Palm Springs library board unaware Pougnet worked for Meaney

from the Desert Sun

“About six months before the long-closed Welwood Murray Memorial Library in downtown Palm Springs was due to open after an extensive renovation, the library’s board of trustees was met with a startling request: rent part of the library’s back patio to a restaurant in exchange for patio renovations, maintenance and safety costs. The restaurateur would be Richard Meaney, according to members of the Palm Springs Public Library Board of Trustees … Until late April, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet was a paid consultant for Meaney. Pougnet says the business relationship goes back to March 2013 but library board members were unaware of it until recently.”