Daily Briefing: Non-profits clear the air, cyclists speak through ‘Silence’ event, and more

It’s Thursday, 5/19.

☀️ Today’s weather: Sunny skies and 101 degrees.

? Setting the mood: Heart of Glass” by Blondie.

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✨ Situational awareness: Brian and Beverley Ingelson, the band and visual corps directors at Palm Springs High School, were celebrated Wednesday evening by a packed house at the Richard Center for the Arts. A who’s who of dignitaries and important people in their lives took the stage to thank them for 27 years of service as they prepare to retire

  • PSHS Principal Mike Ventura provided perhaps the most memorable moment of the evening: He announced the couple’s son, Matt Ingelson — the current band director at DHSHS — would be taking his father’s place next school year.
  • Brian then literally passed the baton to his son, a former drum major at the school.

Our take: We’re not crying, you’re crying.

This is a 4-minute read. Off you go …

Leading off: Non-profits clear air about income pilot project

Non-profits DAP Health and Queer Works are hoping to clear up what they say is misinformation surrounding their efforts to bring a guaranteed basic income pilot program to Palm Springs.

What’s driving the news: In March, the City Council approved $200,000 for the organizations to help them research and prepare an application to the state for a guaranteed income pilot project that would provide up to $900 a month to benefit extremely low-income individuals, with a priority on helping transgender and non-binary people.

Right-wing backlash: The story got picked up by national news outlets, including Fox News and The Blaze. Fox host Tucker Carlson even featured the story in one of his segments, setting off days of threats to the City Council and non-profit leaders.

The misinformation: Most of the right-wing news sources incorrectly claimed:

  • The city was giving the $200,000 to transgender and non-binary people. 
  • The money was only going to transgender and non-binary people.

The facts: 

  • The $200,000 is not going directly to trans and non-binary people. It will be in the form of reimbursements to the organizations.
  • The reimbursements will be for expenses incurred as the organizations research and design a plan as part of the application process to be part of a state program. The money from the city is strictly limited to research and planning. 
  • If and when their application for the state program is approved, the money received through it will be going to extremely low-income people regardless of demographic. 

What they’re saying: “On day one we definitely wanted to investigate the possibility of prioritizing people who are transgender and non-binary,” said Jacob Rostovsky, CEO of Queer Works. “…What we’ve learned since then is that successful guaranteed income pilots are open to applicants of all demographic backgrounds.”

What research says: Supporters of guaranteed basic income say the unconditional money does more to help people in need, and they point to the city of Stockton’s pilot program as evidence of that.

Next steps: The two non-profits say they’ve made progress in the research and design of the program and they are now preparing a funding application to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) which will be sent within the next several months.

In brief: Riding to remember and remind

Arlo Felci (right) was one of dozens of cyclists who took part in the Ride of Silence in Palm Springs on Wednesday evening.

The 20th annual Ride of Silence saw roughly three dozen cyclists, both young and old, navigate a five-mile course around Ruth Hardy Park Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The event, held in hundreds of locations throughout the world, helps raise awareness for cycling safety and honors those who have been lost or injured while cycling on public roads.

  • In the Coachella Valley, 39 cyclists have died on roadways since 2003.

What they’re saying: Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, and Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik all spoke of the importance of finishing the CV Link — a 40-mile pathway for cyclists and others that will run through several Valley cities.

  • “At the end of the day, when we can say that no lives were lost, no cyclists were lost in the Coachella Valley, then it’s a good day in the Coachella Valley,” Evans told about 50 people who gathered in the park.

Personal toll: Most people know a cyclist who has been injured or know of one who has perished. 

  • In April, Palm Springs residents Lauri Aylaian and Keith Culver were struck by a vehicle in Texas while on a cross-country bicycle trek. Culver died from his injuries. Aylaian, who took part in the event Wednesday evening and spoke before the City Council last week, is still recovering.
  • Middleton, who oftens speaks of her passion for creating safer roadways, recalled a harrowing time nearly a decade ago when her son, an avid cyclist, was struck by a vehicle and hit the windshield. “His helmet saved his life,” she said.

Dive deeper at the Ride of Silence website.

? AM Roundup: Grab a cup & catch up

The statue of former Mayor Frank Bogert on horseback is staying put for now after a court order Wednesday. (Palm Springs Post)

The current Covid wave may have crested (CV Independent)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians leads the way in preserving Bighorn Sheep. (Palm Springs Life)

? On tap

Photo by Paul Hayashi

? You don’t want to miss Palm Canyon Theatre’s performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods tonight and throughout the weekend.

See the forest through the trees: The classic musical takes everything you think you know about fairytales and turns it on its head.

  • Come for the story and stay for the late Sondheim’s ingenious lyrics and wordplay. 
  • The local production coincides with a much lauded revival of the musical in New York starring Sara Baraeilles and Neil Patrick Harris.

Reviews are in: Audrey Liebross of Broadway World calls the production excellent:

  • “Palm Canyon Theatre deserves kudos for the fine singing, acting, dancing, and technical achievements in its production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods — the audience was highly enthusiastic the night I attended, for good reason.”

Our take: You’ll definitely be in Agony if you miss this production.Find details here.

?️ Also today:

  • Students enrolled in Palm Springs Unified School District’s career pathways are putting on a showcase at the Palm Springs Air Museum starting at 4 p.m.
  • The Palm Springs Library Board of Trustees has a virtual meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m.
  • VillageFest is happening downtown, starting at 6 p.m. Also, there’s free admission to the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Looking ahead:

  • Rare Books LA hosts its Palm Springs show this weekend at Hotel Zoso.
  • The Tahquitz Creek Yacht Club is holding its next cleanup on Saturday at 8 a.m.
  • The next REAF-PS House Party, benefitting the Cathedral City Senior Center, is planned for Saturday at 5 p.m.

See our complete community calendar or list your event.

And finally …

Each week, Animal Samaritans and The Post partner to feature one or more of the many animal companions ready for a new home at the shelter. 

  • This week we invite you to meet Greta. She’s a 9-year-old giant Schnauzer.
  • “She’s a lovely dog, I’m sure there’s someone out there that loves this breed that would enjoy making her a part of their family,” said Valerie Kattz. 

Details, details: You can visit the shelter at 72307 Ramon Rd. in Thousand Palms. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and then 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Kendall is rewatching Top Gun ahead of the sequel’s release.

Mark begs you to please never erect a statue of him.

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