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Welcome to Thursday, where we've clearly set our sights on the weekend. But first we need to get past what could be another long day with little sleep because somebody threw in a City Council meeting tonight while we were focused on election coverage. We're hoping anyone who plans to speak to the Council can just say "ditto" after the first person speaks.
🎶 Setting the mood: Cranes in the Sky” by Solange

Leading off: The events industry would like a moment

The Sinatra House off East Via Colusa is often used by events planners for charitable and corporate functions. (Photo courtesy Modernism Week)

Members of one sector of the hospitality industry hope the Palm Springs City Council finds some wiggle room in proposed changes to the city’s short-term vacation rental (STVR) ordinances. They could learn this evening if that happens.

Driving the news: Last month, councilmembers asked city staff to focus on eight issues when recommending ordinance changes. They did that, authoring proposed regulations being reviewed at a meeting tonight. One of those areas is the “Interplay of Vacation Rentals and Event Houses.”

  • Those who manage the event houses were surprised to see language in the proposed updates stating that licensed vacation rentals “cannot be used as an Event House.”

What they’re saying: “I don’t know why they didn’t approach anyone about this,” said Ron Willison, group sales manager for Natural Retreats, which lists 45 homes available in the city. “This all came in at the last minute of a Council meeting. That set off a lot of people in the industry.”

At issue: If the Council does elect to effectively ban events in properties that also hold a vacation rental permit, Willison predicts the death of what might be a significant industry in Palm Springs.

  • “By doing this, you’re eliminating a $15 million to $20 million wedding and event industry here in the valley without so much as a phone call,” Willison said by phone.

Yes, but: Councilmember Geoff Kors addressed concerns with event houses at an Oct. 17 meeting and has been engaged with Willison and others ever since. He said Wednesday the issue isn’t cut and dry and centers around “events for compensation” and not those raising money for charity.

  • “The issue is that if a house is being rented 36 times, that means it likely has short-term renters 180 days and 70% or more of the weekends,” he said. “If the same home has 20 events with amplified music and speeches, plus film and photo shoots, that is a significant impact on neighbors and the neighborhood.”
More information: The City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. You can find call-in, commenting, and viewing instructions here.

Dive deeper with our complete story.

In brief: Volunteer Palm Springs is back in action

Two years after the pandemic forced the organization into hiatus, Volunteer Palm Springs (VPS) is back.

Driving the news: The 12-year-old nonprofit announced this week it has launched a new website and two new programs as it makes its return.

  • The VPS website, which can be found here, serves as a hub that connects volunteers with nonprofits that need help.

What they’re saying: “To say that we are excited to be back in business is an understatement,” said founder David Carden Jr. “We know our volunteers, and future volunteers, are eager to get out and start volunteering.  We also hope to solicit many new nonprofits to become partners and sponsors.”

Bigger picture: It’s a busy time for VPS. In addition to relaunching its web-based connection efforts, it’s also launching two new bicycle safety programs through its P.S. Cares campaign — Blink for Safety and the Ghost Bike Project. Both are dedicated to encouraging safety on the roads.

  • Blink for Safety will provide free blinking bicycle safety lights for residents and “aims to increase cyclist visibility, both day and night, to help prevent injury and save lives,” said Carden.
  • For the Ghost Bike Project, VPS wants to create a powerful reminder for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike by erecting memorials for cyclists who have been killed while biking. These all-white memorials will be placed at or near the actual location where the cyclist was killed. 

It's Tiki Time! ALOHANA Palm Springs is this Sunday Nov. 13 from 12pm - 5pm!

Grab your Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts, and hula on down to the Palm Springs Cultural Center for a celebration of tiki culture in the desert. Join us for an afternoon of tropical cocktails, hula, food, live music as well as an extensive Tiki Artisan Marketplace featuring new and vintage art, apparel, tiki carvings, and other sundries! Appearing for the first time is the international sensation SLACK KEY O'HANA with a contemporary twist on traditional Hawiian music!

Get your tickets here.

The Roundup

🗳️ As results from the vote-by-mail and provisional ballot counting began to trickle in Wednesday evening, not much changed in Palm Springs City Council races. We updated our story anyway. (Palm Springs Post)

🎭 Check out this review of CV Rep’s latest show, The Humans. (CV Independent

🥞 A Palm Springs Brunch spot is up for a national award, but is it your favorite brunch joint? (Palm Springs Life)

Today's calendar

Desert Water Agency Executive Committee Meeting
8 a.m. | Online

The agenda gives some details on the rules for public comment, and what viewers can expect from today’s meeting.

Author Talk: Bonnie Garmus
11 a.m. | Online

Today’s Author Talk hosted by the Palm Springs Public Library is with Bonne Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry, about a female scientist in 1960s California whose life takes a detour. Garmus has also worked in technology, medicine, and education. Register online before attending. 

Graffiti Art and the Philosophy of Hannah Arendt
5:30 p.m. | Palm Springs Art Museum

The museum bills this talk as “Back-to-back lectures on unrelated topics that are somehow connected.” One speaker will discuss Graffiti Art. The other will talk about the philosophy of Hannah Arendt. Listeners will make connections during the Q&A portion.

Palm Springs City Council
5:30 p.m. | City Hall
The Council meets in person at City Hall, but the meeting can also be viewed live on the city's YouTube channel or Spectrum Channel 17. Find the complete agenda, viewing, and call-in instructions here.

6 p.m. | Downtown Palm Springs

This is your weekly opportunity to roam a car-free Palm Canyon Drive and enjoy music, food, and friends. Maybe you can even start some early holiday shopping with unique handmade items.

PS Rewinds: Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands
8 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

Continuing their retrospective on director Tim Burton, this week you can catch the cult classic Edward Scissorhands on one of the largest screens in the valley. ($12)

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Looking ahead

Veterans Day Parade
Friday | 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
Friday-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)

Nhojj and Ralph Cole Jr.
Friday | 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."

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.

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.

And finally...

🐾 Each week, The Post partners with a local animal shelter to feature one or more of the many animal companions ready for a new home in our community. 

  • This week we invite you to meet Webber, a 1-year-old orange tabby available at Animal Samaritans. He's neutered and litter box trained, and ready for your love.
  • "Webber was abandoned along with his 3 siblings," staff wrote. "He is a bit shy but very sweet once he warms up to you."
Details: To meet Webber or any of his friends, you can visit the shelter at 72307 Ramon Rd. in Thousand Palms. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and then 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • All pets from the shelter are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on shots.

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