Pala Today News – 2/20/20

Written by on February 20, 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.


Hemet Police are investigating the discovery of three bodies inside a home on Rabbit Peak Way near Domenigoni and Sanderson in Hemet last evening at 8:50p.  The three adult females’ deaths are being treated as homicides.  No arrests have been made and no suspect information was publicly available this morning.

The San Diego County Planning Commission will hear an appeal of the county’s grant of a beer, wine and spirits sales permit for the new Valley Center Rite-Aid.  That hearing will be in San Diego on March 30 at county operations headquarters in Kearny Mesa.  Several months ago, the director of the County Department of Planning & Development Services overruled a request by the VC Community Planning Group to restrict beer and wine sales to before 10p and not allow spirits sales at all.  The planning group is also acting on a complaint that Rite-Aid’s signage violates local guidelines which don’t allow backlit signs.  The county’s compliance officer is looking into that.

The first meeting about physical addressing in Pala was held yesterday at Pala Administration Building.  Over a period of about a year, beginning after the 2020 Census is complete later this summer, Pala Fire and the Pala GIS Department will standardize addresses for homes and other structures in Pala to allow faster, more efficient emergency response – especially by outside agencies, when needed.  According to the GIS Department’s Matthew Deveney, 30% of Pala homes have non-standard street addresses.  Working one neighborhood at a time, all residences with less than five numbers in their address will get new numbers.  Some confusing street signs and a few five-digit numbers will be corrected and the Fire Department will help install standardized, conforming house numbers on all homes and the end of long driveways.   There will be another meeting in July to answer further questions about the physical address changes.  Meanwhile, concerned Pala residents can contact Matthew Deveney at the Admin Building.  760 891 3512.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors yesterday voted to ratify the county’s declaration of a local health emergency due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.  The action is meant as a reassurance to the public that health authorities are working proactively to stay ahead of any health challenges.  The 30-day renewable health emergency empowers Health and Human Services to more effectively respond to COVID-19, obtain mutual aid, and federal and state reimbursement.  HHSA currently has seven patients under investigation.  Six have tested negative and one is awaiting test results.

Members of the Campo tribe are seeking to overturn approval of the proposed Campo Wind project that would build 60, 586-foot tall turbines on the reservation east of San Diego.  Those turbines would be the tallest wind turbines ever built on land.  Opposed tribal members claim their leadership pushed through the project to be built by Tera Gen during an improperly-noticed meeting and have now collected enough signatures to overturn that approval with a revote.  Smaller turbines at the nearby, existing Kumeyaay Wind Farm have caused complaints from residents about noise, flashing lights and blade flicker causing sleep disruption, stray voltages making their way in homes, and drops in property values.

The discovery Saturday of a skeleton along a creek near Munster Platz Road in Valley Center may be the remains of a man who disappeared from his Valley Center home in mid-November.  54-year old Brian Lee Danelson was last seen at Harvest Farms Market November 14.  He lived near the intersection of Lilac and West Lilac Roads.  Because the remains are skeletal, the Medical Examiner’s office has sent DNA to a lab.  It could be up to two months before it’ll be known if there’s a match.

The victims of Sunday’s double fatality on Old 395 south of Reche Road in Fallbrook have been identified.  They are 42-year old former Marine, Rico Burley from Fallbrook, the driver of the 2005 Mustang, and 39-year old mother of four, April Dawn Wigand of Oceanside, his passenger.  Burley was apparently trying to pass other southbound traffic, but had to pull back into his lane, swerving off the road and into an oak tree.  Both victims were thrown from the car which tore in half.  They died at the scene.

The Temecula City Council last week made one new appointment and reappointed three incumbents to city commissions.  Eric Levine will continue to serve on the Community Services Commission.  Brad Sullivan and James Richardson will stay with Public and Traffic Safety.  Eric Willis did not reapply to remain with Community Services.  That seat will be taken by new appointee, Chris Krstevski, whose day job is as Escondido’s lakes and open space superintendent.  Commission terms and the selection process for the city of Temecula were recently changed with terms now ending in December and the city council reviewing applications and hearing candidate presentations without the involvement of a subcommittee.

Rain is looking ever more likely tomorrow night and now, lasting through Saturday.  Up to a quarter inch is expected in Pala.  The full forecast is coming up.  (below)



In the NBA – The regular season resumes today. The Lakers are back in action tomorrow hosting Memphis.  The Clippers take up the second half Saturday hosting Sacramento. 

In college basketball – A big upset last night as unranked NC State embarrassed #6 Duke 88-66.  Unranked Georgia knocked off #13 Auburn 65-55.  Four other games involving ranked teams went to the favorites.  Tonight, USC is at #18 Colorado and #2 Gonzaga hosts San Francisco.  And Cal State San Marcos at Cal State Monterey Bay tonight. 

The University of Pittsburgh’s men’s basketball and football programs have been placed on three years’ probation as part of a series of violations announced today by the Division I Committee on Infractions.  Former basketball coach Kevin Stallings also got a three-year show-cause order, meaning he will have to serve suspension time if he takes another job at a member school.

In the NHL – Six games last night.  Florida routed the Ducks 4-1 in Anaheim.  The Rangers over the Blackhawks in Chicago 6-3.  Dallas edged Arizona 3-2.  The Islanders over the Avalanche in Denver 3-1.  Boston beat the Oilers in Edmonton 2-1 in overtime with David Pastrnak scoring the game winner at 1:14 into OT.  And Minnesota topped Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout.  Eight games tonight including the Kings hosting Florida. 

In Minor League Hockey – The San Diego Gulls beat the Stockton Heat 3-2 last night at Pechanga Arena.

In Major League Baseball – Pittsburgh’s Pablo Reyes has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.  The brand name for the drug is Equipose and is commonly used on horses.  Houston pitcher Francis Martin was suspended for the entire season on Monday for the same Major League drug program violation.

Spring training games begin tomorrow with Texas at Kansas City.  The Padres first game will be Saturday hosting Seattle.  The Dodgers will play the Giants.  The Angels will host KC.

In the NFL – It’s looking ever more likely that the league will move to a 14-team playoff structure with seven from each conference with a 17-game regular season and one less preseason game.  These would take effect in the upcoming season if the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified.

In Lacrosse – The San Diego Seals host Vancouver this Saturday.

In Soccer – The San Diego Sockers next game is Friday hosting the Mesquite Outlaws. 

In golf – Round one of the WGC Mexico Championship is underway in Mexico City.  Dustin Johnson is the defending champion.

In local high school sports

Bonsall – no school and no scheduled games this week

Great Oak – boys’ volleyball scrimmage at Perris.

Valley Center – no school this week; sports practice games only

Fallbrook – no schedule published



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were giving back yesterday’s gains.  The Dow and S&P were each down about 2/3 of a percent.  The NASDAQ was down 1.1%.  Gold was up $9.60 to $1,621.40 an ounce – its highest level in 7 years.  Oil was up 50 cents to $53.80 a barrel. 

Morgan Stanley plans to buy E-Trade for $13b – the biggest takeover by an American lender since the 2008 financial crisis.  It’ll give the traditional investment house a major stake in online trading including an additional 5.2m customer accounts and $360b in assets.  It also continues a strategy away from investment banking and high stakes trading into asset management and steady fees.  E-Trade and other online brokerages had sought to do to Wall Street what Amazon has done to Main Street.  But price wars have led to consolidation – in this case, with the old guard target.  Pending regulatory approvals, Morgan Stanley will buy E-Trade using its own stock at a 30% premium over current value.

Pier 1 Imports announced Monday that it will file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Among stores scheduled for closure are the one on Auto Parkway in Escondido and three others in the county, leaving seven open San Diego locations plus Temecula.



Pala Casino Spa and Resort has once again earned an Auto Club four diamond designation.  The annual ratings were just released.  There are only four hotels in San Diego County that earned five diamonds and none in Riverside County.  They are Carlsbad’s Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Rancho Santa Fe’s Rancho Valencia, Del Mar’s Fairmont Grand, and The Lodge at Torrey Pines.  Just one San Diego restaurant earned five diamonds – the Addison restaurant at the Fairmont Grand.  Addison is also the only San Diego County restaurant to earn a Michelin star.  In Temecula, Pechanga Resort and Ponte Vineyard Inn each earned four diamonds, as did Pechanga’s Great Oak Steakhouse.

Groundbreaking was held yesterday for a recycled water treatment plant in Oceanside aimed at creating a new source of clean, safe, high-quality drinking water for the city.  Pure Water Oceanside is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021 and will be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County.  The $67m plant will take recycled water from the city’s San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility on North River Road and produce 3 to 5m gallons of clean, drinkable water per day.  That’s about one third of Oceanside’s daily needs, reducing reliance on water imported from Northern California and the Colorado River.


On this day in music history – February 20,

  • 1958, an all-star review called “The Big Gold Record Stars” began the first of a six-date tour in Florida – Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Jimmie Rodgers.
  • In 1959, 16-year old Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut playing a show at a synagogue in Seattle.
  • In 1970, the single John Lennon had written recorded and mixed all in one day three weeks earlier was released in the U.S. – “Instant Karma!” was credited to the Plastic Ono Band.
  • In 1976, all four member of KISS put their footprints in cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
  • At the 1977 Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder won Best Album for “Songs in the Key of Life” and Best Vocal Performance for “I Wish”. Chicago won Best Album for “Chicago X”.  Best new artist was the Starland Vocal Band.
  • In 1980, 40 years ago today, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after being found passed out in a friend’s parked car after a night of heavy drinking. The official coroner’s report said he “drank himself to death.”
  • In 2003, 100 people died when concert pyrotechnics ignited the venue during a show by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The group’s guitarist Ty Longley was one of the victims.  Two brothers who owned the club and the former tour manager were charged with involuntary manslaughter. 
  • In 2007, the hair salon where Britney Spears shaved her head set up a website to auction her hair for more than $1m.

Born on this day …

  • In 1941, Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie who wrote the #1 hit for Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong”.
  • In 1944, Lew Soloff from Blood, Sweat & Tears.
  • In 1946, guitarist J. Geils, whose J. Geils Band had a #1 hit with “Centerfold” from their #1 1982 album, “Freeze Frame”.
  • In 1950, Walter Becker, singer, bass and guitar player for Steely Dan.
  • In 1951, Randy California from Spirit
  • In 1953, Cramps guitarist Poison Ivy – real name, Kristy Wallace.
  • In 1967, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana.
  • In 1988, Rihanna, which is her middle name. Her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty from Barbados.  Along with Jay-Z she had a #1 hit in 2007 with “Umbrella”.


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 79 today … 75 tomorrow … rain beginning early Saturday morning with possible thunderstorms and a high of 61 Saturday … a slight chance of rain continuing into Sunday morning, then gradually clearing with a high of 67 … storm total could be up to a quarter inch – more depending on where and if possible thunderstorms hit … sunny and 76 Monday … upper 70s the rest of next week … overnight lows in the mid-40s tonight … low 40s this weekend … back to the mid-40s next week

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Call the Pala Fire Department at (760) 742-1632 before starting any open fires to get the day’s Cal Fire and APCD recommendations. Fire Department permits are required for any burning on Pala tribal land.


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