“These buildings are part of the Mid-Century Modern style that we are now known for internationally and they help define the Palm Springs brand.”

J. R. Roberts for Palm Springs City Council

Dear Editor,
I would like to take the opportunity to highly endorse J.R Roberts for Palm Springs City Council.

I do not live in Palm Springs and I wish I could vote for him but I had the privilege of knowing him for about 15 years when I lived and worked in Sausalito. As the local bank branch manager and president of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, I had many dealings with J. R. personally and professionally. He has the leadership, energy, creativity and experience to successfully lead Palm Springs.

I am writing unsolicited as I have not been in close contact with J.R but felt so strongly about his credentials that I wanted to recommend him to the Palm Springs community.

Nora Napoles Smith

A Letter to the Editor of the Desert Sun

static1.squarespaceDear Editor

On Wednesday July 15, I will be asking the Palm Springs City Council to deny the appeal brought by Nexus Corporation of the Historic Site Preservation Board’s decision to initiate studies and investigation into a Class I historical designation for the Tahquitz Plaza buildings designed by noted architect Hugh Kaptur.

I have always felt that these Kaptur buildings are historically significant and deserving of a Class I historical designation.

These buildings are part of the Mid-Century Modern style that we are now known for internationally and they help define the Palm Springs brand. To this end, and when I thought that the council was on its way to approving the demolition of all four buildings as part of the Aberdeen project, I worked very hard behind the scenes to convince the developer to save at least one of the buildings. And, he did.

Today I believe the best action for the City Council is to allow the nomination process to run its course. There is simply no reason to allow the appeal and demolition of the four buildings when there is currently no replacement project before the city. It would be a travesty to tear down these beautiful buildings to create a vacant lot.

Additionally, we now have many examples of historically significant buildings that have new life with innovative new uses. Nearest and closest to my own heart would be the spectacular E. Stewart Williams designed Architecture and Design Center, the Albert Frey designed Visitors Center and the Don Wexler designed Eisenhower Building.

The Council must not allow the demolition of Tahquitz Plaza before its historic significance has been analyzed.

J.R. Roberts
Palm Springs, California

Letter to the Editor

August 13, 2015


It is great news that the Town and Country Center was officially deemed eligible for inclusion in both the California and National Trust listings as a significant historical building and Class I historical site. This is a very important step to its ultimate saving and reuse.

Those of you who know me know that I have been very active in this cause, both as Vice President of PS ModCom as well as a private citizen. For those of you who haven’t seen the center, I encourage you to stop by (167-181 N. Indian Canyon Dr.) and experience the courtyard and imagine it with the same level of charm and appeal as the Corridor where Koffi north is b located.  It’s vital that we save and preserve our historical architectural resources.  This is what defines us and draws people from all over the world.

With the recent loss of the Spa Hotel, the at risk Tahquitz Plaza and the Wexler designer retail complex at Indian Canyon and Ramon, Palm Springs is in jeopardy of losing it’s Brand. Our identity as a City is something I’m highly focused on and pledge to preserve and enhance as a member of the City Council.