Body discovered during battle to extinguish RV park fire Friday

Body discovered during battle to extinguish RV park fire Friday

One person was discovered dead early Friday morning after a fire broke out in a motorhome parked in this RV resort in the 200 block of West Mesquite Avenue.

Palm Springs fire crews and police officers were busy Friday responding to two separate incidents of note, including one that involved a fatality.

According to fire department officials, a body was discovered during the effort to extinguish a blaze in a motorhome parked at an RV resort in the 200 block of West Mesquite Avenue just after midnight on August 14. No other details about the person found dead are currently available, and the Riverside County Coroner’s Office has not identified them.

According to the fire department, units arrived within five minutes of the first reports of the fire. They discovered one motorhome fully involved and adjacent RVs “well involved.” Crews aggressively attacked the blaze, finding the deceased person during the operation. Four engines were assigned to the fire, and no firefighters were reportedly injured. Palm Springs police and the fire department are still investigating the cause of the fire, as well as the reason for the person’s death.

On Friday evening, Palm Springs police responded to a shooting in the 1500 block of San Rafael. In that incident, which occurred at approximately 8:20 PM, officers arrived after reports of shots fired and located two people suffering from gunshot wounds. An adult male and a juvenile male sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The shooting is the latest in a series of shootings and reports of shots fired in that area of the city. Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or others to contact the department at 760-327-1441 immediately. You may also report information anonymously to Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867.

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BRIEFLY

Lulu California Bistro at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Arenas Road. (Photo courtesy of Lulu)

LULU CELEBRATES, GIVES BACK: Lulu California Bistro is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month by giving back to the community. Jerry Keller, who opened the restaurant at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Arenas Road in 2011, said recently that Lulu is donating $10,000 to DAP Health to mark the milestone. That donation will add to the more than $400,000 Keller has helped raise for DAP Health through both Lulu and his other restaurant, Acqua California Bistro in Rancho Mirage, during the annual Dining Out For Life program. Keller is also inviting the community to donate to the healthcare organization and is offering a $15 Lulu gift card to anyone who donates $100 or more to DAP Health. Gifts to DAP Health can be made on its website here. “We are so thankful for the support Lulu has received over the past ten years from both local residents and visitors from around the world,” Keller said, adding that to date, Lulu has served more than two million guests. During a two-day celebration of the anniversary on August 21 and 22, guests at Lulu will also receive a complimentary serving of the restaurant’s signature cotton candy dessert.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Contractors will be performing work to install a gas line for the new Tribal Museum across Indian Canyon Drive between Tahquitz Canyon Way and Andreas Road today through Thursday between 7 AM and 4 PM. During construction, some lanes will be blocked and traffic diverted to a center lane. Drivers are asked to slow down through the construction zone, exercise patience, and use alternate routes as needed to avoid delays. Street closure information is always available here.

SCHOOL COVID: As of this morning, the Palm Springs Unified School District is reporting 62 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff. Schools in Palm Springs account for 15 of those cases, including 10 cases among students and five among staff. The most cases in a city school were reported at Palm Springs High School, where six students and three staff members are reportedly infected.


THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

TODAY

MIZELL EVENTS: The Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, offers 10 classes today, starting at 8 AM. Among programs on the agenda are a music appreciation class, an Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group, fitness classes, and bridge. Today’s complete schedule can be found here.

TUESDAY

MIZELL EVENTS: The Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, offers more than two dozen classes, starting at 8 AM. Included on the agenda today is a workshop about intergenerational story sharing with award winning solo performer Mina Hartong. For more information about that program and other offerings, click here.

WATER BOARD: The Desert Water Agency Board of Directors meets at 8 AM at the operations center, 1200 S. Gene Autry Trail, as well as online. For a meeting agenda and information about how to watch the meeting, turn here.

ART WORKSHOP: The Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and the Palm Springs Black History Committee present the first of two interactive workshops with artist Serge Attukwei Clottey today at 4 PM at James O. Jesse Desert Unity Center, 480 W. Tramview Rd. The artist will discuss his practice, the significance of his current installation, “The Wishing Well,” and how that work is relevant in both Palm Springs and Labadi, where he is based, before engaging with the attendants in collaborative artwork. The public is welcome to attend.

WEDNESDAY

MIZELL EVENTS: Programs at the Mizell Center today include Dick Brodie’s Jam Session, a knitting circle, and new member orientation. The center is located at 480 S. Sunrise Way, and events begin at 8 AM. For a complete list of today’s offerings, click here.

STUDENT COACHING: The public is invited to learn more about opportunities to help students in the Palm Springs Unified School District during an informational meeting that starts at 9 AM today at the Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way. Mizell is partnering with The Edge Foundation to create a program designed to provide young people with academic guidance and professional expertise. More information about the meeting can be found here. To RSVP for the meeting, contact Ector Simpson via email.

HORA DE CUENTOS: La bibliotecaria Nancy Valdivia lee cuentos, canta canciones y enseña conceptos de aprendizaje temprano (miércoles en español y jueves en inglés) de 10:30 AM a 11:30 AM en el salón de cuentos para jóvenes de la Biblioteca Pública de Palm Springs. Puedes ver los videos en YouTube aquí. La biblioteca está ubicada en 300 S. Sunrise Way.

BOOK CLUB: The Palm Springs Public Library’s Afternoon Coffee Book Club meets via Zoom at 2 PM. This week’s discussion will be about Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. To receive meeting information and join the email list for the Afternoon Coffee Book Club, please email [email protected] in advance of the meeting. A list of all books being discussed is available here. More information is available here.

ART WORKSHOP: The Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and the Palm Springs Black History Committee present the second and final interactive workshop with artist Serge Attukwei Clottey today at 2 PM at James O. Jesse Desert Unity Center, 480 W. Tramview Rd. The artist will discuss his practice, the significance of his current installation, “The Wishing Well,” and how that work is relevant in both Palm Springs and Labadi, where he is based, before engaging with the attendants in collaborative artwork. The public is welcome to attend.

PARKLET DESIGNS: A parklet design standards workgroup meets at 2 PM via Zoom. Information about that meeting can be found here.

NO AIRPORT MEETING: The city’s Airport Commission, which regularly meets on the third Wednesday of each month, will not meet tonight. It will, however, hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 PM.

THURSDAY

MIZELL EVENTS: The Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, offers 18 programs for members today, starting at 8 AM. Today’s complete schedule can be found here.

STORY TIME: The Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way, offers story time for preschoolers starting at 10:30 AM in the youth story room. Librarian Nancy Valdivia reads stories, sings songs and shows early learning concepts (Wednesdays in Spanish and Thursdays in English). You can find more information here, and watch the YouTube videos here.

WATER AGENCY: The Desert Water Agency’s Executive Committee meets at 8 AM. A complete agenda, as well as call-in information, will be posted here when available.

NOT TEEN TALK: The Palm Springs Public Library’s teen librarian hosts an Instagram Live session each Thursday at 3:30 PM. To follow along, follow @psplteenzone on Instagram here.

FOOD AVAILABLE: FIND Food Bank distributes food in the city today at two locations. From 5 PM until 6:30 PM, food will be available at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 W. Tram View. Food is also available at the community food bank, 610 S. Belardo Road, between 5 PM and 7 PM. That location is open every Thursday. A complete calendar of food distribution in the community this month is available here.

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION: The Palm Springs Art Museum offers free admission from 5 PM to 7 PM this evening. Tickets are required and can be obtained here.

VILLAGEFEST: The city’s weekly outdoor street fair takes place at 7 PM on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado Road and Tahquitz Canyon. The event includes vendor booths on both sides of the street, which is closed to vehicular traffic.

FRIDAY

MIZELL EVENTS: Painting, Wii bowling, and fitness classes are offered today at the Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way, starting at 8 AM. Today’s complete schedule can be found here.


COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Want to know what’s happening in your city and at agencies that make decisions affecting your neighborhood? The following links should help.

City of Palm Springs calendar of events | Official city contacts

Palm Springs Library calendar of events

Palm Springs Unified School District calendar | Board meetings

Desert Healthcare District Board of Directors meeting agendas

Mizell Center calendar of events

Desert Water Agency calendar

ONE-PS calendar of events

Police reports | Submit a police report

Code compliance reports | Report a code violation

Current road projects and closures

Street sweeping schedule

Palm Springs Disposal pickup schedule

Currently active development projects

FIND Food Bank mobile market schedule

Well in the Desert daily meals | Food distribution

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