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27 Sep 2015
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Name: Jim King Age: 66 on Oct. 1 Occupation: Retired business executive 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, development’s going to happen. Palm Springs is resurgent. The mall (had) been there for such a long time; it’s good to have something new in town. We need to have something new. I took over neighborhood watch in my neighborhood, and I had to change our neighborhood watch signs—something new. We have a police badge that says “We call police,” and it’s something new. … So, we’re looking at new ideas coming to town. 2. Does Palm Springs have a crime problem? If so, what should be…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Geoff Kors Age: 54 Occupation: Legislative policy director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights 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? On one hand, I see Palm Springs moving forward and developing a downtown. I’m not seeing the old, vacant Fashion Plaza. That makes me smile, and I think turning this into a downtown with streets running through it, versus replacing it with another mall, was a really good decision. I have concern when I look at what will be the West Elm building next to the Hyatt; that the setback is far into the street. I want to make sure that when significant changes…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Paul Lewin Age: 44 Occupation: Palm Springs City Councilmember Interview done: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? Oh, progress. I think that’s going to be a really terrific spot, and it’s very hard for people to visualize the final product, because all we’re looking at is the first legs of that skeleton. But as you know, there’s a lot of beauty that gets wrapped around a skeleton, so what we’re going to have there, in that corner of course, is a wonderful pedestrian path that runs from that exact corner at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz and runs right through the center of Blocks A, B and C…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Rob Moon Age: 65 Occupation: Retired military officer/businessman 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? Overbuilt. The building that’s going up next to the Hyatt—to be technical, it’s on block A-1—is way too big. It’s way too close to the sidewalk. It’s too massive. It’s too tall. It is not in the spirit and feel and vibe of Palm Springs. That was supposed to be 16 feet high, and the building that was there originally was supposed to stay. That adjoined the Hyatt, and it was going to be pop-up shops, similar to Raymond | Lawrence, which is really popular. On my walks, I like to…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Anna Nevenic Age: 66 Occupation: Registered nurse Interview done: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? Well, what really comes to my mind is that (the mall) was standing there for 10 years, and Wessman got lots of tax breaks, and the city lost lots of money because of that. It’s already all planned, and there’s nothing we can do to change. The only thing we have to do for the future project (is make sure) that everything is done right in a timely manner, and that everybody is informed (about) what is going to be there. (We need) more transparency about every project that we do, because…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Ron Oden Age: 65 Occupation: Nonprofit executive/former mayor 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? The future, and that future involves change. Those decisions have already been made, so it’s a matter of adjusting to the new normal. That’s looking at the physical development, but there’s a whole other level, I think, that represents the gap between the future and the past, and how we adapt to that emotionally is going to really be the challenge. You know? And I think that’s where leadership is going to really step in, is to work and bridge that gap between the past and the future and pull the…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: J.R. Roberts Age: 54 Occupation: Planning commissioner/entrepreneur 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? It’s a mixture of excitement and disappointment. The excitement is that I’m a planning commissioner, so I’ve been fortunate enough to have my hand in what that is, and what it will become, and we have molded it into something that I think’s going to be great. The disappointment comes in that some of the decisions that came about were taken away from the planning commission, and the council took them—specifically, the three story building that sort of hangs over directly on Palm Canyon. In that building, we had actually approved the…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Mike Schaefer Age: 77 Occupation: Former attorney, financial analyst, securities investigator, real estate manager and San Diego city councilman. Perennial candidate for offices in California and Nevada; he most recently came in 12th (of 14) in a Los Angeles City Council primary earlier this year Interview: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? I’m at the (Welwood Murray) Library, and I might want to go in there and use computers, is my first thought. My second thought is: The stuff we’re debating that they’ve already got under construction, let’s finish it up! I’ve seen buildings that sit like skeletons for years, like the Fontainebleau on the Strip in…