Frank Aleshire January 2000 From the “Desert Sun”, Palm Springs CA –
Frank Aleshire, the Palm Springs city manager responsible for getting the city’s first traffic light downtown, died Saturday after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 75. He is survived by four grandchildren and sons Peter of Phoenix, Brian of San Bernardino and David, who currently serves as Palm Springs city attorney.
Though it has been 26 years since Frank Aleshire was city manager, the city’s current residents and visitors still enjoy many of the projects undertaken during his tenure, including downtown sidewalks and one-way traffic on Indian Canyon and Palm Canyon drives. Aleshire managed to placate downtown merchants who disapproved of his idea to do away with two-way traffic on Palm Canyon. "Dad’s technique was to tell them it would be temporary to see how it work," son David Aleshire said. "Then he would always tell me, 'There’s nothing as permanent as a temporary solution.’ "
Frank Aleshire began his career in municipal government after serving as a World War II test pilot and then graduating from Stanford University. After working as assistant city manager in Ontario, city manager in La Puente and city manager of Pico Rivera, he landed the job as Palm Springs city manager in 1964. He couldn’t have been happier. "He just thought it was a tremendous coup," David Aleshire said. "It was world famous, and here he was coming from this little city that no one had heard of. He thought he had died and gone to heaven. He was so proud of coming in and feeling that he’d made it."
He left the city in 1973 to become chief administrative officer of San Diego County. He then became city manager in Scottsdale, Ariz., before returning to California to become city manager of Carlsbad. He retired in 1988."He had a very keen sense of what public service was -- that there was a sense of honor in public duty," said Mayor Will Kleindienst.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St. in Carlsbad. In lieu of flowers, Aleshire requested prior to his death that donations be made to one of three charitable causes:
The CORO Foundation, the Fran and Frank Aleshire Memorial Trust, 174 Bonview, San Francisco, CA 94110 Leadership 2000, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, P.O. Box 130491, Carlsbad, CA 92009