In the early 1960s, the Palm Springs residing Mayor Frank Bogert issued an order to destroy the homes of Section 14 residents. The residents were not given sufficient notice, and many did not receive any notification.
Residents were abruptly forced from their homes; the homes were burned down by the city’s fire department and bulldozed to the ground.
Many residents came home from work and school to find their homes demolished. Over 200 homes were destroyed, contributing to many years of ongoing harm. More information can be obtained about Section 14 in the 1968 Attorney General’s report, which described this action as a “city-engineered holocaust.”
Fast forward 60 years: The city council of Palm Springs recently issued an apology for the housing destruction and the harm done to the Section 14 residents.