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CALIFORNIA DESERT: President to designate 3 new national monuments

While President Barack Obama is in Southern California Friday, he will establish three national monuments covering almost 2 million acres in the Mojave Desert and bypassing similar legislation that has languished for years in Congress.

The White House confirmed that Obama will use his power under the Antiquities Act to designate the long-awaited Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments, an action urged by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
http://www.pe.com/articles/national-794107-mojave-act.html
 

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A crowd of dictators is coming to Southern California

President Obama is about to host a cavalcade of dictators in Southern California.

On Monday and Tuesday, Obama will meet heads of state from the 10 Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, marking the first U.S.-ASEAN summit to be held on American soil. Obama will focus on deepening political and economic ties to the region, primarily to bolster his Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and form buffers against China’s growing regional clout.
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-parade-of-dictators-20160212-htmlstory.html
 

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Indio approves capacity increase for bigger crowds at Coachella, Stagecoach

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival are about to get more crowded.

Indio’s city council unanimously approved the expansion of the capacity of Coachella from 99,000 people to 125,000 per weekend and Stagecoach from 75,000 to 85,000 per weekend, The Desert Sun reports. However, the capacity increase would be gradual and concert promoter Goldenvoice would expand the festival site by 50 acres.

Coachella, which will have its twin editions April 15-17 and April 22-24 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, followed by Stagecoach April 29-May 1, has routinely sold out.

The festivals will generate upwards of $700 million globally this year, according to an economic forecast released last month, and more than $400 million will impact the Coachella Valley, based on sellouts of all three festivals.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coachella-711204-indio-music.html
 

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MUSIC: Is Desert Trip the biggest rock concert ever?
The concert will feature Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan and Neil Young at the Empire Polo Club in Indio Oct. 7-9.

More than 170 original studio albums.

Upwards of three centuries onstage.

More than 435 million in record sales -- in the U.S. alone.

Meet the lineup of Desert Trip, coming Oct. 7-9 to the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

It’s not a desert mirage. Each will perform a full set at the three-day event, brought to you by Goldenvoice, the producer behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Festival.
http://www.pe.com/articles/coachella-801878-trip-desert.html
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Mega-music weekends bring lasting change to area
Goldenvoice’s massive musical events at Empire Polo Grounds are making a permanent mark on the Coachella Valley.

The events – last month’s Coachella and Stagecoach festivals – bring in 273,000 attendees from throughout the world and pump more than $403 million into the Valley economy, according to research commissioned by producer Goldenvoice.

Those tourists need places to sleep and eat, which translates to construction and renovation.

The need became apparent Tuesday when Goldenvoice announced a new mega-concert, Desert Trip, featuring rock stars of the stature of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

Within 24 hours, most hotels were booked for the concert weekend, Oct. 7-9.

According to Indio mayor Glenn Miller, rooms that remain are going for $500-$600 a night.

After no hotel construction in Indio since the 1980s, a Holiday Inn Express opened in 2014, and the city has two more hotels in the works. Plans have been approved for Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn is in escrow, Miller said in a phone interview.

But, he said, “two or three hotels, when you’re talking about the amount of people they’re adding up, are still not going to be enough.”
http://www.pe.com/articles/goldenvoice-802248-indio-coachella.html
 

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CSUSB Palm Desert Campus to Expand

That is if a master plan unveiled by the university is approved by the board of trustees. "We are planning to build out for eight-thousand students, including resident halls some more classroom buildings, some administrative offices and some athletic fields, it's going to be like a real campus here very shortly," campus dean Sharon Brown-Welty said. If approved, the campus would be so big, it would allow the university to support and additional 7,000 full-time students.

Some of the new features will include a library, student housing, at least nine more academic buildings, athletic fields and so much more. The expansion is all in an effort to establish California State University, Palm Desert as an independent Cal State University campus. "The goal is that this university is the first choice for our Coachella Valley students, when they are considering a four-year university,” Brown-Welty said. University officials are hoping that having a campus in the valley can attract more students to stay in the valley to get their education," she added.
http://www.kmir.com/story/32304758/csusb-palm-desert-campus-to-expand
 

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Desert Trip to nearly double the economic impact in Coachella Valley

The annual Coachella music blowout in Indio has become big business for the Palm Springs area, growing even bigger with the addition of the Stagecoach country music weekend in 2007.

But now a third music festival, targeting baby boomers and classic rock fans, is expected to nearly double the spending generated by the two established music celebrations.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Music Festival drew 250,000 music lovers to the Empire Polo Grounds over three weekends this spring, sparking an estimated economic impact of more than $403 million, according to a new economic study.

And with the addition of a third festival slated for October, dubbed Desert Trip, the projected economic impact of all the music celebrations combined will nearly double to $805 million, said Michael Bracken, managing partner and chief economist at Development Management Group, the contract economist for Goldenvoice, the promoter of the festivals.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-coachella-impact-20160723-snap-story.html
 

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Forever Marilyn statue could return to Palm Springs

The beloved, larger-than-life “Forever Marilyn” statue might soon return to Palm Springs -- for good.

Tourism-promotion group P.S. Resorts has started negotiating an agreement with the RumChata Foundation, a charitable foundation formed by the tropical liqueur-producing company that donates to causes it believes will improve a community, to cover half the cost of relocating the blonde bombshell.
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“Forever Marilyn” could be back in Palm Springs by the end of September, as officials work through the details of possibly locating a temporary site for the 26-foot-tall head-turner.

“The tribe has expressed interest to have it temporarily installed right across from the new entrance at the Spa Resort Casino, which is on the corner of (Calle) Encilia and Andreas (Road) for a period of a couple of years, and they will foot the bill for that,” Aftab Dada, chair of the organization PS Resorts, told the Palm Springs City Council on Wednesday night.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/mone...ilyn-could-arrive-palm-springs-soon/88073978/
 

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Here's when West Elm in downtown Palm Springs will open

In the spring of 2013, workers began the long-awaited job of dismantling the defunct Desert Fashion Plaza.

Now, more than three years later, the first building planned for the more than 15-acre redevelopment site is set to open. A new 8,500-square-foot West Elm furniture and housewares store will serve as the anchor for a new mixed-use three-story building on Palm Canyon Drive next to the Hyatt Palm Springs.

Braun could have been referring to both the efforts to lure West Elm – itself a part of the larger Williams Sonoma umbrella – or the lengthy process to get the building designed and approved. At 53 feet tall, the structure quickly elicited gasps from the community as its steel-framework began going up about a year ago, with many saying the building was a towering presence on a street accustomed to low-scale development. Some of the harshest critics even wanted it torn down and the process begun a new.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/mone.../88955090/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
 

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Go inside the downtown Palm Springs project: See what's happening behind the fence

If you thought the "Forever Marilyn" statue was a goldmine for Palm Springs hash-tagged selfies, just wait until the Kimpton Hotel's new rooftop pool deck opens, with its astounding views of the mountains and Palm Springs neighborhoods.

The hotel and surrounding buildings fronting North Palm Canyon Drive are part of a massive $400 million renovation of downtown where the former Desert Fashion Plaza shopping mall once stood.

Braun earlier this week provided a tour of the as-yet-unfinished six-story building. One of the most impressive features of the hotel is its roof deck, which includes two bar areas, a meeting space and a small kitchen. The entire roof, with its 360-degree views of the downtown Palm Springs and beyond, is devoted to usable space.

When the Kimpton hotel begins operation in roughly March or April 2017, it will open with all of the surrounding new streets and parking.

The downtown project is the outcome of hundreds of public meetings for any number of building approvals -- and seemingly countless changes to those approvals. The development will include some 900,000 square feet of buildings arranged around new streets, paseos, piazzas and other public gathering spaces like a new 50,000-square-foot public park fronting the Palm Springs Art Museum. There will also be more than 1,200 parking spaces -- many of them underground.

Construction on the hotel began in May 2015. It marks the first large, full-service hotel to be built in downtown Palm Springs in decades, and has been anxiously embraced by the region’s tourism industry for providing numerous, new high-quality rooms near the Palm Springs Convention Center.

"A new hotel with a nationally recognized brand is always nice to add to the inventory," said James Canfield, executive director of the Palm Springs Convention Center. "Kimpton brings a positive reputation for quality and service and fits nicely with our existing convention hotels.

And the Kimpton is likely to increase the city's competitive edge when it comes to attracting conventions.

"For the convention center, the availability of quality rooms within 'walking distance' is an important component of a competitive bid," Canfield added.

In addition to the Kimpton, here are the latest projected launch dates for the rest of the downtown Palm Springs redevelopment project.

Block A (West Elm building)

Use: Commercial/Retail/Residential

Stories: three; 53 feet tall

Square footage: 52,158

Original completion date: First quarter 2015

New completion date: Autumn 2016



Block B

Use: Commercial/ Retail

Stories: two, 38 feet tall

Square footage: 35,000

Expected completion date: Unknown, due to legal challenges



Block B1

Use: Virgin Hotel

Stories: six; 69 feet tall

Square footage: 112,000, 142 rooms

Expected completion date: Unknown, due to legal challenges



Block C Multiple Retail and Restaurant Spaces

Use: Commercial/ Retail

Stories: one; 28 feet tall

Square footage: 45,000

Expected completion date: Summer 2017, with tenants opening in third and fourth quarters



Block C1

Use: Kimpton Hotel

Stories: six; 74.5 feet tall (89 feet at the top of the elevator shaft)

Square footage: 123,000; 154 rooms

Original completion date: February 2016

New completion date: April 2017

http://www.desertsun.com/story/mone...88593414/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=#
 

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Stagecoach, the biggest country music gathering in the world, is going on tour

Ten years after launching the Stagecoach Country Music Festival as the country counterpart to the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in the California desert city of Indio, Goldenvoice is launching a touring version that will spotlight up-and-coming country acts. Many have been or will be featured at what has become the biggest country music gathering in the world.

First, the tour is expected to further extend the Stagecoach name beyond Southern California, and it also aims to deepen the promoter’s relationships with many of the acts it books year in and year out.

“What happens,” Vee told The Times, “is that these artists come in for Stagecoach, and we work very closely with them for several months, really get to know them and then when the festival ends, we have to say ‘Bye guys, we’ll see you again maybe in four or five years.’ We are just looking for a way to stay in business with them and keep working with artists longer than Stagecoach weekend.”

In 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available, Stagecoach was the third-highest-grossing festival in the world, grossing $21.9 million over three days, according to Pollstar, the concert industry-tracking publication. That was behind Coachella, by far the biggest festival of all, which grossed $84.3 million over six days, and Outside Lands in San Francisco, which pulled in $24.3 million, also over three days.

Total attendance last year was about 216,000 counting daily attendance of 72,000, according to Goldenvoice. Still, Goldenvoice officials aim to push those figures even higher in years ahead.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...ght-tour-goldenvoice-20160816-snap-story.html
 

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Villa hotel project approved in Palm Springs

I’ve been hearing a lot of interest and buzz among readers about a new hotel concept planned for downtown Palm Springs.

Home Partners, an Irvine-based development firm, plans to build 14 “villa” hotel units on an empty rectangle of desert at 282 S. Indian Canyon Drive (near the Baristo Road intersection.)

The project would consist of multi-story units, arranged as a meandering collection of minimalist white cubes, which would total 81 bedrooms. The project would also include a banquet and café facility. The outdoor space would be multi-use and available for private events. Last week, the project received unanimous approval from the Palm Springs Planning Commission.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/mone.../92435656/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
 

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Second SilverRock hotel plans OK'd; project on track for spring groundbreaking

A site development permit for a 200-room lifestyle hotel at SilverRock was approved by the La Quinta City Council Tuesday, moving the project another step forward to an anticipated May groundbreaking.

It is the second site development permit approved for the project and also includes a new clubhouse, 10 golf villas and a 66-unit condominium development. The permit was approved by the Planning Commission on Dec. 27.

In December, the council approved a site development permit for the 140-room five-star quality luxury hotel, 29 luxury-branded residential units and a meeting/conference center.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news.../96117748/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
http://www.courier-journal.com/stor...rt-development-robert-green-company/91932888/
 
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