Second Tribute Band Concert Series To Begin in Palm Springs Downtown Park

(CNS) – The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce will begin its second series of free tribute band concerts Wednesday at the Palm Springs Downtown Park. The concert series will be hosted on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the park, located at the intersection of Museum Drive and Belardo Road. The series ends in April 2023. Wednesday evening’s performance will be by Ronstadt Revival, a Linda Ronstadt tribute act. Future performances include tributes to Freddie Mercury, Queen, Prince, Bon Jovi and Journey, chamber officials said. The first series included tribute performances to Madonna, Elton John, Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac and Creedence Clearwater Revival. “Our city now has the perfect outdoor venue in which to host a concert series like this,” Chamber CEO Nona Watson said at the launch of the first series. “Our goal is to bring visitors and residents from throughout the Coachella Valley to downtown Palm Springs during the middle of the week so as to provide a boost to our local bars, restaurants and retail businesses.” The concert series is sponsored by the city of Palm Springs, P.S.

Coachella Valley Firebirds Lend A Helping Hand at FIND Food Bank The Coachella Valley Firebirds are set to hit the ice in their first home game in just under two weeks on Sunday, Dec. 18. On Tuesday, the players and staff took a break from practice to help out in their community. “We’re stepping foot into what we want to make our home and I think it’s important to recognize the needs of the community and step in and help when we have a chance,” said Dan Bylsma, Coachella Valley Firebirds Head Coach. Players, coaches, and their families offered helping hands to assemble and pack boxes filled with canned and dry goods for seniors experiencing food insecurity.  “Having the team here today to be able to help pack up the food is something that we’re very excited about and it’s one of the things that we’ll be doing to engage and be involved with the community while we’re out here for the long term,” Steve Fraser, Coachella Valley Firebirds President.  Even some little hands joined in to make a big difference in the community.  “Here in the Coachella Valley, FIND Food Bank serves approximately 25,000

Supervisors Deny Pay Hikes for County Elected Officials

(CNS) – In a 4-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday rejected proposed double-digit percentage salary increases for five Riverside County elected officials, whom one supervisor said he respected but did not believe were entitled to enlarged paychecks. “Please, if you like, you can spend time explaining why these poor elected officials (are) being starved to death, but don’t waste your time on me,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said ahead of the vote. Jeffries set the tone for the debate over the proposed pay hikes for incoming Auditor-Controller Ben Benoit, Assessor-Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana, District Attorney Mike Hestrin, Sheriff Chad Bianco and Treasurer-Tax Collector Matt Jennings. Joining the supervisor in his opposition were board Chairman Jeff Hewitt and Supervisors Manuel Perez and Chuck Washington. Supervisor Karen Spiegel abstained. “I really don’t see any reason right now to propose higher salaries,” Perez said. “If folks want to study this further, they can. But right now, I’m not supporting this.” Spiegel signaled a willingness to entertain the proposed hikes but requested additional time so the Executive Office could produce a more thorough report justifying the timing, process and necessity

Judge Denies Mistrial Motion in Palm Springs Quadruple Homicide Case

(CNS) – A judge Tuesday denied the defense’s motion for a mistrial and will exclude new evidence in the retrial of a Cathedral City man accused of gunning down four people in Palm Springs. Jose Vladimir Larin-Garcia, 23, is being tried on four counts of first- degree murder for the Feb. 3, 2019, deaths of Jacob Montgomery, 19; Juan Duarte Raya, 18; Yuliana Garcia, 17; and Carlos Campos Rivera, 25. The charges include a special-circumstance allegation of multiple murders and sentence- enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. Jurors in his first trial deliberated over seven days and indicated March 8 they were deadlocked. A new jury was sworn in on Sept. 26. Following an evidentiary hearing Tuesday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos said he will deny a motion for a mistrial and that rediscovered evidence — a long-missing eighth shell casing — will be excluded from the trial. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Paixao said, “This is extremely incriminating evidence that I think the jury should be entitled to hear about.” But Villalobos said that while he believes the late discovery of evidence

Riverside County COVID-19 Cases & Flu Hospitalizations Increase

COVID-19, RSV and the flu. A winter flurry of illness, crowding local hospitals with patients. “It’s a triple whammy,” Riverside County Public Health’s Senior Public Information Specialist, Jose Arballo, shared. “They’re reporting risk activity, particularly in their ERs. The pediatric units are almost full. In some cases, they’ve activated their search plants, just like they did during COVID.” But, it’s not just patients seeking care. “It’s the staff themselves,” Arballo continued. “You have either staff calling in sick or you have staff having to take care of family members who are sick. It’s actually a two pronged problem.” And this flu season isn’t like ones in years past. “The flu season is normally from October through April or May,” he explained. “That’s normal of RSV, which has been here before in past years, but it hasn’t gotten to this point this quickly.” With the holidays quickly approaching, infections will most likely increase. “You’re gonna get people coming together in tight quarters, probably not doing social distancing, so that’s why it’s traditionally the time when our COVID cases go up,” Arballo said. “In some cases, they