Jeffrey Bernstein will run for District 2 of the Palm Springs City Council
Jeffrey Bernstein, owner of the Destination Palm Springs gift and lifestyle store, will officially announce Monday that he will be running for the Palm Springs City Council District 2 seat in November.
The seat, currently held by Dennis Woods, is one of three to be elected this year. Ron deHarte, president of Greater Palm Springs Pride and chairman of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission, announced last week that he would be running to replace District 3 Councilman Geoff Kors, who announced he would would not show up.
“Two of the most important drivers of our local economy are its unique retail and our world-class hospitality; Jeffrey brings significant experience in both,” said the statement, prepared by Kors’ husband, Jeffrey Williamson.
Bernstein is an elected director or former director of numerous civic and tourism organizations, a founding member of the Palm Springs Roundtable, and chairman of the Measure J.
“I’m running because I know what makes Palm Springs special and unique – its people, its businesses and its myriad community organizations – and I want to make sure we work together as a city to support them all so that we were guarding this city like no other,” Bernstein said. “I know what it takes to build sustainable, community-focused institutions and businesses, and I want to bring my knowledge and experience to the benefit of the city council.”
Personally and through his business, Bernstein has worked on partnerships with local nonprofits, including DAP Health, Human Rights Campaign, Desert LGBTQ Community Center, Modernism Week, Palm Springs Animal Shelter, the Palm Springs Cultural Center, the Palm Springs International Film Society and the Palm Springs Library.
Before moving to Palm Springs, Bernstein spent 25 years in the television industry, started his own e-commerce business, owned and operated a restaurant, and founded a national AIDS awareness organization.
He said if elected, he would hold monthly meetings with district residents, businesses and neighborhood organizations. District 2 encompasses Little Tuscany and Racquet Club Estates on both sides of North Palm Canyon Drive to East Vista Chino, and extends east to Whitewater Club and El Rancho Vista Estates. It also includes Oasis del Sol, Rogers Ranch, and other neighborhoods.
The city’s electoral district maps are currently being redrawn, with minor modifications expected.
“From public safety, to housing and homelessness, to many other important issues, I will work hard to do what is best for our city and those who work and live in District 2,” he said. -he declares.
Bernstein said he has won the endorsement of many civic and business leaders. He and his husband, Dr. Oscar Chamudes, live in the Oasis del Sol neighborhood with their dog, Archie.
He is due to announce his race at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall.