5 Things to Know: Monday, October 19

Welcome to 5 Things to Know – a daily rundown of things you might want to be aware of if you live in, visit, or just like being aware about what’s going on in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As always, thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

1) The Coronavirus

Riverside County reported 791 new cases and three new deaths in since Friday. There have been 1,272 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.

Here is the latest on what’s going on in the desert:


  • As Kevin mentioned above, things do not look good for Riverside County in terms of staying in the red tier.  The county should’ve been placed in the purple tier last week (which would lead to closures of things like indoor dining and movie theaters), but the country was given an additional 7 days by the state to “make a case” that the status should remain the same.  A decision is likely to come tomorrow.  On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated, “there are parts in Southern California we remain very concerned about.”
  • During a phone call with reporters about his campaign, President Trump referred to Dr. Fauci and other government health officials as “idiots.”  Trump also claimed in the call that, the American people are “tired of covid” and “hearing Fauci and all these idiots.”
  • Trump remains the President of the United States and, on his watch, things are going pretty bad:


2) Palm Springs Will Stop Blocking Part of Palm Canyon for Outdoor Dining

Less than two months into expanding outdoor dining into part of Palm Canyon Drive by closing a few lanes down, the city has announced they will soon end the practice due to a pending lawsuit and a few complaints that somehow it was restricting access in the area.  It appears the plan now for the area during the pandemic is to just do the same thing and to expect different results.

3) Teens Arrested Following Alleged Assault at Local Trump Rally

A 14-year-old and 15-year-old were taken into custody this weekend after police say they were involved in an altercation that took place at a Tump rally in Palm Springs.

Police say that the group of Trump supporters were confronted by a group of juveniles, on Gene Autry Trail about 4 pm.  One member of the Trump rally says they witnessed a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old assault another member of the rally, according to police. The witness said the teens then fled, with the witness chasing after them to Home Depot across the street.

The witness said he grabbed one of the teen’s arms to detain him after the teen tried to hit the witness. Police reported the teen at that point pulled an Airsoft pistol from his waistband and struck the witness in the back of the head multiple times, causing moderate injuries. The witness was able to knock the pistol from the teenager’s hand and hold him until Palm Springs officers arrived.

The 15-year-old was charged with being in possession of a high-capacity magazine. The 14-year-old was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury.

4) You Can Buy This Palm Springs Home for the Low, Low Price of $25 Million

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House has hit the market and it can be all yours for $25 million. The home has quite the history of being photographed and has been owned, at points, by Barry Manilow and former Chargers owner Gene Klein.

The home, which as five bedrooms and six baths, is considered one of the most important Midcentury homes ever built and recently underwent a five-year restoration, which you can read about here.

If someone were to offer full price, it would be the biggest home sale in Palm Springs history, beating the previous record of $13 million for the Bon Hope spaceship estate.

5) It’s the Last Day to Register to Vote Online in California

Hey, if are not registered to vote, you should probably do that if you want to have your voice heard.  You can register here.

If for some reason you don’t register online today, you can still cast a ballot with conditional voter registration through election day, but, really, you can make things easier by just taking a few minutes to do it now.

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Wear a mask.