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🎶 Setting the mood: "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" by Allen Toussaint

Leading off: LGBTQ community on edge; police chief offers assurances

Palm Springs Police Chief Andy Mills and his wife, Cathy Mills, walk in the 2022 Palm Springs Pride Parade along with others from the city's police and fire departments

The deadly shooting at a dance club in Colorado over the weekend was another chilling reminder that no community is safe and that the LGBTQ community is increasingly under attack. In Palm Springs, long known as a welcome haven for all, police are stepping up to offer assurances.

Driving the news: Palm Springs Police Chief Andy Mills delivered a clear message this week to the LGBTQ community following Saturday’s shooting that left five dead at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Taking to social media, Mills said members of his department are both sad and outraged and plan to be proactive in their response.

  • “I am in touch with police leaders in Colorado and will make security adjustments as needed,” Mills wrote. “I know some of our friends feel vulnerable for merely existing. We want you to feel and be safe in Palm Springs and we are dedicated to your safety.”

In The Arenas District, where police have beefed up their presence, owners of some clubs and bars joined many residents in expressing shock following the shootings. Still, they weren’t surprised to hear of more violence directed at the LGBTQ population, especially given attacks on the gay community, and gay rights, by some right-wing pundits and GOP politicians.

  • One of those attacks was aimed at a drag performer in Palm Springs just this past August.

What they’re saying: “They’ve created a hatred that is so bad, the worst I’ve seen it,” Jim Osterberger, the owner of Quadz, told local media about the rhetoric. “We used to get rocks through the windows, now we have to worry about semiautomatic weapons.”

Moving forward: At The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, Director of Communications Tomás Prower told KESQ-TV that the fact a club-goer stopped the gunman in Colorado shows the strength of the LGBTQ community, which is used to having to defend itself.

  • “It was our community that helped stop the gunman, coming together and preventing more injury,” Prower told reporter Jake Ingrassia. “We have to look out for each other, especially in times like this when who else will.”

In brief: Election Day has become 'Election Month'

Two weeks after the General Election was held, there remains no official winners in two races involving current members of the Palm Springs City Council, but two patterns continue to play out.

What we know: After both Riverside and San Bernardino counties reported additional counts Monday evening, Palm Springs City Councilmember Christy Holstege is 97 votes ahead of opponent Greg Wallis in the race for State Assembly in the 47th District. Meanwhile, the city’s mayor pro tem, Grace Garner, continued to pad her lead over challenger Scott Nevins for the council’s District 1 seat.

  • Currently, Holstege holds an 83,289 to 83,192 lead, a 50-50 split. Garner has a 51% to 49% lead, 1,448 to 1,387.
Behind the scenes: After trailing on Election Day, Garner has gained after each subsequent vote count. She surpassed Nevins in the vote count on Nov. 16. Holstege, however, has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride.
  • San Bernardino County, which releases its vote counts first each day but has fewer total ballots, breaks clearly for Wallis, while Riverside County has been roughly 10% in Holstege’s favor and has many more ballots. As vote counts come in each day, the two have seen their leads seesaw while awaiting the total from both counties.
Up next: We may know the final vote tallies Wednesday, but we may not. That's the day Riverside County says it will next update its vote tally. San Bernardino County says it will next update its vote count this evening. Both counties have until Dec. 8 to certify their elections.

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The Roundup

Golf courses in the Palm Springs area expect to see lots of players — and more competition for tee times — this season. (Desert Sun)

🍿 Cate Blanchett is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for an actress at the Palm Springs International Film Awards, which will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center in January. (Deadline)

🏒 In desert hockey news, 18-year-old Shane Wright will join the Coachella Valley Firebirds on a short-term "conditioning loan." (Seattle Times)

Today's calendar

VillageFest board meeting
5:30 p.m. | Online
The VillageFest Board will meet tonight via Zoom. Check out the agenda here

Airport Commission meeting
5:30 p.m. | Online
To watch the meeting or provide public comment, use the commission's Zoom link

CV Philharmonic Society Chamber Series: Baroque
6 p.m. | Palm Springs Cultural Center

Music from the Baroque period will be performed by John Scanlon on viola and Richard Treat on cello. ($30)

PSUSD Board of Education meeting
6 p.m. | Online
The Palm Springs Unified School District's Board of Education will host its regular meeting. The session will be held at the District Administration Center Board Room, but you can also watch it live

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Looking ahead

Movies in the Park: "Pillow Talk"
Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Downtown Park

Bring your pillows and blankets to enjoy the classic '60s rom-com "Pillow Talk," starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

Palm Springs Wild Turkey Trot
Thursday | 8 a.m. | Palm Canyon Drive

Get your Thanksgiving dinner prep ready the night before so you can wake up early to run or walk the 3.1-mile course. Find out more here.

Modern Men Holiday Concert preview
Sunday | 3 p.m. | St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Enjoy this one-hour preview of the Modern Men Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert, Stars: A Galaxy of Song. ($20)

See our complete community calendar 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.

And finally...

If tennis is your thing, you won't want to miss an event this weekend that promises to be both entertaining and beneficial.

Details: The 29th Annual Palm Springs Open, an international tennis tournament that attracts more than 270 LGBT players from around the world, takes place this weekend at three locations throughout the valley. The event is put on by Desert Tennis Association (DTA) and admission is free.

  • Similar to past years, DTA plans on donating proceeds from a player's party silent auction and raffle to AAP - Food Samaritans, an organization that provides nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
  • The party will be hosted by Bella da Ball Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Mission Hills Country Club main clubhouse. Keisha D will entertain. Tickets are $30 at the door.
But wait: A player welcome party is also planned (Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Hunter's Palm Springs) as are late night parties at Chill Bar both Friday and Saturday evenings. 

Check out the complete tournament schedule here.

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