- Candidate Statement
- Public Service With A Smile
- Rancho Las Palmas
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Ted Weill has been a desert resident for 16 years and was appointed to the City Council on December 20, 2012. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from Pepperdine University, graduating with honors.
Ted served in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the U.S.S. Randolph, an air craft carrier stationed in the Middle East. After completing his service, he moved to California in an executive training program with ABC Television. His passion was real estate where he formed Weill Financial Corporation. His company was involved in the development of master planned communities in California and Nevada and recreational vehicle parks. Ted has been active in banking and has taken a company public that was listed on the stock exchange.
He was Chairman of the Planning Commission where he served for six years and Co-Chairman of the Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board .
As a member of the City Council, he represents the City and is Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee to the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, Cove Communities Services Commission which includes the Joslyn Senior Center, Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), the Bighorn Institute and is a delegate to the Palm Springs Unified School District.
He is on the Sustainability Subcommittee and been active in pursuing alternate forms of energy including the installation of solar at City Hall, the library and the maintenance facility.
Ted is a member of the Special Assistance Fund (SAF) Subcommittee which directs the City in regard to charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations. He has recently introduced changes in policy to provide for the distribution of funds to a greater number of deserving organizations.
Other activities include being a delegate to the McCallum Theatre and the Convention & visitors Bureau.
His strong real estate background provides to the City Council his expertise on the Affordable Housing Design Subcommittee which includes the San Jacinto (senior units) and Monterey Village (families). He has been actively involved in coordinating the intended purchase of the Rancho Las Palmas shopping center, a major visual link to our City. He has been a major contributor to the City Council as we prepare to open the Ritz Carlton Hotel that has been closed for seven years and Section 19, 160 acres that will be the future economic engine of the City.
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce Subcommittee he coordinates with members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber related to services provided to the City.
He is a member of the Eisenhower Medical Center Subcommittee and works cooperatively with representatives of Eisenhower Medical Center to ensure an effective partnership between the Medical Center and the City.
He introduced legislation to the City Council that limited a resident member to one Commission appointment thus creating an opportunity for other residents to participate on City Commissions.
Ted was on the Board of Directors of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and his family was involved in the formation of United Cerebral Palsy. He has been a strong supporter of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Other charitable interests include the RM Public Library Foundation, Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Palm Springs Art Museum, Tolerance Education Center, Desert Aids, American Cancer Society and Braille Institute.
He has two children and five grandchildren.
It was a great honor to be unanimously appointed to the City Council to fill the vacancy created by the passing of a close friend and extraordinary human being, Gordon Moeller.
The Desert Sun - Palm Springs, Calif.
|Date:||May 17, 2013|
RANCHO MIRAGE -- Ted Weill hung around City Hall for years before being appointed to a vacant seat on the City Council last December.
But his six years on the Planning Commission and years of friendship with Rancho Mirage's electeds didn't fully prepare him, he said.
"To some extent I didn't anticipate it taking this amount of time. I used to play a game called golf," he said while sitting in his dining room, with a view of one of the Mission Hills Country Club lakes.
Life has been a whirlwind of meetings, events, appearances and research ever since as he keeps abreast of developments throughout the city. A real estate developer and investor by trade, anything to do with economic growth is of particular interest.
He's anxious to see what happens at the Rancho Las Palmas shopping center at Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive, which has struggled since losing a Vons grocery store as its anchor in 2009 and is being sold by Wells Fargo Bank, the current owner.
"The last thing we would ever consider is a swap meet or some kind of lower-end user," he said. "That center is a showplace."
Some developers who have expressed interest in the property want to tie it into The River across the street, possibly with a tunnel or bridge.
Not much further away, he says, is the reopening of the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, expected to bring in around $1.5 million in hotel tax a year.
Despite the resort's history of delays and setbacks, Weill said, "That will be open for this Halloween."
Permits have been pulled for the first two buildings in the 5 Peaks development across the street from the Rancho Mirage Public Library, he said.
Further on the horizon are Section 19 near Bob Hope Drive and Interstate 10, but once the first phase of that 268-acre tract is developed, sometime around 2016, the impact on Rancho Mirage will be huge.
"The River would fit into just a smidgen of that project," Weill said.
Best fit - he was selected from over a dozen applicants to take the council seat vacated when Mayor Pro Tem Gordon Moller died last October.
City Councilman Dana Hobart encouraged him to pursue appointment to the council.
"He's a bright fellow, a very bright fellow, and also has a great background, education and otherwise," Hobart said.
Weill went to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and came to California in 1958 to get an MBA at Malibu's Pepperdine University and to work for his uncle, who was president of ABC Entertainment.
During his early success as an ad salesman there, he began to invest in real estate on the side, and in 1963 took off to start his own company.
"What was happening in California then was, there was a population explosion at the same time there was an explosion of inflation," he said, allowing anyone who came into the industry at the right time to be enormously successful.
He went on to develop scores of residential, apartment and RV park complexes throughout the state.
He also helped organize the World Trade Bank of Beverly Hills, then stepped off the board of directors because he feared it could become a conflict of interest with his real estate activities.
Role model - Weill's grandparents had a vacation home in the Coachella Valley, and he'd spent a lot of his own vacation time here before buying his first Rancho Mirage home on Clancy Lane 16 years ago.
A short time later he was having trouble with his neighbor over a wall he was building around the house, and sought help at City Hall.
He was referred to Councilman Alan Seman.
"I was talking to him on the phone and he said, 'OK, I'll be out there in 15 minutes.' I couldn't believe that," Weill said.
Fifteen minutes later they were sloshing around in the mud around the wall, and they became fast friends.
"He was the most devoted public servant I ever met," Weill said.
Seman appointed Weill to his first term on the Planning Commission six years ago. Now Weill is modeling himself after Seman, who died in 2010, ending all of his correspondence to constituents by thanking them for giving him the opportunity to serve.
He's found satisfaction with helping residents by working out some of the smallest kinks, like a mix-up about trash pickup at one of the city's affordable housing complexes. "That's the thing that stimulates me as far as public service is concerned," he said.
The diminutive Weill, who will be 79 in July, is fond of pointing out he works out at the Mission Hills gym at 5 a.m. every morning. He lives with Jenny Barnes, his partner of 12 years and a management analyst for the city of Palm Desert. He has two children and five grandchildren.
Weill said he's planning to seek election to the seat he was appointed to when the city votes next April, as long as he still believes he's able to make a contribution to the city.
"Right now, I feel very comfortable with that," he said.
Yesterday I attended the Cove Commission where I am a Board member along with Mayor Pro Tem Iris Smotrich. The Commission represents the Cities of RM, Palm Desert and Indian Wells. The Commission is a long standing, cooperative Commission that oversees the law enforcement and fire service contracts for these communities. At yesterday's meeting, Captain Vest gave an update on law enforcement activities. That is why I invited him here today. Some have suggested that crime is up in RM. Capt Vest will share the factual statistics that show just the opposite.
Kevin Vest actually started his career in law enforcement as a beat cop in RM in the early 1980s. He is here today as the Police Chief for the three cities. It is my pleasure to welcome Captain Vest.