The Movie Colony Neighborhood Organization
News/Notices

Palm Springs, California

Monday, July 7, 2009
Neighborhood Police Officers Close Patrol

This summer your police department NPOs (Neighborhood Patrol Officers) will be conducting "close patrols" of homes not occupied due to seasonal absences or vacations. To register your residence for close patrol, please email your NPO officers and indicate your name, address and time frame that your home will be unoccupied. Please indicate a telephone number to contact you in case of need.  You may reenter your absences if you are traveling away from Palm Springs intermittently.

The email addresses of our NPO's are as follows: Sam.steepleton@palmsprings-ca.gov and Nick.barth@palmsprings-ca.gov. In addition, please copy Sgt. Fallon on your listing email. Sgt. Fallon's email address is don.fallon@palmsprings-ca.gov. Please be sure to cancel your listing after you return to your residence on a full time basis. To cancel, send an email to the NPO officer and a copy to Sgt. Fallon.

Monday, March 16, 2009
The Movie Colony Spring Meeting
O'Donnell's Clubhouse, 4:30pm, May 3, 2009

PROGRAM: Our meeting will focus on issues of interest and concern to The Movie Colony. We welcome your suggestions on future programs. Three speakers are scheduled:
  • Our City Manager, David Ready, will update us on neighborhood and city issues.
  • You will meet our own PSPD Sgt. Don Fallon, assigned to the Movie Colony along with two beat officers.
  • Dr. Steven Nash, new Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, will acquaint us with the Art Museum's offerings as part of our quest to learn more about the resources in and adjacent to our neighborhood.

  • ELECTIONS: The staggered two year terms for four members of the Board expire in May, 2009. If you are interested in serving on the Board, please call our Secretary, Barbara Keane (760-699-6180), for details. Ken Feenstra will serve as the chair of the Nominating Committee.

    ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Annual contributions of $50.00 are due May 1, and apply to the membership period May, 2009 - April, 2010. Our Treasurer, Phil Meyer will be writing to you separately regarding details of your contribution.

    SPECIAL PROJECT: Topper blade signs have been ordered for the main arteries leading into The Movie Colony. The purpose is to define and identify our unique neighborhood. If residents of particular streets not represented by this original order wish to order a topper, blade sign, they may do so on subsequent orders. There will be a map at the meeting, illustrating the streets where topper blade signs have been ordered. Treasurer, Phil Meyer, will be providing additional information on independent orders.

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE ON MAY 3. YOU ARE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
    PLEASE COME TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND BE REPRESENTED!

    Sunday, March 8, 2009
    The Movie Colony Spring Meeting
    O'Donnell's Clubhouse, 4:30pm, May 3, 2009

    Our spring meeting will be held on Sunday, May 3, inside O'Donnell's Clubhouse commencing at 4:30PM.

    More information to follow.

    Saturday, October 20, 2008
    The Movie Colony Mid-Year Meeting
    O'Donnell's Clubhouse, 6:00pm, December 2, 2008

    Our mid-year meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2, inside O'Donnell's Clubhouse commencing at 6:00PM. Early registration and a pre-meeting social will commence at 5:30PM. The usual good fare from O'Donnell's will be on hand to greet your arrival and throughout the evening but, this year, we are not hosting the bar so bring some cash with you (credit cards are discouraged by the Club).

    Our meeting will focus on crime and safety. City Manager, David Ready, will lead off with a discussion of neighborhood and city issues. He will be followed by David Dominguez, our new Chief of Police and a presentation by the PSPD officers assigned to patrol The Movie Colony under the recently inaugurated beat system. Our focus on these critical issues will conclude with a report by our CERT Captain, Steve Smith, regarding earthquakes and disaster preparedness.

    For your records and immediate use, here is the contact information for the PSPD officers patrolling The Movie Colony. This contact information does not replace 911 when you feel threatened or if you observe a crime in progress. This contact information is to be used only for the purpose of keeping our beat officers aware of suspicious or unusual events or conditions arising in our neighborhood. Want to know more? If so, plan to attend the meeting to meet these officers and they'll tell you what to expect from the new system.

    Sgt. Don Fallon, don.fallon@palmsprings-ca.gov; 778-8440(x6312)
    Officer Sam Steepleton, sam.steepleton@palmsprings-ca.gov; 778-8440(x6512)
    Officer Nicolas Barth, nick.barth@palmsprings-ca.gov; 778-8440 (x6570)

    Cordially,
    The Movie Colony Board of Advisors

    Saturday, September 27, 2008
    The Movie Colony Fall Meeting
    O'Donnell's Clubhouse, 6:00pm, December 2, 2008

    The next general meeting of The Movie Colony neighborhood organization will be held on Dec 2, 2008, at O'Donnell's Clubhouse, commencing at 6PM.

    The complete program details will be published in mid-October. However, of special interest to everyone will be a presentation by our new PSPD NPO's (Neighborhood Policing Officers). You'll be able to meet and greet these fine officers and learn more about new police alert, surveillance, reporting and interaction procedures associated with The Movie Colony. If you are at all concerned about safety, security or other police related matters, you'll want to attend this important meeting as well as encourage your neighbors to attend along with you.

    Our treasury is still open for those of you who have not as yet paid your dues for 2008-2009. The minimum suggested amount this year is $50.00. Payments may be mailed to our POB 347, Palm Springs, Ca., 92263. Our appreciation to those who have contributed so far this year. These contributions provide financial stability to our organization whose primary goal is to nourish, enhance and defend the quality of life in The Movie Colony. Thank you for your continuing support.

    With best regards to all,

    The Movie Colony Board of Directors

    Sunday, September 30, 2007
    The Movie Colony Fall Meeting

    The Fall meeting of The Movie Colony will be held at 6pm on November 15, 2007 at O'Donnell's Golf Club. The business portion of the meeting will take about one and one half hours and it will be followed by our customary social gathering.

    This year's business session will include several City officials addressing such issues as the disposition of the Spanish Inn and the proposed noise ordinance aimed at party houses; Councilwoman Ginny Foat has been invited to discuss with us her ideas for funding the proposed new Animal Shelter; Mr Wesley Cole will talk to us about "greening" opportunities in The Movie Colony; a discussion about crime and safety and disaster preparedness will be led by Chuck Brobeck.

    As usual, there will be an open forum for residents to ask questions and raise issues for discussion about The Movie Colony.

    Please plan to attend and ask your neighbors to do the same. We look forward to seeing all of you on November 15th.

    Cordially,
    The Advisors of The Movie Colony

    Thursday August 30, 2007
    Citizens' Police Academy Schedule

    GUIDEBOOK OUTLINE
    Class #44

    Session 1 Chiefs Introduction 6:00-6:30   Gary Jeandron
    Sept 11 Ethics 6:30-7:00   Bill Judd
      K-9 Team Demonstration 7:10-8:00   Varies
      Station Tour 8:00-9:00   Stafford / Goodwin
           
    Session 2 Communications 6:00-7:20   Sylvia Rivera
    Sept 18 Patrol Operations 7:30-9:00   Kyle Stjerne
           
    Session 3 Criminal Justice System 6:00-7:20   Don Fallon
    Sept 25 Special Units and Equipment 7:30-9:00  
         Bikes     Pilutik / D. Judd
         Horses     Marc Melanson
         Motors     Melissa Desmarais
         Volunteer Units     Taylor Cushmore
         Crime Suppression Team     TBA
         Air support     TBA
         Aero Squadron     TBA
           
    Session 4 Domestic Violence 6:00-7:20   Erik Larson
    Oct 2 Narcotics 7:30-9:00   Mike Goodwin
           
    Session 5 Use of Force, Arrest Techniques 6:00-9:00   Mike Goodwin
    Oct 9 Arrest & Control Scenarios    
           
    Session 6 Edged Weapons Video 6:00-7:20   Stafford / Goodwin
    Oct 16 Low and High Risk Car Stops 7:30-9:00   Kyle Stjerne
           
    Session 7 Investigations, Crimes Against Persons 6:00-7:20   Troy Castillo
    Oct 23 Investigative Techniques 7:30-9:00  
           
    Session 8 Internal Affairs 6:00-8:00   Mark Stafford
    Oct 30 Peer Group Counseling/TIP 8:15-9:00   Mike Villegas
           
    Session 9 Deadly Force Decisions 6:00-7:00   Chuck Menley
    Nov 6 Shoot/Don't Shoot Video 7:00-9:00  
           
    Session 10 Fraud Prevention 6:00-9:00   Nancy Carr
    Nov 13      
           
    Session 11 SWAT Team and 6:00-7:20   Phil Parker +
    Nov 20 Demonstration 7:30-9:00   SWAT Staff
           
    Session 12 Gang Awareness 6:00-9:00   Jon Cabrera
    Nov 27 Pot Luck Dinner    
           
    Session 13 Graduation 6:00-9:00   Staff
    Dec 4 Citizens on Patrol    

    Ride-alongs will begin with Sessions 4 thru 11.

    Friday August 3, 2007
    Hard Rock Hotel Neighborhood Notice

    NEXUS Companies

    Dear Neighborhood Leader:

    We would like to invite you to attend an informational meeting to learn about the new Hard Rock Hotel planned near the Convention Center. We are currently in the City's development review process, and will be scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing in mid to late September.

    The project will be located on Tahquitz Canyon Way between Calle El Segundo and Calle Alvarado. The condo/hotel will have approximately 498 units, along with two signature restaurants, a luxury spa, nightclub and 32,000 square foot banquet and meeting room facility. It is anticipated that construction will start in first quarter 2008, and be completed approximately two years later.

    This is an important project for the community, and we look forward to meeting each of you. We would appreciate your disseminating this information to your neighborhood residents. If we can be of assistance in that regard, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    The meeting details are as follows:

    Date: September 4, 2007
    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Place: Convention Center - Ballroom Prefunction Area

    Should you have any questions about the project or the meeting details, please call me at (714) 546-5600. We will hopefully see you on September 4th.

    Sincerely,

    Cynthia J. Nelson
    Nexus Companies
    Vice President of Government Relations

    CN/sha
    NEXUS Companies
    1 MacArthur Place, Suite 300, Santa Ana, CA 92707 ph 714.546.5600 fz 714.546.5660 www.nexusd.com



    May 24, 2007
    MOVIE COLONY MEETING PRESENTATION re.the Spanish Inn

    GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

    I am Nejat Kohan, Co-Owner of the Spanish Inn. First let me introduce the new Supervisor & Coordinator of our project, Mr. Homayoon Moaven, a Licensed General Contractor. With that, I am here to explain to you the reasons for the extended delay in the Spanish Inn project and the Movie Colony Traffic Calming Program (MCTCP) that the City of Palm Springs required us to construct.

    Before I tell you the facts, let me clear this point that if there is anyone in this room who is very disappointed, upset and losing hundred of thousands of dollars due to this long delay, it is me. Just the cost of labor & materials to implement our project, has been extensively increased in the last 3 years. Having said so, some reasons for the long delay are as follows:

    1.When the City Council approved our project, on September of 2005, the design and construction of the Traffic Calming program were preconditions for Spanish Inn’s building permits. City also required us to be financially responsible for the program. Therefore we cannot proceed with our main project until the design and construction of MCTCP are completed.

    2.This program is very unique; let me explain two unusual aspects of this plan.

    A. Design and Technical Issues:

    To date, our civil engineer, Amir Engineering submitted the design of MCTCP to the City 4 times. He will submit the 5th design tomorrow morning, hopefully for the last time. Some of the design issues are as follows:

    a.Last November 2006, City Engineering changed the Wedge Curbs of the neighbor property lines to 6” Vertical Curbs, because they want to prevent vehicles from going the wrong way on a one-way street. Also the City does not want public parking on the neighbor’s private land.

    b. Just a month ago City instructed Amir Engineering to line up both sides of Via Chica behind Colony Palms and Spanish Inn. They advised him that the initial design of Via Chica was not proper. By this new proper configuration, two neighbors on the east side of Spanish Inn will gain more land.

    c.Just a couple of weeks ago, the City and my Civil Engineer agreed to reduce the size of Via Colusa Circle and delete the curbs around 3 Circles of the plan, in order to save the affected neighbors private land and avoid any future accidents with curbs. Of course Spanish Inn was required to pay for the design and all change orders

    These recent design changes caused a lot of delays in implementation of the plan; however the changes were all made to improve the plan, preventing encroachment on neighbor properties and avoid any future confusions or accidents.



    B. Financial and Maintenance Issues:

    When the project was approved by City Council September 2005, although we were unaware that Spanish Inn will be financially responsible for the Traffic Program, we agreed to do so. Moreover, City informed us last March 2007 that Spanish Inn, Colony Palms, and the Neighbors would be responsible for future maintenance of the Traffic Plan. This was the reason why I wrote the letter to the neighbors and asked for their opinion.

    I then advised City that Spanish Inn cannot be totally responsible for future maintenance, as the Neighbors generally declined responsibility for that maintenance.

    At my request a meeting was held at the City with Mr. Chris Mills, Council member, David Ready and the head of various interested Departments on April 19, 2007. In that meeting Mr. Thomas Wilson proposed that the City will vacate the streets to surrounding neighbors and the neighbors will reconvey an easement for public use to the City. Under this plan, the City will accept responsibility for maintenance of these streets.

    This proposal was very constructive and positive for the program and neighbors. Now we believe this eliminates the major obstacle, which prevented us from moving forward.

    I am committed to begin construction of the plan as soon as City Engineering and Planning Dept. approve our plans and issue us a building permit.

    I would like the neighbors to understand that some M.C. neighbors and City initiated the Traffic plan, not Spanish Inn. It was imposed on us and we were given no choice. Based on the condition of approvals, we are financially committed to be responsible for the plan.


    We still need your patience and support to allow us obtaining the permits, construct the Traffic Plan and move forward with own project. Thank you for listening to me.


    Nejat Kohan


    May 28, 2007
    Advisor Election Results

    Subsequent to the 2007 Annual Meeting of The Movie Colony Neighborhood Organization, the following have been elected to serve a two-year term on The Movie Colony’s Board of Advisors, consisting of seven (7) advisors in accordance with our bylaws.

    Arlene Battishill, Advisor
    Chuck Brobeck, Advisor
    Barbara Keane, Secretary
    Graham Young, Advisor

    For your information, following are the three advisors who were elected to serve a 2-year term at the 2006 Annual Meeting:

    Diane Ahlstrom, President
    Mary Lou Feenstra, Vice President
    Dick Mandell, Treasurer

    Please refer to The Movie Colony’s website, themoviecolony.org for information and notices about your neighborhood. If you would like to e-mail the advisors, the e-mail address is advisors@themoviecolony.org.

    Please keep us up to date with your e-mail address. This is our most efficient way to communicate.

    Diane Ahlstrom, President

    Friday, May 18, 2007
    PALM SPRINGS IS GOING HOLLYWOOD!

    Palm Canyon Drive between Tahquitz Canyon Way and Arenas Road will be closed to traffic between 2 and 10 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

    Palm Springs - Tourism TV, a Palm Springs based multi-media company, announces the upcoming filming of a major tourism production to air on national television beginning early summer. To assure quality images of Palm Springs, the highest-tech equipment is being used for the shoot including a crane-mounted camera used in such blockbusters as Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean. In order to accommodate the equipment and the dramatic shots of the City, Palm Canyon Drive will be closed on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Contracted by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, Tourism TV plans to disrupt the downtown business district as minimally as possible.

    Questions on the filming should be directed to Tourism TV at 760-325-6088.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:47 AM
    PLANNED POWER OUTAGE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Southern California Edison in planning a power outage in the area of SR111 (Gene Autry Trail) and Mesquite Ave / Dinah Shore. The power is scheduled to be turned off on May 25th, 2007 at 1:00 am. Power is scheduled to be restored at 6:30 am on May 25th. This outage may affect the traffic signal at Gene Autry Trail and Mesquite / Dinah Shore. The City of Palm Springs, Public Works office recommends you find an alternate route if possible. This intersection is owned and operated by the State of California, Department of Transportation. We have notified them of the situation.

    For additional information, please contact Southern California Edison at 888-759-6056. Refer to planned power outage number 242870.

    REMEMBER TO USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING IN A CONE ZONE.

    Richard Jenkins
    The Traffic Management Center

    Wednesday, May. 9, 2007
    2007 Annual Meeting

    The Movie Colony Neighborhood Organization

    Invites you to attend the
    2007 Annual Meeting

    Featuring:
    Election of Advisors
    Annual Contribution
    Status of Hotels under Renovation
    Emergency Bins (CERT)
    Development Impacting Area Surrounding the Movie Colony
    Open Forum

    Thursday, May 24, 2007
    6:00 pm
    O'Donnell Golf Club


    Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and open bar.

    Compliments of
    The Movie Colony
    Neighborhood Organization

    Please show your support.
    Together we can make a difference for a better and safer neighborhood!!!

    Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007
    20th Annual Black History Month Parade

    Contact:
    Jarvis Crawford
    Community Center Manager
    James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center
    760-416-5715

    What: 20th Annual Black History Month Parade
    When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24
    Where: From Baristo Road north on Palm Canyon Drive to Alejo Road

  • This year's parade theme is "Black Voices in the Media."

  • News anchor Larry Carroll is the grand marshal of the parade.

  • Special guests include Hardy and Cheryl Brown, publishers of The Black Voice News, along with newscaster Brad Pie, Jr.

  • Early parades were held in the Desert Highland Gateway neighborhood, then moved to Palm Canyon in the year 2000.

  • Following the parade, there will be a Town Fair from noon to 6 p.m. in the Palm Springs Stadium. There will be vendor booths selling everything from soul food to arts and crafts. Previously, the Town Fair was held in Ruth Hardy Park.
  • Friday, January 26, 2007
    Traffic Management Center
    City of Palm Springs

    Median island construction on Indian Canyon Drive at San Rafael Road will continue next week. Traffic lanes are scheduled to be open during the weekends however; travel lanes will be reduced to one lane for north and one lane for southbound traffic. The work is scheduled to be completed the week of February 12th.

    On Monday January 19th pavement work is scheduled to be started on Indian Canyon Drive at Garnet Avenue. Work will begin at 7:00 am and is scheduled to be completed by 3:30 pm the same afternoon. Travel lanes for south and eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane for each direction.

    For more information please feel free to call the Pubic Works Department at 760-323-8253 or e-mail our Lead Inspector at mike.lyter@palmsprings-ca.gov.

    Richard B. Jenkins
    Traffic Management Center
    City of Palm Springs
    760-323-8253 ext 8739

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    Health Access Resource Center

    From:
    Aurora Kerr, Director
    Community Resources Department
    Coachella Valley Association of Governments
    73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200
    Palm Desert, California 92260
    (760) 346-1127 or akerr@cvag.org

    As you may know, CVAG is a partner with the Health Access Resource Center (HARC). This Center is a local collaborative effort to collect, analyze and report primary as well as secondary data relative to the health needs of Coachella Valley residents. The data collection will be a valuable tool to help cities and community organizations measure outcomes, effectiveness and change resulting from funding decisions and initiatives in the Coachella Valley.

    The collection will be based on current, scientifically collected and analyzed data that will also assist local and regional government in their strategic planning and meeting the needs of your residents. The local HARC is using a successful and nationally recognized Orange County Health Needs Assessment (OCHNA) agency, as its model. The Steering Committee of over 35 stakeholders, including CVAG, has been meeting monthly. A Board of Directors has been established with CVAG at the table.

    Over the next two months, HARC will begin to make the thousands of phone calls across the Coachella Valley that will be necessary to collect the data for its first assessment. The length of the phone call will be no more than 17-20 minutes.

    Attached is the flyer in English and in Spanish

    Friday, December 01, 2006
    Indian and Garnet traffic control

    From: Richard Jenkins

    On December 4th construction will begin on the west side of the intersection of Indian Canyon and Garnet Avenue. Southbound lanes will be reduced to a single lane and Garnet Avenue will be reduced in width west of Indian Canyon from Monday December 4th - Thursday December 7th. On December 7th the entire intersection will be closed for re-paving from 9:00pm until 6:00am the following morning. No traffic will be permitted through the intersection. Work is scheduled to be completed by Friday morning at 6:00 am.

    PLEASE FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE DURING THIS TIME.


    Richard B. Jenkins
    Traffic Management Center
    City of Palm Springs
    760-323-8253 ext 8739

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006
    Citizens' Police Academy

    The next thirteen-week class of the Citizens' Police Academy will commence January 8, 2007.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006
    Annual Meeting

    The Fall Business Meeting will be November 30, 2006 at O'Donnel Golf Course, 5pm-7pm.

    Monday, October 9, 2006
    Fall clean-up

    Fall clean-up set for week of Oct. 16

    Contact: Palm Springs Disposal Services 327-1351

    Oct. 6, 2006
    If you've been waiting to get rid of the thread-bare easy chair, ratty old couch or other junk taking up space in the garage, the time has come.

    During the week of Oct. 16-22, Palm Springs Disposal Services will be collecting unwanted and bulky items at no charge as part of the City's "Fall Clean-up 2006" event.

    To take advantage of this convenient service, residents must place their unwanted items, such as holiday decorations, gardening materials and other household items, curbside on the evening before their regularly scheduled waste pickup. Unwanted items should be placed in regulation trash containers or plastic bags alongside their regular trash and recycling carts. Containers cannot exceed 50 pounds per item nor be placed in trash containers exceeding 32-gallon capacity. This includes any yard trimmings which should be tied in 2-foot-by-4-foot bundles or placed in trash containers.

    Bulky items such as appliances, furniture or electronic waste that exceed 50 pounds should be set out at the curb by 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. These items will be collected throughout the week, not necessarily on your regular trash pick-up day. These items should not exceed 150 pounds per item and must be able to be picked up by two men. Only two large bulky items of this type will be collected per residence. For residents with more than two large bulky items or items that weigh in excess of 150 pounds, they may bring these items to the north parking lot fo City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for disposal.

    In addition to unwanted and bulky items, Palm Springs Disposal Service will also collect used motor oil during the Fall Clean-up event. Individuals wishing to get rid of used oil are asked to call Palm Springs Disposal Service's recycling hotline at 327-7283 to arrange for collection.

    For more information regarding the City's "Fall Clean-up 2006" event please call 327-1351.

    Monday, September 18, 2006
    American Heat

    Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend returns October 6, 7 & 8 in the Spa Casino Parking Lot.

    Here are the details:
    Event: American Heat Motorcycle Weekend
    Promoter: Road Shows, Inc., Reno Nevada - Randy Burke, President - 1-800-200-4557
    Venue: North Parking Lot Area of the Spa Casino between Amado and Alejo
    Attendance: 10,000 people over the three-day weekend
    Event Hours:
    3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 6
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 8

    Event Description:
    The event involves a motorcycle rally located on the north portion of the Spa Casino Parking Lot with entertainment each evening to be concluded no later than 9:00 p.m. The noise ordinance will be suspended by the City Council "only for the event site" and not throughout the entire community. Noise complaints should be directed to the Palm Springs Police Dispatch Office at (760) 327-1445 if motorcycle traffic becomes problematic in the neighborhoods or in areas away from the event site.

    Street Closures: Calle Encilia will be partially closed from Amado to Alejo

    Wednesday, September 13, 2006
    The City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission

    Cordially Invites you to Attend the Unveiling of the Sculpture:

    Whirlwind VI
    by
    Artist Gary Slater

    Please join us on
    Thursday, September 21, 2006,
    10 a.m.

    Ruth Hardy Park
    700 Tamarisk Street, Palm Springs
    In the Rose Garden

    Tuesday, August 15, 2006 4:28 PM
    City of Palm Springs & Time Warner Cable

    The City of Palm Springs is gathering information to help it negotiate a new cable TV contract with Time-Warner.

    That contract may include channels and other resources that could be available for use -- free of charge -- by community groups, local service agencies, schools, and residents.

    The City has already conducted a telephone survey and community focus group meetings. This email survey is another opportunity for you to provide your ideas and input. It is designed to obtain information about the needs and interests of local organizations and agencies that serve Palm Springs residents.

    On behalf of Sue Buske, consultant, I have sent this survey to you because your group, organization, or agency serves Palm Springs residents. Your responses will be used to help assess whether current services and resources are adequate and appropriate, and to identify changes (if any) that might be made to meet future community cable-related needs and interests.

    Thank you very much for your participation in this survey.


    Wayne B. Soucy, Chief Executive Officer
    Desert Healthcare District


    Donna Craig, Executive Assistant/Development Associate
    Desert Healthcare District/Desert Healthcare Foundation
    1140 N. Indian Canyon Dr.
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    760-323-6113
    760-323-6509 fax


    Click here to see the survey


    June 29, 2006
    Demonstration will indicate how tall proposed hotel would be

    Contact: Lee Husfeldt
    Director of Public Affairs
    City of Palm Springs
    323-8255

    The community will get a pretty good idea just how tall a four-story hotel proposed for the southwest corner of Tahquitz Canyon Way and Cahuilla Road would be during a demonstration scheduled for Monday, July 10.

    Wessman Development, which is seeking City Council approval to construct the 51-room Palm Hotel on the vacant site, will rent several cranes and place them at the appropriate building corners of the proposed hotel. Ropes will be strung between the cranes to demonstrate the roof height of the project.

    The demonstration will be between 3 and 8 p.m., July 10, and the site will be visible to the public from adjacent streets and sidewalks.

    Wessman Development is conducting the demonstration at the request of the City Council, which on June 21, continued its review of the development application for the hotel until Wednesday, July 12.


    June 24, 2006
    Minutes to The 2006 Annual Meeting of The Movie Colony

    The Minutes to the Annual Meeting held April 22, 2006 are now available for viewing in the Newsletters/Minutes section.


    May 4, 2006
    Basic Fire Training

    City of Palm Springs
    Fire Department
    TEL (760) 323-8181 * FAX (760) 778-8430

    Dear Neighbor,

    On May 23, 24 & 25, 2006 the Palm Springs Fire Department will be conducting basic fire training at: 471, and 485 Calle Santa Rosa, and 495 Calle El Segundo. Three homes have been donated to the Department so that we may gain valuable experience in a controlled environment.

    This is an exciting opportunity for our newest firefighters to be able to be placed in the exact environment that they will face on the job. All this will be done under the watchful eye of experienced firefighters and supervisors. During the training, small interior fires will be ignited so the firefighters can experience interior fire attacks. After the last training session on May 25th, the structures will be demolished and the site cleaned up by a private company within one week.

    I want to express my thanks to you for understanding the value in this type of training even though it may create some minor inconvenience as there will be a small amount of smoke coming from the buildings. We will not be burning the structures down. Small fires will be ignited on the interior and extinguished quickly.

    We expect the training fires to start around 9 A.M., and continue on and off until about 5 P.M. each day.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call Battalion Chief Mark Avner at 323-8181.

    Sincerely,

    Blake G. Goetz, CEM
    Fire Chief
    BGG/jb


    April 27, 2006
    Applicants sought to serve on Palm Springs boards, commissions

    Contact: James Thompson
    City Clerk
    City of Palm Springs
    760-323-8204

    Palm Springs residents have an opportunity to help lead their community by becoming a member of one of the City Council's boards and commissions.

    With 22 terms expiring at the end of June, residents have an opportunity to help shape the future of the City of Palm Springs.

    Residents are needed to fill two openings on the Administrative Appeals Board, two openings on the Airport Commission, one on the Board of Appeals, one on the Historic Site Preservation Board, three on the Human Rights Commission, two on the Library Board, three on the Parks and Recreation Commission, three on the Planning Commission, three on the Public Arts Commission and two on the VillageFest Board.

    Members on the various boards and commissions serve three-year terms.
    Applicants must be Palm Springs residents and registered voters in the City.
    Persons interested in serving should submit an application to the City Clerk's Office by May 18. Applications and information also can be obtained online by going to the City's Web site at www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us. Additional information about the various boards and commissions, what they do and when they meet may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office at 323-8204. Residents can apply for a maximum of two seats.

    Some of the openings may be filled by current members who seek reappointment. However, the final membership selection will be made by the City Council in June.


    April 20, 2006
    Traffic Signal

    The traffic signal at Indian / Tamarisk is in the proposed 2006/07 capital budget and the City Council is tentatively scheduled to discuss capital budget requests at its May 10th Study Session


    April 20, 2006
    TMC Contingency Fund

    The Advisors have a long range plan to accumulate approximately $20,000 to $25,000 over the next 5 to 10 years as a contingency fund. Surplus funds are currently being invested in CD's at Guaranty Bank.


    April 19, 2006
    Citizens Police Academy

    The Citizens Police Academy Class 40 begins Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. at the Palm Springs Police Department Training Center, 200 S. Civic drive, Palm Springs. Any questions, call Sargent Parker or Officer Michael Goodwin at 323-8116 or Detective Troy Castillo 323-8136. (Click here for an application to the class) Please mail, fax, e-mail or drop it off at PSPD. The fax is 760-323-8178.


    April 19, 2006
    CERT Community Emergency Response Teams

    The Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training is a 20-hour federally certified course for the public. All CERT courses start on Thursday night and include the following two consecutive Saturdays. The next classes are May 11, 13 and 20.

    Click here for C.E.R.T. brochure.


    March 31, 2006
    HGTV

    Pirooz Kalayeh
    Associate Producer
    HGTV / Weller Grossman Productions
    lwid@wellergrossman.com
    818-755-4800 ext. 243

    HGTV (Home and Garden Television) and Weller/Grossman Productions are looking for unique, cool and creative projects designed and done by real people without the help of contractors or experts. We're searching for individuals across the country that would like to share their fun stories and incredible results.

    This fun and inspirational new program chronicles everyday people and their amazing did it myself design endeavors and the one-of-a-kind projects that transformed their homes! From unbelievable room reinventions, to cool outdoor creations, innovative kids rooms, wild wall treatments, playful pet projects, and more were looking for ideas that break the design mold and make people say wow!

    So, if you've transformed your garage into a wine room or bowling alley, built Fido his own futuristic pad, designed the most exotic or themed room on the block, created an incomparable fantasy playroom for the kids -- or done something else spectacular and uniquely special to your home, HGTV is looking for you!
    To apply, e-mail a description of the project (with pictures before and after) of the area you've improved, and your contact info to lwid@wellergrossman.com

    Click here to see Press Release.


    May 9, 2005
    Minutes to The 2005 Annual Meeting of The Movie Colony

    The Minutes to the Annual Meeting held March 13, 2005 are now available for viewing.

    Click here to read the minutes.


    May 4, 2005
    Wellness Park Groundbreaking

    Dr. Rubenstein of the DHCD and other luminaries responsible for the Wellness Park spoke at the groundbreaking, May 4. The PSUSD, The Movie Colony Neighborhood Organization, Desert Water Agency, and others were there. This will be a great addition to The Movie Colony neighborhood.


    March 23, 2005
    Citizens Police Academy Class 37

    -- Palm Springs, California --

    Detective Troy Castillo of the Palm Springs Police Department has announced that the 37th Class of the Citizens Police Academy begins Thursday May 5, 2005.

    Dick Mandell has just been graduated from this class and would be happy to discuss all the features of the program with any interested party.

    Call him at 760.327.8226 or call Detective Castillo at 760.323.8136. FAX him at 323-8176.


    CERT: Community Emergency Response Teams

    Fire Chief Blake Goetz said that the CERT program is looking for more good people. Those interested in being members of teams that help the area respond to emergencies should contact Chief Goetz at (760) 323-8181. It is a program of neighbors helping neighbors in times of emergencies.


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