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County Residents Receiving Food Aid Can Expect Another Boost in Benefits

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County residents who rely on government assistance for grocery purchases can expect another boost in benefits next month because of the coronavirus emergency, officials say. According to the county Department of Public Social Services, CalFresh recipients are in line for a third supplemental installment for June, coming after increased allotments in March and April. “Customers received, on average, an extra $170 in April,” said DPSS Assistant Director for Self-Sufficiency Allison Gonzalez. “Those extra dollars add up and can help struggling seniors and families keep nutritious food on the table.” CalFresh is a state-administered program that’s federally supported through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which replaced food stamps in the prior decade. Recipients are supplied with electronic benefits debit cards for use in stores. There are income limits for applicants, but Gonzalez said anyone is welcome to apply to determine whether they or their family qualifies. DPSS officials said that, thanks to the March and April infusions, a family of two which typically took in $53 in CalFresh benefits was temporarily eligible to receive up to…

Mastro’s and Morton’s Announce Reopening

Mastro’s Steakhouse and Morton’s the Steakhouse in Palm Desert have reopened their dining rooms for the local community to enjoy, while following CDC Guidelines and recommendations such as limiting in-dining capacity to 25 percent as well as: Employee Screenings & Health Practices – We will be screening our employees daily.  If they have a temperature exceeding 100 degrees or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, they will be required to stay home until they are symptom free, without the use of medication, for 72 hours and satisfy all CDC requirements prior to returning to work.  We will allow our staff to wear face masks and or at the request of the guest and practice enhanced measures such as frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Social Distancing – Necessary steps will be taken to ensure that we are encouraging social distancing including spacing seated tables as required by each state.  Signage will be posted in each location to further encourage these practices in the entry area as well as restrooms. Temporary high traffic areas such as playgrounds will be closed where applicable. Enhanced Sanitizing and Disinfecting – All areas…

Hair salons will open as soon as this week

SACRAMENTO — Hair salons and barbershops will soon be reopening in 47 counties across California, including San Bernardino County. Gov. Gavin Newsom said that, while the pandemic is in no way over, California will be allowing more businesses to reopen…

Motorcycle chase ends in crash

LANDERS — Motorcyclist Shervin Hosselnian, a 45-year-old from Lake Forest, allegedly tried to evade a traffic citation for speeding Thursday and led CHP officers in a chase that ended in a crash.

Members of short-term rental industry develop plan to reopen

A recent post on Facebook about a stay at a Palm Springs Air BNB quickly became controversial as several people pointed to the city’s ban on short-term rentals. “Currently the state is not allowing any leisure travel, so that includes hotels, motels, time shares or vacation rentals. The city had our own order, we’re not renewing that and we’re going to follow state rules,” said Geoff Kors, mayor of Palm Springs. Despite the restrictions, the social media post says the group was able to rent a home for a Memorial Day weekend trip. NBC Palm Springs conducted a search on Air BNB for available rentals, we found a handful of listings in Palm Springs. While some owners said they couldn’t accept renters at this time, a few made special offers. “We do know that not everyone follows the rules, and the first fine for someone illegally operating a vacation rental is $5,000 and people could lose their license to do it,” said Mayor Kors. But local companies that have followed the guidelines say they’ve lost thousands, and are now calling on the state to reopen…

The Gardens on El Paseo Officially Back Open

The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert welcomed shoppers back on Tuesday after being closed since March 19, 2020 because of COVID-19 stay at home orders. “Today is a really special day for us it’s reopening day for The Gardens on El Paseo,” says The Gardens general manager Patrick Klein, adding that right now about a quarter of the 50 stores are open, “we expect more stores will be opening over the course of the week and we’re just really excited to welcome back our shoppers.” Among the stores now open for full retail are XCVI, a casual clothing store. Store owner Anat Srulovitz says when she heard the news she headed to her shop and got it ready, “I disinfect everything and we’re waiting for the customers to come but it was a really, really happy day  that we heard that we can come back,” she says adding that being closed for months during peak season was tough and will take some time to get back to her regular sales, ” it was very slow, I think people are still checking and afraid…

Ernie Ball Offers Free Masks to Coachella Valley Residents

Ernie Ball, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium guitar strings, bass strings, and guitar accessories, who recently changed a portion of its production line to include making face masks, is now offering them free to Coachella Valley residents to assist during this novel coronavirus outbreak. Residents can sign up online and request up to five free face masks with delivery included. Masks, which come in both children and adult sizes, will be shipped directly to their home. The guitar accessories plant, located in Coachella, is producing approximately 500, two-ply 100% cotton knit jersey masks each day to help meet the community’s need. The first several runs of masks were donated to employees and clienteles of Martha’s Village, one of the largest providers of homeless services in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County, as well as to local farmworkers and agricultural companies.  They have also donated to several local food banks, police and fire departments, and local health facilities. “I’ve had incredible role models my whole life, especially my dad and my grandpa. They have been really effective at taking a bad situation and figuring out…

Newsom Clears Way For Hair Salons To Reopen

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – In an announcement that will delight shaggy-haired residents statewide, Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday cleared the way for barbershops and hair salons to open in counties that have been cleared to move deeper into California’s reopening roadmap, including Riverside County. Riverside is one of 47 counties in the state that have been granted “regional variances” needed to open more types of businesses. The variances are based on criteria such as the rate coronavirus infections and deaths and availability of testing and contact-tracing. The variances allow counties to move deeper into Stage 2 of the state’s reopening roadmap, most notably allowing the resumption of limited dine- in service at restaurants and in-person shopping at retail establishments. “Along those lines, they (counties) will be able to add in barber shops and hair salons to those regional variations starting today,” Newsom said, adding that the businesses will have to operate with substantial safety modifications. “We put those guidelines out … and those counties will begin to allow for those kinds of operations with meaningful modifications, with the appropriate protective gear, particularly face coverings that are so…

Hair Salons and Barbershops Allowed to Reopen in Riverside County

The governer is now allowing hair salons and barbershops to reopen in some parts of California as the state moves into the new normal. In a Tuesday noon press briefing, Governor Gavin Newsom announced counties granted regional variance can now allow the reopening of barbershops and hair salons. The variances are based on information from the coronavirus infection rate, death rate, testing ability and contact tracing. “We put those guidelines out … and those counties will begin to allow for those kinds of operations with meaningful modifications, with the appropriate protective gear, particularly face coverings that are so essential in that environment, sanitation requirements and the like,” Newsom said. These personal service establishments must put in place modifications that allow face coverings and protective gear. Riverside County public information officer Brook Federico confirmed the lifting of county restrictions by telephone. The governor said the guidance will be released Wednesday for businesses such as summer camps and child care facilities. Guidelines for film and television production had been expected to be released on Monday, but Newsom said the state is still working with industry officials and…

Desert Hills Premium Outlets Reopen

Desert Hills Premium Outlets today announced that it will reopen May 26.  As part of the reopening process, the property published its comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy, developed in conjunction with a team of leading experts in the fields of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), in order to deliver an elevated set of safety standards at the property. Desert Hills Premium Outlets’ enhanced safety protocols have been communicated to all tenants, who are expected to adhere to the same rigorous policies in their tenant spaces. Additionally, the property has joined forces with local non-profits to support initiatives aimed at assisting those in the community experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19. “The health, safety and well-being of the community we serve will always be our highest priority, and we have developed a thorough and detailed set of protocols highlighting the exceptional measures we’ve implemented for shoppers, retailers and employees as we reopen,” said Erica Tuttle, General Manager at Desert Hills Premium Outlets. “We also recognize that individuals and families in our community are suffering significant hardship as a result of both COVID-19 and…

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