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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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.

Meeting ID: 818 7296 2168

Passcode: 472637

You may also the ZOOM presentation via the

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.


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 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 ( web application. There you can click Connect and the appropriate link under Submit/Report.

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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.


Boundaries reduced

A Special General Membership Meeting on Nov. 9, 2020 amended the Canyon Palms Neighborhood Organization bylaws to reduce the boundaries to exclude Canyon Estates. That HOA’s board requested the change, and the CPNO board voted on Oct. 19 to approve it and present it to the entire membership.

All residents and property owners were invited to participate in the special meeting. ONE-PS hosted a videoconference on Zoom with about 80 participants, including 74 recorded as official members, easily a quorum. A majority voted for the motion without dissent.

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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.

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 /
  • 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;
  • City of Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready, Esq Ph.D., 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 322-8350;
  • Jay Virata, Director, Community & Economic Development Department, City of Palm Springs, 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 323-8228;
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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
  • 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;
  • City of Palm Springs City Manager David H. Ready, Esq Ph.D., 3200 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262; (760) 322-8350;
  • Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, 4th District, Riverside County, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 222, Palm Desert, CA 92260; (760) 863-8211 /


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