Mayor Scott Matas' Areas of Focus

Fiscal Stability

Support and Strengthen Reserves.

Balanced Budget.

A+ Standard and Poor's Rating.

Community Programs

New Park for Youth Sports.

Grow the Senior Center Programs.

Focus on At-Risk Youth.

Food & Homeless Programs.

Career Training Opportunities.

Economic Development

Clean-Up of Neighborhoods.

Attracting Retail Business.

Supporting New Jobs.

Revamping Visitor Serving Businesses.

Public Safety

Constructing & Staffing Two More Fire Stations.

Continued Progress on Pedestrian & Traffic Safety.

Focus on Social Programs.

Community & Campaign Updates

I am honored to sit on this committee and see the progress over the last few years. After many years of conversations, the passenger rail discussion is taking shape into a reality. A lot of collaboration from local and regional partners as the Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio Pass cities work ...together to provide passenger rail to our cities. This is in the environmental phases which is a key to the construction of this rail line. Take a look

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Coachella Valley - San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service

The Riverside County Transportation Commission proposes the Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service to connect the Coachella Valley...

Excited to Announce:

The City of Desert Hot Springs Announces July Fireworks Spectacular

The July 2 event will be the first in the Coachella Valley.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, MAY 18, 2021: The City of Desert Hot Springs is thrilled to announce plans for a fireworks spectacular in ...celebration of the July 4 holiday, to be held on July 2, 2021.
The patriotic celebration – the first of the season in the Coachella Valley – will take place on Friday, July 2, from 6 pm to 10 pm, at Mission Springs Park (14510 Palm Dr., Desert Hot Springs).
Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No pets or alcohol will be permitted. There will be food trucks on hand with goods for purchase. This event will be free of admission.

“We are proud to present this event and to bring our community together – safely – after a difficult year,” Mayor Scott Matas said. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than to celebrate our country.”

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For Media inquiries, please contact Doria Wilms, Assistant City Manager via text at (760) 333-0518 or via email at

For event inquiries please contact Roberta Crncic, Executive Program Manager, via text at (760) 397-5765 or via email at

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Desert Hot Springs Fireworks Celebration

Join us in celebrating Independence Day. Don’t forget your lawn chairs & blankets!

Lift to Rise is back in Desert Hot Springs to assist renter and landlords with payments. If you are in need of rental assistance stop by city hall this morning.

Very excited to announce that within the next 90 days the new Desert Hot Springs Library will be open to the public. I received a sneak peak tour with Riverside County Supervisor Perez, city staff and County staff. Amazing facility for our city stay tuned for the ribbon cutting.

My areas of focus are:

- Fiscal Stability
- Economic Development
- Community and Safety.

We're moving Desert Hot Springs forward, together.