USA Today reports that Jet Blue is going to start a service to JFK, New York on January 14th, next year, running five days a week.
Writing online Julia Prodis Sulek reports that residential water consumption throughout California in July was down by an average of 31.3%, compared with July 2013. This follows the state-wide saving in June of 27.3%.
In July the DWA for Palm Springs recorded a drop of 30% and that for the water agency for Coachella Valley recorded a 40% decline.
Read more online at dailydemocrat.com.
Thanks to the sterling detective work of Palm Springs residents and history buffs we have been able to upload two new pictures to the gallery of photos of "Twentieth Century Palm Springs".
One shows a poster for the Desert Circus held in 1939, a rare find as these posters were generally tacked to trees and disposed off.
The other is a picture of Walt Disney riding down Palm Canyon Drive as part of the parade for the 1939 Desert Circus. The streets were packed with onlookers clearly cheering the spectacle.
The campaigning group ACTION FOR IMPROVEMENT: South Palm Springs, the group that galvanized nearly 800 local people to sign a petition calling for the demolition of the Magruder building, has sent a set of questions to all candidates in the coming election regarding issues of interest to and affecting people in South Palm Springs as indicated in italics below.
QUESTIONS FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALM SPRINGS
1. SOUTH PALM SPRINGS: GENERAL ISSUES
What, if any, do you see as the problems, issues and challenges facing the residents and business owners of South Palm Springs?
2. SOUTH PALM SPRINGS: VISION
Do you have a vision for the improvement of the South Palm Springs corridor running along S. Palm Canyon Drive from Sunny Dunes to E. Palm Canyon at Sunrise? If so, what is it and what specific actions in your first year of office would you promote and support to achieve it?
3. SOUTH PALM SPRINGS: BELARDO-MESQUITE AREA
Please detail your understanding of the range of problems related to the land within the following boundaries (Belardo, Mesquite, South Palm Canyon, Sunny Dunes) and your proposed solution to these problems.
4. SOUTH PALM SPRINGS: MAGRUDER DEMOLITION
Should the City play any role in mitigating the effects of the derelict Magruder building, and if so, what should that role be?
5. SOUTH PALM SPRINGS: EXPANDED POLICING
Do you favor expanding police patrols on bikes from a downtown-only program as it is today, to a bike patrol program that extends south to Palm Canyon and Mesquite.
6. ELECTORAL REFORM
Would you favor a commission to study the benefits and costs of changing the council election system in Palm Springs to an alternative that might comprise, at least in part, district-based council elections?
7. CITY-TRIBE GOVERNANCE
What, if any, changes need to be made to the arrangement between the City and the Tribe regarding the application and administration of City ordinances?
For the purposes of this survey:
- South Palm Springs is defined as that part of the city south of Section 14.
- The “South Palm Canyon Corridor” is those businesses and residences in the vicinity of South and East Palm Canyon Drive from Sunny Dunes to Sunrise.
The responses to these questions will be published in an equitable manner for all persons interested in the elections and these issue to read what each candidate has said in reply.
Workers at the Cameron Project say that the grading work at the site that has been taking place over the past weeks is expected to come to an end today. Confirming this, the large water tanker which has been on site during the grading work was seen leaving and the amount of heavy equipment working there has diminished dramatically in the last few days.
We are told that the next step will be pipe-laying.
The fact that members of the Palm Springs City Council and Mayor are all elected as "part-time" representatives is being mentioned repeatedly now that the election for the two seats on Council and a new mayor have got under way. One Mayoral candidate was asked recently by the press how they would handle being Mayor and having another time-consuming job. The answer was that they'd cut back on the hours they put into the other job. But should they really have to choose, and is that always going to be possible?
The operating budget of the City of Palm Springs for the coming year is close to one hundred million dollars. In fact the total amount of funds associated with the City is much more than that as the operating budget doesn't include revenues associated with such enterprises as the airport.
Recently we spoke with a member of Council who mentioned that for the forthcoming City Council meeting they have been provided with a binder of over one thousand two hundred pages of information to absorb but it's surely to be expected that an expanding City with such a lot of money flowing into and out of it needs a significant amount of oversight and certainly something more than "part-time" oversight.
Is not it therefore time to consider moving from part-time elected positions, to full time ones, positions where if a Mayor or a member of Council is elected they can be expected to devote a full working day to understanding the issues, the technicalities, the nuances and the financials of the decisions that affect the lives of the full-time citizens of Palm Springs.
Items of specific relevance to South Palm Springs coming up at the next City Council meeting:
Here are the names of the six candidates currently standing for election to the City Council:
There are two Council seats available.
Here are the names of the nine candidates standing for election as Mayor of Palm Springs:
A survey regarding issues specific to South Palm Springs has been sent to each candidate mentioned above. Their responses will be publicized after September 3rd.
Some photos to update you on the Cameron project, the signage at the Rock Garden development, and a sign outside of The Escape hotel on E. San Lorenzo.
Friends sent me the picture above today with the following note:
"A sad commentary of the once proud and World-famous Oasis Hotel. Three remaining balcony rooms and the Bell tower that once overlooked a spectacular swimming pool are now boarded over and surrounded by trash containers".
To get a sense of what my friends were referring to I found online renderings of what the complete hotel had looked like by John Anthony Rivera on Flickr.
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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.