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Civic affairs Code enforcement/public works Safety

Code enforcement meeting

The ONE-PS Code Enforcement and Public Works Committee is holding a public meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, May 5, at 10 a.m. Among the topics to be discussed: 

  1. Mayor Pro Tem Lisa Middleton will speak about Assembly Bill 43, Traffic Safety, which would provide more flexibility to local governments in calculating speed limits on roads, and a City Council staff report dated March 25, 2021 regarding formal adoption of an official resolution by the City in support of this legislation at the state level.
  1. Discussion of the code enforcement process by the co-chair of the ONE-PS Code Enforcement and Public Works Committee.
  1. Updates on traffic calming projects, other traffic-related projects, and city building projects by the City’s Engineering Services. (Two approved traffic calming projects in our neighborhood are an all-way stop at La Verne Way and Toledo Avenue and 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 two-leg continental style crosswalk.)

To view, listen or participate in the meeting, use the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85929254806?pwd=RDVFdlF1azJNTWZCeUxGL0ZxcTdGUT09,
Or dial in and use Zoom Meeting ID 859 2925 4806, Passcode 019014

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Code enforcement/public works Safety

Traffic calming project update

The city has a webpage with updated information about projects to improve pedestrian safety through traffic calming. The projects include:

  • 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.

Click this link: Citywide Traffic Calming Projects | City of Palm Springs (palmspringsca.gov) to see what those planned projects and several others will look like. The Canyon Palms Neighborhood Organization would like to thank Joel Montalvo, Francisco Jaime and Donn Uleyo with the city Engineering Services for keeping us in the loop.

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Civic affairs Safety

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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Civic affairs Safety

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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Code enforcement/public works Safety

Street crossing improvements proposed

The City Council on Jan. 28 will consider changes to improve traffic and pedestrian safety in South Palm Springs, including two in our neighborhood:

  • A three-way stop at La Verne and Toledo, with marked/highlighted crosswalks  
  • Marked/highlighted crosswalks at Toledo and Maricopa

(Marked/highlighted crosswalks were recently installed at East Palm Canyon and Deepwell in front of Elmer’s.)

Our district council member, Lisa Middleton, told us, “I know that there are concerns about other problematic traffic, pedestrian and cycling chokepoints in South Palm Springs. These are not the only improvements that will be considered.”  

The staff report on these proposed changes will be posted on the city’s website. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the report if you wish to submit a comment or ask to speak at the virtual public council meeting.

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Safety

4 tips to avoid a burglary

After a home was burglarized in Canyon Palms on Dec. 17, we asked our neighborhood police liaison officer, Lt. Gustavo M. Araiza, for information we could share. He offered general advice that may help everyone avoid falling prey to a burglary:  

  • Adopt an “evening routine” and conduct a perimeter check of your residence; check for unlocked doors and windows, especially garage doors.
  • Consider adding a sensor to your garage door to alert you if you accidentally leave it open.
  • Consider a home security system for your residence, and be sure to arm it every time you are away.
  • Also arm your home security system when you are home using the “Stay” feature, especially at night, so you can be alerted should someone gain entry. Immediately call 9-1-1.

You can reach gustavo.araiza@palmspringsca.gov at (760) 323-8119, but non-emergency issues should instead be reported by calling the police non-emergency telephone number (760) 327-1441, or visiting the City of Palm Springs (palmspringsca.gov) web application. There you can click Connect and the appropriate link under Submit/Report.

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Code enforcement/public works Safety

Your street safety

The Canyon Palms Neighborhood Organization (CPNO) aims to facilitate communication between our residents and the City. We’ve created a short questionnaire to better understand your concerns and suggestions regarding traffic-related issues. This is a first step in our efforts to engage with the City on these topics in what we expect to be an ongoing dialog with numerous opportunities for idea exchange and feedback. Let’s get started!

Please answer several questions about local traffic by clicking this link.

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Safety

Real-time police reports

The Palm Springs Police Department provides our community with an inside look at its day-to-day calls for service. Click on this link to view active incidents listed by block, type of incident and the action taken by police. Incidents will only appear on screen after a final resolution to the incident is determined.

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Board and Committees Code enforcement/public works Safety

Incident reporting

As part of the Palm Springs Community Policing program, Lt. Gustavo M. Araiza met with our neighborhood organization board at its Dec. 11 meeting. Lt. Araiza explained the importance of understanding the different reporting methods available to the public. To report a nuisance issue, use the non-emergency number or app, but always use 911 for real emergencies. You can download the flyer as a PDF.