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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAStarting now, the regular Tuesday night Desert Hot Springs City Council meetings can now be viewed online at the city’s website. Deputy City Clerk Jerryl Soriano gave a brief demonstration during the meeting, also explaining how past meetings and minutes could also be viewed. “It’s amazing technology that we’re introducing to the city,” he said. “It brings us to date with what the other cities are doing.” By visiting, one could click on the same links that access the city council agendas, and with either Windows Media Player or Silver Light, the videos could be

streaming live or replayed days later. The earliest videos that have been published so far are the December 2009 meetings. “While we reach a lot of people with the cable access, there are people coming from San Diego who could check it on their computer,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. He also explained how other areas of the city government are now going paperless, thus reducing some overhead. The City Council meetings are also available on Time Warner Cable Channel 17 (without a digital receiver) or on Channel 123 with a digital receiver.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAComing up at Mission Springs Park in February are some major soccer events, courtesy of the Desert Hot Springs AYSO. On February 4th through the 6th and on February 11th through the 13th, 68 different teams are coming to the park, which equal to about 2,500 people coming to visit. The games begin on February 24th and the 28th, which will be the all-star tournament. “All of February we will have no less than 8,000 people coming into this town. They will be here. Another thing is, we are having a spring season this year, we are the only one in the valley hosting one,” said Roger Rice, president of the Desert Hot Springs AYSO. “We thank you for that park. It’s always packed on

Saturdays and if you come in February, you will not be able to find a parking space.” The DHS AYSO has been around since 1986. They are the only region in the Coachella Valley to receive the Platinum Award six times (2004-2009). Over 200 volunteers take part in this chapter. For more information, visit

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DHS Gets Into Shape: Mayor Encourages Participation In Desert Fitness Challenge Jasen Simpson, Laura Green and Mayor Yvonne Parks BY LESLIE ANDREWS

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CADesert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks, joined by City Councilman Karl Baker, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Matas and City Manager Rick Daniels took part in the 2010 Desert Fitness Challenge kick-off at Mission Springs Soccer Park on Wednesday. A few but enthusiastic members of the community took part in walking clockwise twice around the park, thus marking one mile. “The Desert Fitness Challenge offers the residents the opportunity to support the youth in our community,” said the Mayor. “When we win this year’s Challenge, we will have the bragging rights of being the healthiest and most fit city in the valley. It could mean a $100,000 fitness center for one of our local schools.” Mayor Parks, or at least one

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member from the City Council will walk with the community every Wednesday at 2:00 at Mission Springs Park. On Saturdays, there will be a DHS City Walk at 10:00 a.m. at the same location. This will go on until May 31, 2010. To take part, go to DesertFitnessChallenge. When you sign up, you will be asked to dedicate your physical activity to one of the local schools in Desert Hot Springs. Every day of physical activity, including visits to any local gym, that is recorded will count towads that school’s efforts to win prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100,00 and towards the city’s record. “As we heard into 2010 and make our New Year’s resolutions, please join me in making a resolution to be active, healthy and fit,” said Mayor Parks. “Do it for yourself, the city and for our kids.”

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Quilts In Public Places BY STAFF DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALocal activist and Relay For Life organizer Rossie Stobbs has her entire quilt collection up for display at the Carl May Center this month. Actually, some of these quilts were made by her grandmother and her mother, as well as by Ms. Stobbs herself, who took up quilting ever since she began working for the city of Desert Hot Springs in 1997.

Christmas Store Results In Serving Over 400 Families During Holiday Season

“I don’t want them to end up at Angel View Thrift Store, I want them to stay in the family,” she explained.


Since she has no children, Ms. Stobbs considers Desert Hot Springs her family.

Volunteers Needed to Count Bald Eagles

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San Bernardino, CA - Volunteers are needed to help the Forest Service count bald eagles this winter in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains! Volunteers will be stationed at various vantage points around the mountain lakes, where they map and note any eagle observations during a 1-hour period on a Saturday morning. This is the 31st year that the San Bernardino National Forest has organized monthly winter bald eagle counts. Three remaining bald eagle counts for this winter are scheduled for the following Saturday mornings: January 9, February 13, and March 13. Mark your calendars now. Volunteers will be needed for each census. Volunteers need not have experience--just bring binoculars, a watch, and dress warmly. Concurrent Bald Eagle counts are held at Big Bear Lake, Baldwin Lake, Little Green Valley Lake, Lake

Gregory, Lake Arrowhead, Lake Silverwood, and Lake Hemet. Observers are stationed around the mountain lakes for a simultaneous 1-hour census/mapping effort once a month December through March. Through this method, the Forest Service has aquired information about areas eagles use and fluctuations in population numbers. The San Bernardino Mountains support the largest wintering bald eagle population in Southern California. Eagles typically begin arriving in the area in late November and continue to stay in the area until early April. Numbers using the Big Bear Basin have fluctuated over the past 22 years, from lows of 6-7 to highs of 35-40 individuals. In the early 1990s, the Forest Service conducted a research project to learn more


DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAThis past Christmas, Grace Church of Desert Hot Springs served over 400 families (a total of 2075 people) with plenty of presents, food and family portraits. Pastor Bruce Montgomery and Christmas Store organizer Patrice Kimbler had everybody to thank during the Tuesday night City Council meeting. “The chamber did a wonderful job in collecting presents,” said Montgomery. “The leftover toys were given out on Wednesday (before Christmas) during the community party.” A total of 50 volunteers took part in the Christmas Store in 2009, as there were three locations throughout the Coachella Valley, located in Desert Hot Springs, Indio and Mecca. There were plenty of gifts for family members of all ages, including clothing for the adults. Personal shoppers were provided to each family who took part. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve Desert Hot Springs,” said Kimbler. “I look forward to more events.”

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about what areas in the mountains are important for eagle foraging, perching, and night roosting. Fifteen eagles were caught and equipped with tiny radio-transmitters that allowed us to track their movements. Through radiotracking, we learned that some of the same individual eagles return to the San Bernardino Mountains year after year. We also determined that there is a lot of movement of eagles between the different mountain lakes and that the lakes do not have distinctive separate populations— the eagles regularly move between Silverwood, Big Bear, and Arrowhead lakes. We have also learned that some of the San Bernardino Mountains’ eagles travel to Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Canada. Scientists at Lake Silverwood also equipped some bald eagles with transmitters tracked by satellites. Some of those eagles were tracked all the way to Alberta and the Northwest Territories in Canada where they probably nested. That is about 2,000 miles one-way! Information regarding bald eagle migratory routes for these and other California eagles can be viewed from the University of Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group’s web site at HYPERLINK “http://www2.ucsc. edu/~scpbrg/migration.htm” www2.ucsc. edu/~scpbrg/migration.htm. Breeding populations of bald eagles in Southern California were extirpated by the late 1950s. Until reintroduction efforts began in the 1980s on Catalina Island, the southern-most nest site known in California was in Lake County. Since 2003, a pair of bald eagles has successfully fledged babies several times at Lake Hemet! Potential nesting habitat exists on National Forest lands near all of the lakes in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Forest Service will continue to monitor these areas in the spring for future nesting attempts. The bald eagle is a success story of the Endangered Species Act – through protection under that law, its populations have recovered from the brink of extinction. Bald Eagles are no longer considered an Endangered or Threatened

species. They still have full protection under the Bald Eagle Protection Act. Captive breeding programs, reintroduction efforts, the banning of DDT, and public education have all helped in the recovery of this species. Catching a glimpse of our breathtaking national symbol is relatively easy during winter months in Big Bear. There are some fantastic opportunities for excellent closeup photographs too. Just

look in the tallest trees around the lake near open water for perching eagles. Or, if the lake is partly frozen, look for eagles perched on the ice near small groups of ducks using the open water. Stop by the Forest Service’s Big Bear Discovery Center (on North Shore Drive, 1-1/2 miles west of Stanfield Cutoff) and pick up a handout on eagles. Remember that human presence may distract or disturb the eagles - so, try to limit your movements and don’t make loud noises when they’re nearby. If possible, remain in your car while looking at eagles - the car may act as a blind. Bald Eagle count volunteers for the Big Bear Lake area should come to the Forest Service Big Bear Discovery Center on North Shore Drive at 8:00 a.m. for


instructions. Volunteers for the Lake Arrowhead area should go to the Sky Forest Ranger Station at 8:00 a.m.. For more information, please call Meghan Pawlowski, Wildlife Biologist at the Big Bear Ranger Station 909-382-2600x4019, or Drew Farr, Wildlife Biologist at the Big Bear Ranger Station 909-382-2816. Volunteers for Silverwood Lake State Park should contact the park office for information during business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at 760-389-2303, and plan to meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Lake Silverwood State Park is also conducting Bald Eagle Barge Tours on weekends during the months of January and February, for reservations which need to be made in advance please contact the park office at 760-389-2281. Volunteers for Lake Hemet should contact Matt McDonald at 909-3822933 and plan on meeting at the Lake Hemet Grocery Store at 8:30 a.m. for intructions. To welcome and celebrate the eagles in Big Bear, the Forest Service and San Bernardino National Forest Association also invite you to participate in Eagle Season. A Discovery Tour to view bald eagles will be held on January 16th. The tours consist of an introductory slide show and a tour bus ride around Big Bear Lake to look for eagles. Call ahead at 909-382-2790 for reservations and information. In addition, several presentations about bald eagles will be conducted at the San Bernardino National Forest Discovery Center in December, January, and February – call for the dates and details. For additional information about the San Bernardino National Forest, please visit: sanbernardino/” sanbernardino/


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RELAY FOR LIFE OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS May 1 & 2, 2010,at Desert Hot Springs High School


It’s 24 hours you’ll never forget. Relay for Life is a 24-hour team event to fight cancer. It raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises money to support the programs and services of the American Cancer Society. Here’s how it works: A team captain gets together some of his or her closest friends, family and co-workers and forms a team. The team members go out and collect contributions prior to the event. Relay for Life is the celebration party at the end of the fundraising. Come Relay Day: Participants grab their tents and chairs and head to the Relay for Life. It’s like a community campout. People pitch their tents on the field, and take turns walking around the track. One tam member is always on the track representing the team for the 24 hours. Relay for Life is not just about honoring Survivors; it’s about empowering them to fight back against cancer. The first lap at the Relay is special … it’s the Survivors’ Lap. Cancer survivors are invited to walk the first lap. It’s very emotional and hopeful to see how many people DO survive cancer. In the evening: there is a Luminaria Ceremony. White bags with sand and a candle line the track. Each one is dedicated IN HONOR OF a cancer survivor, or IN MEMORY OF those who have lost their battles. Luminarias encircle the track and light the way as Relay participants walk through the night. It’s special: Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event. It allows us to honor cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost, educate the community on early detection and prevention of cancer, and raise much-needed funds for our community programs and services. Why 24 hours? We are asking you to give one day out of your life for those who may not have another. There are similarities between the Relay For Life and what a cancer patient goes through: It may get hot during the day and you may feel like quitting. But you keep walking. It may get windy and cold at night and it may even rain. But you press on…knowing that the sun will come up and it will be a new day.

WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS FIGHT. For more information, please contact Relay Event Chair, Rossie Stobbs at (760) 333-4811, or Team Development Chair, Dot Reed at (760) 835-4576 or check out our website at

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a o d o t g n i o g e r If you’ r i a f e b t s a e l t report card, a

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any people have been grading President Obama lately. This was mostly caused by an interviewer asking him to grade his first years performance. I worked on the Obama campaign. I am not a neutral party in making any judgment on how he has done. However, I think the truth lies somewhere between the B+ he gave himself and the F given him by many from the right. Let’s go from general to specific. First, his poll numbers. The right fails to see a problem in their analysis of President Obama’s poll numbers. I believe the President has lost much of his support because he has not done enough. Not too many people who voted against the President in the election have changed their minds. They still don’t like him. The shift has come because his supporters believe he has compromised too much and not gone ahead with the promises made to the left. He gave away single payer immediately. He allowed Republicans to add hundreds of amendments to bills as a method of gathering support, and he continuously negotiates with himself in order to seem more middle of the road. If the healthcare bill is passed, financial regulation is pushed through, and global warming is addressed I think most people will return to the fold. Let’s talk about jobs. Most of the job losses we’ve suffered in this recession occurred on the previous administration’s watch. The Republicans are betting it all that there will be no improvement in

employment. It appears that in November the economy actually gained jobs for the first time in two years. Remember, Obama has only been in office for one year. The largest portions of the bill in play now were tax cuts. These cuts were inserted into the bill as a method of getting Republicans to vote for the stimulus. The Republicans, if you remember, wanted tax cuts to be the focus of any attempt to pull the county out of recession. The Democrats wanted to spend more money on infrastructure and direct job creation. Now, the Republicans scream the stimulus didn’t work, even though the majority of the spending that has taken place was their tax cuts. Oh, I forgot. The Republicans voted against the bill even after the tax cuts were included. Now let’s talk about healthcare. I agree it is a mess. The question is why? Instead of looking at many successful healthcare systems in the world and putting together a system that combines our strengths with theirs, we tried to cobble together a program by rearranging a system that doesn’t work at all. I don’t believe moving the furniture around will help this. Trying to get everyone covered is a good goal. But, to focus on only insurance companies and ignore the exponential growth in hospital and pharmaceutical costs does nothing to contain cost. However, for 60 years we have tried to do something to improve our healthcare system. I hope this finally is a start. Security is another area the right focuses on. It takes a real short memory

to criticize the President here. The former Vice President, in his attacks, seems to forget that at this time in his administration we had suffered the most deadly attack since Pearl Harbor. Much has been made of a passenger who got on board a plane in a foreign country with a bomb that mostly set his pants on fire. On 9/11 four planes that took off from our own airports, piloted by terrorists who had learned to fly in our country, were flown into various buildings killing thousands of people. Our response at that time was to unite behind an administration that went to war with the wrong country, destroyed the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and through the use of torture and indefinite imprisonment, succeeded in making our country a recruiting tool for those who wish us ill. It takes a lot of guts for a man who spent most of those days underground to label security as one of the weaknesses of this administration. Let’s look at a few other areas. The market is up 65%. The banks have survived. We are focused on the countries where terrorism has its roots rather than the takeover of an oil rich state. The world is starting to work with us rather than viewing us as a bunch of easily misled hicks. Finally, I do believe the Nobel Peace prize was at best premature, and at worst a joke. Hopefully after eight years President Obama will deserve that prize. Right now I give him a C, with the possibility of improvement.


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Former 3 time DHS Mayor Matt Weyuker


If you’re old enough to remember World War II movies, you may recall some battle-weary GI asking how the “Brooklyn” Dodgers were doing – and some guy with a “Brooklyn accent” pugnaciously saying, “Who wants ta know?” I just finished reading “Rhubarb In The Cat Bird’s Seat,” the autobiography of Red Barber, who for 15 years was the “voice” of the Brooklyn Dodgers, first on radio, and later on TV. I’m now reading the biography of Vin Scully, “Pull Up A Chair.” Vin Scully was at one time Red Barber’s apprentice, and has been the Dodger announcer for 60 years. These two very successful men had a number of things in common. Both Barber and Scully came from humble beginnings. Walter Lanier “Red” Barber was born in Mississippi. When his railroader father needed to move to a small Florida town to find work when Red was 8 years old, the family pulled up roots and moved. Red had a relatively hard childhood, working his way thru high school and college. He took all sorts of jobs while attending Florida State University in Gainesville –

including cleaning a professor’s office and home, and making time to play freshman football, and later broadcasting the school’s football games on its radio station. Red Barber had a religious background, and called upon his Christian faith time and again to see him thru some of life’s rough times. Vincent Edward Scully was born in the New York borough of the Bronx to two legal immigrants from Ireland. At the age of 5 years of age, he lost his dad. Vin’s mom remarried when he was 8 years old. They then moved to the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. He too had a tough upbringing, his stepdad became a doorman to a swanky apartment building – but Vin’s strong Catholic faith gave him the courage to climb out of his poor surroundings. He wound up attending a Jesuit high school and college – Manhattan’s Fordham University. Young Vinny worked as a newspaper and western union delivery boy in high school. Red Barber hired Vin Scully right of college to be his sidekick and fellow Dodger games announcer in 1950, and they had the deepest respect

and admiration for each other – Vin is about to begin his 61st year doing Dodger broadcasts. These two individuals are the embodiment of what it means to be an American. Both Barber and Scully were poor, ambitious, worked hard to get an education, and held a strong belief in God. They took advantage of whatever breaks came their way, and they have helped others along the way. What other country would offer two boys from the wrong side of the tracks the opportunity to get an education, believe in themselves and their God to climb out of their humble beginnings to attain the level of success that they achieved? The opportunities to achieve our dreams, in this great country, the United States of America, is still obtainable – based on our freedom to think, speak, dream, work, and worship God – And Rightly So.

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Tour de Palm Springs announces Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy cycling skil s camp for women ages 30+ February 10-12th – Registration deadline: January 15th. 

Get ready for the Tour de Palm Springs with Olympic Gold Medalist and current World Champion cyclist Kristin Armstrong. In the three days before the Tour, Armstrong will host a cycling skills camp developed just for women. Any female rider 30+ is invited to come and spend a few sunny days of personal development in a fun, supportive all-female environment. Spend Wednesday through Friday getting more comfortable on your bike and improving your skills with a mix of on- and off-the-bike activities and lifestyle tips tailored to women. Sign up with a friend or two—evenings are free for socializing. Register early, space is limited.

When: Wednesday 2/10, through Friday, 2/12, 2010 Where: Palm Springs, CA Who: Women road cyclists ages 30+ What’s included: Daily training and instruction Lunch daily

Nutritional food – water, drink mix and snacks Kristin Armstrong Academy T-shirt Goodie bag Does not include: travel, lodging, breakfast, dinner or entry fee to Tour de Palm Springs. Registration fee:  $500 Learn more and register at emails:

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2010 Census - Cautions from the Better Business Bureau

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers, by Susan Johnson With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than  140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.  The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:  ** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  However, you should never

invite anyone you don’t know into your home.

information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. 

AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING THIS INFORMATION.. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau. 

REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.  While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.  The Census Bureau will not ask for Social  Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations.  Any one asking for that

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit 

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Shooting Leaves Two Injured In Palm Springs BY VIKI LAWSON

PALM SPRINGS, CA- Two people have been injured by gunfire on Tuesday in Palm Springs in the area of Ramon Road and Vella Road. At approximately 3:00 PM, the Palm Springs Police Department received a report of shots fired in the mentioned area. Witnesses report that the occupant of a dark-colored vehicle got out of the vehicle while stopped for a red light. The suspect then fired multiple rounds at a white Cadillac that was also stopped for the red light, striking the driver and a passenger in the Cadillac. Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries and were able to drive themselves to Desert Regional Medical Center, where they are


both being treated. The relationship between the victims and the suspect is not known at this point. The Cadillac has been located by the Palm Springs Police Department and is currently being processed for evidence. Detectives are looking for anyone with information pertaining to this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Palm Springs Police Department at (760)323-8115 or Crimestoppers at (760)341-STOP. The Ramon Road and Vella Road intersection reopened later Tuesday evening after it had been closed for several hours.

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Opening Night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Mariah Carey ~Photos by Pat Krause


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Darryl McDonald and Jackie Lee Houston

The premiere showing of the film “The Last Station” was the official start of the 21st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival’s 14-day run. This film is about the life of Leo Tolstoy, the famous Russian author and revolutionary. The story encompasses the reflection on the last year of his life. Comments from moviegoers gave this film a huge review. One guest said it was the best film she had ever seen. Of course, when you have actors like Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren in the film, it can only be a hit. Their chemistry on film is so great that I expect they will be nominated for an Oscar or a Golden Globe award.

Other notables attending were Arthur and Patty Newman, Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler, Leanna Bonamici and guest, songwriter Carol Connors, singer Elaine Paige and local celebrity photographer Michael Childers plus many others. Festival Chairman Harold Matzner and MacDonald spoke to the ticket holders prior to the showing of the film to give an update as to events occurring in recent days from the Awards Gala to the withdrawal of the Chinese films. One TV crew on the Red Carpet was there solely for the purpose of hearing comments on the Chinese withdrawal and the Festivals response.

The evening turned out to be special as the one of the actors in the film, Paul Giamatti, walked the Red Carpet along with the director, Michael Hoffman and the producer, Bonnie Arnold. Photographers and interviewers kept them busy and TV crews filmed the event. Sponsors of the Festival, Jackie Lee Houston and Richard M. Milanovich and his family, also walked the Red Carpet along with the Palm Springs Film Festival Officials. Program Director Helen Du Toit, Festival Director Darryl MacDonald and Carl Spence were on hand to greet the film celebrities.

The opening night event is always sold out early as a party after the film at the Palm Springs Art Museum makes tickets a premium. Buffet lines of gourmet foods served approximately 1,000 people. Filmgoers, sponsors, Festival producers, directors and other well-known local faces attended this kickoff party. For more about opening night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, go to


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Anthony Lapaglia Photo By Pat Krause STORY AND PHOTOS BY PAT KRAUSE The 21st Palm Springs Film International Festival hosted an Australian Film Day, entitled “G’Day USA.” This day showcased new Australian cinema with many new films from Down Under. The Festival partnered with G’Day USA, the Australian ConsulateGeneral in Los Angeles and Tourism Australia. This Australian Day served as a kick-off for weeklong Australian festivities in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and New York. Films from Australia screened in all the theaters from 11:30 in the morning to 7:30 that night. The day ended with a huge party at the Viceroy in Palm Springs. The Viceroy put up huge tents with tables, entertainment, bars and a buffet table. The tent was even heated, as this was an outdoor event. The Viceroy did an extraordinary job hosting this fabulous party.

Celebrity actors, directors and producers walked a green carpet and posed in front of a panel advertising all the sponsors for the party. Some of the most notable actors were Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward and Anthony LaPaglia. Ward was here not as an actress but as a first-time director of the film “Beautiful Kate.” This was a controversial film that took her several years to produce. She did an outstanding job of creating the demons that control people; the guilt and emotional turmoil people can face from prior actions and the secrets they hold. Bryan Brown acted in this film, as they had worked together several times in films as actors. She felt he was a natural talent to play this part. LaPaglia was the last to walk the green carpet. All the celebrities gave

interviews, talked to guests inside the tent and listened to comments of their films. Networking in the industry was evident as producers and directors talked with others in the entertainment field. Some of the Australian films will be screened throughout the festival. These are must-see films as Australia is emerging as a major film industry. They showcase such artistic talent in producing, directing and bringing new actors into the limelight. For more about Australian Day at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, go to

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G’Day USA at the Viceroy ~Photo By Pat Krause



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DHS Braces Itself For Possible Budget Shortfall


DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CACity leaders from the city of Desert Hot Springs are prepared to see a smaller amount of revenue than originally anticipated, due to a few million dollars being taken from the state of California. City Manager Rick Daniels stated that the actual figures of shortfall have yet to be determined, but will be discussing them on Saturday at a goal setting session held at the Henry Lozano Community Center at 9:00 a.m. However, he stated that major projects for the city, like the Streetscape, the Downtown Façade and the World Music and Wellness festival have already been funded. Reports say that at this Saturday session, there will be talks about financial goals and ways to trim spending, which could spell layoffs for a few workers. However, Councilman Karl Baker stated, “At this point in time, I do not know but it would not surprise me if the number is twice that (of what Mayor Yvonne Parks reportedly thought would be a million dollar

deficit.)” He made clear that he did not say that the city was in a $2 million dollar deficit, as was reported previously on Monday. Baker also said that the city will not dwell so much on the budget deficit, but rather on financial goal setting during this special session. “We’re still working on everything. If we try to get into details on Saturday, we won’t get into goals,” he added. Councilman Russell Betts was not approached about any budget shortfall. He still believes that the city budget is balanced. He said, “Until I see the budget numbers, I don’t know what the city’s financial picture is. We’re pretty good about keeping a balanced budget and I’m pretty sure we could work out any shortfalls, because revenues are dropping.”

and four were layoffs. So far, there are no plans to cut any positions from the Police Department, like which was done back in 2006. Plus, neighboring cities like Cathedral City, Palm Desert and Indio have also had to make some budget cuts, trimming far more than what Desert Hot Springs has had to work with.

Reports also say that the city had cut 15 positions, of which 11 were vacant

City to Discuss Safe Housing Program For Next Two Weeks BY STAFF DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CAOn Monday, city leaders in Desert Hot Springs met to discuss the Safe Housing Program, which they will be voting on during the latter February city council meeting. Since 1969, there has been an ordinance regulating safe housing in the Desert Hot Springs code books. What this proposed ordinance will do is override that with several updates. City leaders would like to have a public committee to help review the plans before the city votes on it on February 16th. “We plan to take this to the Public Safety Commission on Thursday,” said City Manager Rick Daniels. “We’re asking to release this to the general public for discussion for the next two weeks.” This item was first discussed in

November 2009, when the council voted to support the draft ordinance and obtain input from the city’s Public Safety Commission. During the first council meeting in December, members of the public came out to request that more time be given to the issue and therefore, the City Council voted to extend their decision to be made during the latter February meeting. Many property owners came out in December to say that the ordinance was unfair to those who lived out-of-state and for those who kept a good record of maintaining their properties. City staff has discovered that Desert Hot Springs had an ordinance dating back to 1969, but it was never codified. There will be modifications made, like the 2007 California and International Fire Code, where inspections are already required

for apartments, hotels and motels. There will still be inspections from the Code Enforcement and Building Department. Plus, property owners will be requested to attend a City “Crime Free Mutli-Housing Program”, have the city conduct a site visit and allow for suggestions, plus have the city also meet with tenants, advising them how to protect themselves. The fiscal impact associated with the implementation of this ordinance are in an amount reasonably necessary to recover the costs and expenses incurred by the city, ranging from $125 to $208 per unit, as mentioned in a staff report. The original fees back in 1969 were ranging from $2 to $10 per unit. Stay tuned to Desert Local News for more details on Thursday.

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Valley Volunteers for the Republican Party to be Honored Grassroots Awards slated for Feb. 27 Nine outstanding local leaders will be in the spotlight for a luncheon Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Palms Country Club in Indio. “We’re set for an exciting election year and these Grassroots Awards recipients are testament to the commitment and strength of Republican leadership here in the Coachella Valley,” said Randy Morton, president of the Coachella Valley-Heritage Palms Congress of Republicans (CV-HPCR). The Grassroots Awards is held roughly every three years and the event celebrates exceptionally hardworking individuals selected by the nine Republican clubs of the Valley. “The 2010 recipients represent a broad array of talents and backgrounds,” said Morton. “But more importantly, their efforts reveal the passion and commitment for Republican ideals and principles. Alphabetically, the recipients are: Darlene Casella a freelance writer, former teacher, stockbroker and activist. She is past president of Rancho Mirage Republican Women, Federated and a delegate to the State of California Republican Women, Federated. Johnny Hildreth has held several offices for, and currently is, the treasurer of Log Cabin Republicans in Palm Springs. He also serves as secretary to the Republican Organizing Committee of the Desert, known as “The ROC of the Desert.” Barbara Johnson has held the presidency of Desert Hot Springs Republican Women, Federated since 2005. She is credited with rejuvenating the 50-year-old DHS club and building membership to record levels. A retired drama and speech teacher, she is also known for her work for the Desert Theater League that oversees 105 productions Valley-wide annually. Betty Kuntz is a retired RN who is being honored for co-founding the Heritage Palms Congress of Republicans and merging two organizations into the Coachella Valley-Heritage Palms Congress of Republicans. Kuntz is also active in Southwest Community Church. Michael McCulloch A CPA, former Palm Springs councilmember and Human Rights Commissioner, board member of

Lincoln Club of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber; appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger as member of Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority. Ray Martin is currently membership chairperson of the Sun City/Palm Desert Congress of Republicans. He is recognized as a tireless communications specialist who works locally and nationally on a number of endeavors to fight for better government. Jean Nelson is an energetic volunteer who has logged countless hours on local, state and national elections at Republican Headquarters and with the East Valley Republican Women, Federated. She is a long-term pillar of behind-the-scenes work for the party. Elise Richmond is a conservative radio talk show host who has also been a front-liner for expanding voter registration. She was a strategic organizer of the 2007 National Republican Women’s Convention, is past president of Palm Springs Republican Women, Federated and has served on the Riverside County Republican Women, Federated Board as first vice president. Michael Shepherd is president of the Lincoln Club of Coachella Valley and, as chairman of the Republican Organizing Committee (ROC), he has been instrumental in building voter registration and a strong cohesiveness amongst all nine Republican clubs. ROC was formerly called the Desert Coordinating Council of the Desert. Reservations for the event are a must as a sell-out crowd is expected. The cost is $25. If you wish to attend, or to know more about Republican activities in the Valley, contact CV-HPCR Grassroots committee chairman, Bob Schneck at 760-772-3414. You may also e-mail him at mailto:

Alphabetically, the recipients are: DARLENE CASELLA Rancho Mirage Republican Women, Federated JOHNNY HILDRETH Log Cabin Republicans Palm Springs Barbara Johnson Desert Hot Springs Republican Women, Federated BETTY KUNTZ Coachella Valley-Heritage Palms Congress of Republicans RAY MARTIN Sun City/ Palm Desert Congress of Republicans MICHAEL McCULLOCH Lincoln Club of Palm Springs JEAN NELSON East Valley Republican Women, Federated ELISE RICHMOND Palm Springs Republican Women, Federated Michael Shepherd Coachella Valley Lincoln Club 2010 GRASSROOTS AWARD LUNCHEON FEBRUARY 27, 2010 HERITAGE PALMS COUNTY CLUB Help us kick off the 2010 ELECTION YEAR! Make your reservations now by calling, or e-mailing Bob Schneck, Grassroots Committee Chairman, at (760) 772-3414, Cost is $25. Make Check Payable to CVHPCR and mail it to: Treasurer, PMB No. 63, 81730 Highway 111, Suite 4, Indio CA 92201


Desert Local News • January 11, 2010

Russ Bogh Enters State Senate Race RIVERSIDE, CA - Riverside County businessman and former State Assemblyman Russ Bogh has announced his candidacy for State Senate District 37. “It’s time to set a new course for California - one that spurs economic recovery and restores trust and accountability to government,” said Bogh. “We must put the brakes on soaring tax hikes, end reckless spending, and make the hard decisions necessary to protect California taxpayers.” “Russ Bogh is a strong conservative who knows what it takes to create jobs and work within a budget - because he’s done it in his own business,” said fellow Riverside County businessman and Lake Elsinore City Councilman Bob Magee. “California needs leaders with first-hand business experience - who understand the devastating effects higher taxes and excessive regulation have on our economy and employment rates.” “Russ Bogh has a solid record fighting taxes and cutting government waste,” said Bob Richman, a Palm Springs resident and former Chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party. “As a former Riverside County Assemblyman, he wrote legislation to reduce taxes, cut wasteful spending, reform state workers compensation programs and keep families safe from crime.” “Sacramento politicians have lost touch with the people they represent, and their bad decisions are crippling our economy - I’ve learned this first hand,” said Bogh. “State leaders need to worry less about politics and more about jobs and the economy. Their negligence has nearly bankrupted our state - but enough is enough. “In the Senate, I’ll put my experience and conservative values to work to tackle the tough challenges we face, and help put our state back on solid fiscal ground,” said Bogh. The special election primary for the 37th Senate District will be held Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

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First home weatherized in California with stimulus funding BY RICHARD LEMIRE Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside) weatherized the first house in California using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding from the Department of Energy. The home is located in Lake Elsinore. CAP Riverside was the first in the state to meet DOE/ARRA requirements and receive state approval, and the first agency in California to commence ARRA weatherization. CAP was given an allocation and time frame to fully ramp up or lose the funding; the ramp up included equipment, vehicles, training and an outreach strategy. A wage plan per the Davis-Bacon Act was completed by our sub-contractors and their subs. Certification and re-certification of CAP’s energy staff, both permanent and temporary was done. Also completed was certification of sub-

contractor staffs. Seven subcontractors have completed the extraordinarily rigorous process of meeting the state’s requirements and are authorized to commence work. Three more subcontractors are still going through the process. “I am extremely proud of these small businesses who stepped up to the plate and completed this extraordinarily rigorous process, with a ton of unfamiliar paperwork. CAP Riverside is determined to succeed at this.” said CAP Riverside Executive Director Lois Carson.   The seven subcontractors now doing ARRA weatherization are: Vasquez Group, Synergy, James D Restoration, Energy Services Partnership, Ace and Sons, David Starrett Construction and Hopkins Painting.

Dee Harris and Lisa O’Leary stand in front of their mobile home in Lake Elsinore. The O’Leary home was the first in California to be weatherized using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. Community Action Partnership of Riverside County provided the weatherization service. California has been awarded over $185 million in ARRA funding to weatherize over 50,000 homes in California.

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