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Spring social

Thank you to our hosts and the 18 members who attended an outdoor wine-and-cheese social at a member’s home on April 4. We had a brief, in-person board meeting first (View Agenda) to make sure we are all set for our annual meeting.

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Neighborhood activities

2024 Community-wide Yard 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. See an example here.
  • We provide maps and street corner placards to direct buyers to your home.
  • You keep the sale proceeds.

Saturday, March 23, starting no earlier than 8 a.m. and lasting no later than noon. Sign up NOW and pay the $17 fee, which will help support this and future neighborhood organization activities. The online form below allows us to accept donations by credit card, PayPal, Venmo, and Google Pay. The donation platform, Givebutter, will ask you for a “tip,” but it’s entirely up to you whether you want to change the default tip from $2 to a greater amount or $0 and whether you want to agree to pay our processing fee to cover this convenience. (Click here to ask any technical questions about online payment.)

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 pay for multiple permits, you must provide information for each address.

We suggest sellers view these security tips.

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 March 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

Breakfast social

We are hosting another breakfast social, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday March 3. All residents are welcome. We’ll be outside in the front yard of a member’s home. We’ll have coffee, water, orange juice, pastries, fruit, and a chance to meet and chat with neighbors. No need to bring anything. Sorry, leave dogs at home, the front yard is not dog friendly. Photos from our first breakfast social in September 2023 are posted here.

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Neighborhood activities Safety

Emergency preparedness event held in January

Thank you to all who attended our Canyon Palms emergency preparedness event on Jan. 24, including the planner, Kristin Maschka, and the speaker, Danny DeSelms, the City’s Emergency Department manager. We are sharing these resources and plan some follow-up work to ensure we prepare as a neighborhood.

Key takeaways:

SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS

Danny really encouraged us and everyone we know to sign up for emergency notifications from the City through Everbridge using this link. A separate post has more information.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS STEPS

  • Know your hazards 
  • Make a plan to stay or to go 
  • Inform loved ones and neighbors of your plan 
  • Prep a kit

HAZARDS IN PALM SPRINGS AND THE COACHELLA VALLEY

  • We are mostly in low buildings, no skyscrapers, so our hazard is less about collapsing buildings and more about being isolated in the valley for a length of time.
  • After a major earthquake, the 10 will likely be impassable both ways until Caltrans inspects the freeway and all the overpasses. We likely will be able to receive emergency supplies by air.
  • We saw even in tropical storm Hilary that floodwaters made several roads impassable and isolated us.
  • During the isolation our limited police and fire department resources may make it impossible for you to reach or get help from first responders.
  • The priority for our city’s resources will be fighting fires and checking if gas lines are broken. We do have the equipment to use home pools for water to fight fire.
  • During a catastrophic emergency, 911 may be unavailable. After tropical storm Hilary, 911 went down for three or four days from Banning to Blythe. More recently, thieves looking for scrap metal caused an outage by cutting cable.
  • Side note: You can text 911 if that works better.
  • If water lines break, some places won’t have water, but we should still have water generally and for fighting fires.
  • Breaks in water and gas lines will be more of a problem than restoring electricity. 
  • In an emergency, listen to AM 1690.

PREP A KIT

  • You probably already have the makings of a kit at home. You have food, you have water and beverages. Simply assess what you have and then think about adding to it, making sure you have at least a week of food and water.
  • Stocking non-perishable food such as canned goods (and a manual can opener) is most important.
  • Keeping a couple cases of bottled water at all times can be sufficient. Canned water is best for storing in cars because it doesn’t deteriorate.
  • Try to have a gallon of water per person per day for a week at least.
  • Extra medications for a week
  • Solar flashlight
  • Know how to turn off your gas. And consider a multifunction shut off tool like this one.

For more information on preparing kits, visit https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

Get to know your neighbors!

Get to know each other’s capabilities and resources that could be shared in an emergency.

Know who needs extra help in an emergency.

The idea is once you’re OK then you can go check on your neighbors.

We will need to rely on each other during a period of isolation when emergency staff is working on other priorities.

RESOURCES

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

Next CERT training is April 5-7, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To reserve a spot, email Danny DeSelms .   

Great Shakeout in October 2024

Every year there is a worldwide earthquake preparedness day. This year the Great Shakeout is October 17 at 10:17 am local time.

FEMA Flyer

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has information on active shooters, earthquakes, floods and other hazards here.

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Safety

Sign up for emergency notifications

We encourage you to sign up for emergency notifications from the City through Everbridge using this link if you have not already done so.

If you have trouble signing up, we can help you if you bring your smartphone to our Neighborhood Breakfast Social on March 3.

Everbridge-Flyer

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Code enforcement/public works Events

Citywide clean-up week Oct. 16 – 20

Palm Springs Disposal Services holds a week-long clean-up event twice each year – in April and October – giving Palm Springs residents an opportunity to dispose of extra household waste and bulky items. 

CURBSIDE PICK-UP

On Monday, Oct. 16, all single-family dwellings may set out additional compatible household waste and/or bulky items at the curb for collection. There is no charge for this service and no need to call to arrange collection. Items must be at your curbside by 7:00 A.M. Collections will performed on all days of the week (Monday, Oct. 16 – Friday, Oct. 20) as crews canvas the City. Please note that collections may not necessarily be on your regular collection day.

DROP OFF EVENT

Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Palm Springs City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. Large debris boxes will be set up in the north parking lot of City Hall for Palm Springs residents to self-haul and dispose of extra household Waste and bulky items.

For more information: Citywide Clean-Up Week

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Events Neighborhood activities

Breakfast social

Two dozen residents turned out Sunday morning, Sept. 17, to meet neighbors or catch up with friends and acquaintances. Thank you to Kristin Maschka for coordinating the delicious food and to those who brought fruit salad, homemade quiche and other baked dishes. Photos courtesy of Kate Maschka Hitchcock.

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Outreach efforts

CPNO members set up a “coffee talk” on July 26, 2023, at the Koffi South on Camino Real near the Ace Hotel to raise awareness of our neighborhood organization. We encourage all our neighbors to join online and be on our confidential, low-volume mailing list. It is an important source of information in the event of a public safety emergency in the neighborhood.

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Neighborhood activities

Check out our newsletter

This year, the Board of Directors hopes to improve communication with our neighbors through a newsletter. We will share helpful information you can use throughout the year. Let us know what you think. Enjoy the summer, stay cool, and hope to see each of you at one or more of our planned events or at a future Board meeting. You can read, download, or print the newsletter by clicking the button below. Please share it with neighbors who have not yet learned about our activities.

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Board and Committees Events Governance

2023 annual meeting held April 22

Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Membership meeting, helping to make it another successful event in our short history as the 48th organized neighborhood in Palm Springs. A special thank you to Mario Bucacci-Pezzullo for his service to the Board and welcome to our newest Board member, Kristen Maschka.

Mayor Grace Garner and police Lt. Mike Villegas (shown during and prior to the meeting) and our district council member, Lisa Middleton, joined us at the Pavilion in Sunrise Park for the meeting. You can see the full agenda on our documents page, where we also will post the minutes once approved by the new Board.