Pala Today News – 11/7/19

Written by on October 7, 2019

The following items are part of the award-winning “Pala Today” newscast heard this day at noon on PALA REZ RADIO™ 91.3 FM in Pala.


The Oceanside City Council last night on a split vote, approved the controversial North River Farms housing development.  Council members Esther Sanchez and Ryan Keim voted against.  The majority of the more than 100 people who signed up to speak about it were also against the project which developers have downsized several times since first presenting plans to the city several years so.  It’s now capped at 585 homes – down from 1,000 originally.  Integral Partners agreed to contribute $1m toward the South Morro Hills Community Plan, $500k towards improvements at Melba Bishop Park, and $100k for Oceanside climate plan initiatives.  They’re also donating one acre out of the 215 for a permanent fire station, will build a mountain bike trail and other recreational facilities and improve North River Road, nearby portions of Vandegrift Boulevard and connecting bridges and intersections leading to the new development.  Traffic and emergency access and egress had been one of the biggest concerns of those against the project.  Some of the area’s oldest and largest farming families supported the project, apparently looking to cash in on rising property values and end farming in the area.  The project had been presented to the Oceanside Planning Commission three times.  All three times, the commission recommended to the council that they deny it.  This was the first time it actually made it to a council vote.

The U.S. Coast Guard has invited Pala to come to its base in Long Beach to honor Native American Veterans one week from today, Thursday, November 14.  David Duro will lead the color guard from the local Native American Veteran’s Association, Diane Duro will lead the Kupa Song and Dance Group in a performance.  Also represented will be Cupa Cultural Center, Pala Environmental Department, Pala Fire Department, Rez Radio 91.3 and several Pala Senior veterans.  The Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation of Kansas and the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin will also participate.  If you’re a Pala resident and would like to go as well, contact Chris Nejo or Shannon Cagey no later than tomorrow afternoon to apply for base credentials for the trip to Long Beach next Thursday morning.

Vista Unified is one of many local school districts tacking the difficult issue of how to significantly cut next year’s budget.  Scores of line items were considered and put in order of priority in a recent special meeting to meet a goal of $13.3m in cuts.  The district, like most in California is benefitting from recent state funding increases.  But the rising costs of pensions, special education, and declining enrollment continue to put them further behind in their overall budget.   Enrollment in the district has fallen about 10% since 2014.  Vista Unified had been planning to convert its high schools from the current six to eight-period days, but cancelled that project in order to save $6m per year and slash their deficit from $19m to $13m.  If Vista doesn’t continue its belt-tightening, the district could risk posting what’s known as a “qualified” or “negative” budget for the next school year, which could trigger greater scrutiny from county and state school officials.

The City of Temecula is closer to building the Diaz Road extension, connecting the northwest portion of the city with the city of Murrieta.  The city council last month approved acceleration of Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee funds from the Western Riverside Council of Governments into the current fiscal year.  Those funds are paid by developers as their “fair share” towards road improvements necessitated by their developments.  The half million dollars in question had been earmarked for next year.  Temecula can now begin the design and environmental consulting stage of construction for Diaz Road with actual construction probably beginning in 2021 or 22.  However, there are still no plans by Murrieta to pave its portion of the road south of Elm Street.

Expect full overnight closures of the 215 in Menifee this Friday and Saturday for demolition of the old Scott Road overpass.  The exact hours have not been confirmed.


In the NFL – Week 10 begins tonight with the Rams at Oakland.

Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos continues to emphatically deny that his team will relocate to London, England.  An article in Monday’s edition of The Athletic reported the Chargers and the NFL could look at moving the team partially over concerns about the team’s viability in LA.  The Chargers haven’t exactly lit the Big Orange on fire since moving from San Diego.  Management believes that can be turned around once they’re in their new stadium, which they’ll share with the Rams – even though the Rams’ owner is the driving force behind that.  Chargers coach Anthony Lynn deferred questions about a possible move.  Quarterback Phil Rivers, who still commutes from San Diego County declined to comment.

Antonio Brown is scheduled to meet with league officials next week concerning accusations of assaulting several women.  Brown is eager to present his side and multiple teams are interested in signing him pending the resolution of the league’s investigation into charges against him.

In college football – A former Villanova football player is suing the NCAA, claiming that college athletes should be paid like other students who are part of work-study programs on campus.  The NCAA and 22 Division I universities are listed as defendants in yesterday’s Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court filing.  They’re not talking big salaries either.  More on the order of minimum wage or just above.  The complaint is being filed by lawyers who have previously tried unsuccessfully to force the NCAA to recognize student athletes as university employees.

In the NBA – The Clippers lost to the visiting Bucks last night at Staples Center, 129-124.  Utah held off a rally by the visiting 76ers and won 106-104.  Dallas edged the Magic 107-106.  Memphis over the Timberwolves 137-121.  Raptors beat the Kings 124-120.  Chicago beat the Hawks in Atlanta 113-93.  Indiana over Washington 121-106.  And the Pistons thumped the last-place Knicks 122-102.  Four games tonight including the Clippers hosting Portland.

In college basketball – Cal State San Marcos is at Biola tomorrow night.  San Diego State is off to a strong start, winning its annual exhibition game against UCSD 86-51 one week ago and its first game of the season 77-42 against Texas Southern Tuesday.  USD lost at Irvine 76-73 Tuesday

In baseball – while the Padres are off and running with their new manager, Jayce Tingler out of the Texas Rangers organization, the Giants are still interviewing for their next skipper even though they have known since February that coach Bruce Bochy would be retiring.  That search is reportedly down to a short list of three – former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa bench coach Matt Quatraro.

In the NHL – Two games last night.  The Rangers routed the visiting Red Wings 5-1.  And the Blues whupped the Oilers in Edmonton 5-2.

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls next game is tomorrow at Bakersfield.

In golf – There’s a tournament this weekend in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  No scores yet reported.  Matt Kuchar is the defending champion.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no scheduled games today

Great Oak – no scheduled games today

Valley Center – no scheduled games today

Fallbrook – no scheduled games today


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up across the board.  The Dow was up 9 tenths of a percent.  The S&P was up a half percent.  The NASDAQ split the difference at 2/3 of a percent.  Gold fell almost 2% to a three-month low – down $27 to $1,466 an ounce.  Oil was up almost a dollar to $57.33 a barrel for the benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude.

Today’s stock advances are crediting a report that the US and China have agreed to cancel tariffs in stages.  It’s unclear which products would be impacted in what order.  Recent market advances have been the result of expectations of progress on a trade deal.  The Labor Department dropped some good news of its own, estimating that 211k Americans filed new unemployment claims over the past week – a one-month low and 4k lower than economists had predicted.

President Trump has been ordered by a New York judge to pay $2m for misusing his charitable foundation.  It’s part of a settlement with the state’s attorney general’s office.

Fast food giant McDonald’s announcement on Sunday confirmed that CEO Steve Easterbrook is no longer with the company as of last Friday.  Details of his separation package were filed Monday.  The change is in no way related to the company’s operational or financial performance – which happen to be declining recently.  It’s for violation of company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee – who happened to also be married.  Chris Kempszinski, most recently the president of McDonald’s USA is the new president and CEO.

Boeing’s new chairman, David Calhoun gave its CEO Dennis Muilenburg a vote of confidence Tuesday by saying he’s “done everything right” in handling the 737 Max crisis in which two software-related crashes killed 346 people.  Members of Congress last week challenged Muilenburg to resign or at least give up pay.  He is giving up a bonus and stock award this year.  Last year, that amounted to $20.4m of his $23.4m compensation package.

A UC Riverside School of Business report released today says the county and all of Inland Empire will do well economically in 2020.  Job growth will continue.  But the real estate market will have low inventory and high costs, leading to a slowdown in that sector.


The three cities of San Diego County’s second energy-purchasing alliance held their first-ever joint meeting Tuesday.  Solana Beach originated the community choice aggregation last year, leaving the door open for other agencies to join. So far, Del Mar and – last month, Carlsbad have done that.  Over the next few weeks, the group will hire staff and vendors, establish rates and complete a plan to submit to the state Public Utilities Commission.  The goal is to provide energy customers within their cities a lower cost alternative to SDG&E by 2021.  Santee and the county are still considering joining this CCA.  The cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and La Mesa created a separate CCA in September.  There are currently about 20 such groups in the state with predictions that CCA’s could provide 80% of Californians’ electricity by 2025.

On this day in music history – November 7, 1951 Frank Sinatra married the second of his four wives, actress Ava Gardner.  They split two years later and divorced in 1957.  In 1967, Reg Dwight and song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed with DJM publishing.  Their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21.  Five years later, Reg legally changed his name to Elton John.  On the same day, The Beatles finished recording “Blue Jay Way”, “Flying” and “Magical Mystery Tour”, making a total of six songs available for a double EP.  Capitol records didn’t think the format would be acceptable in the U.S. and instead added five of the Beatles’ six singles released already that year.  The singles made up Side Two of the album “Magical Mystery Tour”.  In 1969, the Rolling Stones kicked off their 6th North American Tour.  Also on the bill – Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and B.B. King.  In 1975, Elton John began the first of three weeks at #1 on the album chart with “Rock of the Westies” which included the #1 hit “Island Girl”, released just before the album.  In 1987, Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” album was released.  It went triple-platinum and included one of his biggest singles, “Brilliant Disguise”.  In 1991, guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses citing Axl Rose’s personal behavior and difficulties being around the other members now that he was sober.  In 2012, one woman died and 19 other people were injured when a scaffolding collapsed in high winds just before a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa.  The concert went on as scheduled with the band not told about the death until afterwards.  In 2014, Bruce Springsteen offered his acoustic guitar for auction at the Stand Up For Heroes event.  When the bidding hit $60k, he threw in a guitar lesson.  That raised the bidding to $250k, at which point he threw in a lasagna dinner at his home, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorcycle and the shirt off his back. Two wealthy fans won the bidding with $300k going to the Bob Woodruff Foundation for returning injured servicemen.  Born on this day in 1937, Mary Travers from Peter, Paul and Mary.  In 1942, Johnny Rivers.  In 1943, Joni Mitchell.  In 1971, Robin Finck from Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses.  And in 1996, New Zealand singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde.

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