Pala Today News – 3/27/20

Written by on March 27, 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.



House of Representative has passed the $2t economic stimulus bill. It was held up for a time by libertarian conservative Rep. Thomas Massie from Kentucky over insistence that a quorum be present for the vote.  Lawmakers were summoned and the bill passed.  It now goes to the President to be signed.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says early estimates are that federal bailout legislation would send California and its communities more than $10b in addition to direct support to residents.  While applauding the work done by Congress and the administration, he notes that “there will need to be more in the future.”  The state is currently spending billions on health equipment, supplies and logistics plus housing for those infected.  Sometime in April, direct payments to individuals will go out.  Payments would be $1,200 for adults with annual income up to $75k plus $500 per dependent child.  It’s hoped it will happen by direct deposit.  Checks would take longer.  The Washington Post has a calculator to see how much you might receive.  In addition to those direct payments, unemployment benefits would be increased by $600 per week.  $500b would be allocated for loans to large businesses, $350b to small businesses, $150b to state and local governments, and $100b in aid to hospitals.  There will be some restrictions on compensation for corporate executives.  That was a problem with bailouts in the 2008 financial crisis.  Small businesses would get help paying workers, but it will take a couple of weeks to get the money flowing.  Banks will get help with access to cash.

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

As of 6p last night, San Diego County health officials said there were 341 diagnosed cases of Covid-19 in the county with over 4k test results having been reported.  There are still only two cases in Fallbrook.  But Carlsbad now has 15 cases.  Oceanside has 8 cases.   Escondido now has 7 cases.  5 in Vista.  3 in San Marcos.  County health officials note that there may be even more negative tests that haven’t been reported and that there are likely thousands more as-yet undiagnosed cases in the county.  San Diego County has had three deaths so far – the most recent, an 87-year old woman.  In Riverside County, there are 151 diagnosed with 8 deaths.   LA County now has over 1,200 cases – almost half of them in the last two days.  As of yesterday, the U.S. had the highest number of diagnosed cases in the world at 85k.

A 125-bed “federal medical station” is being built in existing buildings at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio.  Another similar size one will soon be set up somewhere in western Riverside County.

Without a slowdown in the rate of infection, RivCo health officials estimate the county will soon be out of capacity to treat the ill.  Current rates of infection models predict 50k new cases and over 1k deaths in Riverside County by early May if the spread doesn’t slow through staying at home and maintaining social distancing.

Among the latest high-profile people to contract Covid-19 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  He’s the first leader of a major Western country to come down with the virus.  His symptoms are mild.  He’ll isolate and continue to lead the UK government.

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.   Wednesday’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.

State and federal income tax deadlines have been postponed until July, but not property taxes.  Although property taxes are still due by April 10, state law allows county tax collectors to cancel late penalties.  The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office is encouraging taxpayers to file a penalty cancellation request if they feel the current health crisis has interfered with their ability to pay the upcoming installment.  You’ll need to provide proof of your reason.  A form is available at the tax collector’s website or by calling the county office.

A jumper on the West Lilac Road bridge caused the full closure of northbound lanes of I-15 yesterday afternoon in the 2p hour.  He was identified as 58-year old Kenneth Bruggeman from Oceanside.  He’d climbed on top of a rented van to clear the high fence lining the tall bridge.  He was found lying on the right shoulder of the freeway when first responders arrived.  Traffic was stopped for about 45 minutes as authorities secured the scene.

A man was fatally shot in the parking lot of a strip mall just outside the Vista city limits last night.  A security guard found the victim about 9:30p in the lot on South Santa Fe north of Smilax Road.  Paramedics were unable to revive the man.  Deputies contacted several possible witnesses but have released no further details.

The Escondido City Council has decided to appoint a replacement to fill the District 2 seat vacancy created by the death of Councilman John Masson after a long illness earlier this month, rather than hold an immediate special election.  The appointee will serve only through the November election when voters will decide who should fill the District 2 seat for the remaining two years of Masson’s term.  Applications for appointment will soon be available and need to be filed with the city by April 15.  Applicants must live in Escondido District 2.  Interviews will be held April 22.  The council could make its appointment at that time or wait until its May 6 meeting.

All 170 California DMV offices are closed to the public beginning today.  A memo to DMV employees yesterday said they would be placed on paid leave due to coronavirus concerns.  Staffers will return to work next Wednesday after offices have been cleaned and disinfected but the offices will remain closed to the public until further notice.  For now, all DMV business will be handled online.

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.  We’re providing a link for companies currently hiring in North County and one for restaurants in North County known to be open for take-out, drive-thru and delivery.  in our newsletter, which is also published at www.RezRadio.FM .

Overnight rainfall was sporadic with only an additional 2 hundredths of an inch in Pala, bringing our storm total to 15 hundredths.  Bonsall had over a half inch.  A quarter inch at Couser Canyon.  A third of an inch at Valley Center and Rincon.  Four tenths in Pauma Valley.  8 tenths at La Jolla.  A half inch at Lake Henshaw.  2/3 of an inch at Mesa Grande and Santa Ysabel.  Only a tenth at Warner Springs.  Just a few hundredths in Temecula.  Nothing measurable in Murrieta or at Lake Skinner.  Mostly sunny with one more small storm Sunday and then warmer temperatures next week.  The full forecast is coming up.  (below)



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

In the NBA – One of the most famous former members of the Harlem Globetrotters has died.  Fred “Curly” Neal, the face of the team for 22 years was 77.  In 2008, he became just the 5th player in Globetrotter history to have his number retired.  Others include Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon, and Goose Tatum.

In college basketball – The NCAA will distribute $225m to its membership instead of the planned $600m.  That’s because of a missing $1b in revenue lost through the cancellation of post season play this year.  For schools like San Diego State, who had one of their best seasons ever before the shutdown, which means about $800k less than usual depending on how far the Aztecs made it through the tournament.

In the NHL – The league has postponed the upcoming scouting combine in Buffalo, the NHL Awards in Las Vegas and the NHL draft in Montreal.  But they still haven’t cancelled the currently suspended season.  They haven’t played any games since March 12.

In Major League Baseball – Owners have approved a plan to address salary and service-time issues with the still-indefinite delay to the start of this year’s regular season.  The league and players completed almost two weeks of negotiations last night.  They agreed that the season will not start until bans on gatherings are lifted allowing fans to attend games, travel restrictions are lifted in the U.S. and Canada, and medical experts determine there is no risk to players, staff or fans.  They did leave open the possibility of playing in empty stadiums.  Many other details including newly drafted players and trades were addressed as well.

In the NFL – League commissioner Roger Goodell said today the NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25 and warned that there would be “no public discussion” of issues related to the Draft.  He acknowledged that there would have to be changes and accommodations and that the sessions would have to be conducted outside team facilities and with a limited number of people.  Prospects and their families would not be allowed on-site.  Plans for the usual lavish event with parties in Las Vegas were dropped ten days ago when the league announced this year’s Draft would not be open to the public.

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, after staging the biggest rally since 1933 over the past three trading sessions, the Dow gave back 570 points or 2 ½% today.  Boeing, JP Morgan and Chase led the decline.  The S&P and NASDAQ were each down 2 ¼%.  Gold fell 1 ½% or $25 to $1,625 an ounce.  Oil fell $1.25 to $21.30 a barrel. 

Companies are heeding the call to switch production to medical equipment.  San Diego based ResMed, makers of CPAP devices and to a lesser extent, ventilators is ramping up production of the latter.  The company’s CEO hopes to triple its manufacturing capacity for ventilators within a couple of weeks.  San Diego County health officials said Wednesday that half of the ventilators in the region are already in use, but more were on the way.  Elsewhere in the U.S. Ford is working with 3m and GE Healthcare to produce ventilators and protective gear.

Dyson has received an order for 10k ventilators from the British government.  The company’s billionaire founder, who you’ve seen on TV advertising his company’s vacuum cleaners says they’ve designed a new ventilator in ten days and will fill the order by early April.  He also says they’ll donate 5k of them.

A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life systems to produce up to 80k ventilators which the White House had been excited about announcing to the public was pulled back from being announced Wednesday over the cost … $1b with several hundred million upfront to retool a GM parts plant in Kokomo, Indiana.  Government officials say the deal might still happen but they’re shopping for a better offer, noting that an initial promise of 20k ventilators right away had been revised back to just 7,500. 




David Grohl of the Foo Fighters claims a ghost kept disrupting the group’s work on their most recent album.  The revelation about the paranormal events came in an interview with New Music Express.  They’d been recording in a 1940s era home in Encino that had been converted to a recording studio.  Grohl says he knew when he first entered the place that “the vibes were definitely off”, but that the band’s work was especially sharp at this location.  He says during the sessions, guitars would mysteriously become out of tune and mixing board settings would change for no apparent reason.  He also says they would find previously recorded tracks replaced with “weird open mic noises.”  They started using a baby monitor to record sounds overnight.  After researching the house, Grohl discovered something sinister had happened there in the past.  But he was forced by the owner to sign a non-disclosure agreement.  Is it real or PR hype?  Guess you’ll have to listen to Foo Fighters’ next album to find out.

Grohl, Sam Smith, H.E.R. and Camila Cabello have all been added to the lineup for Sunday’s special “Living Room Concert for America” benefit broadcast at 6p on the Fox network. 


On this day in music history – March 27,

  • In 1965, The Supremes scored their fourth #1 single with “Stop! In the Name of Love” from their sixth album, “More Hits by The Supremes”. The song was nominated for the 1966 Grammy for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance, losing to the Statler Brothers’ “Flowers on the Wall”.
  • In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the Ivor Novello award for “Michelle”, the most performed song of 1966 in Britain
  • In 1971, WNBC in New York City banned the Brewer & Shipley song “One Toke Over the Line” for its alleged drug reference. Other stations followed suit.  The label said the “toke” that caused the controversy was short for token, as in train token.  Hence the line “Waitin’ outside at the railway station.  One toke over the line”.  At least that was the excuse.  Many groups were trying to work drug double entendre into their songs in the early 70’s.
  • On the same day, Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers at a venue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Tickets were $4.
  • In 1972, Elvis Presley recorded his last major hit, “Burnin’ Love” which peaked at #2.
  • In 1979, Eric Clapton married George Harrison’s ex, Pattie Boyd Harrison. She’d been the inspiration for his hit, “Layla” while married to Harrison.
  • In 1987, U2 performed on the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for “Where the Streets Have No Name”. Police stopped the film shoot when it began to attract a crowd of thousands.
  • In 1991, New Kids on the Block’s Donnie Wahlberg was arrested after setting fire to carpets at a hotel in Louisville. He plea bargained the charge down to criminal mischief.
  • Always ahead of the curve, in 2015, Willie Nelson announced that he and his family were creating a brand of marijuana called Willie’s Reserve. He planned a chain of stores for his signature brand and other strains to be grown with strict quality control.

Born on this day …

  • In 1950, keyboard player for Genesis, Tony Banks.
  • In 1953, Walter Stocker from Air Supply
  • In 1959, keyboard player for INXS, Andrew Farriss
  • In 1970, Mariah Carey
  • In 1975, Fergie from Black Eyed Peas


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 60 this afternoon and possible wind gusts up to 20 miles an hour … mostly sunny and 66 tomorrow … Another 20% chance of rain Sunday when it will be partly cloudy and 64 … mostly sunny and 75 Monday … 81 Tuesday … 79 Wednesday … 74 next Thursday … overnight lows about 40 tonight and tomorrow night … 42 Sunday night … upper 40s the rest of the 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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