Commercial developer Suresh Shah is suing the city of Desert Hot Springs for $1.8 million regarding the Mission Lakes Marketplace shopping center. City officials made a deal with the developer then city officials changed their minds the next month and broke the deal.
Political Knowledge of Marijuana
We were curious how familiar Long Beach Medical Cannabis Task Force members were with the material they are tasked with regulating. The district they represent and the council ember who appointed them is listed. A brief survey was conducted.
There were no explosions at the first meeting of Long Beach Medical Cannabis Task Force April 1, 2015 held at The Gas Company. Six members of the Task Force have the occupation of attorney. Some work for – or worked for – prohibition. Continue Reading
We rented a vacation home in Belmont Shore for some rest and relaxation. The cute little bungalow just a block from the beach seemed perfect. Instead we discovered squatters occupying the home. Worse, one of the squatters was a sex offender. The Long Beach Police have not been helpful. Continue Reading
In order to understand the current situation with medical marijuana dispensaries in the city it is vital to know the history of how Long Beach got in the present situation. To move forward it is useful to know the first Medical Marijuana Ordinance and the work of the first Medical Marijuana Task Force back in 2014. Continue Reading
A Superior Court judge ordered fraudulent contractor cheat Pete Chryss to repay Desert Hot Springs for illegal profits of more than $30,000. The question is will the money be paid by the unlicensed contractor or by former city councilman Karl Baker? Continue Reading
Political expert Richard Oberhaus is the secret medical marijuana dispensary applicant who attempted influencing a planning commissioner. Oberhaus’ dispensary is far from residents and next to the Interstate 10 freeway and top scoring among 18 applicants for just 3 licenses. Source: Desert Vortex News Continue Reading
A few California cities led the news over the dire financial straights of their municipal finances. Two have entered into bankruptcy and a third is talking about it. All came to their dire financial though a combination of exhausted financial reserves and a failure to curtail spending deficits. While not facing bankruptcy, this year Desert Hot Springs joined the ranks of cities that have dipped into reserves to make financial ends meet and at budget time last June made no adjustment to spending to account for a $4 million deficit. City leaders express calm and optimism, publicly assuring the public there is nothing to be concerned about. Continue Reading
We use our tools to investigate the facts of the matter. Too often public records requests are ignored by the city clerk or partially fulfilled. The city of Desert Hot Springs does not exist in a vacuum but must be held accountable for their actions. In order to advocate for a better city we need to first investigate the problems so as to understand the solutions. Investigation is too often thwarted by those with a special agenda to hide the facts of the matter. Continue Reading
There are a variety of matters before the council including the 2012-13 budget now under review by the Finance Committee. In response to concerns expressed that the city is entering a period of fiscal crisis due to the budget proposing to next year spend $3.2 million of the $5 million in reserves – council member Jan Pye said “the city is not in a fiscal crisis and has not spent any money of the reserves.” YET! Obviously the council is making every attempt to avoid alarming the public as next year is election year for three of the 5 council members. Next year is also contract renewal time for the city manager who has endured heavy criticism for having lost several million dollars due to bad management. Continue Reading