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05 Oct 2015
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They call it a party, though there’s no music or dancing. But there’s plenty of politics in the air to liven up the rectangular, windowless room—with free drinks from an open bar to help loosen the lips. Saturday night has arrived at the California Republican Party’s fall convention, which took place last month at Anaheim Marriott. The Saturday shindig put on by the Bay Area GOP will feature an announcement about the state party’s preliminary 2015 platform, which will be ratified by a vote the next morning. Luis Buhler, publisher of BayAreaGOP.com and former vice chair of the Bay Area GOP, delivers the tentative platform to the room. Things get interesting when the platform’s “equal opportunity” wording comes up. “The platform committee added language opposing…
27 Sep 2015
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It was a simple, four-step exercise: 1. We came up with a list of 10 questions—five serious, issue-based questions, and five questions that are a little more light-hearted—to ask all of the candidates for city office. 2. We set up interviews with all of the candidates. 3. We asked the candidates the 10 questions. That’s exactly what Palm Springs resident Jimmy Boegle did over the last couple of weeks. He interviewed every one of the 14 Palm Springs candidates—eight mayoral candidates, and six City Council candidates. Now, comes the last step. 4. Report the answers to those 10 questions. Here’s what all of the candidates have to say. We only made minor edits on the candidates’ answers for grammar and style; in some cases, we…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: David Brown Age: 46 Occupation: Dry cleaning manager Interview: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? At first glance? Construction. Hopefully, when they’re completed, it’s going to be a nice, completed project. Right now, when I look at it, you’re seeing construction, framework, ironwork and a big crane. All that’s kind of distracting from the mountains, but at the same time, hopefully when this project is done, what they’ve built … is a nice project for the city. We have not seen a model master, which would be nice. 2. Does Palm Springs have a crime problem? If so, what should be done about it? They need to…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Guy Burrows Age: 62 Occupation: Neurologist 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? That tall building on the right … that’s taller than what was initially touted as what was going to be built. Also, when I look at it, what I see is an advertisement for two floors of commercial offices. My question is: If you look around the city of Palm Springs, how many empty office spaces do we have? So many, it’s beyond counting. Why, as a city, are we paying a hundred million dollars, partly, to build two floors of office space, when really there’s not a need for office space? Let’s…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Ginny Foat Age: 74 Occupation: Palm Springs City Council member/executive director of Mizell Senior Center Interview: Phone 1. When you stand at the intersection of Tahquitz Canyon Road and Palm Canyon Drive, and look northwest, what comes to mind? What comes to my mind is that there were almost 15 years, or maybe even more, of a dead center of our town. No matter what we did in the city, and we did a lot of really creative things for our citizens, and encouraged business development and everything, but no matter how you looked at it, there was one dead center of town. I look at it now and see life. Do I love it? Probably not. Do I think there are some things…
27 Sep 2015
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Name: Erbil “Bill” Gunasti Age: 57 Occupation: Executive producer 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, any development is a good development. We need investment in Palm Springs, and we need investment throughout the valley. So Wessman, it’s good that the Wessman project took place, but the only thing is that it took 14 years or 15 years, or however long it took; it took too long. I put the blame on whoever was in charge for the past 10 years. If a certain number of people, and in particular the councilwoman who is running for mayor now, and she claims that she has been here,…
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…