Coachella Valley Independent

Indy Digest: Nov. 21, 2022

This was supposed to be a happy Digest intro.

I was going to talk about our Best of Coachella Valley poll results, which were announced this morning, and highlight all of the great features and staff picks we did.

But, no, I can’t. Not when another angry person with a gun invaded another gay club, this time in Colorado Springs, Colo., and opened fire.

But I don’t really know what to say about the Club Q shooting, either. It’s all been said before, about the outrage, about the failure for elected officials to do anything at all, and about the fact that right-wing culture warriors—who marginalize and demonize people because they apparently can’t read the Bible, or to gain political power, or just because they’re mean—have blood on their hands.

So, I am stuck.

Forgive me for the shortness of this introduction. All I can say is this: I hope, I so hope, that maybe this time will be different, and that something will be done. I will do what I can in my power to fight for that change to come.

But, again, forgive me if I am skeptical.

—Jimmy Boegle

Scheduling note

Because of Thanksgiving, the next Indy Digest is scheduled to be sent this coming Friday. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, all!

From the Independent

Best of Coachella Valley 2022-2023: Readers’ Picks

By Staff

November 21st, 2022

Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Best of Coachella Valley poll results, as chosen by you, our readers.

Best of Coachella Valley 2022-2023: Staff Picks

By Staff

November 21st, 2022

Members of the Independent family have their say on the valley’s best.

Inclusive to All: The Living Desert, Winner of Three BOCV Categories, Takes Steps to Assure Visitors With Disabilities Are Comfortable and Safe

By Kevin Fitzgerald

November 21st, 2022

The Living Desert staff has placed an emphasis on making the experience sensory inclusive, making it more enjoyable for visitors with disabilities.

Singing With the Stars: At Michael Orland’s BOCV-Winning Monthly Open-Mic Night at Oscar’s, Anyone Can Come Sing Alongside Big Names

By Matt King

November 21st, 2022

In recent years, Oscar’s has made a number of improvements, and Independent readers have noticed, voting for Oscar’s as both the Best Outdoor Venue and the home of the Best Open Mic event.

Honoring Trini: Best Local Band, The Gand Band, Gets a Little Help From Their Friends to Create ‘The Trini Lopez Immersive Musical’

By Matt King

November 21st, 2022

The Gand Band is working with the Palm Springs Cultural Center to present The Trini Lopez Immersive Musical on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

A Humble Diva: Best Local Musician Keisha D Pays ‘Tribute to Women of Soul’ in a Major Show at the Palm Springs Cultural Center

By Matt King

November 21st, 2022

Featuring music by Tina Turner and Chaka Khan. Keisha D’s A Tribute to Women of Soul will take place at the Cultural Center at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18.

Arguments Over Action: Four Southern California Agencies Agree to Voluntary Colorado River Water Cutbacks—While Other Western Officials Point fingers

By Kevin Fitzgerald

November 18th, 2022

Instead of coming together to come up with a reasonable, fair plan to deal with the Colorado River crisis, water agencies, state water administrators and political representatives have been sniping at one another.

Instant Xmas Classic: ‘Spirited’ Soars Because Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds Throw All They Have Into the Film

By Bob Grimm

November 20th, 2022

Spirited is a riff on The Christmas Carol that you will be happy to revisit for years to come.

A New Type of Musical: ‘Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time?’ Makes Its West Coast Premiere at the Palm Springs Cultural Center

By Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

November 18th, 2022

The Musical Why Can’t the Trains Run on Time? opened off-Broadway in 2009, and now, 13 years later, the Palm Springs Cultural Center is the host of its West Coast premiere.

Gourmet Gone Wrong: Ralph Fiennes Excels in Foodie-Skewering Film ‘The Menu’

By Bob Grimm

November 20th, 2022

The Menu is a caustic, funny stick in the eye to crazed foodies everywhere.

More News

• The latest Palm Springs wastewater testing results for the virus that causes COVID-19 are not good. According to the report: “The average number of copies (per liter) recorded at the city’s wastewater treatment plant increased. The average of 617,212 copies/L from the previous week went up to an average of 1,128,774 copies/L for November 14 and 15, 2022.

• As for local COVID-19 hospitalizations, Kevin Duncliffe, who has been following these numbers all pandemic long, reports:

• Down in Indio, where the Valley Sanitary District is testing wastewater for RSV and influenza … those results are also not good.

Related: RSV cases among children have reached the awful point where doctors are asking the president to declare a national emergency. CNBC says: “The Children’s Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics warned President Joe Biden and Health Secretary Xavier Becerra in a letter this week that ‘unprecedented levels’ of RSV combined with increasing flu circulation are pushing some hospitals to the breaking point. Infants 6 months and younger are getting hospitalized with RSV at more than seven times the weekly rate observed before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2018 at this time, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu hospitalizations are also at a decade high, with children and the elderly most at risk, according to the CDC. As respiratory viruses surge, more than three-fourths of pediatric hospital beds are occupied across the U.S., according to data from the Health and Human Services Department.

We recently reported in this space that Gov. Gavin Newsom had decided to delay state funding going to local governments to battle homelessness, because he felt the local governments’ plans weren’t good enough. Well, our partners at Calmatters report that the governor has relented: “Two weeks after withholding $1 billion in homelessness funding over lackluster local plans, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that most cities and counties would get the funds as early as next week anyway—as long as in the next round, they commit to more aggressive plans to reduce street homelessness. But it’s been a whiplash-inducing couple of weeks, triggered by a funding process that frustrated both the governor and the locals. Newsom dissed local applicants for seeming too complacent about a dire California problem, while the applicants retorted that the Newsom administration sent conflicting signals—and that, in any case, state lawmakers had inadvertently given them a financial motive to lowball their goals.”

For the latest news on the dumpster fire that is Twitter, we turn to Axios: “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) personal Twitter account was reinstated on the platform on Monday, more than 10 months after being permanently suspended for ‘repeated violations’ of the platform’s COVID misinformation policy. …The move comes days after Twitter reinstated the account of former President Trump and amid a season of upheaval at the platform that has accompanied Elon Musk’s takeover of the company.”

And finally … due to tech advancements, we’re needing to come up with new-size measurement names. The Associated Press says: “What is bigger: A ronna or a quetta? Scientists meeting outside of Paris on Friday—who have expanded the world’s measuring unit systems for the first time this century as the global population surges past 8 billion—have the answer. Rapid scientific advances and vast worldwide data storage on the web, in smartphones and in the cloud mean that the very terms used to measure things in weight and size need extending too. And one British scientist led the push Friday to incorporate bold new, tongue-twisting prefixes on the gigantic and even the minuscule scale.”

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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...