Dean M Gray

Dean M Gray

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Commissioner Jeff Bowman Out of Commission in Europe

Jeff Bowman enjoying a meal in Germany on September 14, 2014 according to Facebook post.

Attendance at meetings, however, is the Holy Grail that will get a commissioner or council member derailed. In Desert Hot Springs Jeff Bowman recently joined others out of commissions, off councils and removed from other government functions. However, Bowman objects to rules that a position becomes vacant if a member fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings. Continue Reading →

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Alarming News! Unlicensed Contractor Pete Chryss Trials Update

Peter Chryssikos

The city gave nearly $40,000 to unlicensed contractor Pete Chryss who faces charges and court appearances in September. Although the city is eligible to get the money back, so far it is doing nothing and this is not the first time public funds are ignored. Continue Reading →

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ALL Desert Hot Springs Crime Scene Evidence Compromised by Police


When crime scene evidence is mishandled or inappropriately stored the guilty can go free. It also means persons can be wrongly arrested and convicted. Evidence handled by the DHS PD has been improperly stored and mishandled. This has been going on for years according to FBI. Even if all these matters were corrected today that would not solve the problems of past mishandling of evidence. Mayor Adam Sanchez stands in the way of the solution.
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Al Schmidt Returns

Al Schmidt -former city couincilman and planning commissioner - lost The Village Shopping Center and is not happy about that.

Al Schmidt during his time as a planning commissioner successfully lobbied the city to wave city fees to build his shopping center named “The Village.” The project sold and Schmidt is now calling the new owner “that bastard” and complaining about the new owner not paying those fees. Continue Reading →

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Turning A Failed Economic Development Scheme Around – Fixing the Rudy Acosta Plan

Art Gallery

“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. Continue Reading →

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Pete Chryss Trial Begins April 7 – Touching Public Officials Rick Daniels, Scott Matas, Jan Pye and Karl Baker

Chryss Home Automation website

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 →

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The Desert Hot Springs Bankrupt News Story

Welcome to Desert Hot Springs

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. Continue Reading →

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