Coachella Valley Independent

Indy Digest: Sept. 26, 2022

When I learned that Greater Palm Springs Pride was working with the Palm Springs Police Department on active-shooter training, taking place at 10 a.m. this coming Saturday, I was glad.

And then I immediately became horrified by the fact that I was glad.

But, yes, I am glad. This sort of training, unfortunately, is needed. Greater Palm Springs Pride has become a huge event, with thousands upon thousands of people at the parade and the festival … in wide-open downtown Palm Springs, where there are no metal detectors.

Remember back in June, when 31 members of a white-supremacist group were arrested before they could start a riot (allegedly) at a pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho? Well, when Boise Pride happened earlier this month, one would hope that Idahoans of all stripes rallied would have rallied behind the event, in an effort to show the world that what happened in Coeur d’Alene is not acceptable. Of course, that didn’t happen. Instead, this did, as reported by Boise State Public Radio on Sept. 7:

Idaho Republican Party Chair Dorothy Moon is urging businesses to pull their support from Boise Pride Festival ahead of this weekend’s events.

Moon’s statement issued Wednesday morning criticizes the festival’s sponsors for encouraging the “sexualization” of children.

Instead of bringing “investment and jobs” to Idaho, Moon said, “…they are financing the sexualization of our children and the perverse idea that children should engage in sexual performances with adult entertainers.”

Specifically, she’s blasting an event for kids ages 11-18 who will perform in drag on stage.

Yeah, you may say, but that’s Idaho. Well, this happened in Modesto in August, according to the Los Angeles Blade:

Modesto Police declaring an ‘unlawful assembly,’ clashed with protestors in front of the Planned Parenthood building Saturday as an exchange of verbal insults escalated into fistfights and shoving that erupted between the approximately 250 LGBTQ+ aligned demonstrators battling against a group assembled to hold a “straight pride rally.”

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted Modesto police to clear the area after verbal jousting got physical. The Modesto Bee reported that this was the fourth consecutive year that straight pride demonstrators have assembled in front of the Planned Parenthood building on McHenry Avenue, and like last year violence broke out causing law enforcement to break up and disperse the combatants.

Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear told the Bee that a Proud Boy in attendance with the ‘Straight Pride’ contingent attempted to push past the police line separating the two opposing groups at which point counterprotesters started throwing water bottles in retaliation. 

I could keep going with these examples of scary things happening at Pride events in recent years, but there’s no point.

It’s clear: There are people, a lot of them, who would have no problem doing harm to members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies at an event like Palm Springs Pride.

The active shooter training will take place both via Zoom and in person at the Palm Springs Convention Center’s Smoke Tree rooms at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

—Jimmy Boegle

From the Independent

Competition for a Cause: Six Community Leaders Are Paired With Six Pros for Desert Ensemble Theatre’s ‘Singing With the Desert Stars’

By Kevin Mann

September 26th, 2022

What’s your greatest fear? For many, it is speaking or singing in front of an audience. If any of the six local leaders who are contestants in Desert Ensemble Theatre’s Singing With the Desert Stars have these fears, they’ll need to overcome them.

A Realistic Portrayal: Netflix’s ‘Dahmer-Monster’ Is Well-Done—But You Won’t Want to Watch It Twice

By Bob Grimm

September 26th, 2022

Netflix’s Dahmer miniseries is a rough 10-episode experience—a messed-up but realistic depiction of one of history’s most messed-up people.

Always Enjoyable: Cedric the Entertainer Reflects on Modern Creativity Ahead of His Performance at Fantasy Springs

By Matt King

September 26th, 2022

Cedric the Entertainer is heading for Fantasy Springs for a standup show as he prepares for a full tour later this year.

Not ‘Fresh’ to Me: Four Episodes Into Disney+’s ‘Andor,’ I’m Not Impressed

By Bob Grimm

September 23rd, 2022

So far, Andor is just a bland soap opera with slow pacing that is borderline frustrating.

More News

• The final round of Best of Coachella Valley voting has started! Get thee to vote.cvindependent.com sometime between now and Sunday, Oct. 23, to vote for your favorites in our ninth-annual readers’ poll. Feel free to vote early, but don’t vote often: We only ask each person to vote once per round in our poll. While the publications that do other valley Best Of polls are apparently desperate for web traffic, because they allow people to vote over and over again, we want the best slate of Best Of winners as possible, so we only want one completed ballot per person. Questions? Comments? Hit reply, and type away!

• The latest Palm Springs wastewater testing shows the lowest levels of SARS-CoV-2 in months. The latest report, on testing done Sept. 19 and 20, says: “The average of 572,152 (viral) copies (per liter) from the previous week went down to an average of 255,676 copies/L for September 19 and 20, 2022.” Two other things: 1. Apologies for repeating myself, but six-digit numbers still indicate the presence of a lot of COVID-19 out there. 2. BA.4 and BA.5 still make up 88.1 percent of the subvariants that are detected. This number is worth watching in the coming weeks, as other variants begin to make their way around.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has a veeery busy week ahead of him. CalMatters’ Emily Hoeven wrote this morning: “Gov. Gavin Newsom has until midnight Friday to determine the fate of the more than 550 bills on his desk—or risk turning into a pumpkin. That last part may not be exactly true, but the bill tally from veteran Sacramento lobbyist Chris Micheli is, and underscores just how much work Newsom has ahead of him: He needs to sign or veto an average of about 110 bills per day to get through all of them by the Friday deadline.” In other words, watch for a lot of news stories about signed or vetoed bills in the coming days …

• … like this one, from the Los Angeles Times, about Newsom signing two bills meant to address something that’s become a big problem here in the Coachella Valley: “Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sunday that he signed legislation to crack down on rampant vehicle catalytic converter theft by making it illegal for recyclers to buy the valuable car part from anyone other than the legal owner or a licensed dealer. Lawmakers this year introduced a suite of bills to address an alarming increase in brazen thefts of catalytic converters, the anti-pollution devices in cars that contain valuable metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium. The often untraceable parts are easy to saw off from a vehicle, making them an attractive target for those hoping to make a quick buck at a scrap yard. The two new laws … will increase penalties for buyers who fail to certify that a catalytic converter wasn’t stolen. The laws should make it more difficult for thieves to find a marketplace for the parts. Scrap metal recyclers and junk dealers will have to document how they are buying catalytic converters and from whom, as a way to ensure they’re doing business only with owners and qualified sellers.”

• Puerto Rico is still a mess in the wake of Hurricane Fiona—and is now having to deal with red tape as well. Relatedly, Time magazine looks at how the U.S. territory has become a haven for cryptocurrency magnates—something that led to ugliness when the hurricane arrived: “As Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico, wiping out power across the island, the real estate influencer and crypto investor Hayden Bowles posted a message on TikTok. ‘An official emergency has been declared, which means in the tax program, your physical presence time is suspended,’ he says to the camera, looking cheerful. ‘So I am headed out of the island.’ Bowles’ video was met with a fierce backlash by Puerto Rican commenters, many of whom felt it epitomized the crypto community’s extractive relationship with the island. In the last couple years, Puerto Rico has received a flood of crypto entrepreneurs, investors and influencers who have sought to take advantage of the island’s tax benefits. While these transplants argue they are bringing jobs and capital to the island, local organizers say they are driving up housing prices, privatizing beaches, erasing culture and destroying communities. … Organizers say promises that crypto leaders made about hurricane preparedness and relief years ago have not been kept; that many newcomers have simply left the island in its time of need; and that new crypto fundraisers have been started without community input.”

And finally … we present this piece from The Washington Post about weird goings-on in the skies: “It’s not Halloween yet, but American Airlines passengers have reported ghoulish moans and ghostly breathing over the intercom systems on several flights in recent months. Film producer (and Palm Springs regular) Emerson Collins captured the strange cacophony on his Sept. 6 flight from Los Angeles to Dallas. The video has racked up millions of views on Twitter and TikTok. The humanlike noises began before takeoff and persisted in the air, especially early in the flight and during service, Collins told The Washington Post. In the video, the sounds range from groans and grumbles to whoops. ‘I swear it’s a prank,’ a flight attendant can be heard telling Collins in the video.’At one point, a flight attendant comes over the intercom to apologize for the ‘extremely irritating sound’ and says the pilots are working to mitigate the problem. As soon as she finishes speaking, the sounds reemerge, resembling a ‘ho!’ and a guttural moan.” Um …

Support the Independent!

Please click the button below if you like what we do, and have the financial means to support us. As always, thanks for reading!

Read this Indy Digest at CVIndependent.com!

Avatar photo

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...