Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Governing Body of the Tramway

The seven-member Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority, a public agency and public corporation of the State of California, is the governing body of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

The Authority was created by the Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority Act Ch.1040 of the Statutes of 1945, as amended by Ch.70 of the Statutes of 1947 and Ch.1004 of the Statutes of 1951, of the State of California.

Two members of the Authority are appointed by the Palm Springs City Council, two by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and three by the California Governor. They serve without compensation for a four-year term.

The Authority has had nineteen chairpersons since its inception: O. Earl Coffman  (deceased), V.W. Grubbs (deceased), G. David Ackley (deceased), Burton Spivack, John Blatt (deceased), Elliot Field, Richard Shalhoub, Bette Myers, Lloyd Maryanov (deceased), Nancy Stuart, Kathy Block, Ric Service, Elvin W. Moon, Michael McCulloch, Jon Sheinberg, John Wessman, Janice Oliphant, Bary Freet and currently Jerry Ogburn.

Regular meetings of the Board shall be held in June, August, October, January, February and April on the third Wednesday of each meeting month at 9:30 a.m.

Current Authority members and their terms of office are:

  • BARY FREET, Palm Springs. Businessman. Appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Term expires September 2020.
  • JANICE OLIPHANT, Indian Wells. Businesswoman. Appointed by the Governor. Term expires January 2014.
  • JERRY OGBURN, Palm Springs. Businessman. Appointed by the Palm Springs City Council. Term expires September 2019.
  • BRIAN NESTANDE, Palm Desert. Businessman. Appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Term expires September 2019.
  • JON SHEINBERG, Los Angeles. Businessman. Appointed by the Governor. Term expires January 2014.
  • NANCY J. STUART, Palm Springs. Businesswoman. Appointed by the Palm Springs City Council. Term expires September 2019.

Each Authority Member shall serve a term of four years from the date of appointment, and continuing thereafter until the Authority Member has been reappointed, resigned or a successor has been appointed.