News from the Palm Springs area from September 26 to October 26. 1

Panel advises against importing water to Salton Sea

An independent review panel convened to assess water import concepts for the Shrinking Salton Sea advises against water import plans, recommending a combination of desalination and irrigation district water instead imperial.

The state-appointed Salton Sea Independent Review Panel was established in October 2021 to assess 18 water import concepts submitted in response to two RFIs issued in 2018 and 2021. The panel has was specifically tasked with taking a “long-term” perspective to address long-standing public health issues caused by the receding shoreline of California’s largest lake.

Thirteen water import concepts passed initial review and three passed “fatal flaw” review in July – all of which involved importing water from the Sea of ​​Cortez, which lies between Baja California and mainland Mexico.

But in its fourth and final report released Thursday, the panel ultimately did not recommend importing water from the Sea of ​​Cortez to address long-term problems in the Salton Sea, citing high costs, damage environmental and other concerns.

Instead, the committee recommends building a large desalination plant near the Salton Sea and then removing 200,000 acre-feet of salt water from the sea each year for desalination. After desalination, 100,000 acre-feet of pure water would be returned to the sea each year. The other 100,000 acre-feet would be salty waste resulting from the desalination process.

To replace those 100,000 lost acre-feet, the committee recommends a program that would compensate farmers in the Imperial Irrigation District for setting their land fallow, with the water saved flowing into the Salton Sea.

—Erin Rode

Palm Springs council hears report on vacation rentals, asks for more information

Palm Springs City Council members said Thursday they were open to more limits on short-term home rental permits, but needed a lot more information before considering a vote.

Thursday’s nearly two-hour discussion began with a presentation of the report of an 11-member vacation rental task force commissioned by the city earlier this year to determine whether more regulation is needed.

The citizens’ group’s proposal, which was developed after five meetings, called for a citywide cap of 2,500 permits as well as limiting the proportion of homes in each neighborhood to 10 percent. Holiday rents. These recommendations represented a consensus of the members of the group but were not unanimous.

But at Thursday’s meeting, the council raised several concerns about how the group had operated and what information it was relying on. Council members said the task force was not diverse enough to reflect the city and that there was not enough data available on the impact of short-term rentals on the housing supply of the city, tax revenue and the economy in general to make an informed recommendation.

—Paul Albani-Burgio

Sesame Street Live, Travel among the shows announced for the arena

Sesame Street Live, Professional Bull Riders and the Harlem Globetrotters are among the shows planned for the new Acrisure Arena in 2023.

Norteno legend Ramon Ayala will perform on February 16 and classic rock band Journey are scheduled to perform on April 25.

Sesame Street Live, is scheduled for January 11. The Professional Bull Riders will bring rodeo action to the arena on February 10 and 11, and the Harlem Globetrotters will show off their basketball skills on February 24.

—Brian Blueskye

The man accused of a quadruple homicide is tried again

Jose Vladimir Larin-Garcia watches the courtroom take a break during his quadruple homicide trial at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, California on November 29, 2021. Garcia is charged with murder in the deaths of four people in Palm Springs in February 2019.

The man accused of killing four people in Palm Springs in 2019 is on trial again, with attorneys giving opening statements to a jury on Wednesday. The first jury is deadlocked, leading to a mistrial in March.

Cathedral City’s Jose Larin-Garcia faces the death penalty for the fatal shootings, killings that prosecutors have called “executions.” Defense attorneys disputed this in both trials, saying another suspect was still at large.

Larin-Garcia’s first trial lasted about five months, centering on his apparent attempt to flee after the shooting. Prosecutors said he was the only suspect found near the crime scene.

— Christophe Damian

Summer 2022: second hottest on record

Only two daily high temperature records have been broken, but this summer was still the second hottest on record in the Coachella Valley, averaging 93.9 degrees from June through September so far.

The culprit wasn’t record high temperatures like last summer, but higher-than-normal nighttime lows that pushed the average temperature up over the summer, according to the National Weather Service.

Last summer was the hottest on record since the historic temperature record began a century ago in 1922. A total of eight daily maximum temperature records were broken, and on June 17, 2021, Palm Springs reached 123 degrees, tying the record for hottest day ever. .

This summer has seen only two temperature records fall: on June 11, the temperature reached 114, and this week’s late September heat wave set a new record of 111 on September 26. Although it was technically in the fall, notably, the mercury never reached 120 degrees.

The average temperature from June to the end of September 2022 was 93.9 degrees, just slightly below the all-time high of 94 degrees last year.

—Erin Rode

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