Pala Today News – 6/4/20

Written by on June 4, 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.


Police in LA say more than 3k protesters have been arrested this week – almost all of them for non-violent offenses including failure to disperse and breaking curfew.  Santa Monica Police report more than 400 arrests, and in Long Beach, police arrested 73.  LA Sheriff, Alex Villaneuva says “the curfew will continue on a daily basis until the organized protests are gone.” He also thanked protesters for not allowing the incidents of violence and looting by a small group to overshadow their message this week.

There are currently no announced curfews in North County or Southwest Riverside County.  What protests there have been locally over the past couple of days have been small and peaceful.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes has launched an investigation into a deputy who wore patches associated with a right-wing paramilitary group on his uniform during a George Floyd-inspired protest in Costa Mesa.

Temecula Mayor James Stewart is taking heat for an email sent Tuesday saying he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer”.  He said today that the word “good” was accidentally added during dictation of the message, that he absolutely did not speak the word “color” when preparing the message, and that he was referring to the areas of Temecula and Riverside County.  Stewart further says it was late at night, he was tired, is well-known as being dyslexic and therefore always uses voice text, but unfortunately did not take the time to proof read this one and is asking forgiveness for what he calls “this egregious error”.  The full text of Stewart’s original message from Tuesday was published today by the Riverside Press Enterprise.

San Diego County reported as of yesterday there have been 7,798 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 283 deaths in the county.  A record number of almost 5k tests were reported to County Health on June 2, reflecting the increased number of locations and overall capacity for testing.  3% of the latest batch came back positive, same as the day before.  (SDCounty media release)

San Diego County officials yesterday laid out a backup plan if there should be a second wave of COVID-19 infections due to reopening.  The county’s 14-day rolling average of positive tests has plateaued this week at 2.9% with other numbers “trending in the right direction” according to public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten.  Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in yesterday’s public briefing identified 13 “triggers” that could cause the county to take actions up to and including dialing back reopening.  Four triggers are related to epidemiology, four to public health, and five to healthcare.  Some of the triggers include the county having seven or more community outbreaks within seven days, intensive care bed availability rising to 20% of total capacity, and personal protective equipment at half of the county’s hospitals dropping below a 15-day supply.  Any one of these 13 items, which are now all okay would force the county to take action.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County as of the last county report was 8,303 with 345 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.

The California Attorney General’s office yesterday announced a more than $3.5m settlement for customers of Welk Resorts for “misleading marketing and sales tactics” on its time shares.  It’s the largest consumer relief package ever obtained by the state for violations of timeshare laws.  Welk develops and operates vacation timeshare resorts in the U.S. and Mexico, including one in Escondido.  Customers who previously submitted a written complaint will have the option to terminate their purchase with Welk for a full or partial refund or retain their timeshare interest and receive cash, credit or other compensation.  Information for Welk resort customer is posted at

Vista’s Moonlight Amphitheater has cancelled the rest of its 2020 summer season.  Two months ago, organizers had said only the first two of its 40th anniversary five-show season would be cancelled.  Slow reopening of such venues forced the decision this week to cancel the other three events.

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit a dozen miles from Searles Valley in the high desert north of Barstow yesterday evening at about 6:32p.  It was widely felt from LA to Las Vegas.  It was near the same area that experienced 6.4 and 7.1 quakes last July.  No reports of injuries or significant damage.

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 MLB has rejected the players’ counter proposal of a 114-game season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to counter their offer.  Management’s last and only offer so far was for an 82-game regular season ending September 27.  The union’s proposal would have the regular season ending October 31, to which MLB responded that it had no interest in having a post season lasting into November.  Management has suggested there could be a short regular season of about 50 games with no further salary reductions, but has not formally proposed it. Though players are willing to play up to more than twice as many games as the owners might be okay with, they want to do it for 70% of what they would have gotten if not for the pandemic, or $2.8b in total salary – not the $1.2b being offered by management.

In basketball – The NBA board of governors was to vote this morning on a league proposal for a 22-game format for resuming the current year season in Orlando.

In football – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is doing damage control over statements he made Wednesday backing up social media statements that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America”.  The comments were in reference to an interview asking him to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest of police brutality against minorities.  Brees’ comments quickly drew criticism from other sports figures including his teammates, and LA Lakers’ star LeBron James.  Teammate Malcolm Jenkins called the comments “extremely self-centered”.  Brees today apologized on Instagram to his friends, teammates, New Orleans and the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday.”   Brees was outspoken in 2016 supporting Kaepernick’s desire to speak out about injustice, but disagreeing with his method of kneeling during the national anthem.  In 2017, Brees was one of those on the Saints kneeling during the playing of the anthem before a game in London as the team’s response to President Trump saying at the time that NFL players who chose not to stand for the anthem should be fired.

In hockey

In NASCAR – The Cup Series is at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

In golf – competition without spectators resumes next week with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth.  Kevin Na is the defending champion.

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 slightly down for the first time this week.  The Dow was even with yesterday’s close.  The S&P 500 was down a quarter percent.  And the NASDAQ was down a third of a percent.  Gold rose for the first time this week – up 1 ¼% or $21.20 an ounce to $1,726.  Oil was up a few cents at $37.33 a barrel.

There were 1.9m new jobless claims in the U.S. in the past week plus 623k new claims for federal aid to the self-employed and others not eligible for state jobless benefits.  Economists say the worst unemployment is behind us with reopening underway.  Imports in April fell 13.7% while exports fell 20 ½%.  That pushed the monthly trade deficit to $49.4b, up from $42.3b in March.  The trade deficit has risen sharply in the past two months, almost erasing a year of steady decreases.

American Airlines is planning to increase the number flights in July.  There will still only be about 55% as many flights as in July of last year.  Delta Air Lines also says they plan to have about twice as many flights by July as they did in May.  Domestic flights will lead the rebound in air travel.  International travel will continue to be severely affected by the pandemic.  American will only fly about one fifth the number of flights that it did to other countries last year, bringing its overall flight schedule to about 40% of the number of flights as July of last year.

Boeing stock has been soaring – up almost 7% today in defiance of bearish assumptions about the future of commercial aerospace.

Current and former executives with Pilgrim’s Pride – one of the four largest poultry processing companies in the U.S. and Claxton Poultry Farms were indicted yesterday in Colorado for price fixing.  All four are scheduled to appear before a federal judge today in Denver.  Though the charges come in the middle of questions about high meat prices during the pandemic, these charges allege price fixing and rigging of bids for chicken from 2012 to 2017.


Research by S&P Global Market Intelligence says if consumers have a reopening-choice between going into a store to buy new clothes or dining at a restaurant, most would choose shopping.  1,250 people were polled in the first half of May – more than half of whom reported annual incomes in six figures.  44% said once restrictions are lifted, they plan to head back to stores.  Only 31% said they’d dine out.  That dining figure increases to 40% for three months after reopening.  The thing survey respondents were most excited to get back to are professional services like hair salons and spas with 55% saying they’re ready to resume going to those businesses.  These figures downplay concerns by retailers that people now accustomed to online shopping would never come back to physical stores.  However a similar survey by Wells Fargo found that 5% to 10% of that demand will be permanently gone as the pandemic accelerates the adoption of e-commerce.

A study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine says the drug hydroxychoroqine is not an effective prevention for COVID-19 but does not seem to cause serious harm.  About 40% of those taking it had side effects – mostly mild stomach upset.  Hydroxychloroquine is the malaria drug President Trump took and touted as a preventative for COVID-19.  The study involved 821 people in US and Canada who took either the drug or a placebo for five days.  Two weeks later, the illness rate was the same for both groups.  After 14 days, the difference was small enough to be statistical error.

The Escondido diner, twice rescued from difficulties by Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible” show has closed for good.  Despite the fundraising carnival for owner Kaitlyn “Rosie” Pilsbury in February following a traffic accident near her home in Vista, the pandemic delivered the knockout punch for Rosie’s Café on Grand Avenue in Escondido.  It’s been closed since March, did not do take-out, and has not reopened along with other local restaurants over the past week or two.   Pilsbury made the announcement yesterday on Facebook.

On this day in music history – June 4,

  • In 1942, Glenn Wallichs founded Capitol Records – home of recording artists Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Bob Seger and hundreds of others.  Wallichs invented record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.
  • In 1964, The Beatles played two shows in Copenhagen – the first stop on a 27-day world tour and the first shows with Jimmy Nicol sitting in for Ringo who’d had tonsillitis.
  • In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine, and the Chiffons played the Saville Theater in London.  Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to hear Hendrix perform the title track from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” which had been released three days earlier.  On that same day the Sgt. Pepper’s album began the first of 23 weeks at #1 on the U.K. charts.
  • In 1976, The Sex Pistols played a concert at Manchester that is crediting with kicking off the punk rock movement.  Tickets were $1.  On the same night in New York, the “Live at CBGB’s New York” album was recorded with performances by Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts.
  • In 1983, the Police were at the top of the charts with “Every Breath You Take”.
  • In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released “Born in the USA” which became the best-selling album of 1985.  It produced a record-tying seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation”).
  • In 1985, the court battle between Elton John and Dick James Music began over the rights to 169 songs and recordings.  Elton lost the case, but Dick James was forced to pay millions in unpaid royalties.
  • In 1986, the first of six nights of concerts benefitting Amnesty International was held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.  The shows were headlined by Sting and U2 with Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
  • In 1992, the US Postal Service announced the results of a poll on which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp.  Young Elvis won over older and larger Elvis.

Born on this day …

  • in 1937, Freddy Fender.
  • In 1944, Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas.
  • In 1954, Jamaican singer, producer and broadcaster, Mikey Dread.


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