Pala Today News – 5/29/20

Written by on May 29, 2020

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San Diego County yesterday announced that beginning Tuesday, sunbathing and other stationary activity will be allowed at county beaches with social distancing required unless among people from the same household.  Activities including volleyball and football on the beach will still be prohibited, and all piers and beach parking lots will remain closed.  Individual cities can choose to wait longer for this latest easing of restrictions at beaches and will be responsible for enforcement.

San Diego County reported as of yesterday there have been 7,100 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 260 deaths in the county.  That’s 117 new cases and five additional deaths reported since Wednesday. 3,699 test results were reported to the county on May 27 with 3% coming back positive. The 14-day rolling average is now at 3.1% for San Diego County. Congregate living facilities continue to be the biggest concern with two thirds of the 79 active outbreaks occurring in such places.

With more than 7k San Diego area residents now recovered from COVID-19, the San Diego Blood Bank is encouraging them to donate plasma, which by virtue of the antibodies developed through recovery from the virus can help patients now ill from it.

A reminder that drive-up mobile testing will be available by appointment at Pauma Valley School on Cole Grade Road from 9a to 2p Thursday, June 4.  Call 211 for an appointment.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County as of yesterday was 7,341 with 313 deaths.  That’s 89 additional cases and 7 more deaths over the previous day.  More than 108k Riverside County residents have been tested for novel coronavirus.  That’s about 4% of the population.

CVS Pharmacies are opening 91 new coronavirus testing locations throughout the state including 10 in Riverside County.  They include Rancho California Road in Temecula, Jackson Avenue in Murrieta and two locations in Corona.  Patients meeting CDC criteria can begin registering for the free tests beginning today at

New CVS testing sites in San Diego County will include Vista on South Melrose, San Marcos on West Mission Road, Carlsbad on Gateway Road, and two locations in Oceanside – on Frazee Road and College Boulevard.

Scripps Medical Center in Escondido will reopen Tuesday along with clinics in Solana Beach and Santee, providing the same services as before the pandemic with the exception of radiology.  Scripps health system said it will also resume time-critical surgeries and its five hospital campuses and county outpatient surgery centers.

The Governor’s basic stay-at-home order remains in effect with most counties being allowed to proceed with reopening of certain businesses if following state guidelines.  Key spread of infection prevention practices include:  physical distancing, the use of face coverings by employees and visitors, frequent hand washing, regular cleaning and disinfection, and training of employees and volunteers on elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.

A man arrested last night for residential burglary and assault in Oceanside turned out to be a suspect wanted for the murder of a 40-year old woman in Upland.  Caleb Mendez was arrested at the Big Lots store on Oceanside Boulevard following a report of an assault on a 44-year old woman outside her residence on Greenbrier Dr. just before 6p.  The victim was transported to Scripps La Jolla with head trauma.

The CHP’s pedestrian safety enforcement exercise yesterday on Winchester at Benton Roads ended with 17 citations written and 11 warnings issued over a three-hour period.  The area has seen significant vehicle versus pedestrian accidents over the past couple of years.

The San Diego Humane Society this week cited Broadway Puppies in Escondido for eight violations of illegally selling puppies.  Under AB 485, enacted last year, stores are required to partner with rescue services affiliated with public or private animal shelters.  Though most pet stores in California with questionable supplies possibly from illegal puppy mills have been closed, a few have found loopholes and continue to sell mill-bred puppies.

Students at eight Temecula-area high schools will receive scholarships and the title of Students of the Year.  They include Joshua Moore from Great Oak High School.

Rez Radio provides a daily updated bulletin board of resource links and current status of local businesses.  It’s in each day’s e-newsletter and at our website, www.RezRadio.FM .

COVID-19 BULLETIN BOARD AND RESOURCE LISTINGS – New or updated items listed in bold


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

For questions related to COVID-19, call 211 or visit, for access to community, health, social, and disaster services, and to report businesses violating county health orders.

Here’s an interactive map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Diego County.

A link is available for updated city-by-city breakdown of where diagnosed cases of COVID-19 are in Riverside County

Here are county by county Covid-19 Statistics for all of California


  • Pala Casino is open. Gaming floor occupancy is limited to 50% of capacity.  The hotel is open with limited availability.  Seven food and beverage options are open with social distancing and limited menus and hours of operation to allow for additional sanitizing.  Choices Buffet is closed.  Cleaning and disinfecting will focus on “high touch” areas including handrails, elevator buttons, doors and countertops.  Non-invasive thermal cameras are scanning all team member and guest entrances.  Anyone showing a high temperature will be asked to leave.  A reconfigured gaming floor will allow fewer seats at each table and fewer operational slot machines.  Social distancing will be enforced in lines and at restaurants.  Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the property. Hygiene signage is posted throughout.  There will be proactive monitoring and removal of guests showing outward flu-like symptoms.   Team members will wear masks.  And all guests will be asked to wear face coverings.  Smoking is permitted in designated areas.  Live nightly entertainment at the Center Bar.  No valet parking for now.  The Fitness Center, Spa and Pool remain closed for now.  Motor coach service to and from Pala Casino and remote locations will resume June 1.
  • Pala Resort RV Park is open with restrictions. There is no shuttle service and the pool, restrooms and clubhouse remain closed until further notice.
  • Pala Fitness Center is open with restrictions. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6a to 9p.  Saturdays 8a to 4p.  And Sundays 8a to noon.  The pool is closed.
  • Pala Skate Park is open with restrictions, new hours and new pricing.
  • Fox Raceway in Pala is open with restrictions. Find out more on Instagram.
  • The Wells Fargo Bank branch inside Pala Administration Building is closed until further notice. The Wells Fargo ATM at Pala Mini Mart is open.
  • The grounds of the Pala Administration Building and sports complex are available for walking and getting some fresh air as long as social distancing is observed. That means no basketball, tennis or other games – practice only.  The ball fields are closed for turf renovation anyway.
  • Most local casinos are now or will be open with restrictions by June 1. Casino Pauma remains closed.
  • San Diego County public parks and beaches open/closed status is on a city-by-city basis. Most associated parking lots are closed to discourage congregating.


  • Pala tribal employees are required to wear masks whenever working in common areas or working with others.
  • Everyone in San Diego County is required to wear a face covering when out in public within six feet of non-family members. In Riverside County it is not an order, but is “strongly recommended”.  Facial coverage is required for workers at open businesses who interact with the public.  Masks and other coverings don’t have to be hospital grade.  Any cotton fabric which can easily be washed and reused will do.
  • No gatherings of any kind or number of people who are not members of the same family.
  • Sheriff’s deputies are actively citing people for violating stay-at-home orders, and open businesses for not observing mask and social distancing orders. Citations carry up to a $1k fine and up to six months in jail.
  • 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.


  • All enrolled American Indian and Alaskan Natives can request Non-Recurrent, Short-Term Benefits through the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association’s TANF program. Details at the SCTCA Tribal TANF web page.
  • Drive-up testing is available from 9a to 2p at Valley Center Library on Cole Grade Road, Pine Valley Fire Station 44 on Old Highway 80, and the county libraries in Julian, Borrego Springs and Potrero. Appointments are required for all county testing sites and can be made by calling 211 and asking for the Nurse Triage Line. 
  • San Diego County is operating drive-thru Covid-19 testing at North Inland Live Well Center – 649 W. Mission Avenue in Escondido Monday through Friday 7a to 7p. Appointments can be made online at https://IHI.Care/COVIDTesting or by calling 888 634 1123.
  • Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is being done by appointment only at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Go to to qualify.
  • Eight testing sites operated by OptumServe, a company hired by the state are open five days a week from 7a to 7p in Riverside County. Testing is free and you don’t have to have symptoms to get tested.  By appointment online at or by calling 888 634 1123.  The closest of the sites are two locations in Perris and one in Hemet.
  • A for-profit Covid-19 drive-thru testing site at 3rd and B Street in downtown San Diego is open. No appointment needed and pre-enrollment is available online.
  • County Behavioral Health also has resources for Taking Care of Your Family During Disease Outbreaks and Managing Your Mental Health during pandemic.
  • CBH’s number for the Access & Crisis Line to help manage stress and anxiety is 888 724 7240. In San Diego County you can also call 211.


  • The Pala Admin kitchen is delivering senior meals daily Monday through Friday. 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 weekdays.
  • In Pala, the Food Mart, Pala Store, DJ’s pizza and Taqueria Jalisco are open for takeout.
  • Casino Pauma’s deli is open from 11a to 7p for takeout orders to be picked up at the valet desk in front of the casino. The menu includes pizza, sub sandwiches, wings, snacks, drinks as well as frozen steaks and a few paper products.
  • Casino Pauma’s drive-up store at the Casino Pavillion is now open to the entire community for household essential items. Browse, order and pay online, then schedule a pickup time.
  • Here’s a link for restaurants in North County known to be open for take-out, drive-thru and delivery.
  • Feeding San Diego maintains a foodfinder map at .
  • The San Diego County Farm Bureau has compiled a list of local farmers and ranchers that are selling their products directly to consumers.
  • The Fallbrook school districts are providing meals for pickup to qualified children under 18 at Mae Ellis Elementary, La Paloma Elementary, San Onofre School, Mary Fay Pendleton School, De Luz schoolhouse, and at Fallbrook High School from 11a to 1p Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bonsall students are allowed to participate in the Fallbrook program since Bonsall currently has no meal service.  Fallbrook students can also have meals delivered.  District school buses are keeping a meal delivery schedule which is published at the district website and in the Fallbrook Bonsall Village News.
  • In the Valley Center school district, free breakfast and lunch is being provided for students age 18 and under Mondays and Thursdays with curbside pickup from noon to 1p at Valley Center Elementary, Pauma School and Valley Center Middle School.
  • Here’s a link of safety tips for anyone about to visit the grocery store from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Riverside County seniors or disabled adults can call 800-510-2020 or visit to determine their need for 7 to 14 days of cooked and frozen meals ready for pick up. A two weeks supply of food delivered within five to seven days.  Seven to 14 days of delivered food with no contact for vulnerable adults, or up to three days of immediate food delivered to fragile adults and seniors
  • Riverside County has a mapshowing where senior meals, school meals and food pantries are available.



Mass at Pala Mission Church is being broadcast live on Rez Radio 91.3 and streamed live at www.RezRadio.FM every Sunday at 8a.


All scheduled games for current sports seasons are either postponed or cancelled.

San Diego State’s proposal for purchasing the 135-acre stadium property in Mission Valley from the city is up for conceptual approval by the City Council today.  There still needs to be actual language worked out for approval at two City Council meetings in June.  But with today’s blessing, the university could be writing the city an $88m check as soon as the end of July.  The deal has been in negotiation for the past 18 months, including a marathon 11-hour session Wednesday.  Last minute revisions included taxpayer protections to minimize city exposure and prevent avoidable hikes in residents’ utility bills.

The NCAA today launched a plan to get athletes back on campuses.  It calls for a return of football players as soon as June 8.  The Division I Council voted last week to lift the moratorium on activities, clearing the way for training to begin. College football is scheduled to begin around Labor Day weekend with a few games the Saturday prior.  A full slate of games is expected September 3rd through the 7th.

The NCAA has extended the recruiting “dead period” for all Division I sports during which coaches can’t travel to see players or host them for visits for an extra month through July 31.

In Major League Baseball – New-to-the-Dodgers All-Star pitcher David Price will pay each minor league player not on the 40-man Dodgers’ roster $1k in the month of June to help tide them over the pandemic loss of work.  The act of generosity from Price, who has yet to throw a pitch for the team will affect about 200 people.  Though the Dodgers have committed to continuing their $400 a week payments to minor league players through June, the Oakland A’s are cutting off their minor leaguers as of tomorrow with other teams possibly doing the same soon.  It’s unlikely there will be any minor league play this season.  Over 1k minor league players could be getting released soon.

In college basketball – San Diego State is losing walk-on guard Caleb Giordano is transferring out after two seasons in hopes of getting a scholarship and more playing time elsewhere.  He leaves a nationally-ranked team that had a 30 and 2 record last season.  The same thing has happened three other times in the past five years as State becomes a school some players use to improve and move on than actually play for.  Giordano will be replaced by incoming freshman Derek Corhar from Calabasas High.

In NASCAR – Racing Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway

In horse racing – The Del Mar Thoroughbred club announced yesterday it plans to start racing July 10, pending approval by the California Horse Racing Board.  Their decision will come June 11.  There would be a Friday through Sunday race schedule with no spectators for the foreseeable future.  There would be a total of 291 races over nine weeks.  That’s down 6 from last year but beginning one week earlier.

In local high school sports – all classes and scheduled games are cancelled TFN.  In Riverside County, the closure of schools will last at least through June 19.  School closure is open-ended for San Diego County.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were either flat or down.  The Dow was down 1%.  The S&P was off by 2/3 of a percent.  And the NASDAQ was flat.  Gold was up more than 1 1/3% or $23.50 to $1,751.80 an ounce.  Oil was practically flat at $33.71 a barrel.

The fight between the President and Twitter escalated today when Twitter hid a tweet from Trump that included the line “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reference to protests in Minneapolis of the fatal arrest of an unarmed black man.  Twitter said the post violated its rules against glorifying violence.  Trump yesterday issued an executive order designed to remove legal protections afforded to social media companies.  That order may or may not be legal.  Today, the President shot back that Twitter does “nothing about all of the lies and propaganda being put out by China.”  Twitter has been blocked in China since 2009.  But some companies and government ministers there have begun using the platform, with Twitter adding fact-checking warnings to some tweets by government officials.  Other countries including Iran, North Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates also officially ban Twitter, though some government officials do post on it.

Car dealers in California are upbeat that at least THEIR economy is bouncing back.  All 160 dealers who responded to a survey released this week by the California New Car Dealers Association said their showrooms are open with 94% reporting increased customer traffic.  There are changes.  Staff are wearing masks and gloves, some employees are reassigned to full-time disinfecting and sanitizing work, and in many showrooms, customers are required to wear face coverings.  Test drives are generally now done without a salesman in the car.  Since mid-March 55% of those same 160 dealers surveyed said sales had fallen between 30 and 60 percent.  Another one fourth of them said sales were off between 60 and 80 percent.  Pent up demand is now taking advantage of manufacturer incentives like 0% financing for up to 7 years, deferred payments and cash back.


California’s Public Utilities Commission yesterday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy plan, initiated by its liability for a number of deadly wildfires over the past several years.  The vote came just hours after a federal judge tore into the utility company for continuing to engage in reckless behavior he said is endangering even more lives.  A federal trial will now determine whether the PG&E plan can be approved by a June 30 deadline.  Wildfires caused by faulty PG&E equipment killed more than 100 people and destroyed 27k homes and other buildings in Northern California in 2017 and 2018.

In possibly the biggest sign of reopening yet, Costco announced it will reopen most food courts and resume free food samples in its warehouse stores by mid-June.  The only details so far are that the samples will no longer be available for shoppers to grab off a tray.

On this day in music history – May 29,

  • 1942, Bing Crosby first recorded the Irving Berlin song “White Christmas”.  The entire session took 18 minutes.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bing Crosby version is the best-selling single of all time.
  • In 1961, Ricky Nelson was #1 for the first of two weeks with “Travelin’ Man”.
  • In 1965, The Beach Boys began the first of two weeks at #1 with “Help Me Rhonda.”
  • In 1967, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move (predecessor to ELO), Pink Floyd and three other bands played at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England.  None of the bands had yet taken off and Pink Floyd was unknown at the time.  They played off in a corner with a white sheet behind them for their liquid projection light show.  Tickets were $1.70.
  • In 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut album.
  • In 1971, The Rolling Stones began the first of two weeks at #1 with “Brown Sugar”.
  • On the same day In 1971, three dozen Grateful Dead fans were treated for hallucinations from LSD they unknowingly ingested from spiked apple juice served at San Francisco’s Winterland ballroom.
  • In 1999, skeletal remains were found at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu.  Forensic evidence identified the remains as those of Phillip Kramer, former bass player with Iron Butterfly who had disappeared on his way home from work four years earlier.  His death was ruled a probable suicide.
  • And in 2009, music producer Phil Spector was sent to jail for at least 19 years for murdering an actress six years earlier.

Born this day …

  • in 1945, Gary Brooker, singer, songwriter and leader of Procol Harum.
  • In 1953, Danny Elfman, formerly of Oingo Boingo, now a very successful composer and film score writer.
  • In 1955, Mike Porcaro, bass player with Toto.
  • In 1956, La Toya Jackson – another member of the Jackson family who released a number of albums and singles, none of which amounted to much.
  • In 1967, Noel Gallagher from Oasis.
  • And in 1975, Melanie Brown, better known as Scary Spice of the Spice Girls.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Lisa Whelchel from TV’s The Facts of Life is 57.
  • Bob Hope was born on this day in 1903. The actor, comedian, variety show host, author an humanitarian passed away at the age of 100 in 2003.


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