Jeffrey Bernstein announces bid for Palm Springs City Council, District 2

Palm Springs, California — Jeffrey Bernstein today announced that he has filed as a candidate in the upcoming November 2022 election to be the next council member representing Palm Springs City Council, District 2. Jeffrey is a long-time resident, small business owner, and civic leader in the city.

Jeffrey, who founded and operates a very successful retail business in downtown Palm Springs, would become the only business owner and employer on the Palm Springs City Council. Two of the most important drivers of our local economy are its unique retail and our world class hospitality; Jeffrey brings important experience in both. He is the elected retail member of the Board of Directors of Visit Greater Palm Springs, our Convention and Visitors Bureau, an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Hospitality Association, a former member of the Board of Directors of Main Street Palm Springs, a member of the Bureau of Tourism Strategic Advisory Committee, and a founding member of the Palm Springs Roundtable. In each of those roles, Jeffrey volunteers his expertise and time to help grow our economy, create jobs, and make Palm Springs the very special place that it is to live.

“I’m running because I know what makes Palm Springs special and unique – its residents, businesses and its myriad of community organizations – and I want to ensure we work together as a city to support them all so that we keep this city like no place else.” said Jeffrey Bernstein, “I know what it takes to build lasting, community-oriented institutions and businesses, and I want to bring my knowledge and experience to benefit the city council.”

In addition to his business acumen, Jeffrey brings deep community ties and involvement. Jeffrey is Chairperson of the City of Palm Springs Measure J Oversight Commission and a founding member and Chair of the Palm Springs Sister City Committee. Personally, and through his business, Bernstein has worked extensively on partnerships with local non-profit organizations including DAP Health, the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, Modernism Week, The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, The Palm Springs Cultural Center, The Palm Springs International Film Society, The Palm Springs Library, and others.

Prior to moving to Palm Springs, Bernstein spent 25 years in the television industry, launched his own e-commerce business, owned and operated a restaurant, and founded a national AIDS awareness organization.

“As a longtime resident of District 2, I am committed to regular (monthly) meetings with District 2 residents, local businesses, non-profits, and neighborhood organizations so I can be the advocate on the Council that they deserve,” said Bernstein. “From public safety, to housing and homelessness, and many other important issues, I will work hard to do what is best for our city and those who work and live in District 2.”

Already, community, civic and business leaders have endorsed Jeffrey and are supporting his campaign. Among his many endorsements, he has won the support of Celeste Brackley, David Brinkman, Aftab Dada, Mark Davis, Chad Gardner, Gary Johns, Jerry Keller, Dean Lavine, Stephen Monkarsh, Harold Matzner, Jay Naylor, Rabbi Sally Olins, Liz Ostoich, Mindy Reed, Willie Rhine, Ann Sheffer, James Williamson and many others.

Jeffrey is being cheered on from the sidelines by his husband, Dr. Oscar Chamudes, and their dog, Archie.

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