According to reports the number of licensed vacation rental properties in Palm Springs continues to grow. These properties are almost all located in residential neighborhood communities. The manner in which vacationing tenants use the properties is one that continues to aggravate neighbors who may be exposed to loud noises, late night partying, parking and traffic congestion and other quality of life issues. Complaints from those exposed to these types of activities continue to abound and the lack of meaningful response by city officials has prompted formation of a community partnership to insist that city action occur.

 

           It’s clear the concerns about vacation rental problems exist in many neighborhoods. Those directly affected deserve the attention of city officials. Implementation of steps to ensure that vacation rental activity does not adversely impact neighborhood quality of life issues remains to be achieved. Until that degree of residential equality exists, city officials should not rest, and no measure – including elimination of vacation rentals – should be considered exempt from the list of solutions needed to adequately achieve meaningful results. If current city ordinances are inadequate to remedy neighborhood vacation rental quality of life issues, then a new or amended ordinance should be created to address all concerns.

 

          Two groups, Protect Our Neighborhoods and Small Hotels of Palm Springs (SHoPS), are jointly “advocating an approach to regulating vacation rentals that balances the needs of residents and small businesses with the city’s desire for revenue”. These organizations are asking that something be done – a process started – and a solution devised with the clear intent of addressing vacation rental quality of life issues. No residential community should be treated differently from others when it comes to basic quality of life issues. Protect Our Neighborhoods and Small Hotels of Palm Springs deserve our support for their calm, reasonable efforts. They deserve our applause for working together to achieve better living conditions for Palm Springs residential communities impacted by vacation rental activities. And vacation rental properties in neighborhood communities need to be closely regulated to prevent their use in a manner that adversely lowers residential quality of life.

 

          Read “Groups seek pause on Palm Springs vacation rentals” in The Desert Sun:   http://desert.sn/1OpYdAf

 

Posted by: Bond Shands
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Press Release
December 16, 2015

SHoPS and PON join forces to protect Palm Springs’
residential neighborhoods and small businesses

Marla Malaspina
info@ProtectOurNeighborhoods.net
Steering Committee and Neighborhood Outreach
Protect Our Neighborhoods PS

Small Hotels of Palm Springs (SHoPS) and Protect our Neighborhoods (PON) are proud to announce they are joining forces to promote and protect both the quality of life in Palm Springs neighborhoods and the livelihood of small businesses owners and their employees by advocating an approach to regulating vacation rentals that balances the needs of residents and small businesses with the city’s desire for revenue.

In every month since February 2014 the number of legal short term vacation rentals has increased year-over-year by double digits, and now exceeds 1,600 properties. These vacation rentals reduce the quality of life in residential neighborhoods both by replacing full-time neighbors with a constant flow of strangers and by creating opportunities for rowdy visitors to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.

And by diverting visitors to de facto hotels masquerading as residential properties – which allows them to avoid the many strict regulations which regular hotels must comply with, such as facilities in conformity with the Americans With Disabilities Act – vacation rentals harm the owners and employees of small hotels, inns and other small businesses whose livelihood depends on hosting visitors to Palm Springs.

The arrival of a new Mayor and an invigorated City Council offers the opportunity for the city and its residents to take a fresh look at the role of vacation rentals in the life and commerce of our city. SHoPS and PON look forward to playing an active cooperative role in that reassessment.

Small Hotels of Palm Springs (SHoPS) is a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed in 2004, grouping over twenty-five smaller independently owned and operated resorts, hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts. As with other tourist-oriented businesses in Palm Springs, they employ hundreds of Palm Springs residents to operate and maintain their properties.

Protect our Neighborhoods (PON) is a group of local residents devoted to protecting the quality of life in Palm Springs’ residential neighborhoods in the face of the ongoing uncontrolled growth of vacation rentals in our city.

David Shahriari Tom Stansbury
President Co-Founder
Small Hotels of Palm Springs Protect Our Neighborhoods PS

SHoPS : www.smallhotelsofpalmsprings.com

PON: www.protectourneighborhoods.net

==== End of Press Release ====

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I have a longstanding personal policy regarding membership organizations and others who seek dollar support. I avoid those who engage in political endorsements for I don’t wish to see funds I may have provided used either for or against political candidates or issues I may or may not support. It’s for that reason that the following listing of organizations will not be appearing on my list of paid memberships or other forms of financial support. Each of those listed took positions in recent political elections and endorsed one or more candidates.

AFL – CIO – American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

CIVS PAC – Coachella / Imperial Valleys Strategies PAC

COPE – Riverside Committee on Political Education

Democrats of the Desert Sun

SEIU Local 721

Desert Stonewall Democrats

DVBA – Desert Valleys Builders Association

EQCA – Equality California

LPAC – Lesbian Political Action Committee

PSFMU – Palm Springs Fire Management Unit

PSFSU – Palm Springs Fire Safety Unit

Palm Springs Modern Heritage Fund

PSPOA – Palm Springs Police Officers Association

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest

Riverside County Democratic Central Committee

San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Building and Construction Trades Council

San Bernardino/Riverside Counties Central Labor Council

SEIU Local 721

Sierra Club

Victory Fund

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           Palm Springs city manager David Ready’s Valley Voice op-ed titled “Land sales a proven boon for Palm Springs” makes no claim that the city has received proven benefits from sales of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) properties. Instead he defends the lack of profits from sales by speculating that “hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenues” will result from future development of the properties. Those hoped-for future revenues also included a “new public parking structure for the Convention Center” that were mentioned as examples of economic development incentive importance to those who purchased RDA properties. Some would argue that a better approach would have been to engage the services of a good realtor, have properties realistically appraised, and sell them for their genuine market value. Few would agree that selling properties below market value in order to provide developers with questionable economic incentives makes much sense.

         The first part of the op-ed discusses city services and tax revenues – both have seen significant increases in the 2008 to 2015 period. The revenues discussed are hotel tax revenues, city sales taxes and the Measure J additional sales tax. Credit is given to hotel, business and airline incentives that were implemented by the City Council. No mention is made of the other significant factors that contributed to the period’s revenue and city service increases.

          During 2008 through 2015 taxes and fees on residents were raised four times. These included the 4.5% Measure G Cell and Cable phone tax in 2009; the 1% Measure J sales tax in 2011; the 10% Medicinal Marijuana sales tax in 2015 ; and the incremental 100% Wastewater sewer service tax (increased yearly from 2013 to 2031). These all contributed significantly to city revenues, but were not mentioned in the city manager’s op-ed. Surely they deserve to be included in any summary of city revenue increases in the 2008-2015 period.

          Following the 2008 economic recession a number of city services were eliminated or cut back. Among those were reductions in fire and safety funding, city hall services, pay cuts for city council members and other cost savings. Full restoration of all that had been eliminated or cut back has yet to occur. An obvious example would be the operating hours of City Hall which remains on a Monday through Thursday four-day work week that leaves it closed on Fridays.

          It’s important that city officials provide information about activities and services along with responses to criticisms and questions voiced by residents or in the media. The city manager’s op-ed is certainly appropriate for it seeks to address acknowledged problems with respect to sale of RDA properties.

          The concern that should be noted with the op-ed is it states only part of the story, presents a one-sided point of view and conveniently overlooks information that would provide a full picture. Some could rightfully claim that a more candid assessment of the subject would have better served both the city, its officials and the public.

          The recent calls for complete transparency in all things related to city government apparently are falling on deaf ears. That appears to be the case with the op-ed for it is one clearly lacking in the candor and transparency that’s so desperately needed in our city’s current scandal-headlined environment. Will residents in Palm Springs ever see the day when ethics, candor, transparency, honesty and believability become an official city standard?
David-Ready-Palm-Springs-city-manager

City Manager David Ready

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October 25, 2015
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Rob Moon   –   Geoff Kors  –   J.R. Roberts

.          I recently compiled a list of questions titled “Palm Springs Local Election Issues“. It was also sub-titled “Twenty-six reasons to NOT vote for an Incumbent“. That list included many of my personal concerns about local issues and those currently holding political office in the City of Palm Springs. I concluded that our city needs greater transparency with respect to all government issues, more attention paid to the spirit and letter of ethics legal requirements, more citizen involvement in city finances and the budget process, more community involvement in public works department activities and city council members who are open to input from all residents – including those with unwelcome opinions.

.          It’s my belief that fresh blood – new faces – are needed and for that reason will not be voting for anyone currently holding a city council position. Use the following link to view or download a copy of the “Palm Springs Local Election Issues” questions. http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_Local_Election_Issues.pdf

.          My choice for mayor is Rob Moon.

.          My choices for city council members are Geoff Kors and J.R. Roberts.

Rob Moon- Geoff Kors - JR Roberts

Rob Moon website: http://www.palmspringsmoon.com/

Geoff Kors website: http://www.geoffkors.com/

J.R. Roberts website: http://votejrroberts.com/

 .          I hope my fellow residents will be making the same choices. Also, if I had a third choice for city council it would be Jim King.

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         Probably the two most important questions candidates for election to public office should answer are “Why should I vote?” and “Why should I vote for you?”. It’s the second question that is most often answered. The first and probably most important is seldom addressed.

          “Why should I vote for you?” is answered when candidates describe their background including education, experience, activities and relevant expertise that qualifies her/him for the position sought. That’s usually followed by a long list of campaign promises about changes and issues the candidate proposes to address if elected. In reality it’s all about the candidate and what he or she seeks is to convince voters his/her real interest is in serving the public. Too often the actual goal of the candidate is to simply get elected and once that’s accomplished, then to hold onto the job for a very long time.

          “Why should I vote?” meaning “What’s in it for me if I bother to vote?” are too often ignored by candidates seeking votes. It’s the one that really depicts voter interests. Voters  are most interested in their homes, jobs and neighborhoods. Crime and particularly petty theft issues are concerns. Street surfaces in need of paving are important. Increased local taxes that aren’t spent on neighborhoods are resented. Family, children and quality of life are all pressing matters. Better representation and equal opportunities to meet with local officials who are willing to listen and address concerns need attention. Small business owners are tired of fighting city hall red tape. And giving taxpayer money away to developers and businesses who seem to already possess wealth does not seem fair. It’s these and similar issues that concern the voter. 

           Palm Springs voters keep electing charismatic candidates who possess both experience and talent. These smart, friendly and interesting individuals take office and then seem to forget the voters who elected them. Their sold a message in reply to “Why should I vote for you?” that served them well. Whether we’re proud or unhappy with the performance of those in office, ours were the votes that put them there. If there’s a problem and/or need for change then perhaps the fault lies with voters. We fail to ask the question “Why should I vote?” and wait for a satisfactory answer before listening to the less important question of which candidate deserves the vote.

           If you’ve made up your mind which candidate will receive your vote did she or he answer the “Why should I vote?” question to your satisfaction? If you’ve not yet made up your mind which candidate deserves your vote, have you asked the “Why should I vote?” question of any or all the candidates? When it comes to voting in local elections, do you really care who gets elected?

           Why should I vote?

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          I have published six documents that discuss the 2015 Palm Springs mayoral and city council elections. The coverage includes candidate information, campaign issues and voter statistics. The six documents, listed below, are available for viewing or downloading using the appropriate link. All may be freely copied and/or reproduced – and distribution to others is encouraged.

Palm Springs Local Election Issues  –   use following link.
(Subtitled: Twenty-six or more reasons to NOT vote for an Incumbent)
http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_Local_Election_Issues.pdf

Palm Springs Local Election Candidates Listing – use following link.
http://desertobserver.bondshands.com/?p=1213

Palm Springs Mayoral Candidate Statements –  use following link.
http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_Mayoral_Candidate_Statements.pdf

Palm Springs City Council Candidate Statements  –  use following link.
http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_City_Council_Candidate_Statements.pdf

“The Ideal City Council Candidate” Request List – use following Link
http://bondshands.com/public/The_Ideal_City_Council_Candidate.pdf

Palm Springs Political & Population Demographic Statistics – use following link.
http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_Political_and_Population_Demographics.pdf

The following document includes each of the above reports combined into a single file.

Palm Springs Political Election Reports Booklet – use following link.
http://bondshands.com/public/Palm_Springs_Election_Reports_Booklet.pdf

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           The new Palm Springs Local Government page on Facebook is a place for friendly discussions about local political and governmental affairs. It’s hosted by Barbara Beaty and myself and we hope others interested in exchanging views and learning from each other in a non-threatening environment will join us. Use browser link:   www.facebook.com/groups/PalmSpringsLocalGovernment/   and click on the JOIN menu option. And, of course, thanks for your support.

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      Local elections represent one of the few opportunities to meet and listen to candidates seeking votes from residents to return or put them in office. It’s a perfect time for candidates to share their views and promises with respect to specific city issues. This Election Issues report is intended as a partial list of suggested topics appropriate as background material for questions some may wish to ask of candidates.


GOVERNMENT & POLITICAL AFFAIRS

Crime and City Jail – The city jail has been closed since the recession in order to save money. The local police force appears to have insufficient numbers to adequately address local crime. According to published sources Palm Springs crime rates are significantly greater than national averages. Should there be a cost/benefit analysis in concert with the police department to determine whether to reopen the jail and address police department needs?
Note: See online crime statistic reports at http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Palm-Springs-California.html  and  http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/palm-springs/crime/

Taxes on Individuals – Significant tax increases have been imposed during the past half-dozen years. These included the 2009 Measure G 4.5% Cell and Cable phone tax; the 2011 Measure J 1% sales tax;  the 2014 Medicinal Marijuana 10% sales tax; and the 2012 Wastewater sewer service tax that’s being increased yearly starting with 20% in 2013 up to 80% in 2016, and then in 10% increments from 2017 to 2031. Is it time to review these taxes for possible repeal? Should candidates be asked to sign a “No New Taxes Pledge”?
Note: See Sewer Tax table at http://www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=25549 – the “hidden” sewer tax is billed annually on property tax statements.

City Official Ethical Standards – City council members do not uniformly subscribe to “perception as cause for avoidance” with respect to ethics. Some see ethics in government as a moral standard; others consider it little more than a set of defined legal and judicial requirements. Should moral standards of public trust receive consideration so that both the INTENT and the LETTER of the law are observed?

Council Sub-Committees – Policies and practices related to creation of two-member city council sub-committees do not provide they be chaired by disinterested council members and all meetings are not widely publicized. Should all meetings be adequately publicized and those covering controversial issues be chaired by disinterested council members?

Candidate Filing Requirements – Councilmembers Ginny Foat and Chris Mills sponsored the 2011 ordinance that significantly increased filing costs and required number of registered voter signatures needed in order to qualify as candidate for local elective office. One “benefit” was to decrease the number of low income candidates seeking election to office. Should there be alternatives, such as the collection of extra signatures, accepted in lieu of paying the high filing fees?

Councilmember Constituent Access – Some councilmembers are perceived as operating under “open door – closed mind” policies with respect to residents who hold views differing from their own. And in 2012 when over a hundred were encourage to apply for Measure J commission appointments, the council declined to meet or interview more than half of those who had applied. Are there standards of common courtesy that council members should exhibit with respect to Constituent requests for an audience or interview?

City Council Representation – Should the number of council members be increased and their election be by district? One suggested format would consist of FOUR districts, representing four quadrants of the city, with two at-large.  The result would be six council members and a mayor, for a total of SEVEN.  This would appear to address the goal of fair representation for all parts of the city, including the far North and South sections. 

LGBT Minority Political & Government Dominance – LGBT residents do not comprise a majority of the city’s population but they appear more organized and effectively dominate local political and governmental activities. Their sometimes “tin ear” policy result has led to strong support for LGBT same-sex marriage and equal rights issues but SCOTUS striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 received no official local recognition. Should there be guidelines for when it may or may not be appropriate for the city council to adopt resolutions or otherwise express official support for political and social issues not directly related to the duties of their office?

Term Limits – There are no term limits for local elective office. (One candidate has served continuously for almost 12 years and seeks to serve an additional 4 years.) Every Palm Springs board and commission has a seven year term limit. Should there also be term limits for council members and the mayor?


TRIBAL RELATIONS

Government-Tribe Partnership – Relations between the city government and the Agua Caliente Tribe are viewed by some as deteriorating. There have reportedly been only nine joint meetings of the City and Tribal Councils in the past five years. Should steps be taken to strengthen the relationship?

Vacant Tribal Land Sections – Pleasant/Unsightly Appearance maintenance issues associated with areas such as the abandoned Magruder building on tribal land lead to nearby residential resentment. Would improved relations between the city and the Tribe, with more mutual respect and consideration, possibly result in better cooperation and closer attention to these types of issues?


BUSINESS COMMUNITY INTERESTS & TOURISM

Tourism – Tourism now occupies first place in the list of Palm Springs business and economic activities. While it is a leading source of revenue for business and local government, it too often serves as justification for activities and expenditures that otherwise would receive more searching scrutiny with respect to costs and benefits. One result is a perception that the Downtown Business Community receives the lion’s share of Tourism benefits with little left to address the needs of residents, neighborhoods and small businesses. Should this perceived imbalance be an issue of concern to the mayor and city council and, if so, what steps should be considered to address the issue?

Museum Market Plaza – Local sales taxes together with city General Fund tax monies are being used to completely redevelop the renamed Desert Fashion Plaza. The costs, using taxpayer funds, are in the $100 million range (grants to developer, bond interest costs, underground garage maintenance, new street construction & maintenance, new city park, etc.) with almost no return benefit accruing to taxpayer funded city coffers. Also, the city has reportedly agreed to payment of $55 thousand in Kimpton Hotel TOT rebates to the developer’s company. Should there be an audit and report of taxpayer dollars that have gone and will go into this project? Since costs for the Plaza area will increase over time should the city undertake a cost benefit analysis to determine exactly what, if any, beneficial monetary return exists with respect to the complete spectrum of taxpayer funding for the project?

Museum Market Plaza Underground Parking Garage – The arrangement now in place provides the developer retains legal ownership to the underground parking garage structure and the city owns the facility’s AIR RIGHTS. The city is required to maintain the garage in good condition and that it forever be a free parking facility. The financing arrangements have become a tangled web of funding and ownership. Should the entire web of funding and ownership be untangled and brought to light?

Downtown Event Center Public Park – A recent arrangement with the Museum Market Plaza developer resulted in the city paying $5.3 million for a block of land on which it plans to spend an estimated $12.5 million to develop a downtown event center and city park. The space was originally intended for a new theater and later an open grass space available as a public square. Is it now turning into a gold plated albatross event space intended to benefit both the Kempton and the planned JC Marriott hotels? 

Forever Marilyn – The brief time the “Forever Marilyn” sculpture was on display proved that it had tourist attraction potential. Plans are reportedly underway to purchase the sculpture and return it to Palm Springs for display in the new Downtown Event Center Park. Taxpayer funds have been mentioned as the expected payment source for all or a portion of the costs. Should PS Resorts, beneficiary of TOT tourism dollar rebates, pay any portion of the costs?

BUZZ Trolley – Originally conceived as a service for hotel guests, it has proved quite popular with residents living along its route. Some wish to see the trolley’s route extended and the hours of service lengthened to accommodate closing-time patrons leaving local bars. Some neighborhoods appear concerned over frequent trolley traffic through their area until after midnight. Should neighborhood concerns be addressed? Should the costs, estimated at $4 per rider, be paid from tourism dollars?

Motorcycle Weekend – Viewed as a tourism asset and, as such, it is subject to the whims of downtown business community leaders. This became apparent when local hotel honchos expressed concern this year’s Motorcycle Weekend should be cancelled lest attendee disruptions lead to publicity proving negative to the “Palm Springs Brand”. Should tourism leadership desires be the voice that’s accommodated with respect to the appropriateness of special weekend events?

Developer Fees – Should the city continue to offer cash incentives to developers paid from taxpayer money?

TOT Rebates – The city rebates a portion of the Transit Occupancy Taxes (TOT) to local hotels through PS Resorts, their public representative organization. The rebates may be appropriate for new small hotels during their first years of operations. Should the rebates for both large and small hotels be continued?

Economic Benefits – Downtown development, significant promotional activities and special events are all touted as resulting from tourism and other business activities. What is seldom recognized is that the majority of the costs associated with increased economic benefits come from the investment of taxpayer funds. Taxes raised from residents may well be the secret ingredient that provides the claimed economic benefit successes. Should more of our tourism returns be used to fund streets, the library and maintenance of our public infrastructure?


NEIGHBORHOODS AND RESIDENTS

Homelessness – The local homeless population continues to be one in need of more from city officials than kind words. Various committees have come and gone and yet solutions to the ongoing problem continue to be missing. City resources continue to grow and yet the funding and other attention provided to addressing homelessness  receive very little of the community’s wealth and good fortune. Should a permanent strategy for tackling this situation be developed to replace ad hoc committees that treat the subject as a temporary problem?

Vacation Rentals – Those residing in close proximity continue to voice concerns over the conduct of renters and guests in residences that are used as short-term vacation rentals. Noise, late hours, trash and other concerns all appear on the list of concerns. Should legal steps, including ordinances and strict policing, be taken to identify and eliminate the sources of this problem?

Tahquitz Creek Golf Course – The renamed Palm Springs Municipal Golf Course continues to require financial support from the city in order to fund annual operations. There are three public golf courses in Palm Springs available for tourists and residents to use. Since golfing is a rather expensive recreational activity should the city’s golf course property be considered for other uses if it’s unable to generate revenues sufficient to meet its $5.6 million annual budgetary maintenance needs?

Street Maintenance – There is reportedly an $80 million backlog of street surfaces in need of maintenance. Monies currently being used for street repairs include $4 million from Measure J funds, $5 million in borrowed funds and $1.4 million matching funds from the Tribe for Section 14. Should there be a citizen Public Works Commission to hear resident concerns about needed attention and improvements to the city’s transportation routes, policies and maintenance practices?

CV Link – The CV Link proposed bicycle-pedestrian-electric motor vehicle roadway, approximately 52 miles in length, would be constructed on or closely paralleling the Whitewater River wash embankment (54% on the river embankment – the remainder on city streets). It’s being funded through a combination of grants together with $20 million from Measure A sales tax bridge-highway-street funds money. Future maintenance costs are to be paid from individual valley city taxpayer funds. There are no independent studies justifying the project such as total costs and funding sources, existing and future usage data, and claimed benefits. Each of these statistical studies has yet to be obtained and made available for public review. The total estimated cost of the CV Link roadway is reportedly $100 million dollars. Should the CV Link roadway plan be submitted to Palm Springs voters for their rejection or approval?


     There are many other topics of concern and interest that are equally important to Palm Springs residents. Among the list not included here are vehicle speed limits, water usage restrictions relative to approval of new building projects, family friendly concerns, lengthy business permit delays, waiver of parking space requirements for favored major projects, new Aluminaire House maintenance plans, city policies for treatment of historic buildings, building height limit waivers, a citizens Finance Commission, proposals for mayoral runoff elections, and suspending city council and other official meetings during the month of August.

     The intent of this report is to provide topical background information as support for a question that may be seen as worthy for asking a candidate’s views or position on the matter.

     Please alert me to factually incorrect information that is found to exist in this report and, of course, thanks in advance for that support.

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           On November 3, 2015 Palm Springs voters will select one candidate for mayor two city council candidates. Eight registered voters have qualified as candidates for mayor, and six have qualified for city council. All but one have filed official Candidate Statements with the City Clerk’s office. The content of those statements together with other available information are available for viewing or downloading using the links at end of this report.

          Contact information together with data from candidate campaign platform statements appear below. The first group are the Mayoral candidates and the second group the City Council candidates. All are in alphabetic order.

Mayoral Candidates:

Guy T. Burrows, MD,    Age ?? – 760-548-0273
Medical Doctor Neurologist.  Resident since February 2012.
www.drguyburrows.com – Email: Gabadoc1@me.com
Campaign platform:  Homelessness, economic development, promoting our local businesses, preserving our history, Measure J improprieties, school funding issues affecting our children, and tribal relations.


Ginny Foat,   Age 74 – 760-413-2650
Councilmember/Senior Advocate.  Resident for more than 11 years.
www.votefoat.com – Email: VoteFoat@gmail.com
Campaign platform:  Build our economy, work closely with businesses, quality of life, homelessness, drought policy leadership, stopping crime, invest in neighborhoods, innovative solutions to issues, continued government transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.  


Erbil “Bill” Gunasti,   Age 57 –  917-434-5810
TV Executive Producer.  Length of residency not stated.
Email: GunastiForMayor@gmail.com
Campaign platform:  Repeal utility tax, open City Hall 5 days & Library 7 days, establish Citizen’s Finance Committee, and build a private university & hospital.


Robert (Rob) Moon, Age 65  760-832-2122
Retired Military Officer and retired corporate officer.  Resident since 2001
www.robmoonformayor.com  email:  RobertLMoon@yahoo.com
Campaign platform:  Full time mayor focusing on integrity, transparency and accountability.


Ron Oden,   Age ?? – 760-534-8026
Executive, Non-Profit Organization.  Resident since before 1995.
www.mayorronoden.com – Email: RonOden@aol.com
Campaign platform: Promote jobs & economic development, fight crime, traffic & transportation improvements, boost water conservation and promote Palm Springs.


Mike Schaefer,   Age ?? – 213-479-6006
Public Interest Advocate – Length of residency not stated.
www.psmayor.com –  Email: oz.blueman@yahoo.com
Campaign platform:  Term limits, city council districts, councilmember accountability, street speed zone evaluation, and allow City Manager to run the city.


Bob Weinstein,   Age 50 – 760-797-5502
Mediation Attorney/Businessman. Length of residency not stated.
www.votebobweinstein.com – Email: WeinsteinLaw100@aol.com
Campaign platform:  Public safety (fight crime, restore police positions, target blighted homes), tax credits for business, bureaucratic red tape reduction, tourism and architecture.


Ricky B. Wright,   Age 66 – 760-861-5710
Retired Educator.  A resident since 1998.
Email: WrightRicky9@gmail.com
Campaign platform:  Candid, accessible, fair-minded and relationship-oriented leadership that identifies community needs and motivates others to accomplish needs.


 City Council Candidates:

David Brown,   Age ?? – 760-699-3395
Dry Cleaning Manager.  Resident for 10 years.
Email: DaveSB1968@gmail.com
Campaign platform:  Help small business thrive, repeal Utility Tax, oppose CV Link and be fiscally reasonable.


Jim King,   Age 65 – 760-239-8200
Natural Gas Advisor.  Resident for 8 years.
www.neighborsforjimking.com – Email: JimKing5000@yahoo.com
Campaign platform:  Rational economic development, discourage cronyism or corruption, support historic preservation and cultural enhancement, protect our efficient tourism, and public safety. 


Geoff Kors,  Age 54 – 760-537-0061
Legislative Policy Director. Resident since 2000.
www.geoffkors.com – Geoff.Kors@gmail.com
Campaign platform:  Maximize opportunities to grow our economy


Paul Lewin,  Age 44 – 760-303-1992
Palm Springs City Councilmember.  Resident for 44 years.
www.ElectLewin.com – Email: info@ElectLewin.com
Campaign platform:  Careful tax dollar management, investments in Police & Fire departments, roads, parks, community centers, homelessness and economic innovation.


Anna Nevenic,   Age 66 – 760-321-4111
Registered Nurse, Author.  Length of residency not stated.
www.annanevenic.com – Email: annactnow@yahoo.com
Campaign platform:   Public safety, transportation, infrastructure, street & sidewalk repairs, homeless issues, transparency & comprehensive ethics reform, and more High Tech industries.


J.R. Roberts,  Age 54 – 415-297-9309
Planning Commissioner/Commercial Property Owner. Resident for more than 15 years.
www.VoteJRRoberts.com – Email: buyer66@mac.com
Campaign platform:  Continuing the city’s prosperity by promoting smart, balanced growth.


Bond Shands
August 23, 2015
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