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Tuesday, May 28 | โ˜€๏ธ 100ยฐ/71ยฐ

Happy Tuesday, everyone! You may notice a new byline on our lead story below and several others as the summer unfolds. That's because we're pleased to welcome Henry Braun to our ranks as our first-ever intern. Henry is a Palm Springs native attending Boston University, where he studies journalism. He hopes to attend law school after graduation. The Post is grateful to the Coachella Valley Journalism Foundation for providing the funds for the internship. The nonprofit organization depends on donations, so please consider making one today.

🎶 Setting the mood: โ€œDisco Bootsโ€ by Gavin Turek


A recipient of a new pair of shoes during last yearโ€™s shoe drive tries them on at a local school.

Campaign aims to provide 2,500 pairs of shoes to students in need

The Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation is on a mission to ensure every student has a suitable pair of sneakers through its Shoes for Students Campaign.ย 

Driving the news: The District aims to distribute 2,500 pairs to underprivileged students before the 2024-2025 school year begins.

Why it matters: Wearing ill-fitting shoes or none at all can significantly affect a student's academic performance, athletic participation, and social interactions. The lack of appropriate shoes can also make students feel embarrassed to participate in class or social activities.

By the numbers: More children go to school without proper footwear in Palm Springs than people think. Roughly 97% of the district's students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and 10% are homeless.ย ย 

What theyโ€™re saying: "Shoes are one of those basic needs that many take for granted," said Ellen Goodman, director of The PSUSD Foundation. "But not having proper footwear can be a constant source of embarrassment, distraction, and alienation."

The bottom line: "By giving new shoes, students get a chance to develop genuine confidence in their talents and capabilities," Goodman added. "We're giving them a tool to write their own success stories."

Details: For more information on the Shoes for Students Campaign or to donate, visit this website.

Read Henry Braun's complete story here.

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The Section 14 Survivors Group has placed billboards along roads leading into and out of Palm Springs, hoping to draw attention to its plight.

🏠 City considering direct negotiations with Section 14 survivors, descendants

Palm Springs officials said last week that staff might recommend to the City Council that the city negotiate with individuals affected by the events at Section 14 rather than continue dialogue with the Beverly Hills law firm hired by members of a survivor's group.

  • In a letter dated May 22, Areva Martin, an attorney who represents the Section 14 Survivors organization, not only rejected the city's offer of $4.3 million in cash payments, but claimed her clients should be paid nearly $105 million.

  • At issue for Martin is what she said is an undercounting of structures the city assisted in destroying more than 50 years ago and the present day value of those structures.

  • "The City is shocked and astounded by what Areva Martin sent on behalf of the survivors of Section 14," wrote Amy Blaisdell, the city's chief communications officer. "... Ms. Martin is asking for over $104 million, which could easily bankrupt the city."

Bottom line: "If this is in fact Ms. Martinโ€™s real offer, then staff are preparing to recommend to the City Council to work with each survivor and/or their descendants on direct cash payments," Blaisdell concluded.

🏥 Tenet Healthcareโ€™s latest proposal for Desert Regional up for discussion

Tenet Healthcare, which first proposed entering into a new 30-year contract with Desert Regional Medical Center at the end of last year, is back with a new proposal it hopes will secure the future of the Palm Springs hospital.

  • At issue is a provision in the initial proposal that would allow Tenet to eventually purchase the hospital, wresting ownership and control from the district, which is run by elected board members.

  • However, if the district takes over operation of the hospital from Tenet, itโ€™s on the hook for $185 million in seismic updates to the hospital. The district has studied the feasibility of taking back the hospital and those findings will be discussed at a board meeting on Tuesday.

  • Also at the board meeting, Tenetโ€™s executive vice president will travel from Dallas to present their new proposal to the board, which will then discuss and consider whether the revisions meet their standards.

Details: The meeting will be held this evening at 5:30 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert and it will also be streamed live on Zoom. You can find the Zoom invite and more information here.ย 


DAP Health Now Offers Urgent Care from the Coachella Valley to the San Diego Coast

Did you know DAP Health offers urgent care at four of its locations: Desert Hot Springs Community Health Center, Centro Medico Cathedral City, Centro Medico El Cajon, and Centro Medico Escondido?

If youโ€™re wondering when to visit urgent care, as opposed to heading straight to the emergency room, click here.


Desert Healthcare District Board Meeting

5:30 p.m. | In-person and online

At this important meeting, board members will hear a new proposal about the future of Desert Regional Medical Center. Find out how to watch online here.

PSUSD Board of Education Meeting

6 p.m. | PSUSD Headquartersย 

Board members gather for their regular meeting as the school year draws to a close. Find the agenda here.

Movies in the Park: โ€œPee Weeโ€™s Big Adventureโ€

7 p.m. | Downtown Park

This monthโ€™s outdoor screening features the film โ€œPee Weeโ€™s Big Adventure.โ€ Check out the rest of the throwback movies coming up in the next few months.

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Ron Nyswaner. (Photo: Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce)

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will honor screenwriter and producer Ron Nyswaner with the 470th star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars this week.

Looking back: Nyswaner's career has garnered numerous award nominations, and his storytelling spans feature films, television series, and documentaries, often addressing contemporary social and political issues with an emphasis on the LGBTQ+ community.

  • He has received various awards for his activism, including the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award and the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Award.

Details: The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Invited guests scheduled to speak include Robbie Rogers and Jelani Alladin from Fellow Travelers.ย 


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