Local valley elections; from mayoral race to Palm Springs marijuana tax

By Teresa Garcia

Features Editor

On Tuesday, November 5, the western side of the Coachella Valley came out to the polls to vote for Palm Springs council, Desert Hot Springs Mayoral elections, The Recreation District Division 1 and even a Measure to tax Palm Springs marijuana dispensaries.

Adam Sanchez won the mayor ship in Desert Hot Springs By 43.2%.  Runner up incumbent Yvonne Parks came in at 42.7% and John-Paul Valdez had only 340 votes according to the Riverside Country Registrar of Voters.

Other winners of this mid-year election include Sylvia Paz of the Desert Recreation District, Division 1 as well as 3 seats on the Desert Water Agency and 2 seats on Mission Springs Water District.

Another Measure, that Passed with a unanimous 66.89% in Palm Springs, was Measure B.  Measure B was put on the ballot in order to tax the three legal marijuana dispensaries in Palm Springs.  The Palm Springs city council will meet next month to decide how much they will tax the dispensaries operating in Palm Springs; the city admits that the tax can increase as much as 15% in the next year.

The city of Palm Springs can see up to 1 million dollars in tax revenue from the measure; officials add that the revenue would be used for fire and police as well as covering the costs of closing illegal dispensaries.

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