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TGIF people! It seems like this week was two weeks long, but we checked and, nope, just seven days like all the rest. We hope you'll take some time on this particular day or over the weekend to pause and honor our veterans. With the city's parade this afternoon, and exhibits, talks, and more happening throughout the valley this weekend, we think it should be pretty easy. 
🎶 Setting the mood: Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen

Leading off: Additional vacation rental rules are closer to final approval

Unlike in other valley cities, voters in Palm Springs rejected a ban on short-term vacation rentals when it was on the ballot.

Months after initially moving to update the city’s short-term vacation rental (STVR) rules, and years after a review was due, the Palm Springs City Council moved closer to a final vote on the matter Thursday evening.

Driving the news: Among items councilmembers agreed on were a cap on the percent of homes that can be licensed in each neighborhood (20%) and the introduction of a “junior permit” that allows for a half-dozen annual rental contracts.

  • The new permit is designed to allow homeowners to rent their residences during highly profitable festival weekends.
Zoom out: Once the additional regulations are approved, none – including a change to the number of annual contracts vacation rental owners could sign (from 36 to 26) – would apply to existing permit holders or those currently going through the application process until Jan. 1, 2026.

What they're saying: For dozens of vacation rental owners and industry professionals who spoke Thursday evening during yet another hours-long public testimony period, a proposal that permit holders occupy their homes for a certain number of days each year drew the most protest.
  • “It’s frankly a poison pill and will create chaos,” said David Feltman, a co-founder of Vacation Rental Owners and Neighbors of Palm Springs. “Honestly I feel like it’s peeping in people’s bedrooms to an extent.”
Yes, but: That proposal failed to move forward after a majority of councilmembers could not agree on whether the requirement was necessary and if it was how many days of occupancy should be required.

Next steps: Thursday’s discussion was most likely the last step before the Council makes a final vote on the additional regulations. That vote is expected at the next regular meeting on Nov. 28.

Dive deeper with our full story.

In brief: District 1 race getting tighter and tighter

Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner speaks with supporters at her campaign party Tuesday evening.

With roughly 231,000 votes from Tuesday’s election still left to count in Riverside County, one of three Palm Springs City Council elections appears far from decided.

Driving the news: After all ballots cast at precincts on the day of the election had been counted early Wednesday morning, challenger Scott Nevins led Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner by 144 votes in District 1. As vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have been counted over the past two days, however, his lead has been cut in half.

Details: Nevins still leads 984-911, but with 100,000 of more than 300,000 outstanding ballots counted, Garner has picked up 213 votes while Nevins has picked up 142.

  • If that pace continues for Garner, she could surpass Nevins when all is said and done.

Are there enough votes left to count in District 1 to bring about that scenario? It’s hard to say. Nobody knows what part of the county the remaining ballots to count are from, but so far an additional 355 have been tallied from District 1 since Election Day.

  • That could mean there are 710 votes left to count in District 1, enough for the scenario to play out.

Bottom line: The Riverside County Registrar of Voters isn't exactly on a torrid pace to count the remaining ballots, meaning it could still be days before we know the winner in District 1. 

Dive deeper with our full story.



November 19, 2022 Palm Springs Dance Project presents its annual Main Event, this year entitled "The Connoisseur Club".  Featuring a cast of 14 dancers in divergent, professional contemporary dance unbound from the constraints of a traditional stage.  At times dance is so close you can just about touch it.

Click here to buy your tickets.

The Roundup

⚖️ New evidence has delayed a Palm Springs quadruple murder retrial until Dec. 5. (KESQ)

🏠 Veterans in need of housing now have more options following a grand opening held Thursday in neighboring Cathedral City. (Coachella Valley Reporter)

🗳️ How was voter turnout in the county this week? About what you would expect for a midterm election. (NBC Palm Springs)

Your Weekend

Our low-income and unhoused neighbors need our help year-round, but this time of year is the season of giving when most of us go out of our way to help each other. There's a way on Saturday to start doing some good.

Here’s how: The Greater Palm Springs Realtors (GPSR) group is accepting donations of non-perishable items at one of three events they've organized this month. They’re also accepting winter items like gloves, coats, winter hats, thick socks, and blankets, as well as travel-sized hygiene items like shampoo, conditioner, wipes, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. 

  • All donations will benefit Martha’s Village & Kitchen. 

Details: You can drop those items off between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday at the GPSR office at 4045 East Ramon Road.

But wait: The group is also planning an auction at Mizell Center and needs help with a 5K planned for Thanksgiving Day. Find more information here.

📅 Also this weekend

Veterans Day Parade
Today | 3:30 p.m. | Downtown

The parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north, concluding at Alejo Road.

Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festival
Today-Sunday | Convention Center

The Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with an outstanding lineup during this three-day event. ($50-$315)

Parkview Garage Sale
Today and Saturday | 8 a.m. | Parkview Mobile Estates

More than 50 homes are participating in this parkwide garage sale. You never know what hidden treasures could be found.

Nhojj and Ralph Cole Jr.
Today | 8 p.m. | Cultural Center

Brothers of the Desert present an evening of music and laughter. Nhojj is a singer, songwriter, and poet. Cole is a comedic actor who had recurring roles in "Dexter," "Two and a Half Men." and "Scrubs."

Four Seasons at Palm Springs Annual Bazaar
Saturday | 9 a.m. | Four Seasons

More than 20 vendors are participating in this bazaar, including those selling jewelry, handmade gift boxers, handbags, essential oils, handmade pottery, and more. There will also be a bake sale. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Palm Springs Fire Department Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

Memorial Ride
Saturday | 10:30 a.m. | PS Motorsports

Registration for this annual event begins at 8 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10:30 a.m. for a police-escorted motorcycle ride to PSPD headquarters where there will be a short memorial service.

Make Your Own Greeting Cards
Saturday | 2 p.m. | The Palm Springs Public Library
Make your greeting card stand out from the crowd of bland corporate cards by learning how to make your own! There will be multiple different designs to learn, and supplies will be provided. Advanced registration is required.

Alton Fitzgerald White
Sunday | 3 p.m. | United Methodist Church
Broadway and Disney songs are on tap during this free concert, “Disney, My Way.” at the Palm Springs United Methodist Church. It's presented by Brothers of the Desert.

See our complete community calendar here.

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And finally...

❄️ The annual snow-guessing contest at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is officially over after enough measurable white stuff fell at the top of the tram to declare winners.

How it works: The contest officially opened on Oct. 1. To win, you had to guess the exact date that there would be one inch of measurable snow at Mountain Station.

The latest: 650 entries and one month later, we have 10 winners who were the first to guess the correct date: Tuesday, Nov. 8. Congratulations go out to:

  • Carolyn Kirner-Schmidt of San Diego

  • Sharon Jones of Rancho Mirage

  • Deidre Buck of Loma Linda

  • Wendy Smith of Palm Springs

  • M. Hankins of Palm Springs

  • James Perkins

  • Edward Ramos of Palm Springs

  • M. Bratton of Indio

  • Michelle Collins of 29 Palms

  • Robin Marson of La Quinta

Winners receive four regular tram admissions plus some swag, including a beanie hat and sticker. If you didn’t win, your consolation prize is the fact that snow and colder weather is now a short tram ride away!

💬 Our take: This means Kendall finally gets to wear all her heavy winter fashion.

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🫡 Kendall is honoring the many veterans in her family, including her Grandpa Bill, Grandma Aggie, and Uncle Dave.

🫡 Mark is thinking of his mom, dad, grandfathers, and many relatives who stepped up to serve our country. Thank you! 

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