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Friday, Nov. 18 | ☀️ 75°/52°

TGIF people, where we are here to tell you that the week is ending on a very happy note. Yesterday, we shared a story in this space about Francisco “Pancho” Guzman, a local landscaper and handyman who had his truck and tools stolen and how one of his clients started a GoFundMe to help him. At the time we first learned of the fundraiser there was about $300 raised. As of this morning there is $3,500. We've spoken before about measuring the success of The Post by the impact we have in the community and not revenue. But The Post is not just Mark and Kendall — it's all of you. And today, all of you are making a huge impact (and making us cry). 💗
 
🎶 Setting the mood: Postman” by Toro y Moi

Leading off: Important mural earns rave reviews

A draft of artist J. Adam Labuen Garcia's mural that will someday adorn a wall at the Demuth Park Community Center.

A mural honoring the city’s Filipino community is one step closer to reality following a meeting Wednesday.

Driving the news: Bayanihan Desert, a local organization working to build community and civic engagement in the Filipino population, is backing the creation of the mural at Demuth Park. On Wednesday, the city’s Arts Commission got its first look at a draft of the mural and heard from the artist – Palm Springs native J. Adam Labuen Garcia – voicing overwhelming approval.

What they’re saying: “I think the mural is an amazing idea, and I’m in full support of it,” said Commissioner Gary Armstrong.

Details: During a presentation to the Commission, Garcia offered details of exactly who and what would be in the mural, and why. Garcia’s initial draft shows depictions of rich cultural traditions and prominent people revered by the Filipino community both in Palm Springs and abroad.

  • Commissioners offered a few suggestions to ensure the mural remained Palm Springs-centric. “When I look at this, I want to see more of a differentiation,” said Commissioner Matthew Lesniak. “I’m not seeing a strong sense for Palm Springs or what happened here.”

Why it matters: The Demuth Park neighborhood, formerly known as the Veterans Tract, included an enclave of Filipino Americans following World War II. Filipino farmworkers, chefs, and hospitality professionals established their homes and built multigenerational, multicultural communities beginning in the early 20th century.

Next steps: Garcia will now work on finalizing the drawing, bringing it back to the Commission for approval at its next meeting in January. Once the Palm Springs City Council approves the funding, it will be headed for a wall at the park’s community center.

  • If all goes as planned, the mural should debut next year, along with signage explaining what’s depicted on the wall.
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In brief: Group to seek millions, possibly billions, from city

Deiter Crawford, a leader in the Desert Highland Gateway Estates neighborhood and a descendant of Section 14 survivors, speaks during a rally in September.

Hundreds of minority families plan to file claims seeking millions, if not billions, of dollars in restitution from the city of Palm Springs for forcible evictions from the downtown Section 14 neighborhood in the 1950s and 1960s, it was announced this week.

Driving the news: Attorneys representing evicted families had planned to hold a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday to announce the damages claim, but postponed it due to a conflicting event being held by newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.

At issue: From 1930 to 1965, Section 14 — a 1-square-mile section of tribal land — was the primary residential area in the city for people of color. Evictions began in late 1954 and continued for 12 years through 1966.

  • "The city of Palm Springs had their houses bulldozed and had the city fire department set fire to their homes," said Lisa Richardson, a spokeswoman for attorneys representing the families.
The latest: The city formally apologized in September 2021 for the evictions, and the City Council later asked its staff to develop proposals for possible economic investments that could act as reparation for the destruction of the Section 14 neighborhood.
  • The city also removed a statue of Frank Bogert — who was Palm Springs mayor at the time — from the front of City Hall.
Yes, but: Richardson said that despite the city’s actions last year, officials have yet to provide any compensation or restitution to anyone impacted by the evictions.
  • She said there are more than 500 survivors and descendants of those who were evicted.
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The Roundup

🗳️ After Thursday's update from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters, both Palm Springs City Council members on the Nov. 8 ballot retained their slim leads over opponents. (Palm Springs Post)

✈️ American Airlines has launched direct flights to Austin from Palm Springs International Airport. (KESQ)

🍗 Thinking about where to eat on Thanksgiving? Check out this list of recommended places. (Palm Springs Life)

Your Weekend

🎼 The Desert Winds Freedom Band presents its first concert of the 2022-2023 season on Saturday.

What’s happening: Attendees of the the event, titled "California Dreamin’," will enjoy a performance from amateur musicians of all ages and backgrounds.

  • The concert will feature music from Barry Manilow and, of course, a medley of music from The Mamas and The Papas. Also on stage will be vocalists Keisha D and Charles Herrera. Patrick Evans is Master of Ceremonies.

Background: The band was formed in 2001 with 17 members and has grown to more than 85 members who love rehearsing and performing with each other.

  • The band also raises money for scholarships for high school students who plan to major in music-related subjects in college.

Details: The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Richards Center for the Arts at Palm Springs High School and tickets are going for $30. Find tickets here.

📅 Also this weekend

Widow’s Waltz
Today and Saturday | 7:30 p.m. | Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert

Enjoy a staged reading of the original play by Denis J. LaComb of the Coachella Valley. ($10)

Razzle Dazzle Happy Hour with Bonnie G
Today | 5 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

Tonight’s evening of live Broadway music is hosted by Bonnie G and Jeff Barnett with Chip Prince on piano. ($2)

Country dancing
Today | 7:30 p.m. | Step by Step Dance Studio

Join the Palm Springs Country Dance Association for another great night of country western dancing, including two-step, country waltz, shadow, East and West Coast swing and line dances. ($5)

Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market
Saturday | 8 a.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

Pick up seasonal and fresh fruits and veggies and support local farmers.

Tahquitz Creek Cleanup
Saturday | 8 a.m. | South Riverside Drive at Camino Real

The monthly Tahquitz Creek cleanup is Saturday. Trash bags, water, disposable gloves, and pickup sticks will be provided. 

GPSR Food Drive & Winter Needs Drive
Saturday | 8 a.m. | Greater Palm Springs Realtors

The Greater Palm Springs Realtors is accepting donations of non-perishable items. They’re also looking for winter clothing items like gloves, coats, knitted caps, thick socks, blankets, and travel-size hygiene items. 

Junior Ranger Expo
Saturday | 10 a.m. | Indian Canyons

Come and learn about the wonders of the Indian Canyons. Explore the critters that inhabit and the plants that surround. Listen to the songs that have echoed throughout these canyons for generations. Register here.

See our complete community calendar here.

Submit Your Event

And finally...

Just because it’s warmer in the desert than the rest of the country doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about the flu.

Need to know: Riverside University Health System (RUHS) warns there’s an increase of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the county that’s hitting youth under 18 particularly hard. 

  • RSV causes mild cold-like symptoms but could be more serious for seniors and infants. It’s also the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than one in the country.

Key numbers: Data from Eisenhower health reveals the medical facility is experiencing a record number of influenza and RSV cases, the highest numbers in the past five years. 

What you can do: The best time to get a flu shot was around the end of October. The second best time is now!

  • By now, we should all be experts in preventing illnesses like this, but in case you forgot: Stay out of crowds, stay home from work and school if you’re sick, and wear a mask out.

  • Read more details from RUHS here.

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