Paul has served on the Palm Springs City Council since 2011. The third generation in his family to call Palm Springs home, Paul is a proud product of our local Palm Springs Unified School District, attending Cahuilla, Raymond Cree and Palm Springs High School. As a child, Paul lived in the Sunmor and Deepwell neighborhoods, so he understands the need to protect the quality of life that Palm Springs offers its residents.
Paul spent much of his time working in his family’s art gallery business which was located at 193 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Between Lewin Gallery (now the site of Lulu) and Adagio Galleries (now the Palm Springs General Store), Paul practically “grew up on Palm Canyon.” Paul also managed the gallery in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Being raised in this community as well as a former merchant on Palm Canyon is what drives Paul to serve you on your City Council. Paul understands the dedication it takes to make a business work in our city, and his experience has taught him what the Council needs to do to support a thriving city.
When elected in 2011, Paul promised to bring “practical solutions to Palm Springs” and “A Fresh Perspective.” As a result of Paul’s first term on council, a number of positive changes have happened in our city. These include:
• creating the first ever Renter’s Assistance Program if tenants are displaced due to condominium conversion of apartment buildings
• bringing the popular Forever Marilyn Sculpture to downtown
• implementing the Buzz Shuttle Service
• initiating a successful Film Incentive Program
• vastly increasing road paving and reconstruction
• revitalizing and re-opening the Historic Wellwood Murray Library
• helping to build a year-round economy through new summer tourism events, supporting the iHub and CVEP as well as encouraging new construction projects to be designed to succeed in summer months
• decreasing military jet noise
• promoting bike lanes
• enhancing safe streets with new and more visible crosswalks
• saving tax dollars by cutting down on energy waste and water waste
• re-opening our skate park for children
• rehabilitating our community pool
• enacting sensible water laws that prohibit blatant water waste, but do not stop people from enjoying their private property rights
• investing in the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Center, the Demuth Community Center and the Mizell Center
• balancing preservation with growth by investing in the renovation of a landmark E. Stewart Williams building (now the Architecture and Design Musuem) as well as designating the Robinson’s building across the street as historic to protect that streetscape.
Under Paul’s leadership, and with the support of his colleagues on the council, the City of Palm Springs has thrived. By growing our economy sustainably, we have been able to fully fund our public safety levels, while attracting new homeowners and tourists.
In addition to his duties on the council, Paul has served as Chairman of the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Public Safety Committee; Vice-chair of ERICA; and as a member of CVAG Energy and Environment Committee and as an alternate to the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission and Riverside County Transportation Commission.
Academically, Paul distinguished himself by graduating Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Geography/Environmental Studies. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in International Development.
If you’re still reading this page, then you might be interested to know that Paul likes to grow fresh herbs in his garden, shares his home life with the beautiful Kelly McLean, and a cat whose mother was found abandoned at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Paul is known to be a lover of musical theater but a pretty awful singer and guitarist. He asks that you judge him on his public policy votes, and not his karaoke skills. :)