Security Breach at Address Verification Company May Compromise DMV Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles, out of an abundance of caution, is notifying customers that a company it uses to verify vehicle registration addresses has had a security breach.  DMV systems have not been compromised and it is unknown if DMV data shared with the company has been  compromised. An investigation is underway.  Automatic Funds Transfer Services, Inc. of Seattle was the victim of a ransomware attack in early February that may have compromised information provided to AFTS by the DMV, including the last 20 months  of California vehicle registration records that contain names, addresses, license plate numbers and vehicle identification numbers. AFTS does not have access to DMV customers’ Social Security numbers, birthdates, voter registration, immigration status or driver’s license information, therefore this data was not compromised.  Upon being notified of the potential breach, the DMV immediately stopped all data transfers to AFTS and notified law enforcement, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   “Data privacy is a top priority for the DMV. We are investigating this recent data breach of a DMV vendor in  order to quickly provide clarity on how it may…

Protestors push for recall at Gov. Newsom’s Coachella visit

Protestors unhappy with Gov. Newsom gather outside of his press conference in Coachella. “Use your voice. This is why we have the first amendment. Freedom of speech. You use it, and don’t let them take it away from you,” said Randy, a protestor from Los Angeles. The group’s main message: end the lockdown and recall the governor. “I’d love for people to be able to live free in our beautiful country,” said Randy. The protestor’s platform aligns with the petition seeking to remove governor newsom from office. The organization Rescue California says almost 1.6 million signatures have been collected on that petition, and the verification process is underway. “What the January report showed is that 84 percent of our signatures were valid actually, rounding up 85, so that’s where we need to be,” said Ann Hyde Dunsmore, the campaign manager for Rescue California. Wednesday morning, NBC Palm Springs asked Gov. Newsom directly about the petition, however, he ignored the question. “How do you feel about the recall? There’s groups here that have been arguing, opposing, your position, so how do you feel about that?” Asked Regina Yurrita, a reporter for NBC Palm…

Indio hits milestone of 200 PPE donations

This week the City of Indio will hit a milestone of 200 businesses and nonprofits receiving personal protective equipment courtesy of its PPE Business Assistance Program. Indio’s City Council authorized the Free PPE program in the fall of 2020 to prioritize the safe and cost-efficient reopening of its most vulnerable businesses.  A significant quantity of free disposable masks and rubber gloves are still available to eligible businesses and nonprofits that complete a simple form on the City’s website.  This PPE distribution is paid for through the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. “Free masks and gloves are not huge investments, but the cost adds up for businesses trying their best to keep their doors open right now,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes.   While the 200 number is notable, it represents just over 10 percent of the locations with current business licenses in the City of Indio.  “We hope our business community takes advantage of this program.  The application takes just a couple of minutes to fill out,” added Mayor Holmes. Winchell’s Donuts, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Sloan’s Restaurant are a few of…

IRS says all $600 stimulus payments from December bill have been sent

The Internal Revenue Service has sent out $600 payments from the December stimulus package to all of the eligible taxpayers it has on file as Congress continues to negotiate over a third round of checks. While it’s possible that some paper checks or debit cards are still in the mail, there could be some eligible recipients who haven’t received their money and will have to claim it on their 2020 tax return. The IRS was required to issue the payments by mid-January so that it could move on to processing this year’s tax returns. Eligible people who have moved or changed bank accounts since they filed their 2019 tax returns may not have received the money but can claim it on their 2020 tax return. Those who aren’t required to file federal taxes because they earn too little may have also missed out and will have to file a return this year to get the cash. More than 147 million payments were issued for the second round, which was authorized by Congress in late December. About $142 billion was sent, helping boost retail sales in January for the first increase in months.   Who is eligible? Not…

Still breezy; strongest winds stay west

While a large portion of the country is experiencing a lot of winter weather, Southern California is sitting under blue skies and mild February temperatures. Palm Springs has climbed into the low 70s this afternoon. Breezy conditions will continue across the valley through the evening hours with gusts between 20-25 MPH on average. The National Weather Service has issued a Windy Advisory for the Inland Empire, as well as Riverside County mountains for gusts between 25-30 MPH. The advisory goes into effect at 10:00 p.m. Nice-for-February temperatures will persist into Thursday with warmer weather arriving just in time for the weekend. The First Alert Weather Team is watching an approaching low-pressure system that looks to bring more wind to the desert on Saturday. Current gusts look to be near 35 MPH and below First Alert Weather Alert Day criteria. Stay tuned as the forecast evolves! Have you downloaded the ‘KESQ First Alert’ app yet? It’s FREE! Click here. You’ll stay up-to-date with the latest weather videos. In addition, be able to monitor the changing conditions from wherever you are! The post Still breezy; strongest winds stay…

Gobernador de California visita jornada de vacunación de campesinos al este Del Valle de Coachella

El Gobernador de California junto con otras autoridades del Condado sorprendió con una visita una jornada de vacunación de 350 campesinos en una compañía empacadora de frutas en Coachella. La presencia del mandatario hace parte de una campana estatal para promover los esfuerzos de traer las vacunas a los sitios mas marginados que han sido al tiempo los mas afectados durante la pandemia del coronavirus. El Estado ha logrado administrar 6.2 millones de dosis , mientras tanto los esfuerzos para inmunizar a 20 mil campesinos al este el valle avanza lentamente. En el momento el Condado confirmó que ha logrado la vacunación de 2.300. Organizaciones como TODEC han participado activamente en los esfuerzos que ademas se centran en jornadas en educación para los trabajadores del campo . Adicionalmente el Gobernador anuncio la destinación de 24 millones de dólares en vivienda temporal para el programa de trabajadores esenciales que requieran aislarse debido a un potencial contagio. según cifras campesinos y población latina siguen teniendo un riesgo mas alto de contagios de la enfermedad. The post Gobernador de California visita jornada de vacunación de campesinos al este…

Newsom Visits Mobile Farmworker Vaccination Clinic in Coachella Valley

Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday toured a packinghouse-turned-vaccination clinic for farmworkers in eastern Riverside County, where he announced $24 million in additional funding for a state program that provides temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who must isolate due to COVID-19. The governor toured Sea View Packing in Coachella, where Medjool dates and other fruits are packed. Riverside County on Tuesday set up a three-day mobile vaccination clinic at the site. “Thank you to the farmworkers,” Newsom said during a news briefing, with an orange in his hand. “These things don’t just magically appear in the grocery store. There are folks out there every single day in 120-degree heat that make sure these arrive in your grocery store.” The Sea View Packing location will inoculate between 300 and 350 people a day, according to county spokeswoman Brooke Federico. She said the site, set to operate through Thursday, is part of a broader county effort that began more than a month ago that is now targeting different packinghouses, ranches and farms, which have combined to inoculate about 2,300 agricultural workers. Department of Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari…

Family Raises Money For Funeral of Young Man Found Dead in Burned Vehicle

Family members of a young man found dead in a burned vehicle in a rural segment of the Coachella Valley were seeking donations Wednesday to pay for his funeral expenses. Deputies sent to the area of Pierce Street and Avenue 70 near Mecca on Jan. 24 found a charred vehicle with Guillermo Jacobo’s remains inside, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Jacobo’s death is being investigated as a homicide, according to Sgt. Rick Espinoza. Family members set up a GoFundMe page earlier this week to pay for the funeral. They had collected about $4,500 of the $10,000 goal as of midday Wednesday. According to Jacobo’s cousin, Stephany Zamora, he was last heard from on Jan. 19 at about 3 a.m. before he left to drive two men to a bus stop near Airport Boulevard in Thermal. His body was later found about 10 miles south closer to Mecca. Additional information about the investigation was not provided. Anybody with information about the homicide was urged to call sheriff’s Central Homicide Investigator Munoz at 760 770-2452 or 951-955-2777. The GoFundMe page can be found HERE.

473 New Coronavirus Cases, 19 New Deaths Wednesday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials are reporting 473 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths Wednesday bringing the countywide totals to 287,063 cases and 3,577 deaths. There are 69 new COVID19 cases and 1 new death in the Coachella Valley. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 3,999 (+7) cases, 58 deaths Cathedral City: 6,830 (+9) cases, 97 (+1) deaths Palm Springs: 3,559 (+6) cases, 105 deaths Rancho Mirage: 1,056 (+4) cases, 37 deaths Palm Desert: 3,781 (+6) cases, 98 deaths Indian Wells: 188 cases, 6 deaths La Quinta: 3,258 (+10) cases, 53 deaths Indio: 11,921 (+16) cases, 184 deaths Coachella: 7,731 (+2) cases, 78 deaths Thousand Palms: 1,010 (+1) cases, 6 deaths Bermuda Dunes: 613 (+1) cases, 7 deaths Thermal: 465 cases, 5 deaths Mecca: 1,113 (+2) cases, 17 deaths North Shore: 344 cases, 2 death Oasis: 859 (+2) cases, 6 deaths Sky Valley: 211 cases, 4 deaths Cabazon: 305 cases, 4 death Anza: 145 (+3) cases, 1 death There are 28,086 active cases of coronavirus. This number is derived from the total number of confirmed cases and the…

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