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Palm Springs releases hundreds of pages of archived documents on Section 14 and Frank Bogert

Statue of former Palm Springs Mayor Frank Bogert outside of City Hall. The statue was removed in 2022
Statue of former Palm Springs Mayor Frank Bogert outside of City Hall. The statue was removed in 2022

A new development in the controversy around former Palm Springs Mayor Frank Bogert and the history of Section 14.

Hundreds of pages of archived documents are now viewable on the city’s website. The historical records range from the early 1930s to the late 1960s.

Section 14 was home to hundreds of people, mostly minority families, until the 60s. They were evicted and their homes razed for the city’s development.

While the city has formally apologized, it is currently facing a lawsuit for the actions and investigating reparations proposals.

Bogert’s statue was removed from city hall last year amid public outcry and allegations of his involvement with the Section 14 removals.

Now, the organization "Friends of Frank Bogert" are saying in a statement to News Channel 3:

"The newly released documents support what Friends of Frank Bogert have contended for two years -- that the city council acted on false information when voting to remove the statue.”

- statement from friends of bogert

A spokesperson for the city of Palm Springs replied to our request for comment on Thursday:

"The documents were found in the fire department storage area at the City Yard following several public records requests related to Section 14 . In the interest of transparency, the City Clerk’s office posted them online Monday. The City plans to post additional documents in the future. The documents speak for themselves," writes Amy Blaisdell, communications director for the city. "The City of Palm Springs is currently in the process of hiring a consultant to review the history and these types of documents. The contract is expected to be awarded in April."

News Channel 3 is still reviewing the documents.

You can see the documents below:

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