“We need to do something to jump-start businesses in the city,” said Paula Terifaj, chairperson of the city’s Community and Cultural Affairs Commission. “Something has to be done to get businesses in there,” said Heather Coladonato, CEO of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. “All these buildings are perfect for art galleries,” said Robert Ballantyne. “Our local businesses need help and its time to get the ball rolling,” said Pamela Berry, president of the Desert Hot Springs Merchant Association.
The city is inching back from the brink of bankruptcy with spending cuts and a new city council majority dedicated to fiscal accountability. While not everyone got the story right, the perception of the world has rested on the idea of the city undergoing bankruptcy, even though the city has not declared itself bankrupt.
The long awaited trial of Peter Paul Chryssikos Jr. involves two cities, public officials and city manager plus a million dollar lawsuit against news media. Attorneys Dave Baron and John Patrick Dolan are tangled in the web along with Rick Daniels, council members Scott Matas, Jan Pye and Karl Baker. The violation is a misdemeanor usually solved with payment of a small fine and an agreement not to continue violating the law. Not this case. Continue Reading →
The Rudy Acosta $4 million downtown project in the city in Desert Hot Springs threatens local businesses plus damages landscaping and cars. Prior to adopting Acosta’s plan there was no flooding of businesses active downtown and automobiles were not being damaged. Continue Reading →
The Needles city council was speechless when informed by its city manager that it will burn through all its reserves and be out of cash within the year. When hired in Needles, Rick Daniels was billed as a economic turn-around city manager capable of working magic to reverse the city’s dying economic base. Daniels is near universally now recognized in Desert Hot Springs as having spent the city to the brink of bankruptcy. Continue Reading →
Long stuck at the back of the bus by a general lack of support from public agencies is motivating Desert Hot Springs to plead for change. Students are enduring difficulties securing discounted bus passes. Citizens advocating solutions brought this to the attention of Sunline Transit and the College Foundation and achieved some success. Continue Reading →