Palm Springs will spend up to $85,000 to investigate the mayor’s camera


The Palm Springs City Council voted to spend an additional $85,000 to investigate a recording device that was active in Mayor Robert Moon’s office earlier this year.

With the mayor not voting, the remaining council voted unanimously to earmark as much as $85,000 to Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson a Los Angeles Law Firm (because why hire local, Palm Springs) for the investigation, according to the Desert Sun. That’s on top of $25,000 that was authorized in August by the City Manager’s office.

Moon said he bought the Blink system, which includes a camera and microphone, after he noticed some of the items in his office had been moved.

“I can assure you that this is no fun for me, my colleagues, and our staff, especially in light of what our city went through with our former mayor,” councilmember J.R. Roberts said during the meeting (via KESQ). “As much as I am certain that in my heart nothing will come of this, I think we owe it to our community to go through the process, and I think it will set a tone for the future integrity and we take our laws, and ordinances that we create as we expect the public to take them.”

In July, both Moon and Roberts voted against a plan that would cost the city $346,000 to bring back the Palm Springs Buzz shuttle, saying the money could be put to a better use.