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Really. It sucks being one of only a handful of Democrats up here in the Morongo Basin of the Mojave Desert. There are secret sympathizers, I know, but few in this deep deep red district will admit to an admiration for equality and tolerance, for government infrastructure and services or a willingness to pay a fair share of their income in order to pay for a civilized, educated public.

There are a lot more of us down in the Low Desert communities of the Coachella Valley. There must be; in 2012 the Coachella Valley sent Raul Ruiz to DC as their Congressional Representative.

Would you like to meet other Kossacks on a semi-regular basis in the Real World? Scary though that thought may be, a monthly meeting would allow us to exchange notes and tips on the activism within our communities and to meet other like minded political junkies in our area.

They say it starts to cool off around here after Labor Day, but they also say there is a man walking around on the moon. Just in case neither is true, how about meeting at the Food Court in the air-conditioned Westfield Mall on Saturday, Sept 20 at 1:00pm? (Westfield Mall at Monterey and 111 in Palm Desert)

Did you know that Palm Springs is home to the oldest wind farm in the US? Or that Duke Energy now owns the 21 MW solar array just outside the city limits of Twentynine Palms? Did you even know we had a solar array that could generate 21 megawatts of power?

21 Megawatt Solar Array
Twentynine Palms
Fun fact: After the last lake in the desert, Lake Cahuilla, evaporated, the Native Americans discovered shells from the ancient seabed, called conch. They called the area Conchia Valley, which then become Coachella — “the name means nothing,” he notes.

Palm Springs Life

Originally posted to Susan Grigsby on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics, Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks, Los Angeles Kossacks, San Diego Kossacks, and Coachella Kossacks.

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