In early September, 2010, one of our members discovered that the family's household pet of over 20 years, a desert tortoise, was missing. They reached out to the Indian Canyons Neighborhood organization, which alerted all members via email with a phone number to call if the tortoise was found. A neighbor spotted the tortoise, and thanks to the email from ICNO, was able to contact the pet owner.
Taylor Cushomore, ICNOs Chairman of Safety and Security, was quoted in an article in the May 24, 2010 issue of The Desert Sun. The article ran under the headline "Volunteers help fill patrol gap left by laid-off police officers." Taylor is a member of Palm Springs Citizens on Patrol. The group increases the safety of our neighborhood by patrolling it regularly, and reporting to the police or other appropriate city agencies suspicious activity or conditions. Taylor says "We will not take the job of police officers during layoffs, (but) we will do our job more frequently." Because of a reduction in police manpower due to recessionary cutbacks, Citizens on Patrol has increased its hours to include the noon to 6:00 pm period in addition to its main goal of patrolling between 6:00 pm and midnight, according to Taylor.
ICNO works, when an observant and considerate neighbor notices a sprinkler system at a home nearby has been running for 24 hours, turns off the water to the system and contacts ICNO, who in turn was able to contact the owner of the home and get repairs underway to protect their landscaping.
Recently a home on Camino Real was identified as a problem for immediate neighbors and our own Taylor Cushmore working in conjunction with the tribe and local law enforcement were able to manage the situation to everyone's benefit.
One of our concerned neighbors recently reported to a member of the board an issue regarding two street lights, one at the intersection of Camino Real and Murray Canyon Rds, and at the intersection of S Palm Canyon and Murray Canyon Rd.
This neighbor had attempted to get these lights repaired by reporting the outage to no avail.
We are pleased to report that these street lights are now repaired and we have our neighbor and the neighborhood organization to thank.
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