A couple of notes as we begin our descent into fall (and, thankfully, cooler weather):
• As you’ve likely already noticed … it’s Best of Coachella Valley voting time!
As I write this, nomination-round voting is taking place in our ninth annual readers’ poll, which is again being presented this year by KESQ News Channel 3. In the nomination round, the ballot is open; you fill in the blanks to tell us what you think is the valley’s best in each category. However, take note: Nomination-round voting ends tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 5.
The top vote-getters from the nomination round will move on to the final round of voting, which will begin on Monday, Sept. 26; we’ll close voting on Sunday, Oct. 23. The results will be announced on Monday, Nov. 21, and in our special Best of Coachella Valley edition (our December issue).
Heads-up about a couple of rules that make our readers’ poll a little different (and a lot better, in my opinion) than others. First: We ask people to vote only once per round. We aren’t so desperate for web traffic that we want people to come to our website over and over again to continuously vote for the same businesses. Instead, we want the results to be as legitimate as possible. So … feel free to vote early, but do NOT vote often—just once per round, please!
Second: We ask that readers vote in at least 15 categories per round, and that they vote for at least five different nominees in the first round. Again, we want the results to be as legit as possible, and this keeps people from hopping in to vote for just one business, and/or vote for one business 15 times (often in inappropriate categories) in the first round. You’d be surprised how many burger joints get votes in the Best Sex Toy Shop category.
If you have questions, feel free to send me a note or give me a call!
• I’d like to welcome our new editorial intern, Kevin Mann, to the pages of the Independent.
Kevin is not a typical intern. After a career as a bankruptcy paralegal, Kevin decided to head back to school and pursue two passions: writing and filmmaking. He joins us after writing for The Chaparral at College of the Desert, as well as The Desert Sun.
Kevin’s internship is being funded by the Coachella Valley Journalism Foundation (cvjf.org). I thank the CVJF for giving Kevin and the Independent this opportunity to work together—and I am very happy to see the CVJF expanding its efforts beyond essentially giving money to Gannett (a multi-billion dollar company that keeps laying off reporters and editors, and overworking the employees who remain, while compensating its CEO to the tune of $7.74 million last year) to fund the salary of The Desert Sun’s opinion editor.
As always, thanks for reading—and be sure to pick up our September print edition, on newsstands now.
Note: This is a slightly edited version of the editor’s note that appeared in the September 2022 print edition. Much of this column was originally published online in the Aug. 22 Indy Digest.