Palm Springs

Sonny Bono Became Mayor Of Palm Springs.....

Because the City would not allow him to put up a sign on his new Restaurant.

Sony Bono was born in Detroit, Michigan, and began his music career working for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and gofer.....One of his earliest songwriting efforts was "Needles and Pins." Later, with his Main Squeeze X wife Cher, They preformed as Sonny and Cher....Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On."....Sonny and Cher starred in a popular television variety show, The Sonny and Cher Show, which ran on CBS from 1971 to 1977, where Cher developed her wit and charm and dangerous tongue....Cher received more attention as the musical talent while Sony played the Clown and Baffon.....They divorced in 1975 but continued to do the show for another two seasons until canceled by CBS.....After the series ended, Sony and Cher still got together for the occasional TV show or special appearance on programs like Johnny Carson and later Jay Leno.

Palm Springs; Cahuilla's land once and forever.

The Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians is composed of several small groups of Indians who were living in the modern day Palm Springs area when the Agua Caliente Reservation was established by the United States Government in 1896......The reservation occupies 32,000 acres, of which 6,700 acres lie within the city limits, making the Agua Caliente band the city's largest landowner and they have the final decision of what type or style of building or company a company can build within the city....The reservation land was originally composed of alternating squares of land laid out across the desert in a checkerboard pattern.....The alternating, non-reservation squares, were provided by the United States Government to the Southern Pacific Railroad as an incentive to bring rail lines through the open desert.....It would appear that the Indians at first lost the desert to the white man....But as the reader will realize, the Cahuilla's have gained far more than they ever lost because this small group of Indians dictate what happens on the entire valley floor.