Will you consider running for the board?
Sunday¸ November 19th is the date of our 2017 Vista Las Palmas annual meeting. The agenda will include the election for all seven seats on our Board of Advisers.
The requirements are simple. Be a dues paying member who is willing to attend a minimum number of board meetings during the year and who will work to maintain the high standards Vista Las Palmas is known for.
Thanking you, in advance, for considering our request.
Your Vista Las Palmas Board
For the past five years, we have sponsored a Vista Las Palmas home tour to raise funds for charity. We signed on with the Modernism group which handles our tour web site, advertising, ticket sales, etc. Modernism charges us 20% of each ticket sold. While we feel it’s a little expensive, it has proved to be a win-win for everyone involved. Vista Las Palmas would like to thank the Modernism group for contributing to our past successes.
Putting together a tour is not a simple task. We need to find the homes and hope the owners are willing to open their homes for charity. We need to have each home photographed and write up a brief history present and past for our tour book and then put the book together with the photographer and publisher. Then we need to be able to staff /each home with several docents during the tour hours and many homeowners may have special requests regarding their home which need to be taken in to consideration.
The Vista Las Palmas Board has decided to take a year off from the tour but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to continue giving. We would like your help in considering alternate ways to raise funds. We are looking for volunteers who would be able to plan, develop and execute a fundraising strategy for our neighborhood.
Over the past five years, we've raised and given away in excess of $100,000. We want very much to continue to support local charities who are desperately trying to help so many in need. We need people with ideas on how best to do this.
If you would like to become involved in your neighborhood, please consider becoming part of our charitable fundraising. Our volunteers over the past years have been so supportive, and will continue to be, moving forward. Now all we need is a dedicated group to re-imagine the charitable event(s) and lead the effort.
We hope you will consider helping Vista Las Palmas support those who need our support. Please contact:
Sheila Cobrin or Mike Ziskind
(760) 831-0707 (760) 399-0976
VLPNO received a wonderful email from Sergeant Kelly Fieux who is approaching her 22nd year of service with the Palm Springs Police Department. This is what she had to say:
"In accordance with the Department’s focus on community oriented policing, I have been given the opportunity to work with the citizens of the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization as part of our Neighborhood Policing Officer Program (NPO). The primary goal of this NPO program is to provide more effective communication between the Department and the citizens of Palm Springs. Officer Christiansen and Officer Jones will be representing the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood. Residents are urged to contact Officer Christiansen and/or Officer Jones to advise of any concerns or problems that are being experienced in the neighborhood."
Officer Christiansen can be contacted via e-mail or phone.
Officer Jones can be contacted via e-mail or phone.
Sergeant Kelly Fieux
VLPNO reached out last week to the City regarding the status of the Pedestrian Crosswalk and Caution Lights for the Intersection of N Palm Canyon Drive and Stevens Road. As we are sure you are aware, this intersection has become busier than ever with the opening of Draughtsman and its great popularity.
Gianfranco Laurie, Senior Civil Engineer, Engineering Services Department, City of Palm Springs, returned the inquiry and reported the following:
"The City will soon review the 95% design plans, estimate and specifications and return any comments to the design consultant for final submittal. We are hopeful to get this project on the City Council agenda as early as March 2017 for approval and advertisement. From then on, award the project in late April 2017 and begin construction in late May/early June 2017."