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Neighborhood Representatives to Help Plan College of the Desert's Western Valley Campus

Post Date:01/07/2008

Contact: Cindy Uken
Communications Director
City of Palm Springs

Nearly 200 community members, including representatives from the City's organized neighborhoods, have been asked to participate in focus group meetings designed to begin planning College of the Desert's Western Valley Campus.

Among the 200 people chosen to participate are nine representatives of Palm Springs' neighborhood organizations.

"Those who attend will engage in a free-flowing discussion and be asked to give their thoughts, insights and ideas for the educational programs, student services and facilities that should be offered to students at the Western Valley Campus," said Rick Post, Dean Emeritus with College of the Desert (COD). "Though construction of the campus is still many years away, the college will use this valuable input in the development of the educational and facilities master plans for the campus."

College of the Desert's Board of Trustees, in September 2007, selected Palm Springs as the site of the college's Western Coachella Valley Campus. The Campus will be located on 142 acres in three parcels on the northwest corner of Indian Canyon Drive and Tramview Road. The parcels include a developed
park with a Community Center, seven acres of ready-to-be-developed Cityowned land, and a 115-acre parcel owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

The Neighborhood representatives will participate this month in the first of a series of Focus Groups. The representatives and their respective neighborhoods are:

  • Dick Mandell, Movie Colony Neighborhood Organization
  • Dana Stewart, Desert Park Estates Neighborhood Organization
  • Diane Ross, Deepwell Estates Neighborhood Organization
  • Sheila Cobrin, Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization
  • Paul Crippan, Tahquitz River Estates Neighborhood Organization
  • Joy Smith, Racquet Club West Neighborhood Organization
  • John Williams, Chairman of the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee (PSNIC), Old Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization
  • Bob Mahlowitz, PSNIC Vice Chairman, Sunmor Neighborhood Organization
  • Roxann Ploss, Bel Desierto Neighborhood Organization

"I'm pleased Dr. Post has invited members from our neighborhood organizations to take part in the focus groups," said Lee Husfeldt, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations for the City of Palm Springs. "Their input will contribute to the overall success of our new campus."

Established by City ordinance in 2005, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement is a vehicle for encouraging citizen involvement.

The Palm Springs City Council and City staff members will also be invited to participate in one of the focus groups, according to Post. Others who would like to participate should contact Post at Five focus groups are planned for the Palm Springs/Cathedral City area and three are planned for Desert Hot Springs.

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