On the outside of City Hall, above the entrance to the City Council Chamber, are the words: “The People Are the City.”
Palm Springs is a City of great neighborhoods because our residents choose to make a difference in the places where they live. In 2005, the City Council formalized a process for officially recognizing neighborhood organizations throughout Palm Springs. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) was created to provide residents with responsive, coordinated services which promote and support collaboration and communication through the recognized neighborhood organizations. At that time the organization was knows as Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Committee (PSNIC.) Over time and united effort, the City officials increased opportunities for citizen involvement and built strong partnerships between City Hall and the community through these recognized neighborhood organizations.
In 2015, with the organization achieving city-wide recognition, the name was changed to: Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs, (ONE-PS.) Working with the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, ONE-PS provides a forum with representatives from these certified neighborhood organizations which meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month (except August).
As of January, 2017 there are now 44 recognized organized neighborhoods which form ONE-PS. This organization is still in the process of growing!
ONE-PS is a network of Palm Springs neighborhoods that gives voice to the issues and concerns of our community. We collectively seek practical solutions, and promote two-way communication between City residents and City officials on matters and events of broad civic and social interest.
Responsibility for decision-making and recommendations lies with representatives of formally certified neighborhoods. All City constituencies are potential partners, advisors, and beneficiaries.
We encourage the exchange of information and promote civic involvement. We sponsor and coordinate activities such as regular meetings, forums, task-specific work groups and social events and disseminate word of our activities primarily through these encounters and via the Internet.
Our goal is to improve the quality of life for Palm Springs residents and to enhance the experience of our visitors. Our objectives are to create an informed and engaged citizenry, to encourage pride in our City and a sense of responsibility for it and to strengthen the City's overall economic and competitive standings.
We believe organized neighborhoods empower Palm Springs.
ONE-PS aspires to be the broadly recognized and generally accepted consensus voice of the residents of Palm Springs.
We will be an increasingly visible and identifiable organization, providing all geographic areas within the City experienced leadership and effective representation for the benefit of our community.
We will be a sought-after resource for information, opinion and perspective on matters of interest to Palm Springs and thereby have an impact on decisions affecting our City.
Our events will be eagerly anticipated, well-attended and fully staffed with motivated volunteers. and our composition will be as inclusive and as diverse as our City.
Our impact on the community will help attract new residents to move here and businesses to establish or relocate here. We will be part of the welcome on their arrival.
We will be a component of the overall Palm Springs "brand," contributing to our City's appeal, recognition and stature throughout the state, the nation and the world.
The ONE-PS Organization holds a general meeting on the second Thursday of each month (except August).
At the meetings you will find a representative from each of the certified neighborhoods, a representative from the City Council, the City Manager, The Mayor of Palm Springs, the Chief of the Fire Department, a Representative of the Police Department, various agencies which have requested to be on the agenda and many more people who are interested in what is happening in the City. At each meeting there is time for people to make public comments of both events and of opinions.