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Desert Hot Springs
The city of Desert Hot Springs, California. Home of natural hot mineral springs for health and wellness.
Curated by Dean M Gray
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California City Sells Redevelopment Property Without State Approval

California City Sells Redevelopment Property Without State Approval | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
One city did something no other city has done. A California official said the sale of former redevelopment property was “illicit.”
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This one city goes it alone...

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Domestic Terrorist Itai Cardona Deaf Fraud

Desert Hot Springs made no effort to determine if Christopher Suttles was deaf but simply paid the bill for his sign language interpreters.
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Christopher Suttles is a convicted domestic terrorist who authorities in Springfield, Missouri say is not deaf at all.

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Planning Commissioner Resigns Over Medical Marijuana

Planning Commissioner Resigns Over Medical Marijuana | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Desert Hot Springs planning commissioner Dean M Gray resigned due to the city's handling of medical marijuana dispensaries.
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I will not participate in a city that does not follow the rules of order and the constitution of California and the United States. Civil freedom of speech and the rule of law do not exist in Desert Hot Springs city hall.

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Parents Oppose City Violating Law

Parents Oppose City Violating Law | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Parents of school children raised objections to the city violating state law. The medical marijuana dispensary is just 300 feet from school
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California state law mandates a minimum distance of 600 feet. The only stipulation is that students receiving instruction are k-12. Over 400 kids attend bible school plus various classes at the Catholic church.

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Pete Chryss Guilty…  Again!

Pete Chryss Guilty…  Again! | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
After a couple years of legal maneuvering delays Pete Chryss finally pleads guilty to cheating people and the two local cities of Desert Hot Springs and Indio. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan 21 and victims are encouraged to appear in court to speak and solicit restitution.
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Walmart in Desert Hot Springs Status and Porn Report

Walmart in Desert Hot Springs Status and Porn Report | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Being the largest business in the world does not guarantee that Walmart always gets what it wants.
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Being the largest business in the world does not guarantee that Walmart always gets what it wants.

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Domestic Terrorist Christopher Suttles in Desert Hot Springs

Domestic Terrorist Christopher Suttles in Desert Hot Springs | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Christopher Suttles changed his name to Itai Cardona and went to work in Desert Hot Springs politics without anyone knowing anything about him. His secret surprising life is uncovered.
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No one knew when Christopher Suttles arrived in this city that he had spent time in prison after pleading guilty to domestic terrorism. That’s because he changed his name.

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Commissioner Jeff Bowman Exits Public Safety

Commissioner Jeff Bowman Exits Public Safety | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Commission chairman Jeff Bowman is losing his seat on city's Public Safety Commission for failing to meet attendance conditions of City municipal code. Jeff Bowman is now out of town on a European vacation.
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Nude spa operator Jeff Bowman is presently enjoying a cool and refreshing European vacation with his wife Judy White Bowman as the city of Desert Hot Springs continues sweltering under triple digit heat while suffering a hot discussion about how best to provide for the public safety.

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Mayor Adam Sanchez Says Pay More and Get Less with Sales Tax

Mayor Adam Sanchez Says Pay More and Get Less with Sales Tax | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
After years of careless city spending Mayor Adam Sanchez is now telling taxpayers to cough up even up more money to bail out city hall. It is a plan that costs more and delivers less via a new Sales Tax burden on local merchants and shoppers.
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Desert Hot Springs taxpayers already pay the highest taxes of any Coachella Valley cities 

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ALL DHS Crime Scene Evidence Compromised

ALL DHS Crime Scene Evidence Compromised | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
When crime scene evidence is mishandled or inappropriately stored the guilty can go free. It also means persons can be wrongly arrested and convicted. Evidence handled by the DHS PD has been improperly stored and mishandled. This has been going on for years according to FBI. Even if all these matters were corrected today that would not solve the problems of past mishandling of evidence. Mayor Adam Sanchez stands in the way of the solution.
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Guilty Going Free and Convicting the Innocent in Desert Hot Springs

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Al Schmidt Returns

Al Schmidt Returns | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it

Al Schmidt during his time as a planning commissioner successfully lobbied the city to wave city fees to build his shopping center named “The Village.”

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The project sold and Schmidt is now calling the new owner "that bastard" and complaining about the new owner not paying the fees.

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Pete Chryss Trail Begins April 7 – Touching Public Officials Rick Daniels, Scott Matas, Jan Pye and Karl Baker

Pete Chryss Trail Begins April 7 – Touching Public Officials Rick Daniels, Scott Matas, Jan Pye and Karl Baker | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
The long awaited trial of Peter Paul Chryssikos Jr. involves two cities, public officials and city manager plus a million dollar lawsuit against news media. Attorneys Dave Baron and John Patrick Dolan are tangled in the web along with Rick Daniels, council members Scott Matas, Jan Pye and Karl Baker. The violation is a misdemeanor usually solved with payment of a small fine and an agreement not to continue violating the law. Not this case.
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The unlicensed alarm contractor is represented by Palm Desert attorney John Patrick Dolan while he continues doing business as Chryss Home Automation.

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Downtown Desert Hot Springs Flooded By Design

Downtown Desert Hot Springs Flooded By Design | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Thanks to Rudy Acosta the city is stuck with a $4 million downtown project that threatens local small businesses while damaging landscaping and cars. Prior to adopting Acosta's plan there was no flooding of businesses active downtown and automobiles were not being damaged.
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Rudy Acosta’s Plan for Rain Destroys Landscaping, Threaten Buildings and Damages Cars
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Unlicensed Contractor Pete Chryss Must Repay Crime Money to Desert Hot Springs

Unlicensed Contractor Pete Chryss Must Repay Crime Money to Desert Hot Springs | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
A Superior Court judge ordered fraudulent contractor Pete Chryss cheat to repay Desert Hot Springs for illegal profits of more than $30,000. The question is will the money be paid by the unlicensed contractor or by former city councilman Karl Baker?
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The next question is.... will the money be paid by former Desert Hot Springs councilman Karl Baker?

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Political Expert Richard Oberhaus Exposed as Secret Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicant

Political Expert Richard Oberhaus Exposed as Secret Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicant | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Political expert Richard Oberhaus is the secret medical marijuana dispensary applicant who attempted influencing a planning commissioner. Oberhaus' dispensary is far from residents and next to the Interstate 10 freeway and top scoring among 18 applicants for just 3 licenses.
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It appears that the relationship of Richard Oberhaus may have been intentionally kept secret from the licensing application. It is not known if Oberhaus made phone calls to other planning commissioners or what his communications were with city staff, planning commissioners and council members.

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Minutes of Council and City Commissions Never Approved

Minutes of Council and City Commissions Never Approved | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
This is a situation where the city needs to replace incompetence with people who can add up to five. City clerk's mistakes violate law.
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Commissioner Berry was surprised to find some stunning inaccuracies. One meeting recorded a vote of 5-1, another recorded a vote of 3-4 and another listed a vote of 5-2. The problem is that there are only five commissioners limiting the total number of votes to just five.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Vote Changed

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Vote Changed | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
The rules of order were not followed. Seems a predetermined favorable decision had already been determined prior to the public hearing.
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The outcome won the applicant special favor to move forward with construction even though the conduct of the planning commission may have violated laws.

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Desert Hot Springs Police Department Support Defeated

Desert Hot Springs Police Department Support Defeated | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Dissolving the city due to stinky finances is where things appear going if city leaders continue following the plan of the Yvonne Parks Gang.
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Two tax measures in the last six months were rejected by voters despite pleas to voters.

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Edit Post ‹ Desert Vortex News — WordPress

Edit Post ‹ Desert Vortex News — WordPress | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it

"We don’t need to pay more going shopping in the city,” said Pamela Dai, resident of Desert Hot Springs, “I am for improving public safety. Saving $1 million dollars and putting more officers to work combating crime is what we need.” 

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Opposition to the Desert Hot Springs sales tax continues to gain support.

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Judge Clears Defendants Dean Gray and Gabriel King - YouTube

Accused and exonerated. Judge Judy settles false accusation of domestic abuse and arrest of Dean Gray who is awarded counter claim and judgment. Gabriel gets...
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10 million viewers can't be wrong...

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Desert Vortex News Website 2014 Plus Past Readers Surpass 3 Million

Desert Vortex News Website 2014 Plus Past Readers Surpass 3 Million | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Top News Article 45,406 readers & growing. Average unique Article Views 5,000+ with nearly 300 TOTAL articles and pages + viral articles.
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Adding things up it is fair to say that there have been approximately 3 million readers since 2008 accessing local news using this online and newspaper media to access local investigative journalism

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Alarming News! Unlicensed Contractor Pete Chryss Trials Update

Alarming News! Unlicensed Contractor Pete Chryss Trials Update | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
The city gave nearly $40,000 to unlicensed contractor Pete Chryss who faces charges and court appearances in September. Although the city is eligible to get the money back, so far it is doing nothing and this is not the first time public funds are ignored.
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Meanwhile as these trials drag on for the past couple years Pete Chryss continues uses several names for his businesses with some are still advertising and promoting his services.

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Getting Acquainted With Al Schmidt

Getting Acquainted With Al Schmidt | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
The background of former city councilman Al Schmidt is littered with a variety of past money and power issues that affect the city today. A mangled mess of projects and activities have his name associated with them.
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Former Desert Hot Springs City Councilman is Now Back for More
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Turning A Failed Downtown Economic Development Scheme Around – Fixing the Rudy Acosta Plan

Turning A Failed Downtown Economic Development Scheme Around – Fixing the Rudy Acosta Plan | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
“We need to do something to jump-start businesses in the city,” said Paula Terifaj, chairperson of the city’s Community and Cultural Affairs Commission. “Something has to be done to get businesses in there,” said Heather Coladonato, CEO of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. “All these buildings are perfect for art galleries,” said Robert Ballantyne. “Our local businesses need help and its time to get the ball rolling,” said Pamela Berry, president of the Desert Hot Springs Merchant Association.
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Creating something is better than having nothing forever.

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The Bankrupt Leadership of Desert Hot Springs and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels

The Bankrupt Leadership of Desert Hot Springs and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
Rick Daniels - former city manager for Desert Hot Springs - resigned to work for Needles California. Now both cities face bankruptcy.
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INCLUDES LINKS TO ALL RICK DANIELS’ WEBSITES PLUS NEARLY ALL LOCAL NEWS ARTICLES LISTED BELOW…

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The Desert Hot Springs Bankrupt Story

The Desert Hot Springs Bankrupt Story | Desert Hot Springs | Scoop.it
The city is inching back from the brink of bankruptcy with spending cuts and a new city council majority dedicated to fiscal accountability.
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Examining Bad Publicity And Cheap Shots Missing the Mark
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