Pala Today News – 3/26/20

Written by on March 26, 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.

EDITORIAL:  It’s important to keep in mind that current news, nearly all of which is related to coronavirus can seem depressing, even overwhelming.  Relax, we’re all in this together and there are countless stories in communities all over the country about acts of kindness and caring for others that aren’t getting reported in the headlines.  It’s not all doom and gloom.  Rez Radio will endeavor to add good news and even a little humor on our Facebook page through the coming weeks.  If you need advice or help dealing with anxiety, stress or grief over the current health crisis, call the Access & Crisis Line at 888 724 7240.   Remain vigilant, educate yourself with online resources (links available at www.RezRadio.FM and ), maintain your sense of humor, and especially your humanity.  We’ll get through this.


The Senate late last night passed the $2.2t emergency economic recovery stimulus bill that now goes to the House for consideration.  House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has given it her blessing.  It will include direct payments to Americans earning less than $99k per year.  The Senate vote was unanimous.

The Governor’s stay-at-home order remains in effect.  Only go out for essential things like groceries, medicine and if you’re employed in an essential job. Above all, keep washing your hands!

Here’s a link for the full list of businesses considered “essential” by the state of California.

Gov. Newsom says the state is withdrawing $1.3b from its emergency reserve account to buy supplies and equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic.  It’s being transferred into the disaster response-emergency operations account.  The state has about $21b in surplus money set aside.

California is one of the hardest hit states by the pandemic so far with more than 2,500 cases reported and 67 deaths.

As of 6p last night, San Diego County health officials said there were 297 diagnosed cases of Covid-19 in the county with 3,464 test results having been reported.  They note that there may be even more negative tests that weren’t reported and that there are likely thousands more as-yet undiagnosed cases in the county.  San Diego County has had two deaths so far.  In Riverside County, there are 107 diagnosed – almost double the number of cases from the previous day with 8 deaths – two more than Tuesday.  One of the newly diagnosed patients was an employee at the Amazon fulfillment center in Moreno Valley.

New Orleans is on track to become the next epicenter of coronavirus infections.  While New York City is showing tentative signs that the spread may be slowing, New Orleans, where large crowds gathered for Mardis Gras one month ago is now experiencing the nation’s highest growth rate in coronavirus cases.

San Diego County yesterday announced that jury duty is suspended through May 22.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed today that the deadline to get a REAL ID is being extended one year to October 1, 2021.  President Trump had announced Monday that the deadline would be pushed back but didn’t specify a date.  The original deadline marked the date when those without a Real ID-compliant license or passport would have not be able to board domestic flights, visit a military base or enter some federal buildings.

Metrolink is cutting service by 30% beginning today.  The CEO says ridership is down by 81% compared with one year ago.  Peak morning and evening service will continue with few changes while avoiding the possibility of overcrowding on trains.  The new schedule is at Metrolink’s website.

Two Riverside County skydiving operations have shut down due to coronavirus.  Skydive Perris and Skydive Elsinore, whose operations drew more than 200k jumpers from around the world annually both suspended operations last week.  Both had considered taking peoples’ temperatures before putting them on a plane, but found the directive limiting groups at the ground offices to ten or less unworkable.

The historic Hotel del Coronado announced today that it is temporarily closing for the first time in its 132-year history.

Three supermarket chains have begun the process of installing sneeze-guard partitions at checkout stands.  Ralphs’ and Walmart made the announcement Tuesday.  Albertson’s and Vons announced it yesterday.  Self-service salad and soup bars are being discontinued.  The United Food and Commercial Workers union said yesterday they are petitioning Gov. Newsom to include supermarket workers as emergency personnel and to require Plexiglas partitions between cashiers and the public.

A 2-alarm fire last night at the Carlsbad Village Faire shopping center in downtown Carlsbad was quickly handled.  It was reported just before 8p in an area undergoing construction.  There was smoke damage to units adjacent to and above where the fire broke out.  Sprinklers handled most of it.  Firefighters from Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista and Encinitas handled the rest.

Temecula City officials warn that there will be construction tomorrow (Friday) beginning at 7a creating lane closures on Winchester Road at Nicolas Road.  You might want to avoid the intersection tomorrow.

Resources for Covid-19 information include:

To receive text updates from the San Diego County Health Department, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.

It’s natural to feel stressed and anxious right now.  The number for the Access & Crisis Line to help manage stress and anxiety is 888 724 7240.   Yesterday’s “Native America Calling” program, heard weekdays at 10a on Rez Radio 91.3 dealt with managing stress and anxiety.  You can hear the podcast version at their website – Native America Calling dot com.

The Wells Fargo Bank branch inside Pala Administration Building is closed until further notice.  The Wells Fargo ATM at Pala Mini Mart is available for deposits and getting cash.

All San Diego County casinos plus others in Riverside County including Pechanga and Soboba remain closed and all concerts and music events scheduled at them are either cancelled or postponed.

In Pala, Fox Raceway and Pala Fitness Center are closed until further notice.

The Pala Admin kitchen will continue to operate and deliver senior meals daily.  To sign up for meal delivery or shopping for necessities, Pala seniors can contact Shannon or Samantha at 760 891 3505 or 3507.  If you know of any seniors without social media access or family on hand to help, let Shannon or Samantha know.  Make sure you have 6 to 8 weeks’ worth of propane on hand.  Fallbrook Propane is currently accepting checks and credit cards only – no cash.

For those already laid off or unable to work.  Here’s a link for companies currently hiring in North County.

Here’s a link for restaurants in North County known to be open for take-out, drive-thru and delivery.

Pala managed 3 hundredths of an inch of rain overnight from a storm front that could bring another tenth of an inch tonight.  Other areas had either none or similar small amounts.  La Jolla rez had the most at a half inch.  Valley Center and Lake Henshaw had about a quarter inch.  Rincon had .19 hundredths.  There was snow in the local mountains as low as 3500 feet.  Not much and it’ll only stick above 5k.  Another inch or two of snow possible tonight.  The full forecast is coming up.  (below)


All scheduled games are postponed or, in most cases cancelled. 

San Diego State University on Tuesday announced it has secured financing and board approvals for its proposed 35k seat football stadium in Mission Valley, replacing the current SDCCU Stadium.  The school is now in a position to begin construction as soon as it buys the 135 acres of land under the old stadium from the City of San Diego.  The California State University Board of Trustees amended its budget to allow the issuing of $310m in bonds to fund construction.  Not all the details with the city have been worked out, but SDSU’s president is optimistic the new stadium can be completed in time to begin use in 2022.

In Major League Baseball – Today was supposed to be opening day of the 2020 season.  This is the first time the season start has been delayed since a players’ strike in 1995.  Since it’ll be at least two months and possibly longer before professional sports can get back on track, there’s a possibility the entire season could be cancelled.  It will at very least be the shortest season on record.  Major League Baseball played through the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, originally scheduled for May 24, is being rescheduled for Sunday, August 23.

In local high school sports – all classes and scheduled games cancelled – Riverside County has said its schools will not reopen until at least April 30.


As of midday trading on Wall Street,

U.S. jobless claims hit 3.3m today – quadruple the previous record set in 1982.  Unemployment filings generally track the pace of layoffs, which are sure to accelerate as the economy slides into recession.  Economists say the unemployment rate could be near 13% by May.  It was at a 50-year low of 3.5% in February.  Many people who have recently been laid off have been unable to file for aid because state websites and phones have been overwhelmed by applicants.

An analyst report from JP Morgan says Disneyland and Disney World’s 18-day closure could extend into May and that their Hong Kong park could be closed into June.  Even when they do reopen, business is expected to be way off as people struggle to recover from lost wages during the pandemic isolation.


iHeartMedia and the Fox network will air a commercial-free one hour concert this Sunday (3/29) hosted by Elton John with performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and others from each of their homes.  It will air in what was supposed to be the iHeartRadio Music Awards time slot from 6 to 7p Sunday.  It will encourage viewers to support two charitable organizations supporting first responders and pandemic victims – Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

One more thought for those feeling a little anxious about things right now from songwriter Loudon Wainwright III – the guy who sings the Dead Skunk song:

“I slept through the night, I got through to the dawn
I flipped a switch and the light went on
I got out of bed and I put some clothes on
It’s a pretty good day so far

I turned the tap, there was cold there was hot
I put on my coat to go to the shop
I stepped outside, and I didn’t get shot
It’s a pretty good day so far”

On this day in music history – March 26,

  • 1965, Mick JaggerBrian Jonesand Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
  • In 1969Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
  • In 1970 Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary pleaded guilty to ‘taking immoral liberties’ with a 14 year old girl in Washington D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, ‘Peter, Paul and Mommy’.
  • In 1977 Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the Hot 100 with ‘Rich Girl’, the duo’s first US No.1. Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the third-bestselling music duo of all time.
  • In 1996 “The Woman in Me” the second studio album by Shania Twain was at No.1 on the Country chart. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year. ‘Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?’ was the first single from the album.
  • In 2000Santana started a two-week run at No.1 with ‘Supernatural.’ The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year (for ‘Smooth’) and Song Of The Year.

Born on this day …

  • In 1917, R&B , funk, soul and blues singer Rufus Thomas whose biggest hit was “Walking the Dog” in 1963.
  • In 1944, Diana Ross
  • All in 1948, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, and keyboard player for the Electric Light Orchestra, Richard Tandy.
  • In 1949, bass player for Boston, Fran Sheehan
  • In 1950 soul singer Teddy Pendergrass who had hits on his own and with Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes.
  • In 1968, county singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney


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Pala Weather – mostly sunny with a chilly high of 56 and possible wind gusts up to 25 miles an hour today … 40% chance of up to a tenth of an inch of rain tonight and snow levels dropping to 3500 feet … sunny and 60 tomorrow … 66 Saturday and Sunday … 76 Monday … 81 Tuesday and Wednesday … overnight lows in the upper 30’s tonight and tomorrow night … low 40s this weekend … upper 40s Monday night … about 50 beginning Tuesday night

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