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Six Reasons Why the LGBTQ+ community of Desert Hot Springs Should Vote For Scott Matas In November

Posted on June 22, 2024

1. Scott Matas is normal. He’s a decent person who cares about other people.  He doesn’t hate, he doesn’t “go after people”, doesn’t try to humiliate or control or bully anyone in public or in private.  He isn’t an obstructionist, he isn’t an agitator, he isn’t a dictator. He doesn’t want to harm trans kids, or adults for that matter. He doesn’t treat the LGBTQ community as sinners or consider them to be second class citizens who can be discriminated against. On the contrary, he hangs out with us. He doesn’t pick fights or try to humiliate or talk-down to people. He doesn’t try to intimidate the other Council Members. He doesn’t go online to bad-mouth anyone, or criticize his own City. He has decorum and maturity. He doesn’t explode or act deranged or constantly look for opportunities to draw attention to himself. He doesn’t make up facts. He is emotionally secure and mentally stable. He’s no Trumper or MAGA lover. He’s not a conspiracy theorist. There’s nothing toxic about him. He’s just a family man and a hard worker, who cares deeply for the City of Desert Hot Springs and devotes his life to it.  He’s normal.  We need more people just like him. Attend a DHS City Council meeting, or watch one on YouTube. You will see what we mean. He’s normal.

2. No individual is more experienced or more qualified to be our Mayor than Scott Matas.  Scott’s commitment to community service spans more than 20 years with the Desert Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Company, a two-year presidency at Food Now, and over two decades of coaching and umpiring for Desert Hot Springs Little League.  Scott won election to the DHS City Council in 2007, and was voted Mayor in 2015.  Since becoming Mayor, Scott has overseen the growth of the city’s population to the more than 33,000 residents that we have today. The City of Desert Hot Springs has benefited from Scott’s skilled management of tax dollars and the city’s economic development that have resulted in quality jobs for DHS residents. Scott is respected by our city government’s staff for his management skills and vision, and most importantly, he is respected by the business community and the residents of DHS.  He’s the reason that the roads damaged by tropical storm Hilary are being repaired now and not a year from now.  He got us the money to repair the roads right away. 

3.  Scott has been a tremendous friend of the Desert Hot Springs LGBTQ community.  He’s not afraid of us, he doesn’t hate us, he doesn’t avoid us or ignore us.  On the contrary, he hangs out with us regularly and appoints us to responsible positions on City Commissions and numerous other committees that impact on the future of DHS.  He has a close family member who is a member of the LGBTQ community, so he understands the issues that affect us on a personal level. Scott has marched and ridden in multiple Palm Springs Pride Festivals, proudly representing Desert Hot Springs. How many Mayors do that?  Scott has attended both Desert Hot Springs Pride Festivals, again proudly representing our City Council and showing his support for our community. He was instrumental in facilitating the three very successful Police Open House events for the LGBTQ community that were held at City Hall, the most recent one having taken place just months ago. Scott was instrumental in supporting the appointment of Desert Hot Springs’ first police liaison to the LGBTQ community. We have our own Officer who understands our concerns. That’s a big deal! And Scott also did something that is rarely seen, even in the Coachella Valley: On June 21, 2022 he issued the City’s first Proclamation declaring June 2022 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  He’s no Trumper.  MAGA is not a part of his vocabulary. 

4.  Scott has a vision for the City of Desert Hot Springs, and a big part of that vision is economic development. Every job seeker wants a quality, well-paying job that they can get to inexpensively and easily, and Scott is delivering.  Amazon alone will be hiring more than 1,400 employees once their warehouse is completed.  Our Cannabis industry in Desert Hot Springs employs more than 4,150 workers, and of that number, 1,512 are DHS residents. That’s 36.43% of all cannabis jobs! You can thank Scott Matas for that. He had the courage to bring cannabis to DHS to begin with. And, the new Desert Gateway project, which will result in a second job-filled warehouse in DHS just next to Amazon, will also hire a huge number of DHS residents.  Scott will continue to work with the City Council and our City Government to make DHS business-friendly and welcoming. He will continue to work with the city to support and strengthen the tourist-serving businesses, such as our spa hotels, that are still recovering from Covid. And, he will continue to work tirelessly to bring more businesses to DHS. 

5.  Scott cares about our seniors.  Scott believes that no senior should be hungry, homeless or lonely, or go without health care. The Senior Center, located at the Carl May facility on West Drive, gives DHS seniors a cool and friendly facility to attend for a variety of services and benefits, including food, recreation, and physical activity, friendship, field trips, and social events. Our Senior Center also partners with local organizations to provide health screenings such as blood pressure and glucose levels and educates seniors on health care resources. The Center assists seniors with issues regarding Social Security Retirement Benefits, Disability benefits, Medicare, In-Home support services, and Veterans Benefits.  Management of the Senior Center would like to have an outdoors park-like sitting area near the Center so that users can congregate outdoors and participate in programs on cool days. And, they need a bus or large van for day trips. These are reasonable requests and Scott is working with the Senior Center to explore them.  Our Senior Center is highly regarded by our residents, and Scott Matas will make sure that it continues to receive adequate resources from the City of Desert Hot Springs so that all senior residents of Desert Hot Springs have a worthwhile home-away-from-home that they can continue to look forward to visiting.

6.  Scott is focused on quality-of-life issues.  Ask one hundred residents what would improve their quality of life and you will get 100 different answers.  But here’s a good one: Fire stations and a police force to protect us.  

The Riverside County Fire Department serves the citizens and businesses of Desert Hot Springs with two Fire Stations, one located on Pierson Boulevard, the other located on Karen Avenue, near Skyborne. As the City population grows and new homes and buildings are constructed, the need for additional Fire Stations with paramedics becomes greater and much, much more urgent. When a person stops breathing, brain damage can result in less than five minutes. Ambulance response times for calls to the east side of the City can take as long as eight minutes. Although our fire and rescue services perform superbly and heroically for us, we can no longer ignore their travel time to the east end of the City, given our rising population numbers and often-heavy traffic.

The City is making improvements to fire station 37. And, they began construction of fire station 98 in May. Fire Station 98 is a critical need for the east-end of the City, and it will save lives. The City’s new Police Dispatch (911) Center opened in February of 2023. You will be interested to know that DHS is the first city in California to go live with the new state-mandated NextGen 911 “Cloud Based Dispatch System”. Our dispatch center responded to 28,494 calls within the first six months of operation.

Supporting our first responders and securing adequate funding for increased fire services is a top priority of Scott’s. Funding is tight, but he will do his best to make sure that we have our two new fire stations that will result in even better response times, and increase the broad blanket of protection that we expect and deserve.  And, this is he best part, because Scott was a firefighter himself, he will make sure that we have the best fire stations and fire service possible, from the start.

Scott Matas loves sports and he loves recreation, and many of you know how much he supports Little League and City sports in general. Scott has made a promise to make sure that our youth and adults have safe and enjoyable parks that allow our athletes to thrive and all residents to stretch their legs, throw a ball and stay in shape. We trust him on that.  Oh, and if you are talking about quality-of-life issues, don’t forget about our state-of-the-art Recreation Center and Gym, where the City is expanding programs, or our John H Furbee Aquatics Center, both on Cholla Drive. 

Check back regularly for more and more reasons to vote for Scott Matas for Mayor.