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Civic affairs

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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Civic affairs

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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Civic affairs

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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Board and Committees Signs

Blade sign designed

The Canyon Palms Neighborhood Organization board recently reviewed several “blade” sign designs developed over the past several months. Since 2008, the city has allowed its officially recognized neighborhood organizations to purchase blade signs with their neighborhood names to be attached to existing street signs. The neighborhoods choose the locations and pay for upkeep. The signs must meet rigorous specifications.

After an exhaustive review of the blade signage of the other 47 neighborhood organizations, and in consultation with the Office of Neighborhoods, various ONE-PS officials with expertise in neighborhood blade signage, and collaboration with myriad professional designers and branding experts, the board unanimously agreed on the design shown here.

UPDATE 9/2020: Thank you to those who provided feedback on the comment form we had on this post for a few months. The design was approved by the board and city officials. Homeowners and residents of the neighborhood who wish to donate to help pay for the signs may do so here.

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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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Civic affairs

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.”

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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.

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Neighborhood activities

Modernism home tour

Please support our Canyon Palms neighbors and get your tickets now to the CANYON ESTATES NEIGHBORHOOD HOME TOUR during Modernism Week.  The tour is on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 9am-1pm, and includes self-guided tours of seven gorgeous homes and a chance to visit their lovely clubhouse which isn’t usually open to the public. All of the proceeds, less a percentage that goes to Modernism Week, is invested back into our neighborhood and the Canyon Estates community. It’s going to be a terrific tour! For tickets and more information about the Neighborhood Home Tour, please go to https://tickets.modernismweek.com/f/mw20/canyon-estates.

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Governance

ONE-PS recognizes Canyon Palms

The Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) voted unanimously during its Nov. 14 monthly meeting to officially recognize Canyon Palms as the city’s 48th organized neighborhood.

The official recognition was by voice vote.

Official recognition clears the way for neighborhood representatives to set up meetings with community policing officers and city officials to discuss common concerns such as public safety and code compliance. Also, Canyon Palms directors are now invited to seminars, workshops and retreats that ONE-PS puts on to train and educate community leaders and volunteers.

ONE-PS chair Kathy Cohn (left), Canyon Palms representative David Vignolo, and Denise Goolsby, manager of the Palm Springs Office of Neighborhoods
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Governance Neighborhood activities

Inaugural General Membership Meeting held on October 26, 2019

The months-long process of forming the Canyon Palms Neighborhood culminated in an Inaugural General Membership Meeting on Oct. 26, 2019 at the city’s fire training facility. The standing-room-only crowd represented 58 residences. These inaugural members voted 31-19 to request recognition of the neighborhood by ONE-PS, the organized neighborhoods of Palm Springs. The meeting also elected directors and named the neighborhood. Minutes of the meeting are available online here.