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February 26, 2022

Palm Springs IHOP

The Press-Enterprise reports on the latest from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health:

IHOP, 471 S. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Closed: Feb. 24
Grade: 80/B, failing
Reason: Rodent infestation. An inspector visited in response to a complaint from someone who said that her husband got sick a day after eating there, and that she heard rodents in the ceiling and saw droppings on the floor. The inspector saw rodent droppings on top of boxes and on the floor in a storage room, on the floor near a refrigerator and on a sticky trap under a sink. Among other unrelated violations, the dishwasher was impounded for not dispensing sanitizer and equipment needed cleaning.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Food and Drink | permalink | February 26, 2022 at 08:11 AM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2022

Four More On KONO! Monolit

These were all shot on KONO! Monolit 64 film.
Hairy Cactus (1)
A hairy cactus in Desert Hot Springs

Petroglyph (1)
You can see some petroglyphs near the center of this photo

Mt San Gorgonio (1)
Mt San Gorgonio viewed from Cathedral City through a telephoto lens

Fifth Street Trailer Park (1)
The Fifth Street trailer park in Desert Hot Springs
is very gradually getting into better shape.

Filed under Cactus,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Photography | permalink | February 23, 2022 at 07:55 PM | Comments (0)

Lauren Boebert's Democratic Challenger

Filed under Politics | permalink | February 23, 2022 at 07:35 PM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2022

Tennessee Women Drivers

Filed under Automotive | permalink | February 22, 2022 at 04:37 PM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2022

Four Shot On KONO! Monolit 64 Film

These were all shot on KONO! Monolit 64 film last month.
Copley's On Palm Canyon (1)

Cyclist Waiting (1)
At the corner of Tachevah and Palm Canyon

Cholla (1)
A cholla just outside of Joshua Tree National Park

Albert Frey's Cree House From Above (4)
In the foreground: Albert Frey's Cree House

Filed under Architecture,Cactus,Coachella Valley,Cycling,Food and Drink,Photography | permalink | February 21, 2022 at 08:21 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2022

Tour de Palm Springs

I went out to watch the riders on Little Morongo Road during the Tour de Palm Springs.
Tour de Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs (8132)

Tour de Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs (8114)

Tour de Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs (8119)

Tour de Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs (8124)

Filed under Coachella Valley,Cycling,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 20, 2022 at 05:22 PM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2022

Four Digitals In DHS

Misson Lakes Market Place (8183)
You can see some riders in the Tour de Palm Springs coming along Little Morongo Road
after their rest stop at Mission Lakes Market Place.

Cholla (8110)

MedMen Cannabis Cultivation Facility (8939)
In front of the inactive (AFAIK) MedMen cultivation facility

Mt San Gorgonio (8101)
Mt San Gorgonio
catching the morning light above Desert Hot Springs High School.

Filed under Cactus,Coachella Valley,Cycling,Desert Hot Springs,Marijuana,Photography | permalink | February 19, 2022 at 05:22 PM | Comments (0)

Designs For New MSWD HQ Considered

At the February 17, 2022, study session the MSWD Board of Directors was presented with some design concepts for the proposed new headquarters for the district. The developer showed a lengthy Powerpoint to the board. Images from the Powerpoint were not included in the agenda packet. I'll include a few screen shots here, but if you really want to see what was presented, you should watch the YouTube video of the meeting starting at 14:57.

Roger Clarke from Ruhnau Clarke Architects led the presentation.

Over the past several months the board has discussed the new headquarters, but as far as I could determine, they never specified the exact location to the public, referring only to a site on Two Bunch Palms Trail. Now that has been cleared up. It's a parcel of land where the district already has a well, just east of one of the cultivation facilities.

New MSWD HQ Location 1

Moving in a little closer, the first slide in the Powerpoint shows the general layout of the site.
New MSWD HQ Location 2

As you can see this location will combine administrative and operations functions, unlike the current setup where administration is on Second Street and operations are mostly down around the Horton wastewater treatment plant.

Perhaps you are asking yourself the same questions about the location that I am. This land is zoned industrial and is immediately adjacent to several cannabis cultivation facilities. At one time the price of land there went sky high. Is it still sky high, or has that market softened? What's the market like for land in commercial zones elsewhere in the city? I don't recall hearing any discussion of it during any board meeting, but I hope someone did an analysis on the property value. Would the district be ahead by selling this site (minus the land necessary for the well, of course) for some sky high price and then using that money to buy land in a commercial zone in the city that would be closer to bus lines? Besides benefiting the customers who need to visit MSWD, the district might end up with a bigger site or a less expensive site. I know nothing of commercial land prices in DHS, nor whether there is a chunk of commercial land available of the size that would suit MSWD for its purposes.

Here's the conceptual diagram of how things will be laid out in the administrative building.
New MSWD HQ Admin Layout 1

More detail is provided in this slide:
New MSWD HQ Admin Layout 2

Three options were presented for the shape of the dais: slightly curved, deeply curved or just flat. There were also three options as to exterior appearance.

Option 1:
New MSWD HQ Exterior Option 1

Option 2:
New MSWD HQ Exterior Option 2

Option 3:
New MSWD HQ Exterior Option 3

The cost of the three options are all within $250,000 of each other. Option 2 would be the least expensive. The overall site is 450,443 square feet in all three options. They could go with a smaller site (417,420 s.f.) that would reduce the available parking and save $1-million to $1.5-million.

Director Grasha suggested staff parking should be behind a secure wall or fence. I agree, and would have thought any architect would make secure staff parking a standard feature at any government building, but Rhunau Clarke had not. They said they could, of course, make that change.

President Martin said he preferred Option 2. Director Sewell preferred either Option 2 or 3. Director Duncan preferred Option 1 or 3. Mr. Clarke said Option 1 had the most glass, but the amount of glass in all three options could be adjusted.

Filed under Architecture,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 19, 2022 at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2022

Here Are Four More

Cannabis Cultivation Facility (8106)
The MedMen cultivation facility in Desert Hot Springs
, not currently in use, as far as I know.

The Syndicate Dispensary (1)
The Syndicate dispensary
, formerly known as "Gas Blvd." Shot on Ilford Delta 3200 film in January.

Villa Moreliana (1)
Neon in the Grand Central Market on Broadway in L.A.
Ilford Delta 3200 film.

Broad Museum (6)
The Broad Museum
, Ilford Delta 3200 film.

Filed under Architecture,Marijuana,Photography | permalink | February 18, 2022 at 05:41 PM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2022

Four Very Different Films

Public Art - FourFortyFour South Flower (1)
Public art seen at FourFortyFour South Flower in L.A.
Ilford Delta 3200 film.

Pacific Design Center (1)
Pacific Design Center in 1996
, Kodachrome.

Sunning with Rollerskates
1983, probably Ektachrome

Reading & Sunning
I shot this on 5247 motion picture film
. Date unknown, but sometime in the 1980s.

Filed under Architecture,Art,Photography | permalink | February 14, 2022 at 06:58 PM | Comments (0)

Trump's Accounting Firm Drops Him

They "instructed the Trump Organization to essentially retract the documents, known as statements of financial condition, from 2011 to 2020."

Mazars’ acknowledgment that the statements were fundamentally flawed was a potential blow to the Trump Organization as it attempts to fend off the long-running scrutiny of its finances. And for Mr. Trump, whose personal finances are intertwined with those of his family business and who has long faced questions about his taxes, Mazars is the latest in a long line of companies to break with him over the last year, following in the path of several banks, insurers and lawyers.

Filed under Politics | permalink | February 14, 2022 at 06:47 PM | Comments (0)

February 11, 2022

Wolf Protections Restored

"A federal judge on Thursday restored protections for gray wolves in much of the country, reversing a decision by the Trump administration that stripped Endangered Species Act protections and exposed the animals to aggressive hunting in areas where they were nearly killed off years ago."

During the Trump administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had taken gray wolves off the list of endangered species and given control back to states. In his ruling, White challenged the rationale for doing so, saying the agency didn’t rely on the best available science or fully address threats to wolves outside of their main populations.

Filed under Science | permalink | February 11, 2022 at 07:28 AM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2022

The Speaker's Soup Police

Filed under Food and Drink,Politics | permalink | February 9, 2022 at 05:05 PM | Comments (0)

More 10 Freeway

Photo by Anas Hinde.
The 10 freeway heading into downtown Los Angeles
. This is a reverse point-of-view compared to the photo I posted a couple of weeks ago, and by a different photographer.

Filed under California,Cities/Urbanism,Photography | permalink | February 9, 2022 at 04:42 PM | Comments (0)

What Brings Men Closer Together?

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | February 9, 2022 at 12:36 PM | Comments (0)

February 7, 2022

Four On Ilford Delta 3200 Film

All of thse were shot on Ilford Delta 3200 film on December 19.
Shoshone (2)
"Shoshone" by Mark Di Suvero at FourFortyFour South Flower

Mark Taper Forum (1)
The Mark Taper Forum on the Jerry Moss Plaza at the L.A. Music Center

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (1)
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, also at the L.A. Music Center

Union Bank Plaza (3)
Union Bank Plaza

Filed under Architecture,Art,Photography | permalink | February 7, 2022 at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2022

Four More From color Slides

Fort Point Channel (3)
Fort Point Channel in Boston, viewed from the Summer Street bridge
. Kodachrome, 2001.

Missouri River Bottoms in Kansas City
Missouri River Bottoms in Kansas City
. Kodachrome, 2000. You can see the old Municipal Airport in the upper right.

Shirtless Man (1)
Undated, not Kodachrome, so probably Ektachrome
. Most likely I shot this at Boston Pride.

Shirtless Man (2)
Definitely gay pride in Boston
. Probably Ektachrome, 1985.

Filed under Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | February 5, 2022 at 08:28 PM | Comments (0)

February 3, 2022

Four Shots In Los Angeles

I've gotten back the film photos that I shot in L.A. when I went on the Museum of Neon Arts tour on Broadway. That was on December 19. These four photos were all shot on Lomography Berlin Kino 400 film which seems to be very prone to scratching—or maybe it's scratched in the process of manufacturing. I've still got three unshot rolls of it that I am not going to shoot. If anyone wants any of those rolls to try, just let me know.

Reindeer (1)


City of Angels

Fig at 7th (1)

Filed under Architecture,Photography | permalink | February 3, 2022 at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2022

Three Ektachromes

These are all scanned from Ektachrome, shot in 2002.
Mirrored Ball (3)
Myself in one of those reflective ball yard ornaments

Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial (2)
Me again, this time in front of the Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial

Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial (1)
My view standing in front of the Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial

Filed under Photography | permalink | February 1, 2022 at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

More Fine People From Temecula

The Press-Enterprise has a story of a racist couple who live in the Republican armpit of Riverside County. They were recorded making negative, ungrammatical remarks about Chinese people in front of some people they misperceived as Chinese. The internet went to work and quickly identified the man as Roger Miller, Director of Recreation and Golf in Coronado City. He appears to have been placed on leave. The woman is Sandra Miller who worked at Linfield Christian School in Temecula. She has been fired.

Filed under Politics | permalink | February 1, 2022 at 06:13 PM | Comments (0)