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Valley LOCALEDITOR LORRAINEWHETSTONE (760)778-4650orlocalnews@thedesertsun.com SECTION B THEDESERTSUN ● TUESDAY,OCTOBER23,2012 Breakingnewsonyourcellphone Text DSNEWS to 44636 (4INFO) TOSUBSCRIBEORREPORTADELIVERYPROBLEM,CALL (800)834-6052 ORGOTO WWW.MYDESERT.COM/CS INSIDEVALLEY OFFICIALDIES MayorProTemGordonMoller,73, diedMondayatEisenhowerMedical Center.MollerservedontheCity Councilformorethansixyears, beginninghissecondfulltermon thecouncilearlierthisyear. B3 Comics B8 Entertainment B6 Lottery B4 Newsfromeverycity B2 Obituaries B4 Opinion B5 PublicSafetyBriefs B2 Weather B10 CORRECTIONS Wecorrecterrorsoffactpromptly andcourteously.Ifyouhavea correctionorclarification,please contactProductionEditorBarbara Lowellat(760)778-4544orat barbara.lowell@ thedesertsun.com. AnincorrectNewYorkTimescross- wordpuzzleranSundayonPage E7.Thecorrectpuzzlewillrunthis Sunday. DURANTRIALAGAINDELAYED Ajudgeordersa10thtrialdelayinthemurder caseagainstCandaceDuran,whoisaccusedof killinga40-year-oldmanin2007.Thetrialisnow setforFebruary. B2 Anewhotelprojectplanned fortheUptownDesignDistrict onPalmCanyonDrivewasre- peatedlydescribedbythePalm SpringsArchitecturalAdvisory Committeeastoolargeandout ofcontextwithitsneighbors. “ It’snotvillage-like.Itlooks likeitbelongsinaparkinglotin PalmDesertsurroundedby cars,”saidJamesHarlan,a memberofthearchitecturalad- visorycommitteeinhiscom- mentsaboutthehotelproject describedastheAlcazarLofts Expansionplannedfor750N. PalmCanyonDrivebyPacifica ColonyPalmsLLC.Thepro- ject’sdevelopersarealsocon- nectedwiththenearbyAlcazar PalmSprings,asmallboutique hotel.Theproposed1.13-acre siteforthe62,000-square-foot projectiscurrentlyhometothe long-emptySecurityPacific Bankbuilding. Thehotelwouldbedevel- opedasafive-story,52-foot-tall buildingwithfeatureslikea restaurant,retail,twoswim- mingpoolsand47units.A2,700- square-foot48thunitissetaside tobeusedaspossiblymeeting spaceoraspa,saidHughGas- par,theproject’sarchitect. However,allofthesefea- tures,plusparking,mustfiton the49,200-square-footsiteina buildingAACmembersde- scribedas “ monolithic”andim- poseduponastreetwithmostly low-scalebuildings. “ Itseemslikeit’s50-pound loadyou’retryingtoputintoa 30-poundbag,”BillPaubertold Gasparduringthemeeting Monday.Sincetheprojectwas comingbeforetheAACasa “ pre-application,”thecommit- teetooknoactionandwascare- fultoonlyofferfeedbackand adviceinawaynottosuggest howthecommitteemightactu- allyvoteatafuturetime.Which iswhycriticismsweresome- whatcouchedas “ concerns.” Atanearlierpre-application reviewbythePalmSpringsHis- toricSitePreservationBoard theAlcazarLoftsprojectwas alsoderidedforitssize,mass- ingarchitectureandoverall height.Thatboardpointedout numerousarchitecturaland preservationguidelinesthat seemedtobeignored,suchas theprovisionthatbuildingsnot blockviewsoftheSanJacinto Mountainstothewest.Those concernsandguidelineswere notlostonthearchitecturalad- visorycommittee. “ Iwouldreallyhopetosee moresensitivitytowardthem,” committeememberSusanSe- coyJensensaidofthedesign guidelinesthepreservation boardpointedout. Theproject’snextstopisa pre-applicationhearingwith thePalmSpringsPlanning CommissiononWednesday. Panelists: Proposed hotelout ofplace BySkipDescant TheDesertSun PALMSPRINGS— Afireearly SundayatPalmSpringsCity Hallwasdeliberatelyset,anda rewardhasbeenofferedinthe arsoncase,cityofficialsan- nouncedMonday. Crewscalledtothenorth sideofthebuildingat2:38a.m. Sundayfoundabnormalitiesat thefirescene,accordingtothe PalmSpringsFireDepart- ment.Anewsreleasefromthe departmentdidnotsayexactly whatabnormalitiesledinvesti- gatorstodeterminethefire hadbeensetintentionally. HaroldMatzner,whoowns Spencer’sRestaurantand chairsthePalmSpringsInter- nationalFilmSocietyboard,of- fereda$25,000rewardforan arrestandconviction,accord- ingtothecity. “ Onbehalfofthecitizensof PalmSprings,Iwanttothank Haroldforhisconcernandas- sistanceregardingthisinvesti- gation,”MayorStevePougnet saidinastatement. “ Iencourageanyonewith informationregardingthisfire tocomeforwardimmediately,” hesaid. Thecityaskedanyonewith informationontheblazetocall DeputyFireMarshalRonBev- erlyat(760)322-8364Ext.8614, orpoliceDetectiveMarcus Litchat(760)323-8140. Thefire,whichdamaged carpet,ceilingtilesandsome records,shutteredthecity’s engineering,buildingandplan- ningdepartmentsMonday. RewardofferedinCityHallarsonprobe DesertSunstaffreports AfireintheengineeringdepartmentatPalmSpringsCityHall earlySundaywasintentionallyset,thefiredepartmentannounced Monday. SHERRYBARKAS/THEDESERTSUN PALMSPRINGS— Police agenciesfromacrosstheCoa- chellaValleyandthestate’s largestpoliceunionjoined forcesMondaytochallengeDr. RaulRuiztoexplainhowhehas supportedlawenforcementin lightofremarksheoncemade aboutmenconvictedofmur- deringofficers. Rep.MaryBonoMack’spo- liticalcampaignflewinare- tiredFBIagent,whohasspo- kenvigorouslyagainstthecon- victedLeonardPeltierfor morethantwodecades,and paidforhisovernightstayaf- terhespokeatanewsconfer- encewiththeofficers. Standingside-by-side,the officersplayedrecentlyun- coveredaudiofroma1999rally inwhichthen-Harvardmedi- calstudentRuizgaveaspeech ataNationalDayofMourning rallyhonoringPeltierandMu- miaAbu-Jamal,twomencon- victedofkillinglawenforce- mentofficers. OfficersfromacrossSouth- ernCalifornia “ havegrownin- creasinglydisturbed”bythe remarksandwhatthespeech saysaboutRuiz’scharacter, PalmSpringsPoliceOfficers’ AssociationpresidentSgt.Wil- liamHutchinsonsaid. Hehelpedcoordinatethe meetingof18officers—in- cludingsomefromeachofthe fourvalleypoliceassociations inCathedralCity,DesertHot Springs,IndioandPalm Springs—outsidethePalm SpringsPoliceDepartment. Thenewsconferencealso includedrepresentativesfrom RiversideCountyPeaceOffi- cers’MemorialFoundationand PeaceOfficersResearchAsso- ciationofCalifornia,which represents64,000members. PoliceofficialscriticizeRuiz FBIagent,officers:Pro-Peltier comments‘cannotbetolerated’ ByKateMcGinty TheDesertSun PleaseseePOLICE,B4 ELECTION 2012 DESERTHOTSPRINGS— Volunteers werejuststartingouttheirweekofser- viceatCommunityUnitedMethodist ChurchonMondaymorningwhencityof- ficialsaskedthemtoleave. Theroamingvolunteergroup,RV’ers inMission,travelsthroughoutCalifornia inrecreationalvehiclestorepair churchesandcampgrounds. ThegrouparrivedattheMethodist churchonPiersonBoulevardwithplans topaintclassrooms,bathroomsandmeet- ingroomsthroughFriday. Butcodeenforcementshowedupand askedthe15volunteerstomovetheirRVs fromthevacantsandlotnexttothe churchwithinthreehours. Accordingtocityordinance,RVscan- notbestationedonanunpavedsurface, saidCityManagerRickDaniels.Itkicks upenvironmentallyunhealthyamounts ofdust. Theyalsoweren’tallowedtoparkina nearbyconcretelot,becauseovernight campingisnotpermittedthere. “ Thecityhasordinancesthatprohibit campinganywhereotherthandesignat- ed.EveryothercityintheCoachellaVal- leyislikethis,”Danielssaid. “ Wehavenoproblemswiththetravel- ingministry,”headded. “ We’vegotno Thoughthegroupwillcontinueits workatthechurchfortheremainderof theweek,theywillkeeptheireightRVs stationedatPalmDriveRV&Mobile HomeParkfor$25each,meaning$200 forallofthempernight. ParkmanagerDaveGloversaidhe’s lettingthemstayatadiscountedprice. ForGeneHill,72,ofSanJose,themat- terisapersonalone. “ Itreallysetmeoffbecausemygrand- fatherhelpedgetthechurchconstructed inthelate1950s,”hesaid. “ Hisfuneral washere.” problemswiththeworkthat’sbeingdone ...Wejustneedthemonhardsurface.” Membersofthegroupweretaken aback,someoutraged. “ Wedon’tunderstand,”saidJanClem- ents,78,ofYuccaValley. “ We’renotgoing tostayallwinter.We’rejustheretovolun- teerourtime.” Sinceitsestablishmentin1986,RV’ers inMissionhasworkedon224projects throughoutCaliforniabuthasencoun- teredtroubleonlyintwocities,Desert HotSpringsbeingoneofthem,someof thevolunteerssaid. DESERTHOTSPRINGS Gooddeedsnotunpunished ByTatianaSanchez TheDesertSun RV’ersinMissionvehiclesareshownparkedbehindtheUnitedMethodistChurchinDesertHotSprings.Codeenforcementofficialsforced thegrouptomovetherecreationalvehiclesbecausetheywerenotparkedonapavedsurface. TATIANASANCHEZ/THEDESERTSUN JanClements,avolunteerwithRV’ersinMission,doessomeworkattheUnitedMethodist ChurchinDesertHotSprings.Thegrouptravelstohelpneighborhoodchurchescomplete repairsandmaintenancework. TATIANASANCHEZ/THEDESERTSUN Officialsaskvolunteersto moveRVsfromchurchlot

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