Pala Today News – 6/2/20

Written by on June 2, 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.


Riverside County officials imposed a curfew for the entire county from 6p last night through 6a this morning including Temecula and all of southwestern RivCo.  More than 4k people converged on downtown Riverside yesterday to protest police brutality and remember the Minneapolis man killed by a policeman now charged with murder.  About a half dozen of the Riverside protestors were taken into custody with sheriff’s deputies firing what were believed to be rubber bullets to disperse the crowd one hour after curfew began.  Reports say yesterday’s demonstrations in Riverside had been mostly peaceful up to that point.  A trash bin fire near the Mission Inn and several broken windows along Orange Street were reported.  At least 30 to 40 people broke into the CVS on Market Street.

Protestors gathering yesterday at the Temecula Duck Pond mostly dispersed by curfew time last night with only about four or five remaining by 7p.

Officials are expressing concern that there will soon be a spike in COVID-19 cases due to the past weeks’ protests as months of social distancing and facial covering use went out the window in just a few days.  In yesterday’s news conference, Gov. Newsom encouraged anyone who participated in protests to get tested for coronavirus.  That’s going to be a challenge in LA, the site of the largest protests on the West Coast since more than a dozen test sites are closed down due to the unrest.

San Diego County reported as of yesterday there have been 7,554 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 269 deaths in the county.  That’s 73 new cases and no additional deaths since the last report.  The 73 positive tests represent 2% of the total test results, dropping the county’s 14-day rolling average to 2.9%.

Beginning today, it’s okay to sit, sunbathe and lounge at beaches in the county, as long as you practice social distancing and use face coverings when around those not from your household.  Individual beach cities can be more restrictive and are responsible for guideline enforcement.

In yesterday’s media briefing, San Diego County Supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher said they plan to ask the full board on Thursday to extend the county’s moratorium on evictions for another month through June 30th.  The previous breathing room for homeowners and businesses whose ability to make rent was affected by the pandemic ended Sunday.  The extension would only apply to unincorporated parts of the county.  The city of San Diego had already extended the protection from eviction tthrough June 30th.

A reminder that drive-up mobile coronavirus 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 the last county report was 7,982 with 331 deaths.  That’s a significant increase in both numbers which hadn’t been updated since Friday.  Total hospitalizations fell to 195, with there still being 62 in intensive care.

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.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit announced yesterday that his department will no longer use carotid restraint.  That’s the neck hold used on George Floyd which cuts off blood to the brain, causing the victim to pass out.

There were a pair of structure fires over the weekend in Valley Center.  The first was at 6:20p Saturday on Nicole’s Vista Way and limited to a garage which had automatic sprinklers, limiting damage to that area.  The second one happened at about 11p Sunday on Little Quail Run.  A detached metal garage was completely destroyed.

Controlled burns are planned for the entire rest of this week on Camp Pendleton.  Smoke was spotted once again in the area this morning.

San Diego County’s Zoning Administrator has given approval for replacement of a Verizon wireless communications tower a mile west of Pala near the power plant.  The existing 30-foot pole in the 10600 block of Highway 76 will be replaced with a 34 1/2-foot tall fake pine tree tower.

Throughout the music industry, business is shutting down today under what’s being called #TheShowMustBePaused initiative for Blackout Tuesday.  It’s what music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, the organizers say is “In observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard”.  Artists including The Rolling Stones, Quincy Jones, and Billie Eilish, as well as music labels Def Jam, Interscope, Sony Music, and Columbia Records are on board – all of them promising not to conduct any regular business today.  Yesterday (Monday) ViacomCBS networks including MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Nickelodeon and Pop all went silent and blank for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and other victims of racism.   Some parents have criticized ViacomCBS for allowing adult issues to be played out on the childrens’ networks.

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 open with restrictions. 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.  County health orders allow for all activities except organized games with social distancing or masks when within six feet of anyone not from your household.


  • 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 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.

Today’s sports news will be discussed on “It’s Just a Game” with Mark Gleason, following Pala Today.

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 continued to climb at about the same rate as yesterday.  The Dow was up 2/3 of a percent.  The S&P was up a half percent.  The NASDAQ was up a quarter percent.  Gold fell almost 1% to $1,733.70 an ounce.  Oil rose more than a dollar to $36.53 a barrel.

Shares of stock for gun and ammo manufacturers are soaring.  Sales of guns and ammo have soared during the pandemic and really spiked over the past week with local gun shops nearly sold out and processing of new gun permits now running 20 days or more behind.

Disneyland has again pushed back the window for reservations at its Anaheim resort hotels.  In late March, the three hotels stopped accepting reservations before June 1.  Early last month they began accepting reservations only for July 1 and beyond.  Yesterday they pushed that reservation window back to July 15.  Disney World in Florida will begin reopening on July 11.  But the company has yet to say when Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim will reopen.  Those with Disney hotel reservations get priority access to theme park tickets before they’re sold to the general public.

Yesterday, on the day it was scheduled to reopen, Orange County’s South Coast Plaza was instead boarding up windows in advance of last night’s curfew.

The Oceanside City Council last month approved a six-story apartment building with ground floor retail space for the northwest corner of Horne Street and Pier View Way about a block north of Oceanside High School.  The vote was 4-1 with Councilwoman Esther Sanchez opposing.  The mostly commercially-zoned neighborhood has seen either the construction or approval of several other four to six-story mixed use buildings recently.  There will be zero setback from the sidewalk, a rooftop pool and a three story parking garage with 172 spaces.  The site had previously been approved for a less dense project whose permit expired two years ago without breaking ground.  Critics say the design is massive, hulking and stark.  But Oceanside Chamber of Commerce executive Scott Ashton called it “a prime example of the kind of infill development that our community members have been asking for.”


A University of Chicago law professor says the insurance industry can play a part in reforming police practices.  If a city can’t insure its police force, it can’t have a police force and it is necessary for insurance companies to constantly improve their bottom line to remain profitable for shareholders.  To do that they have to reduce claims.  In the case of municipal law enforcement, insurance companies can require changes in procedures and policies to ensure fewer claims … or else.  Professor John Rappaport acknowledges there is danger in having a corporation calling the shots on important public policy.  But insurance companies’ participation in the training and education of officers, and the auditing of policy departments is a chance for improved social policy.

ProPublica reports that after years of lobbying for the rollback of what the industry calls “burdensome” rules in the long-term nursing industry – particularly the requirement enacted in 2016 for nursing homes to draw up plans for events such as infectious disease outbreak, 43% of the country’s nursing homes are still deficient in those plans.  The lack of planning for pandemic explains in part why nursing homes have been hot spots for COVID-19.  The problem has been especially severe in Southern California with up to a third of all fatal cases in some cities originating in nursing homes.

On this day in music history – June 2,

  • 1962, Ray Charles began the first of five weeks at #1 with his cover of the Don Gibson country ballad, “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.
  • In 1966, Frank Sinatra was at #1 with “Strangers in the Night” – his 9th chart-topping hit. He would have one more in his career the following year along with daughter Nancy.
  • In 1973, Paul McCartney was at #1 on the album chart with “Red Rose Speedway” and at #1 on the singles chart with “My Love” from that album.
  • In 1976, McCartney’s group, Wings set a new world record by performing for the largest ever crowd indoors – 67k people at Seattle’s brand new Kingdome.
  • In 1979, Donna Summer began the first of three weeks at #1 with “Hot Stuff”- her second chart topper
  • In 1989, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman secretly married 19-year old Mandy Smith. His 28-year old son was best man.  The rest of the group attended.  The marriage lasted 17 months.
  • In 1999, Junior Braithwaite, original lead singer and founding member of The Wailers was shot and killed at the age of 46.
  • In 2002, during a row, Paul McCartney threw fiancée Heather Mills’s engagement ring out of a hotel window. Staff at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort later used metal detectors to locate the $25k ring.
  • In 2008, Ells Otha Bates, better known as Bo Diddly died of heart failure at the age of 79. Artists including Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2 cite Diddly as an influence.

Born on this day …

  • In 1937, Jimmy Jones who did the original version of “Handy Man”, which hit #1 in 1960. James Taylor’s version about a dozen years later went to #1.
  • In 1941, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, and William Guest from The Pips – Gladys Knight’s backup band.
  • In 1944, composer and piano player Marvin Hamlisch who earned four Grammies in 1974 for his work on the movie soundtrack for “The Sting” and Barbara Streisand’s “The Way We Were”.
  • In 1945, Lord David Dundas, British actor and musician best known for his 1976 hit “Jeans On”.
  • In 1959, bass player and singer Michael Steele from The Runaways and The Bangles

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress Sally Kellerman is 83
  • Jerry Mathers (“… as The Beaver”) from TV’s “Leave It to Beaver” is 72
  • Comedian Dana Carvey is 65.
  • Bandleader Sammy Kaye was born in 1913.
  • Actress and comedienne Imogene Coca was born in 1908.
  • In 1984, NBC aired the pilot episode of “Welcome to the Fun Zone” with Dr. Demento as announcer in the normal time slot for “Saturday Night Live”. Never heard of it?  That’s how big it bombed.

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Pala Weather – mostly sunny with a high of 85 today … 90 tomorrow … back to 87 Thursday … patchy morning fog returning Friday, clearing to sunny and 75 Friday and Saturday … 79 Sunday … 81 Monday … overnight lows in the upper 50s this week … mid-50s this weekend

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