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Investigative Reporting for the Palm Springs region - Coachella Valley and the hi desert of California including eastern Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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The property owner gave me the key and I entered like Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone's safe. There was no due process for the police shutting down the business. The sign said I would be arrested for opening and occupying the building so I removed the signs which were blocking the windows so I could better see inside because the electricity was off. The signs also said I would be arrested for removing the signs. When a squad of police officers arrived - with some wearing masks - I introduced myself and gave them my business card. It was all very polite and non-confrontational. Well, perhaps not my video recorder. Sergeant Webber told me to leave so I re-occupied the building. Minutes later they left.

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Ian Armstrong Demands Marijuana Website be Removed

Ian Armstrong Demands Marijuana Website be Removed | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Leader of American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce dialog with writer Dean M Gray regarding article about Palm Springs council member Ginny Foat
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The article is a showcase for Ian Armstrong and the American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce weaving a tangled web with medical marijuana dispensaries amid the failed recall of Palm Springs council member Ginny Foat who is a candidate for mayor in the November 2015 election.

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American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Fails Ginny Foat Recall

American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce Fails Ginny Foat Recall | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Ian Armstrong Palm Springs and Maui Marijuana Politics PAC Palm Springs, CA – What appears to be a phantom organization operated by Ian Armstrong recently captured the attention of media by calling for the recall of councilwoman Ginny Foat, candidate for mayor. Armstrong represents himself as leader of what appears to be mythical organization, the […]
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Ian Armstrong and the American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce working Palm Springs medical marijuana dispensary action.

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Long Beach Secret Police Punish Medical Marijuana Patient David Zink

Long Beach Secret Police Punish Medical Marijuana Patient David Zink | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
David Zink was arrested by Long Beach secret police unit with a sketchy search warrant and a sealed indictment typically used for terrorists
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The Long Beach secret police harass this disabled military vet for a few plants in his back yard? It appears they are targeting him for political purposes.

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Desert Hot Springs Sued for $1.8 Million

Desert Hot Springs Sued for $1.8 Million | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Commercial developer Surish Shah is suing the city of Desert Hot Springs for $1.8 million regarding the Mission Lakes Marketplace shopping center. City officials made a deal with the developer then city officials changed their minds the next month and broke the deal.
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The city just keeps making mistakes and now one person is standing up against the abuse.

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Elvis Left The Building And So Did the Artwork

Elvis Left The Building And So Did the Artwork | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
THE ARTIST SAYS HIS ART BELONGED TO THE ELVIS PRESLEY HOME, NOT RENO FONTANA - The iconic silhouette of Elvis bolted to the chimney became a symbol that this was the Palm Springs home of Elvis. The artwork is now gone and ownership disputed.
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He ain't nothing but a hound dog...

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Councilman Scott Matas Opposes Hispanic Soccer League

Councilman Scott Matas Opposes Hispanic Soccer League | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Council member Scott Matas voted against one group using the city's parks. The attitude and remarks appeared discriminatory.
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The insensitivity by a Desert Hot Sprigs city council member is not easily dismissed and is difficult to ignore.

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Gay and Hispanic

Gay and Hispanic | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
The city is changing with a 10 point decrease in Caucasians over last ten years while also experiencing an increase in the gay population.
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The dynamics of social and economic changes presernt challenges and opportunites for the November election for three city council positions.

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Dmitri Navroska Blows Palm Springs Council Member Ginny Foat Recall

Dmitri Navroska Blows Palm Springs Council Member Ginny Foat Recall | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Sex Porn Star Ian Armstrong Exposes Himself in Desert and Maui Marijuana Politics. Foreplay with Joy Meredith. Premature political ejaculation and more lurid excitement!
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Some excitement in Palm Springs...

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Ian Armstrong Demands Palm Springs Marijuana Politics Webpage be Removed

Ian Armstrong Demands Palm Springs Marijuana Politics Webpage be Removed | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Leader of American Cannabis Chamber of Commerce dialog with writer Dean M Gray regarding article about Palm Springs council member Ginny Foat, candidate for mayor.
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The story evolves...

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Lawsuit aims to pull the plug on Desert Hot Springs pot shops – ABC NEWS

Lawsuit aims to pull the plug on Desert Hot Springs pot shops – ABC NEWS | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
There are new allegations of corruption against the city of Desert Hot Springs.
Dean M Gray's insight:

“Official approval for medical marijuana dispensaries for the city of Desert Hot Springs was not under taken for support of local medical patients. Instead, a few people cheated for profit. That is unfair, illegal and un-American,” said Gray during a press conference Friday afternoon.

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Secret Police Marijuana Squad Rampant in Santa Ana

Secret Police Marijuana Squad Rampant in Santa Ana | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Disguised Police officers running amuck raiding Medical Dispensaries. Unprofessional officers performing in criminal manner. Civil Rights violated. Property damaged. What's wrong with Santa Ana?
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As seen yesterday on Good Morning America, LA Times, Orange County Register, OC Weekly with attorney Matt Pappas interviewed on LA radio KFI two times.

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Belmont Shore Vacation Nightmare

Belmont Shore Vacation Nightmare | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Belmont Shore vacation turns sour with discovery of squatters occupying the Long Beach home. One is a sex offender. Local police not helpful
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Our vacation to the beach developed into an ongoing investigation at this property owned by a 100% disabled American military veteran who fled the troubles that the Long Beach police are ignoring.

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Boxing Vs. Education

Boxing Vs. Education | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
The building is a former Boys and Girls Club. Councilman Scott Matas wants it turned into a boxing club instead of used for education.
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Bang my head on this one. One councilman is promoting a boxing club, another councilman is promoting job training and educational use for an empty city building. 

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City Votes to Increase Spending for Grant Writer

City Votes to Increase Spending for Grant Writer | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
City job was Elizabeth Versace's first grant writing job. She low-balled her bid and now the city council approved giving away more money.
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The small city of Desert Hot Springs may not be getting the most ban for their buck as they rely more and more on grants to prevent deficit spending. 

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Escaped Palmwood Developer Captured

Escaped Palmwood Developer Captured | Desert Vortex News | Scoop.it
Police in Desert Hot Springs were prepared to apprehend if they showed up at the crime scene. Instead, the felons were caught outside Duluth
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