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Monday, Nov. 14 | 🌤️ 71°/49°

Welcome to Monday, everyone. We hope your weekend was spent relaxing after a very busy week. Between an election that seems to have no end, two parades in six days, another marathon City Council meeting, and more, we were a bit tuckered out. That didn't stop one of us from firing up his Harley on Saturday and joining roughly 100 other bikers on the Fourth Annual Memorial Ride for fallen Palm Springs police officers. We even ran into one of our favorite local TV reporters, who filed this report.
 
🎶 Setting the mood: "Dancing in the Dark," by Imagine Dragons

Leading off: A Palm Springs campus that's moving along nicely

The DAP Health campus, including a new affordable housing complex shown under construction here, continues to move forward, unlike a college campus elsewhere in the city.

While residents, public officials, and potential students continue to wait for a College of the Desert campus to break ground in the city, another campus of similar significance is moving right along.

Driving the news: DAP Health is in the midst of a massive expansion, currently building a second Vista Sunrise affordable housing complex on a portion of its 13-acre campus at Sunrise Way and Vista Chino. Next up will be 19,257 square feet of medical office space that will expand upon the 21,000-square-foot former Riverside County health and social services building it currently occupies.

The latest: Last week, the Palm Springs Planning Commission voiced overwhelming support for the project as a whole, approving changes to the final designs for the medical office space that the City Council had requested.

  • Among those changes will be the addition of a drive-thru pharmacy, a shift to the location of the main entrance, and a change that will see a proposed conference center reconceived as a multi-purpose room for community use.
     
  • “It will be one of the nicest recent buildings in Palm Springs,” remarked Commissioner Michael Hirschbein. 

Yes, but: The change that drew the most discussion during a Nov. 9 meeting was a plan to rework the median along Sunrise Way between the campus on the west and a shopping center to the east to prevent jaywalking, a frequent problem on that stretch of road.

  • Under the plan presented by city staff and representatives of DAP Health, a left-turn lane from Sunrise into the DAP Health campus will be eliminated. The landscaping in what would then be a lengthier median will include metal artwork that acts as a barrier to pedestrians.
     
  • Commissioners agreed that the designs wouldn’t go far enough to deter people from crossing where they shouldn’t. They asked city engineering staff to work with DAP’s architect to provide additional barriers where the median thins out adjacent to the left turn lanes that lead to Vista Chino.

What they’re saying: “I think it’s unfortunate we’re letting the automotive part of this take precedent over the pedestrian part of this,” Hirschbein said when staff informed the Commission that data didn’t support adding a crosswalk where the median will be built. “...We can’t let traffic engineers define how our city is designed.”

💭 Our take: DAP Health does excellent work in the community, and we’re excited for the “west campus expansion” to open (see renderings here), even if the jaywalking issue isn’t resolved. Now, if only the builders of a particular “West Valley Campus” elsewhere in the city could get us equally enthused.

In brief: Downtown hit with lengthy power outage

Several businesses in Downtown Palm Springs were forced to close Sunday as a power outage dragged on. (File photo)

Business owners in a core part of Downtown Palm Springs came to work Sunday morning to find the lights out. For many, that was still the case Sunday evening.

Driving the news: Little is known about the cause of the outage. A spokesperson for Southern California Edison (SCE) could only say that an equipment failure occurred along South Palm Canyon Drive around 3:30 a.m. 

An estimated 274 customers were impacted, including those between East Arenas Road and Ramon Road who faced a day-long outage. Businesses between East Alejo Road and East Tahquitz Canyon Way had power restored after roughly four hours.

  • Overnight, crews appeared to restore power, but sporadic outages might still occur as crews continue to address the issue.

Motorists were greeted with either flashing red lights or no working lights most of the day and into the evening as they traversed one stretch of Palm Canyon Drive. SCE reminds you to treat intersections with flashing red lights or dark lights as four-way stops.

  • Palm Springs police beefed up patrols in the area that remained in the dark late Sunday evening into early this morning.

More information: To check for outages and their status in Palm Springs and elsewhere, go to the SCE website here.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Plan now to join the Palm Springs Chamber group for this once in a lifetime adventure!

Brazil: Rio, Foz Do Iguacu , Sao Paulo, Iguazu Falls

March 1 – 9, 2023 |  $3,199

9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS INCLUDING HOTELS, MEALS, DAY TRIPS, AND AIRFARE FROM LOS ANGELES

Full itinerary online at PSChamber.org

Contact Michael Ellis at mellis@pschamber.org or (760) 325-1577

The Roundup

🗳️ The District 1 race for City Council got even tighter over the weekend. However, the vote count seemed to stall on Sunday. (Palm Springs Post)

🥁 Thousands gathered Friday for the city's annual Veterans Day parade downtown, followed by patriotic music and fireworks. (KESQ)

💕 Watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher passed away at his Palm Springs home Friday morning "after a short health battle," his manager said. (CNN)

Today's calendar

Book launch and reception
2 p.m. | O’Donnell Golf Club

Join the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation’ at O’Donnell Golf Club for the celebratory launch of the new book titled "Tom O’Donnell: Generous Spirit of Palm Springs." After wine and hors d’oeuvres, and take a shuttled tour up to the historic “Eye of the Desert,” the O’Donnell House. ($100)

Film Screening: "Nelly Queen"
2 p.m. | Welwood Murray Memorial Library

Nelly Queen celebrates the life and contributions of legendary Drag Queen and Queer Activist Jose Sarria. It will be shown from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Human Rights Commission
5:30 p.m. | Zoom

The Commission meets online this evening. A complete agenda can be found here.

LGBTQ+ Parent Advisory Council
6 p.m. | Online

Join this Palm Springs Unified School District PAC for discussions, training, and community building. Register to attend via this link.

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Looking ahead

Talk: How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race
Tuesday | 9 a.m. | Online
Join the Palm Springs Public Library for an enlightening hour with bestselling author Kwame Christian as he chats about his new book, "How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond." Register for the free talk here.

Celebrating American Composers
Tuesday | 6 p.m. | Annenberg Theater
The PS international piano competition (formerly The Waring) presents its season opening event in Palm Springs. ($100-$250)

“Pandemonium and Paradise: New York City 1970-1990”
Wednesday | 5:30 p.m. | Mizell Center
This photographic journey captures a tumultuous time in NYC history:  arson, crime, sexual abandon, crack disco and AIDS. ($10)

Martinis and Moxie: Viva Las Vegas
Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Cultural Center
Join Alan Kraemer and Claudia Ried, along with a few very special guests, for a rowdy rollickin’ rock n’ rollin’ fall season of Martinis and Moxie. ($55)

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.

And finally...

If you didn't see our profile of the local high school student and Palm Springs resident we featured in our latest Profiles yesterday, we'd like to draw your attention to her now.

At a glance: At 16, Seish Norte is already Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians royalty, a business owner, and an artist. It's impossible to walk away from meeting her and not have very high hopes for the future.

  • Through her art, Norte tries to more accurately depict Native Americans, drawing them as seen through the eyes of somebody with lived experiences as a tribal member. She said that's especially important for native children.
     
  • "I want the next generation of Cahuilla children to grow up seeing their culture and themselves in that picture on the wall," she said recently. "I want Cahuilla youth to feel seen and be proud of being Cahuilla when they see my art.”
Why it matters: Norte's mother Jessica, a member of the Tribal Council, said it best: "She wants real native imagery and real bodies in her art. Her women are often fuller figure. She feels it’s important for young natives to see their own representation rather than a stereotype of what others feel is what a native woman looks like.”

Details: We hope you take a moment to read more about Norte, and see her answers to the questions we ask all those we profile in our series. We promise you won't be disappointed. You can click here to read our full story.

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