The City of Palm Springs has formally expressed its concern to the College of the Desert that the college is violating a California law by discussing land use matters and campus facilities issues behind closed doors at board meetings without soliciting proper public input. An attorney representing Palm Springs on Tuesday emailed a memorandum to a…
Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Friday’s article in The Desert Sun, with one trustee bashing another publicly with innuendo and crazy claims about convention centers and presidential suites, was about the last straw for me.
Gonzalez said Thursday she wasn’t sure what project the board was even considering for Palm Springs. “Is it the one with the hotel convention center, private bungalows, presidential suites, culinary facilities, or even local organizations that are now claiming that the former president promised them office space there?” she asked, without elaboration.
Since 2004, Palm Springs residents have waited to see the completion of a College of the Desert campus in their city. 18 years later, and after almost a billion dollars in tax revenue collected, those residents are still waiting.
The City Manager was recently informed by College of the Desert Superintendent/President Dr. Martha Garcia that her availability to attend tonight’s meeting and address City Council questions regarding the stalled project became limited due to a scheduling conflict.
“This is unacceptable and the board of trustees should be held accountable and asked for a correction of this type of behavior.”
Why is it necessary to hire an outside public relations firm if you are doing a good job in a transparent fashion? Why put forward a toothless resolution of support for a West Valley campus if you actually plan to build it as promised, planned and funded? It seems clear that the three trustees are…
COD trustees approve contracts for a feasibility study that already exists and PR services to spin the deceit of COD leadership, with no answers on the three cancelled campuses.
Children born the year COD passed Measure B are now reaching college age, and still do not have a robust, permanent campus in the west valley.
“There’s not one piece of data in this resolution we citizens can hold the board of trustees to its promises,” said Ginny Float, a former Palm Springs City Councilmember, who called into the meeting.