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Editor's Note

28 Aug 2015
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One of the traditional jobs of the alternative press has been to cover the faults and foibles of other local media. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will? Here at the Independent, we have not been doing that as much as I’d like. Sure, we’ve done some stuff here and there—railing on the advertising that masquerades as editorial coverage in other local publications, for example. But I think we could, and should, be doing it more. This is one reason why I am excited about, of all things, our recent Restaurant News Bites column. Much of the column, which I wrote, focuses on a lazy, inaccurate story one local TV-news operation did—unfairly maligning a local business in the process. Check it out, and let me know what you think. That’s just one of the things we’ve done recently about which I am excited. After a summer hiatus,…
28 Jul 2015
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There’s a lot of great stuff going on here at Independent World Headquarters (i.e., my apartment in downtown Palm Springs). For one thing: We’ll be launching our Supporters of the Independent Program within weeks. We don’t charge a thing for our great content, whether it’s delivered online, via email or in print—and we never will charge a thing for our great content. However, we understand that some readers would happily contribute a small amount of money to the Independent, be it monthly or annually, to help us do what we do. The Supporters of the Independent Program will help readers do just that—while receiving some cool perks in return. We’re still setting things up and working out the details. Watch CVIndependent.com, as well as our weekly e-Edition, for those details. For another thing: We’ll be opening up Round 1 voting for the Best of Coachella Valley 2015-2016 on Monday, Aug.…
02 Jul 2015
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It’s a claim that drives journalists crazy: Why is the media so negative? Why don’t newspapers cover positive news? For argument’s sake, if we take the position that this claim is accurate (and it’s not; media sources generally give a lot of pixels, airtime or ink to arts, music, food and culture news that is, by its very nature, positive … but that’s a discussion for another time), much of our recent coverage here at the Coachella Valley Independent (including much of the content in our July print issue) is bucking the trend: A lot of our recent stories have landed on the positive side of things. First: Brian Blueskye’s story on Yucca Valley 18-year-old Aiden Stockman, which is a must-read. I first learned about Aiden at Palm Springs Pride’s Harvey Milk Breakfast in May, at which Aiden and his mother spoke. Tears were flowing as Aiden and his mom…
29 May 2015
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Our country’s justice system is broken—and a recent Independent story, by Brian Blueskye, illustrates that painful fact. Meet Kimberly Long. The Corona resident was convicted of murdering her boyfriend after a day of drinking back in 2003—even though all the available evidence seems to exonerate her. Her case is one of the 18 that the San Diego-based California Innocence Project has taken up; here’s hoping the project’s attorneys can achieve justice for Kimberly Long and her family very soon. Another example: My good friend Brian Burghart continues his work on Fatal Encounters, a crowd-sourced database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. As we explained in an article last December—and as Brian himself has explained during TV interviews on everything from Al Jazeera to The Daily Show—he is trying to fill a void: There is no national database of people killed by law-enforcement officers, even though there is a…
01 May 2015
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Before I moved to the Coachella Valley, I lived in Tucson, Ariz. One of the things I love about Tucson is that the residents there seemingly understand that they live in the desert: Outside of a few neighborhoods, lawns are the exception, not the rule; instead, residents put xeriscapes and low-water desert plantings in their yards. At our house in Tucson, our yard featured rocks, cacti and other desert vegetation. My neighbors and I got cranky when we saw someone watering a sidewalk. In other words, water was viewed as a precious resource. But here … well, as much as I love the area, I’ve always been turned off by the fact that lawns are, in many neighborhoods, the rule, not the exception. When my partner and I first moved here, we were in escrow for 53 days on a nice home in Cathedral City which had an epic, lawn-centered…
31 Mar 2015
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It was two years ago this month that the first print edition of the Independent hit the streets of the Coachella Valley—three months after the “official” launch of CVIndependent.com. Through 28 months of online publication and 21 print editions (two quarterlies and 19 monthlies, if you’re keeping score) so far, we’ve constantly strived to be a true alternative publication—in other words, cover topics that have gotten short shrift in the other local media. One of those topics was music. Since Day 1, we’ve made an effort to cover as wide of a variety of music as possible—and I am proud of how we’ve done. This brings us to the topic of our second annual Music Issue, which is hitting streets this week. Some of the Music Issue stories have already been posted at CVIndependent.com; the remainder will be posted soon. We have a total of 10 stories previewing acts who…