I am honored to begin my fifth term as Mayor for the great City of Rancho Mirage. I have had the incredible fortune of being a member of the Rancho Mirage City Council for 19 years; and I could not be prouder. I represent a city unlike any other. Rancho Mirage enjoys a rich heritage, strong sense of community, and unmatched fiscal stability.

We have accomplished much in the past nearly two decades. It was during my first few years that The River came to fruition. From the beginning, The River made its mark as the premier entertainment and dining destination in the valley. The center anchors what we consider to be our downtown. Expansion of the Monterey Marketplace soon followed with the completion of the second phase along Dinah Shore Drive. Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened its doors and established itself as a meeting place for discussions of national and global importance (including a summit between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013). The former Lodge Resort was renovated and converted into the beautiful Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage, the valley’s only five-star resort. Rancho Mirage High School was built and immediately cemented its place as a first-class institute for learning. Go Rattlers! We also welcomed several significant community assets – a new Rancho Mirage Library, the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater, Rancho Mirage Dog Park, and the Rancho Mirage Observatory.

Indeed, much has changed over the years, and yet much remains the same. The City Council continues to focus first and foremost on the City’s fiscal health. Every decision we make is done so in the spirit of improving our city and strengthening our community to protect and enhance the quality of life for our residents.

Keeping the aforementioned in mind, I’m excited at what’s to come in the year ahead. The coming year has the makings of a very special one for Rancho Mirage. Several noteworthy developments are, or will be, underway. The City’s brand enhancement project will enhance our identity and sense of place. The concept includes median improvements, signage and enhanced intersections to further define our community for residents and visitors alike. The launching of a city app will provide a more efficient and effective method of communication with residents. Del Webb has already sold over 50 homes and the improvement work along Dinah Shore Drive will be complete within the year. Potentially one of the most significant projects in Rancho Mirage, and the valley, is the development of Section 31. This last remaining undeveloped section of land in the mid-valley area was recently purchased by Epta Properties, a Canadian real estate development company. Epta is working with the City on a concept to master plan the entire property to include resort hotel, commercial, residential, and recreational uses. Additionally, we are committed to seeking new opportunities to utilize our various community assets for activities.

I am proud of our many accomplishments and look forward to the many great things to come.

I welcome your ideas and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of assistance either by email at richardk@ranchomirageca.gov, or by phone at (760) 324-4511.

Best Wishes,

Mayor Richard W. Kite