Hear today's broadcast of The Osgoode File and CBS's piece by Mo Rocca about Sinatra:
We have derelict buildings in South Palm Springs along South Palm Canyon Drive.
Here's an inspiring talk by someone who did something about them in his city:
TED TALK BY THEASTER GATES.
Power poles are being replaced. We have no info on how long this will take. The photo above is looking down E. San Lorenzo at the intersection with S. Camino Real.
It may be that local (Sunrise and Tahquitz Canyon Way) supermarket Fresh & Easy is undergoing a fundamental shift in strategy (the business was sold last year so is under new ownership) as prices there seem to have gone up significantly in recent weeks. Let us know what you think if you shop there.
I'm posting below pictures of small pet food-like pellets seen this evening that dogs are eating when walked along the Wash. Most were seen in the area opposite the Aruba apartments. Local residents have reported seeing poisoned bait left out possibly intended to kill wild rodents or other wild animals, but nothing seems to be known about this for sure.
I don't know what this pet food-like stuff is but if anyone recognizes it would they please let me and others know by posting a comment here.
Last Friday Catherine Tracy died and I and very many people in Palm Springs lost a truly inspirational friend.
She was a fearless and fearsomely intelligent woman, a voracious reader, someone who understood the silliness and foolishness of her friends but who was a friend to them all nonetheless.
Last year she brought her terminally-ill former husband, Mark, to live with her so that she could care for him and after he died she plunged back into the work she volunteered to do training the Palm Springs Art Museum's new intake of docents, for the quality of which work she was not only appreciated but widely respected and admired.
That work was then interrupted by pneumonia, but only for long enough for Catherine to recover sufficiently to return to doing what she loved, embracing life through her work and friends, something she was determined illness would not prevent.
Two weeks ago she had a relapse, she was having difficulty breathing and she was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of the Desert Regional Hospital. She seemed to recover somewhat and I visited her there and we talked for what was to be the last time, although as one of her stupider friends I didn't realize that and so I talked about irrelevancies. She didn't. She knew that she might not have long and what she told me was in essence a reinforcement of what those who knew her knew about her: that she lived her life on her own terms and that fear of neither illness nor death would daunt that.
Catherine Tracy was, quite simply, one of the greatest human beings it has been my privilege to know, an incredibly sharp mind melded with an incredibly warm heart, someone who taught anyone with the wit to learn, about Life by the example of how she lived it.
Nextdoor.com was set up in 2010 and there are now quite a few online locations discussing its pros and cons.
Currently less than a quarter of the homes in Tahquitz River Estates have joined, after two and a half years. If you're thinking of joining you might want to read what other people who have joined it say about it on:
In the case of the last you must register to see the posts but unlike the others this has "insider" assessments by Leads and former Leads. Leads are the moderators of discussions on Nextdoor.com.
The City is proposing to make a grant of $250,000 to Mr. Lyons LLC, the tenants of the former Lyons English Grille, which is undergoing major renovation work. Read more about that on our Mr. Lyons Restaurant page.
A public hearing will be held during the forthcoming City Council meeting on March 18th
There's an interesting website called Glassdoor in which a company's employees can tell others what it's like to work there, helpful if you're considering a job at that company, but also helpful if you're a customer too. As Nextdoor is endorsed by the City of Palm Springs and increasingly widely used we thought it of interest to provide some background on the company that may have escaped the attention of the ordinary customer.
So, here are some customer-relevant comments about Nextdoor.com by its employees:
"Some of the practices of the managers are unethical. I was asked to lie to clients (users of the platform) several, several times... Nirav Tolia is a bit sociopathic. I think everyone knows this but no one really talks about it."
"In an environment like SF and Silicon Valley, where company culture is king, Nextdoor really falls short. There is no belief in culture and no company identity. The people at the top set a tone of insincerity. There's a blatant divide between the old and the new employees. While the mission of the product is promising, it doesn't really bleed into the culture of the company which is disappointing...there's absolutely NO community which is ironic considering the product. If this company does well, it will be because the founders care about making a buck...not because they truly care about employees or the product's mission. It's all a facade."
Yes, Include Me!... The Blog
Things that affect people in Palm Springs.
The Yes, Include Me! blog, is written by Jonathan Freeman with love, curiosity and a dose of cynicism about Palm Springs and the people who try to run it for people who live here for whatever period that may be.