Nineteen years ago my husband and I really searched the desert for a home in a gated community for our retirement, a place where we feel safe and have plenty of activities to engage in. We found such a place in Palm Desert, but we don’t feel comfortable with the CV Link proposed route. It is supposed to run from Desert Hot Springs to Coachella. It would be coming too close to three country clubs in Palm Desert – Monterey Country Club, Chaparral Country Club and Portola Country Club.
Why isn’t a vote being taken in Palm Desert like in the city of Rancho Mirage? Do the other cities feel we need this proposed trail in place of the other things our taxpayer money could go for? How will it be policed? How do emergency vehicles such as paramedics get to some of the areas of the trail?
At our country club we recently have had a rash of robberies, including at our condo. It appears the thieves came up through the Whitewater wash. Access from a vehicle on a trail will just make it easier for the thieves to enter our homes.
Jack W. Ritter, Palm Desert
Enough entitled whining
In the six years I’ve lived here it has become apparent that folks here only care about what happens in their own backyard.
The diatribes about about the bike path, tennis clubs, and the bullet train – which we should have had years ago – are merely self-serving.
What distresses me most is the level of meanness and actual hatred toward people who have no power.
Is this the Coachella Valley that we want to present to to the world?
So please, stop kvetching about how unhappy your life is because you don’t have your own tennis court.
Claire Carsman, Palm Springs
Weak parts of CV Link
This is written as my opposition to the CV Link as a valley resident for over 60 years – 45 as a retailer with one store in the now-gone Desert Fashion Plaza in Palm Springs and the other in Palm Desert on El Paseo.
The Link will not be used as much as you like. I have lived in the valley for decades and saw the Tuesday-Thursday bike group ride by my house for years – 34 on one street – until the heat set in; same pattern year after year.
Plus, the new pathway, for many walkers, means driving to it. Same for some bikers.
But, a couple other items: 1) I've heard little about the upkeep for blowing sand, an unwanted desert problem. 2) What about security?
All this for lots of money and little use. It also seems that not all the views will be "first class," as observed in a recent photo of the current path in The Desert Sun.
Elaine Land Dexter, Palm Desert