Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California
The band of may allow a downtown motorcycle rental shop on its property despite a city council vote that turned down Eagle Rider Palm Springs' bid. Because the tribe owns the Ramon Road and Indian Canyon Drive site, owners of the motorcycle shop were given the opportunity to appeal the council's April decision to the tribal council, which has the final decision. "It's black and white as far as the land use goes, but the community is claiming to be affected,'' tribal planning director Tom Davis said. The tribe has 30 days to make a decision. There have only been 23 appeals to the tribal council in 24 years and about 18 of those resulted in the tribe overturning the city's decision, he said. Eagle Rider Palm Springs currently is located near Interstate 10 on Indian Avenue, but the owners want to move to the site of an abandoned gas station. Resident Jane Smith, a vocal opponent of the downtown motorcycle shop, said noise and traffic are the key issues. "I would think that anyone who enjoys the quality of the atmosphere in Palm Springs would not like motorcycles revving up and down the street.''