Pala Today News – 3/31/20

Written by on March 31, 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 number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County has nearly tripled since Thursday.  As of yesterday afternoon there were 291 cases and nine deaths – the most recent a Moreno Valley man in his 50s.  The others were a Beaumont man in his 70s and seven others in the Coachella Valley.  More than 3k tests have been administered by the county with turnaround time of 24 to 48 hours.  There are currently two drive-through testing sites in the county.  The first, at Southwest Church in Indio is being relocated to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio as of today.  The one at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore has been open since March 19.  A third will open tomorrow in Riverside at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Arlington Avenue.  Testing is by appointment only and you must have symptoms to qualify.  Call 800 945 6171.  For Lake Elsinore, appointments are online at

Also beginning today, Hemet Global Medical Center will begin limited drive-through testing by appointment with symptoms or a doctor’s order.  The center is on E. Devonshire Avenue with the testing entrance off North Weston Place between East Devonshire and East Date in Hemet.

San Diego County health officials yesterday announced 84 new cases, bringing to 603 the total diagnosed cases of Covid-19 in San Diego County with no new deaths in the previous two days.  County health officials note that there are likely many more as-yet undiagnosed cases in the county due to limited testing.  The state health department’s most recent published numbers are as of Sunday afternoon showing 5,763 positive tests with 135 deaths.

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.

County Health advises that anyone who is sick with anything – diagnosed or not, stay home and not return to work until at least 3 days after they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines and at least 7 days after symptoms began.  They define fever as 100 degrees or more.

Resources for Covid-19 information include:

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

The San Diego Food Bank will hold an Emergency Food Distribution for 1k limited income families this Friday, April 3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  It’s by appointment only with qualifying income capped at about $2,400 a month for individuals, $3,300 for families of 2, graduating up to $6,700 for a family of 6 plus additional amounts for larger families.  The Food Bank’s phone number for an appointment is 866 350 FOOD (3663) or go their website .  The distribution begins Friday at 10a.  Each food package is about 25 pounds.  You must register in advance and drive up.  No walk-ups.  Arrangements can be made for those without a vehicle.  Every distribution includes two free tickets for this year’s Fair at Del Mar.

Construction begins today on the first phase of two years of work on I-15 between the San Diego County line and Temecula Creek bridge just south of Temecula Parkway.  Pavement on the two outside lanes both north and southbound is being replaced.  This week’s preliminary work will generally be between the hours of 10p and 6a with shutdowns of the ramps in and out of the truck scales.  The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.

An early morning shooting in Homeland yesterday morning left one person dead and two others injured.  It was reported around 2a in the 26000 block of Ritter Avenue.  Deputies from the Perris substation responded, finding one man dead and two women wounded.  The wounded were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Sheriffs are investigating the incident as a homicide.

San Diego Sheriffs yesterday announced an arrest in connection with the March 26 shooting death of a man at a strip mall on S. Santa Fe just outside the Vista city limits.  40-year old Calvin Lamar Ackles was arrested in San Diego Sunday.  The victim was 26-year old Francisco Jesus Cruz of Oceanside.  Motive and details are still under investigation.  (SD Sheriff media release)

The final scheduled cruise ship in the Port of San Diego began disembarking passengers yesterday.  It’ll leave San Diego tonight.  Celebrity Cruise’s Eclipse had been denied port in Santiago, Chile.  Nobody on board appeared to be ill.  But temperature testing and CDC measures were observed before passengers were allowed off.  As of yesterday, San Diego County health officials have barred further cruise ships from docking here except to refuel and restock supplies.

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.

The Wells Fargo Bank branch inside Pala Administration Building is closed until further notice.  The Wells Fargo ATM at Pala Mini Mart is open.

All casinos are closed with 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 is continuing to 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.  The kitchen will be open for take-out meals for employees from 11:30a to noon.

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 .

Uninsured residents of San Diego County who need medical care are being directed by county health officials to call 211 for resources.  Covered California is currently having a special open enrollment period because of coronavirus.  Eligible uninsured individuals can apply for free or low cost insurance through the end of June.

It’s for sure that life is different than it was just a couple of weeks ago.  You may find yourself with time on your hands due to cancelled work and social engagements.  We encourage you to seek out not just coronavirus statistics and new public health orders and instructions, but positive lifestyle ideas for these strange new times.  Local news outlets have a lot of great ideas and helpful links during this period of stay-at-home and social distancing.  The Valley Roadrunner for example has an article on holding a Virtual Dinner Party.  Their website is  In southwest Riverside, The Valley News keeps you informed at .  And in North County, the Fallbrook-Bonsall Village News site is .  The San Diego Union Tribune today has a feature on “Random Acts of Kindness” making quarantine easier to bear.  Their site is . Go to “sections”, “Local” and choose “North” County.


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

The San Diego County public health department yesterday ordered the temporary closure of the final four remaining open golf courses in the county.  All of them are in Oceanside.  They’d stayed open, reasoning that because they are on public park acreage, they should be treated the same as public parks, which are still free to remain open as long as social distancing protocol is followed.  But County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten informed the city that golf is specifically classified as non-essential and that Oceanside’s courses must close as of today.  The other courses in San Diego County that hadn’t already closed did so over the weekend.

The NCAA yesterday announced it will allow schools to grant an extra year of eligibility to spring sports student athletes whose season is being wiped out by coronavirus cancellations.  Winter sports including basketball and hockey were not included because their seasons were mostly complete when cancelled.  The exemption only affects the 2020-21 season. All scholarship limits return to normal the following year.  The ruling puts it on schools to decide whether they have the financial flexibility to actually carry the extra year of scholarships.

In Major League Baseball – The league today announced it is extending pay and benefits for minor league players through the end of May or minor league opening day, whichever comes first.  $400 weekly allowances plus health benefits had been set to expire April 8. That’s actually more than some single and double-A league players make during the regular season.  Minimum for single-A play is $290 a week.

In the NFL – The Cincinnati Bengals have cut former first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick after eight seasons.  During that time the defenseman started 67 games and made 99 appearances with 10 interceptions and 65 pass deflections.  Kirkpatrick last year said talk about releasing him was probably due to his age.  He’s now 30.  But it may have more to do with making salary cap room.   Ending his contract, which would have expired next year, saves them $8.3m this year, hot on the heels of a free agency spending spree in Cincinnati this year.

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, stocks were down about 1% for the Dow led by a 4% drop in Home Depot stock.  The S&P 500 was down 1.2%, and about 6 tenths of a percent decline for the NASDAQ.  Gold fell 2 1/3% or $39 an ounce to just over $1,604.  Oil was up slightly to $20.25 a barrel.

It’s another busy day for bond sales as companies try to drum up cash.  More than a dozen investment-grade U.S. companies are issuing new bonds now that the Federal Reserve is committed to backing high-quality corporate debt.

Workers at Amazon’s Eastvale fulfillment center in Riverside County are speaking out about lack of precautions after a second worker was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday.  Emails to the Southern California News Group allege the company is not providing adequate protection from infection, is hiding information about the spread of the disease and is downplaying the risk to workers.  One worker wrote that they were on permanent 50-60 hour workweeks, the warehouses are not being cleaned and sanitized as they company is reporting, that social distancing measure aren’t being enforced, and they’re not being offered hand sanitizer.  The Eastvale facility employs about 3k workers.

In a related story, workers staged a strike at an Amazon facility in New York City yesterday and announced a planned sick-out over conditions at Amazon subsidiary, Whole Foods Markets.

A company that’s experiencing a boom during the coronavirus crisis with plans to expand its workforce by 50% may find itself with fewer workers next week.  Some Instacart employees are planning a strike for Monday.  Instacart Shoppers and Gig Workers Collective have been urging Instacart to take better safety precautions.  Like Uber and Lyft drivers, Instacart’s shoppers are considered independent contractors.  But in the face of skyrocketing profits for the company, shoppers are demanding safety precautions like sanitizer, wipes, sprays and soap be provided at no charge, hazard pay of an extra $5 per order and a default tip of 10% along with other assurances.


The iHeartMedia and Fox network concert this past Sunday – the “Living Room Concert for America” had a viewership of 8.7m people and raised nearly $8m for coronavirus relief.  That included half million dollar corporate donations from both Proctor & Gamble and Fox Corporation to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Just a couple of weeks after the CDC, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the US Surgeon General all began pleading with the public not to wear face masks and free up supplies for those in health care professions, some US scientists are saying you should wear a mask.  A campaign for exactly that – #Masks4All has been started on social media by University of San Francisco researcher and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global A.I. Council, Jeremy Howard that propose a win-win for all.  He encourages people to make their own masks at home and wear them to protect those around you while also ensuring health care workers have access to manufactured and certified supplies.  The simple act of speaking releases airborne droplets that can carry coronavirus, even in those who are asymptomatic, which is the main reason for social distancing.  In the Washington Post, Howard criticized the anti-mask campaign by the government.  Some European countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are requiring everyone to wear masks in public, while Austria is requiring their use in grocery stores.

The Trump Administration plans to announce its final rule in the rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency standards today.  Now citing it as a partial economic solution for pandemic-damaged business and industry, the rollback will allow vehicles on American roads to emit billions of tons more carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the vehicles than under Obama standards and millions more tons than new standards being adopted in Europe and Asia.  The move would undo the U.S. government’s biggest effort so far to combat climate change.

On this day in music history – March 31,

  • 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45 rpm single record. In development for nine years, the format was intended to compete with the 33 1/3 rpm long-play record introduced by Columbia a year earlier.  Both new formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78 rpm discs currently in use.
  • In 1958, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” was released. It entered the charts six weeks later and peaked at #8.  The song’s original lyrics referred to Johnny as a “colored boy”.  Berry changed it to “country boy” to ensure it would get played on white radio stations.  The prevalent color barrier at the time probably explains why it only made #8 on the charts, yet has become an early rock & roll classic.
  • In 1962, The Beatles played their first show in the South of England at The Subscription Rooms. Tickets cost about 70 cents.
  • In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to a guitar on stage for the first time at The Astoria in London. That same burned guitar sold at auction for 280k pounds Sterling in 2008
  • In 1972, The Beatles Official Fan Club closed, two years after the group disbanded and three years after The Beatles Monthly magazine ceased production.
  • In 1984, Kenny Loggins began the first of three weeks at #1 with the theme from the movie, “Footloose”.
  • In 1987, Prince released his 9th studio album, “Sign o’ the Times” which produced three hit singles, “If I Was Your Girlfriend”, “U Got the Look” (with Sheena Easton) and the title track.
  • In 1994, Madonna appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. The network had to delete 13 offending words before the show could air.  On the show, she handed Dave a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them.  He declined and put them in a desk drawer.
  • In 1995 Jimmy Page avoided being stabbed by a fan who later told police he wanted to kill Page because of the Satanic music he played.
  • In 2010, Cher’s first child, Chaz Bono, who’d been born Chastity Bono asked a judge to formally change his name and gender following sex change surgery he’d had the previous year.
  • In 2019, rapper Nipsye Hussle died after being shot multiple times outside his clothing store in South LA.

Born on this day …

  • In 1934, actress and singer Shirley Jones, who appeared in well-known 50’s movie musicals including “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel”. On TV in the early 1970s she played the mother in the pop music sitcom “The Partridge Family” along with her real-life stepson David Cassidy.  The group had a #1 hit in 1970 with “I Think I Love You”.
  • In 1937, jazz trumpeter Herb Alpert who had several 60’s hits with The Tijuana Brass. He went on to co-found A&M Records.  He was the A.  Jerry Moss was the M.
  • In 1942, session guitarist Hugh McCracken who appeared on recordings by Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Roberta Flack, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin and dozens more. He declined an invitation by Paul McCartney to join Wings.
  • In 1946, Al Nichol from The Turtles.
  • In 1948, This Van Leer, leader of the Dutch band Focus who had the 1973 top ten hit, “Hocus Pocus”.
  • In 1953, Sean Hopper, keyboardist for Huey Lewis & The News
  • In 1954, Tony Brock, drummer for The Babys.
  • In 1955, Angus Young from AC/DC. He’s the guitarist in the schoolboy uniform


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Pala Weather – mostly cloudy with a high of 77 – probably the warmest day for at least the next 7 days … mostly sunny and 74 tomorrow … mostly cloudy mornings, clearing to sunny afternoons with a high of 69 Thursday … 73 Friday … 71 Saturday after patchy morning fog … partly sunny and 65 Sunday … a chance of rain and 64 next Monday … overnight lows in the upper 40s all 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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