P.D. Election 2020 Explained
As a result of a lawsuit brought against the city alleging violation of the CA Voting Rights Act, Palm Desert city council has negotiated a pair of changes that will influence how and who we get to vote for, starting with our next elections November 20th, 2020.
A new standalone “downtown district” will be created, which will exclusively elect one of five city council members. The remaining four will be collectively elected by those residents living outside of this new downtown district. Additionally, ranked choice voting will now be used in determining how candidates are selected.
Short Term Rental Issues
By a 3-2 vote, Council approved the ordinance restricting STRs in residential areas on December 14th, 2017.
What was finalized on December 14th:
Short-term Rentals will no longer be allowed in R-1 and R-2 neighborhoods, with the exception of owner-occupied STRs where the owner is present during the rental. No new permits will be issued in R-1 and R-2. Existing STRs in these residential zones will be phased out by December 31, 2019. The new ordinance went into effect on January 13, 2018.
Economic Development Participation
Jim Kane presents A Conceptual Vision for Palm Desert 2025
1. A consolidated, standalone, 4-year Cal State Palm Desert campus sits at Cook and Frank Sinatra. The offered curriculum is designed to educate the workforce and entice businesses to relocate to our area.
2. All technical and vocational courses not requiring a baccalaureate degree are offered through College of the Desert.
Members of Palm Desert United attend city council meetings to stay informed on issues that affect our community. We serve as a voice for Palm Desert residents.
Protect Palm Desert Neighborhoods formed to defend our community’s full-time residents against the invasion of short-term rental properties (STRs).
With our success, we have continued to advocate for our community.