Palm Springs

Riverside County Distict Attorney's Office

  INDIO (CNS) - A man who wildly fired an AR-15 rifle from inside his family's home, killing two Palm Springs police officers who had responded to a domestic-disturbance call at the residence, should be sentenced to death, a jury recommended today.
   Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before recommending the death sentence for 28-year-old John Hernandez Felix, who was convicted May 20 of murder and other charges for the killings of veteran Officer Jose Gilbert ``Gil'' Vega, 63, and rookie officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, 27.

Sister, Husband Of Fallen Palm Springs Officer Testify In Killer's Penalty Trial

May 23, 2019
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INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

Trial Unfolds For Man Accused Of Killing Palm Springs Police Officers

Apr 18, 2019

INDIO (CNS) - Clad in body armor, a now-28-year-old man fired wildly at Palm Springs police officers through the front of his mother's home in 2016, killing two of them, and later boasted while being arrested about which officers he planned to shoot next, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday.
   But an attorney for John Hernandez Felix countered that his client, saddled by an intellectual disability and a history of drug abuse, acted out of immaturity and impulse -- not premeditated intent -- when he opened fire.

City Council Declares Palm Springs A 'Sanctuary City'

Feb 7, 2019

PALM SPRINGS (CNS) - The Palm Springs City Council last night (Wednesday) approved a resolution proclaiming it as a sanctuary city.
   The resolution makes it easier for people to understand what the
city's policies are and to use the words ``sanctuary city,'' Mayor Pro Tem
Geoff Kors said, according to The Desert Sun.
   ``This doesn't change anything in our existing law," Kors said.
   The resolution was approved 4-1 with Mayor Robert Moon voting no.
   Moon talked about the city not having a jail and that anyone taken

Tens of thousands of visitors - many from other countries - are expected to attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival during its 2-week January run.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Hundreds of people throughout the Inland Empire came together in various tribute events marking the lives lost a week ago in the shootings in Las Vegas and a year ago in Palm Springs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Two Palm Springs police officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty - Jose "Gil" Vega, and Leslie Kling Zerebny -  will be remembered with memorials next month on the 1-year anniversary of their deaths.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside County prosecutors yesterday (Thursday) filed numerous felony bribery, corruption, and conflict of interest charges against Steve Pougnet, the recent former  mayor of Palm Springs and two Palm Springs developers, John Wessman and Richard Meany.  The charges come following a nearly year-and-a-half-long investigation.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Federal investigators have joined local authorities in trying to determine what caused one of California's most deadly highway incidents in decades: a Los Angeles-based tour bus that careened into the rear end of a big rig tractor trailer on Interstate 10 in Palm Springs yesterday (Sunday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent filed this report for NPR News.

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Law enforcement personnel from across the nation joined residents of Palm Springs and other local cities

at a massive memorial service yesterday (Tuesday) for the two Palm Springs police officers shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Oct. 8.  KVCR's Ken Vincent attended the service

and has this recap.

Palm Springs Police Memorial Tuesday

Oct 18, 2016
Palm Springs PD

Palm Springs Convention Center will be full for Tuesday Memorial honoring slain officers, Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Kling Zerebny. KVCR's Ken Vincent produced this story voiced by Rick Dulock.

Riverside County Sheriff

The man charged with the shooting deaths of two Palm Springs police officers last weekend entered a plea of not guilty in court yesterday (Thursday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Plans have been announced for what's expected to be a heavily-attended public memorial service for the two Palm Springs police officers shot to death in the line of duty last weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The suspect accused of shooting to death two Palm Springs police officers last weekend will be arraigned in a Riverside courtroom today.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on that, and on the effort to raise community funds for the families of the fallen officers.

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Now in its 11th year, Palm Springs Modernism Week continues to expand both thematically and regionally.  Based in the Coachella Valley, this year's festival of mid-20th-century architecture, design, fashion, and culture is featuring events a little closer to us in the Inland Empire.  Last night (Tuesday), Modernism Week debuted an event at a little-known gem of a venue in Banning. 

KVCR's Matt Guilhem attended the event at the Museum of Pinball and filed this feature report.

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Modernism Week begins tomorrow (Thursday) night in Palm Springs.  The 10-day festival celebrates mid-century modern architecture, design, art, fashion, food, and other staples of culture from the 1950s and 1960s. 

More than 60,000 people attended Modernism Week events last year.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem previews this year's Modernism Week festivities.


Ken Vincent

By the time the Great Recession hit, Palm Springs' reputation as a tourist haven for celebrities, gays, and retirees was languishing.  Now, the city's visitor economy is booming again, thanks to the popularity of Palm Springs' Mad Men-esque mid-century modern architecture and vibe.  And most surprisingly, younger people are flocking to Palm Springs.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem filed this story for NPR, which aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered last Sunday.  NPR host Arun Rath introduces the report.

With Modernism Week in Palm Springs marking its tenth anniversary, the event has gained a loyal following.  While organizers agree that Modernism Week's expansion includes larger numbers of younger 'Mid-Century Modern' design enthusiasts, the biggest and most ardent demographic group attending the event is Post-World War II Baby Boomers.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has this report on the allure of Modernism Week for children of the 1950s and '60s.

How To Do Modernism Week On A Budget

Feb 13, 2015

After a big opening night party Thursday, Modernism Week officially kicked off Friday in Palm Springs.  The 10-day festival highlighting all things retro features a range of events from the very expensive all the way to free.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has this look at how to make the most of the event without spending a lot of cash.

Palm Springs Modernism Week begins this week.  The event celebrates the "mid-century modern" style of architecture and design that has been a signature of Southern California living for more than half a century.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem will be covering Modernism Week for KVCR.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this quick preview.

Jeff Stork

Much of the desert resort city of Palm Springs is built on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  For decades, the relationship between the tribe and the city and its residents has been cooperative and friendly.  Recently, though, a rift has developed between tribal officials and Palm Springs architectural preservationists over the fate of some iconic mid-century modern buildings owned by the tribe.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.