I’m Kristin Scharkey, editor-in-chief for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing you a happy Friday and a sincere apology for missing our Thursday edition. The news cycle never sleeps!
“We are always here”: Palm Springs’ historic gay bars see the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite more than a year of closures linked to the pandemic, many bars in Southern California are open again.
The city has long been one of the country’s most popular LGBTQ destinations.
“These bars are more than just drinking establishments,” Rob Giesecke, owner of Chill Bar Palm Springs, told Desert Sun reporter Amanda Ulrich. “This is where the community comes together.”
In other parts of California, some gay bars weren’t so lucky. San Francisco and Los Angeles, for example, have seen several famous establishments go bankrupt. The Stud, the oldest LGBTQ bar in San Francisco, was one of the first to announce its closure last May.
Giesecke attributes the survival of his business in part to the tight-knit community that has come together and “ranks” around the historic street. Customers were seated in outdoor patios in 120 degree heat when they could have stayed at home. Some have launched GoFundMe pages for Arenas bars.
“We’re like a gay community center bar. Local gays see this as their living room, ”said David Farnsworth, co-owner and general manager of the nearby Streetbar. “It has always been zero point for them.”
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Here’s some news you might want to know ahead of the weekend:
California population drops for the first time
Nearly 200,000 people left the Golden State last year, “marking the first-ever population decline in the state and highlighting broader trends that recently led to the loss of a seat in Congress,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Soumya Karlamangla and Thomas Curwen report that “one of the main forces in California’s population decline has been the exodus to other states. The state has seen more people leave than from other states for much of the time. of the last three decades “.
For 40 years, this rape and murder victim had no name; genetic genealogy made him
Thanks to genetic genealogists’ use of historical records, social media and DNA, the public can now call Kern Jane Doe County by her real name: Shirley Ann Soosay.
For 40 years, Soosay was an unidentified woman known to the public only as a victim of brutal rape and murder. At the assailant’s 2018 trial in Ventura County, jurors and lawyers referred her based on where her body was found on July 15, 1980: Kern County Jane Doe.
Ventura County Star reporter Megan Diskin explains how investigators used genetic genealogy to identify Soosay.
Go down to the cactus ranch
No ifs, and buts about it: California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch is a super cool place. The Los Angeles Times got a glimpse of the San Fernando Valley hotspot just northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Journalist Jeanette Marantos said the nursery “feels secretive and special because, as the nurseries disappear, it is relatively unknown and therefore uncrowded. This is because, during the week, the Cactus Ranch is a nursery in large, closed to the public, but on weekends, it is open. to everyone from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in winter) ”
For my part, I thirst for these photos of Calvin B. Alagot.
No fireworks this year?
The city of Palm Springs won’t host a fireworks display on July 4 of this year – and the reason isn’t COVID-19.
Citing concerns about the negative effects of fireworks on pets, veterans and those with post-traumatic stress disorder, the Palm Springs city council this week rejected a deal with a fireworks company. artifice to organize the annual show in 2021.
“We are coming out of COVID and it seems like the perfect time for a paradigm shift,” said board member Dennis Woods.
Desert Sun reporter Erin Rode has details on the city’s hub for the Patriotic Vacation.
In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times, VC Star. We’ll be back in your inbox on Monday with the latest headlines.
As editor-in-chief of The Desert Sun, Kristin Scharkey oversees a team of journalists covering topics ranging from health to business. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.