Why Does Joe Want to Serve on the Palm Springs City Council?

In this campaign Joe has already met over 1000 District 4 voters, listening to YOU and hearing your concerns and hopes for our City. His vision is a Palm Springs that works for EVERYONE:

  • Residents who value a safe and beautiful place to live
  • Visitors helping keep our restaurants and shops flourishing
  • Small business owners giving Palm Springs that unique vibe
  • Families and retirees who enjoy our natural beauty and recreational opportunities

The City of Palm Springs is unique in the Coachella Valley: we have an iconic downtown, exceptional recreational opportunities, fabulous restaurants, the international airport, and our own convention center.  But even more importantly, we have talented and engaged residents who contribute to our quality of life.  Palm Springs is a great City, and Joe wants to serve on Council to make our community even better.

Who you elect to the City Council on November 5 will make a difference in Palm Springs; Joe has no aspirations for higher office. Palm Springs is his forever home. His pledge is to listen to you, to show up at District events, to work hard and make the best decisions for our City. He would be honored to have your vote.

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Issues Joe Cares About

There are many significant issues in our City. Some are concerns that affect our daily life. Some are “hot-button” issues that generate strong personal feelings, that are symbols in our community, or that get a lot of press. Other topics are less visible but important to the way our City operates. Joe wants to hear from you as he meets with residents around District 4. Here are some of his thoughts:

Economic Development

I am encouraged by recent steps by the City Manager and Council to make Palm Springs a more business-friendly City. We now have a full-time Chief Economic Development Officer to promote responsible progress. Neighborhood businesses (such as Rimrock and Smoketree areas) are organizing as cooperative groups with the support of a new staff member. It is important that their voices are heard along with those of our Downtown Merchants. And a backlog of 700 building permits are finally being reviewed and issued. I want to support and build on this progress.

Maintaining a Livable City

I support the 20% cap on short term rentals in each neighborhood, and continuing strong code enforcement. We are a city that thrives because of our tourist industry: the mix of snowbirds and vacationers using our hotels, small inns, and rentals. These regulations strive to preserve the ambience of our residential areas while welcoming our guests.

Sustainability and Walkability

Given the increasing number of winter storms and higher summer temperatures, PS must have a plan to keep our community livable year-round. We can promote walkability with the addition of shade structures in high pedestrian areas. Major event promoters can be engaged to increase shuttle transportation options between venues and hotels. These simple steps will help address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions created by vehicles.


Accelerate solutions for the homeless of Palm Springs as the City proceeds to get the new navigation center open. I support the Police Department’s “Operation Relentless Sun” program to assist the homeless in connecting with family and services, and in finding offenders within the homeless population. We must give the department adequate tools to do their job, balancing residents’ quality of life with the rights of the unhoused. And at the same time we must use every government power to increase affordable housing units in Palm Springs, including looking at vacant lots available for denser housing.

Prescott Preserve

The new Prescott Preserve (formerly the Mesquite Golf Course) is entirely within the boundaries of District 4. This new “central park” of Palm Springs can become a jewel in our City, providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors while preserving our environment.

Section 14 Reparations

In the mid-1960’s, residents of central Palm Springs, the Tribal-owned Section 14 between the airport and downtown, were removed from their rental homes. Some of those residents and descendants have organized to demand reparations. A thorough and unbiased review of the historical record must be made (as requested by Council). We must never forget that the land was and is owned by the Agua Caliente Tribe and we must respect their ownership rights and involvement in this process. I am opposed to paying reparations, but support the Council’s current position of payment for personal structures and items lost.

Children & Youth

District 4 is a great place for children and youth. Early in his career, Joe taught human sexuality education to middle-schoolers (in the 1980s in Florida!) and led elementary and high school camping experiences. Joe will listen to the needs of families in District 4.

Community Outreach

Joe is affiliated with the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs, perhaps the most community-oriented and socially involved religious organization in Palm Springs. The Church hosts weekly meal programs, a clothes closet, summer cooling center, and a neighborhood composting facility. And, other BIG news is coming soon related to affordable housing.

What Others Say About Joe

“As a Council Member, Joe will bring his leadership and problem solving skills that were so effective during his tenure as the Chair of the City’s Sustainability Commission.”

Nancy Ferguson

Palm Springs Library Board Foundation Development Committee Chair
“Joe will bring to Council a passionate commitment to our environment and a proven track record of working with Commission members, elected officials, and City employees to make Palm Springs a better place to live and work. I strongly endorse Joe to succeed Christy on the Palm Springs City Council.”
Rob McCann

Rob McCann

Former Sustainability Commission member

“Joe’s dedication to his community and public service speaks volumes of his character. His attention to detail and thoroughness will undoubtedly be an asset to any positon he holds.”

Gil Flores

President, Cedarpines Park Mutual Water Company

“Joe Jackson is an engaged and energetic Palm Springs resident— an effective neighborhood advocate and a leader for sustainability in our community.”

Christine Hammond

Christine Hammond

Former Measure J Commissioner and PFLAG Leader
“Joe’s commitment to overall community health and wellness, whether it be pedestrian and cycling safety, or the many environmental needs in our city, are key indicators of his resolve to make Palm Springs a leader in sustainability within the Coachella Valley.”
Brett Klein

Brett Klein

Former Chair, Sustainability Commission, PS Cycling Advocate

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Nominate Joe on Taco Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Low Desert Restaurant
At Smoketree behind Ralph’s

District 4 Registered Voters...join Joe for a Taco Tuesday!

Drop in to sign the City’s Nomination Form so Joe has the 80-120 signatures to officially file for the District 4 Council seat.

The event will take place inside the restaurant where it's cool. Enjoy a free taco bar when you purchase a beverage of your choice.