October 19, 2005

The city council of Palm Desert, Calif., is considering withdrawing from the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority, which covers eight cities in California's Coachella Valley. Councilmember Jean Benson presented several of Palm Desert's demands at a CVA board meeting yesterday, one of which is to change the CVA's name to the Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority. The city also came out against the CVA's recent proposal to add private hoteliers to the governing board, which currently comprises only elected officials. Palm Desert also disapproves of the authority's proposal to hire a marketing and sales employee dedicated to bringing business to the Palm Springs Convention Center. "We're not in favor of city funds from all our cities going toward one city's facility," the city clerk told M&C. "If these issues aren't handled soon, we are seriously considering giving our 13-month withdrawal notice."