Since August 2019, I’ve worked at The Desert Sun, an award-winning daily newspaper that serves California’s Coachella Valley.
As the business reporter, I aim to write stories that inform readers about the local economy, and hold public and private institutions accountable. I love chasing down answers to reader’s questions about developments in their cities, and sharing the stories of the entrepreneurs who call the desert home.
Hospitality & local entrepreneurs
Bigger isn’t always better
Before the 2020 spring tourist season, I explained the rising popularity of small, boutique hotels opening up in the Coachella Valley.
I’ve uncovered the truth behind delays of major projects in the valley, like a lawsuit stalling progress on Coachella’s first hotel.
A watchdog for travelers
I aim to look out for consumers — that’s why I collated what resort fees cover at some of the valley’s hottest travel spots.
AsiaSF in Palm Springs
A transgender performance venue landed with a splash in Palm Springs, bringing its legendary Bay Area experience to the desert.
Palm Springs Vintage Market
The Palm Springs Vintage Market is one of my favorite places to hang out, and I loved creating this multi-media package on a few vendors!
The onset of coronavirus
As soon as the coronavirus pandemic started, the valley’s hospitality industry took a major hit that will be felt for years to come.
Southern California got its first drive-thru dispensary when Harborside figured out a way around a state ban.
Cannabis and coronavirus
In California, cannabis companies are “essential” during the pandemic, but they can’t get the same aid as other small businesses.
Development on hold
Sunniva promised a state-of-the-art cultivation facility in Cathedral City, but the company ran into legal issues that put plans on hold.
Real estate, architecture & development
Surf club proposals
I broke the story of a luxury surf club planned for an unincorporated area in the east valley. As of early 2020. the plans had not yet been approved by Riverside County.
As a newbie to the architecture reporting beat, I loved breaking the story on plans to relocate Albert Frey’s groundbreaking Aluminaire House somewhere in Palm Springs.
Monitoring the market
The Coachella Valley is one of the few places in southern California where median home prices are attainable, but many are still priced out with sky-high home prices.
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