Pala Today News – 2/14/20

Written by on February 14, 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.


Happy Valentine’s Day – the origins of which date back to Roman times and the festival of Lupercalia.  The mid-February event celebrated the coming of spring and paired off men and women by lottery.  The Pope replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day in the 5th century and it became a day to celebrate romance.  Actual messages, or valentines began appearing in the 1500s and commercially printed valentine cards first popped up in the U.S. in the mid-1800s.  Early cards commonly depicted Cupid, the Roman god of love along with hearts, the traditional seat of emotion.

Southern California must be the most romantic place in the country.  Nearly half of Yelp’s 100 Most Romantic Places for Valentine’s Day are right here in the southwest corner.  #1 however, went to The Pink Door in Seattle.  In fact, the top SoCal spot only made #6 – The Perch, a rooftop restaurant in LA.  The highest-ranking romantic restaurant in San Diego County was  the South Park Italian pasta place, Piacere Mio at #8.  A total of six San Diego restaurants made the list.  Nonno’s Ristorante in Murrieta ranked #21 and is the only place on the list in Riverside County.  Habana in Irvine and Costa Mesa ranked #29 and 48.  Orange Hill in Orange is #45. Trevor’s at the Tracks in Capistrano came in at #79.

California poppies are starting to pop along the 15 freeway north of Escondido, signaling the start of wildflower season.  Experts aren’t saying whether there will be yet another wildflower superbloom – the third in four years.  But it’s starting to look a little unlikely.  Southern California is made up of hundreds of micro-climates.  So predicting overall conditions can be misleading.  Last year, Borrego and the hills of Walker Canyon north of Lake Elsinore had especially abundant flowers.  So far this season, we’ve had a couple of cold snaps that are critical to cracking open poppy seeds and stimulating growth.  Sustained rains in February following the cold are what lead to superblooms.  But so far there hasn’t been much rain and the National Weather Service is predicting dry weather for the next two weeks.  The rain total for Lake Elsinore since July 1 stands at just over 8 ½ inches.  Last year, the area scored a whopping 24.8 inches for the year.   In Borrego, park officials think this may be a good, but not spectacular year.  Last year, the valley got 4 ½ inches of rain in February, leading all the microclimates to bloom simultaneously.  This year will probably be small pockets, one at a time.

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 first half of the season wrapped up last night with Oklahoma City at New Orleans and the Clippers at Boston.  Tonight the US takes on the World team.  The NBA All-Star game is Sunday

In college basketball – A full schedule tomorrow including UCLA hosting Washington, USC hosting Washington State, Cal State San Marcos hosts Cal State Dominguez Hills and USD hosts BYU tomorrow.  About 20 of the NCAA Top 25 are playing including #1 Baylor hosting #14 West Virginia.  #4 San Diego State’s next game is Sunday at Boise State.  The Aztecs are going for their 26th straight win against no losses this season.

In the NHL – The Ducks hosted Calgary last night.  Four games tonight.  Eleven more tomorrow night including the Kings at Colorado.  The Ducks’ next game is Sunday at Vancouver.

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

In Major League Baseball – Angels manager Joe Madden said yesterday that pitcher Justin Anderson will be out for four to six weeks with an oblique muscle injury suffered Tuesday playing catch.  He’d only made a few throws when he felt abrupt pain.  He said it was like being stabbed.  The former 14th round pick made his Major League debut in 2018 and missed much of last season with injuries.

In the NFL – With Phil Rivers leaving the Chargers, head coach Anthony Lynn says last year’s backup, Tyrod Taylor has a shot at earning the starting slot for 2020.  Lynn recently signed a one-year contract extension that keeps him with the Bolts through the 2021 season.  Lynn had previously worked with Taylor in Buffalo.

In Lacrosse – The San Diego Seals are at Colorado tomorrow.

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 – The Genesis Invitational continues through Sunday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

The Daytona 500 is coming up Sunday at Daytona Beach, Florida.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no scheduled games today or tomorrow

Great Oak – Tomorrow – CIF Wrestling; beginning at 10a a baseball double header against Norco, JV hosting, varsity and freshmen away; boy’s lacrosse at Los Alamitos beginning at 5p

Valley Center – girls’ wrestling at CIF at Steele Canyon at 3p; boys’ and girls’ basketball against Ramona beginning at 4p, JV hosting, varsity away; girls’ water polo at CIF quarter finals against Mission Hills in La Jolla at 5:15p; Tomorrow – boys’ wrestling in CIF Div IV at Army/Navy in Carlsbad.

Fallbrook – no schedule published


The U.S. auto industry appears headed for its fourth straight decline in sales. One thing you can count on is the world’s favorite car color.  Especially in Southern California, it’s white.  Over 28% of vehicles in LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties are white – the highest of any metro area in the country.  Nationally, white is the #1 color as well at 23.9%.  In San Diego, it’s 27.4%.  In fact, it’s the most popular car color just about everywhere except Europe.  It’s extremely popular in the Far East.  Southern California’s high Asian population may influence the overall numbers here as well.  Everybody knows it’s cooler in the hot summer sun.  But its clean look is seen as having an eco-friendly vibe.  Black is the #2 choice for So-Cal at 21.6%. Gray got 18.8% and silver got 15.3%.  All other colors combined only make up 16.4%.  If you want to stand out in SoCal, get an orange car.  Only 3 tenths of one percent of Southern California cars are orange.  (LA Times)

Retail gasoline prices are fluctuating right now.  The average price for a gallon of regular in San Diego County was up two cents yesterday from the day before at $3.47, bringing it almost back up to where it was a week ago and just four cents less than a month ago.  One year ago the average price was $3.26.  The average is more than a dollar less nationwide with a few statiobns now under $2 a gallon.   The lowest local price is $3.12 at two independent stations at the intersection of 5th and Centre City Parkway in Escondido.  The lowest price in southwest Riverside County is $3.24 at Sam’s Club in Murrieta.


Four new wide releases this weekend at the movies.  “Sonic the Hedgehog” looks likely to do the best.  The SEGA video game adaptation opens on 4,100 screens and has a 64% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  Last week’s #1, “Birds of Prey” will slip into second place.  The PG-13 thriller, “Fantasy Island” is expected to open in third place.  The only romance film this Valentine’s weekend, “The Photograph” is expected place fourth.  Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 81% fresh rating.  “Downhill” is the fourth newcomer and might not make this week’s top ten.  Only 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.  And this year’s big Oscar winner, “Parasite”, the Korean language features will expand to about 2k screens.

20 of last year’s favorite slang terms and phrases have been added to  Some of them include …

  • “Megxit”, the mashup of Meghan and Brexit describes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from their senior roles in the British royal family.
  • “Baby Yoda”, the popular character known as the Child in in Disney’s “The Mandalorian” Star Wars spinoff.
  • “OK Boomer”, an internet slang phrase used to humorously or ironically call out close-minded opinions associated with baby boomer generation or older people in general.
  • “Self-partnered”, a synonym for single.
  • “Cheetle”, the brand name for the powdery orange residue on your fingers after eating Cheetos.
  • “Porch Pirate”, a thief who takes packages left by carriers like Amazon, UPS and Fed Ex outside front doors and in apartment lobbies.

And three terms aimed at white women:

  • “VSCO girl”, an insult for a young woman who posts trendy pictures of herself on the app of the same name, wears scrunchies and Birkenstock sandals, texts new-this-year to terms “sksksk” and “I oop” and generally seeks online attention.
  • “Becky”, a woman who is unaware or takes advantage of her social position.
  • And “Karen”, an entitled, obnoxious, often divorced mother from Generation X who nags and often demands to speak to retail and restaurant managers.

The buzzworthy words were selected by analyzing search data, monitoring trends on social media and tracking themes within pop culture.

On this day in music history – February 14,

  • 1968, Manfred Mann were at #1 in Britain with their version of the Bob Dylan song, “The Mighty Quinn”. It peaked at #10 in the U.S.  Dylan had recorded it in 1967 during the Basement Tapes sessions, but didn’t release it until 3 years later.
  • In 1970, The Who performed at Leeds University in England. The show was recorded for their upcoming “Live at Leeds” album which has been cited by multiple music critics as the best live rock recording of all time.  In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their weeklong stint as co-hosts of the Mike Douglas TV talk show.
  • In 1977, singer songwriter Janis Ian received 461 Valentine’s Day cards after the lyrics in her latest song “At Seventeen” revealed she never received any at that age.
  • In 1986, Frank Zappa appeared in an episode of “Miami Vice” as a crime boss named Mr. Frankie.
  • In 1987, Bon Jove began the first of four weeks at #1 with “Livin’ on a Prayer”.
  • In 1992, the movie “Wayne’s World” premiered including cameos by Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper. The use of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the film propelled it back onto the charts, peaking at #2 nearly 20 years after its first release, having topped out at #9 the first time.
  • In 2003, stolen reel to reel studio recordings by The Beatles of songs from the White Album and Abbey Road were recovered by police in Australia when they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspapaer.
  • In 2010, Doug Fieger, lead singer with The Knack died from lung cancer. He co-wrote “My Sharona”, the biggest hit by any act in 1979.  Sharona Alperin was Fieger’s 17-year old girlfriend when he was 25.
  • In 2016, Adele was at #1 with her third album, “25”.

Born on this day …

  • In 1937, Chicago blues musician Magic Sam. He died of a heart attack at age 32.
  • In 1945, guitarist for The Animals, Vic Briggs.
  • In 1946, guitarist and keyboard player with The Steve Miller Band, Doug Simril.
  • In 1972, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20. His biggest hit came when he was with Santana in 1999 with “Smooth”.

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