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OUR NEXT MEETING:  April/May 2023 - La Quinta Resort
Our mission is to empower La Quinta's residents to have a voice in city governance through leadership, advocacy and support. Our vision is to assist those committed to working together for the betterment of La Quinta and facilitate open communications on all matters that concern its residents.

There was an election for Mayor and Council a few months ago in La Quinta with our Chairman Robert Sylk and 1st Vice Chairman Richard Gray who ran a great campaign. The first were the Ads in The Desert Sun Newspaper and the second were the yard signs posted all over town along with the following factual statements some heard on Radio and seen on TV interviews.

Dear Friends: I want to share with you why Richard and I ran for Mayor and Council. We promised to be fiscally prudent with your money and we will never raise taxes or fees. We will fight for every resident of La Quinta and stand up for what is right! Each election cycle marks a time for us to begin again with both promise and potential. Even the great explorers understood - that just because a destination is not in sight doesn't mean it does not exist.

Over the years our experience with certain city statements continually show us that we are not likely to believe something just because it's what we are asked to believe, and we find it difficult when someone has fudged the facts or stretched the truth. And the falsity that we detect is that they want us pretending that something is there when nothing is there like the SRR Circus and more. Our city's growth is beyond the scope of our present leaders. That is why we need a process that would enable voters to focus on the candidate's abilities and potential without being distracted and subconsciously biased by irrelevant factors such as tenure in office. Some incumbents camouflage their incompetence with that word.We have struggled against these forces that have betrayed us. It is time this year of 2021/2022 to have new forums, like ours, to find creative solutions to our problems and challenges of which we have so many.

La Quinta was a great city and should be concerned with the total welfare of all its citizens and embrace a culture of community service. Such a city is destined for greatness. But we cannot achieve greatness alone. It is also dependent on choosing the right leaders who will give of their time toward improving life for all. We need leaders that bring a new spirit of responsibility and that is what makes good cities into great cities. Do I think it's possible for a boom here in 5 years? In my opinion the answer is YES, but only with more advanced thinkers for a "New La Quinta", and since there has been no improvement in the last four (4) years then this next November, 2022 may be out last opportunity for a long, long time.

So in closing: We all have this responsibility, that each of us has, through action and results to show that our Vision is Clear, our Values are Powerful, and our Mission is Compelling. Together we can do the Extraordinary.

Thank you, Robert F. Sylk

Robert Awarded "Certificates of Recognition" to CCOLQ Members Richard Gray, Bryan Williams, and Dante Gomez for their hard work in preparing our issues for tonight's presentation.
What a terrific meeting tonight at The La Quinta Resort from 5:30 to 8:00pm and no one left listening to Past Mayor Don Adolph rip into the present Council's decisions, Mike Hestrin the Riverside County DA, Manny Perez the County Supervisor and past Speaker of The CA House, Dante Gomez Esq on New Council Districts, Julie Makinen The Exec Editor of The Desert Sun Newspaper, The Salton Sea Directors Bryan Williams and Frank Ruiz, The Mgt Team from The Epoch Times, and the always blunt and straight talking Chairman Robert Sylk on how to improve La Quinta was the best. The Awards to Hestrin, Perez, and Makinen was met with rousing applause as well as local awards to Gomez, Gray, and Williams. All 185 guests were thrilled. Nice to see Doug Hassett, Mitch Blumberg and others attending. But of course our esteemed City Council stayed away. Next two (2) meetings will be in Oct/Nov and Dec 2019.
Robert presented with The Board of Supervisor's Proclamation Honoring Robert and the CCOLQ Organization for "fulfilling a noble and vital purpose for outstanding civic involvement to the betterment of La Quinta and best wishes for continued success".
May 23, 2018 - Left to right: Steve Wolkowicz US Congress, Chairman Robert Sylk, Joseph Johnson LQ City Council, Paula Maietta LQ Mayor, County Sheriff Stan Sniff, Secretary of State Mark Meuser, and Doug Hasset US Congress. Those not in picture who had to leave after speaking were: Gary Jeandron and Andrew Kotyuk Assembly, Glenn Miller Indio Council and District Director for Senator Stone, Andy Colgan Congressman Ruiz's Campaign Manager, Dan Ball US Congress, and the prestigious Salton Sea Scientific Education and Research Committee with COD Professor Alan Hurt and Salton Sea Program Director Frank Ruiz, and as always the special Blessing by La Quinta Chabad Rabbi Katz.
Chairman Robert Sylk presenting to Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin (on left), City Council Members Steve Sanchez (on right) & Kathleen Fitzpatrick and La Quinta City Commissioner Joseph Johnson CCOLQ's 2017 Distinguished Award for Excellence tonight 3/14/2017 with 135 in attendance. Many questions about on-going city irregularities and Prop 47. The meeting lasted from 5:45pm to 8:00pm. Check for next meetings.
Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin with County Supervisor Manny Perez to his right and Robert Sylk to his left along with 18 other candidates (9 on either side) for Federal, State, County, and local La Quinta offices (US Senate, US Congress, County Sheriff, Attorney General, State Assembly, State Senate, Riverside County DA, with 200 in attendance. Concerned Citizens of La Quinta and Sylk received Awards from the State Senate, County Supervisor and Appreciation from the District Attorney (see below). The evening went overtime as each candidate was allowed 5 minutes to speak and with Chairman Sylk's remarks followed by past Mayor Adolph, LQ Council members Fitzpatrick and Pena, the Pledge of Allegiance and Blessing from Chabad Rabbi Katz and then Q & A we adjourned at 8:15pm. A really great evening. Next one May 23rd. Sylk is sitting next to the two (2) County Sheriff's Candidates Dave Brown and Chad Bianco.
Eighty-five (85) attendees plus seven (7) candidates at The CCOLQ Candidates Forum shows Senator Jeff Stone giving the Opening Remarks. Assembly Candidate Greg Rodriguez and Chairman Robert Sylk also spoke eloquently. All seven (7) Candidates were grilled for 90 minutes and wore their bulletproof vests because of the toughness of the questions individualized for each candidate.
Dear Councilmembers Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Steve Sanchez, and Commissioner Joseph Johnson; Please accept this special invitation to participate in our monthly meeting on Tuesday March 14, 2017. As you are well aware we are a group of professionals who have formed (Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta) because we are extremely concerned about La Quinta and the Coachella Valley's future.
All Mayoral and City Council Candidates are cordially invited to attend the Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta Candidates Debate & Forum on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at The La Quinta Embassy Suites Ballroom "A" at 5:30pm. Our invited speaker for the evening's opening remarks will be Senator Jeff Stone. All candidates may bring their paraphernalia such as campaign signs, pins, buttons, business cards, flyers, etc. to set up after 1:00 pm on October 12th. If you would like a display table please let us know two (2) weeks in advance. The moderators are former Mayor Don Adolph and Criminal Attorney and Law Academy CEO John Patrick Dolan
Robert's opening remarks October 12th, 2016 at CCOLQ Candidates Forum.
Robert Sylk and US Congressman Ruiz
Discussion Group #1 of 2 (28 attending). Much was accomplished due to the involvement of our Congressman and a report on those issues affecting La Quinta will be announced publicly thru CCOLQ channels only. Unfortunately, The City of La Quinta did not attend and missed another great opportunity.
We are proud and honored today, June 21, 2016 to receive this "Award of Commendation" from The Riverside County Sheriff's Department signed by our friend Sheriff Stan Sniff.
This United States Congressional Award presented to Robert F. Sylk and The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta Organization last night this 5th day of May, 2016 by US Congressman Ruiz states "Honoring us for our commitment to the Citizens of La Quinta. Thanking us for empowering our La Quinta residents to have a voice in city governance through our leadership and advocacy and wishes for us to continue to serve our community". We are proud that our accomplishments are recognized from all areas of the Valley.
Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff's excellent presentation to our over 75 in attendance with the Q & A he was on for one hour. It was by far the best presentation we have ever witnessed with six (6) easels of information. I wish we could have filmed it for another time. We saw a passionate, dedicated, and professional public servant who knows his job inside and out, and is determined to achieve the best results possible for our public.
Sheriff Sniff receiving CCOLQ's highest Honor of Excellence from Chairman Sylk to enormous applause.
March 13, 2016
Sponsor of the "Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids" Robert Sylk with "Ronald McDonald" & Board Member Joel Johnson March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016
Ronald McDonald Volunteers giving "Thumbs-Up" to Robert
March 3, 2016
LQ Mayor Don Adolph speaking on March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016
Christian Castellanos discussing the Adams School Issue
March 3, 2016
Mona Davidson President of the DSTA
March 3, 2016
Seventy five (75) homeowners picketing in opposition in front of The LQ Embassy Suites Hotel prior and during CCOLQ's meeting awaiting Mr. Chandi's arrival at 5pm on March 3, 2016
December 9, 2015
LQ Mayor Evans addressing meeting of 150 including seven (7) City Mayors - Don Adolph, Dana Hobert, Jim Ferguson, Jan Harnick, Glenn Miller, John Pena and State Senator Jeff Stone and Assemblyman Chad Mayes' District Director Greg Wallace.
September 24, 2015
DA Mike Hestrin was terrific, John Pena and Frank Spevecek's presentation on the La Quinta City Report was right on target and The Vector Control Representatives were very informative. Mike Hestrin received the prestigious Re-Endorsement Award from Robert Sylk and CCOLQ to a standing ovation.
September 24, 2015
CV Mosquito & Vector Control District Public Information Manager Jill Oviatt and Scientific Operations Manager Jeremy Wittie, MS with their Mosquito Trapping Device.
December 9, 2015
We are honored to receive The California State Assembly Award from Assemblyman Chad Mayes on December 9, 2015 with seven (7) City Mayors and 150 in attendance.
December 9, 2015
Prestigious Award from The California Senate

April 22, 2015
LQ Middle School Meeting


May 20, 2015
Gary Martin, President of the La Quinta High School Baseball Teams, presenting to Robert Sylk and The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta their prestigious "2015 Award for Excellence" at the annual dinner on.

January 21, 2015
The La Quinta High School Wind Symphony Orchestra of 40 students who will perform at Carnegie Hall, New York City in March, 2015 honoring Chairman Robert Sylk & CCOLQ with 200 in attendance for helping to raise part of the $75,000 required for the 4 day trip.
January 21, 2015
La Quinta Artist Craig Cary presenting to Don Adolph on January 21, 2015 his Portrait that we all signed personal notes on the back frame. When Mayor Adolph was introduced the Symphony Orchestra played "Hail To The Chief" to rousing applause from the audience. This was truly a night to remember for all of us as we honored Don's 23 years of accomplishments to La Quinta.
January 21, 2015
Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff honoring Don Adolph at the CCOLQ Tribute Event
October 8, 2014
US Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz and Chairman Robert Sylk accepting The La Quinta High School Baseball Team's Award for Excellent Service to the Community of La Quinta on October 8, 2014.
October 14, 2014
Mayor Of La Quinta Don Adolph welcoming our Congressman Dr. Ruiz to our City of La Quinta and CCOLQ on Oct. 14, 2014.
September 16, 2014
Chairman Sylk presenting to Bonnie Garcia, CA Senate Candidate, and US Congressional Candidate Brian Nestande, CCOLQ's Certificate of Excellence Award at The Embassy Suites in La Quinta September 16, 2014.
September 16, 2014
Robert Sylk accepting on September 16, 2014 from Assemblyman Brian Nestande the prestigious California State Award honoring our remarkable service to the community of La Quinta, CA.
September 16, 2014
Chairman Robert Sylk with Bonnie Garcia "28th District California Senate Candidate" and September 16, 2014 CCOLQ main guest speaker at The Embassy Suites 5:30pm
September, 2014
CCOLQ is the proud sponsor of the winning La Quinta Baseball Team 2014. 6' x 12' Banner on the left field wall at Varsity Stadium.
May 14, 2014
Mr. Gary Martin, President of the La Quinta Baseball Boosters presenting to Mr. Robert Sylk and the Concerned Citizens of La Quinta Organization their "Sincere Appreciation of Your Generous Support of Our Program" Award on May 21, 2014. Sylk said "This award is a Grand Slam for us at CCOLQ and we look forward to a repeat in 2015"
March 11, 2014
Robert F. Sylk presenting to Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez and Coachella Mayor Eduardo Garcia CCOLQ's Certificate of Excellence on March 11, 2014 at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta.
March, 2014
March meeting - Chairman Sylk's opening remarks to all in attendance.
March 11, 2014
Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez presenting to Robert F. Sylk, CCOLQ Chairman of the Board, The California Legislature's "Exemplary Leadership and Significant Contributions Award" on March 11, 2014 for his distinguished service to the City of La Quinta, CA.
February, 2014
Chairman Robert Sylk presenting CCOLQ's Special Award to Executive Director of The La Quinta Arts Foundation, Christi Salamone and to Gary Tomak, President of the Board of the Desert Sands Unified School District
March, 2014
"Exemplary Leadership and Significant Contributions Award" presented Assembly V. Manuel Perez to CCOLQ.
February 11, 2014
Robert F. Sylk presenting to John Patrick Dolan President/CEO Desert College Of Law  CCOLQ's Award for Excellence. Mr Dolan will be our main guest speaker on February 11, 2014.
Robert Sylk with Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin receiving CCOLQ's prestigious Official 2014 Endorsement.

December, 2014
Chairman Robert Sylk proudly accepts for CCOLQ the County Award for Special Recognition from Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit  — with Robert F. Sylk and John J. Benoit at The Chateau At Lake La Quinta.

December 10, 2014
County of Riverside Award presented to Robert F. Sylk Chairman of The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta by Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors John J. Benoit on December 10, 2014  for their exemplary civic involvement to the City of La Quinta, CA
    October 15, 2013
October 15th, 2013  CCOLQ Meeting. Pictured left to right are guest speakers Gary Jeandron for the 42nd Assembly District and Mike Hestrin for County District Attorney, CCOLQ member past Indio Mayor and November guest speaker Glenn Miller for the new 28th Senate District and Robert F. Sylk  CCOLQ Chairman of the Board and the Representative Selective Service System Board Member for the State of California and for Riverside County.
  Robert Sylk presenting to Congressman Ruiz our Certificate of Excellence. Congressman Ruiz presented the Concerned Citizens of La Quinta with a Certificate of Appreciation
    Chairman Robert Sylk, US Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, Vice Chairman Len Whalert Representing CCOLQ after the Swearing in Ceremony.   June, 2013
Certificate of Appreciation presented to the Concerned Citizens of La Quinta by Congressman Ruiz.
January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013 CCOLQ Issues Committee meeting to discuss current and future problems facing our City of La Quinta. Fritz Bachli, Ed Ehrich, Len Wahlert, Phil Werber, Linda Gunnett, seated Dave Heckman.  Photo taken by Chairman Sylk.
February 20, 2013
Robert F. Sylk, CCOLQ Chairman presenting the CCOLQ Certificate of Excellence to La Quinta City Manager, Frank Spevacek.  Standing to the left of Frank Spevacek is Ann Muller, Staff Member for U. S. Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz.  February 20th, 2013
September 17, 2012
From left, La Quinta City Councilman Lee Osborne, Chairman of CCOLQ.Org and Mayoral Candidate Robert Sylk, Assemblyman Brian Nestande, Mike Hestrin Sr. Ass't District Attorney Riverside County, and Linda Evans La Quinta City Councilwoman at the monthly meeting of The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta of which Mr. Nestande and Mr. Hestrin were the featured speakers on September 17, 2012 and were presented with The CCOLQ Award for Excellence.
  December 11, 2012
Robert F. Sylk, CCOLQ Chairman and Phil Werber, Treasurer and Chair Elect presenting to La Quinta City Councilwoman Linda Evans CCOLQ's Award for Excellence on December 11, 2012. This spirited fast paced two (2) hour meeting with all geographical segments of La Quinta in attendance was respectfully conducted as one to remember because of the Councilwoman's patience and preciseness and extraordinary way she has in answering all questions posed. Picture taken by 1st Vice Chair Len Wahlert.
July, 2012
Robert Sylk presenting to Lee Osborne on behalf of The CCOLQ Membership our Official Letter of Endorsement for La Quinta City Council 2012.  Witnessing this Citation and in attendance were The Executive Committee Of CCOLQ and guests including Barry Smith, past City Commissioner Howie Long, the past Mayor of LQ John Pena, the present Mayor of LQ Don Adolph, along with the LQ Chamber of Commerce Chair Mark Moran, Indio City Councilman Sam Torres, past Chair of Republican Party Bob Richmond, LQ Chief of Police Frank Taylor, and Guest Speaker Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff.
August, 2012
Robert Sylk presenting to Kristy Franklin on behalf of The 411 Members of The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta our Official Letter of Endorsement for La Quinta City Council 2012.
July, 2012 Meeting
Robert Sylk  CCOLQ Chairman and La Quinta Mayoral Candidate presenting Corky Reynaga-Emett with The Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta Endorsement for the 56th Assembly District 2012 at the East Valley Woman's Republican HQ's in Indio, CA.
July, 2012 Meeting
CCOLQ Chairman, Robert F. Sylk, and Riverside County Sheriff, Stanley Sniff.  Presentation of CCOLQ Certificate of Appreciation.
    June 19, 2012 Meeting
CCOLQ Chairman Robert Sylk on left shown with Lew Stewert and Lorraine Salas,  Les Johnson, Planning Director City Of La Quinta and Deb Ehrich speaking to 134 in attendance at the June 19th, 2012 meeting of the CCOLQ.
  May, 2012 Meeting
Chairman Robert Sylk presenting to John Henry, Riverside County Prosecutor and Superior Court Judge Candidate the prestigious CCOLQ Award for Outstanding Service. On Mr. Henry's left is CCOLQ's Treasurer Phil Werber and Event Chair Irene Werber and Executive Board Secretary Len Wahlert. On Mr. Sylk's right is Deb Ehrich Secretary with husband Ed, Chairman of the CCOLQ Southeastern Communities Committee. Mr. Henry in 45 minutes won all of us over with his professionalism and articulation of his knowledge of the legal system in Riverside County. He has our full support.
    May 8, 2012 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman, presenting the CCOLQ  "Award for Excellence" on May 8, 2012 to Christi Salamone, Executive Director of The La Quinta Arts Foundation for the most decisive speech and explanation on the wonderful contributions that the LQAF adds to our community. Thank you from us all for  clarifying all questions posed. You are a person to be admired and you have the Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta Organization's full respect. Picture taken by Vice Chair Kevin Darcy.
  La Quinta's 30th Anniversary Celebration
CCOLQ Founder, Robert Sylk, Ed Ehrich and Len Wahlert are busy at work helping the community of La Quinta.
    March 13, 2012 Meeting
Robert Sylk presenting to former La Quinta Mayor, John Pena and La Quinta Historian Mark Moran The CCOLQ  Award on March 13, 2012.
  April, 2012 Meeting
Superior Court Judge candidate Michael J. Kennedy receiving from Robert Sylk The CCOLQ Award of Recognition for a well received presentation on his platform.
    April, 2012 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta, with Riverside County Supervisor, John Benoit, presenting the CCOLQ Certificate of Recognition.
  March 13, 2012 Meeting
Ellen Swensen, Riverside County Chairman for the Election Integrity Project receiving CCOLQ's Chairman Robert Sylk  the Award of Excellence for her presentation on election fraud on March 13, 2012.
    April, 2012 Meeting
Chairman Robert Sylk is in center of picture with John Benoit seated at the right.  CCOLQ was very pleased to have Supervisor John Benoit and Darin Schemmer, Mr. Benoit’s, Communications Director, attend our meeting. John is the Riverside County Supervisor representing the Coachella Valley. Mr. Benoit reviewed many of the legislative issues that he has addressed from his days in Sacramento and his new assignment in the County of Riverside. CCOLQ appreciated the detail and numerous other issues that he presented. The major CCOLQ issue addressed to John Benoit during the meeting was presented on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Trilogy regarding the odors from the CA BIO/Mass Plant. This meeting was attended by 53 of our 217 members consisting of a past LQ Mayor, one City Council member, two past City Commissioners, a LQ Historian, a Past Republican County Chairman, a Superior Court Judge Candidate, two LQ Chamber of Commerce Board Members as well as the Chairwoman of the CCOT Concerned Citizens Of Trilogy La Quinta.
  February, 2012 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta, with ccolq member Wilma Mills, presenting to Mr. Greg Burton, Executive Editor of The Desert Sun the prestigious CCOLQ award for excellence and recognition in his, and The Desert Sun's, devotion to issues of great importance to La Quinta and the East Valley. Mr. Burton's appearance on a rare rain filed evening in La Quinta inspired all of us, and especially Mr. Burton, who braved these last minute weather conditions to hear a truly remarkable man speak about his life and his insights for our future, and for that, and showing all of us his truly down to earth demeanor we applauded him with the utmost of respect. Thank you Mr. Burton, please stay in this lovely Valley. We need more like you!
    January 10, 2012 Meeting
Kristy Franklin, (center) La Quinta City Council Member, receiving the prestigious Concerned Citizens Of La Quinta Certificate of Excellence Award by Chairman Robert F. Sylk and Board Secretary Len Whalert for her wonderful speech about our City's future and Q & A for two hours at the January 10, 2012 general membership meeting. Kristy was much appreciated with a standing ovation at the conclusion. This was truly an evening to remember.
  December 13, 2011 Meeting
Chairman Robert F. Sylk with Treasurer Phil Werber presenting The CCOLQ special Certificate of Excellence Award to La Quinta City Councilwoman Terry Henderson on Dec. 13th, 2011
    November, 2011 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta, along with  (from left) Chris Chmielak, General Manager, Lake La Quinta Inn; Len Wahlert, Board Secretary; John Falconer, Finance Director, City of La Quinta; and Marv Landon, CCOLQ Member, presenting to John Falcomer, Finance Director of The City of La Quinta, their special Certificate Of Recognition and Appreciation for a well received presentation with very responsive questions and answers on a wide variety of topics.
  October, 2011 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of the Concerned Citizens of La Quinta presenting Special Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation - to President/CEO David Archer of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce for a well-received presentation and Q & A. David demonstrated the highest of integrity and respect in his answers and we thank him for his time and patience. Other present in the picture from left to right: Wilma Mills, Barry Spence, Robert Sylk, Lance Dawson, Ann Kosich, David Archer, and E. J. Rummel.
  September, 2011 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta, along with Board Treasurer Phil Werber, at left, and Board Secretary Len Wahlert at right, presenting to Edie Hylton, Director of Community Services of The City of La Quinta, their special Certificate Of Recognition and Appreciation for a well received 1 hour speech and Q & A meeting. Edie Hylton gave a comprehensive overview of her department's activities and we thank her for her time and for answering our questions.
  July, 2011 Meeting
Robert F. Sylk, Chairman of The Concerned Citizens of La Quinta, along with Board Secretary Len Wahlert, and City Commissioner Andrea Spirtos, presenting to Mr. Tom Genovese, City Manager of The City of La Quinta, their special Certificate Of Recognition and Appreciation for a well received 1 1/2 hour speech and Q & A meeting. Mr. Genovese showed the highest of integrity and respect in his answers and we thank him for his time and unwavering patience.


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