Have a project in mind? City has money to help make it happen

Bicycle infrastructure — including bike lanes and “sharrows” — has been paid for in Palm Springs with Measure J sales tax revenue. The city is asking the community to submit new project ideas of all types.

City residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, and non-profits are being encouraged to submit proposals to receive a portion of $1 million in Measure J tax dollars.

Each year, the City Council is authorized to set aside a portion of the Measure J funds for community-initiated projects. The city’s Measure J Commission then considers submissions from the community and awards funds. Proposed projects will be grouped into themes and reviewed during Commission meetings from January through April. Project applicants may be asked to provide a presentation to the Commission for no more than 5 minutes.

Individual citizens, neighborhood organizations, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Palm Springs can submit a project for consideration. Ideas or projects that will enhance the livability and overall quality of life for people who live, work, and play in the city are strongly encouraged.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for new and innovative community projects to come to fruition,” said Palm Springs Mayor Christy Holstege. “My City Council colleagues and I encourage anyone interested in obtaining Measure J community funding to get creative, think out of the box, and submit proposals that will further enhance the quality of life in our city.”

Measure J is a one-cent sales tax increase approved by Palm Springs voters in 2011 to provide a source of revenue to maintain local community services and help revitalize the city’s downtown core.

During the past 10 years, Measure J tax dollars have helped fund a wide variety of community projects, including citywide street paving, upgrades and renovations to the police department and fire stations, restoration of historic buildings such as the Welwood Murray Memorial Library, and multiple upgrades to parks and recreational facilities, including the construction of the new downtown park.

For more information or to download an application, visit www.PSMeasureJ.com. Applications are due by 6 PM on December 2.

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SHOOTING ARREST: An 18-year-old man from Mountain Center is behind bars on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting at a 15-year-old in Palm Springs. The suspect was arrested Monday after shooting at the unidentified teen from a moving car while the boy was entering a vehicle in the 3400 block of North Sunrise Way, according to the Palm Springs Police Department. Police received the report at 7:24 AM Monday and arrived on the scene shortly after to find the victim along with multiple other passengers in the vehicle he was entering who were unharmed, according to Sgt. Michael Casavan. It was unclear what motivated the shooting, Casavan said. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released. Patrol officers later located a possible suspect vehicle at 5:30 PM Monday in the 3700 block of North Indian Canyon Drive. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle when the driver began to flee. He was caught on Rosa Parks Road after crashing his vehicle into another vehicle and attempting to flee on foot, police said. The suspect was booked into John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on $1 million bail on suspicion of attempted murder and carrying a loaded firearm, according to jail records. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Thursday.

PRIDE AWARD: Streetbar is being honored as the Community Grand Marshal for November’s Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade, it was announced Tuesday. The Pride organization recognizes a Community Grand Marshal each year to symbolically lead the parade. Those chosen are recognized for the positive impact they’ve made in the region. Streetbar is being honored as a community steward for its work supporting organizations and fundraising efforts that span 30 years. Streetbar, located at 224 E. Arenas Rd., paved the way for the Arenas Road business district, which has long been recognized as the hub of LGBTQ-friendly nightlife and shopping in Palm Springs. For the complete story, turn here.

Palm Springs police speak during one of several National Night Out events in the city Tuesday evening. This event, in the Rimrock neighborhood, drew nearly two dozen neighbors.

NIGHT OUT: Neighbors throughout the city turned out for multiple events celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday. The annual event, held on the first Tuesday of August, is designed as an opportunity to bring police and neighbors together. One of the larger events occurred in the Rimrock neighborhood. It was there that Palm Springs police spoke to about two dozen neighbors following a presentation by Danny DeSelms, the city’s emergency management coordinator. DeSelms addressed the importance of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and being prepared in case of an earthquake. He also brought a raffle prize.

POLICE GET GRANT: The Palm Springs Police Department will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community, thanks in part to a state grant. On Tuesday, the department announced it was receiving $130,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The money will go toward additional enforcement measures on city streets. “Impairment, speeding, and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” said Arnold Galvan, the department’s traffic sergeant. “This funding allows us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”  For the complete story, turn here.

SCHOOL COVID: As of this morning, the Palm Springs Unified School District is reporting 20 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff. Schools in Palm Springs account for two of those cases, both among students.


MIZELL EVENTS: Programs at the Mizell Center today include Dick Brodie’s Jam Session, a bereavement support group, and beginning Spanish. 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.

HORA DE CUENTOS: La bibliotecaria Nancy Valdivia lee cuentos, canta canciones y enseña conceptos de aprendizaje temprano (miércoles en español y jueves en inglés) para estudiantes de preescolar de 10:30 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. Puedes ver los videos en YouTube aquí.

MOBILE HEALTH: A mobile health clinic will be parked at the James O. Jesse Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 W. Tramview Rd., from 9 AM until 4 PM. Operated and staffed by Borrego Health, the mobile unit will provide a variety of medical services for residents, such as family medicine, women’s health, and pregnancy tests, immunizations and physicals for school, HIV/STI testing, COVID-19 testing, labs, and more.

LIBRARY BOARD: The city’s Library Board of Trustees meets at 5:30 PM via Zoom. Instructions for participating in the meeting, as well as a complete agenda, are available here.

SUNSHINE SISTERS: The Palm Springs Sunshine Sisters will attend Paint & Sip at Pinot’s Palette at 6 PM. At 9 AM on this day, they are planning to go on a bike ride. You can sign up to be part of the group formed to help women make new connections and friendships on Meetup here.

BOOK CLUB: The OutBook Book Club meets at 6:30 PM in the upstairs VIP room at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Rd. This month they are discussing The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams. To attend the OutBook Book Club on Zoom, please email book club coordinator Hubertus Zegers at [email protected] in advance of the meeting.


Double-decker bus tours are among the most popular events during Modernism Week Fall Preview and during the annual event held each February.

MODERNISM PREVIEW: Tickets are still available for Modernism Week Fall Preview, which takes place October 14 through 17. The event offers visitors and locals a taste of modernism through talks and seminars, and in-person home tours and parties in unique locations not regularly open to the public. Tickets for dozens of events can be found here. In addition to the Fall Preview, you can find furniture, art, décor, and design elements at the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Fall Edition that runs October 15 through 17 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros. The weekend kicks off with an opening night party (tickets are available here) on Friday, October 15 at 6 PM, and continues with the main event all weekend, starting at 10 AM (registration is available here).

VOTING UNDERWAY: Our partners at The Coachella Valley Independent have started the next step in the process of determining the best of the best in the Coachella Valley for 2021-2022. The top vote-getters in each category have been selected, and now you can vote for the winners. To vote for your favorite in any one of multiple categories, start here.


Want to know what’s happening in your city and at agencies that make decisions affecting your neighborhood? See below for calendars, meeting agendas, and links to all city services, police reports, code enforcement reports, and more:

City of Palm Springs calendar of events | Official city contacts

Palm Springs Public 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 | Holiday schedules

Sunline Transit bus schedule

Currently active development projects

FIND Food Bank mobile market schedule

Well in the Desert daily meals | Food distribution

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