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Legendary Palm Springs grande dame Nelda Linsk is one of the models who, in 1970, posed at the Richard Neutradesigned Kaufmann House (which she owned at the time) for celebrated photographer Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip.” The iconic image has become synonymous with the joys of midcentury desert living. We thought it only fitting to ask Nelda to again pose poolside for the cover of our inaugural edition of Poolside Palm Springs. While we were at it, we asked the still-striking beauty a few pertinent questions. What do you remember about that day’s shoot with Slim? I remember thinking how lucky I was to live in our desert. It happened to be a very beautiful day. The sky was so blue, and the silhouette of the mountains was magnificent! I also worried about our champagne getting warm. We were actually sipping it during the shoot. How does it make you feel to know that the image you helped create is still so revered almost 50 years later? Little did I know on that day that that photo would become so famous. I get calls from all over the world. I’m hanging on so many walls! Last year, at Modernism Week, I had people come to me and say they have that photo on their wall, and they say “Good morning” to me every day, but they never dreamed that they would ever meet me. I was almost in tears. I feel the photo has become so famous because it speaks to our lifestyle—the pool, sun, mountains, and outdoor living. And, of course, I loved our Richard Neutra home.

PALM SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL

Robert Moon Mayor

Christy Holstege Council Member

J.R. Roberts Council Member

Geoff Kors Mayor pro tem

Lisa Middleton Council Member

David H. Ready City Manager

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Do you ever actually go into the water and splash around—or do you prefer life poolside? I love both! I’ve always loved to swim. Of course, there are so many pool parties in our desert that we’re poolside many evenings. Love our desert evenings! Here and on the cover, Nelda Linsk’s wardrobe courtesy of Trina Turk. Location courtesy of Andy Linsky, HK Lane Real Estate. Photos by David A. Lee.

CONTENTS 6 WELCOME FROM THE PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO

TASTE OF PALM SPRINGS & BUSINESS EXPO

8 THANK YOU FROM THE PRESIDENT OF GRIT DEVELOPMENT

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEW MEMBERS

12 WELCOME FROM THE CITY MANAGER

Q & A WITH DAVID H. READY

14 VOTE PALM SPRINGS

PALM SPRINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS

16 PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS 4 Poolside Palm Springs Fall 2019

18 THE NEW DOWNTOWN MOVING FULL SPEED AHEAD

THE NEW “UNIQUELY PALM SPRINGS” PROGRAM

19 HELP SAVE THE PLAZA THEATRE

IT’S PARADE SEASON!

20 THE NEW DOWNTOWN PARK COMING SOON

Nona Watson CEO BOARD OF DIRECTORS George Holliday Cathy O’ Callaghan Debby Alexander Paul Lewin Brady Sandahl Kristin Bloomer

John Fritch President Jenny McLean Gabriel Terrado Aftab Dada Reid D. Milanovich Manny dela Rosa Julie Montante

Executive Editors David H. Ready, Nona Watson Managing Editor Amy Blaisdell

21 CITY LAUNCHES NEW USER-FRIENDLY APP

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNITY ALERTS & E-NOTIFICATIONS

22 AGUA CALIENTE CULTURAL PLAZA COMING TO DOWNTOWN IN FALL 2020 23 COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Bruce Gillen Eric Nicoll Wendy Beerbower Mary Flores Joseph Miller

Editor Daniel Vaillancourt Art Director Maru Palmersheim Photographer David A. Lee

PALMPSRINGSCA.GOV | PSCHAMBER.ORG POOLSIDE PALM SPRINGS is a joint publication of the city of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce. ©2019 CITY OF PALM SPRINGS AND PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Information in this publication is gathered from various sources and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. The publisher assumes no responsibility for omissions, errors or misinformation. Please contact the publisher with any additions or corrections.


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W E LCOM E FROM THE PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO It is with the greatest pride and joy that I welcome you, dear reader, to the inaugural issue of Poolside Palm Springs, a publication that is a joint effort of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and the city of Palm Springs. While the Chamber has long delighted in its extensive and mutually rewarding collaborative relationship with the city, this is the first time we’ve partnered to provide our nearly 50,000 residents with myriad sorts of information that directly relates to them. The Chamber’s board of directors, my staff, and I—alongside the Palm Springs City Council, City Manager David Ready, Communications Director Amy Blaisdell, and Poolside’s creative team—have all worked with diligence and passion to bring you the best. Within the pages of this publication—which will be produced and distributed three times yearly—you will find short articles about the people, places, enterprises, and events that make our sun-drenched town like no other. No matter where you fall on our diverse community spectrum, you will discover useful updates on issues that should matter to every citizen of this ever-improving, dynamic, magnetic, world-class city. Above all, it is my sincere hope that by leafing through these pages, you will come to understand that—while the Chamber is most deeply associated with aiding local entrepreneurs—our many efforts in that regard are also of great benefit to you, our municipality’s dwellers. After all, a vibrant business community enriches the city and its people in countless ways. As our members thrive, so does the quality of life for each and every one of us. Please enjoy Poolside Palm Springs, and don’t hesitate to give us your feedback on this initial outing by completing the survey on our website’s home page at pschamber.org. Happy reading…and happy fall! –Nona Watson CEO, Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce

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n October 15, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Colony 29 in Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce unveils the latest incarnation of its Taste of Palm Springs & Business Expo, sponsored by D.W. Johnston Construction, Inc. and McLean Company, and considered by many to be the most heralded annual affair of its kind in the Coachella Valley. The extravaganza is sure to set the standard for the season’s networking events.

The soirée will include 35 local restaurants offering samples, wine and beer tastings, a cocktail bar, and live entertainment courtesy of Chill Bar Palm Springs. Additionally, more than 100 local businesses will showcase their products and services against the backdrop of the stunning foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Indian Canyons, and the remarkable Colony 29 itself. At press time, participating restaurants include Peaks Restaurant, Morongo Casino, Tommy Bahama Palm Springs, Wilma and Frieda’s, Kaiser Grill, Las Casuelas Terraza, Tio Restaurant, Lulu California Bistro, Sherman’s Deli and Bakery, Agua Caliente Palm Springs, Wabi-Sabi Japan Living, Johnny Costa’s Ristorante, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chill Bar Palm Springs, Eight4Nine Restaurant, On the Mark, Peabody’s Café, Bristol Farms, Beyond Balisage, El Mirasol, La Quinta Brewery Palm Springs Tap Room, Wang’s in the Desert, Village Pub, Gelato Granucci, and Savoury’s Catering. Colony 29 is located at 147 S. Tahquitz Drive near the end of W. Arenas Road and W. Baristo Road, at the base of the mountain in downtown Palm Springs. Avoid hassles by parking at the public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum on N. Museum Drive and then hop onto the Lin Lines Express Shuttle Bus to Colony 29. Taste wristbands are $25 for food, wine, sake, and beer tasting. For more information or to purchase wristbands, go to pschamber.org or call us at (760) 325-1577.


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THANK YOU FROM THE PRESIDENT OF GRIT DEVELOPMENT Dear Palm Springs residents: Grit Development, recomposed and restructured, is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity the City Council and community of Palm Springs have extended to me and our new leadership management to redevelop our downtown core. To continue to strengthen the economic tax base of Palm Springs, the shared vision of the Downtown Project was recently completed, and the proposed preservation and revitalization of the midcentury jewel, the Town and Country Center, is imminent. We also envision new residential buildings in downtown, which will ensure Palm Springs’ position as a major destination resort for decades to come. Sustaining the magic of Palm Springs takes a community of collaboration to succeed, and I would like to say “Thank you” to the citizens and to our City Council for their continued input and support regarding this important project—and for allowing me and Grit Development to be part of building a future of pride for our city. Sincerely, Michael Braun President, Grit Development

Grit Development is a financial sponsor of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and a member of the President’s Silver Circle. You can reach Mr. Braun via email at Michael@gritps.com

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Palm Springs CHAMBER NEW MEMBERS Katerra Construction LLC 9305 E. Via de Ventura Ste. 200 Scottsdale, AZ, 85258 (614) 266-2099 www.katerra.com Paychex 1420 Iowa Ave., Ste. 100 Riverside, CA, 92507 (408) 515-3893 paychex.com Bazar 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760 )327-8305 www.facebook.com/ BAZARINPS Kusala LLC 6143 Mashie Road Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (802)497-4646 www.kusalallc.com Dr. Simone Ravicz 565 S. La Mirada Road Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (760) 327-8305 www.drsimonepsychologist. com Locale Magazine 2755 Bristol St., #295 Costa Mesa, CA, 92626 (949) 436-8910 localemagazine.com Avance Hotel International 537 S. Grenfall Road Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (760) 325-0655 www.theacancehotel.com Desert Blind and Handicapped Association 471 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 218 Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760 )620-5553 desertblind.org Ocotillo Services 870 E. Research Dr. Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (800) 507-4633 www.ocotilloservicesps.com Desert Tax 3001 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 101 Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 318-7083 www.deserttax.com

G & M Construction 1055 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (760) 322-6918 Thryv 2200 W. Airfield Drive P.O. Box 619810 DFW Airport Dallas, TX, 75261 (760) 464-4304 Thryv.com Allison Lintill 200 N. Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 861-2554 leaskoupartners.com the Weekend, Palm Springs 111 S. Via Las Palmas Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (805) 456-9948 theweekendpalmsprings. com Asia SF 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (415) 255-2742 www.asiasf.com Bridge Safety Consultants 318 Avenue I Redondo Beach, CA, 90277 (310) 433-5611 www.bridgeconsultants.net Flood Response 72104 Corporate Way Thousand Palms, CA, 92276 (760) 851-5377 www.floodresponse.com Revive Wellness Center Salon & Spa 650 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 325-4800 www.revivecenter.com Crystal Fantasy 268 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 322-7799 www.crystalfantasy.com Joy of Life Wellness Center 142 W. Oasis Road Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 318-1420 www.joyoflofewellnesscenter.com

Realty Source 3 Arthur Drive Cathedral City, CA, 92234 (760) 600-6389 charlesestates.com Inka Peruvian Cusine 360 N.lm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 992-5311 www.facebook.com/ inkaperuviancuisine La Bonitas Mexican Restaurant 330 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 318-8883 labonitaspalmsprings.com Palm Springs Home Team Berkshire Hathaway 2905 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 413-1220 palmspringshometeam.com Mr. Beez Pest & Termite Control 68765 Minerva Road Cathedral City, CA, 92234 (760) 774-4990 mrbeezpestcontrol.com Bianco Group, The 1801 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA, 92262 (760) 808-0650 www.palmsprings.house Pure Healing Clinic 66205 Paul Road Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92241 (760) 808-4221 www.pureratios.com Thrive HR LLC 1041 Bella Vista Palm Springs, CA, 92264 (831) 521-4592 www.thriveconsult.com Ibarra Pool Service 68275 Corta Road Cathedral City, CA, 92234 (760) 844-3290 www.facebook.com/ ibarra.pools


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A Chat with City Manager David H. Ready Poolside Palm Springs: Why is finishing the Downtown Redevelopment Project important, and what’s next in Palm Springs as regards economic development?

WELCOME FROM THE CITY MANAGER Dear Palm Springs residents: It is with great excitement that I invite you to explore and enjoy the inaugural edition of Poolside Palm Springs, a collaboration between the city of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce that celebrates our uniquely colorful and diverse city—and the people, businesses, and special events that make our community truly like no place else! The city of Palm Springs prides itself on being an inclusive, worldclass destination that welcomes everyone, and it is the hope of our City Council that through these pages you’ll learn even more about your local government and what we’re doing to maintain the excellent quality of life you can only find right here in our magical city. In fact, we hope you’ll catch up with what’s happening in sunny Palm Springs by reading future editions Poolside. It is an honor and pleasure to serve as your city manager. Please feel free to contact me any time by calling my office at (760) 322-8362 or via email at David.Ready@palmspringsca. gov. Remember, the people are the city. We value your input and suggestions. Sincerely, David H. Ready, Esq., Ph.D. City Manager

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David Ready: The Downtown Redevelopment Project was over 10 years in the making. The City Council moved forward with the project—made possible with the assistance of our residents after passage of Measure J—to recreate the center of our downtown where the long-abandoned indoor mall once stood. Today, the project includes the Rowan Hotel and several new buildings with ultra-cool retail businesses and restaurants. This was part of a long-term strategy which began with the expansion and renovation of our convention center, followed by the hotel incentive program to energize local tourism with improved and new hotels. The positive effect of this can be seen in the city’s hotel tax revenues, which were $13 million in 2009 and are over $35 million today. Importantly, these revenues allow us to maintain and improve service delivery to our residents and visitors. Combine this with what’s occurring across the street with the Agua Caliente Tribe’s cultural center, spa, and casino—in addition to the announcement of their new arena—and the Palm Springs destination is definitely back and on the map and cool again! Another component of the project is the upcoming Downtown Park, the construction of which we anticipate to begin in mid-2020. Located between the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Kimpton Hotel, this exciting new public space is designed to be world-class, and will be a gathering point for residents and visitors to experience the colorful vibe of our community. Also, the Plaza Theatre Restoration Project has launched its initial fundraising phase to ensure this significant part of Palm Springs history takes its rightful place as part of our downtown renewal. For more information on this exciting project, visit the website at www. savetheplazatheatreps.com and get involved! Moving forward, the City Council has implemented polices to maintain and grow our local economy with a revised hotel incentive program, business renovation grants, and the façade improvement program, to name a few. Importantly, the focus is also on our unique small businesses—uptown, downtown, and citywide. For example, “Uniquely Palm Springs” is a new program in collaboration with the Bureau of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce focusing on local merchants. City Council’s policy of supporting our small businesses is a cornerstone of Palm Springs becoming such a unique destination.

We also have several exciting development projects around the city that are moving forward: College of the Desert West Valley Campus (Tahquitz Canyon Way/Farrell Drive): College of the Desert has formally secured the site, and demolition of the old Palm Springs Mall is nearly complete. Planning for the new campus is actively underway, and we anticipate further updates from the college in the coming year. Andaz Hyatt Hotel (Palm Canyon Drive at Alejo Road): Construction has been ongoing, however sporadic. The project developer indicated completion will take place in 2020. As part of the project, the city will receive 140 public parking spaces, which will serve the mid- and uptown Palm Canyon areas. Tova Hotel (N. Palm Canyon Drive, between Vista Chino and Via Escuela, next to Rick’s Cafe): Earlier this year, the Planning Commission approved a modification to the hotel’s plan to add a restaurant building and spa. The Planning Department anticipates submittal of construction plans later this year.  The Dream Hotel (Amado Road, adjacent to the convention center): Updated revisions to the plan were completed this summer and approved by City Council. Construction will continue beginning February 2020, with an anticipated opening date approximately two years after. Former Orchid Tree Inn Site (Belardo & Arenas Roads): The development plan includes the previously fire-damaged, adjacent church, and is planned for a hotel/condo project. The developer recently submitted a revised project for approval that is currently being reviewed by staff for consideration by the Planning Commission. This long-delayed project will be coming up for review in November 2019, when City Council will reevaluate the hotel incentive, in light of continued delays. In the meantime, Code Enforcement is working with the developer to maintain a secured site. How will the Indian Canyon Drive two-way conversion impact the city? The Indian Canyon Drive two-way conversion project will improve access through our busy commercial downtown area by providing another southbound route for traffic on Indian Canyon Drive. During the busy tourism season, or whenever Palm Canyon Drive is closed— weekly for Village Fest, or for several parades held throughout the year—the one-way traffic pattern causes congestion on adjacent streets, including Belardo Road and Calle Encilia. Moreover, visitors unfamiliar with the city


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often have difficulty navigating through the downtown commercial area when Palm Canyon Drive is closed. The two-way conversion will mitigate traffic congestion by providing an additional southbound traffic lane on Indian Canyon Drive, where currently it is one-way northbound with four lanes of traffic. The project will convert the west lane to southbound travel, with a continuous turn lane (to keep traffic flowing when vehicles want to turn into businesses or parking lots), and two lanes for northbound traffic. This new configuration will improve access to adjacent businesses, eliminate confusing traffic detours from Palm Canyon Drive to other streets, and improve access for emergency vehicles. Indian Canyon Drive will no longer be considered as the “freeway out of town,” but as a vital downtown and uptown street accessing our local businesses along Indian Canyon Drive—as well as an alternative route for both visitors and residents. How are Measure J dollars—which come from a one percent sales tax increase—contributing to the transformation of Palm Springs? First, it’s important to convey our tremendous gratitude to residents for passing Measure J. In addition to providing funding to revitalize our downtown as noted above, the additional revenue—with more than 50% paid for by visitors—has allowed us to complete many capital projects since 2012. For example, between 2015 and 2018, the city has repaved and repaired over 500 streets (approximately 19 million square feet of pavement). This year, City Council approved bidding the next two-year paving project at a cost of $8.6 million, which will include another 100 streets. Cumulatively, Measure J has provided funding to repave nearly 44% of all city streets, totaling over $36 million. However, Measure J’s funding extended to many other important city capital projects. A partial list includes renovation of our police station and Fire Station No. 4 on LaVerne Road (with other fire stations to follow). Also, funding toward projects at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library,

the Architectural and Design Museum, desert landscape conversion of the Tahquitz Canyon Way medians, a variety of improvements at Sunrise Park, Ruth Hardy Park, Demuth Park, and James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, and the economic development incubator (iHUB Accelerator Campus) located near the airport.

More projects are on the horizon—including a decision on whether to renovate or build a new library, which will be part of upcoming City Council meeting discussions. All of this is made possible with funding from Measure J! You can find out more about ongoing projects by visiting www.psmeasurej.com. What is city government doing to address homelessness and to attract more affordable housing? Both of these issues are critically important for City Council. Although social services are a function of county government, the city has stepped up with new programs resulting in 200 homeless residents transitioning to housing. We also partnered with Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to provide an emergency overnight cooling center during the hot summer months for those in need of shelter from the heat. Over the past two months, the shelter accommodated close to 40 people nightly. Also, thanks to a grant from the Desert Healthcare District, the city was able to pay for four additional county mental health social workers to assist with homelessness issues throughout the city. In an effort to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing, the City Council recently adopted several new ordinances, which include density bonuses, mixed-uses, and small lots which could incentivize more affordable units. Moreover, Council approved a development agreement with Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC) for an affordable, 60unit, multi-family housing project. The project is expected to break ground in 2020. Finally, the Council secured land on Gene Autry Trail with the goal of utilizing that land for future affordable housing.

government. Some of the highlights include a new lobbyist registration program, expanded conflict of interest disclosure requirements, notice for renters as well as property owners on planning projects, and more in-depth training for boards and commissions along with a new Whistleblower Hotline. We have also made it easier for residents to view more information about the city’s budget through a new finance portal. You can find all of this information on the city’s website at www. palmspringsca.gov. Palm Springs residents are very passionate about sustainability. Yes, indeed they are…and we have several exciting items moving forward on the sustainability front that Council and our residents care deeply about. We are continuing to enforce the gasoline-powered leaf blower ban to improve air quality and reduce noise. AQMD estimates that one blower can produce as much pollution as 80 cars annually. We have replaced about 400 gas blowers with electric, potentially eliminating the equivalent pollution of about 32,000 cars annually. Most companies and residents have complied, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation. We are also focused on responding to the several dramatic changes that are happening with regard to recycling and organic waste management. Council plans to move forward with a single-use plastics ordinance, and with adapting our residential and public space recycling programs to address market changes and new state requirements. Water efficiency continues to be a priority. The city will be reinstating its turf buy-back program in conjunction with Desert Water Authority’s rebate program so that residents can save water by converting to desert landscapes. In addition, we are responding to the climate crisis by expanding our electric vehicle charging network and establishing a new residential solar ordinance, and anticipate moving to carbon-free power through the Desert Community Energy Community Choice Aggregation program in 2020.

Palm Springs has worked hard on improving transparency.

Also, at the request of many residents and the City Council, the city has stopped using toxic substances in its landscaping, and has switched to all-natural alternatives. By the way, the all-natural products work! For more information about sustainability programs, visit www.YourSustainableCity.com.

The City Council appointed a Council subcommittee and resident-led task force, which has initiated strong new ethics and transparency laws and policies that exceed the requirements of state and federal law, making Palm Springs a leader in open

In conclusion, the Council and staff are working diligently to move the city forward with the goal of ensuring the tremendous renaissance underway is sustainable—and that our excellent quality of life continues for generations to come. Poolside Palm Springs Fall 2019

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Vote Palm Springs The General Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 5

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HOW WAS THIS ACCOMPLISHED? During this nine-month process, the city held more than 35 public hearings and community engagement forums to gather input, and provided tools to assist the public in developing district boundaries. The City Council heard from people across our city.

Although our city charter states that we use an ‘atlarge’ system for all five coequal members of the City Council, California courts have ruled that the CVRA applies to charter cities, and the state of California legislated that cities can change their election process to comply with the CVRA by adopting an ordinance. Twenty-one charter cities have transitioned to district elections by ordinance, and eight by court order.

For more information about the upcoming election or City Council candidates, and to find where your district is located, visit VotePalmSprings.com. N Indian Canyon Dr

MOVING TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS In order to comply with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), the city of Palm Springs completed a nine-month process of changing the way it elects members of the City Council and the mayor. In the upcoming election, the city will now be divided into council districts. The voters of each district will elect their own city council member. Here is some background on the transition.

City Council voted to move from at-large to district-based elections. If we did not comply, we would likely face an expensive and unsuccessful lawsuit. No city that has fought against the demand to change to a district-based election system has won, 111 despite spending millions of taxpayer dollars on attorney fees. In fact, in cities where the residents voted not to transition to districts, the courts have overturned that vote and still required the cities to transition to district elections under the CVRA and the California constitution.

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he city’s 2019 general election is Tuesday, November 5. The city of Palm Springs is transitioning from at-large to district elections. In December 2018, the Palm Springs City Council approved five new districts. Residents will vote for three city council members in 2019, followed by two additional in 2020. The position of mayor will rotate annually among the council members.

WHAT’S NEXT? Starting with the November 5, 2019 election, voters will elect council members for Districts 1, 2, and 3. A subsequent election will be held on November 3, 2020 to elect council members for Districts 4 and 5.

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Download free and legal music and videos through Freegal, and keep up-to-date with the headlines through digital access to The New York Times. Access over 100 titles of your favorite digital magazines using RBdigital, or learn a new language or brush up on your English skills using ESL courses from Mango Languages. Get all the homework help you need using HelpNow, an online homework assistance and tutoring service. These are just a handful of the many services available online with your library card. But did you know that the library also offers over 300 programs a year, including preschool story times, youth and teen programming, computer classes for adults, assorted book clubs, many lectures, and various nature, health, and other programs for your entertainment and edification? Classes and lectures are offered at both the main library and at our Welwood Murray Memorial Library branch located downtown. One of our newest and most popular additions to the schedule is Drag Queen Story Hour, offered every other month with our local diva Bella da Ball. There really is something for everyone at the Palm Springs Public Library! Visit our calendar of events at www.palmspringslibrary.org for a full schedule.


PROGRAMS PALM SPRINGS PARKS & RECREATION VILLAGE FEST Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Baristo Roads Thursdays (October through May; Closed Thanksgiving Day), 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (760) 320-3781 www.VillageFest.org Village Fest opens its arms to a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of all sorts of fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks, and sweets. Mark your calendar for special events at Village Fest: Halloween with Village Fest October 31 Come out and celebrate a safe trick or treating with Village Fest vendors and merchants. A haunted bus provided by Sunline Transit, facepainting, crafts, and games will ensure fun for the whole family. Thanksgiving/Fall Arts & Crafts November 21 Santa’s Coming to Village Fest December 19 PALM SPRINGS SKATE PARK Sunrise Plaza, 405 S. Pavilion Way Monday through Friday, 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (760) 656-0024 www.actionparkalliance.com This 30,000-square-foot facility is available for in-line skating and skateboarding seven days a week. The Rhythm Skate Shop is fully stocked with shoes, clothes, accessories, skateboards, trucks, wheels, concessions, and more. Your one-stop shop! BMX & Scooter Hours: Wednesday 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Indoor Pickleball at the Demuth Community Center 3601 E. Mesquite Ave. Monday through Friday, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. 16 Poolside Palm Springs Fall 2019

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, due to its emphasis on timing, balance, and placement—rather than strength, age, or gender. We welcome all the pickleball enthusiasts, with an emphasis on beginners as well as intermediate players. No prior experience required. Our program includes daily practice drills, video feedback analysis, USAPA rules discussions, and open pickleball play. A limited number of paddles are available for loan. All other equipment will be provided. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the USAPA. Annual membership available, or $5 drop-in fee. Your facilitator is USAPA Ambassador Dean Mangione (ambassadordean@gmail.com). Outdoor Pickleball at Demuth Park 4200 E. Mesquite Ave. Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. All levels are welcome on the twelve available courts. For more information, visit Facebook @PalmSpringsPickleball and join the group. LEISURE CENTER Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (760) 323-8272 Classes and event rentals. For kids only (grades K-8): Afterschool Program, August through June, Monday through Friday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. JAMES O. JESSIE DESERT HIGHLAND UNITY CENTER 480 W. Tramview Road Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (760) 323-8271 Halloween Carnival October 31 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Annual Christmas Program and Toy Giveaway December 13 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Kwanza – December 26 to January 1 DEMUTH COMMUNITY CENTER 3601 E. Mesquite Ave. Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (760) 320-6430 Classes, rentals, etc. PALM SPRINGS SWIM CENTER 405 S. Pavilion Way Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Closed Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. for maintenance) Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lap swim hours: Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Recreational swim: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The pool will be closed to the public on federal holidays, and on November 20-24 and December 11-15 for swim meets. DEPARTMENTS EVENTS Veterans Day Monday, November 11 For more information visit www.psveteransday.com Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities Friday, December 6 Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, December 7 Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 21


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The New Downtown Moving Full Speed Ahead

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he City Council Business Retention Subcommittee is always looking for ways to help local business continue to thrive. With that in mind, Uniquely Palm Springs—a new program specifically created in partnership with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce to promote small local businesses—is now underway and hugely successful. Television personality and local resident Ross Mathews serves as its celebrity ambassador. “Palm Springs has always held a special place in my heart, and I’m thrilled to be working with the city to help spread the word that Palm Springs is unique and one of the best places in the world to visit and live,” said Mathews, who also serves on the Chamber’s board of directors.

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renaissance is well underway in Palm Springs, which is once again vibrant and flourishing with residents and visitors enjoying the ultracool shopping and dining in the Downtown Redevelopment Project and nearby surrounding areas. The Rowan Palm Springs Hotel by Kimpton, a new Starbucks Reserve, H&M, Free People, MAC Cosmetics, Sephora, Kiehl’s, Francesca’s, Johnny Was, Haus of Poke, Il Corso, and Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar & Store, along with a Full Pscycle Spin Gym, are now officially open. In addition, a new Stout Burger is coming soon. Public art is capturing people’s imaginations as well, thanks to the installation of Julian Voss-Andreae’s beautiful sculpture “Isabelle” in front of the Rowan, and Czech artist David Cerny’s much gabbed about sculptures “Babies” in the pit across from the Palm Springs Art Museum. Just a reminder, as part of the new public improvements, the city now offers 1,000 FREE parking spots in the structure across from the museum. You can

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The program highlights and promotes unique Palm Springs local businesses through curated stories and interviews online and on social media that are shared to a vast audience. In addition, the Chamber awards a small local business every year with the “Uniquely Palm Springs Award” at its annual Business Awards and Board Installation luncheon. This year’s inaugural award went to the uniquely Palm Springs restaurant and nightspot Tropicale.

also enter from Palm Canyon Drive at the Hyatt. On busy nights such as Village Fest, these free spots are situated in an easy and convenient location for citizens to park, and we hope everyone will utilize them. And finally, did you know that new public restrooms are now available for residents and visitors in the Downtown Redevelopment Project? The facilities are adjacent to Il Corso Restaurant, directly across from the Rowan Hotel near the “Isabelle” sculpture. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

“Of the 700 businesses in Palm Springs, most are locally owned and operated,” according to Mary Jo Ginther, director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. “It’s these locally owned businesses that remain our core and provide special experiences to our visitors and residents— and make Palm Springs uniquely special and truly like no place else.” Local business owners who asked the Business Retention Subcommittee for more attention are thrilled with the success of the program. “Uniquely Palm Springs has shined a spotlight on just how many distinctive and special businesses are located in Palm Springs,” said Jeffrey Bernstein, co-owner of the popular downtown gift shop Destination PSP, which brands items specifically to Palm Springs. “This is what makes us such a magical city for residents and tourists alike. The best part of the program is that we are able to promote this to the world in a way no individual business could do on its own.” Residents can also get in on the action by visiting www. uniquelyps.com, where they’ll find weekly prizes and swag along with a host of information about participating Uniquely Palm Springs businesses.


The City Council hired respected Los Angeles-based firm Gensler and Associates to craft a thoughtful restoration plan, one that ensures the stately venue—which once hosted the 1936 world premiere of the classic Greta Garbo film “Camille”—is updated with state-of-the-art amenities while keeping intact its vintage glamour.

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he famous Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs is one of the city’s oldest and most iconic buildings. Throughout its more than 80-year existence, this important structure has played a substantial role in our history. Over the decades, the building has deteriorated, so the city of Palm Springs has launched a campaign to raise the kind of capital needed to restore this beloved treasure, and to make it a successful venue that meets the needs of today’s artists and audiences. Returning this landmark

The steering committee, comprised of several influential community members with ties to the preservation and entertainment industries, has been charged with producing a special event, coming soon, in order to raise funds and awareness about the need to preserve this historic jewel in the heart of our downtown.

Earlier this year, the city hosted a community forum at the theatre to get feedback from residents and stakeholders about how they to its former glory will require significant investment. All aspects of the building need would like to see the site reborn. Many in the audience noted they want to see the building to be repaired and brought up to current turned into a cabaret-style setting that health and safety codes. features a variety of live entertainment. The Plaza Theatre City Council Subcommittee recently organized a steering committee to help raise what is expected to be a $12 million budget for this important project. So far, just more than $150,000 has been raised thanks to generous donations from the community, a $50,000 contribution from the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, and a $100,000 donation from Modernism Week.

We need your help in raising our goal of $12 million dollars. Founderships and naming opportunities are available at www.savetheplazatheatreps.com, or by calling (760) 218-6330. If you care about historic preservation, we invite you to help us save the Plaza Theatre, and to stay tuned for more information about special events and ways you can help with this important effort.

It’s Parade Season! Mark Your Calendars These fun and FREE special events highlight the Palm Springs High School football team, the city’s wonderfully diverse LGBTQ community, a powerful and poignant tribute to our veterans, and the ringing in of the holiday season. Here is a list of the city’s much loved parades coming this fall in Palm Springs: Palm Springs High School Homecoming Parade Wednesday, October 23 – 3:30 p.m. The parade runs along Palm Canyon Drive downtown. Go Big Red! Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade Sunday, November 3 – 10:00 a.m. The parade kicks off at Palm Canyon Drive and Tachevah Drive, traveling south to Amado Road. For more information, please visit www.pspride.org.

The 23rd Annual City of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade Monday, November 11 – 3:30 p.m. The parade runs along Palm Canyon Drive. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Serve.” A patriotic concert and fireworks finale at Palm Canyon Drive and Amado Road will immediately follow the parade. For more information, please visit www.psveteransday.com The 27th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade Saturday, December 7 – 5:45 p.m. The city’s signature holiday event—to be

held along Palm Canyon Drive—features magnificent marching bands, a plethora of twinkling floats covered in thousands of holiday lights, and Santa Claus and his reindeer. The parade will once again be broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs. For more information, please visit www.psfestivaloflights.com. Poolside Palm Springs Fall 2019

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the New Downtown Park Coming Soon

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ere’s an update on plans for the city’s latest attraction, which is anticipated to break ground in 2020.The site of the park, on both sides of Museum Way, which leads directly to the Palm Springs Art Museum, is where the original Desert Inn was once located. The new park—designed by renowned Los Angeles-based architects Rios, Clementi, Hale Studios—will include a palm tree grove inspired by the Indian Canyons, a water feature, and an amphitheater for all kinds of original arts and entertainment specific to Palm Springs. After much community outreach and an online survey, the Palm Springs City Council determined the development for the new downtown park should ultimately connect people and experiences, while also incorporating our unique culture and beauty. Stay tuned for more details about the park project as we get closer to breaking ground.

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City Launches New User-Friendly App myPalmSprings The city of Palm Springs is pleased to announce the launch of a new userfriendly app, named “myPalmSprings,” designed to help residents and visitors easily find important city information and report issues to City Hall.

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The new app features areas to report homelessness and code compliance issues, vacation rental violations, graffiti, water waste, and much more. In addition, residents and visitors can find flight information from Palm Springs International Airport, information about city departments, parks and recreation programs, services at the Palm Springs Public Library, special events, links to the city’s social media platforms and YouTube channel, news releases, and City Council, board, and commission meetings on the city calendar. Residents and visitors can download the “myPalmSprings” app in the Apple store or Google Play.

Sign Up for Emergency Community Alerts & E-Notifications The city of Palm Springs is participating in an emergency and community alert notification system called Everbridge that provides timely and lifesaving information to registered residents, no matter their location. The system can send thousands of text and voice messages within minutes to home and business land lines using existing white and yellow pages, and 911 databases. The system cannot reach cell phones, PDAs, computers, and devices for the hearing-impaired, unless those cell phone numbers and email addresses are registered with the system. Anyone who lives or works in Palm Springs is encouraged to register their cell phone number and email address. The system not only alerts residents about emergency situations, but also about street closures related to weather and traffic incidents. To sign up, visit the city’s website at palmspringsca.gov and click on “Community and Emergency Alerts” on the front page, under “In the Spotlight.” By the way, residents can also sign up to receive the latest news from City Hall, along with City Council and Boards and Commission agendas through E-Notification registration. Visit palmspringsca.gov and click on “E-Notification” at the top of the page.

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Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza to Open in Downtown Palm Springs in Fall 2020

“Our new cultural plaza provides an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our history, culture, and traditions with this community and with visitors from around the world,” Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. “Each federally recognized tribe throughout this country has a distinct culture that includes traditions, language, historic clothing, and housing styles as well as historical food and medicine preparations. We want to share that with others as well as acknowledge the fact that we are alive and well today living in the modern world.” Inspiration for the cultural plaza’s design—by Phoenix’s JCJ Architecture (with Penta Building Group as general contractor)—includes Agua Caliente traditions such as basket weaving and pottery (ollas) and elements found in nature, including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations, the Andreas Canyon stream, and Washingtonia filifera palm trees—the only palm tree native to the California desert. The entire project will reflect the Tribe’s values and ongoing commitment to the Agua Caliente people. In addition, the center will draw upon the rich history of experiencing the healing mineral water.

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The cultural plaza will include numerous outdoor activity spaces, including a gathering plaza adjacent to the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring, originally known as Sec he (the sound of boiling water), which will serve as a commemorative focal point for the new development. Here, tribal members and visitors will be able to celebrate community and history, and pay respect to the life-giving waters that helped shape the Palm Springs region. Visitors will readily access the gathering plaza along landscaped terraces and pathways that will serve as an extension of the gathering plaza. An interpretive green belt, the Oasis Trail, will meander through the property and provide an interactive, cultural learning environment. This trail will recreate, on a smaller scale, the distinctive character, geology, flora, and beauty of the nearby Indian Canyons, one of the ancestral homes of the Agua Caliente. The new museum—a repository for cultural artifacts, stories, and history, which will also include an education center and garden—will boast approximately 48,000 square feet and feature collections in a main gallery, changing gallery, and art gallery. The spa will be set in approximately 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral

Spring with treatments rooms, men’s and women’s bathhouses, a tranquility garden, a salon, a fitness center, and outdoor mineral pools. The water from the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring is estimated to be upwards of 12,000 years old and is truly unique as it contains a mineral makeup that has not been found anywhere else in the world. The Tribe has shared the healing water with visitors for more than 120 years, and the hot spring was the first tourist attraction in Palm Springs. This facility will be the fifth bathhouse or spa at the site, with the first one operating in the late 1880s. “This entire project will allow us to reconnect to our own cultural heritage while sharing it with others,” Chairman Grubbe concluded.

Courtesy of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

he Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians plans to open its new 5.8-acre Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza—celebrating the Tribe’s history, culture, traditions, and modern-day activities—at the corner of N. Indian Canyon Drive and E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in the heart of downtown Palm Springs in the fall of 2020.


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COMMUNITY INFORMATION Palm Springs City Hall 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way (760) 323-8299 palmspringsca.gov

Information Technology and Palm Springs Community Television (760) 322-8397

Palm Springs Police Department 200 S. Civic Way Direct Line (760) 323-8116 Public Information (760) 323-8106 pspd.com

Finance Department Direct Line (760) 323-8229 Business Licenses (760) 323-8289

Palm Springs Fire Department 300 N. El Cielo Road (760) 323-8181

Community and Economic Development (760) 323-8259 Sustainability Manager (760) 323-8214

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Office of the Assistant City Manager/City Engineer (760) 323-8202

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Palm Springs Animal Shelter 4575 E. Mesquite Ave. (760) 416-5718 psanimalshelter.org Palm Springs Convention & Bureau of Tourism 277 N. Avenida Caballeros (760) 325-6611 VisitPalmSprings.Com Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, ONE-PS www.one-ps.org palmspringsneighborhoods@one-ps.org USEFUL CONTACTS FOR OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ORGANIZATIONS Desert Water Agency 1200 Gene Autry Trail South (760) 323-4971 DWA.org LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 301 (760) 416-7790 thecenterps.org

Parks and Recreation 401 S. Pavilion Way (760) 323-8272

Mizell Senior Center 480 S. Sunrise Way (760) 323-5689 mizell.org

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Demuth Community Center 3601 E. Mesquite Ave. (760) 320-6430

Path of Life Coachella Valley, Homeless Assistance & Resources (760) 601-5424

Office of Neighborhood Involvement (760) 323-8255 palmspringsneighborhoods.com

James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center 480 Tramview Road (760) 323-8271

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Palm Springs Unified School District 150 District Center Drive (760) 883-2700 psusd.us Well in the Desert 441 S. Calle Encilia (760) 285-7297 wellinthedesert.org CITY HOTLINES Code Enforcement (760) 778-8434 Graffiti (760) 778-8469 Park Maintenance (760) 567-1034 Vacation Rental Compliance (760) 322-8383 ELECTED OFFICIALS Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., 36th District Coachella Valley District Office 43875 Washington Street, Ste. 4 Palm Desert, CA 92211 (760) 424-8888 Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, 4th District Coachella Valley District Office 73710 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 222 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 863-8211 Assemblyman Chad Mayes, 42nd Assembly District 41608 Indian Trail, Ste. 1 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 346-6342 State Senator Jeff Stone, 28th Senate District 45125 Smurr Street, Ste. B Indio, CA 92201 (760) 398-6442

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