Palm Springs City Council votes no on special election

Election would have given residents input on height of new downtown hotel

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Palm Springs City Council has voted in favor of cancelling an April, 22, special election for a new hotel project in the city. The council voted 3 to 1 during a special meeting Wednesday night at City Hall.

Officials said the city and the group Advocates for Better Community Development (ABCD) reached a settlement.

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ABCD will be paid $50,000 to withdraw it's appeal of a judge's decision that would have further delayed construction on a six-story hotel planned for downtown revitalization. City officials said the $50,000 is to pay the group for legal fees.

The special election would have given Palm Springs' residents input on the height of the hotel.

Mayor Steve Pougnet didn't attend Wednesday night's meeting.

Directors with the City of Palm Springs released the following information regarding the withdrawal of the appeal:

In an effort to unite the community, Advocates for Better Community Development (ABCD) is withdrawing its appeal of a judge's decision to deny their petition to place a referendum on the ballot against the City of Palm Springs' hotel plans for downtown revitalization, the group announced Wednesday evening.

"The City of Palm Springs is truly one of the most spectacular resort destinations in the world, and as a hotel owner and former USC professor of urban and regional planning, I have always wanted nothing but tremendous success for our city and business community," said Frank Tysen, spokesman for ABCD.

"I've invested a great deal of time and money in Palm Springs because I truly love the community and its unique environment. In order to avoid an acrimonious three months, we've decided to withdraw the appeal in the best interest of the community," Tysen said.

Mayor Steve Pougnet said, "I want to thank Frank Tysen and those that were supporting this appeal for their decision to withdraw it and support the continued revitalization of our downtown. Frank has always had the best interest of our city at heart and has done more than his share to invest in our community."

Mayor Pougnet went on to say, "I am convinced that it was never Frank's intention to oppose this plan because of any competitive concerns regarding his hotel (Casa Cody), but more that he was concerned about the design of the new Kimpton Hotel."

KESQ & CBS Local 2 is working to get more details on the settlement that was reached Wednesday night at City Hall.

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