Mrs. B

My neighbor has reported that someone is killing our owls.

We had three beautiful owls residing in our neighborhood and a
couple of days ago, one was found dead with no apparent cause

The next day the same deal...another dead owl.

The third owl has not been seen.

We are very upset as we love these wild birds and want them
protected - are they?


Hello Theresa:

Insofar as I know, they are. See article below.

Mrs. B

First of all, I want to apologize to Shanely and Mark Peterson
for mistakenly posting the wrong information about their
missing cat. It was their lovely cat Lena that went missing.
Fuzz was looking for a home. Fuzz's photo is below.

We are moving to Tennessee and must find a good home for
our cat, Fuzz.

He is a long haired Tabby Cat. Fuzz is 2 years old and has
been neutered and microchipped.

He will be happiest if he has another cat or dog in the family.

Please call us if your looking for a great cat.

Chris and Darla

Note from Mrs. B

I inquired about Fuzz and here is Darla's reply:

No. I am really starting to panic!!  Any ideas?

Note from Mrs. B

Surely there is somone who can give this beautiful cat


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

Supervisor PEREZ office
Victoria Llort
760 863 8211

Sheriff's Department
Lt. Jeff Buompensiero
760 863 8990

California Highway Patrol
Office Phil Watkins
760 772 5300

Cal Fire
Battalion Chief
Eddy Moore
760 540 1878

Code Enforcement
Michael Bowles
Direct No 951-600-6233

Bermuda Dunes Community
Center/Desert Rec
Adam Encinas
760 564 9921

Bermuda Dunes Airport

79880 Avenue 42, Bermuda
Dunes, CA 92203 ·
PH: (760) 345-2558

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


All other areas of the

Riverside County Waste

Waste Management has a
roadside cleanup program
in the Riverside County
they can be reached at

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Board Members
Bermuda Dunes Security

Robert Nagles-- Vice President
Chris Hogan-- Treasurer
John Thiele-- Secretary
Don Keprta-- Director
Michael Tanner-- Director
Jack Fox - Director
Robert Nelson - Director

John Walters-Clark-- Community
Manager with Associa

BDSA Meeting
4th Thurs. of every



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

BDSA is managed by
Desert Resort Mgmt
John Walters-Clark
760 346 1161

The Admin Office is open
Monday thru Friday for
questions and concerns.

Resident Login System
is handled by DRM

Admin hours are as follows:

Monday 9 -5
Tuesday 9 - 5
Wednesday 9 - 5
Friday 9 - 5
Saturday Closed         
Sunday Closed

If this is urgent, please
contact Security at:

Telephone Numbers:

Main Gate: 760-360-1322
Main Gate #1
Glass Gate #2
Administration #3

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

Adm Bldg
4:30 PM

Board Members
President            Patrick Bohner
V. P.                   Brett Coors
Treas.                Mike Soran
Secretary           Janet McMurtrey
Director             John Van Kuelan

Joint Committee Representatives
are Janet McMurtrey and Brett

Greg Gamboa-- Community
Manager with Management Trust
Bermuda Dunes Community

Here is what
responsible for:

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

The Architectural
Committee reports to the
Community Board

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

New Manager is
Greg Gamboa, Phone:
760-776-5100 ext 6309

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

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

Email us:





TODAY is Friday, June 15, 2018
“Be a spiritual explorer, dreamy stargazer,
inquisitive world traveler and barstool

Click on photo
Lots of great information and photos!!

Spring Concerts in the Park
City of Palm Desert
73510 Fred Waring Dr
Palm Desert 92260-2578

5/3/2018 - 5/31/2018 Weekly on Thursday
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


CALL: (760) 346-0611


First Weekend Palm Desert celebrates the end of another
successful season with the kick-off of free "Spring Concerts in the
Park" featuring the Grammy Award-winning band Ambrosia and
more food trucks than ever before.

The band behind multiple hit singles including "How Much I Feel,"
"Biggest Part of Me," and "You're the Only Woman (You & I),"
Ambrosia will take the stage at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater
at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. People who attend the first
concert will have the opportunity to enjoy delectable fare from five
food trucks featuring a variety of mouthwatering options while
enjoying live music

Ambrosia is just one of five exciting musical acts that Spring
Concert goers will discover, along with delectable food truck fare,
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in May.
Note from Mrs. B

This is my FAVORITE FESTIVAL of all summer. Please take
the time to check it out.

June, 14-17, 2018
10 AM - 5 PM (Thursday & Sunday)
10 AM - 8 PM (Friday & Saturday)

This June, Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning
of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender
Festival. Offering family-friendly events and activities, visitors are
invited to stroll through the winding paths of organic lavender
fields, participate in guided tours in horse-drawn hay wagons, learn
how lavender essential oil is extracted, taste lavender-inspired
dishes and enjoy live music.

For more details, please visit our Lavender Festival website

HERE or call us at 951-845-1151.

Adults $8
Students $6 (13-17 years)
Seniors $6 (65+ years)
Children FREE (12 and under)
Tickets are available at the door or online by clicking here. Please
note: online tickets incur a service charge.

The Grill Room hours at the Club have changed for the

With advanced notice, lunch preparation for small groups,
on days we are closed, may be possible with a set menu.
Summer Hours
Effective Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
The Grill Will Be Closed

11am - 2pm Lunch
Limited Menu  
4 - 7pm Happy Hour
Limited Menu  

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
8 - 11am Breakfast
Limited Menu  
11am - 2pm Lunch
Limited Menu  

PRO SHOP when Grill is Closed!
If you see others walking their dogs on
pavement on hot days, don't be afraid to let
them know to get their dog off the pavement
and on to grass.
Click HERE for full menus

Sliding door repair- so happy!

I just had
AFFORDABLE SLIDING DOOR repair 2 sliders that
were almost impossible to operate!  He come on time, replaced the
rollers, cleaned the tracks, and sprayed something for the top.  I
can open & close with my baby finger!  They've never worked this
well!  I paid $150 per door.

Owner is Kegun Bren.  760-641-5764.

By Jen Davis

If you live in a rural area then you know that your small pets and
farm animals may be vulnerable to coyote attacks. Coyotes are
predators and will often attack smaller animals as well as livestock.
There are several telltale signs of coyote activity that you can look
for if you believe a coyote has attacked one of your animals.

Look for coyote tracks in the area where your pet was attacked.
Coyote tracks are similar to dog tracks but they are normally
slightly slimmer and longer than those left by a domestic dog.
Coyote tracks typically only leave marks from the first two claws
rather than all four claws. The best place to look for coyote tracks
are in areas that have a lot of sand, dirt or clay.

Coyotes may leave scat, otherwise known as feces or droppings,
behind if they have been on your property. Coyote scat is normally
approximately the size of a cigar and may be black or gray in color.
Coyote scat typically contains evidence of the animal's diet so you
may see see fur, bits of bones, wool, feathers and various animal
parts as well as plant matter in Coyote droppings. Coyote scat is a
sign that coyotes have been on your property and, if found near the
area where a pet was attacked or disappeared from, can be a
strong indicator of what happened.

Coyotes typically bite larger animals directly behind the throat or
jugular area. The victim may die of suffocation or shock. In smaller
animals, the coyote will attack the head and neck area and may
leave puncture wounds in the neck or throat. Coyotes do not
commonly leave marks on the rest of the body. So wounds around
the head or neck are a strong indicator of coyote activity when
combined with other signs, such as howling and the presence of
scat and tracks.

Prey Was Eaten
Coyotes do not attack prey animals for sport or pleasure. Coyotes
attack to feed themselves and their young. If your pet was attacked
and then eaten it is likely that a coyote is to blame. Coyotes start
their meal by opening the abdominal cavity of the prey animal and
eating the internal organs and muscle tissue. If the muscle tissue of
your pet appears to have been ripped and the ribs or other bones
appear to have been chewed on, then you are most likely looking
at a coyote attack.
Keep Me Wild:

Coyote Wild Animals Ruined, Even Killed, by People’s

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

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

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

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

Help prevent human-coyote conflicts.

"Coyote country" precautions

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

Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.

Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.

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

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

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

Stash Your Food and Trash
Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is reckless
and deadly.

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

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

Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.

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

Avoid using bird feeders as they attract rodents and other coyote

Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry and other livestock.

Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.

Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.

Please respect and protect wild animals.

Keep them wild.

Old Town La Quinta Certified Farmer's Market
Certified Farmers Market in Old Town
78100 Main St
La Quinta 92253

5/20/2018 - 7/31/2018 Weekly on Sunday
8:00 am - 12:30 pm


CALL: (844) 732-7628


Sundays 8am-12:30
Wine Wednesday
Everyone is Welcome!

Be on the look out for someone going around the neighborhood
drilling holes in gas tanks!! I found my truck yesterday morning
with a huge hole drilled out of my tank and all the gas just on the
street.  I reported it to the Police and they informed me that this
was the third one of the day/night.  Be mindful and keep an eye
out for anyone suspicious....

Scott JonesScott Jones, Palm Desert Country Club
Vandalism in PDCC
"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement
park. Enjoy the ride."

Anthony Bourdain


Line drawings of owls and hawks. Raptors, representative of those
that may cause damage by preying on poultry and other birds,
pets, and other animals: (a) the goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), (b)
red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), and (c) great horned owl
(Bubo virginianus).


Hawks and owls are birds of prey and are frequently referred to as
raptors— a term that includes the falcons, eagles, vultures, kites,
ospreys, northern harriers, and crested caracaras. Food habits
vary greatly among the raptors. Hawks and owls are highly
specialized predators that take their place at the top of the food
chain. Some are responsible for the loss of poultry or small game.
In the past, raptors were persecuted through indiscriminate
shooting, poisoning, and pole trapping. The derogatory term
chicken hawk was used generically to identify raptors, especially
hawks, but has fallen out of usage during the past two decades.
Recently, many people have developed a more enlightened
attitude toward raptors and their place in the environment.

People who experience raptor damage problems should
immediately seek information and/or assistance.

“Frustration killings” occur far too often because landowners are
unfamiliar with or unable to control damage with nonlethal control
techniques. These killings result in the needless loss of raptors,
and they may lead to undesirable legal actions. If trapping or
shooting is necessary, permits should be requested and processed
as quickly as possible. Always consider the benefits that raptors
provide before removing them from an area; their ecological
importance, aesthetic value, and contributions as indicators of
environmental health may outweigh the economic damage they

Identification and General Biology

There are two main groups of hawks: accipiters and buteos.
Accipiters are the forest-dwelling hawks. North American species
include the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), Cooper’s hawk
(Accipiter cooperii), and sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus).

They are characterized by distinctive flight silhouettes—relatively
short, rounded wings and a long rudderlike tail. Their flight pattern
consists of several rapid wing beats, then a short period of gliding
flight, followed by more rapid wing beats. Accipiters are rarely seen
except during migration because they inhabit forested areas and
are more secretive than many of the buteos.

The largest and least common, but most troublesome, accipiter is
the goshawk. It is a bold predator that feeds primarily on forest-
dwelling rodents, rabbits, and birds. Occasionally, it is attracted by
free-ranging poultry or large concentrations of game birds and can
cause depredation problems. Its breeding range is limited to
Canada, the northern United States, and the montane forests of
the western United States. Spectacular autumn invasions of
goshawks occur at irregular intervals in the northern states. These
are probably the result of widespread declines in prey populations
throughout the goshawk’s breeding range. Cooper’s hawks will
occasionally cause problems with poultry; sharp-shinned hawks
are rarely a problem because of their small size.

The buteos are known as the broad-winged or soaring hawks.
They are the most commonly observed raptors in North America.
Typical species include the red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis),
red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus), broad-winged hawk (Buteo
platypterus), Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni), rough-legged
hawk (Buteo lagopus), and ferruginous hawk (Buteo regalis). All
buteos have long, broad wings and relatively short, fanlike tails.
These features enable them to soar over open country during their
daily travels and seasonal migrations.

The red-tailed hawk is one of our most common and widely
distributed raptors. Redtails can be found over the entire North
American continent south of the treeless tundra and in much of
Central America. They demonstrate a remarkably wide ecological
tolerance for nesting and hunting sites throughout their extensive
range. Typical eastern redtails nest in mature forests and
woodlots, while in the Southwest they often nest on cliffs or in
trees and cacti. Their diet, although extremely varied, usually
contains large numbers of rodents and other small mammals.
Redtails occasionally take poultry and other livestock, but the
benefits they provide in aesthetics, as well as in the killing of
rodents may outweigh depredation costs. Other species of buteos
rarely cause problems.

Owls, unlike hawks, are almost entirely nocturnal. Thus, they are
far more difficult to observe, and much less is known about them.
They have large heads and large, forward-facing eyes. Their flight
is described as noiseless and mothlike. There are 19 species of
owls in the continental United States. They range in size from the
tiny, 5- to 6-inch (12-to 15-cm) elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi) that
resides in the arid Southwest, to the large, 24- to 33inch (60-to 84-
cm) great gray owl (Strix nebulosa) that inhabits the dense boreal
forests of Alaska, Canada, and the northern United States.

The great horned owl (Bubo virginianus, Fig. 1) is probably the
most widely distributed raptor in North America. Its range extends
over almost all the continent except for the extreme northern
regions of the Arctic. These large and powerful birds are
considered to be the nocturnal complement of the red-tailed hawk.
Great horned owls generally prey on small-to medium-sized birds
and mammals and will take poultry and other livestock when the
opportunity presents itself. They are responsible for most raptor
depredation problems.

Damage and Damage Identification
The most troublesome raptors are the larger, more aggressive
species, such as the goshawk, red-tailed hawk, and great horned
owl. The majority of depredation problems occur with free-ranging
farmyard poultry and game farm fowl. Chickens, turkeys, ducks,
geese, and pigeons are vulnerable because they are very
conspicuous, unwary, and usually concentrated in areas that lack
escape cover. Confined fowl that are chased by raptors will often
pile up in a corner, resulting in the suffocation of some birds.
Reproduction may also be impaired in some fowl if harassment

For years, game farms have dealt with raptor depredation
problems. Large concentrations of game farm animals are strong
attractants to predators. Operators should consider the prevention
of predation as part of their cost of operation. Other depredation
problems include the loss of rabbits at beagle clubs, the loss of
homing and racing pigeons, and occasionally the loss of farm or
household pets. Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks occasionally
prey on songbirds that are attracted to feeding stations. This
should be viewed as a natural event, however, and control of the
raptors is not advisable.

There are occasions when raptors cause human safety and health
hazards. For example, concentrations of raptors at airports
increase the risk of bird-aircraft collisions and loss of human life.
The vast majority of aircraft strikes involve gulls, starlings, and
blackbirds, but a few raptor strikes have been documented. It is
interesting to note that falconers with trained hawks have been
used to clear airport runways of other birds so that airplanes can
land. Although raptors are usually secretive and choose to avoid
human contact, they occasionally nest or roost in close association
with humans. At such times, noise, property damage, and
aggressive behavior at nest sites can cause problems.

Poultry and other livestock are vulnerable to a wide range of
predators. Frequent sightings of hawks and owls near the
depredation site may be a clue to the predator involved, but these
sightings could be misleading. When a partially eaten carcass is
found, it is often difficult to determine the cause of death. In all
cases, the remains must be carefully examined. Raptors usually kill
only one bird per day. Raptor kills usually have bloody puncture
wounds in the back and breast from the bird’s talons. Owls often
remove and eat the head and sometimes the neck of their prey. In
contrast, mammalian predators such as skunks or raccoons often
kill several animals during a night. They will usually tear skin and
muscle tissue from the carcass and cut through the feathers of
birds with their sharp teeth.

Hawks pluck birds, leaving piles of feathers on the ground. Beak
marks can sometimes be seen on the shafts of these plucked
feathers. Owls also pluck their prey, but at times they will swallow
small animals whole. Many raptors (especially red-tailed hawks
and other buteos) feed on carrion. The plucked feathers can often
determine whether a raptor actually killed an animal or was simply
“caught in the act” of feeding on a bird that had died of other
causes. If the feathers have small amounts of tissue clinging to
their bases, they were plucked from a cold bird that died of another
cause. If the base of a feather is smooth and clean, the bird was
plucked shortly after it was killed.

Raptors often defecate at a kill site. Accipiters such as the
goshawk leave a splash or streak of whitewash that radiates out
from the feather pile, whereas owls leave small heaps of chalky
whitewash on the ground.

Hawks and owls regurgitate pellets that are accumulations of
bones, teeth, hair, and other undigested materials. These are not
usually found at the kill site, but instead accumulate along with
whitewash beneath a nearby perch or nest site. Fresh pellets,
especially of owls, are covered with a moist iridescent sheen. They
can be carefully teased apart and examined to learn what the hawk
or owl had been eating. Owls gulp their food and swallow many
bones along with the flesh. These bones are only slightly digested
and persist in the pellets. A pellet that contains large bones, such
as those from the leg of a rabbit, is undoubtably from a great
horned owl. Hawks feed more daintily and have stronger digestive
juices than owls. Thus, hawk pellets contain fewer bones.

Legal Status
All hawks and owls are federally protected under the Migratory
Bird Treaty Act (16 USC, 703-711). These laws strictly prohibit the
capture, killing, or possession of hawks or owls without special
permit. No permits are required to scare depredating migratory
birds except for endangered or threatened species (see Table 1),
including bald and golden eagles.

In addition, most states have regulations regarding hawks and
owls. Some species may be common in one state but may be on a
state endangered species list in another. Consult your local USDA-
APHIS-Wildlife Services, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),
and/or state wildlife department representatives for permit
requirements and information.
With a little help from our friends

I just happened to be in my front yard 30 minutes ago when a
gardner stopped and pointed out a man down my street who was
staggering and he said the man had asked him for a ride to go
home.  Problem was his house was not on this street.  I flagged
him to come to my house, gave him water and looked up his name
in our directory, but no luck.   I called security and they came for
him saying they know him very well and this confusion happens
often.  His house is quite far from mine said security.    Dangerous
in this heat!   I first thought he was drunk from his gate.

I post this as a suggestion that if your house is dealing with this
issue... suggest you might put their address in his or her pocket
before they leave home AND put the number for security on their
phone.  He did have one.
I suggested that security walk him into his home and suggest this
to his wife.  Apparently he has no car and once they had to get him
at Stater Brother.   Just luck I was outside at that moment!

Carole NelsonCarole Nelson, Sun City Shadow Hills1

Call Jerry at Empire Window Cleaning.  He is the nicest and most
reasonable guy around and does a superb job.  He cleans the
windows, screens and window tracks.  Hw works clean and
diligently.  You'll love him.
760-485-0202.  T
ell him Mark, on Stansbury Ct. recommended that you call him.

Two Moms window cleaning are excellent and reasonably priced.

Two Moms window cleaning
They do a excellent job at a very good price!

Their phone # 760-574-0030
American Outreach Foundation

What started off as a good day with coverage from CBS Local 2
on the American Outreach Foundation turned out to be a wonderful
day with a surprise, hand-delivered check from the HN & Frances
C Berger Foundation and CBS Local 2.

Thank you also to Kelley Moody CBSL2 for coordinating the

We are very grateful for this recognition from a prominent
foundation and local tv station in the Coachella Valley that does so
much in support of our community.


Congratulations to our Board President, Oscar Llort and
Victoria for working so hard on our favorite charity.
From: Shanley Peterson <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:01 AM
Subject: Missing cat

Hi Donna,

We learned from a crew working on a condo nearby that a cat was
found by the middle pool area over the weekend. Based on the
details we collected, we have confirmed it was Lena. �� It seems it
was the work of a coyote—we are surprised it would go so deep
within the gated condo community. Anyway, thanks for posting
about Lena. We miss her horribly.

Please post an alert on the blog
about coyote activity within Montego
West so other pet owners are aware.

The Luffa Farm
We grow Sponges!

That's always the biggest shock to people when you tell them they
can grow their own luffa sponges; the fact that they grow on land,
not in the water. You're thinking of Spongebob Squarepants. Luffas
are part of the gourd family and grow on vines that can get to be 30′

At The Luffa Farm, we are focused on providing all-natural
Heirloom Luffa Sponges, information about the history and usage of
this unique gourd, and handmade herbal and bath products, with
the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We will continue to do
so by remaining rooted in our community as a small family farm. All
of our Luffas are hand tended daily, free from harmful chemical
treatments, to ensure quality yield year-round. Each of our products
is handmade by us, on the premises, in micro-batches, to ensure
only the highest quality items make it to our customers. Look
around our website and if you have any comments or questions,
please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the free tour take?

A: Most tours take approximately 30 minutes. Tours are informal
and frequently run longer or shorter depending on customer

Q: How long does the Large Group Tour take?

A: A Large Group Tour may take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours,
usually depending on the size of the group.

Q: What is the difference between the free tour and the Large
Group Tour?

A: The free tour includes information about using and caring for
The Luffa Farm Heirloom Luffa Sponges, demonstrations, and
hands-on experience with live, growing sponges. The Large Group
Tour includes all of the above, plus refreshments and activities
involving backyard herbs. The gift shop is open during business
hours for new visitors and return visitors alike. The Luffa Farm is a
small family business that aims to personalize each experience with
our customers. Whether it's your first tour, or your fifth, there is
always something new to see, and you will always learn something
new! The farm and products are always changing, so every visit is
an adventure for the whole family!

Q: How should I prepare for my tour

A: If you reserved a Large Group Tour, please call to confirm the
number of attendees 4-7 days in advance. For all tours, wear
comfortable shoes and clothing. Greenhouses are very hot and
humid, so plan sunscreen, medications, hydration, etc. according to
your personal needs. Refreshments are provided for Large Group
Tours, but those taking the free tour should provide their own.
Photography is encouraged. Dogs are welcome, but please be
considerate by bringing water and a leash.

Other Questions?
Call: 1 (805) 343-0883
And now I discuss Bermuda Dunes Community Council

I received the following email today from Linda.

Good Morning ~

I have a question and since you're a councilwoman I thought I'd ask.

The entrance to Lima Hall is the responsibility of the county, not
BDCC, correct? It's so wonderful 42nd Street is being repaved.
However, it doesn't look like the entrance down Lima Hall is
included. Is it scheduled for a later date?

Just wondering because it would be so great to enhance that
perpetually pot-holed segment.

Thanks for your time and thoughts.

Bermuda Dunes, CA

Good Morning Linda:

I asked Mojahed Salama, Riverside Transportation if they
were planning on paving the entrance into the Lima Hall gate.
He said they are planning to do this segment with their own
paving crew around mid-October, 2018. They will coordinate
the work with the Country Club as they did on the sidewalk

He also said that the project on Avenue 42 is being done
differently than he plans to do on the Lima Hall entrance. The
entrance needs much more attention and will have to be
almost completely redone.

Hope this helps, Linda.

On another subject, I emailed Union Pacific regarding the
homeless camp on the railroad tracks on Country Club.

Here is my email for your review:

Good Morning Ms. Valdez:

Yesterday I called and left a message for you.Since I have
not heard back, I decided to email you.

I have had some correspondence with you, as has Victoria,
regarding the homeless situation and extreme fire hazard the
trees along the railroad tracks could cause. I recall that you
said in June or July this was on Union Pacific's
'to do' list. I
am following up to see just where we stand on this project.

This situation becomes more serious as the days pass.

Governor Brown has reinstated the water restrictions in
California, therefore, everything is becoming more of a fire
hazard. Not only do I worry about fire, but the homeless
situation increases. I worry about the safety of these
individuals. They reside almost on the tracks. As you know,
most are mentally ill, drugged or worse.

Their judgment is far from good and I am afraid they might
wander on to the tracks and be killed by a passing train. The
speed at which the train travels is fast and they would not
be able to get out of the way.

Their shopping carts filled with trash, bottles, junk, and other
unsightly debris is also detrimental to the look of Bermuda

They also add safety issues for our community. Many
wander Avenue 42 and in particular the Ralph's Shopping
Center, where they continue to steal carts and leave them

Please email me back asap, as I would like an answer.

We are looking forward to working together to resolve these

Have a wonderful day.

Donna Hubenthal, Chairwoman
Bermuda Dunes Community Council

Addendum: As of this writing, I have had no reply from
Ms. Valdez.

About a month ago, I received an email from Kendra Webb,
Manager of Ralphs. It is below:

I have an issue that maybe you can assist me with . Please see the
picture attached  the homeless have cut the gate and are sleeping
in the reservoir between the store and the homes behind the store.
I called the police but they keep coming back.


Upon receiving this email, I contacted Lt. Jeff Buompensiero
and asked him to please check into this matter.

Lt. Jeff's reply:

I contacted Deputy Mike Vasquez who works county wide with the
homeless outreach team. Below is his response. Let me know if
there are any other issues or concerns that I can help with.
Hopefully the subjects will be housed soon and the area cleaned

Email from Mike:

We visited the encampment this morning before we spoke on the
phone. We have been working with the individual for several years.
Mr. Larry M is a veteran and is in the process of receiving housing
through the VA and other non-profit organizations. He has already
qualified and is in the process of approval for his unit. His son, Mr.
and his girlfriend have also qualified for housing. The three will be
housed together. We will be back out there next week with the
non-profits to continue this process. They are at the top of our list
for housing.

We will continue the efforts and keep you abreast of the situation
as we are near the long-term solution for the three who occupy the
encampment. Please do not hesitate in contacting me if there you
need any additional questions answered.


Deputy Michael Vásquez
Homeless Outreach Team

Note from Mrs. B

Several weeks passed and I contacted Lt. Jeff to see what
had transpired for this family. His reply was heartbreaking
for me.

Email from Lt. Jeff follows:

I spoke with Deputy Vasquez this morning and he went by the
location earlier today. Mr. Morris and his group have left the area.

Per Deputy Vasquez Mr. Morris has refused help that included
housing. If we find them in our area we will again ask them if they
want help.

I am speechless!
You may or may not be aware that Code Enforcement has
only a few people on their staff for Bermuda Dunes. They
have become reactive instead of pro-active.

Here are few things I observed and asked Code Enforcement
to open a case file. This is on Avenue 42 and Coral.

The photo below had been this way for over a month. I found
out it was a water issue with Myoma Water Co. I asked them
to please replace the asphalt with concrete. It is now concrete.

Shopping carts left on Avenue 42 and other areas of BD

I have been working with Ralph's, Home Goods and various
other businesses to keep their carts on their properties. I have
seen some improvement.

This was my weekly drive. I also reported old tires, graffiti
and trash in our Community.

If you see something that needs attention, please contact me
and I will get it to the appropriate people.

Have a great day!
Homelessness is a problem that people don't come in contact
with on a daily basis. It tends to not get the publicity that a
major disaster would get.     

I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair.

She turned to me and asked, "Are you having it catered?"

And that, my friend, is the sad definition of "OLD".


Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very
elderly widow and asked,

"How old was your husband?"

"98," she replied: "Two years older than me"      

"So you're 96," the undertaker commented.      

She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?"


Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

"And what do you think is the best thing

About being 104?" the reporter asked.      

She simply replied, "No peer pressure."


I've sure gotten old!  I have outlived my feet and my teeth    

I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement,

New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes

I'm half blind,

Can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine,

Take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and
subject to blackouts.

Have bouts with dementia.

Have poor circulation;

Hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.

Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92.

Have lost all my friends. But, thank God,

I still have my driver's license.
If you are a member of the club you are more than welcome to join
some of us as we do our crafts.

This is a great way to socialize and get to know one another.

We have quilters, painters, jewelry makers so far.

Here are some of the projects the gals are working on!

The only thing we CANNOT do would be oil painting.


Contact: Donna Nelson, 760 772 9053