President Dr. Bruce introduced our very own La Quinta Rotarian and now Paul Harris Fellow Linda Evans. Linda Evans was elected Mayor of La Quinta in 2014, and is currently in her third term as the City of La Quinta’s Mayor.  Linda served as a La Quinta City Council Member prior to becoming Mayor beginning in June 2009. In March 2016, she was named “Woman of the Year” for the 42nd Assembly District by Assemblyman Chad Mayes for the State of California. This recognition was granted for the outstanding contributions and service Linda has provided to her community. 
Linda is a California native and has worked in the healthcare industry for thirty years, spending the last 23 years in hospital administration.  She is the Chief Strategy Officer of Community Advocacy for the Desert Care Network, which comprises Desert Regional Medical Center (Palm Springs), JFK Memorial Hospital (Indio), and Hi-Desert Medical Center (Joshua Tree).  She has worked for the hospitals’ parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, at four other hospitals in Southern California since 1995.

Linda received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications/Public Relations from the California State University at Fullerton and she holds two Master's Degrees: one in Health Administration and the other in Gerontology both obtained from the University of La Verne, California.

Mayor Evans is currently the Chair of the Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors for the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chair of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Energy and Environmental Committee and Vice Chair of CVAG’s Conservation Commission.  She also serves on the CVAG Executive Committee.  She served on the Board of Food in Need of Distribution (F.I.N.D.) Food Bank for six years, and recognizes the importance of good nutrition, being healthy, and the impact on a prosperous community.
 [Courtesy Linda Evans]
 
Linda’s presentation was a “State of the City” address and as always she was an excellent speaker enlightening everyone in attendance as to all things La Quinta.  Linda covered far more items than space in this newsletter allows but some of the highlights included the year to date data that follows: 219 Residential building permits for new houses and 108 remodel permits on existing houses, 1,292 registered Short Term Vacation Rentals with a total TOT (bed) tax revenue of $9.4 Million, Total Annual City Revenue of $57.8 Million.  There are several residential and community improvement projects currently under construction plus a new Residence Inn on Highway 111, the old Sam’s Club will become a Floor and Décor and indoor storage facility, and a California Desert Museum of Art is being built on Washington street.  In addition, several new businesses will be opening; among them La Petite Bakery, Planet Fitness, See’s Candy and Marvyn’s Magic Theater plus Okura Sushi will be expanding into the old Las Casuelas building on the corner of Washington and 111 and My Thai will be doubling in size at their current location on Washington.  Linda then played a very impressive video about the SilverRock project and updated us on their plans to complete the grading in mid-November on the hotel and residential development sites.  On the City owned SilverRock parcel, the Event Site (Think City park on steroids!) is expected to be completed in March 2020.  After ending her presentation with an update on this year’s Ironman Triathlon (December 8, 2019) she very patiently answered questions from the audience.
 
For over 10 years Linda has worked tirelessly to make our City truly the “Gem of the Desert”.  Thank you Linda for your continued Service above Self and for an outstanding presentation.  To learn more about the City of La Quinta and the projects mentioned in this newsletter please visit the City’s website athttps://www.laquintaca.gov.