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Happy Monday, where our spirits are bright after a weekend spent covering and watching some events that brought out the best in our city, including Friday's tree lighting and the announcement of holiday banner contest winners, followed by Saturday's Festival of Lights parade. A huge THANK YOU to everyone working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring joy to so many.
 
🎶 Setting the mood: "If We Make It Through December" by Joey + Rory

Leading off: Key moment for Dream Hotel project comes tonight 

The Dream Hotel project near the Palm Springs Convention Center was started but never completed. At top right is the Center Court condominium development.

One of several stalled hotel projects in the city could take a step forward tonight after the public gets another chance to weigh in.

Driving the news: Developers of The Dream Hotel near The Palm Springs Convention Center are seeking to amend a previously approved final development plan as they look to kickstart a project that first began in 2015 but has languished for roughly three years.

  • The issue comes before the Palm Springs City Council this evening as a public hearing. A vote on the request could follow.

At issue: The developer, Selene Palm Springs LLC, isn’t looking to make a significant change to the roughly 150-room hotel but does hope to add two dozen condominiums to the southern portion of the site, replacing a previously planned event space. The move is necessary, they said, to help raise funds to complete the hotel.

  • In a 3-2 vote in September, the city’s Planning Commission approved a request to allow the additional condominiums at the site. The split decision came after hearing from neighbors of the project concerned about the loss of views.

What they’re saying: “This will be like a Volkswagen Beetle parked next to a Norwegian Cruise Liner,” said Thomas Boudrot, a resident of the adjacent Center Court condominiums, speaking about the impact on his community if and when the two dozen units are built.

  • The Council will likely hear similar sentiment during the public hearing this evening. Find information on participating in the public comments or view the meeting here.

Bottom line: Residents frustrated with stalled or dead hotel projects in the city repeatedly voice concerns at City Hall, in the media, and in online public forums. To date, there has been little sign of visible progress.

  • Among the projects is The Dream Hotel being discussed this evening, the Thompson Hotel (formerly Andaz) that takes up a half city block starting at the key intersection of North Palm Canyon Drive and East Alejo Road, and the Orchid Tree Inn project.

In brief: Easing the burden on child care providers

Palm Springs officials are trying to make it easier for larger child care businesses, such as this one in Yucaipa, to open in the city.

Looking to reduce the barriers faced by those who want to offer child care services in the city, officials revised some rules recently that will do just that.

Driving the news: The Palm Springs City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 28 to amend zoning regulations in the city that will see fees charged to those who hope to open facilities to provide care for children reduced as well as the time it takes to get permitted. 

  • The city has three classifications for the services: Small daycare (up to eight children) and large daycare (up to 14 children), typically found in neighborhoods; and childcare centers, which are larger facilities often located in commercial zones. 
At issue: While most neighborhood daycare facilities require only a simple permit, the larger childcare centers had been charged up to $7,700 for the permitting process, which could also take months to work its way through City Hall, facing a public hearing and vote. 
  • Now, however, operators of those facilities will face less bureaucracy as the permit process becomes something city staff can handle and the fee is reduced to $1,600.
Not at issue: Ultimate review of the licensing needed to operate a child care facility or home daycare in the city lies with the state, city staff explained. That licensing is separate from the building permit process being changed with approval of the changes on Nov. 28.
  • “I’m very comfortable with the state” continuing to play that role, said Deputy City Manager Flinn Fagg.
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The Roundup

⚖️ With new evidence discovered, attorneys for a man accused of a quadruple murder in Palm Springs are asking for a mistrial. (Palm Springs Post)

🗳️ Greg Wallis' lead over Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege in the race for the State Assembly seat in the 47the District grew to 34 last week, but ballot counting is still not finished. (KESQ)

🚒 Palm Springs firefighters extinguished a house fire near Windy Point Saturday night, but a family of seven is now displaced. Photojournalist Jay Calderon caught dramatic video. (Desert Sun)

Today's calendar

Mon Petit Salon
5 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center
Enjoy an evening of live music from an award-winning team from the high desert: Mon Petit Mojave.

Architectural Review Committee
5:30 p.m. | Zoom
The Architectural Review Committee will hold its regular meeting via Zoom. The agenda can be viewed here.

City Council Meeting
5:30 p.m. | Online and City Hall
Read the agenda and learn how to participate or view this evening's meeting here

🎁 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


Job fair: Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Tuesday | 1 p.m. | Indian Canyons Golf Resort
Opportunities include roles in food and beverage, the pro shop, outside guest services and groundskeeping.

Photos with Santa
Wednesday | 4 p.m. | Palm Springs Public Library
Come to the library to see Santa and have your picture taken. Dress in your holiday best and bring your own camera.

Art Walk: Backstreet Art District
Wednesday | 5 p.m. | Backstreet Art District
The Backstreet Art District’s monthly art walk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Walk of the Inns
Thursday | 5 p.m. | Palm Springs Art Museum
This free, self-guided walking tour starts at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where attendees are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to area children at Christmas.

PS Rewinds, Not Another Christmas Movie: "Trading Places"
Thursday | 8 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center
Watch the 1983 film "Trading Places" as part of the Palm Springs Rewinds series. 
 
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And finally...

The Post is preparing our annual end of year coverage for later this month, and we need your help!

Looking back: Last year we told you our top stories according to the data, asked for your top stories through social media pages, and interviewed key players to both look back and look ahead. We closed the year by naming our Palm Springs Person of the Year

  • You told us that in 2021 the biggest story was the ongoing battle with Covid and the city's response. Looking toward 2022, city leaders hoped to find time to do some long-range planning. 

So, how did it go? Was Covid still the biggest story in 2022? Did city leaders do that planning? We need your opinion on what the top stories were in 2022 and what you think the city needs to work on in 2023.

Click here to fill out a very brief survey, and then look for our series to run the week of Dec. 19.

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