Palm Springs – a city that is always the last to embrace anything new or, well, anything – appears to have a plan to make sure that those Bird Scooters that popped up in Palm Springs last week do not reappear anytime soon: take their sweet ass time talking about it.
Extremely well compensated city manager David Ready told the Desert Sun that council members were dissatisfied with how the company left the scooters in downtown Palm Springs without telling city officials and now, well, now the city will do basically nothing about it for as long as they can.
With e-scooters off the streets, Palm Springs plans to get input from residents and downtown merchants before crafting scooter regulations.
“It’s at least a couple month process,” Ready said.
Last week, City Attorney Ed Kotkin said the scooters wouldn’t be allowed until the community had a chance to share their views on e-scooters.
As Palm Springs seems to not embrace anything that isn’t a hideous giant baby or without the Wessman name attached, it’s really not a shock that Bird dropped off the scooters without telling the city, which at least gave residents a chance to see what they were all about for a few days so they might come out in support rather than only having the council hearing from the “never change a thing” curmudgeon crowd that typically frequent city council meetings.