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Bidding a fond farewell to retiring Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready

Right. Here.

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Learn more at or call 760-773-1460. Eisenhower Health Center at Sunrise, 151 S. Sunrise Way Eisenhower Health Center at Rimrock, 4791 E. Palm Canyon Drive Eisenhower Health Center at Plaza del Sol, 1555-C S. Palm Canyon Drive Eisenhower Health Center at South Palm Canyon, 415 S. Palm Canyon Drive Eisenhower Primary Care at North Palm Canyon, 1401 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 202

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brady Sandahl, President Brady Sandahl Real Estate Group Reid Milanovich, Director Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Wendy Beerbower, Director Eisenhower Health Aftab Dada, Director Hilton Palm Springs Resort


Mary Flores, Director Grit Development John Fritch, Director Elevated Experiences Gabe Terrado, Director Lulu California Bistro Bruce Gillen, Director Mechanics Bank George Holiday, Director Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell Paul Lewin, Director United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Jenny McLean, Director McLean Company Joseph Miller, Director Stacey’s Palm Springs


Todd Burke, Director Desert Care Network Dax Davis, Director Alpha Media Kristin Bloomer, Director Palm Springs International Film Society CHAMBER STAFF Nona Watson CEO Brittne Meier Executive Assistant David White Business Development Director Michael Ellis Community Relations Director EDITOR Daniel Vaillancourt ART DIRECTOR Maru Palmersheim PHOTOGRAPHERS Lani Garfield Jeff Denean Jones David A. Lee Kevin Taylor


Š2021 Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and city of Palm Springs. 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 at the address below with any additions or corrections. 190 W. Amado Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 | (760) 325-1577 PSILOVEYOU| Winter 2021

17 Bringing Lulu Home 18 Co-Work Space

5 From Former City

21 A New Twist

6 Palm Springs Public

24 Think Local

Manager David Ready Library & Palm Springs International Airport

Shannon Miller, Director Coach Shannon Miller Julie Montante, Director PSA Organica

Chamber CEO Nona Watson and Chamber President Brady Sandahl


Palm Springs Parks & Recreation


Chamber New Members

10 Meet Our Local Heroes

on Cannabis

28 Your Chamber

Forever Hard at Work For Our Community

31 Community


Nona Watson

Brady Sandahl



Chamber CEO HAPPY 2021!

elcome to the inaugural edition of PSILOVEYOU, a new quarterly magazine produced and published by the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the residents of Palm Springs. It is our pride and joy to debut this entertaining and informative publication at the top of a new year, and it is our sincere wish to provide you, our cherished reader, with the latest city information while also giving you a snapshot of our resilient business community. As we begin this new year—during which an ongoing global pandemic will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds—we at the Chamber feel our singular focus remains a successful, responsible economic recovery that will keep every resident and visitor within our city limits safe and healthy. Our local business community has understandably been devastated, but united, we stand determined. Our role as a chamber is to be the prime champion for local business, to be the chief voice of local business, and to always look to and work toward the bright future of local business. In addition to overflowing with enlightening, useful information, each edition of PSILOVEYOU will celebrate some of our local heroes—those women and men who have gone over and above in the line of duty to keep all of us safe and thriving. We will also highlight members of our business community, paying particular homage to the pioneering ways in which they’ve pivoted in this new normal so as to ensure their continued prosperity.

Chamber President

elcome to the inaugural issue of PSILOVEYOU, the magazine designed not only to highlight our recent successes but to shed insight into current best practices and future happenings so that we can all move forward together. As a business owner and resident of Palm Springs, it’s a pleasure to serve a chamber so focused on supporting its members, their businesses, and the customers who frequent them. I’m pleased to share that our board of directors and executive staff continue to focus daily on three key priorities: To create and offer programs and opportunities that will educate our members, to communicate key messages to our members and community stakeholders, and to serve our members at the highest level possible. I’m so proud of how these volunteers and staff members have shown up every day to put these priorities into action. As we move forward, we’ll continue to add more value so that our members can achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves and their businesses. Specifically, we’ll add more digital products and services to address key messages of the moment, which will provide timely content and direction to help our members and community stakeholders navigate around and/ or through current or future turbulence. We’re confident this material will help our members and employees support the customers they serve—each day, every day! —Brady

The Chamber’s official hashtag has forever been PSILOVEYOU, and we hope this magazine will make you as proud and joyful as we are—that it will inspire you to always think locally and to support your fellow community members with all your heart. With nothing but the biggest, best, and brightest wishes for a fantastic 12 months ahead, —Nona

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For the latest COVID-19 information on State and City orders, testing sites, COVID case updates, and resources related to applying for business or unemployment assistance and much more, visit the City’s helpful Coronavirus page at and click on the red banner at the top. Get Tested! The Palm Springs Convention Center is hosting FREE COVID-19 testing throughout the month of January. Testing is encouraged for anyone with or without symptoms. To sign up, visit


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Palm Springs Residents:


brief note to you as I prepare to leave City Hall after serving as city manager these past 20 years. My heart overflows with gratitude for the city of Palm Springs!

With that in mind, the city’s mission has always been to ensure Palm Springs remains an inclusive, world-class city dedicated to providing excellent and responsive public services that enhance the quality of life for our current and future generations of residents. Our city’s economic growth is an important component that makes that possible.

Putting it in perspective, when I first arrived at City Hall in 2000, the city’s total budget was $88 million — now 20 years later, it has grown to $258 million. I believe this illustrates tremendous economic and civic growth that has flourished thanks to important public/private partnerships, making our destination the success it is today — and led to an enduring Palm Springs renaissance. This growth has helped us strengthen all our safety services, including additional 911 paramedic responders, park improvements, significant new street resurfacing, housing and retail opportunities, more recreation programs, library services, sustainability programs, increased bike lanes, and new social services resources. With that said, a big part of the Palm Springs renaissance is due to the hard work and dedication of our businesses, tourism and hospitality partners, who have always understood Palm Springs has a special magic that truly makes us like no place else. Your commitment to our economic prosperity cannot be understated. It has been an honor and privilege to work with you and serve our residents and visitors, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. All the best! — David PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021 5


Public Library

Still Your Go-To Resource During


The Palm Springs Public Library’s pickup service, Library-A-GoGo, remains a favorite among library users during COVID-19. It is easier than ever to get books, DVDs, and music CDs through this service. Visit, search the catalog for items, and place your online request. Your items will be gathered, and when they are ready to be picked up, you will receive a notification. Simply make an appointment, call when you arrive, and your items will be placed on the table outside the door. It is as easy as 1-2-3!

In addition, the library has developed a popular new service that now allows residents an opportunity to have a librarian choose items for them—for those times when you just don’t know what you want to read, watch, or listen to next! In order to participate, residents must complete an online form at and answer a series of questions about what they like to read, watch, or listen to. Then, the city’s friendly librarians will work with you to discover new materials. You can even get a virtual library card if you have not used the service before—or if you were in elementary school the last time you visited the library. For more information, visit or call (760) 322-READ (7323).



Interim Executive Director Ulises Aguirre Named Executive Director of

PSP Ready for More Takeoffs and Landings in


Palm Springs International Airport soared to new air service heights in 2020. Seven airlines collectively made 13 new service announcements, including seven new routes and two new airlines. On October 1, PSP welcomed Boutique Air as a new airline flying to Los Angeles and Phoenix, once daily each. Boutique then added a second daily LAX flight two weeks later. Joining Boutique and United Airlines, Delta Air Lines launched its own daily LAX flight on November 9 to give PSP four daily round trips to Los Angeles. The rest of November shaped up to be a very exciting month, as the city welcomed Southwest Airlines to Palm Springs. Southwest began year-round service from PSP on November 15, with three daily flights to Phoenix, two daily flights to Oakland, and one daily flight to Denver. This was followed a few days later by new nonstop service to Boise, Idaho and Eugene, Oregon on Allegiant Air. Those 6 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021

PSP routes commenced November 19 and 20, respectively, with each operating twice weekly through April 18, 2021. December was equally thrilling, with new service from three airlines and more new routes. On December 17, Alaska Airlines launched new daily year-round service to San Jose, daily seasonal service to Boise, and seasonal service to Reno/Tahoe five days per week. Both seasonal routes end on April 12, 2021. Also on December 17, American Airlines kicked off nonstop service to Philadelphia, operating Saturdays through April 3, 2021. In addition, JetBlue debuted new seasonal service to Fort Lauderdale on December 20, which will go through April 18, 2021. PSP now has 12 airlines flying nonstop to 28 airports across the U.S. and Canada. For more information on all airlines and routes in Palm Springs, please visit

Ulises Aguirre has been appointed PSP’s new executive director. Prior to being named interim executive director, Aguirre served for the past five years as the airport’s assistant director. Before arriving in Palm Springs, he performed a variety of management roles at Los Angeles International Airport, serving in positions such as manager of strategic planning projects and terminal operations as well as director of landside operations. Aguirre also served in several management capacities at Ontario International Airport, including manager of airport administration. “Ulises has a wealth of experience managing complex airports and overseeing strategic project development at major hubs like LAX, Ontario International—and

for the past five years, in Palm Springs,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “We’re excited to welcome him to the executive management team.” Aguirre, a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a certificate in aviation safety and security from the University of Southern California. “With the recent arrival of Southwest Airlines and other popular carriers, Palm Springs International Airport is experiencing unparalleled growth as one of the premier resort airports in Southern California and beyond,” says Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Scott White, adding that Aguirre has played a pivotal role in the success of PSP and its airline development.


Parks & Recreation Offers Great Programs for Local Residents and Families During COVID-19 PALM SPRINGS SWIM CENTER Open every day, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are required and are in 45-minute blocks. Face coverings required except for when in pool. Daily fee for residents is $5 and $15 for non-residents. In addition, 25 swim scan cards are available. Annual membership is required: $5 for residents, $95 for adult non-residents, and $25 for non-resident children. Scan card is $75 for residents and $200 for non-residents. PICKLEBALL Courts are open daily and available only to Palm Springs residents. Doubles play is allowed. Reservations are required from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Face coverings are required at all times, even during play. TENNIS Courts are open daily and available only to Palm Springs residents. Doubles play is allowed. Reservations are required from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Face coverings are required at all times, even during play. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Youth Conditioning Class, Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. $20 per month. Face coverings are required at all times. For Kids Only on the Go, Homework Help at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Face coverings are required at all times. Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Face coverings are required at all times. Pee Wee Recreation, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. $20 per month. To make a reservation, visit palmspringsrecreation/home

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All Saints Protection Group, Inc. 121 S Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 225 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 284-2908 Birkenstock Comfort Shoes Palm Springs 160 S. Palm Canyon Drive, #C Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 323-1175 Bolour / Carl Immigration Group, APC 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 969-5077 Brickworks American Bistro & Pizza 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 778-6000 Carter Animal Hospital 36701 Date Palm Drive Cathedral City, CA 92234 (760) 324-8811

Dunkin Brands 130 Royall Street Canton, MA 02021 (928) 707-9812 en.html Enclave at Baristo LLC 901 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Ste. A 200 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (714) 742-4952 Etheryal, Inc. 72-960 Fred Waring Drive, Ste. 10 Palm Desert, CA 92260 (760) 625-0565 Flawless Imperfections 155 S. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 548-0429 Gabinos Creperie 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive, #4 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 808-8150

CC Designs Metal Fabrication 605 S. Williams Road Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 610-4004

Germeister (div of PTR Group Inc.) 4415 Marsh Edler Court Concord, CA 94521 (415) 606-3400

Di Moda Public Relations 2525 Main Street, Ste. #203 Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 288-0077

Golden Caring Angels 44731 Palm Street Indio, CA 92201 (760) 835-9815

Dickey’s Barbeque Pit - Rancho Mirage 42452 Bob Hope Drive, Ste. 4 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 851-0955

Grounded Bodyworks LLC 1701 North Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 3 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 848-8587

Donald Browne Insurance Services 190 W. Amado Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 904-0354

HM Hospitality Consultants 683 E. Lily Street Palm Springs, CA 92262 (781) 367-7061 Holland Pharms 150 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (818) 836-7908

Kashkari Construction 3155 Ramon Road, #102 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 851-4598 Mark Kearney Group Luxury Catering Events 1451 Livmor Palm Springs, CA 92262 (323) 241-7631 Martha’s Village & Kitchen Inc. 83791 Date Avenue Indio, CA 92201 (760) 905-3646 Mystic Desert 146 N Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 422-6065 Off the Charts Shop 1508 S Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 699-7402 OG Arabian Nights LLC 232 N. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 656-0109 Option One Solar 190 W. Amado Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 205-2249 Poolside Vacations Inc. 301 N. Palm Canyon Drive Ste. 103-1020 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 800-3149 Print-N-Play 801 E. Williams Street Barstow, CA 92311 (760) 256-0511 Rockit Smokes 777 N. Palm Canyon Drive, #205 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (818) 484-7145 Sonny’s Fusion Bar & Grill 214 E. Arenas Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (702) 980-3206

Staples Palm Springs 5001 Ramon Road, Building 3 Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 325-7056 Starbucks at Sunny Dunes 682 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. A Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 323-8023 Starbucks at Sunrise and Ramon 425 Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 327-0809 TALAVERA Palm Springs 375 W Arenas Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 325-7100 The Floodgate Agency Inc 777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way #200-46 Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 949-5017 Total Life Changes 8306 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 230 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 403-3332 Tru Self Care Boutique 116 La Plaza Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 699-7933 Urban Yoga Center 2167Jacques Road Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 413-9181 West Coast Auto Collision 732 Williams Road Palm Springs, CA 92264 (760) 322-6614 West Coast Plumbing and Water Heater 17406 Los Alimos Street Granada Hills, CA 91394 (800) 783-5317

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he Palm Springs Police Department would like to thank the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce for allowing us the opportunity to highlight extraordinary work of the employees of your Police Department.

MEDAL OF COURAGE (Incident August 2, 2020)

We are very grateful for the incredible support our community offers us day after day. Palm Springs Police Department employees strive to provide outstanding service to our residents and visitors. Unfortunately, this year, we were unable to publicly gather to present awards to several officers and staff. However, we will not let the year end without recognizing their momentous achievements. OFFICER PEDRO NAÑEZ

Bryan Reyes Chief of Police Palm Springs Police Department

Officer Nañez was commended for his proactive policing, hard work, dedication, and diligence in seeking out and deterring crime. He witnessed several subjects shooting into a mobile home park, and pursued the suspects after they fled. He showed tremendous courage in engaging and capturing one of the suspects and the suspect’s weapon.

LIFESAVING MEDAL (Incident April 7, 2020)

Officer Cary Carrillo, Officer Anthony Pilutik, and Officer Max Reynoso

Officers were commended for their quick response and ability to remain calm in a life-threatening situation. Officers immediately assisted a chest stabbing victim by immediately formulating a plan to apply combat gauze and direct pressure to save the victim’s life.





Officer Reynoso was commended for demonstrating technical knowledge in assessing a stab wound victim suffering a hemorrhage to his femoral artery, and the application of a tourniquet to control this life-threatening injury. Trauma surgery staff at DRMC stated Officer Reynoso’s actions facilitated the victim’s survival from the traumatic injury. 10 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021

Detective Torres is commended for his collaborative work on narcotics investigations, which has resulted in numerous arrests and seizures of significant amounts of narcotics and weapons. He dedicated his time in participating in an annual law enforcement boxing tournament to raise funds to support a non-profit foundation that helps children fighting terminal cancer.




Officer Andrew Tiedeman and Officer Shawn Carlin Officers responded to assist a woman deeply cutting her arm from her elbow to her wrist with a razor blade. She refused and physically resisted the officers’ attempts to assist her. They were able to detain her and apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, and are commended for their actions in saving her life.


LIFESAVING MEDAL (Incident August 8, 2020)




Sergeant Gil Fernandez, Officer Pedro Nañez, and Officer Juan Jimenez These employees volunteered to be facilitators of the Coachella Valley’s first-ever Spanish language Community Police Academy. Their dedication, outside of their normal workday, created the course content, which mirrored the department’s existing Community Police Academy. They are commended for their outstanding performance, resourcefulness, exceptional work ethic, and service to the community.




David A. Lee


EISENHOWER HEALTH HERO AWARD Detective Lauren Bixler Eisenhower Health awarded Detective Bixler its distinguished Health Heroes Award for her exceptional overall work performance. She has established a reputation as a dedicated, hard-working investigator. She embodies what it means to be a law enforcement officer who truly wants to effect a positive change within the community she serves.

CHIEF’S COMMENDATION Sergeant Nick Andre, Officer Pedro Nañez, Officer Luciano Colantuono, and Officer Ronnie Jones Earlier this year, several incidents of shootings and gang violence plagued several city neighborhoods, causing the need for swift action to address the violence. These employees are commended for their overall dedication to making our city safer by playing a vital role in identifying suspects involved in multiple homicide cases.





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Officer Colantuono was commended for his outstanding service to the community by his proactive enforcement efforts, analyzing information about high-crime areas, locating stolen vehicles, and identifying suspects. His relentlessness assisted in making the city safer by his seizure of several firearms and his recovery of stolen vehicles from criminal gang members.

The Police Department’s Field Training Officer Program was approved by the State’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in July 2019. Sergeant Raso worked hundreds of hours to create the program, which ultimately led to the state’s approval. His overall dedication enhanced the performance and efficiency in training new officers.


Officer Joshua Crocker Employee Recognition Recipient June-December 2019

Detective Michael Torres Employee Recognition Recipient January-June 2020

Code Compliance Unit The members of the Code Compliance Unit were recognized for their hard work and dedication during unprecedented challenges to evolving pandemic-related regulations. Their high level of empathy, professionalism, responsiveness, and dedication has played a significant role in ensuring a safe environment for all. They are commended for their exemplary service and commitment during these challenging times.

HONORABLE SERVICE RETIREMENTS Sergeant Matthew Beard 29 years of service

Officer Dave Costello 25 years of service

Officer Czersale Hilton 24 years of service

Officer Anthony Harrison 18 years of service Officer Don Benstead Employee Recognition Recipient July-December 2020

Account Specialist Carolyn Notte 21 years of service

Senior Secretary Heidi Farrance 25 years of service Officer Max Reynoso 2019 MADD DUI Award Animal Control Officer Peter Garcia 5 years of service

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Amenity Center Opening Soon

So far as life in the desert goes, it doesn’t get much sweeter than Palm Springs. And yet we think we can do even better. Picture everything you know about the city— mid-century architecture and art. A cooler than cool local scene. And a dare we say oasis feel in the desert. Now imagine it all in one place. Whether it’s relaxing, fun or active, it’s Miralon, your new way to Palm Springs.

Desert Modern Homes Now Selling from the $600,000s Tours available by appointment only. Register to schedule your tour today!

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This information represents preliminary plans for Miralon, does not represent a specific offer of sale or solicitation to purchase property within Miralon and is subject to change without notice. Rendering is artist’s concept and does not reflect actual amenity. Pricing subject to change. Square footages are approximate. All products and company names are trademarked™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Christopher Homes Development Group CA DRE license #01904530. Woodbridge Pacific Group CA DRE license #01949603. © 2020.

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f there are two phrases best known here by locals and visitors, one is “I Palm Springs” and the other is “There’s always a party at Lulu.” Well, the party continues with safe, sanitary to-go and delivery service—and outdoor dining when it returns—365 days a year, just as it has for nearly 10 years since Lulu California Bistro opened its doors. “We’ve always risen to meet the challenge,” says Lulu founder Jerry Keller. “Serving delicious food at great prices in a safe environment is just who we are. Whether it’s contactless to-go orders, delivery from Lulu’s kitchen to your table, or dining with us in our festive Bistro Gardens, we’re here for you.” Lulu’s menus remain large and bountiful! The all-day dining menu offers many choices for which Lulu has become famous, including wild mushroom soup, Kobe beef burgers, sandwiches, salads, avocado and tuna tower, seafood linguine, meatloaf, seafood, steaks, chicken pot pie, and much, much more. As always, Lulu’s wide and varied selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices guarantees there’s something for everyone to enjoy on the menu. Operational changes for restaurants due to the worldwide health crisis have also made Lulu the outdoor dining darling of Palm Springs. With its new Bistro Gardens along bustling Palm Canyon Drive and the adjacent, closed Arenas Road, Lulu has created two new, fully heated, beautiful outdoor “dining rooms” that take advantage of the amazing mountain views. Lulu’s Bistro Gardens are fully carpeted with Lulu California Bistro 200 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs 760-327-5858 |

bright green artificial grass, and colorful sail panels mimic the ceiling sculptures in Lulu’s interior dining room. While the party continues from Lulu’s kitchen in downtown Palm Springs, Lulu can also bring the party to you with Lulu Catering & Events. Now specializing in smaller, more intimate events—from in-home gatherings to beautiful micro weddings and small business and private parties—it offers its own unique array of creative menu choices, design services, and party equipment and tabletop rentals. In addition to its full-time culinary and wait staff, Lulu Catering & Events is recognized for creating festive, beautiful, and lavish settings produced with exquisite care at the highest level of excellence and with extraordinary safety standards. The accolades don’t end there. Lulu California Bistro and Lulu Catering & Events have been award-winners in multiple categories for many years! The most recent “Best of the Desert” readers’ poll honored them with Best All-Around Restaurant, Best Bloody Mary, Best Business Lunch, Best Carryout, Best Caterer, Best Classic Cocktails, Best Dining Experience, Best Early Bird Dining, Best Late Nite Bites, Best Martini, Best Meal for the Money, Best Outdoor Dining, Best PetFriendly Dining, and Best Weekend Brunch. All of these “Bests” at affordable prices, served up with so much love! “We look forward to serving you Lulu’s delicious food in the safest ways possible,” says Keller. Lulu Catering & Events 760-537-0048 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021 17

The Chamber adds

Jeff Denean Jones

a second flexible office space to meet demand.


“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” –Farrah Gray, American businessperson and best-selling author.

he Chamber’s Palm Springs Co-Work offers modern, flexible options in the heart of downtown. Choose from two vibrant locations: Chamber HQ, with its midcentury feel and stunning mountain views, or the modern, industrial suites above the West Elm building, which overlook Palm Canyon Drive.


Amenities include high-speed WiFi, kitchen and lounge areas, coffee, beverages, snacks, and free parking. Need a break? Walk to nearby shops and restaurants. And don’t forget that Co-Work members enjoy exclusive Chamber benefits, including free access to networking opportunities, special events, and discounts. Full-time locals, seasonal residents, and out-of-towners combine to make Palm Springs Co-Work an inspiring environment for enterprises of any size or budget. No longterm commitment is ever required. 18 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021

Contact us at (760) 325-1577 or or visit for more information or to reserve your spot.


Four Twenty Bank is a modern revitalization of a once-dilapidated building that sat vacant for over 23 years. After investing over two years of time, we have completely restored this once-prestigious place of business into an onsite cannabis consumption lounge, dispensary, and epic event venue. The very first of its kind! Entrepreneurs Nolan Moore and Julie Montante have merged their brilliant minds and successful business expertise to create this truly unique experience. They have deliberately chosen to break the stereotype of the typical cannabis consumer and elevate the minds of the public. They have set out to broaden the horizon and aim for a new concept. The influx of a vibrant demographic to the downtown Palm Springs area makes this the absolute perfect location to introduce such a groundbreaking business. Unlike anything you have experienced, the Four Twenty Bank dispensary and concert lounge offers a wide range of products, including a full assortment of sodas, cocktails, beer, and wine that contain zero alcohol and are CBD- and THC-infused. We carry all the top brands of cannabis, from King Garden to Cookies. On offer: the desert’s largest array of pre-rolls, live rosin, wax, oils, enriched lotions and creams, vape pens, and cartridges. With the cannabis community being fully accepted in the desert region, we feel the creation of this experience will be beneficial to the community as a whole! Oh, and wait for the mixology robots! Working side by side with local professionals and the city of Palm Springs, we have strived to exceed every request the city had regarding ventilation and social distancing in this location so as to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all patrons. The custom filtration system is designed to create a unique airflow designed to pull fresh air into the building while lifting out smoke and purifying it before exiting the extended vents. The major overhaul of this 17,000+-square-foot landmark includes double glass entry doors maintained at all times by security specialists, three oversized chandeliers that each have over 4,000 hanging crystals, and customized rolling display cases to make this space adaptable to concerts and special events, when allowed. Upstairs, private rooms and Sky Suites are available for member-hosted affairs and

invitation-only parties, with exclusive access reserved for VIP guests. Also available is office space for rent. By combining the consumption lounge and dispensary with a concert and arts experience, we aim to become a staple of the community. The opportunity to work with many local performers and feature artists is beyond exciting. Four Twenty Bank also has a limited number of Private Label Society Memberships that will have priority access to the event calendar, plus many other benefits. Four Twenty Bank also envisions building a business model that can be applied to other unique properties in other major cities across the world! While we eagerly await the delight of opening our doors during these unprecedented times, we continue to move forward every day with goals for this founding location. MEET THE OWNERS Julie Montante opened PSA Organica in downtown Palm Springs in 2016. Julie’s brother, Len Montante, is an important part

of both PSA Organica and Four Twenty Bank. Having been with her since the beginning, he works in management operations and buying. Come in and also meet Sue Littleton, our metrics and floor manager. Julie got into this industry when her mother developed stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 45. She wanted to find alternatives to chemo, radiation, and surgery without stripping her of her dignity. This was the beginning of an extensive and compassionate journey for Julie and Lenny to pursue their dream of helping others in need. They put their clients’ needs and comfort first from the time they walk in. Their goal is to supply compassion to those in need in a safe and comfortable environment. Julie donates five percent of after-tax receipts each month to local charities. She also works with Well in the Desert, Desert AIDS Project, Martha’s Kitchen, and the AIDS assistance Program. Stop by and meet Julie, Len, and the friendly knowledgeable staff. Should you have any questions, please contact Julie at (760) 250-6477. PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021 21

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Photography Kevin Taylor

Lulu California Bistro

Lulu’s covered and heated Bistro Gardens along bustling Palm Canyon Drive and down the closed Arenas Road features the delicious flavors of its food and drinks in a lively and fun outdoor setting. There’s always a party at Lulu…and now it’s outside!

Maracas With two great locations, Maracas Cantina serves delicious and unique Mexican cuisine with emphasis on fresh ingredients and great flavor. Our restaurant is the perfect place to relax with the family, or to enjoy the company of friends. We feature arguably one of the best patio settings in the valley. Our courteous staff is always available to answer any questions about our menu offerings so as to ensure a pleasant dining experience. Come in and try one of our fantastic dishes, homemade desserts, or perfect margaritas. Maracas Cantina also features a selection of over 100 Tequilas and a terrific Happy Hour. Come see what’s shakin at Maracas!

Blackbook There are people who feel comfortable dining out, some who don’t, and those in-between. Early on, we weren’t confident we had the right solution. So, we waited. The result is a chic outdoor patio that doesn’t feel temporary, where people can dine comfortably and most important, safely. We actually submitted for less capacity than the city would grant. We felt people would appreciate having the extra space. We believe we’ve reached our goal of bringing folks back who wanted to visit but were a little apprehensive about it. This pandemic may be temporary, but what we do during it will have a long-lasting effect. 24 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021

Tac/Quila Our business model is unusual for the restaurant industry. We believe that if we invest in the best possible ingredients and people, and focus our resources on presentation and environment, our customers will recognize the difference and will be excited to return and share their experience with others. We believe that a cocktail should be the creative expression of its author, and that a good meal must be an artistic blend of flavor, aroma, and color. A true dining experience should involve an awakening of all of the senses, and we hope to bring this delight to our guests...again, and again, and again.

EDITOR'S NOTE: When we first conceived of this article, outdoor dining was permitted in Palm Springs. At press time, per state mandate, it is no longer. When patio service resumes, these wonderful eateries will welcome diners with open arms.

Eight4Nine With 9,000 square feet of patio space—plus a team of management, front-ofhouse, and kitchen professionals dedicated to the latest pandemic relief health protocols— keeping you safe is easy at EIGHT4NINE.

El Patrón

Las Casuelas Terraza

El Patrón is a boutique, Baja-inspired eatery committed to serving the freshest, natural, local produce; wild-caught seafood; and all-natural, hormone-free meats. You will find our handcrafted food and drinks on the #1 corner in downtown Palm Springs.

We’re proud to serve four generations of Delgado family recipes. Las Casuelas Terraza’s great food, friendly hospitality, and excellent service have made it a Palm Springs institution loved by locals and visitors alike. Our legacy traces back to Maria Fajardo, the Delgado family matriarch, who cooked for copper miners in predepression Arizona with her famous earthenware pots and pans—cazuelas. Terraza opened in 1979 inside a historic Palm Springs casita from the 1920s, and quickly became a landmark, routinely serving Palm Springs’ residents, visitors, and vacationing celebrities. Today, Maria Fajardo’s granddaughter, Patricia, and her great grandson, Patrick, serve her recipes to guests from around the world. Trio Trio Restaurant Palm Springs—located in a renovated, historic, midcentury bank building in Palm Springs’ fashionable Uptown Design District—has been a local favorite since opening in 2009. Here, we aim to bring people together with timeless dishes and exceptional service that convey sincere appreciation for the neighborhood’s continued support. We are where Palm Springs eats. From the moment you walk into Trio, you feel the energy in the room and hear an inviting blend of music. You are immersed in the aroma of your favorite cuisines as you gaze upon a sea of happy faces and a colorful décor. PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021 25





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s we have been since the very beginning of the global pandemic that started early last year, we at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce remain committed to focusing all of our energy and resources on concerted efforts to help member businesses stay afloat, and to assist them in preparing for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy. We’re also acting diligently to elevate public awareness of—and support for—small local businesses. Just some of the ways we're doing this include: The gathering of extensive information from reputable sources on such topics as government aid programs, things to keep in mind while reopening, or strategies to keep businesses, their employees, and their customers healthy and safe. Call us or visit our website to learn more. The setting-up of a pop-up coronavirus testing site at the Palm Springs Convention Center to help Riverside County reach the numbers it needs to move to the least restrictive tier. The participation of CEO Nona Watson in weekly Zoom meetings dedicated to updates on the most recent state, county, valley, and city developments and regulations. The design of various interactive, audience-driven workshops touching on education, marketing, and social media tips for businesses. The hosting of educational Zoom workshops, on various topics, designed to bring businesses directly to the experts from within our own community who can help answer questions and provide the right information to keep all of us moving forward. 28 PSILOVEYOU | Winter 2021

Assistance to members adversely impacted by the pandemic who wish to submit applications for various grants through the Small Business Administration. A collaboration with other local chambers to form a list of valley resources for businesses, employees, and the general public so they can all maneuver through the crisis. This includes an updated list of businesses that are open, and what services they provide. The presentation of regular community updates on Governor Newsom’s “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” plan so that we can all be better prepared for each step of said plan. The regular surveying of our members so we can stay on top of the issues that affect them. The distribution of thousands of free face coverings, hand sanitizers, and face shields to area businesses. The transitioning of our Leads Lunches to Zoom meetings held each Tuesday at noon.

A partnership with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism to operate a visitors center out of our Chamber offices. A partnership with Alpha Media on a weekly radio show promoting Palm Springs businesses that are reinventing the way they operate. The hosting of a community blood drive at our Chamber offices. The production and posting of videos on our social media promoting creative ways our members are adapting to this new normal. The offering of co-working services as an alternate to those who may not have home office space. As in any emergency, the entire community is only as strong as its weakest member. Our mission here at the Chamber is to help the Coachella Valley weather these unprecedented times. We know that, together, we shall prevail and emerge greater and more resilient than ever!

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Information Palm Springs City Hall 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way (760) 323-8299

Sustainability Manager (760) 323-8214

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

Public Works & Engineering (760) 323-8253

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

Code Enforcement (760) 323-8177

Building & Safety (760) 323-8242 Maintenance & Facilities (760) 323-8167

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Planning Services (760) 323-8245

Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, ONE-PS

Well in the Desert 441 S. Calle Encilia (760) 285-7297


CITY HOTLINES Code Enforcement (760) 778-8434

Office of the City Manager (760) 322-8362

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

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

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

Office of the City Council (760) 323-8200 Office of the City Attorney (760) 323-8205

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

Office of the City Clerk (760) 323-8204 Request public records via email at

Palm Springs Public Library 300 S. Sunrise Way (760) 322-7323

LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Ste. 301 (760) 416-7790

Office of Communications/ Public Information (760) 323-8250

Welwood Murray Memorial Public Library & Visitors Center 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive (760) 323-8296

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

Palm Springs International Airport 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way (760) 318-3800

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

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

Palm Springs Animal Control (760) 323-8151 (760) 327-1441 Active animal assistance

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce 190 W. Amado Road (760) 325-1577

Palm Springs Animal Shelter 4575 E. Mesquite Avenue (760) 416-5718

Assemblyman Chad Mayes, 42nd Assembly District 41608 Indian Trail, Ste. 1 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 346-6342

Palm Springs Disposal Services 4690 E. Mesquite Avenue (760) 327-1351

Palm Springs Convention & Bureau of Tourism 277 N. Avenida Caballeros (760) 325-6611 VisitPalmSprings.Com

Palm Springs Unified School District 150 District Center Drive (760) 883-2700

State Senator Melissa Melendez, 28th Senate District 45125 Smurr Street, Ste. B Indio, CA 92201 (760) 398-6442

Office of Neighborhood Involvement (760) 323-8255 Office of Special Program Compliance/Vacation Rentals & Cannabis (760) 322-8370 Information Technology and Palm Springs Community Television (760) 322-8397 Finance Department Direct Line (760) 323-8229 Business Licenses (760) 323-8289 Community and Economic Development (760) 323-8259

Desert Water Agency 1200 Gene Autry Trail South (760) 323-4971

Graffiti (760) 778-8469 Vacation Rental Compliance (760) 322-8383 ELECTED OFFICIALS Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD, 36th District Coachella Valley District Office 43875 Washington Street, Ste. 4 Palm Desert, CA 92211 (760) 424-8888

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