We've just uploaded pics taken in April to the photo gallery for April, 2015. Enjoy!
We popped 'round to see how things are progressing and it looks like they are in the final stages. Menu prices have been published online for food in the main restaurant, though not yet for the bar and clearly MR. LYONS is aiming for a well-heeled clientele, which should come as a relief for nearby steak houses as that means they won't be in direct competition. The main room looks like a place to see and be seen, and perhaps will become THE place to see and be seen in Palm Springs.
We expect MR. LYONS to open in May.
We've updated our Real Estate page with the latest listings of SFRs for sale. These now show that in only four months, since we started the count, 6% of the SFRs in Tahquitz River Estates have been put on the market.
This figure is in line with another calculation we had done using information people provided on local social media website Nextdoor which showed a turnover of more than 25% of people in the neighborhood in two years and more than 50% in five years.
This matters when property developments are delayed, as is the case with the Cameron Project which was approved in 2007, and plans become outdated as, when they are eventually built, most local people have had no say about them.
In an online article published today by streetfightmag.com, a senior executive at Nextdoor talks about Nextdoor's plans for the future.
For the first time we learn:
"...It’s all about understanding where you live, and being able to chart your relationships with local organizations over time. We want to understand what school district your kids go to; whether you belong to a church; what businesses you frequent. It’s about not just understanding your relationships with other people in your neighborhood but understanding your relationships, more broadly, with these local institutions."
We came across the following scene at the corner of S. Belardo Road and W. Sunny Dunes Road, the vacant land behind The Desert Car Wash, Allens Tires and Rocky's Pawn Shop today. This site has been used as an encampment for many years.
We interviewed the owner who was on site organizing the clean-up.
He told us that the City had insisted that he clear all brush from the site and that he has been working on it for the past month or more. Although he had known that people were trespassing on his land and camping there illegally he "had not know how bad it was". He told us that under the brush people had dug down up to eight feet to create shelters.
He told us that once the clean up work started the people who had been trespassing on his land moved across the road to the land around the Rock Garden and that he was making sure that they would not return by removing all vegetation from his property.
Our page about the Rock Garden and surrounding land has been updated with further details about the ownership of the property and what needs to be done about the situation.
We have further information from the City indicating that the owners of the Cameron Project should be about two weeks away from being able to pull permits on the development.
Read the article online here.
A proposal to the Measure J Commission is being prepared for the spending of public funds raised through the Measure J supplemental sales tax on improvements to South Palm Springs, specifically the South Palm Canyon Drive Corridor running from Sunny Dunes Road to East Palm Canyon Drive.
The deadline for submission of the proposal is MAY 4TH.
If you have any ideas that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the proposal please either make them here in a comment or privately to us at YesIncludeMe@gmail.com.
Yesterday we updated our page on this local health and safety hazard with numerous photos illustrating the problems on this property.
Today we submitted the complaint shown below to the Code Enforcement office of the City of Palm Springs, (Request Number: 090051A657D3132EBCB101ED739CD392.
You can submit such complaints online here: http://www3.palmsprings-ca.gov/services/code-enforcement/
LETTER FROM THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS TO THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS ASKING FOR PERMISSION TO DEMOLISH DERELICT MAGRUDER BUILDING
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