Office Hours, Bidders’ Workshop Available to Assist Air Quality Project Applicants

News Release


Mar 08

Office Hours, Bidders’ Workshop Available to Assist Air Quality Project Applicants

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit announced Thursday the availability of local office hours and a bidders’ workshop by South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) staff to answer questions about proposed air pollution reduction projects.

The AQMD recently released a request for proposals for projects to reduce air pollution in the Coachella Valley. The projects will be funded by $53 million in mitigation fees from the Sentinel Energy Project under construction near Desert Hot Springs.

“I commend AQMD staff for facilitating this one-on-one assistance to groups seeking to develop proposals that meet the requirements of this fund,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I encourage applicants to attend these office hours for the technical help they may need.”

The series of office hours follow a bidders’ workshop, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Campus. The schedule for office hours is:


Friday, March 16

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa

50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza

La Quinta, CA 92253


Saturday, March 17

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Friday, March 23

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club

91-391 Avenue 66

Mecca, CA 92254


Saturday, March 24

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Friday, April 13

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Desert Hot Springs Senior Center

65-950 Pierson Blvd.

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240


Saturday, April 14

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Friday, May 18

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

University of California, Riverside

75-080 Frank Sinatra Dr.

Palm Desert, CA 92211


Saturday, May 19

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Applicants should schedule their appointment ahead of time by calling either Arlene Martinez at 909-396-2250 or Tracy Goss at 909-396-3106. Appointments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis in 30-minute blocks of time.

Residents or organizations who want to submit a proposal can find details at the AQMD’s Web site,, and also on Benoit’s Web site, The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. June 8.

For more information, please visit This Web site will be regularly updated with frequently asked questions to follow.


Supervisor John J. Benoit represents the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Stretching from the Palm Springs area south to the Salton Sea and east to the Colorado River, it is the largest geographical district in the county.

Please note: Benoit’s regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: Darin Schemmer, Office of Supervisor John J. Benoit, (760) 863-8211

73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260 | Phone: 760-863-8211 • Fax: 760-863-8905