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March 12

Executive Committee 

Meeting at 12pm

Chamber Boardroom


March 12

Ambassador Committee Meeting at 4pm

Chamber Boardroom


March 13

Seine River Trip 

Presentation at 4pm

Chamber Boardroom


March 19

Fast Forward Breakfast Meeting at 8am

Spa Resort Hotel


March 19

Government Committee Meeting at 3:30pm

Chamber Boardroom


March 20

Marketing Committee 

Meeting at 11am

Chamber Boardroom


March 21

Board Meeting at 8am

Chamber Boardroom


March 22

Annual Golf Tournament

 at 12pm

Indian Canyons Golf Resort

South Course

1100 E Murray Canyon Drive 

March 26

After Hours Mixer at 5pm

Pacific Premier Bank

1711 E Palm Canyon Drive 


 Lead$ Lunches

Tuesdays at Noon

Village Pub

266 S Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs Chamber 

Executive Board


Andrew Starke, President

Palm Springs Power Baseball Club


Tim Ellis, Past President

Palm Mountain Resort and Spa


Ulrich McNulty, President Elect

Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger


John Dahlin, Treasurer

Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell


James Canfield, Vice President

Palm Springs Convention Center


David Gandolfo, Vice President

Palm Springs Airport Self Storage


Jerry Noonan, Vice President

Fisherman's Market & Grill


Ken Wheat, Vice President

Desert Regional Medical Center

 Colony 29 (McLean Property Rentals) and The Greater Palm Springs CVB for hosting an unforgettable Chamber Mixer!

 Eisenhower Medical Center

March 21 @ 5:30pm

1555 E Palm Canyon Drive
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Palm Springs Chamber 

Board of Directors


Ryan Brown, Classic Party Rentals


Mary Jardin, The Palm Springs Follies


Mike Keane, Groove Marketing


Martin Massiello, Eisenhower Medical Center


Joel Ontiveros, Airport Quick Car Wash


Aftab Dada, Hilton Palm Springs


Jeff Grubbe, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians


Keith McCormick, Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions


Tammy Perezchica, Canyon Commercial Services, Inc.


David Portener, TravelHost Magazine 


The Palm Springs Chamber is looking for a business to provide 10 Centerpieces advertising their business or an upcoming Event for our March 19 Fast Forward Breakfast Meeting.  Expected attendance is 100 people from the Business Community, including the City Manager, Police Chief and Fire Chief who will be giving City Updates.  

Contact Nona at 325-1577 or  Email her with your proposal.
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Anderson Travel Service

Lois Anderson

1801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way  

Ste 100, Palm Springs CA 92262



Best Signs Inc

Gillian Cross

1550 South Gene Autry Trail

Palm Springs CA 92264




Brian L. Wachs, CPA

Brian Wachs

435 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Palm Springs CA 92262




Cindy Pieper-State Farm Agent

Cindy Pieper

201 E. Ramon Rd.

Palm Springs CA 92264




Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

Darla Burkett

47-470 Van Buren Street

Indio CA 92201




Craig Wireless

Bob Lienhard

71713 Highway 111

Rancho Mirage CA 92270




Daniel's DKI

Bill Palmer

73950 Dinah Shore Drive, Suite 302

Palm Desert CA 92211




Fisherman's Market & Grill and Shanghai Reds

Louis Pagano

235 S. Indian Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92262




Hyatt Regency Suites 

Palm Springs

David Rijos

285 N. Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92262




LG's Prime Steakhouse

Chris Turner

255 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Ste B2

Palm Springs CA 92262




Lynne Bushore & Associates

Lynne Bushore

1801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Ste 202  Palm Springs CA 92262




Lloyd Pest Control

Howard Jacobs

19020 N. Indian Canyon Dr, # 2K

N. Palm Springs CA 92258




Moorten Botanical Garden

Clark Moorten

1701 S. Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs CA 92264




Palm Canyon Insurance 

Bill Robinson

1276 N. Palm Canyon Dr.  Ste 203

Palm Springs CA 92262




Palm Springs Photo Festival

Jeff Dunas

PO Box 69405

Los Angeles CA 90069

(800)928-8314 www.palmspringsphotofestival.com


Peabody's Cafe

Debby Alexander

134 S. Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262




Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

Kathleen Bennett

350 S. Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262





Ned Roache

43100 Cook St., Suite 104

Palm Desert CA 92211




Seven Lakes Homeowners Association

Silas Dreher

1 Desert Lakes Drive

Palm Springs CA 92264

(760)328-2695   www.7lakescountryclub.com


Sperry Van Ness

Mark Spohn

611 S. Palm Canyon Drive,  #7568

Palm Springs CA 92264




The Jones Agency

Milton Jones

303 N. Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs CA 92262

(760)325-1437 www.jonesagency.com


Time Warner Cable

Scot Koehler

83-473 Avenue 45

Indio CA 92201



For the generous contributions of 

Raffle Prizes, 

Food & Libations!


Ace Hotel

Al Dente Trattoria

Aunt Effie's Garden

Azul Tapas Inspired Lounge &    Patio
Babe's Bar B Que
Ballard's Saddle, Tack &    Western Wear              
Bath & Brush

Best of the Best Tours

Best Promotions, a division of  Brown & Bigelow

Caf� Palette

Caffe Italia Spaghetteria

California DJ

Casa Cody Bed & Breakfast

Classic Party Rentals

Crater Lake Vodka

Delight Nails & Spa

Desert Adventures

El Mirasol

Esser Air Conditioning & Heating

Fisherman's Market Grill


Johnny Costa's Ristorante

Knott's Soak City

Las Casuelas Terraza

Las Casuelas Viejas

Leon's at Desert Princess

LULU California Bistro

Massage Envy Spa

Matchbox Palm Springs

My Little Flowershop

Office Depot

Over the Rainbow Desserts

Palm Springs Airport Car Wash

Palm Springs Follies

Photo Colorgraphix

Raphael's Salon

Rick's Restaurant

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

Studio M Salon & Spa

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort

Technology Angelz

The Genuine Photography

The Tropicale

The Crazy Coconut Bar & Grill

The Golf Club at Terra Lago

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Trilussa Italian Ristorante

Trio / ACME House Company

Wang's in the Desert

March Newsletter 
Business Matters
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President's Circle Sponsors
TOPPresident's Circle Sponsors

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New Members
Fast Forward Breakfast Meetings - Important City Updates!
Annual Golf Tournament
Las Casuelas Terraza Launches First Major Solar Powered Installation in PS
Encore Follies Engagement by Lesley Gore
Advertise with the Chamber!
Carbon Auction Levies Unauthorized Tax
Lead$ Lunches at Village Pub in March
California Health Exchange Releases Standard Plans
March Mixer @ Pacific Premier Bank
Patrick Service Appointed GM for Las Casuelas Terraza
ChristmasTime on the Seine in France
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Las Casuelas Terraza Launches 

Downtown Palm Springs' 

First Major Solar Powered Installation


Palm Springs' first major solar panel installation in a downtown commercial building has just been completed by Las Casuelas Terraza.  The popular landmark restaurant at 222 S. Palm Canyon Drive, serving the Coachella Valley community for the past 33 years, has long been a leader in business innovations, including being the first eatery in the valley to install an outdoor mister system for customer comfort during hot Summer months.


The new roof-top 138 panel system installed by Hot Purple Energy (HPE) will generate over 70,000 kilowatt clean energy hours annually, according to HPE President Nate Otto. "Ultimately, the system, along with other operational upgrades, will account for approximately 25 percent of the restaurant's total energy use. And over its lifetime it is expected an estimated cost savings of $3 million will be achieved, in addition to substantial tax saving advantages -- vs. a complete reliance on traditional electrical use," said Otto.

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The Little Lady with the Very Big Voice Wows Audiences


Palm Springs, California (February 20, 2013) In 1963, a 16-year-old high school junior recorded a song that instantly became the anthem for a generation of teenage girls. It's My Party was Lesley Gore's very first recording, and rocketed to the top of the charts, reaching #1, and selling over one million copies. On March 12, 2013, she makes her long awaited return to the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, playing through May 19, 2013.   Continue Reading Here. 

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Carbon Auction Levies Unauthorized Tax


California has long been at the forefront of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AB 32, the state's climate change law, gave us the opportunity to be the leader in this arena. The key to success of AB 32 is the cost effective implementation so that we become a model for other states. Obviously, greenhouse gas reduction is a global problem that California cannot solve on its own.  Continue Reading Here.  

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 California Health Exchange 

Releases Standard Plans


Covered California, the State-run program that overseas implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this week released the Standards for Benefit plans that will be made available to Californians who do not rely on Employer-provided Insurance or Medi-Cal for Health Care coverage. 


Four plan levels will be available: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The percentage of coverage to be paid by the health plan ranges from 60% for bronze to 90% for platinum.  Continue Reading Here.

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PALM SPRINGS:  February 21, 2013 - Patrick R. Service, son of well-known valley restaurateur, Patty Delgado (Service) Elliot, has been appointed General Manager for Las Casuelas Terraza.


Formerly Wine and Beverage Director for Union Street Caf� in New York City, Service served previously as Dining and Bar Manager for Maialino Restaurant, also in the City.                                                                       


He was awarded a Master of Management in Hospitality Degree from Cornell University in New York, and, as a scholastic award winner, entered post-grad studies on a tour of well-known wineries in Western Europe, including the Banfi Wineries in Italy.


Patrick grew up working in the family business at Las Casuelas Terraza, owned by Patty,   He graduated from Palm Springs High School in 2002.   


"We're very excited about Patrick's new appointment.  As an integral part of a more than 50-year family tradition of quality Mexican American cuisine introduced by my parents, valley pioneer restaurateurs Florencio and Maria Delgado, he's made us all proud," said Patty.


Las Casuelas Terraza, voted "Best of the Valley" for Mexican Cuisine, has won numerous industry awards for its exceptional food, hospitality and service and has been recognized nationally by Hispanic Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants in America."   

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California Health Exchange 
Releases Standard Plans  (continued)


More than 2.6 million Californians will be eligible for subsidies, according to Covered California. Households earning less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level can receive Financial help if they enroll in a silver plan: the less income they earn, the more financial assistance they can receive. For example, individuals earning between 150% and 250% of the Federal Poverty level can expect to pay $20.00 to see their primary care physician, while those earning 100% to 150% would pay $4.00.


To be eligible for Financial Assistance, consumers must purchase plans from Covered California's marketplace. The State is requiring that all carriers offer these same standard designs to all individuals and small businesses, whether inside or outside of Covered California.


Higher-income individuals choosing one of these plans would not be eligible for financial help, but would be assured that the plan contains the same essential health benefits offered, and the same benefit design so they can make true comparisons. Examples of benefits, their costs, and typical premium costs are available on the newly launched Covered California website, www.CoveredCA.com.


A fact sheet for small business and another explaining the small business tax credit are also available. The site includes a cost calculator to help consumers estimate the potential financial support for which they are eligible and the estimated cost of insurance. Fact sheets are available in both in English and Spanish. Additional fact sheets and translation of the materials in 11 more languages is expected to be added.


The open enrollment period begins this fall for coverage that starts January 1, 2014. Covered California also announced it has launched a social media presence on FacebookTwitterYou Tube and Google+.


Covered California identified critical next steps in selecting insurance carriers that will be allowed to participate in Covered California, and determining plan pricing.

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Gore headlined the 1964 concert film, The T.A.M.I. Show (Teen Awards Music International), along with James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.  Considered by some as one of the very best rock-and-roll movies ever made, it was filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and played movie theaters nationwide.


Gore's Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, from the 1965 movie Ski Party,brought her a second Grammy nomination for Contemporary Rock and Roll female vocal performance.


Throughout the following decades Gore continued performing and song writing, including composing songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame. Gore received an Academy Award nomination for that film's Out Here on My Own, written with her brother. The song was a Top 20 hit for Irene Cara.


In 2005, the singer-songwriter recorded her first album of new material since 1976 entitled Ever Since. Songs from that album have been used in major television shows and films, including CSI:Miami, The L Word and Flannel Pajamas.


"You know what I say when people ask me what I've been doing for the past 30 years?" With a wry smile, she states, "Practicing." And when Lesley Gore returns to the Plaza Theatre stage, Follies audiences will be reminded that it was time well spent-her powerful voice and catalogue of hit songs reflecting the hard-won wisdom of time.


During its 22 seasons, The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies has been seen by over three million patrons, and celebrates the music and dance of Mid-Century America with a cast ranging in age from 54 to 83 years "young." The show features lavish, Broadway-caliber production numbers, and plays five days a week November through mid-May. In 1997, it was the subject of an Oscar-nominated short documentary entitled Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. The show is housed in downtown Palm Springs' historic Plaza Theatre, a charming, neon-encrusted, old movie house, an attraction itself. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (760) 327-0225 or online at www.psfollies.com. 

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Carbon Auction Levies Unauthorized Tax (continued)


We need other states to follow our lead to truly create change. That was foremost in my mind this week when the California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit challenging the ability of the California Air Resources Board to continue to carry out its auction where emission credits are sold for the purpose of raising revenue for the state. While the business community supports the goals of AB 32, it sees the auctions as an illegal levy of a $70 billion tax on energy users. This is not a plan other states will want to copy.


AB 32 requires California to reduce carbon emissions to the 1990 level by 2020. Under the law, the air board is authorized to impose a market-driven system. That means it can set levels of emissions for certain industries and, if one company is able to become more efficient in reducing greenhouse gases, a market mechanism will allow it to sell credits to higher emitters or those that cannot cost-effectively reduce their emissions.


The air board, however, has gone beyond what is spelled out in the law by also requiring companies to pay for the ability to emit carbon. The only revenue the Legislature authorized the air board to raise is that needed to administer the carbon reduction program. There is no way to know where the money from this carbon tax increase will be spent because there is no law authorizing it.


Over the past two years, repeated calls for the air board to remove the auction element from its cap-and-trade design fell on deaf ears. We were left with no choice other than to sue.  Our goal is for the air board to create a legal, cost-effective approach. This will protect our competitiveness and enable other states to join us in addressing global climate change. The truly interesting thing about the approach of the air board, by both its own admission and according to a Legislative Analyst's Office report, is that the auction is unnecessary to meet the goals of AB 32.


The chamber's lawsuit does not challenge AB 32 or the merits of climate-change science. It does not challenge a market-based system such as cap and trade. It does call the air board on the carpet for establishing a regulatory program that allocates to itself pollution allowances to sell for profit.


The scheme of raising tens of billions of dollars of revenue for the state under the guise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not contemplated in the statute. The Legislature never discussed the auction and never anticipated this result.


The air board's unauthorized tax will result in higher prices on everything from hairspray to gasoline. It certainly will hurt jobs and deter employers from investing in California. Unless we adopt the most cost-effective and legally sound way of implementing AB 32, we will cede our position as a global leader in greenhouse gas reduction program.


~ Allan Zaremberg is the president and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce
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Las Casuelas Terraza Launches 

Downtown Palm Springs' 

First Major Solar Powered Installation



"We're absolutely thrilled with the significant cost savings and increased efficiencies we'll realize through our unique business partnership with Hot Purple Energy, both in the design and installation of our new solar powered system, " said Las Casuelas Terraza owner Patty Delgado Elliott.


 "Through the entire installation process, the company has been fantastic to work with, from initial planning, design and construction, to working with the city and Southern California Edison on issues of building safety, logistical support and approvals," she exclaimed.


 "What is especially notable about this project, and all others we have implemented," said Otto, "is that we took a holistic approach to feeding solar into the existing energy system, cost-effective integrating all the restaurant's operational functions, including heating and cooling upgrades, while retaining the exterior architectural aesthetics and integrity of the building."


 " All solar panels - many of them dove-tailed into the roof - are hidden from public view and, because of their shading effect, will help reduce heat absorption in the building." he said.


Hot Purple Energy, a general and solar contractor, is a full-service energy company providing residential and commercial clients with new construction and retrofit solutions. Based in Palm Springs, the firm serves all Coachella Valley Cities.


 "We offer complete consulting support in helping clients reduce overall energy consumption and achieve greater cost savings and efficiencies - from analysis of energy needs and costs though implementation of clean energy panel systems that maintain architectural integrity while increasing operational savings and payback," said Otto.


In addition to Las Casuelas Terraza, HPE has handled projects for a host of other clients including College of the Desert, well-known residential real estate developers such as Alta Verde Group and Nexus at the Morrison, and notable contractors such as RAM and Wallace and Associates.


Las Casuelas Terrazas, founded in downtown Palm Springs in 1979, is part of a four generation family tradition of fine, authentic Mexican cuisine, begun by parents Florenzo and Maria Delgardo and based on time- tested recipes, exceptional food, hospitality and service.


The restaurant has won numerous awards over the years, including "Best of the Valley Mexican Cuisine," and has been recognized nationally by Hispanic Magazine as one of the "Top 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants in America."