Social Events

Our latest VLP social event was held Wednesday, March 21 at the new Mexican restaurant, Alebrije, on Palm Canyon Drive. Board members Amy Brinkman and Howard Hawkes organized the reception in record time and 55 residents attended. The food was delicious!

Our next casual mixer event is tentatively set for Tuesday, July 3rd @ Draughtsman and will simply be an informal meet-and-greet with cash bar. We will send out a reminder notice prior to the event. Our survey indicated a great deal of support for more social activities where we can meet our fellow neighbors, including weekend events, so we would like to plan a Saturday potluck for late summer/early fall. If you would like to volunteer to host, please contact Howard: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Modernism Week VLP Home Tour

The VLPNO board is already working on logistics for our 2019 Modernism Week VLP home tour. Board member and tour chair Robin Abrahams has met with the Modernism Week planners and will be reaching out in the next few weeks for tour committee volunteers; homeowners who are willing to open their houses; and other neighbors who may be able to volunteer their expertise. If you expressed interest and gave us your contact information through the recent survey, we will contact you. If you have not yet indicated your interest to assist and would like to do so, please email Robin for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Survey results: A snap-shot

We promised to share the results of our recent VLP survey. 51 people responded; each of whom answered 100% of the questions.  Comments included requests for more communication and outreach as well as a desire to reduce the number of short-term rentals in the neighborhood. Most questions were open-ended to elicit unbiased responses. All VLP residents are welcome to review a hard copy of survey results by contacting board Chair Jade Nelson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a quick summary of the most notable results:

  • Residents enjoy living in Vista Las Palmas and truly appreciate our iconic mid-century architecture and scenic location
  • 35% expressed concerns about noise and short term rentals
  • 40% stated that any day works for a neighborhood social gathering while 32% prefer weekends  
  • 10% of residents never attend VLP social events
  • Many residents who responded prefer we have our Annual Meeting during the autumn months; either the week before Thanksgiving or another autumn date
  • Most support the February 2019 VLP home tour - and 47 have offered to assist - either by opening their homes or helping otherwise

Community Oriented Policing

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.
760-323-6531
 
Officer Jones can be contacted via e-mail or phone.
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760-323-6504
 
Sergeant Kelly Fieux
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760-323-6305

Pedestrian Crosswalk

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."