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Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour

April 4th, 2015

 

     Attended the final Palm Desert McCallum Theatre performance of Barry Humphries in his stage role as Dame Edna (an Australian “Housewife”) last evening. It was one of the funniest stage performances I’ve ever seen. An evening filled with hilarious laughter from the packed-house audience. And almost all it handled without scripting or rehearsals.

     Equally amazing to realize he’s a guy in his 70s who can handle a one-man two-hour stage performance that ended with the standing ovation audience wishing for more.

     Afterwards Barry Humphries appeared out of costume and spoke briefly about his past and the beginnings of his Dame Edna character. In his final moments he left us with the request that we all return for his next “final performance grand tour”.

Dame Edna Etheridge

Bond Shands
April 4, 2015
The Notebook at www.bondshands.com

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CV Link Bicycle Path Maintenance Costs

April 3rd, 2015

To: Palm Springs Mayor and City Council Members

Dear Mayor Pougnet and City Council Members:

     On April 3rd the Desert Sun reported the City of Rancho Mirage had withdrawn its support for the CV Link program after learning it would be required to unfairly share in the annual maintenance costs. The newspaper story is titled “Rancho Mirage backs away from CV Link over funding plan” and may be viewed using the following browser link.
http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/rancho-mirage/2015/04/02/rancho-mirage-cv-link-funding/70871702/

     When CV Link was proposed the issue of annual maintenance costs was not included in the information provided to the public or local governments. The newspaper story is the first time we learn the costs must be paid by the individual cities for maintenance to be administered through a CVAG CV Link program. It’s an issue that should concern our local bicycle community and one that should trigger a review of Palm Springs support for the CV Link program.

     The Palm Springs General Plan for bicycles includes a long list of bicycle street routes, paths and trails that have been requested by the bicycling community. The city has been addressing a prioritized version of the list with funds in each year’s budget. It’s something I happily support and am grateful for the City Council’s support of bicycling in this manner. As one who rides a bicycle on a daily basis I cannot begin to express my appreciation for your support, for you definitely merit and have my heartfelt thanks.

     If the CV Link maintenance proposal is allowed to continue that would mean it would take precedence over all other local bicycling routes funding. And the huge sums required to maintain CV Link could serve to eliminate most other annual funding for bicycle projects. It’s for that reason I am hopeful Palm Springs will review its support for CV Link and decline to accept responsibility for the maintenance costs.

Sincerely,

Bond Shands
April 3, 2015
The Notebook at www.bondshands.com


The following is a corrected copy of the comment I posted to the “Rancho Mirage backs away from CV Link over funding plan” report on the Desert Sun.

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     Hooray for Rancho Mirage and their words of wisdom from wiser heads than those among the CV Link planners.

     From the start CV Link has moved ahead with their own chosen group of advisers comprised mostly of those who blindly support their efforts. Others with cautionary views who wished to be involved were never invited to participate as members of the “inner circle”.

     There’s a group of committed road bicyclists who are spearheading favorable publicity for the effort for the route is one of their greatest dreams. Never mentioned are the maintenance costs or other obstacles. Now we learn the real truth about future maintenance costs of the route and it’s something that was never mentioned when this project first appeared.

     CV Link needs more meaningful input from other sources and some of those providing constructive cautionary views need to be included in the actual planning process. And springing something like huge maintenance costs late in the game should never happen. Before this project moves forward, everything in the way of obstacles needs to be on the table in plain view. That’s the time, when all the facts and related data are known, to decide whether there’s real community financial and other support for CV Link.

Bond Shands
Palm Springs

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