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25 Sep 2015
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Name: Russell Betts Age: 57 Occupation: Retired small-business owner Interview: Phone 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? The budget is balanced, and the city’s financial status is stable. I know there are people out there trying to tell people otherwise. We’ll finish up the year with $2.5 million in the bank as reserves. It’s not $2.5 million spent anywhere else, but extra money sitting in a bank account. It’s a complete turnaround for the city. 2. Aside from hiring more officers, what can be done to tackle DHS’ crime rate? What’s critical right now is to hire more police officers. By January, we will have our police department at full…
25 Sep 2015
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Name: Larry Buchanan Age: 67 Occupation: Retired/president of historical society/secretary of the DHS Rotary Club/Economic Development Team Interview: In person 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? It’s dismal. We already knew that going in, and we have had to make extreme cuts in services to the point where we were in a real service deficit. My biggest concern is the cuts to the police department. The pay is not competitive with the rest of the cities in the area. We have a really small police department; we’re getting new people in; and we’re losing people at the same time. It’s not adequate, and we need to do something about it.…
25 Sep 2015
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Name: Richard Duffle Age: 34 Occupation: Stay-at-home dad/planning commissioner of Desert Hot Springs Interview: Phone 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? There has been some recent movement in a positive direction in the budget. Obviously, there’s a whole lot more that can be done. In order to help with what we currently have with the budget, I believe whoever is sitting up there on our next City Council needs to dig down deep into our contracts that we hold as a city, and current expenditures that may have not been looked at for several years. I’m sure some money can be found in those to support some of the underfunded…
25 Sep 2015
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Name: Asia Horton Age: 34 Occupation: Tax-preparer Interview: In person 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? Right now, I like to compare it to the emergency room: We stopped the hemorrhaging, and we’ve stabilized the condition of the city. That’s a good thing, but now we need to move it from the trauma unit to the actual ward so we can really get down to the problem. I think we can sustain ourselves, and I don’t think we’ll go into bankruptcy as it is now. We need to get some revenue-generating plans in there, and we need to produce more than we’re spending each month. That’s the problem: We don’t…
25 Sep 2015
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Name: Yvonne Parks Age: 79 Occupation: Former mayor of Desert Hot Springs/retired Interview: In person 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? I think the council has done a pretty good job of just cutting everything. I would have done things a little differently had I been re-elected. What I would do—and what they didn’t do—is aggressively pursue economic development. We had five employers sitting there waiting to come into the city, and no one contacted them during these last two years. We had a hedge-fund person who was going to build a 3 million-square-foot distribution center at Interstate 10 and Indian, and a hotel that was going to go in…
25 Sep 2015
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Name: Anayeli Zavala Age: 26 Occupation: Education/internship coordinator Interview: In person 1. Describe the city’s current budget situation. How do you plan to balance the budget and take care of the city? I think it means being fiscally conservative, just as the council has been thus far, to make sure we’re staying within our means and not exceeding what our budget is. Obviously, we don’t want to end up in the situation we were in a few years ago again. I think it’s great that we’re not in a deficit any more, but I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet. I think we need an understanding of what we can pay for and what services we can provide as a city. 2. Aside…
04 Aug 2015
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Editor’s Note: Seven Days, the alternative publication in Burlington, Vt., has been on the Bernie Sanders beat for decades: He got his political start as the mayor of the city. Seven Days, which has been chronicling Sanders’ career since 1972, recently offered to write this story about Sanders’ political rise for the Coachella Valley Independent and other alternative publications around the country. Get more coverage, including clips from Sanders’ 1987 folk album (seriously), at BernieBeat.com. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is surging. In July, nearly 10,000 supporters gathered in Madison, Wis., to hear the 73-year-old socialist senator denounce the Koch brothers and corporate greed. Another 7,500 came to hear him in Portland, Maine. He fired up a crowd of 11,000 in Phoenix, Ariz. More and more…
05 Jun 2015
With a bill to mandate the independent investigation of officer-involved killings in California stalled in committee, other legislative efforts have revealed lawmakers’ picky appetites for holding law-enforcement communities accountable. Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s bill to outsource the investigation of fatal police encounters, AB 86, is being “held under submission.” The term means there’s a stated desire to discuss the bill, but no forward momentum to move it out of committee. The same fate recently visited Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s Assembly Bill 619, which would require law-enforcement agencies to report their use-of-force encounters to the California attorney general’s office on an annual basis. There currently is no official database documenting fatal police encounters, much less one for confrontations that stop short of death. Weber’s bill would greatly expand…