengthening and stretching exercises that is           and Cha Cha. The first 6-week session is Wednesdays, 12:30- 2 p.m., through Oct. 26. $72 or
suitable for all. Fridays, Oct. 7-28, 10:15-11 a.m. $20 or $8/class drop-in.                                     $15/drop-in.

CONTEMPLATIVE YOGA FOR STRESS REDUCTION                                                                          EZ BALLET FITNESS
Jaime R. Carlo-Casellas Ph.D., an integrative medicine specialist, teaches this safe and gentle class.           Nancy Evans teaches the EZ ballet fitness workout Tuesdays 9-9:50 a.m. Learn ballet fundamentals
4-week session begins Oct. 24, meet every Monday through Nov. 14, 10:15 -11:45 a.m. $60 or $20                   while improving posture, balance, grace and flexibility. No previous ballet required. Oct.18-Nov. 15.
drop-in fee. Bring a yoga mat or blanket.                                                                        $60/5-week session. Wear soft-soled shoes.

BALLROOM/SWING DANCE                                                                                             BEGINNING BRIDGE LESSONS
Instructor Les Douglas teaches students American and Latin Dances. Thursdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 1.                    Uses the Audrey grand ACBL-approved Club series, for new players or those wishing to modernize their
Beginner’s 2-3 p.m.; experienced 3:30-4:30 p.m. $60 for 5-week sessions or $15/drop-in.                          bridge. Instructor Pat Riensche is ACBL accredited. Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Dec. 6, 1– 3 p.m. $96/8-week
                                                                                                                 session; $15 drop-in. Limited seating (first 20).
TAI CHI CHUAN
Benefits are increased strength and stamina, improved balance, and improved cardiovascular and                   INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE LESSONS; “PLAY OF THE HAND”
immune system function. Instructor Noel Pittman has studied it for 25 years. Thursdays, Sept. 22-                Pat Riensche teaches “play of the hand” review/intermediate class using Audrey Grant ACBL-approved
Oct. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $40 per 5-week session. Drop-in $12.                                                     Diamond Extension series. Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Dec. 7, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Intermediate Bridge
                                                                                                                 also on Thursdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. $84/7-week session; $15 drop-in.
ARTHRITIS TAI CHI
Tai Chi is a slow-moving exercise that can improve flexibility, coordination and balance plus increased          BRIDGE LESSONS – ADVANCED “ BIDDING IN COMPETITION”
strength, stamina and energy; for people with physical disabilities. Instructor Noel Pittman will lead it        A 7-week preview to duplicate bridge course; Pat Riensche helps students learn strategies, conventions,
on Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Nov.15, 3-4 p.m. $50 per 5-week session; $12 drop-in.                                       and techniques for duplicate bridge, plus plays several rounds. Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Dec. 7, 9-11 a.m.
                                                                                                                 $84/session or $15 drop-in. Seating limited to first 20.
SKETCHING/ DRAWING
Kathy Dunham, of the American Society of Botanical Artists, teaches a 6-week session on technique,                                                  COMPUTER CLASSES
plus elements of design, composition and layout using pencils, charcoal and ink. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-            Computer classes taught by Vicki Beckner of Computer U®, who has training to teach seniors.
Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-noon. $90 or $17 drop-in. Pick up supplies list at front desk before first class.                  All on Mondays and Wednesdays. Many other computer classes also available. Call for more
                                                                                                                                              information. Reservations required.
BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR
Kathy Dunham teaches intermediate watercolor, covering advanced applications of technique, design and            INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERNET
composition. Tuesdays Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. $90/6-week session. Drop in $17. Limited seating.           Suitable for beginners on how to “surf the Web.” Learn the three ways to visit a web site, how to search,
                                                                                                                 mark your place and navigate. Detailed written instructions on using Internet Explorer. Monday,
A POTPOURRI OF CREATIVITY                                                                                        Oct. 24, noon-2 p.m. $30/class.
Learn writing skills from Instructor Joan Ledoux. Mondays, Oct. 17-Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m. $40 for 2-class            INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING
session. Required: spiral notebook 9 1/2, pen, pencils, colored pencils (optional).                              Level 1: Uses Microsoft Word® software, including a simple word-processing program. Create, print
                                                                                                                 and save a letter; correct errors, change or add text, check spelling. Wed., Oct. 12, noon-2 p.m.
TAP DANCE BEGINNER                                                                                               $30/class.
Instructor Lorna Thompson teaches the shim-sham, buffalo, time step, plus others. Thursdays, Oct. 20-            Level 2: Word processing using Microsoft Word® beyond the introductory class. Create, save and print
Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. $32 per 4-week session; $10/drop-in.                                                      a document, text bold and underlined; move, copy and paste paragraphs; change the size and style of
                                                                                                                 type; use clip art to illustrate text with drawings or photos. Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon-2 p.m. $30.
TAP DANCE INTERMEDIATE                                                                                           PHOTO EDITING 1
For those with previous tapping experience, to explore new steps and routines. Tuesdays, Oct. 4- 25,             Use Adobe PhotoShop Elements® to prepare photos for storage, e-mail and printing. Learn to acquire
3-4:30 p.m. $32 per 4-week session or $10/drop-in.                                                               photos from sources (i.e. scanner); crop and size; correct brightness, contrast, and color balance, etc.
                                                                                                                 Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30/session.
CPR & FIRST-AID                                                                                                  Other classes: Photo Editing 2, Photo Editing 3, and Photo Editing 4.
Rene Hickey teaches how to recognize and respond to breathing emergencies, heart attacks and cardiac             FILES AND FOLDERS
arrest in adults over 90 lbs. in the CPR portion. Students will also learn basic First Aid, and will receive     Once you understand how Windows organizes material, you can take control of the clutter and put
a 2-year Certification from Medic First Aid International. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $35 plus              things where you can find them. Oct. 26, noon-2 p.m. $30.
$10 material fee paid to instructor.                                                                             LIST AND LABELS
                                                                                                                 An introduction to using Microsoft Works database for personal records, household inventories and
“HOOKED ON LOOPS”                                                                                                lists; create an address list, sort it into alphabetical order, and learn to select individuals. Wed., Oct. 19,
Increase your skills as an experienced fiber artist of traditional rug hooking with Instructor Janelle Leslie;   9-11 a.m. $30.
Tuesdays, Oct.11-31, 9-noon. Will review color theory, composition, and dyeing techniques.                       SCANNING
$16/month; $5 drop-in.                                                                                           Using scanner software and Adobe Photoshop Elements®, learn to scan, crop and save a photo, plus the
                                                                                                                 correct file format for images to be sent via e-mail, and using scanned images in other programs.
LEARN TO KNIT                                                                                                    Bring photos to class. Wed., Oct. 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30/class.
In 4-week sessions, qualified Instructor Harriet Eckstein will teach the basics: cast on, bind off, knit a       INTRO TO EMAIL (AOL)
garment and read a pattern. Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. $40 plus $10 for yarn               Level 1 uses America Online software to compose e-mail and create an address book; use spell check,
and needles.                                                                                                     text enhancements and color. Online demonstration replying and forwarding messages. Monday,
                                                                                                                 Oct. 31, noon-2 p.m. $30
FELDENKRAIS YOGA                                                                                                                                      The La Quinta Senior Center is open
To improve flexibility and grace, plus better relaxation.Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 10:15-11:45 a.m.                                                    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
$60 per 4-week session; $20/drop-in. Instructor Charlotte Rashmi-Graff has taught Yoga for 25 years.                                                          *Night classes available*
                    L A           Q U I N T A                     C H A M B E R                         O F           C O M M E R C E                                              www.lqchamber.com
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 City Scene                                                                                          EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
                                   SPECIAL EVENTS                                                                                      FITNESS CLASSES
FOOTBALL JAM                                                                                         Yoga Eclectica
The City of La Quinta will be pumping up the crowd at the La Quinta Park for the match               Instructor: Charlotte Rashmi-Graff, JD, MA, Ph.D.
between La Quinta High School Blackhawks and the Valley View High School Eagles. Live enter-         Content includes sound, breath, Hatha yoga postures, Feldenkrais somatic movements, therapeu-
tainment, food, and games before the game.                                                           tic band and ball work, and meditation. This class is relaxing and appropriate for all levels.
Date:             Friday, October 7                                                                  Charlotte Rashmi-Graff has taught yoga since 1979 and is registered at the highest level with the
Time:             5:30 – 7 PM                                                                        Yoga Alliance.
Place             La Quinta Park (Corner of Adams Street and Westward Ho Drive)                      Tuesdays           #220708
Cost:             Free!                                                                              Session 1:         October 25 – November 15          Session 2: November 29 – December 20
                                                                                                     Time:              6 PM – 7:30 PM
TINY TOT HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL                                                                          Place:             Senior Center
Ghostly games, awesome activities, cool candy, snacks, balloon artist and prizes! Participants are   Cost:              $60 per session                   Bring:       A Yoga mat & a thick blanket
encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for the costume contest.                                       Yoga Special: Sign up for both Feldenkrais® and Yoga Eclectica, for $95 per session.
Date:             Friday, October 28           #240201
Time:             6:30 – 8:30 PM                                                                     Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®
Place:            La Quinta Senior Center (78-450 Avenida La Fonda)                                  Instructor: Charlotte Rashmi-Graff, JD, MA, Ph.D.
Ages:             3 – 7 years of age                                                                 Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® sequences re-educate the neuromuscular system to
Cost:             $3 in advance/ $5 at the door (6 – 6:30 PM only)                                   create improved movement patterns and thereby, greater comfort, flexibility, grace, and relax-
Advance registration ends Friday, October 28th at 5 PM.                                              ation. This simple process uses small, slow, non-habitual movements. Appropriate for all levels.
Event sponsored by Windermere Real Estate & Chicago Title.                                           Thursdays          #220716
                                                                                                     Session 1:         October 27 – November 17           Session 2: December 1 – December 22
DOG-O-WEEN COSTUME CONTEST                                                                           Time:              6 PM – 7:30 PM
All four legged, furry friends and their owners are welcome to join the City of La Quinta’s 3rd      Place:             Senior Center
Annual Dog-O-Ween Costume Contest. Find that perfect “made for dog” Halloween get-up.                Cost:              $60 per session                    Bring:     A Yoga mat & a thick blanket
Date:               Saturday, October 29                                                             Yoga Special: Sign up for both Feldenkrais® and Yoga Eclectica, for $95 per session.
Time:               10 – 11:30 AM
Place               Fritz Burns Dog Park (Corner of Avenida Bermudas and Avenue 52)                                                  COMPUTER CLASSES
Cost:               Free! Prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants.                       PowerPoint Presentations
Rules:              Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have all current shots. We kindly ask     Instructor: Pamela Hallam
that you clean up after your dog!                                                                    Get wired…cross that digital divide…continue your electronic adventure and go beyond routine
                                                                                                     computer technology to PowerPoint presentations. Learn the appropriate use of electronic dis-
                                      EXCURSIONS                                                     plays as an art of persuasion. Build a presentation from learning basics to inserting graphics and
Los Angeles Lakers Game                                                                              photos to viewing the final presentation.
Join us for the Lakers taking on the Utah Jazz at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. Seats are on the        Tuesdays & Thursdays #220905
arena’s terrace level. Register early, seats are limited.                                            Session 1:          October 25 – November 17              Session 2: November 29 – December 22
Date:                Tuesday, October 25            #220310                                          Time:               7:30 PM – 9 PM
Time:                3:30 – 11:30 PM                                                                 Place:              Senior Center
Place:               La Quinta Civic Center North Parking Lot                                        Cost:               $45 per session
Cost:                $60 Per Person                                                                  Material Fee:       $5 due to the instructor at the first class.
Ages:                All ages welcome. An adult must accompany children under 17.                    Bring:              Notepad, pencil, USB Flash Memory, and photographs/ art images
*Sorry, no refunds for excursions unless the program is canceled by the Community Services           Ages:               13 and older
Department.
                                                                                                     Adobe Photoshop Elements – The Introductory Course
Carlsbad Village Faire                                                                               Instructor: Steve Jacobs
Spend a day navigating through one of the largest one-day street fairs in the country! It features   You will learn how to turn your Mac or PC into a digital darkroom. This course is designed for
more than 800 unique vendors—arts & crafts, antiques, home decor, toys, unique clothing,             the imaging beginner, the hobbyist, or those who just want to learn how to send a good e-mail
accessories and items from around the world. Endless food choices, too.                              picture. Learn some simple photographic tricks and skills; hands-on course requires solid com-
Date:               Sunday, November 6         #220302                                               puter skills.
Time:               7 AM – 4:30 PM                                                                   Thursdays           #220901
Place:              La Quinta Civic Center South Parking Lot                                         Session 1:          October 20 – November 10          Session 2: November 17 – December 8
Cost:               $30 per person                                                                   Time:               5:30 – 7:30 PM
Ages:               All ages welcome. An adult must accompany children under 17.                     Place:              La Quinta Senior Center
The registration deadline is Monday, October 31*Sorry, no refunds for excursions unless the pro-     Cost:               $65 per session
gram is canceled by the Community Services Department.                                               Bring:              Floppies, USB Flash Memory, CDs, and photographs

                                           SPORTS                                                    Adobe Photoshop Elements - The Advanced Course
Adult Soccer League (16 and Older)                                                                   Instructor: Steve Jacobs
Parents must complete & sign required waiver for minors.                                             This is next level in improving your Photoshop skills. You will learn through in-depth class dis-
League Begins:     Sunday, October 23, 2005                                                          cussions, instructor demonstrations, and question and answer sessions; and work on personal
Game Times:        10 AM - 4 PM                                                                      projects. A general knowledge of the digital process is helpful.
Location:          La Quinta Park (Corner of Adams & Westward Ho)                                    Tuesdays            #220901
League Fees:       $500 per team + $55 Forfeit Deposit Weekly Official fees are not included         Session 1:          October 18 – November 8           Session 2:    November 15 – December 6
Registration Begins: Monday, September 26, 2005                                                      Time:               5:30 – 7:30 PM
The deadline to register a team is Tuesday, October 11 at 5 p.m.                                     Place:              La Quinta Senior Center
Mandatory Soccer Manager’s Meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 13th at 4 p.m.                    Cost:               $65 per session
                                                                                                     Bring:              Floppies, USB Flash Memory, CDs, and photographs
The Community Services Department is looking for professional referees to officiate at
Adult Soccer games. If you are an experienced, certified official and available on Sundays,
please call 777-7091 to set up an interview.
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                                                                                      M AY O R ’ S
                                                                                      LUNCHEON
Fifty new members were welcomed to La Quinta Chamber during the Sept. 1,                                                                                  And, the new members keep coming…Left to right: Hani Angelos, Here & Now
2005 Mayor’s Luncheon. Left to right are: Chris Schrameck, Body Alive;                                                                                    Massage Therapy; John Q. Adams, Law Offices of John Q. Adams & Assoc.;
Sharon Devine, Village Realty; Carl Roetemeyer, Tarbell; Jacquie Litto, Speak                                                                             Lew E. Piper, Board Chair; Wayne Moore, Signature Doors; Kiki & Ron Haynes,
Italian; Michael Schwartz, Tarbell; Sharell Westbrook, Professional Medical Billing                                                                       Kiki Haynes Photography; and Steve McAdams, CSUSB/Palm Desert College of
Solutions; Raymond Evans, ReMax; Ted Daniels, Barrington Capital; Don Gatch,                                                                              Extended Learning.
Shadow Hills Golf Club; Carla Gramer, The Boutique at Old Town; and
Paula Harrington, CenterPointe Lending.




                                                                                  New members left to right: Will Lefur, New Horizon Mortgage Concepts;
                                                                                  Eric Harmon, Windermere; Linda Barnes, Narver Assoc.; Lew E. Piper, Board
                                                                                  Chair; G. Michael Ward, Enchante Day Spa & Salon; Nike Murray, Tack Room
                                                                                  Tavern; and Katie Tisbo, Ultra Lounge Salon.




                                                                                                    FIFTY
                                                                                                    NEW
                                                                                      MEMBERS!
New members left to right: Meg Nadeau, Dyson & Dyson; Susan Banel,                                                                                        New members swelled the ranks of the Mayor’s Luncheon! Left to right: Irene
K. Hovnanian Homes; Alex Negron, Stargazing Ceilings of the Desert; Debbie                                                                                Powers, Power.Meetings & Events; Gerald Hampton, Vacation Pools; Diane Busch,
Lewis, We’re Organized; Lew E. Piper, Board Chair; Charmaine Voss-Leonhard,                                                                               Windermere; Michael Morein, Inland Tile; Lew E. Piper, Board Chair;
Voss Leonhard Group/Dyson & Dyson; Bill Lamond, The Feminine Principle in                                                                                 John Peoples, Pure & Simple; Chelsea Loin, Mannatech; Ethan Camargo,
Leadership; Judy Frank, Sotheby’s International Realty; Ken Stinnet, American                                                                             The Bad Ass Coffee Co. of La Quinta; Bill Houck, Lamar Outdoor Advertising;
Eagle Home Inspection Co.; and Leo Torres, Tarbell.                                                                                                       and Mauricio Salazar, A2Z Design Group.
                    L A          Q U I N T A                      C H A M B E R                          O F          C O M M E R C E   www.lqchamber.com
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WHAT’S A MAMMOGRAM,
                                                                                                          M E M B E R - T O - M E M B E R
AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
by JFK Memorial Hospital

    Unfortunately, most women are more
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                                                                                                      (760)347-3993
                                                                                                      $5 discount per hour on
by Stu Bailey                                                                                         all jobs. Labor only.
Chair, Education Committee                                                                            Works out to more
                                                                                                      than 10-percent off!
    The Chamber is now accepting new appli-
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next level.                                                                                           INLAND TILE
    Call today for an application!                                                                    Contact: Michael Morein
    760-564-3199.                                                                                     (760)360-9700
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                     Heritage Roundup
                   A Safe Halloween Alternative                                                       THE VOSS LEONHARD
                                                                                                      GROUP WITH DYSON &
               October 31 – 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.                                                    DYSON REAL ESTATE
                                                                                                      ASSOCIATES
       Family Heritage Church                                                                         Contact: Steve and
                                                                                                      Charmaine Leonhard
    Western Theme – No scary costumes or masks, please.                                               (760) 702-1500
                       At the corner of Miles & Adams in La Quinta.
                                                                                                      Will pay up to $500 for
                                                                                                      an appraisal or inspection
       One mile East of Washington on Miles, One mile North of 111 on Adams.
                                                                                                      of the client’s choice.
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LEGISLATIVE REPORT                                                                                           74
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                                                                                                                                                    The “Punish New Teachers Act”
                                                                                                                                                    “Paycheck Deception Act”
                                                                                                                                                    The “Cuts School Funding Act”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Put the Kids First Act
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Paycheck Protection Act
                                                                                                                                                                                                       California Live Within Our Means Act
by Mark Harner                                      had general material regarding the upcoming              77                                     Reapportionment                              77    Voter Empowerment Act
Chair, Legislative Committee                        election and life-size cardboard stand-
                                                    ups of Governor Schwarzenegger and                        The union and Democrat booths were                                                 sioned the proponents and opponents are on
    Traditionally Labor Day Weekend is the President Bush, the Democrats and unions had                    opposed to all four initiatives. The California                                       these initiatives. Governor Schwarzenegger’s
beginning of the political season. I spent volumes of hard-hitting attacks on                              Chamber of Commerce has endorsed                                                      “year of reform” is not going to come easily,
Labor Day weekend at the Mariposa County Schwarzenegger, Bush and particularly the                         Propositions 74, 75, 76 and 77.                                                       and there is going to be a lot of money spent
Fair. A classic small country fair in                         four initiatives promoted by                    Based on the titles, one sees how impas-                                           on both sides. Stay tuned!!
the Sierras, 40 miles from                                    Governor Schwarzenegger. Those
Yosemite National Park. The fair                              propositions (with Secretary of                                                                     • Walker Zanger • Santa Fe Tile • Porcelanosa •




                                                                                                             • Gainey Ceramics • American Olean •




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Monte Carlo Handmade Mexican Tile •
had chickens, goats, pigs, horses,                            State title) are:


                                                                                                                                                    INLAND TILE
rodeo, destruction derby, country                                 74—Public School Teachers.                                                                                                                         NOW OPEN IN
music and mid-way rides and                                   Waiting Period for Permanent                                                                                                                           PALM DESERT
games. It also has the local clubs                            Status. Dismissal; 75—Public
and organizations with booths,
including the local Republican and
                                                              Employee Union Dues. Restriction
                                                              on Political Contributions. Employee
                                                                                                                                                                     “Art in Tile”
                                         MARK HARNER                                                                                                                                   Specializing in:
Democratic committees within           PACIFIC WESTERN BANK
                                                              Consent Required; 76—State
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100 feet of the each other. New                               Spending and School Funding                                                                      Mexican Saltillo’s From 99¢ per Sq. Ft. • Travertine from $300 Sq. Ft.
this year was a union booth (five separate Limits; and 77—Redistricting.
unions) directly across from the Democrats.             Those are the official titles of the proposi-                                                                77-760 COUNTRY CLUB DR., SUITE A • PALM DESERT, CA 92211
    By all the signs from the Democrat/union tions. Compare them to the choice of words                                                                                                         (760) 360-9700
                                                                                                                                                                                       7:30am-5pm Mon-Fri • 9-3pm Sat, Closed Sun
booths, we are in for a very brutal and nega- used by the unions versus the California Chamber
tive campaign season. While the Republicans of Commerce (Union titles are in italics):                                                                       • Hydroment Setting Materials • Ryan Anthony Imports •




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            C         H A M B E R                                                      A           N N I V E R S A R I E S
   5 years or more                                                                                         3 years
                                                      Mike Keane           RR Broadcasting                                                                                                      Paul Mahoney         PMA Advertising
   Debra Alhers       Community Blood Bank            Matthew List         Coachella Valley                Wendi Cowdrey-                                      TD Waterhouse                                         & Public Relations Inc.
                      of the Coachella Valley                              Insurance Service Inc.                      Sellar                                  Investor Service                 Katharine A. Russell RWWR Associates
   Mickey Anderson Wal-Mart Stores Inc.               Dorothy Milauskas Milauskas Eye Institute            Cristina Deniel                                     Stein Whittington Deniel
   Sheldon Baroff     Sheldon Baroff M.D.             Lee Miller           Associate Member                Robert Dennis                                       Desert Hat Bag & Luggage Co.     1 year
   Margaret Boriski   Soroptimist International       Shelly Morris        A & M Construction              Jim Dibley                                          Augustine Casino
                      of La Quinta                    Peter Murray         Peter Murray & Associates       Mike Goodman                                        Wells Fargo                      Bud Anderson        Coachella Valley Rentals Inc.
   Jean Brandolini    Dyson & Dyson Luxury            Kurt Ney             Spencer Auto Body                                                                   Home Mortgage                    Stevie Blankenship  Caring Companions at Home
                      Vacation Rentals                                     & Painting Inc.                 Todd Keefer                                         Trilogy at La Quinta             Penny Chin          Elements In Design
   Scott Brooks       JESA Printing                   Tyrell Osterhout     1st Bank                        Marshall Pollock                                    Yes I Can                        Michelle Dalton     WellsFargo Home Mortgage
   Kathryn J. Carlson Village Park                    Sherry Pena          Desert Cities Catering          Roger Rebbun                                        Desert Network.com               Bill Dawson         Andalusia at
                      Animal Hospital                 Cliff & Betty Ponder Academic Associates             Bruce Sherman                                       New Century Title Co.                                Coral Mountain Marketing
   Patricia Duarte    Ad Your Imprint                                      Learning Center                 Bill & Suzie                                        Coldwell Banker                  Richard H. Einziger Smith Barney
   John Edwards       Coachella Valley                Dr. Roland Reinhart Dr. Roland Reinhart MD                  Waggoner                                     Residential Brokerage            Louis Falcone       Falcone & Associates
                      Printing Group                  Jimmy Rodriguez Best Western                                                                                                                                  EmployeeRelationsConsulting
   John A. Eickman Horse Shows in the Sun                                  Date Tree Hotel                 2 years                                                                              Shanna Hirschi      Arthritis Foundation
   Russ Farmer        Lennar Homes                    Sheri Sandifer       Command One Security Inc.                                                                                            Bill Jaggers        Amstar Mortgage Corp.
   Toni Farson        The Cleaning Connection         Bob Solomon          Desert Business Machines Inc.   David Aiken                                         Desert Falls Country Club        Ulrich Ludwig       La Quinta Cafe and Catering
   Stan Ford          Coachella Valley                David Turner         CoachellaValleyEngineers Inc.   Lisa Cassidy                                        United States Postal Service     Stan Morgan         Winners Ink & Toner
                      Recreation & Park District      Lee Anne             Children’s Discovery            Lorena Errante                                      MiNK Advertising                 Mona Muller         Muller's Cleaning Services
   Wendy Frederick Riverside County Economic                Vanderbeck Museum of the Desert                Tina Estes                                          Cruiseone of Indio               Ted C. Newell       Village Station
                      Development Agency              Vib Verma            Pat’s Lighting & Lamps          Kathy Ferreira                                      Old Republic Title & Escrow      Mary Kay Plock      Desert AIDS Project
   Thomas H.                                          John Walling         Walling & McCallum LTD          George Fetty                                        Valley V-Twin                    Jessica Roell       KDI Stoneworks
        Gallaudet IV Gallaudet Technologies Inc.                                                                                                                                                Jeffrey C. Taylor American Pools of California
   Mark Gibson        Restaurant Express              4 years                                              Michelle Cope &                                     Dyson & Dyson                    Alonso Vasquez      Excel Mobile Carwash
   Ray Hanes          Spanos Corporation                                                                        Ginny Jones                                    Real Estate Associates
   Jack & Judy Harper Prudential CA Realty            Ms. Kyle Harris     The Home Depot                   Mario Hernandez                                     TileCare
   Lee Haven          Granite Construction            Kathy O'Connell     Greater Palm Springs             Kurt Jaeger                                         Desert Post Weekly
   Craig Hill         Earth Systems Southwest                             Wedding Association              Cindy Madore                                        TelePacific Communications
   David Howard       Cherokee Homes                  Kim Turner          White Sheet
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                                                OF MEMBER INTEREST…
   Let Employees Help with Hurricane Relief                                                       Committee in August. The California Chamber opposes the bill, which will next
    At press time, Hurricane Rita was bearing down on the Gulf Coast. For weeks,                  be considered by the full Assembly. The newsletter reports: “SB 174 is a ‘job
the American Red Cross has been seeking business support in recruiting disaster                   killer ’ that provides new incentives for plaintiffs and their attorneys to file merit-
relief volunteers for Hurricane Katrina. The Pacific Service Region’s goal is to send             less lawsuits about minimum wage and overtime,” said Julianne Broyles, Chamber
125 volunteers a day to the Katrina relief operation. California employers can                    director of employee relations and small business. The newsletter said that the bill
support with this recovery effort by allowing employees interested in volunteering                proposes to grant what is essentially class-action status to one worker ’s wage and
to take time off to train and to serve with local Red Cross agencies. For more infor-             hour claim without having to meet any of the current standards or scrutiny associ-
mation on this program, call 800-HELP-NOW or visit www.redcross.org.                              ated with a recognized, court-supervised class-action lawsuit.

   Electronic Retailers & E-Waste                                                                    Heat Stress Regulations in Force
   Retailers who sell or lease certain new or refurbished TV’s, computer monitors, laptops           In late August, the state Office of Administrative Law approved emergency
and other video displays must register with the State and collect a new recycling fee from        regulations to prevent heat stress illnesses or fatalities. The regulations are now in
California customers. The fee supports a new electronic-waste recycling program, which            effect, for 120 days, during which time Cal/OSHA and the Labor and Workforce
began Jan. 1, 2005, and is designed to keep discarded products and related hazardous              Development Agency will create and adopt permanent regulations. The proposed
materials out of landfills and groundwater. Retailers must register with the State Board of       regulations:
Equalization and file quarterly fee returns. The first return was due April 30 for sales made        • Require that access to a shaded area is available to any worker suffering
during the first quarter. Retailers may keep 3 percent of the fees they collect to cover relat-            from heat illness or needing shade to prevent the onset of illness;
ed costs. For an application form, fee or general information, visit this Web site:                  • Re-state existing law requiring water to be available at all times and ensure
www.boe.ca/gov/sptaxprog/ewaste.htm; call 916-341-6906; or send an e-mail to                               workers understand the importance of frequent consumption of water; and
ewaste@boe.ca.gov.                                                                                   • Require education of employees and supervisors likely to be exposed to
                                                                                                           heat stress on how to prevent heat illness and what to do should it occur.
   SBA Helps Entrepreneurs                                                                           The Chamber urges businesses to contact Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Unit with
   The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recently                            questions: 800-963-9424 o e-mail infocons@dir.ca.gov.
released a feature story about how it helped Diana Cescolini launch her own busi-
ness. Diamond Engineering, started in 2004, is an electronic wire and components                     Supporting “Voter Empowerment Act”
supplier. Staff at the SBDC helped Cescolini obtain a woman-owned business                           In early September, the California Chamber announced its support of
enterprise designation and develop a business plan, and provided free consulting                  Proposition 77, the “ Voter Empowerment Act,” which is destined for the
services. The SBDC provides free one-on-one business counseling and training to                   state’s November 8 special election ballot. According to the Chamber
small business entrepreneurs. For more information, call the Santa Ana District                   Web site:
Office at 714-550-7420 or visit the Web at www.sba.gov.                                              “Proposition 77, part of the Governor ’s reform package, will assign the task
                                                                                                  of drawing fair, competitive districts to a bipartisan, independent 3-person
   Deadline on Harassment Prevention Training                                                     panel of retired judges. That reform removes the inherent conflict of interest
   Louis Falcone, a member of the Chamber ’s Legislative Committee, reminds own-                  when politicians design their own districts, which is current law.” Every 10
ers of businesses with 50 or more employees or contractors that they are required                 years, after the national census, California is required to redraw the political
by law to provide harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees at least            boundary lines for the state Legislature, the state Board of Equalization, and
once every two years. All supervisors of a covered organization need to complete                  California congressional districts to make sure the districts are reasonably equal
the mandated training by Dec. 31, 2005. New supervisors need to be trained                        in population.
within six months of assuming their supervisory roles. Under the law, training sessions              For more infor mation on Proposition 77 and all of Gover nor
must last a minimum of two hours and consist of “classroom or other effective inter-              Schwarzenegger ’s reform measures on the special election ballot, visit
active training and education.” The law does not require that all 50 employees be                 www.joinarnold.com. To view the California Chamber of Commerce’s positions
physically located in California.                                                                 on all of the November ballot measures, visit www.calchamber.com.

   Helping Displaced Farmworkers                                                                     “Job Killer ” Bills Update
    Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (R-Cathedral City) recently announced a $1.5                         The California Chamber ’s Web site reports that only eight of the 45 so-called
million grant was given to the Riverside County Redevelopment Agency by the                       “job killer ” bills passed the State Legislature. In the closing weeks of the session,
Department of Housing and Community Development. The funds, from the Joe                          the Legislature sent the eight bills, opposed by the Chamber, to the Governor:
Serna, Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program, will help approximately 100 fami-                       • AB 48 (Lieber D; Mountain View) Minimum wage increase.
lies with down-payment assistance in buying new mobile homes, and are matched                        • AB 169 (Oropeza; D-Long Beach) Excessive litigation.
by funds from local government.                                                                      • AB 391 (Koretz D; West Hollywood) Unemployment insurance benefit
                                                                                                           expansion.
   Costco Coming to La Quinta?                                                                       • AB 875 (Koretz D; West Hollywood) Government agency potential
   According to an August Wheeler’s Desert Letter , Komar Investments of                                   harassment of employers.
Newport Beach has been discussing the possibility of a Costco store in La Quinta                     • AB 1310 (Núñez; D-Los Angeles) Severance offers; increased litigation.
with City officials. The proposed site will be on the southwest corner of Highway                    • SB 174 (Dunn; D-Garden Grove) New 'sue your boss' lawsuits.
111 and Jefferson Street.                                                                            • SB 399 (Escutia; D-Norwalk) Health care cost increase.
                                                                                                     • SB 833 (Bowen; D-Redondo Beach) Onerous fax communication restrictions.
   “Sue-Your-Boss” Legislation                                                                       Business owners concerned about these bills may write the Governor using the
   According to the Alert newsletter, legislation that would create two new types                 California Chamber ’s position letters.
of class-action “sue your boss” lawsuits passed the Assembly Appropriations                          Visit www.calchamber.com/jobkillers for the letters and more information.
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                                           MEMBER NEWS
    Animal Samaritans                                                                      training sessions. They are 8:30 a.m. to noon as follows: fifth grade on Oct. 12;
    Animal Samaritans SPCA has partnered with Riverside County Animal Services to          and fourth grade on Jan. 11, 2006. All training sessions are in the Multi-purpose
rescue 30-40 animals that are victims of Hurricane Katrina. The animals arrived the        Room at Desert Sands Unified School District’s Education Center, 47-950 Dune
week of September 13th and the organizations are seeking individuals and groups will-      Palms Road, La Quinta.
ing to provide foster homes until Dec. 31, 2005. The animals will be examined and
vaccinated if needed. They also are being photographed and the photos are being post-         La Quinta Playhouse
ed on www.petfinder.com. If owners have not been located by Dec. 31, the animals              La Quinta's community theatre is performing its entire 2005-2006 theater season at
will be available for adoption. For more information, call 760/343-3477 ext. 303,          Old Town La Quinta. La Quinta Playhouse offers theater in a fun and intimate setting
or visit www.animalsamaritans.org.                                                         under a spacious tent on Old Town's lawn. The season’s line-up: “The Fantasticks,”
                                                                                           a musical, Oct. 7-30; “Breaking Legs,” a comedy, Nov. 10-27; “A Christmas Carol,”
   Eisenhower Medical Center                                                               Dec. 8-24; “Kiddie Klassics,” Jan. 14-15; “Kimberly Akimbo,” a touching comedy,
   Eisenhower Medical Center ’s Center for Healthy Living offers a variety of              Jan. 26-Feb. 18; and “Stones in His Pockets,” a comedy, Feb. 24-March 19.
classes, support groups and free services to area residents. Examples of classes           For more information or to buy tickets, call (760) 464-6999.
include “Advanced Exercise” under the Arthritis Education Program; “Prostate
Health: The Value of Nutrition;” Adult Heartsaver CPR; and “Beginners’
Aquatics.” Support groups include: “Adults Molested as Children;”                              La Quinta Public Library
Bereavement; Diabetes Tween/Teen Support; and Parkinson’s Support.                             Mark your calendars! The City of La Quinta has scheduled the grand opening of its
   The Center also offers several free services, including: advanced directives            new public Library for 3 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16. At press time, all details of the festiv-
information and forms; blood pressure and carotid-artery checks; independent               ities had not been worked out, so look for more information soon.
evaluation and information for assisted living facilities; insurance counseling on             The Library’s operating hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Medicare and supplements, HMOs, and long-term care; low-cost lab work; and                 Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to
memory assessments. It also offers discounts to those aged 55 and older. For an            2 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Library is closed on Mondays.
appointment or more information, call 760/568-1234.                                        Address is: 78-080 Calle Estado. Telephone: 760/564-4767.

   Inland Tile
   Inland Tile recently opened its third showroom at 77-760 Country Club Drive, Suite         Tarbell Realtors
A, Palm Desert. Other Inland Tile showrooms are in Upland and Anaheim. The company            Michael Schwartz recently joined the La Quinta office of Tarbell Realtors. He brings
imports Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Mexican tile, and represents brands such as Walker   more than 30 years’ experience in sales, sales management and marketing to the firm.
Zanger, American Olean and Santa Fe. Branch Manager Mike Morein offers customers           He offers clients a “Preferred Properties Package,” including special-feature full-color
who mention this Gem article a 10-percent discount on their next tile purchase.            newspaper advertising throughout Southern California plus television marketing through
Telephone: 760/360-9700.                                                                   the Desert Showcase TV show. He has lived in La Quinta 17 years.

   La Quinta Arts Foundation (LQAF)                                                            Provident Bank
   The 2005-06 season of La Quinta Arts Foundation’s popular Art Under the                     Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed Jamil Dada, senior financial manager
Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta will get under way in October. The art event               of Provident Bank, to the State of California Workforce Investment Board. The Board
is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 15-16 and October 21-22. The public is                   assists the Governor in setting and guiding workforce development policy. Dada also will
invited free of charge to discover treasures exhibited by more than 40 local and           chair the Business & Industry Committee and serve on the Board’s Executive Committee.
Southern California artists in a wide array of media including painting, sculpture,        Last year, he was elected a director for the National Association of Workforce Boards
jewelry, ceramics, glass, photography and textiles. Live entertainment will add to the     in Washington, D.C. According to the California Department of Finance, Riverside
festivities, and free parking is available. The remainder of the season is: November 12-   County is projected to have the largest increase in population in the state, adding nearly
13, December 3-4, January 14-15, 2006, January 21-22, February 11-12,                      800,000 residents between 2005 and 2020. Workforce development will have a
February 18-19, April 8-9 and April 22-23. For information, call 760-564-                  significant impact on the County’s growth.
1244 or visit www.lqaf.com.
   LQAF also is seeking volunteer docents to carry out its award-winning art-appre-            Time Warner Cable
ciation program, Making Friends With Great Works of Art. The educational                       Time Warner Cable, San Diego, recently promoted Dessi Ochoa to general manager
program brings art history, art criticism, aesthetic valuing, and fun to thousands of      of its Desert Cities system. Ochoa, a 15-year Coachella Valley resident, began working
fourth- and fifth-grade students in Desert Sands and Coachella Valley Unified School       for the company in 1989. She started her career as a field installer. Most recently, she
District classrooms annually. LGAF provides formal docent training (14 hours for           served as director of warehouse and facilities operations in Palm Desert. The company’s
each grade); and there is a minimum teaching commitment of six fourth-grade lessons        news release says: “Thanks to Ochoa’s persistent efforts, Time Warner Cable, Desert
or seven fifth-grade lessons. Weekly classroom sessions are 45 minutes each plus           Cities boasts a fleet of 22 natural-gas burning trucks and vans, the largest in all of Time
preparation time. Some docents teach only one class; others teach up to six. LQAF          Warner Cable operations nationwide.” More than 800 local employees serve about
provides all lesson plans and materials. To volunteer, call Education Programs             350,000 households in the San Diego Time Warner Cable Division, which includes the
Coordinator Leslie Shaw at 564-1244 ext. 114, or attend one of the two                     Desert Cities systems.
     L A   Q U I N T A   C H A M B E R   O F          C O M M E R C E           www.lqchamber.com
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                                         Member Birthdays For October

                                                    Bud Anderson
                                             Coachella Valley Rentals, Inc.

                                                      Kyle Bieber
                                                Tru Grit Carpet Cleaning

                                                     Bob Bradach
                                              Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

                                                     Mary Branson
                                                 Fidelity National Title

                                                     Joanne Callahan
                                         TLC/Totally Low Carb for Mind & Body

                                                   Edwin R. Carlson
                                                    Paws & Reflect

                                                    Kathy Ferreira
                                              Old Republic Title & Escrow

                                                     Debra Fink
                                                Danmer Custom Shutters

                                                       John Ford
                                             John Ford State Farm Insurance

                                                       Jan Fraser
                                               Jan Fraser and Associates

                                                     Eric Harmon
                                              Windermere Coachella Valley

                                                    Chris Hushaw
                                             La Quinta Community Church

                                                     Bill Kelly
                                         Maryanov Madsen Gordon & Campbell

                                                     Bruce Lewis
                                                   Best Man Service

                                                      Gayle Long
                                             Desert First Real Estate Corp.

                                                    Joe Manhart
                                              Advanced Hearing Systems

                                                   Douglas Martin
                                          Douglas Martin, A Law Corporation

                                                     John McCann
                                                    The UPS Store

                                                    Dan Regeimbal
                                                  Park Place Funding

                                                     Marty Schmitt
                                               California Steel Structures

                                                      Stacey Tilton
                                                   Tilton Computers

                                                    Bob Tornetta
                                                  Hometown Threads

                                                     Carolyn Uhl
                                                Windermere Real Estate

                                                    Alicia Wilkins
                                                Power Staffing Solutions
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                 Welcome New Members
1ST DISCOUNT BROKERAGE                                        DIGITAL DENTISTRY                                          LAW OFFICES OF JOHN Q. ADAMS                               TARBELL REALTORS
Vijay S. Verma                                                Betty Anna Gidlof                                          & ASSOCIATES                                               Carl Roetemeyer & Teresa Craven
52470 Avenida Madero                                          72608 El Paseo Suite 10                                    John Q. Adams                                              78-450 Highway 111
La Quinta CA 92253                                            Palm Desert CA 92260                                       74-170 Highway 111 Suite 201                               La Quinta CA 92253
(760)777-8823 P                                               (760)340-9645 P (760)340-9648 F                            Indian Wells CA 92210                                      (760)777-7570 P (760)777-7571 F
vverma@1dbdirect.com                                          bettyanna@lifetimedentalexcellence.com                     (760)771-6613 P (760)771-6854 F                            croetemeyer@aol.com
www.investevents.com                                          www.lifetimedentalexcellence.com                           mrjqa@earthlink.net                                        www.carlroetemeyer/teresacraven.com
Category: Financial/Investment Services                       Category: Dental Offices                                   Category: Attorney                                         Category: Real Estate-Residential/Commercial
                                                                                                                         Referred by: Thomas McDermott, McDermott & Delateur, LLP
BARRINGTON CAPITAL CORP.                                      EMBROIDME                                                                                                             TARBELL REALTORS
E. Ted Daniels                                                Shannon Flemer                                             LAW OFFICES OF MICHAEL POLLOCK                                   .
                                                                                                                                                                                    Leo P Torres
70-390 Highway 111 Suite 104                                  77898 Country Club Drive #9-5                              Michael Pollock                                            78450 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage CA 92270                                        Palm Desert CA 92253                                       PO Box 984                                                 La Quinta CA 92253
(760)202-1227 P (760)360-7950 F                               (760)200-8852 P (760)200-1808 F                            La Quinta CA 92253                                         (760)345-9041 P (760)770-7571 F
tdaniel3@dc.rr.com                                            palmdesert@embroidme.com                                   (877)286-2678 P                                            ltorresrt@verizon.net
Category: Mortgage Companies                                  www.embroidme-palmdesert.com                               pollocklaw@earthlink.net                                   Category: Real Estate-Residential
Referred by: Kathy Ferreira - Old Republic Title & Escrow     Category: Embroidery                                       www.pollocklaw.com
                                                              Referred by: Victoria Bailey - Desert Springs Publishing   Category: Attorney                                         TARBELL REALTORS
THE BOUTIQUE AT OLD TOWN                                                                                                                                                            Michael Schwartz
Carla Gramer                                                  FLOOR TO CEILING                                           LET'S COMMUNICATE, INC.                                    78-450 Highway 111
78-015 Main Street Suite 110                                  Kevin Houska                                               Marcey Utter                                               Indio CA 92201
La Quinta CA 92253                                            69-042 E. Palm Canyon Drive                                79-440 Corporate Center Drive Suite 113                    (760)899-5632 P (760)777-7570 F
(760)777-9566 P (760)777-9655 F                               Cathedral City CA 92234                                    La Quinta CA 92253                                         michaelschwartz@dc.rr.com
cjgramer1@hotmail.com                                         (760)321-7450 P (760)321-7340 F                            (760)574-6157 P (760)200-2751 F                            www.4yourmove.com
Category: Retail                                              sales@floortoceilingpalmsprings.com                        marcey_utter@yahoo.com                                     Real Estate-Residential
                                                              www.floortoceilingpalmsprings.com                          Category: Speech/Language Therapist                        Referred by: Carl Roetemeyer - Tarbell Realtors
C.L. MILLER & ASSOCIATES                                      Category: Carpet Sales/Window Coverings                    Referred by: Kurt A.Spurgin, D.C. -
Cheri L. Miller                                               Referred by: Alan Kuehl - Kuehl Tech Solutions             Advanced Physical Health Center                            VILLAGE REALTY
78435 Highway 111 Suite C                                                                                                                                                           Bill Taylor
La Quinta CA 92253                                                                                                       NARVER ASSOCIATES                                          74-939 Highway 111, Suite D-2
(760)771-2775 P                                               GE CAPITAL ASSURANCE/GENWORTH                              Linda Barnes                                               Indian Wells CA 92210
clmillerassoc@aol.com                                         FINANCIAL                                                  77564 Country Club Drive Suite 128                         (760)340-3337 P (760)341-4174 F
Category: Legal Document Services                             Lauren Gershen                                             Palm Desert CA 92211                                       villagerealty1@aol.com
                                                              La Quinta CA 92253                                         (760)772-4289 P                                            www.villagerealtyindianwells.com
CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE REALTY                                   (760)777-9061 P (760)777-9062 F                            lbarnes@narver.com                                         Category: Real Estate-Commercial
Sandi Phillips                                                lgershen@aol.com                                           www.narver.com
50-200 Avenida Vista Bonita                                   www.laurengershenltci.com                                  Category: Insurance Services                               VILLAGE REALTY
La Quinta CA 92253                                            Category: Health Care Insurance/Long Term                                                                             Sharon Devine
(760)567-5506 P (760)777-4374 F                                                                                          PACIFIC MORTGAGE PARTNERS, INC.                            74-939 Highway 111 Suite D2
homesbysphillips@aol.com                                      INLAND TILE                                                Lisa Jensen                                                Indian Wells CA 92210
Category: Real Estate-Residential                             Michael Morein                                             81-106 Highway 111 #4-14                                   (760)578-8428 P (760)341-4174 F
                                                              77760 Country Club Drive Suite A                           Indio CA 92201                                             devineiwvillage@yahoo.com
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING                                  Palm Desert CA 92253                                       (760)342-8600 P (760)342-5408 F                            www.devinereservices.com
RIVERSIDE & SAN BERNARDINO                                    (760)360-9700 P (760)360-8599 F                            lisa@pacificmortgagepartners.com                           Category: Real Estate-Residential
COUNTIES                                                      Category: Tile Services                                    www.pacificmortgagepartners.com
Joe Frederickson                                              Referred by: Victoria Bailey - Desert Springs Publishing   Category: Mortgage Companies                               VOSS LEONHARD GROUP
3880 Lemon Street Suite 300                                                                                                                                                         WITH DYSON & DYSON REAL ESTATE
Riverside CA 92501                                            KIKI HAYNES PHOTOGRAPHY                                    REA DAY SPA & SALON                                        Charmaine Voss-Leonhard
(760)346-1897 P (760)346-1897 F                               Kiki Haynes                                                Gene H. Aviles                                             51-625 Desert Club Suite 101
jfrederickson@thecommunityfoundation.net                      PO Box 1140                                                78-380 Highway 111 Suite 180                               La Quinta CA 92253
Category: Foundation                                          La Quinta CA 92247                                         La Quinta CA 92253                                         (760)238-9494 P (760)238-9488 F
                                                              (760)564-4063 P                                            (760)777-8716 P (760)341-3299 F                            steveandcharv@aol.com
DESERT CITY ANGELS                                            kikiphoto@aol.com                                          readayspasalon05@cs.com                                    www.vossleonhardgroup.com
Tim Homer                                                     www.kikiphoto.com                                          Category: Beauty Salon/Barber Shop                         Category: Real Estate-Residential/Commercial
49-950 Jefferson St. Suite 30                                 Category: Photography
Indio CA 92201                                                                                                           ROXANNE'S DESERT CLUB SALON                                WINDERMERE COACHELLA VALLEY
info@desertcityangels.com                                     LA QUINTA COMMUNITY CHURCH                                 Roxanne Regnery                                            Eric Harmon
www.desertcityangels.com                                      Chris Hushaw                                               51-289 Desert Club Drive                                   74-850 Highway 111
Category: Financial/Investment Services                       78-015 Main St., Suite 206                                 La Quinta CA 92253                                         Indian Wells CA 92210
Referred by: Lew E. Piper: Boseant Piper & Associates,CPA’s   La Quinta CA 92253                                         (760)564-5545 P                                            (760)409-3722 P (760)773-3959 F
                                                              (760)702-1040 P (760)771-3301 F                            Category: Beauty Salon/Barber Shop                         ericharmon@windermere.com
DESERT MOUNTAIN MORTGAGE                                      chushaw@dc.rr.com                                                                                                     www.ericharmon.mywindermere.com
Steven Warfe                                                  Category: Churches                                         STARGAZING CEILINGS OF THE DESERT                          Real Estate-Residential
79565 Via Sin Cuidado                                                                                                    Alex Negron
La Quinta CA 92253                                            LA QUINTA MEDSPA-SKIN                                      43695 Skyward Way                                          WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE
(760)328-4613 P (760)775-5590 F                               REJUVENATION CLINIC                                        La Quinta CA 92253                                         Diane Busch
sdwarfe@dc.rr.com                                             Matthew Werner MD                                          (760)360-3900 P                                            74-850 Highway 111
www.desertmtnhomes.com                                        47-350 Washington St. Suite 103                            alexnegron2001@yahoo.com                                   Indian Wells CA 92210
Category: Mortgage Companies                                  La Quinta CA 92253                                         www.starscapesfx.com/1707.htm                              (760)574-9522 P (760)773-9359 F
Referred by: Kathy Ferreira - Old Republic Title & Escrow     (760)396-9353 P                                            Category: Artist/Ceiling Art                               dianebusch@dc.rr.com
                                                              www.lqmedspa.com                                                                                                      Category: Real Estate-Residential
                                                              Category: Skin Care
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