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Editor's Note

30 Mar 2017
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A few weeks back, a fantastic discussion ignited in one of the alternative-newsmedia e-mail groups to which I belong. The topic was readership campaigns—advertising campaigns by newspapers to promote themselves to their own readers. Some of the slogans being used in these campaigns are brilliant—especially the ones created by our friends at The Austin Chronicle in Texas. You need us. We need you. Support free press. Read us, follow us, advertise with us. No news is bad news. We need each other. Truth is truth. Whether you like them or not, facts aren’t fake. We report the news at no cost to you, and no matter the cost to us. We here at the Independent will be, uh, “borrowing” some of these ideas (with The Austin Chronicle’s blessing, of course). These truly are unprecedented times in which we’re living. The attacks on the press by the Trump administration are simply…
24 Feb 2017
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We put the finishing touches on the March print issue on Thursday, Feb. 16. (Yeah, it was a little earlier than normal, because February is a short month, and we have a narrow window with our printer.) That particular day was, to say the least, a completely bonkers news day. On a local level, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin announced he was filing corruption charges against former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and developers John Wessman and Richard Meaney. According to Hestrin, Pougnet took in $375,000 in bribes. All of a sudden, the status of Palm Springs’ big downtown redevelopment project is very much up in the air. Meanwhile, on the national level, the president held a press conference during which he sounded completely unhinged—a term I do not use lightly. He claimed he inherited a mess from the previous administration. He said his administration was a “fine-tuned machine.”…
27 Jan 2017
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If you’re like me, the recent political and societal climate has got you down. Well, thank goodness our lovely valley is doing its part to offer plenty of mood-improving distractions. Every February, art takes center stage in Palm Springs, thanks to the Art Palm Springs fair (which is rapidly growing) and Modernism Week (which already really huge). Not-so-coincidentally, we here at the Independent have a tradition of bringing you a selection of stories every February previewing these awesome events. In the February print edition (hitting streets this week), and next week at CVIndependent.com, Brian Blueskye will bring you a fantastic article on the Royal Hawaiian Estates. This little Polynesian-themed south Palm Springs complex has a fascinating history—and even more fascinating architecture. It’s also the site of one of Modernism Week’s biggest parties. Also in the new print edition and online next week, Nicole Borgenicht has two companion pieces that show…
29 Dec 2016
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I have always been blessed with the ability to see and understand both sides of various issues. One can select almost any hot-button topic, and I’ll be able to empathize with people who take each position—even if I disagree. However, I am completely baffled by the modern-day “conservative” movement in the United States. If someone believes in a smaller, less-intrusive government—traditionally a conservative value—I get it, even if I don’t agree with it. Meanwhile, if someone thinks the government should play a role in legislating do’s and don’ts when it comes to “moral” issues—like, say, LGBT rights or a woman’s right to choose—I can understand where that person’s coming from (even if I strongly disagree … and I most likely do). I get lost and confused, however, when these two rather contradictory beliefs are melded together, as they are by a lot of so-called conservatives today. If you think the…
01 Dec 2016
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I wish were using this space to discuss the results of the third annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll—and explain how we received an all-time-high number of votes, and gush about how proud I am that our list of winners and finalists represents all parts of the valley. I wish I were using this space to discuss the inaugural Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week—and tell you all about how the week was an amazing success that featured amazing cocktails, lots of fun and thousands of dollars going to two amazing charities. However, I feel compelled to instead discuss the president-elect of the United States. Barring something freaky coming out of the proposed recounts and challenges, and despite the popular-vote results, it’s undeniable: Donald Trump won, fair and square. He deserves significant credit for confounding the experts and the establishment, and for tapping into and exploiting the serious concerns and…
11 Nov 2016
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When it started to sink in late Tuesday night that Donald Trump—racist, misogynist, media-basher—was going to clinch enough Electoral College votes to become the next president of the United States, editors and art directors at many of the Independent's alternative-weekly brethren started thinking: How in the hell are we going to properly convey what has just happened?! Below is a sampling of the amazing work they came up with.

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