Cabazon, CA is a small unincorporated area in Riverside County between Banning and Palm Springs. Cabazon used to be a City (1955-1972) but they voted to unincorporate. Currently Cabazon is the only Community/Town to give up being a City in Riverside County. Apparently the citizens of Cabazon all 2,000 of them, were tired of the Politics, and Scandals so voted to Unincorporate back in 1972. Well, that was then and this is now.
In 1972 Cabazon didn't have a lot going for it. Nothing in the area had a lot going for it. Development was slow to come to the area, and the ones that tried got voted out. Several years ago, after Cabazon had voted not to be a City anymore Banning voted against having the Outlet Malls, and so they built them on land that is was in the unicorprorated area of Cabazon.
Tax Dollars that would have gone to Banning, and now would have gone to Cabazon have to go to the County because Cabazon isn't a City. The County has, in all due respect given a lot of money back to Cabazon in the form of Infrastructure and Renovations.
Today, Cabazon is in the process of RE-applying for Citihood. Now I wonder if having all the Development from the Morongo Reservation has anything to do with that? In addition to the new Casino that draws thousands of people to the area, you have The Arrowhead Bottling Plant, the Outlets, a new Fire station, Great Community Center and Park, and a New Elementary School . All of these have changed Cabazon, and the desire of people to buy a home in Cabazon. Families make up a Community.
Owning your own home is one of the biggest benefits to civic pride. Cabazon has many new homes, and many new families; a different community then it was in 1972. So, if you are one of the citizens of Cabazon would you want to be a City? There's always good and bad to every decision, but this one can only benefit the citizens of Cabazon in the long run. They are currently benefitting in the short-run.
By: Kathy McGraw CELLing Realty in Riverside County