Pala Today News – 6/3/20

Written by on June 3, 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.


Portions of the 60 freeway were closed yesterday due to protest activity in Moreno Valley.  Most of the hundreds who’d gathered at Moreno Valley Community Park dispersed before last night’s 8p curfew.  In the city of Riverside, the 6p curfew there was widely violated.  But there was little property damage and few arrests compared with other Southern California cities.

Curfews will be in effect tonight for all of LA County at 9p with times as early as 4p in four cities within the county.  In Orange County, Garden Grove will have a curfew beginning at 6p.  Seven cities in San Bernardino County will be have curfews beginning at 6p.  As of noon today no curfews announced for tonight in Riverside or San Diego Counties.

Members of the public, law enforcement, and Murrieta City Councilmembers gathered in front of Murrieta PD yesterday for a prayer of unity over the death of George Floyd.  Speakers to the crowd of several dozen asked for justice in Minnesota, for better communication and for everyone not to take their safety for granted.

In a display of solidarity with protesters, Escondido Police were seen yesterday taking a knee along with police violence protesters outside Escondido PD headquarters.  Photographs were shared on social media and with local television stations.

In Santee last night, a majority of 200 protesters at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street refused orders to disperse by the 7p curfew.  Multiple arrests were made for curfew violation.  (SD Sheriff’s media release)

Earlier at the same protest, a Hispanic couple with a young child were arrested after being identified as driving a black Dodge Ram truck past that intersection and pointing a firearm at protestors.  A search of the truck uncovered a semiautomatic handgun with two loaded magazines registered to the driver.  The adults were arrested for Exhibiting a Firearm and Child Endangerment.  (SD Sheriff’s media release)

While yesterday’s protests and demonstrations in the IE and San Diego were mostly peaceful, backlash is growing.  On Monday, a man with an assault rifle threatened Black Lives Matter demonstrators marching on Euclid Avenue in Upland.  The rally by several hundred protesters was peaceful until they were met by about 20 people wearing Trump campaign MAGA hats shouting “Go home!” Police quickly arrested the 39-year old Rancho Cucamonga man who’d pulled an AR-15 assault rifle out of his truck.  Experts say to expect an escalation of such confrontations.

San Diego County reported as of yesterday there have been 7,674 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 276 deaths in the county.  17 ½% of all cases required hospitalization with 5% of all cases going to intensive care.  The number of cases reported increased by 120 from the previous day with 7 additional deaths, one of which had no underlying medical conditions. 3% of the day’s new cases were positive.  So the 14-day rolling average remains at 2.9%.  (SDCounty media release)

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 tomorrow, 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 8,155 with 342 deaths.

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.

Saying their campaign was “COVID-bit” organizers of a recall petition against Oceanside District 2 city councilman Christopher Rodriguez called it quits four days before turning in their gathered signatures this Friday.  A separate recall campaign against Esther Sanchez expired last week without sufficient signatures submitted.  These were the two councilmembers who voted against the controversial North River Farms development, which was approved on a 3-2 vote.

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

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.

In Baseball – The Japanese league Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game after two players tested positive for COVID-19.  It also puts into question a planned June 19 start for the 12-team Japanese league.  Japan’s soccer league is also set to resume without fans on July 4.

In basketball – Though the vote won’t be until tomorrow morning, sources tell ESPN that the NBA board of governors will approve the league proposal for restarting the NBA season in Orlando with 22 teams.  The plan calls for 13 Western Conference and 9 Eastern Conference teams, eight regular season games, a possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed, and playoffs all to be played at the Disney World Resort.  The teams would begin training at their own facilities in July and move on to full training camps in Orlando later in the month and games beginning July 31.  The league will have uniform, daily testing on the Disney campus.  All personnel will maintain social distancing.  And all Disney employees will have to maintain similar protocols.  Any player testing positive will be removed from the team, quarantined and treated while the rest of the team continues to play and be tested.  The vote will be tomorrow at 9:30a Pacific Time.

In football – Houston Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said today that the team will not hold virtual meetings next Tuesday so that players can be available to attend the funeral of George Floyd.  Private services are set for next Tuesday in Houston, Floyd’s home town.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has pledged $1m “to improve police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy in our country.”

In hockey – The Anaheim Ducks this week signed veteran defenseman Kodie Curran to a two-year contract.  He’s from the Swedish Hockey League.  This will be his first time in the NHL.  He made to the New York Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford in 2015 for 20 games before playing in Denmark in 2016 and Sweden the past two seasons.  Most recently he was MVP in Sweden with 12 goals and 49 points.

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 continue to rise at an even faster pace today.  The Dow was up 1 ½%.  The S&P was up 1.1%.  The NASDAQ was up six tenths of a percent.  Gold plunged more than $29 an ounce today to $1,705.  Oil was flat at $36.81 a barrel.

Some Facebook employees are openly revolting against CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is standing by his decision not to remove or flag inflammatory posts by President Trump.  The same posts on Twitter have been getting flagged or even deleted.  In a resignation letter this week, one engineer said, “Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence.  He showed us on Friday that this was a lie.”[0]=AZVNX1SStbqbg1szu1J3L8m6XzyJz9WNAIaXDC-82BrJPuQCMvYgQO2Jlonmlvo1EnpgEbcCPh5qLI9FJVMF2y2NKuHHe_TbForBSK-4OrVUQP6ArjVBKpmzmWlZ__X2k0w&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R&campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200603&instance_id=19041&nl=the-morning&regi_id=95033868&segment_id=29949&te=1&user_id=69c872dd14574befc57c2e10ec8317c7

There is growing concern among average Americans that the economy won’t restart in time to save them from mounting bills and possibly going hungry.  A survey by SimplyWise, a website that give advice on Social Security, says 38% of Americans could not come up with $500 in cash without selling something or taking out a loan.  That includes 50% of homeowners with an annual household income of less than $50k.  Results released by Gallup this week support previous research that less-educated workers in low-wage, blue collar jobs have been hardest-hit by the pandemic.  95% of workers making less than $36k per year have either been laid off or had their hours or pay cut back.  One quarter of those between $90k and $180k a year saw an income loss.  These patterns “exacerbate the income inequality that existed before (the pandemic’s) arrival”, according to Gallup.


White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says he is worried about the “durability” of any potential coronavirus vaccine.  He said yesterday that if COVID-19 acts like other coronaviruses, any protection or immunity isn’t likely to last more than three to six months.  The National Institutes of Health has been fast-tracking work with biotech firm Moderna on a potential vaccine for COVID-19 with an expected 30k people to be enrolled in a phase 3 trial in July.  Fauci says the hope is that there be “hundreds of millions” of doses available by the beginning of 2021.  It’s a record-breaking time frame for a process that normally take about a decade from conception to the delivery of a safe and effective vaccine.

The College Board said yesterday it will postpone plans to offer an online SAT for students to take at home this year.  The higher education testing service had said in mid-April it was developing an online version of the SAT in case social distancing due to the pandemic lasted into the fall.  Saying that the technical challenge of having three hours of uninterrupted video-quality internet for all students was too much to overcome, the College Board is dropping its plans.  The organization had a rocky experience last month introducing a digital version of its Advanced Placement exams.  The rival exam, the ACT, said Tuesday that it still plans to offer a remote option this fall.  Even before the pandemic, there has been a movement to phase out the college placement tests.  They are now optional at more than 1,200 schools.  Just over a month ago, the University of California system announced its decision to phase out SAT and ACT for its 10 campuses.

On this day in music history – June 3,

  • 1953, Elvis Presley graduated from J.C. Hulmes High in Memphis.  He was the first member of his family to graduate from high school.
  • In 1964, Ringo Starr came down with tonsillitis just days before The Beatles were to begin a world tour.  A last minute call to producer George Martin resulted in session drummer Jimmy Nichol doing a quick rehearsal of six songs with the other three band members and filling in for Ringo as a Beatle for eleven days.
  • In 1967, Aretha Franklin hit #1 with her version of Otis Redding’s hit “Respect”.  On the same day, the Doors released “Light My Fire” which went to #1 two months later, at which point the group was booked on The Ed Sullivan Show with the provision that a perceived drug reference from the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” be changed.  It was in the rehearsal, but Jim Morrison went ahead and sang the original lyric in the live performance, resulting in the band being banned from future performances on the show.
  • One word (well, a hyphenated word) was also the issue on this day in 1970 when the Kinks’ Ray Davies had to make a 6k mile round trip from New York to London to change the word “Coca-Cola” to “cherry cola” in the band’s upcoming single “Lola” due to an advertising ban on the BBC.
  • In 1977, Bob Marley & the Wailers released their album “Exodus” featuring the hits “Jamming”, “Three Little Birds” and “One Love”.  It was their most popular and successful album.
  • In 2002, Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, and others appeared at Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.
  • In 2003, Barry Manilow suffered a broken nose after walking into a wall at his Palm Springs home.  He knocked himself unconscious for four hours, but suffered no lasting effects.
  • In 2011, singer-songwriter Andrew Gold died in his sleep from a heart attack at age 59.

Born on this day in 1939 …

  • Ian Hunter, lead singer with Mott the Hoople.
  • In 1942, singer, songwriter, musician and producer Curtis Mayfield, former member of The Impressions.
  • In 1943, Michael Clarke, drummer with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
  • In 1947, Dave Alexander, the original bass players with The Stooges. He was fired from the band in 1970 after showing up for a gig too drunk to play.
  • In 1951, Denice Williams who in addition to her own solo hits, sang with Stevie Wonder’s backup group Wonderlove.
  • In 1961, El Debarge from the family group DeBarge.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Character actress Ellen Corby, best known as TV’s Grandma Walton was born in 1911.
  • In 1969, the original “Star Trek” TV series ended its run on NBC.
  • In 1992, during that year’s Presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Sen. Bill Clinton played the saxophone on “The Arsenio Hall Show”.

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 91.3 degrees today … 87 tomorrow … patchy morning fog Friday, clearing to sunny and 76 with winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour Friday … 75 Saturday … 77 Sunday … 81 Monday … 87 next Tuesday … overnight lows about 58 tonight … mid-50s through the weekend … about 50 Sunday night … back to the mid-50s Monday night

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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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