Health & Wellness

Desert Hot Springs - “An Oasis of Health & Wellness”






As you well know, we live in very challenging times plus we face a multitude of even more challenging issues, forcing us to have to make tough decisions in the upcoming future of Desert Hot Springs.


These circumstances really put our governing abilities to the test.  First and foremost, the Mayor’s and City Council member’s first priority is putting our residents’ health and safety in “first place.”  As such, we have the responsibility of structuring our efforts aimed at fostering a community environment enhancing public safety, financial stability and embracing positive ideals that can serve as workable solutions to challenges we face as a community.


Five years ago, I helped to fix a $6 million budget deficit.  This large deficit severely impacted the “Health and Wellness” of our city at the same time presenting a grave threat to our quality of life.  Given the sad state of the nation’s and California’s economy, this additional burden was especially bad news for Desert Hot Springs residents, threatening survival of our city’s police force and even challenging the continued existence of Desert Hot Springs as an incorporated community.  


The reality of the serious $6 million budget shortfall created by the previous city council and city manager forced this City Council to try to find viable remedies.  This incredibly large deficit inescapably was the dire result of a series of serious financial blunders from poor oversight to deficit spending of citizen tax dollars.  Due to the relatively large amount of the deficit for Desert Hot Springs, normally we would be expected to take a number of years to mitigate.  


Because of the financial leadership by the City, I was proud to that our City Budget was not only balanced, but had a $2.5 million cash flow reserve.  Due to a balanced budget with a real cash reserve, we could now embrace the revitalization of our community!  


Today Desert Hot Springs is “An Oasis of Health & Wellness” with rising property and real estate values, more tourism, as well as a renewed community spirit in building and enhancing genuine hometown “Health & Wellness” programs.  As I had promised when I first ran for office, the city’s economic circumstances are now more suitable than before to boost employment prospects and drive forward the local economy.


As you probably already are aware, Desert Hot Springs is privileged to have perhaps the finest “Health & Wellness Center” in the Coachella Valley.  I was blessed with the opportunity as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club to work with the Desert Health Care District and our State and Federal elected representatives to raise over $18 million to build Desert Hot Springs Health & Wellness Center.


As a “Health and Wellness” destination, Desert Hot Springs has actively embraced a “Health Matters Initiative” for the Coachella Valley.  Desert Hot Springs is the only city to incorporate health goals to become one of the healthiest cities with a commitment to make “Health and Wellness” a top priority.


I continue to seek greater efficiency, more affordability and more accountability in the day-to-day operations of our city government, while enhancing the services upon which our residents depend, in addition to continuing the promotion of tourism, business and economic development.


One of our greatest challenges remains - how to stem youth violence and crime.  These problems result from the interaction of sociological, demographic, economic and cultural factors.  Community policing with more officers on the streets in prevention mode coupled with street community policing outreach specialists and programs for at-risk youth, are successful methods for reducing youth violence.


Additionally, you voted in confidence that I would fight to restore fiscal accountability and fiscal controls to protect the taxpayers.  As one of my top priorities for the city, I continue to take this responsibility very seriously.  


Our residents appreciate living here because we enjoy the world’s best hot mineral water, best tasting water, 360 degree mountain views and magnificent sunsets.  They want to build their businesses here, enjoy all of these fabulous amenities, and at the same time share them with a growing tourist base, our unique relaxing “Health & Wellness” boutique spas and hotels.


In the end, we must ask ourselves, why we do any of this?  What is our motivation?  Our’s is a community built on the aspirations of people from all over the state, country and world who have been attracted here with a dream for a healthier life.


We inspire this hope, and it’s up to all of us residents and businesses alike to continue fostering this ambience.  Let’s stay energized and confident as we face our difficult challenges with faith and optimism.  


I see an untapped potential in our residents who are rising to the challenges facing our city.  Let future generations look back and say that we turned our challenges into success stories.


Thank you.

ADAM SANCHEZ, SR.


Desert Hot Springs - “An Oasis of Health & Wellness” Part 2




Desert Hot Springs residents appreciate living here because we enjoy the world’s best hot mineral water, world’s best tasting winning water, 360 degree mountain views, magnificent sunsets and therapeutic cool breezes.  People want to build their businesses here, enjoy all of these fabulous amenities, and at the same time share them with a growing tourist base, our unique relaxing “Health & Wellness” boutique spas and hotels.


As you probably already are aware, Desert Hot Springs is privileged to have perhaps the finest “Health & Wellness Center” in the Coachella Valley.  I was blessed with the opportunity as the CEO of the Boys & Girls Club to work with the Desert Health Care District and our State and Federal elected representatives to procure over $18 million to build Desert Hot Springs Health & Wellness Center.


In 2003, former Mayor Matt Weyuker and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressman Jerry Lewis for the purpose of discussing the concept of a “Health and Wellness” center for our City, which would also include a Boys & Girls Club.  Congressman Lewis came through “BIG” for us; he was successful in securing in excess of $3 million dollars in appropriations to begin construction.


In 2005, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer visited the Boys & Girls Club to present staff with an “Excellence in Education Award” for our programs in improving the reading and math scores of over 400 children.  Upon, viewing the success of the education programs, Senator Boxer pledged $500,000 towards the future Health & Wellness Center.


My first and foremost priority is putting our residents’ health and safety in first place.  As such, we have the responsibility of structuring our efforts aimed at fostering a community environment enhancing public safety, financial stability, supporting youth programs and upgrading our street lights & crosswalks along our roads and in our neighborhoods.


I inherited a $6 million budget deficit five years ago.  This large deficit severely impacted the “Health and Wellness” of our City at the same time presenting a grave threat to our quality of life.  Given the sad state of the nation’s and California’s economy, the survival of our City’s police force and the continued existence of Desert Hot Springs as an incorporated community was being threatened.


The reality of the serious $6 million budget shortfall forced the City to try to find viable remedies. I welcomed the first medicinal City Ordinances in Southern California initiating a future $30 million dollar a year green industry that “Saved Desert Hot Springs from Bankruptcy”.


Only with a new progressive medicinal industry economic development policy can the current dream of a sustainable economic climate bring new jobs and additional monies to make our City safe for children and their families.


The current City Mayor and Council are in the process to spend $7 million dollars on a New City Hall. This was never our priority. They have lost their financial focus and our future revenue potential. 


As mentioned, I welcomed the first medicinal City Ordinances in Southern California that “Saved the City from Bankruptcy” and also saved our City Police Department.  Today, the once future 7 year $30 million dollar green industry has been reduced down to a $5 million dollar industry.


The reduced revenue was caused by the current City administrations inability to timely create new progressive green economic policies and ordinances to advance the growth of dispensaries and cultivation business sites.  Cathedral City is now the epicenter for collecting millions in revenue from taxes and licenses.


The City of Desert Hot Springs has now loaded the legal green industry sector down with such high taxes and onerous permit regulations that businesses now have a tough time competing and raising revenue.  In addition, State regulations with along with high taxes and license fees make it now very difficult to compete in this new rapidly maturing green industry.


Recent comparisons around the State on the typical costs, revenues and the timeline to break even associated with Desert Hot Springs indoor and greenhouse cultivation businesses has raised red flags for investors.  Higher Recreational product prices are inhibiting market growth and ironically sustaining the illicit grey market.


Current breakdowns of the individual growth trend analysis for cultivation in the City shows that both the public and private investment landscape has slowed down.  Astute investors have conducted insightful research into the current green industry climate in the City and have found that’s its not conducive to expanding their investment opportunities.


The overall analysis of the investment landscape from the perspective of capital flows, state & local taxes and the grey market shows that many green industry operators are facing economic challenges to growing their financial growth strategies.  Entrepreneurs and Investors are now looking at other cities that provide a better business climate to grow their green business.


Former City Manager Martin Magana and I worked to create a pro-business green mindset to balance the City budget, attract new jobs, improve public safety, fix our roads, support youth programs, address the City drug & crime problems and make sure no more residents are killed on City streets due to no lights & crosswalks. Time for a renewed City culture & leadership focused on the needs of the People in the City.


I continue to seek greater efficiency, more transparency and more accountability in the day-to-day operations of our city government, while enhancing the services upon which our residents depend, in addition to continuing the promotion of tourism, business and economic development.


One of our greatest challenges remains - how to stem the growing youth violence and crime.  These problems result from the interaction of sociological, demographic, economic and cultural factors.  Community policing with more officers on the streets in prevention mode coupled with street community policing outreach specialists and programs for at-risk youth, are successful methods for reducing youth violence.


In the end, we must ask ourselves, why we do any of this.  What is our motivation?  Our’s is a community built on the aspirations of people from all over the state, country and world who have been attracted here with a dream for a healthier life.


We inspire this hope, and it’s up to all of us residents and businesses alike to continue fostering this ambience.  Let’s stay energized and confident as we face our difficult challenges with faith and optimism.  


It’s time to invest in our people and our workforce because it’s the right thing to do and it’s smart for business.


I see an untapped potential in our residents who are rising to the challenges facing our City.  Let future generations look back and say that we turned our challenges into success stories.


Thank you.


Adam Sanchez, Sr.

City Council Candidate