Benoit’s District Tour Video Now Online at

News Release


Dec 10

Benoit’s District Tour Video Now Online at

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit’s video tour of his district, taking viewers from the “ Forever Marilyn” Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs to a water treatment plant on the far eastern end of Riverside County, can now be seen on his Web site,

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“It’s my pleasure to feature some of the county’s key projects to improve the economy, health care, housing and even water quality for our residents,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Residents and visitors to Riverside County will learn something new about our communities after watching this video.”

The six-minute video begins with Supervisor Benoit and Palm Springs Councilman Paul Lewin at the “Forever Marilyn” Monroe sculpture, an attraction that has brought great success to downtown Palm Springs. The county’s efforts in revitalizing communities can then be seen at the Desert Hot Springs family care clinic and in downtown Indio, where the county is soon to commence $300 million in projects to develop the Indio Law Building and East County Detention Center.

Viewers will be moved by images of the Sept. 11 flood that hit the eastern Coachella Valley and of Duroville, the dilapidated mobile home park in Mecca. The dramatic improvement in living conditions at Mountain View Estates, the county’s affordable housing project to replace Duroville, is evident in an on-ground interview with the project’s developer, Bobby Melkesian, and footage of the first residents leaving Duroville for the new homes Nov. 16.

The video also showcases the Mesa Verde Water Treatment Facility, the county’s $11.6 million project to provide an adequate water supply to residents of the Blythe area. The video concludes with Supervisor Benoit reflecting on encouraging signs of economic growth while taking a ride on a gondola at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert.

Produced by Riverside-based Godfather Films and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, the video was presented at the third annual State of Riverside County event, held December 3.

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