region,” Bonillas says, adding, “It would be a
bold step in enhancing our property to appeal
to travelers, tourists and locals alike. Currently,
Spotlight 29 features a 2,400-seat showroom,
1,500 slot machines, table games, two restau-
rants, and three bars and nightclubs. With the
casino-hotel, we will also look at moderniz-
ing our current casino and showroom while
expanding our entertainment offerings.”
Hernandez says Coachella has yet to reach
its full economic potential. “We are develop-
ing the infrastructure we need, not only to
accommodate future growth, but to improve
our quality of life.”
Indeed, an independent survey by Probol-
sky Research found that 75. 6 percent of
Coachella residents believe the city is well-
managed and on the right track.
This year, in fact, Coachella is investing
more than $24 million in grant funds for new
parks, roads, sidewalks, and other public safety improvements.
Projects include a traffic synchronization
project to expedite the flow of an increasing
volume of vehicles along Harrison Street, the
city’s main north-south corridor; the resurfacing of Grapefruit Boulevard between Third and
Ninth Streets; as well as construction projects
to widen some of the city’s main east-west corridors, including Avenues 48 and 50.
Coachella has approved more than $4
million in construction contracts to rebuild
Veterans’ Memorial Park with dramatic new
features, including an amphitheater and lawn
areas for special events as well as a memorial
fountain, a “Supreme Sacrifice Monument”
and “Hero Walk” bearing the names and stories
of local veterans engraved in travertine tile.
Other new features include an arched
gateway with a dedication plaque honoring
the brave men and women who have served
this country; a military monument with brass
seals that recognize each branch of the armed
forces; military flags, including a POW (
Prisoner of War) flag; a Veterans Date Palm Grove
and Rose Garden; and a water conservation
garden that showcases water-efficient plants.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned to
celebrate this park with the local veteran community on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.
The city is also proceeding with plans for a
new 15,000-square-foot library downtown,
which will be underway later this year and
completed by December 2017.
These projects are only the latest capital improvements for Coachella. Last year,
the city completed more than $100 million
in infrastructure projects, including a new
194-kilowatt solar-powered carport for the
expansions are creating new
jobs in Coachella. Right:
Ocean Mist Farms recently
expanded its produce cooler
by 40 percent and made
other improvements to
quantities of 30 different
types of winter vegetables.
city’s Corporate Yard that generates enough
electricity to cover all of the city’s power
needs in that location. The carport also has
two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations
capable of charging as many as four vehicles
It’s not all business in Coachella: The city
has more than quadrupled the number of city
soccer fields from two to nine since 2011.
“All of these improvements are improving
traffic flow and public safety and quality of life
in our community and they are paving the way
for the continued growth of our local economy,”
It’s no accident, he adds, that Coachella is
having so much success in developing so many
projects with grant funding.
“We have a reputation not only for develop-
ing shovel-ready projects, but we have a consis-
tent track record of getting these projects done
either on time or ahead of schedule,” Hernan-
dez asserts. “So when grant providers review
our applications for funding, they know that
Coachella is a city that does what it says it’s
going to do.”
Coachella is also careful with its planning
process and regularly wins awards for the thor-
oughness of its planning efforts.
Earlier this year, Coachella’s General Plan
update received an award of Excellence in
Comprehensive Planning from the Inland
Empire Section of the American Planning
Last year, Coachella received a Sustainability
Award from the Southern California Association of Governments. That honor recognized
the city’s excellence in integrated land use and
transportation planning in its latest General
Plan update, which anticipates a tripling of the
city’s population to 135,000 residents by 2035.