Thanks to Rudy Acosta the city is stuck with a $4 million downtown project that threatens local small businesses while damaging landscaping and cars. Prior to adopting Acosta’s plan there was no flooding of businesses active downtown and automobiles were not being damaged.
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 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 →
Beverly Hills lobbyist Chris Lucker said that Walmart – his client – will likely oppose a public safety tax in Desert Hot Springs intended to support police and fire fighters. Lucker’s plan is to confuse voters. The truth is that this is a tax on vacant land not affecting homeowners, renters or local businesses. Councilman Scott Matas expressed uncertainty about supporting public safety. Continue Reading →
Two highly controversial former mayors – one who brought the city to the edge of bankruptcy and another who brought the city bad publicity were hoping for another chance to regain power. Getting appointed to the school board would have anointed former Yvonne Parks without the risk of her losing another election. Like Parks, former mayor Alex Bias also carried baggage. The former mayor’s wife robbed the Bank of America in Palm Springs. Continue Reading →