November 30, 2015
November 26, 2015
DHS Mayoral Election Decided By November 3 Ballots
The agenda for the city council meeting on December 1 includes details on how the voting went in each precinct, for each candidate, mail-in or walk-in. The last time I looked at this, I think about two-thirds of the votes in Desert Hot Springs were by mail. 71% of the ballots were cast by mail in this most recent election. One might think, then, that the outcome was pretty much decided before the traditional November 3 ballot. And you would be mostly right. Comparing mail-in totals with ballot totals below, one sees that the November 3 ballot moved Richard Duffle from last place to next to last, and it determined the mayoral outcome. Sanchez had the majority of mail-in ballots, but Matas got enough votes on the 3rd to defeat him.
You will also see that Zavala picked up a somewhat disproportionate number of votes on the 3rd, but they didn't change the ranking of the council candidates. Horton gained the smallest number on November 3 and slipped down to last place.
IOW, the increased campaigning in the last two weeks before November 3 is probably worth it in order to hold on to or grab a victory.
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How Many People Does It Take To Cash A Stolen Check?
November 25, 2015
Adelanto Follows Desert Hot Springs
The City of Adelanto will permit marijuana grow facilities. Their city council approved the measure Monday night. They will be permitted in the industrial zone which the article says covers only 1½ square miles. I would have thought 90% of Adelanto would be zoned industrial. (Adelanto map.) There is no special tax on them yet, but one will be on the ballot in November 2016.
The biggest difference between Adelanto's ordinance and ours is that Adelanto requires a distance of 2,500 feet of schools, churches, public parks, or daycare centers.
"The Insanity Of Your Stupidity"
Scott Matas explains his opposition to the so-called “Good Wage Ordinance” at the November 17, 2015 city council meeting. Scott Matas is the new Mayor, to be sworn in on December 1. You can perhaps see why I thought it was so important to replace the current mayor.
November 24, 2015
Good Deal On Kindles This Week
$50 for a Kindle this week. That's the version with "special offers" which is nothing more than a static ad that appears as your screen saver after you've stopped reading. If that's too much for you, $20 more gets you a Kindle without that.
Even the somewhat nicer Paperwhite Kindle is available for $100 ($20 off).
November 23, 2015
City Meeting Courtesies
Here’s the story of a medical marijuana dispensary applicant being rejected in Santa Barbara. The objections from the citizens were the usual baseless, uninformed stuff. But it was rejected for a wacky parking lot solution and inconsistencies in the application. I'm sure it didn't help that the applicant, who was either ignorant of proper decorum or who had gotten so angry he just didn't care, tried to shut up the Planning Commissioner who was explaining why his application would be rejected.
We had a developer come before our Planning Commission and our City Council with an attitude like that, but he wasn't opening a dispensary and he was an experienced real estate developer. I can understand that marijuana dispensary applicants are not usually knowledgable in how city government works, but you would think anyone should understand that being rude to the people who can approve or disapprove your business is not going to work in your favor.
November 19, 2015
Just Call Him "Marlissa"
Eliberto Cruz Jacobo, who created a fake Facebook account as Marlissa Garcia and used it to try to lure underage Hispanic girls into prostitution in Hemet. "Through this criminal act, Jacobo was able to convince nearly 17 different victims to engage in unlawful sexual acts with him and at least four of these victims were juveniles at the time of the offense."
The juveniles, whose identities will not be released, said they were contacted via Facebook by a female who solicited them with behavior consistent with prostitution. In both instances, the suspect misrepresented himself as an escort named "Marlissa Garcia." Garcia glamorized the escort lifestyle to the victims by sending explicit photographs, photographs of large amounts of cash followed by requests via social media to participate with unlawful acts for money. The students declined Garcia's offer, and reported the incident.
Wanted For Attempted Homicide
CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS
Dale Mondary, Chief of Police
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: Attempted Homicide/Arrest Warrant
On 11-12-15 at approximately 3:00 pm, there was a shooting at Tedesco Park in Desert Hot Springs. The victim was shot once and was severely injured. The victim is currently in stable but serious condition.
There were multiple eye witnesses and the investigation identified the shooter as Efrain Hyman. Efforts to locate Hyman have not been successful and he is on the run.
Desert Hot Springs Detectives have filed the case with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and have obtained a warrant for Hyman’s arrest with a cash bond of $1,000,000.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Hyman is encouraged to notify the police of your local jurisdiction or contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. Please do not attempt to contact Hyman or take any other action, as he is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation please contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department and ask to speak with Detective Larry Essex. (760) 329-6411 ext 322. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Citizens can also call Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.
November 17, 2015
An Unusual Burning Man Video
Black and white with calm, pleasant piano music. All bits are from 2015.
November 15, 2015
Tired Of Seeing The Interiors Of The Mouths Of Wild Animals?
You'll Love This
Technology that allows phones and tablets to detect what ads you watch on TV and then set up for some customized advertising on your mobile unit. An ultrasonic sound is inserted into the TV ad and then heard by your mobile. Some apps use it and the developer will not disclose which ones. The user is not permitted to opt out.
Here are some workarounds:
- Don't watch any TV that has advertising.
- Watch TV with the sound off relying on captions.
- Use headphones to listen to TV.
- Put your mobile devices far enough from your TV that they can't hear it.
The Burning Man Of Ice Fishing
November 13, 2015
Here’s an Indiegogo for a company that dreams of being the next GoPro, like so many have, but this one is interesting. A 3D stereoscopic action camera and accessories. Think of a GoPro with a full 180° lens and then double it. The LucidCam.
A sample, sort of. I'm able to form a crosseye-ed 3D image in the middle of these.
November 11, 2015
Blending In With The Californians
November 8, 2015
I went on a tour of Rockhaven Sanitarium for women in Glendale yesterday. It was founded by Agnes Richards, a nurse, in 1923 at a time when there were as many as 20 sanitariums in the area. It was operated by Agnes Richards until 1967, when she turned it over to her granddaughter Patricia Traviss who continued to operate it until 2001, when it was sold to a nursing home chain. Five years later it was closed when it became obvious that meeting ADA standards would be financially impossible. The City of Glendale bought it in 2008. Since then the city has done little with the site, not having the money to renovate it nor the will to just get rid of it.
It was a place for women with mild to moderate "nervous disorders," and featured none of the tortures that one would normally see in an insane asylum of that time. It's two most famous residents were Billie Burke and Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker, the mother of Marilyn Monroe.
The docents told of some spooky happenings at the place. A face seen behind a curtain that was pulled back from a window on the second floor of a building that was empty; small objects (a rosary, a valentine card, for example) simply appearing where it had never been before. The contents of the site were well documented when the city bought it. Even though old photos of the place show a piano, no piano is listed in the city's inventory. One day, when the docents opened the garage where they have stored statuary and other vulnerable items, there was the piano. I could believe the small things were pranks played by one of the docents, but the appearance of the piano is quite a stretch. How many ghosts does it take to move a piano?
The closet window through which Marilyn Monroe's mother escaped using rope made from bed sheets. She had a much larger window in her room that would have been much easier to go through. The drop from the closet window to the ground below was about 6 feet. IOW, she was a drama queen.
The Rose house existed on the site before Richards created the sanitarium. She had it lifted and turned to face into the inner courtyard of the sanitarium.
November 7, 2015
November 6, 2015
Two Reasons For Decline Of Canadian Bees
- "One reason is that they are imported from locations with warmer climates."
- "Another reason is they are not used to Canadian cold weather."
Uh, aren't those kinda sorta the same reason? "Another is that when they froze solid they would not fly."
Wexler House For Sale
Desert Hot Springs Election Results (November 9, 2015 1:19 PM)
There are still some ballots to be counted so the numbers could shift, but I think it's unlikely the outcome will change. The only real surprise to me is that Asia Horton came in at the bottom. She had some good solid endorsements.
|RICHARD B. DUFFLE||357||7.18%|
In short, the new council appears to be Scott Matas, Joe McKee, Russell Betts, Yvonne Parks and Anayeli Zavala.