Physiqueflex saidI know a handful of gay conservatives here in Palm Springs, and they complain to me about how liberal it is here.
Considering the mayor is a gay Democrat, and we recently ousted a Republican House rep replacing her with a Democrat, I'd say the city is probably more liberal than conservative. Down valley, however, is pretty much a conservative wasteland.
The City Councilors are non-partisan offices so their political party affiliation is unknown.
I know that most gay residents in Palm Springs are in denial about the conservative leadership, at the city and county levels.
Whether they are registered Republicans, or registered Democrats, is irrelevant, since they are definitely NOT progressive.
They have conservative policies identical to that of Riverside County, and they represent the conservative business interests of Palm Springs and Riverside County.
If the Mayor is a Democrat, he is a DINO (Democrat in Name Only).
The main issues are homeless and the lack of affordable housing. The local leadership wishes to retain the status quo of independently owned and operated businesses and limited permits for affordable housing for the gay population. There are only about one or maybe two Corporate Owned and Operated Apartments in Palm Springs, from Corporations out of state. The rest are down in Palm Desert and La Quinta.
Most gays prefer inexpensive, large corporate owned and operated apartments, with fitness centers, large pool areas, spas, saunas, etc. like you find in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Vegas.
I would like to see your sources for this, in particular your claim about the type of housing "most gays prefer."
Also, your statement about people not being progressive doesn't make sense when you follow that up with the lack of apartments owned by out of state corporations. I don't think any progressive would have problems with a city that is friendly to locally owned businesses. Why encourage an economic policy that is likely to suck the wealth out of the city rather than bringing it in.
Still, there's plenty of affordable housing here. You can buy a manufactured home here for under $100K, a condo under $150K, and a house for under $200K. Admittedly you might need to do some work on them, however. You can also find places to rent at reasonable prices, but in my experience most gays, especially, are coming here to buy.
Finally, I question how much you really know about this area based on your claim that most "corporate owned apartments" are in La Quinta and Palm Desert. Unless you meant to say "country clubs" instead of "apartments".