Pala Today News – 2/13/20

Written by on February 13, 2020

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.


A second person from the quarantine group at MCAS Miramar was confirmed yesterday to have the coronavirus.  Both patients are in isolation at UCSD Medical Center along with a third being held for observation.  This is the 14th confirmed case in the U.S. and 8th in California.

New cases of the flu in San Diego County have dropped for the third straight week, although seven more people died from it, bringing the total in the county this season to 57.  That compares with 30 at this time last year.  According to county health officials, this week’s patient deaths were all between the ages of 60 and 89 and all had underlying medical conditions.  There have been a total of over 15k flu cases confirmed in San Diego County this season compared to 4,400 at this time last season.

Riverside Sheriff’s deputies served a half-dozen search warrants yesterday uncovering about two tons of illegal marijuana.  The grows were in and around the community of Aguanga.  The warrant locations included properties on Misty Meadow Drive in Aguanga and Bonnie Lane in Anza.  Four people were arrested and almost 10k plants plus 411 pounds of processed pot were seized.  Officials from the multi-agency enforcement sweep also discovered a honey oil lab, two stolen vehicles and three illegal firearms.

The governing board of Palomar College on Tuesday finalized the resignation of school President Joi Lin Blake effective June 30.  Acting President Jack Kahn will continue to run the college.  Ms. Blake has been on administrative leave since December 17.  All of this comes as Palomar struggles with financial deficits and faculty dissatisfaction with Blake’s leadership.  The Faculty Senate in October contended Blake rushed expensive changes including simultaneously opening two satellite campuses – one of which is just west of Pala at the 76 and I-15, thus over-extending Palomar’s financial resources.  One month later, the state rated the district at “high risk” of insolvency.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said today that parts of California are back in moderate drought conditions due to lower than normal rain and snowfall this winter.  Just under 10% of the state including the central and Southern Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley are included.  A less severe designation of “abnormally dry” was given to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and LA Counties and parts of Northern California.  State water authorities note that reservoirs are at or above historical averages thanks to a wet 2019.  The National Weather Service says a dry pattern will prevail for the next two weeks and if that doesn’t change, this will be the driest combined January and February on record for LA.  San Diego is doing a little better, though still below average for rainfall this year.  So far this season, Pala has had 7.81 inches of rain.

President Trump will make a visit to Southern California next week including a fundraising stop at Oracle chairman Larry Ellison’s estate in Rancho Mirage.  Tickets range from $100k for a photo opportunity and golf outing for two, up to $250k for the same plus a roundtable discussion.

Expect lane closures on both directions of I-15 between Nichols Road and Temescal Canyon in Lake Elsinore tonight between 6p and 4a as engineers gather data in preparation for a $22m slab replacement project.  Actual construction will begin the middle of next month.  It’ll mostly be done at night and will take about 18 months to complete.

For the third straight day, there was a mild earthquake in eastern San Diego County.  This one measured 2.9 and hit just after 5:03p yesterday about 18 miles east of Julian.  It was lightly felt from Julian west into San Diego.

A reminder that Tuesday, February 18 at 1:30p is the deadline to register to vote in the March 3 election.  Check to see if you’re registered, register and if registered non-partisan, make adjustments to be able to vote for presidential candidates at .


In the NBA – The Lakers needed overtime to beat the Nuggets in Denver 120-116.  In the night’s other overtime game, Orlando beat Detroit by the same score.  Cleveland thumped Atlanta 127-105.  Washington over the Knicks in New York 114-96.  First-place Milwaukee fell to Indiana 118-111.  Lowly Brooklyn broke Toronto’s 15 game win streak 101-91.  Memphis over Portland 111-104.  Charlotte beat Minnesota 115-108.  The Mavericks lassoed the visiting Kings 130-111.  Luka Doncic had 33 points in that game.  Utah over Miami 116-101.  And Phoenix topped the visiting Warriors 112-106.  Just two games tonight to finish off the first half of the season and begin the All-Star Break.  Oklahoma City at New Orleans and the Clippers at Boston.

In college basketball – #3 Kansas prevailed at #14 West Virginia 58-49.  Unranked Georgia Tech knocked off #5 Louisville.  Visiting #23 Creighton upset #10 Seton Hall in New Jersey 87-82.  #11 Auburn needed overtime to beat unranked Alabama 95-91.  #15 Villanova defended its ranking against #18 Marquette 72-71.  Three other Top 25 teams won against unranked opponents.

Cal State San Marcos hosts Cal State LA tonight at 7:30p.  USD is at Pepperdine.  UCLA hosts Washington State. A big showdown tonight at Oregon as the #17 Ducks host #16 Colorado.

In the NHL – The Kings beat the visiting Flames last night in LA 5-3.  Vancouver shut out Chicago 3-0.  And the Bruins beat the Candiens in Boston 4-1.  Eleven games tonight including the Ducks hosting Calgary.

Two years after having the rug pulled out from under the NHL’s participation in the Winter Olympics in the form of the IOC not picking up any of the players’ previously covered expenses like charter flights, accommodations and insurance, Olympic organizers are back at the table trying to win back the league.  Seems the 2018 Games’ hockey tournament kind of flopped without the U.S. team.  The IOC proposed restoring previous funding levels and exploring partnerships on promotion and media rights – something the NHL never did enjoy, even though they interrupted their regular season schedule to accommodate the Olympics … up until 2018.  League commissioner Gary Bettman is keeping the pressure on the IOC saying, “we’re very comfortable with not going to the 2022 Olympics”.

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls play tomorrow and Saturday at Iowa.

In Major League Baseball – position players are beginning to arrive at training camp to join pitchers and catchers that arrived earlier this week.  The first games in both the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida are one week from tomorrow.

In the NFL

In Lacrosse

In Soccer – The San Diego Sockers routed The Blast 5-1 last night in Baltimore.  Their next game is Monday hosting Ontario at Pechanga Arena.

In golf – At the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, today is round one.  As of 10a, Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee had the lead through 12 at 4 under par.  J.B. Holmes is the defending champion. He teed off just before noon.

Tokyo Olympic organizers today promised that this summer’s games will not be waylaid by the virus that is spreading from neighboring China.  The 2020 Summer Olympics are just five months away.  And the torch relay begins next month in Japan.  Meanwhile, authorities in Shanghai, China have recommended that all public sporting events in that city be suspended due to the outbreak.

NASCAR Duels tonight at Daytona Speedway in Florida with the Daytona 500 coming up Sunday.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – boys’ soccer at Southern California Yeshiva in La Jolla t 3:30p; boys’ basketball at High Tech Mesa at 4:30p

Great Oak – no scheduled games today

Valley Center – soccer against Ramona beginning at 3:15p, girls’ hosting, boys’ away

Fallbrook – no schedule published


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed.  The Dow was down 2 tenth of a percent.  The S&P and NASDAQ were each up a tenth.  Gold was up $7.80 to $1,579.40 an ounce.  Oil was up 20 cents to $51.37 a barrel.

Stocks have done well under the Trump administration with all three major U.S. indexes at or near record highs and the Trump campaign is reaping the rewards from businesses that have thrived the past three years.  So far, this election, no S&P 500 CEOs have donated to the campaigns of either the poll-leader Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.  Not surprising since the two have repeatedly attacked companies and called for major structural change.  But other Democratic candidates are winning over a few top business executives.  Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden are getting support as CEOs vote with their wallets.  As a result, Buttigieg has been attacked by Sanders supporters who now call him “Wall Street Pete”, which they wouldn’t be able to do if Sanders were getting any Wall Street CEO donations.

The publisher of The Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald and dozens of other major newspapers has filed bankruptcy.  McClatchy Co.’s 30 newsrooms will continue to operate as usual as the company reorganizes under Chapter 11 protection.  The publisher dates back to 1857, just after the gold rush when it began publishing a four-page paper that eventually became the Sacramento Bee.


Though word from China was that the coronavirus outbreak spread was slowing, officials today revealed the largest one-day increase so far in new reported cases. Almost 15k new cases have been found in the Hubei Province whose largest city is Wuhan, bringing to the total diagnosed in China to over 48k.  The death toll rose to 1,310 with the addition of 242 more in one day.  The sharp jump illustrates the difficulty in figuring the extent and severity of the illness outbreak at its epicenter where thousands of sick people remain untested.  A shortage of resources for testing has led health officials to diagnose infections based on lung scans alone.  That can lead to immediately including in the tally those who simply have pneumonia resulting from flu.  The head of the World Health Organization says the course of the outbreak could still go in any direction.  Unlike previous pandemics, MERS and SARS, the current virus is highly transmissible, though probably less often fatal.

On this day in music history – February 13,

  • In 1961, Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. It was called Reprise Records.  It’s the reason he’s called “The Chairman of the Board”.  Founding principles under Sinatra was that artists have full creative freedom and eventually, complete ownership of their work.  Reprise became the home of acts including Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and The Beach Boys.
  • In 1967, The Beatles released the double A side single, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” which went to #1 for ten weeks.
  • On the same day The Monkees announced they would play on their own recordings instead of studios musicians who had been used up to that point.
  • In 1969, Bob Dylan recorded versions of “Lay, Lady, Lay” in Nashville. It was originally written for the soundtrack to the movie “Midnight Cowboy”, but wasn’t submitted in time to be included in the film.
  • On the same day, a launch party was held for the release of Mary Hopkin’s album “Postcard”, the American version of which included her hit single, “Those Were The Days”. The label had been created a year earlier by The Beatles on which to release their own material.  It became the home of the group’s discovery, Mary, as well as James Taylor, Badfinger, and Billy Preston.
  • 50 years ago today, on a Friday the 13th, Black Sabbath released their self-titled debut album. It was the first successful heavy metal album.
  • In 1971, The Osmonds began the first of five weeks at #1 with “One Bad Apple”. The singing brothers had been appearing on Andy Williams’ network TV show since 1962.
  • In 1978, Dire Straits began recording their first album in London. It included the hit “Sultans of Swing” whose inspiration the group’s Mark Knopfler got from seeing a mediocre jazz band playing in a practically deserted pub.  After the performance, the leader announced that they were the Sultans of Swing.
  • In 1982, the marble slab was stolen from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant’s grave. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
  • In 1993, founding member of Musical Youth, Patrick Waite died at age 24 from a hereditary heart condition. The group had a #1 hit eleven years earlier with “Pass the Dutchie”.
  • In 2002, country singer Waylon Jennings died in his sleep after a lengthy fight with diabetes.
  • In 2007, Rod Stewart was paid $1m to perform at a New York millionaire’s 60th birthday party.

Born on this day …

  • In 1919, Tennessee Ernie Ford, who had the 1955 #1 hit “Sixteen Tons” – Capitol Records first #1 hit of the rock era, though it was not a rock song
  • In 1942, Peter Tork of The Monkees, who died one year ago next week at the age of 77.
  • In 1950, singer, songwriter and record producer Peter Gabriel
  • In 1961, Henry Rollins from Black Flag
  • In 1966, Freedom Williams, singer with C+C Music Factory

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