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08 Feb 2016
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There has been a relentless stream of town halls, meet-and-greets, panel discussions and rallies in New Hampshire in advance of the Jan. 9 primary—but we were probably at the only event where “Party in the USA” blared from the speakers as the crowd filed into their seats. We were definitely at the only happening hosted by Trevor Noah. A disembodied voice asked us to kindly turn off our cell phones, though the request was blatantly ignored by a crowd full of people who were furiously Snapchatting the scene as Noah and correspondents from The Daily Show—Jessica Williams, Ronny Chieng and Hasan Minhaj —took to the stage. It was an off-air event, after all, so how else would we prove to friends that we were there?…
05 Feb 2016
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There’s a man with a dark complexion hocking “Bomb The Hell Out of ISIS” lapel pins. His heart’s not really in it. The next vendor over from him isn’t legitimately feeling the energy, either, his long hair and thick Boston accent a dead giveaway that he’s a foreigner in Trump country. In any case, the prices on “Make America Great Again” merchandise are non-negotiable—for hats, $20 or $25, depending on whether the letters are embroidered or ironed on, and $5 for flags. There’s no bargaining with these leeches. No pocket knives. No guns. No food. No water. No pepper spray. The guy in front of me snickers at the instructions, and asks his friends to hold his place in line as he presumably goes to…
05 Oct 2015
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They call it a party, though there’s no music or dancing. But there’s plenty of politics in the air to liven up the rectangular, windowless room—with free drinks from an open bar to help loosen the lips. Saturday night has arrived at the California Republican Party’s fall convention, which took place last month at Anaheim Marriott. The Saturday shindig put on by the Bay Area GOP will feature an announcement about the state party’s preliminary 2015 platform, which will be ratified by a vote the next morning. Luis Buhler, publisher of BayAreaGOP.com and former vice chair of the Bay Area GOP, delivers the tentative platform to the room. Things get interesting when the platform’s “equal opportunity” wording comes up. “The platform committee added language opposing…
27 Sep 2015
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It was a simple, four-step exercise: 1. We came up with a list of 10 questions—five serious, issue-based questions, and five questions that are a little more light-hearted—to ask all of the candidates for city office. 2. We set up interviews with all of the candidates. 3. We asked the candidates the 10 questions. That’s exactly what Palm Springs resident Jimmy Boegle did over the last couple of weeks. He interviewed every one of the 14 Palm Springs candidates—eight mayoral candidates, and six City Council candidates. Now, comes the last step. 4. Report the answers to those 10 questions. Here’s what all of the candidates have to say. We only made minor edits on the candidates’ answers for grammar and style; in some cases, we…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: David Brown Age: 46 Occupation: Dry cleaning manager Interview: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? At first glance? Construction. Hopefully, when they’re completed, it’s going to be a nice, completed project. Right now, when I look at it, you’re seeing construction, framework, ironwork and a big crane. All that’s kind of distracting from the mountains, but at the same time, hopefully when this project is done, what they’ve built … is a nice project for the city. We have not seen a model master, which would be nice. 2. Does Palm Springs have a crime problem? If so, what should be done about it? They need to…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Guy Burrows Age: 62 Occupation: Neurologist Interview: In person 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? That tall building on the right … that’s taller than what was initially touted as what was going to be built. Also, when I look at it, what I see is an advertisement for two floors of commercial offices. My question is: If you look around the city of Palm Springs, how many empty office spaces do we have? So many, it’s beyond counting. Why, as a city, are we paying a hundred million dollars, partly, to build two floors of office space, when really there’s not a need for office space? Let’s…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Ginny Foat Age: 74 Occupation: Palm Springs City Council member/executive director of Mizell Senior Center Interview: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind is that there were almost 15 years, or maybe even more, of a dead center of our town. No matter what we did in the city, and we did a lot of really creative things for our citizens, and encouraged business development and everything, but no matter how you looked at it, there was one dead center of town. I look at it now and see life. Do I love it? Probably not. Do I think there are some things…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Erbil “Bill” Gunasti Age: 57 Occupation: Executive producer Interview: In person 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? Well, any development is a good development. We need investment in Palm Springs, and we need investment throughout the valley. So Wessman, it’s good that the Wessman project took place, but the only thing is that it took 14 years or 15 years, or however long it took; it took too long. I put the blame on whoever was in charge for the past 10 years. If a certain number of people, and in particular the councilwoman who is running for mayor now, and she claims that she has been here,…