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Speed limit reduction ceremony

City officials came to Canyon Palms on April 8 to celebrate the reduction of speed limits on 36 street segments in Palm Springs.

Mayor Lisa Middleton and State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, the author of Assembly Bill AB43, explained that the new state law gave cities the authority to reduce speed limits to prevent traffic and pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

They unveiled a new speed limit sign near the corner of La Verne Way and Toledo Avenue. Also attending were the city manager, police and fire chiefs, and officials of ONE-PS and Canyon Palms, which had both made the speed limit reductions a priority. In 2021, Palm Springs had 1,500 traffic collisions resulting in 450 injuries and 16 deaths. That fatality rate was disproportionate to the city’s population and up from an average of nine killed each year since 2013.

In our neighborhood, Toledo Avenue’s speed limit has been reduced from 45 to 40. The higher limit was a result of state law formerly basing limits on traffic engineers determining the speed at which 85 percent of cars travel on a roadway. So roads that speeding made more dangerous automatically got higher speed limits, increasing the risk of fatalities.

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Civic affairs Safety Signs

Traffic safety breakthrough celebration

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Civic affairs Safety

Police meeting with residents

UPDATE from PSPD: “We will now move forward with analyzing the data we collected over 5 days, meet with all PSPD staff members and our business community, and identify our next steps as we move forward. We will come back to the community in the near future with a report on what we have found, and what the strategies will be for the mission that has been defined for the Palm Springs Police Department.”


The Palm Springs Police Department announced the dates and locations of community public meetings with residents and businesses to help shape the department’s future. Meetings will be held in each of the five City Council districts and Council members will be present. The sessions will take place in a structured town hall environment where everyone will have equal input. Community input will help to establish PSPD’s mission and chart their path forward. 

The second part of each meeting is to establish crime-fighting priorities by city area. Chief Andrew Mills is emphasizing a community policing approach of going after the underlying conditions that cause crimes instead of being more reactive.

Meeting times:

  • February 15 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Victoria Park, 2744 N. Via Miraleste
  • February 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros
  • February 17 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Cahuilla Elementary School, 833 E. Mesquite Ave. (OUR DISTRICT 5 MEETING)
  • February 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Palm Springs High School, 2401 E. Baristo Road
  • February 19 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, Demuth Park, 4200 E. Mesquite Ave. 

The PSPD crime analyst will provide attendees with crime maps, data on crime trends, and calls for service. If you can’t make the meeting in our Council district, you are encouraged to attend another session on a date that works for you. 

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Code enforcement/public works Safety Signs

Nearby street safety

The city has rejected a proposal to add crosswalks on La Verne Way and Caliente Drive as unwarranted. An engineering study monitored traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 and found 75 pedestrians attempting to cross in various directions, including 23 pedestrians crossing La Verne. The Canyon Palms Neighborhood Organization had formally requested a traffic calming solution on June 1. CPNO’s suggested solutions were addition of two high-visibility crosswalks across La Verne west of Caliente and across Caliente on the south side of La Verne, new signage to alert approaching vehicles of the crosswalks, and increased use of neighborhood speed awareness signs, radar speed display units, and targeted police enforcement of current speed limits.

The distance on La Verne Way from the crosswalk at Camino Real to the new crosswalk at Toledo Ave. is about a half-mile. This distance makes it hard for pedestrians to cross safely between Canyon Palms and Twin Palms. Cars and trucks regularly exceed the 40 mph speed limit on La Verne. The city would need property owners’ permission to install radar units that provide visual feedback of vehicle speeds.

With the volunteer help of a lawyer in our neighborhood, CPNO recently obtained the engineering study and related documents. The study included maps showing the obtuse angle of the intersection and a note saying it was “not ideal” for crosswalks. But it appears the crosswalks were deemed unwarranted because the study found a low volume of pedestrians, given the lack of nearby retail, schools or parks. The city also looks at accident data. Of course, there is no way to count any incidents in which pedestrians barely escape being hit. CPNO board members said they would continue to seek solutions before someone gets hit by a vehicle.

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Safety

Security Tips

We advised participants in our October 2021 neighborhood-wide yard sale to take these precautions, repeated here for anyone who may be having a yard sale or selling goods online:

  • Lock your home and car while the sale is in progress. Never allow anyone inside for any reason. If someone needs to use a restroom, rather than let them into your house, common sense suggests you direct them to a nearby public facility (Ralph’s)
  • Do not sell alone. There is safety in numbers, so invite your friends and family to help.
  • Do not keep too much cash with you. As money comes in, designate someone to take it inside. If you have a fanny pack or bank bag, you might want to keep your money in there.
  • If a buyer asks you to break a large bill, offer to hold the item while they leave to get change.
  • Keep jewelry or high-priced items close by to keep an eye on your most valuable items.
  • Sell your items in your driveway or yard, not in an enclosed garage. Doing so blocks visibility and can be dangerous for sellers.
  • Call police if someone is acting suspiciously, so have a phone handy.
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Neighborhood activities

Estate sale success

Seventeen of our neighbors signed up and paid $22 each to participate at 15 locations in our community-wide estate sale on Oct. 23. After expenses, including the city permit, ads and signs, revenue from the signups will support future neighborhood activities. The sellers kept their proceeds and got a great chance to declutter their closets and garages.

“Thanks to all who participated in our wonderful neighborhood estate sale, both as sellers and buyers,” Canyon Palms board member Janice Kaminsky posted on our Facebook page. “It was such a high spirited event, very well attended with hardly any down time. Not only was it a great opportunity to clean house, but it was a great social gathering as well. I loved getting to interact with neighbors. A special thanks goes to Sanford Cohen whose expertise was so welcome by us less experienced at this type of event.”

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Neighborhood activities

Community-wide Estate Sale

Want to sell some old clothing, collectibles, or anything else you might find at a garage sale? This is your best opportunity of the year.

  • We obtain the permit from the city.
  • We advertise the sale on websites with a total reach of more than 20,000 people.
  • We provide maps and street corner placards to direct buyers to your home.
  • You keep the sale proceeds.

Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up NOW and pay the $22 fee, which will help support future neighborhood organization activities. The online form below allows us to accept donations by credit card, PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay and Google Pay. The donation platform, Givebutter, will ask you for a “tip,” but it’s entirely up to you whether you want to add a small amount to your donation to cover this convenience.

The day of the sale, participants should plan on beginning setup at 7 a.m. But planning already has begun. In order to obtain the permit and place the advertising, we need you to sign up now. Simply email your full name and address to the estate sale coordinator, our neighbor Sanford Cohen, along with photos of your best items. These will be advertised (without your name and address) on websites like EstateSales.org.

If you don’t have much to sell, but want to participate anyway to meet new neighbors, please let us know. We need some homeowners to offer their driveways to neighbors in the Canyon South One HOA, which does not allow garage sales on its property.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If Sanford doesn’t have your name and address on the permit application he submits the week of Oct. 11 and you decide to participate anyway, the city’s code enforcement officer can cite you for a permit violation.

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Events Neighborhood activities

First neighborhood social

Our group held its first social gathering on Saturday, July 31, 2021, drawing about 25 neighbors and friends. Several newcomers joined many long-time residents to become acquainted with their neighbors. Everyone was thrilled to spend some time outdoors on what was a relatively comfortable and not too humid summer evening.

The Canyon Palms Board of Directors provided snacks and beverages, and there were delicious home-made desserts to enjoy. We thank the residents of Lobo Way for hosting our event outside their Canyon Palms homes. We look forward to enjoying other events with even more of our Canyon Palms members in the fall.

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Neighborhood activities

Splash House

The organizers of Splash House, a summer festival scheduled for August 14-15 & 21-22 at the Saguaro Hotel among other venues, wrote via ONE-PS asking neighbors to work with them to prevent disturbances.

Click or tap to read the letter.

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Civic affairs

ONE-PS Talk of the Town

Topic: Exploring Health Care Resources in a Post-Pandemic Palm Springs

Hosted by the ONE-PS Communications Committee via Zoom on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

As we look ahead to the health care landscape here in Palm Springs, and as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and visitors from around the world return to our city, there are myriad health care challenges for our diverse community:

  • COVID vaccination eligibility, access to vaccines (including new options such as mobile sites and non-traditional vaccination sites), and the ongoing challenges of responding to vaccine hesitancy
  • Safe and accessible health care services for seniors
  • Re-engagement with individual wellness / a safe return to preventive health maintenance such as cancer screenings
  • Access to mental health services
  • An expanding role in public health and health equity for our local health care providers
  • Managing new health care concerns of those who have recovered from COVID-19

Join our panel of three distinguished local health care providers for a conversation to better understand what resources and opportunities are available in our community:

  • Richard Ramhoff, Group Marketing Director, Desert Care Network (Desert Regional Medical Center/Hi-Desert Medical Center, JFK Memorial Hospital)
  • Vanessa Smith, Special Projects and Programs Manager, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation
  • C.J. Tobe, Director of Community Health, DAP Health

With this information, together we can become stronger and healthier in a post pandemic Palm Springs.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89164552779?pwd=T0JOS3JZU0lMT2QvMzl1d3ZNN2M3UT09

Or dial in and use Zoom Meeting ID: 891 6455 2779 Passcode: 312902