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Virtual Walk Audit

Do you believe that pedestrian safety in our community has room for improvement? Have you wanted to share your concerns? Here’s your best chance.

The Palm Springs Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Plan Community Outreach Team is holding five Virtual Walk Audits. The sessions will help the city compete for transportation funds to improve pedestrian safety and neighborhood walkability.

Our neighborhood would be part of the District 5 Virtual Walk Audit, to be held with Mayor Pro Tem and our Councilmember Lisa Middleton on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 4-5:30 pm. Any one who would like to participate can register at http://bit.ly/PS_District5

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City approves stop signs and crosswalk

The City Council voted unanimously on Jan. 28 to approve new traffic controls that will benefit pedestrian and bicycle safety in our neighborhood:

  • An all-way stop at La Verne Way and Toledo Avenue.
  • Upgrading the stop signs on Toledo Avenue at Maricopa to solar powered LED signs, with a new curb ramp on the north side of Toledo Avenue, and the addition of a 2 leg continental style crosswalk.

The Council voted 5-0 to accept a staff report that also will establish all-way stops at South Palm Canyon Drive and La Verne Way and at Murray Canyon Drive.

Prior to the vote, Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Middleton praised the neighborhood organizations for helping to get public input, as we did with an online questionnaire and two Zoom meetings. In response to our concerns, she asked that the City Engineers look at whether the intersection of Toledo Avenue and La Verne Way can be better marked to show motorists where the bike lane on Toledo gives way to traffic making a right turn. Our board of directors thanks Councilmember Middleton for her outreach to our neighborhood and for moving these changes through so expeditiously.

To see a video recording of the discussion and the vote, fast-forward to the 58:58 timestamp here: (28) City Council Meeting | January 28th, 2021 – YouTube.

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ONE-PS Talk of the Town

The Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) is delighted to announce its next Zoom Talk Of The Town: Palm Springs 20/20: Where We’ve Been – Where We’re Going.

This is a presentation highlighting the challenges and accomplishments of the City of Palm Springs over the past 20 years as well as a look at what is in store for the next 20. The presenter will be David Ready, Palm Springs’ city manager for the past 20 years. Hear firsthand from the man who guided us through unprecedented growth and change and learn of his vision for what we can expect in the future.

Join the Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81872962168?pwd=TmtodHJ1ZjUxcUV4ejAyRmFHNGNNQT09

Meeting ID: 818 7296 2168

Passcode: 472637

You may also the ZOOM presentation via the www.ONE-PS.org.

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Candidate forum

The Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, ONE-PS, conducts a series of candidate forums for the November 3 election highlighting local races. The forum for Palm Springs City Council-Districts 5, which includes our neighborhood, is available to watch online through Election Day.

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Meet Lisa Middleton

The campaign to re-elect Lisa Middleton to the City Council has added a virtual event specifically for Canyon Palms, which is in her District 5. Although Council Member Middleton is running unopposed, she is hoping that you will be able join this event to share your questions, ideas and concerns.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

David Vignolo, the secretary and official representative to ONE-PS for Canyon Palms, is hosting the event, billed as a virtual house party. It is open to the public – you don’t have to live in the neighborhood. But you must register in advance by clicking this link in order to receive the Zoom meeting invitation.

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County housing plan

California’s Project Homekey aims to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to create permanent long-term housing for the homeless. Palm Springs has allocated $3 million out of its share of the funds to help Riverside County acquire and convert a hotel in the city into apartments that could house individuals and families. The Ivy Palm Resort at 2000 N. Palm Canyon Drive is reported to be the top choice but the Travelodge Hotel at 1269 E. Palm Canyon Drive also is under consideration for conversion.

UPDATE 9/19/20: The county Housing Homelessness Prevention & Workforce Solutions agency is hosting an informational meeting Monday, 9/21/20 at 5:30 pm. that you can attend via this Zoom meeting link. Meeting ID: 95631321708, Passcode: 92504.

If you have thoughts or want to learn more, you may wish to contact one or more of the following government officials:

  • Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, 4th District, Riverside County, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260; (760) 863-8211 / district4@rivco.org
  • Heidi Marshall, Director, County of Riverside, Housing, Homeless Prevention and Workforce Solutions; 3403 Tenth Street, Suite 300, Riverside, CA 92501; (951) 955-1161
  • City of Palm Springs Councilmember Lisa Middleton, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; PO BOX 2743, Palm Springs, CA 92263-2743; (760) 323-8200; lisa.middleton@palmspringsca.gov
  • City of Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready, Esq Ph.D., 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 322-8350; David.Ready@palmspringsca.gov
  • Jay Virata, Director, Community & Economic Development Department, City of Palm Springs, 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 323-8228; jay.virata@palmspringsca.gov
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Power outages

Some issues have arisen this summer regarding electrical service:

  • Maintenance power outages scheduled during the pandemic and heat wave
  • Unscheduled outages due to aging infrastructure within the neighborhood
  • An increasing number of Flex Alerts, which call for consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity when there is a predicted shortage
  • Changes to monthly Southern California Edison (SCE) billing as a result of the new electricity provider for Palm Springs, Desert Community Energy (DCE)

If you have thoughts or questions about these issues, you may wish to contact one or more of the following:

Government officials:

  • Mayor Geoff Kors, Chair of the Desert Community Energy Board, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 323-8299 Geoff.Kors@palmspringsca.gov
  • City of Palm Springs Councilmember Lisa Middleton, 3200 East Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; PO BOX 2743, Palm Springs, CA 92263-2743; (760) 323-8200; lisa.middleton@palmspringsca.gov
  • City of Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready, Esq Ph.D., 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 322-8350; David.Ready@palmspringsca.gov
  • Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, 4th District, Riverside County, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260; (760) 863-8211 / district4@rivco.org

Businesses:

  • Southern California Edison Customer Service, 1-800-655-4555

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Census week of action begins

The Palm Springs Census response rate ranks 6th in the Coachella Valley. Only 50.6% of Palm Springs residents have responded to the Census. Let’s pump that number up! If you have not completed the Census yet, please consider doing so today! Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.  Be counted!

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The arena plan

Plans by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to construct a hockey and entertainment arena downtown prompted some residents to voice concerns over parking and traffic. The ensuing negotiations show the importance of having neighborhood organizations to coordinate and amplify such responses.

Even before hearing public comment at a special city council meeting Dec. 5, the city made 81 planning recommendations to the tribe, according to a Jan. 14 story in the Desert Sun. (Subscription required to read the story.) The tribe reportedly accepted most of the recommendations but did not agree to put all required parking spaces on site and to redirect patrons away from city parking lots and garages. The tribe also rejected a request to avoid scheduling events during other major city events.

At the Dec. 5 meeting, the council voted unanimously to issue a conformity report to the tribe for the arena, with certain conditions added. One condition was, “Schedule and hold regular stakeholder meetings with area Neighborhood Organizations, neighboring Homeowners Associations, and downtown merchants to address issue relative to the development and operation of the arena facility.”