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Tuesday, Nov. 15 | ☀️ 73°/52°

Happy Tuesday, people, where we're here to bring you good news from the world of chocolate. When the Palm Canyon Drive See's Candies outlet closed last year after decades in business, it brought about much disappointment, but employees hinted that we'd see them return to town. Now they're back, but maybe only temporarily. You can get your fill of the sweet treats at a pop-up store in the same shopping node as Jensen's and Cost Plus World Market off East Palm Canyon Drive. Depending on how See's does in that location, however, it may open there permanently.
🎶 Setting the mood: Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

Leading off: Four in the 4th, so far

Clockwise, from top left: Joe Jackson, Ernest Cecena, Naomi Soto, and David Rios.

It’s been exactly a week since Election Day, and the vote count continues to drag out painfully slowly. Still, some Palm Springs voters may need to gear up for one more race. 

Driving the news: District 4 City Councilmember Christy Holstege has all but officially won the race for State Assembly in the 47th District over challenger Greg Wallis (as of Monday evening, she had a 55% to 45% lead). She spent the past week splitting time between Sacramento and Palm Springs —  a sure sign she's already focused on the new gig.

What happens next: Once the election is finalized, the City Council has two options. Councilmembers can appoint someone new to the seat or authorize a special election.

Who to watch: So far, there are four people who have stepped up to say they intend to seek the appointment or a spot on the ballot, depending on what the Council decides to do.

  • Joe Jackson is the former chair of the city’s Sustainability Commission, and he filed his paperwork earlier this year.

  • Ernest Cecena, the chairman of the Tahquitz Creek Golf Neighborhood Organization, filed paperwork last month.

  • David Rios also filed last month. He's a realtor and interior designer who serves on the local Board of Realtors and is an ambassador with the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
  • Naomi Soto, chair of the city’s Measure J Oversight Commission and chair-elect of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, announced earlier this month she is also throwing her hat into the ring.
In current election results, the race for City Council in Palm Springs District 1 continues to hang in a state of suspended animation. As of the latest ballot count Monday, the numbers again didn't change from Saturday. Challenger Scott Nevins continues to lead Mayor Pro Tem Grace Garner 1,180 to 1,124.
  • In District 2 and District 3, no new numbers were registered Monday either. Jeffrey Bernstein has a comfortable lead over Renee Brown in District 2, 1,643 votes to 1,336. Ron deHarte is way ahead of Joy Meredith in District 3, 1,633 to 853.
Next steps: There are approximately 94,000 ballots remaining to be counted. The next update from the Riverside County Registrar of Voters is promised for Tuesday evening.

In brief: Catch a flick in your fleece

Movie buffs, rejoice! The popular summer film series held outside at the new Downtown Park is coming back in winter/spring form.

Driving the news: The Palm Springs Cultural Center announced Monday that it's bringing the Movies in the Park series back to Downtown Palm Springs Park starting next week. The series kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 23 with the classic 1960's rom-com "Pillow Talk" starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

  • Other films in the free series include "Gigi." "Charade," "The Girl Can't Help It," "How to Marry a Millionaire," and "Barefoot in the Park."
  • The movies are scheduled to run one Wednesday each month through April and start at 6 p.m. Showtimes may vary slightly in the spring depending on when the sun sets.
What they're saying: "We were delighted to see how much fun people had at the summer Movies in the Park series and we’re thrilled to continue giving back to the community with this program.” — Cultural Center Executive Director Michael Green

If you go: Attendees are encouraged to make an evening of it by enjoying downtown shops and dining before the movies. Don't forget to bring a jacket (and maybe some blankets), though. Once the sun sets behind the mountain it's pretty chilly.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience on a private wind farm.

You’ve arrived in Palm Springs once you see the iconic wind turbines. Whether you take a self-driving tour or a guided golf cart tour, you will be taken on a journey to learn about wind energy, how they work and the history of the first wind farm. You can get up close to a modern wind turbine up to 400 feet high.

Click here for more information.

The Roundup

🏠 The Elvis and Priscilla honeymoon house, or "The House of Tomorrow" as it's actually named, sold for its full asking price of $5.65 million. (Wall Street Journal) (💰)

🎸 The Rock The Plaza event last Friday, held to benefit The Plaza Theatre, raised $200,000. (Desert Sun)

🥾 Want to head back out onto several area hiking trails? The county reopened them on Monday due to improved conditions that have decreased the fire threat. (NBC Palm Springs)

Today's calendar

Moved by Modern Exhibit
Today through Sunday | Palm Springs Public Library

Enjoy this celebration of midcentury modernism through the lens of photographer Deb Smith.

Desert Water Agency Board 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.

Talk: How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race
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.

Sustainability Commission Meeting
5:30 p.m. | Online

Some of the items of new business for tonight’s meeting include biking and mobility and turf conversion. Check out the rest of the agenda here.

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

6 p.m. | Zoom

To participate in tonight’s meeting, be sure to send an email to receive the Zoom link.

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Looking ahead

“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.

See our complete community calendar here.

And finally...

Yesterday we told you about a power outage that hit along Palm Canyon Drive early Sunday morning and, for some, lasted all day. Now we've got an update, although not much of one.

What we know: Jeff Monford of Southern California Edison (SCE) confirmed Monday the incident began when a piece of equipment in Downtown Palm Springs failed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. He said the failure occurred in an underground vault in an area near Sunny Dunes.

  • Roughly 275 customers in or near the core of the downtown business district were impacted by the outage. Monford said a "customer" equates to an individual account. "That could be a small business, a large business, or a residence," he explained.
While some restaurants and other businesses were forced to close for the day, many others began to see their power back on in 20 minutes, with many more back in business around 7:30 a.m. Service wasn't restored for everyone, however, until 1:54 a.m. Monday.
  • "SCE crews worked a fast and as safely as they could to restore the power and were able to do that in a number of stages, bringing the majority of customers back on line fairly quickly," said Monford.
Bottom line: While this particular outage was painful for some, it's important to know "the grid is the biggest machine in the world," Monford noted. "As bad as it is to have a break or a scheduled outage, it would be far worse if we were not not constantly monitoring, maintaining, or repairing the grid."

You can bookmark this SCE page to check on all outages (both planned and unplanned) throughout Southern California.

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