IN THE NEWS
July 17, 2018
INCUMBENTS PULL PAPERS FOR PALM DESERT CITY COUNCIL
Sabby Jonathan pulled paperwork to seek re-election to the Palm Desert City Council.
Jonathan, thrilled at serving his first rotation as mayor, announced in May he would seek re-election.
Jonathan was first elected to the five-member City Council in 2014.
As mayor, Jonathan has for the first time introduced a monthly feature called, “Coffee with the Mayor.” Each month he invites residents, visitors and members of the business community to meet him for complimentary coffee and conversation. He chooses a different place each month. He held sessions at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Desert Willow Golf Resort, the McCallum Theater, the Desert Aquatic Center and the Palm Desert Library. His goal is to make interacting with the mayor convenient and comfortable.
Jan. 24, 2018
Coffee With the Mayor: Palm Desert's Sabby Jonathan Discusses Public Safety, City Services and Transparency
Palm Desert Mayor Sabby Jonathan recently invited the public to enjoy complimentary coffee and conversation—something he plans on doing every month.
During his January coffee meeting, at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, the new mayor (the position rotates among City Council members on a yearly basis) was battling the flu. However, Jonathan, who works as a certified public accountant, was kind enough to agree to answer questions on anything—ranging from the city budget to new hotels to past city-employee wrongdoing—via email.
Regarding your quest for transparency—why the coffee chats?
Coffee chats are a great way for the community to engage with its elected officials. They provide an informal forum where concerns of residents can be heard and questions can be answered. The chats take place monthly, throughout the year, with the exception of July and August.
March 2, 2018
PALM DESERT MAYOR UPDATES ON FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
At this year’s State of the City, Mayor Sabby Jonathan, laid-out several future plans for Palm Desert, such as beginning construction of CV Link later in the year, but also new developments around the campuses of CSUSBPD and UCR.
Jonathan said the development will be different to the current aesthetic of the city, he said, "Smaller homes, very little backyards, but instead a sense of community." He said the traditional 10,000 square feet lots will be reduced to 4,000.
He said the goal of the planned project is to have more housing options at different price points that students and young professionals can afford.
Jonathan said, "There’ll be neighborhood gardens, there’ll be neighborhood yoga pads, there’ll be lanes for walking and biking, not on the street but through the homes, there’ll be front porches."
He said they need more housing to fit the growing campus, he said CSUSBPD is almost reaching 8,000 students.
Sept. 27, 2014
Our Voice: Desert Sun endorsement roundup
Desert Sun editorial board
Palm Desert is an excellent city and has some excellent candidates for two seats on the City Council.
The city is fortunate to be the retail center of the Coachella Valley with Westfield Palm Desert mall and the high-end shops along El Paseo. It also is the valley's hub of higher education — home to College of the Desert, the UCR Graduate Center and the Palm Desert campus of California State University, San Bernardino. Its healthy tourism industry generates 19 percent of city revenue.
The Desert Sun believes challenger Sabby Jonathan is the best candidate to keep the city going strong.