Tionico's comment below is about as right on as Mom's apple pie. Some of us that live in Desert Hot Springs have no desire to be anything like our neighboring "rich" cities because, well, quite frankly, we have enough of those cities that try to attract nothing but rich consumers. We have other things to offer like views, good water, hiking trails, wind and a real nice innocence (sometimes mistaken for ignorance). Sometimes people want to go somewhere that is not all glamour and shopping. Like maybe 98 percent of people. Should anyone want to market the simple life in the midst of grandeur in other cities of the Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs is the place to be. Wisen up folks! We are VERY marketable!
I live in Desert Hot Springs. Elected Officials in the past have been primarily Republicans. It is a lovely city with beautiful views and wonderful working class people. The population grows during the season with folks from all over the world. My neighbor was a MD, one a retired Police Chief. I am a Creative Director for a project which is building a memorial to our Fallen Soldiers.
The crime has been greatly reduced and we no longer hold the title of worse crime in the Coachella Valley - that goes to our sister cities Palm Springs and Cathedral City. However, The city of Palm Springs has a well oiled media and marketing crew who keep their "dirty laundry " out of the press. There are areas is PS where you do not want to drive through at night- unless you need your crack or whatever. Often the local press claims this area is in DHS! Yes we pay our Police alot, we had too. Now its time to revisit this and make some cuts. This article has some very glaring inaccuracies. Such as- the city does not contribute 70% of its budget to Police. I won't get into the fact check on this, but all you folks who really want to find out, can. SO unless you know the details, please refrain from the assumptions about the place and the people of my town- Desert Hot Springs. We will find a way.
So, here's a well researched and honest review of the state of affairs in one California city, Hot Springs, which is not unlike many others across the US in that it is being raped by a public employee union, in this instance one representing the police; but also marked by an overwhelming population of the underclass, consisting of criminals of every sort, welfare recipients, and gang-bangers. It is a place you would be loath to visit sans a patrol of former Seal Team members to accompany you. It is, in fact, a prototypical urban wasteland created by liberal Democratic indifference to reason and addicted to political corruption. This is what you reap when you sew dependence upon government. My liberal friends won't agree. So much right-wing cant, they'll opine. They'll be dead wrong...again.
California is all but run by unions and other special interest groups. These all view the working stiffs (lately a vanishing breed) as endless revenue streams. The situation has become a race: will the Detroit model win, or will enough voters see the cliff looming ever closer and yank the steering wheel hard? The Caifornia of the past decade or so cannot survive another decade. The unuins can only feast on that golden egg laying goose for a short while, and she will be no more. Then the rank and file members will be left staring at empty tables, their starving children round them. the union muckety mucks will likely move off to greener pastures in other states, and run the same ponzi schtick until they run THAT one into the ground.
I agree, but there is one thing I would like to see in these articles and that is the use of the median wage.
If Bill Gates walked into a bar in Hot Spring the average wage wudl go through the roof, but the median woudl not shift much. We shoudl also know the median wage as I expect the uniforms typcialy earn at lot less that $100,000+. The median and average would let us see if the problem is actual overpaid uniformed police or the management paying themselves - huge sums.
California is a laboratory of bad public policy, the Argentina of North America. Why would we want to interrupt this valuable experiment with reforms this late in the game?