Tonight the Palm Springs City Council will get a visit from Nacho Libro, a popular character who reads to Coachella Valley children. Nacho Libro will be there to support Latino Books y Mas, a bookstore under threat.
Latino Books y Mas, known as the last independent bookstore in Palm Springs, is current on its lease, which runs through March 2015. But owner Luciano Ramirez received a notice Aug. 16 that his lease was being terminated 2½ years early and he would have to move out by Sept. 15.
The mall in which the bookstore is located, Desert Fashion Plaza, has been tagged for a $100-million redevelopment. Described by the Desert Sun newspaper as a "largely defunct shopping mall," its other tenants include an AT&T store and a California Pizza Kitchen.
The redevelopment of the 13-acre site is being driven, in part, by the city of Palm Springs, which acquired part of the property in June.