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Wessman’s Wins: The Developer, the Recipient of Many Millions in Taxpayer Dollars, Has for Years Made Money by Sitting on Property—Until the Timing Is Just Right

A bottle, perhaps two, of Barolo might have helped cost the city of Palm Springs a fortune. The Italian red wine was served during a meeting in 2010 between Steve Pougnet, then Palm Springs’ mayor, and developer John Wessman. Before the meeting, Pougnet had publicly talked about filing eminent-domain proceedings against Wessman’s Desert Fashion Plaza—which […]