Warm Sands Neighborhood Meeting
Palm Springs' City Staff Demonstrates City's Commitment to Neighborhoods, Communication
Contact: Cindy Uken
Public Information Coordinator
City of Palm Springs
September 13, 2007
Communication between Palm Springs City Hall and residents is a top priority for the Palm Springs City Council. To underscore just how important it is to keep that line of communication open, City Manager David H. Readyattended the Warm Sands Neighborhood Organization meeting this week,providing residents his direct telephone line as a commitment to healthy communication.
Ready's visit could not have come at a better time, said Bill Post, the Organization's treasurer. The Organization is working diligently to post Neighborhood Watch Signs and recruit more block leaders.
"The City Manager's visit really helped encourage me to keep going," Post said. "Organizing Neighborhood Watch Groups is really the most difficult job a Neighborhood Organization needs to focus on besides, perhaps, disaster preparedness. It's difficult to get people out. The communication between the City and us is encouraging. It's great. I can't believe that on a Sunday, on his own personal time, the City Manager comes out to a Neighborhood Watch Meeting. I was incredibly encouraged by that."
At any given neighborhood meeting, you might see Lee Husfeldt, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations, Police Chief Gary Jeandron, Fire Chief Blake Goetz, Parks and Recreation Director Sharon Heider, Palm Springs Emergency Services Coordinator John Hardcastle, City Engineer Dave Barakian, or a member of the City Council.
The City now has 13 officially recognized groups associated with the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI). Established by City Council Ordinance in April 2005, the ONI is a vehicle for encouraging citizen involvement in service delivery and improving communication among citizens, City staff and elected officials.
Although the ONI is a City office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Committee (PSNIC) works with the City Manager and staff to address matters of concern to citizens and other neighborhood interests. The PSNIC is comprised of elected representatives of Neighborhood Organizations that have become officially recognized by the City through an application process. The benefits of a Neighborhood Organization include:
- A community of people who know and look out for one another
- A place for bringing people together to socialize and address common concerns
- A collective voice to advocate for neighborhood interests and concerns
- A recognized entity that works with city government to access resources and resolve issues affecting neighborhood character and quality of life
- A communication conduit that exchanges information and knowledge
Palm Springs residents who are interested in organizing their neighborhoods should call Husfeldt at 323-8255.