Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton is responding to the Desert College needs assessment conducted for the school’s long-planned West Valley Campus in Palm Springs.
The plan has been in the works for more than a decade. The campus will be built on the site of the former Palm Springs Shopping Center near the intersection of S Rafael Drive and E Baristo Road.
The school has bid for residential land April 2014 use funds from Bond Measure B, approved by voters in 2004
The project continued, but it was a success last month when then-Palm Springs Mayor Christy Holstege called a COD Board meeting to share residents’ concerns about the west valley. West. project.
Holstege said she, along with other Palm Springs residents, is worried “about how COD works and questions about how decisions are made.”
Holstege cites $22 million in taxes COD used to purchase real estate for the Palm Springs expansion, which is currently vacant.
This comes after COD plan to relocate Roadrunner Automotive campus from Cathedral City after years of planning.
COD officials stated that the West Valley project continued to progress despite the years delay.
On Friday, Dr. Martha Garcia, COD’s newly appointed Director/President, sent an email to Middleton alerting her to a needs assessment being conducted for the campus.
You can see the full plan below:
In the interest of transparency, the City of Palm Springs has provided the public with Mayor Middleton’s email response to Dr.
Dear President Garcia,
Thank you for sending this along. Although I have yet to fully review the review,
my initial assessment confirms what the City of Palm Springs has always believed — that
The administration of Desert College has previously taken all necessary steps to
brings fruit to the West Valley Campus.
The West Valley campus was promised to Coachella Valley voters when
they approved Measures B and CC. The leaders of our region and my city have arrived
come together to support the grand vision for what College of the Desert will be
covers the entire Coachella Valley. As we all know achieve and maintain
Support for public education is just as important as hard. One of the unique
features of our region have long been widely supported to the public
education and higher education across the region and across politics
As an elected leader, I would be negligent if I did not make it clear that the public
the support that Desert College has earned and kept for many years is at risk.
Public trust is being put in place.
City of Palm Springs remains committed to taking all necessary actions to see
that promises made are kept. Approved view of the West Valley campus
is a transformative community college campus. A campus will provide
Community college students of the area learning experiences and opportunities
usually found only in university settings. This is a campus built on originality
the synergy of Palm Springs and the western valley. We hope that the current College of
The Desert government shares this vision and will work with the City of Palm
Springs and leaders across our region in those efforts.
Mayor, City of Palm Springs
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