Letter to P/S City Manager
I sent the e-mail below to the City Manager of Palm Springs. I will let you know of the response (if any). FYI. I travel in Mexico regularly. I NEVER have problems. Why? Because I realize I am a "guest". If you are going to write Palm Springs, I encourage you to remember, it's their town. Yes, we spend our money there but we are still their guests. Write accordingly.
I'm a fan of Palm Springs. You have a great city and I enjoy visiting. I'm also a fan of motorcycling and I enjoy coupling my enjoyment of biking with your fine city. In this regard, I have been an attendee at the P/S Bike Weekend (now Hotride and Bike Weekend) since it originated in the parking lot at the Spa Hotel & Casino.
I have always made the experience at least a 2 night adventure. My girl and I were planning on once again enjoying steak and crab cakes on the Friday night of the event. We were looking forward to walking along the street, enjoying the experiencing while checking out several of the shops. We enjoyed visiting with the retirees serving beer in the beer garden. We were both very disappointed to hear that the event had been cancelled.
I recognize the concerns of your residents following the events at the Laughlin River Run. I attended the Laughlin event. The group I was with LEFT Laughlin after the terrible situation at Harrah's. I do not approve of gang violence. The overwhelming percentage of motorcyclists do NOT approve of gang violence. Such behavior is reprehensible.
Almost all of the motorcycle community attends events to have fun. We go to laugh, party and to spend money. We go to have a good time. We go to be with friends. We do not attend events to bring harm to a community.
Are large events likely to bring someone who misbehaves? Of course. However, Palm Springs is a convention community and you are aware that occasionally individuals may misbehave. The prior Bike Weekend events, though, have NOT brought any disproportionate misbehavior to Palm Springs. Rather, I believe the bikers have increased revenues for the community and overall behaved responsibly.
Palm Springs is a wonderful place for a biker event. I am asking on behalf of the thousands of responsible motorcyclists who have previously attended the Bike Weekend for the City to reconsider its decision to cancel the event. I am also asking that the City commit at this time to the dates for the event next year.
Although I live in Pasadena (thus, the name "pasadenajim"), I'd enjoy the opportunity to drive over to Palm Springs and chat. With you or whoever would enjoy a cup of coffee. My girl would come with me. She also rides. Oh, she's a first grade teacher. If this "chat" means talking to a group of people, fine. I've often given presentations at the Rivera Convention Center. If it means talking to just you, fine. I'd like the chance to make the pitch to save this wonderful event. And no, I do NOT have a financial interest in the event. I just think that Palm Springs and many motorcyclists would benefit from it.
Not all bikers are bad. Not all bikers are dangerous. Many of us have real jobs. Many of us would like to spend money in Palm Springs.
What can we do to get the event back on track? If not for this year, for next year? I'd appreciate hearing from you. You can reach me at the office, 213/894-5210. If I'm unavailable, ask my secretary to break in and tell me you are calling.
Jim [email protected]
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