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Happy Wednesday, where we implore you to take the advice of officials at Palm Springs International Airport and consider alternate methods of getting to and from the airport if you are flying out of there for the holiday. We know we sound like a broken record, but with an estimated 7,600 people flying out on Thanksgiving day alone, records will be broken and parking lots will be packed. You do not want to miss your flight if you can't find parking!
 
🎶 Setting the mood: "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra

Leading off: A carne asada crackdown?

Tacos Lex usually draws a crowd at the corner of Indian Canyon and Racquet Club. The pop-up food stand, and others like it, has also attracted the attention of city officials.

Acting on concerns expressed by some in the business community, the Palm Springs City Council will consider moves to begin regulating street food vendors at its next meeting, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 28. A revised food truck ordinance could follow.
 
At issue: Deputy City Manager Flinn Fagg said Tuesday the concerns included vendors blocking on-street parking and access to businesses, setting up on private property without permission, and producing smoke and odor.

  • Currently, there is no local ordinance related to street food vendors, including those who set up on sidewalks and private property adjacent to public rights of way.
A 2018 state law protects street vendors from being criminally charged if they have a vending violation, and it also stops cities from trying to ban them outright. However, as long as cities stay within the guidance of state law, they can make some restrictions.
  • In drafting the new regulations, Fagg explained, the city would make it easier to enforce restrictions and, “provide a reasonable regulatory scheme for street vendors while protecting public health, safety and welfare.”
Going forward: If passed as currently written, Fagg said the most significant changes for street vendors contained in the regulations would be the requirement of a business license and new restrictions on the time and place they can sell.
 
But wait: A closer inspection of the proposed regulations spells out exactly what type of behavior the city hopes to clamp down on. For example:
  • Street vendors would be allowed in public rights-of-way six feet away from the sidewalk, in public parks, and in commercial and industrial zones. They would not be allowed at intersections, near farmers’ markets, or near the entrances or windows of buildings.
     
  • They would not be allowed to use an open flame or charcoal fuel, attach or use electrical cords, gas lines, or water lines, or set up tables, chairs, shade structures, freestanding signs, or store merchandise.
Bottom line: Vendors who violate the rules could have their business license suspended or revoked after four or more violations. The ordinance also outlines the possibility of fines ranging from $100 to $1,000.

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Come beat the Black Friday rush, and mention the Palm Springs Post to get a free tote bag with any book purchase! 

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The Roundup

🗳️ With vote counting done in San Bernardino County (for now), Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege leads by 68 votes in the race for the California Assembly in the 47th District. Riverside County will hopefully finish its count today. (State Election Results)

🐍 Inside the new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in Palm Springs, Cahuilla basketry is coming to life through floor tile. (Palm Springs Life)

🎭 A new type of musical made its debut at The Palm Springs Cultural Center this month. Two more performances are scheduled for December. (CV Independent

Today's calendar

Movies in the Park: "Pillow Talk"
Tonight | 6 p.m. | Downtown park
Bring your pillows and blankets to enjoy the classic 60s rom-com "Pillow Talk," starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

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🎁 Your guide to holiday events
 

The 2022 holidays are in full swing in the city of Palm Springs, and we’re here to try and help you sort through all the events.

Looking ahead

Thanksgiving at the Palm Springs American Legion
Thursday | 11 a.m. | 400 N. Belardo Rd.
Classically trained pianist Claudette Bradley, USMC Corporal ('79-'83), will perform at the Palm Springs American Legion from noon until 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($25)

"Mid-Century Moderns": A new musical
Thursday | 7:30 p.m. | Oscar’s
The musical "Mid-Century Moderns" is returning with a new production at Oscar's in downtown Palm Springs. ($54.95 – $69.95)

The Gand Band at PS Underground
Friday and Saturday | 7 p.m. | PS Underground 
Join PS Underground and The Gand Band as they celebrate the culture, creativity and music of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon scene from the late 1960s and early '70s. ($149)

Forever Elvis Brunch
Sunday | 11 a.m. | PS Underground 
Enjoy a three-course themed brunch with free-flowing mimosas and Bloody Marys, while performers sing Elvis Presley hits. ($89)

And finally...

We've had a few folks inquire about when and where annual toy drives will be held, and we've now got some answers.

What we know: The city sent word Monday that its toy drive is now underway. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at the following locations during regular hours through Dec. 15:

  • Palm Springs BMW, 3737 East Palm Canyon Dr.
     
  • Porsche Palm Springs, 3735 East Palm Canyon Dr.
     
  • Palm Springs Public Library, 300 South Sunrise (Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., but closed on Sundays).
     
  • Leisure Center, 401 South Pavilion Way (Open 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In addition to the official city event, there are two other toy drives that we know about:
  • The Palm Springs Harley Owners Group is planning to collect toys — as well as food — during an event planned for Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Palm Springs Harley-Davidson, 19465 North Indian Canyon Drive.
     
  • Hunters and Streetbar in The Arenas District will have a truck parked in their shared parking lot that they hope to fill with toys all day on Sunday, Dec. 11. All toys collected that day will be distributed to children by the crew from Palm Springs Fire Department Station 2.

🦃 Kendall is trying to decide her favorite side: stuffing? mashed potatoes? sweet potato? green bean casserole?!?

😫 Mark is thinking about heading down to the Registrar of Voters to lend a hand counting ballots.

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