Here is the link to a page where you can contact Desert Regional and ask those questions. Sorry that I dont know myself. As for what is going on in the valley here..well, the best places I would say to live are Palm Desert, Indian Wells or Rancho Mirage. Cathedral City and Palm Springs (IMHO) seem somewhat run down and small. Every year in April I believe they have a White Party, which is to celebrate the homosexual society/lifestyle, and is a pretty huge event. Usually in the spring they have fundrasing events for Charitys such as Luekemia and Lymphoma society and Aids walks, marathons, etc. They have a few other annual gatherings for other things such as motorcycles, etc. Those things usually take place in Palm Springs. The north end of Palm Springs seems to have a lot of crime for a small city. I work downtown Palm Springs right now and in the summer it seems to be a ghost town as it is incredibly hot in the summer. This past summer it got up to 129!!!! Winter is absolutely beautiful. I have noticed a trend in the type of people that live in each city.. and this is a generalization.... Palm Springs attracts homosexuals,(they even have a bridge that was just built for a nudist colony i believe) and near downtown there is an area known as Warn Sands which is known for prostution, Cathedral City has a major population on hispanics/mexicans and housing is at the lower end of cost ( I believe it has a larger poplulation of people than palm springs), Rancho Mirage has a high population of elderly, although there isn't a very high population there. Lots of country clubs and very pretty. I could say the same thing for indian wells, although not as much elderly. Palm Desert is the highest populated, except for Indio. Palm Desert has a community college there that is centrally located. There is also El Paseo which is a street similar to what Redeo Drive is to L.A. It's much more city like than palm springs. Indio is definantly growning, but generally known for being crowded and unsafe. I believe Kennedy is near there.
As for High Schools... I really can't help you there. My brother went to Palm Springs High School and he graduated. hmm.... I wouldn't say it was a great school, but at least no one got hurt. :uhoh21: I would think that the most unsafe one would be in Cathedral City or Indo. I do go to College of the Desert which is the major community college in the valley.
They have Cal State of San Bernadino campus there, so one is able to get their bachelors without having to leave the desert. During the winter you get all sorts of people here in the valley. Most of the toursists I would say are from England or the Netherlands. Very diverse!!! As for things to do here... there are lots of casinos, resorts, golf courses, country clubs... and parks. My experience at Desert Regional with the birth of my son wasn't the best. I heard from lots of people how great an experience they had or how great they heard it was. I am not a person who goes around trying to find something wrong with every thing, but my sister didnt have a very good experience either. For my sister .. they let the epidural run out on her right before she was to start pushing. They thought she would be done in 15 minutes, but it lasted a little more than 2 hours. She also delivered a 12 pound baby that almost didnt make it.. and yes.. it was vaginally. As for myself, most nurses were really nice. I spent a week in the pre-labor section (ashamed to say i forgot what it is called... the section where you are monitored, but not due for a weeks) I had a pyonidal cyst that the OB/GYN couldn't lance in office, because it was way too painful. It was pinching my sciatic nerve and I couldn't lay on my left side. While on my first night there, they nurse was giving my 2 pills of vicoden (which i have never taken ... always only one).. and i wasn't eating very much that day. Later on at night i was feeling sick and ended up throwing up. The nurse told me i ate too much (which wasnt true).. They then put me on one pill and i was fine, but she must have told other nurses that i ate too much becuase they would come in and say "i heard you were eating too much". Kinda made me not want to talk to any of them. Then weeks later when i was having my son, i kept having to go to the bathroom, and needing help with the cords and such. Maybe the nurse told the new one that i did this a lot and when she came in .... told me how to hook myself up to the fetal monitor and IV and such. I was in pain and didnt want a mini course in how to hook myself up to machines.... and well... my doctor almost missed me give birth! The baby was already coming out when she walked in the door, but maybe that is how it is supposed to be... lol...
Anyway, I love Palm Desert! I would think it is the most centrally located place with lost of things to do. This is all i can come up with the top of my head. I may have made this sound like a mad and crazy place to live, but for the residents that are here year round, it is one of those places that everyone tends to get to know everyone. The valley is about 2 hours away from the beaches depending on where along the coast you wanna go. Traffic isn't too bad in the summer, but every year it is getting heavier, because the valley IS growing. Anything else you want to know.. just give me a holler.
P.S. Here is a link for a map of the Valley:
Click on number 5 on the left hand side and you can see the entire valley map. Looking at the map I see I forgot Desert Hot Springs..... You do not, Not, NOT want to live there!!!!!!!!!!! (Lets just say that they have bars on windows in homes and buildings.) You have to take a number of streets to get over there anyway. Not too close to the other cities!
P.S.S. lol... Here is a link to another thread here that is similar to this one... might want to look into Eisenhower.