About Blake Herzog

I cover news in Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City and anywhere else it happens to come up.

Recent Posts

System glitch (?) derails first Ritz-Carlton bookings

St. Patrick’s Day was supposed to be The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage's first day of accepting reservations for its May 15 opening, but due to a “system glitch,” no one was able to book a sta March 17th, 2014

Palm Desert looks at undergrounding district, strategic plan

The Palm Desert City Council is set to vote on creating an assesment district so an area of South Palm Desert can begin the process of putting its utility lines underground, a major milestone in a pro February 26th, 2014

A Rancho Mirage candidate by any other name…

Stuart Whiteeagle Ackley, who included his middle name on his nomination papers for the Rancho Mirage City Council race, has filed a voter fraud complaint against fellow candidate Charles Townsend Vin February 26th, 2014

Truth or Consequences, Rancho Mirage edition

  Today, a council that has been able to function pretty well over the last four years continued to unravel, with weeks left before the April 8 election. Four out of five incumbents and tw February 25th, 2014

Coming home to Air Force One

Lee Simmons of Palm Desert was able to use his connections to get himself and wife Jeannette next to the media riser in front of  Air Force One on the Palm Springs International Airport tarmac Fr February 14th, 2014

Jet Jam can go on, Secret Service says

This hasn't been an easy couple of weeks for the Monster Energy Jet Jam Invitational, held every February by the Coachella Valley Radio Control Club at its field near Thermal, but the show of 80 s February 14th, 2014

Whitewater Park expansion cost, Ritz update on Rancho Mirage agenda

The expansion of Whitewater Park will go under the Rancho Mirage City Council's microscope again Thursday, as additional discussion, new items including lighted pickleball courts and the city app February 5th, 2014

‘Team Rancho Mirage’ raises stink over Hines’ deleted Facebook post

"Team Rancho Mirage," the joint City Council campaign of councilmembers Dana Hobart, Iris Smotrich, Ted Weill and Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Charles Townsend, sent an e-mail blast Sunday n January 27th, 2014

An eventful Cathedral City City Council meeting

On Wednesday the Cathedral City City Council approved a return engagement for Shorty's Rib Fest, which its organizers said brought about 3,500 meateaters to Town Square last spring, and heard a pi January 15th, 2014

Palm Desert OKs $20K sponsorship for new jazz festival

The Palm Desert-based American Jazz Institute won a $20,000 sponsorship from the City Council Thursday for a new festival it plans to launch May 17-18, with one day of performanceseach at the Livi January 9th, 2014

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