Pala Today News – 7/2/20

Written by on July 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.


The Temecula DMV office on Diaz Road in Temecula was evacuated around 10:30a this morning, according to CHP communications.  Details are sketchy, but there was a police presence with the bomb squad called out by 10:45a and a portion of Diaz Road in front of the DMV was closed as 11:30a.  (CHP radio monitoring)

With the holiday weekend almost upon us, surging pandemic numbers have created new restrictions on some things that had been recently reopened.  By state mandate last month, people should always wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.  Added to the list yesterday, throughout Southern California, indoor restaurant dining is prohibited in all but San Diego County where by local order, all restaurants must close by 10p.  All bars are closed.  Fourth of July fireworks are allowed, but gatherings to view them are not.  The only remaining North County or Southwest Riverside fireworks show scheduled for Saturday is in Vista a Brengle Terrace Park.  Lake Elsinore today announced it has cancelled its display scheduled for Saturday over concerns it would draw too many outsiders from areas where displays had already been cancelled, creating additional health risks.  Picnics and barbecues can happen but only with household members and should be at home or close to home.  San Diego and Orange County beaches will be open.  LA County beaches are closed.  State beach parking lots are closed, but their beaches are open as long as adjacent locally-controlled beaches are open.  Movie theaters, family entertainment venues, zoos, museums and card rooms will also be closed for at least the next three weeks.  While San Diego County was not included in the Governor’s new mandatory health orders yesterday, county officials warn that local pandemic numbers are headed to the point where the county could be added to the state watch list by this weekend.

As of yesterday, San Diego County had 14,623 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with 372 deaths. 6% of yesterday’s reported tests back positive.  The 14-day rolling average of positive test results has now risen to 4.5%.  (SD County media release)

Beach closures will be especially complicated by the patchwork plan where some are open, some are closed and others will have only their parking lots closed.  Add to that a forecast for temperatures well into the 90s inland for the holiday weekend and the biggest swells of summer bringing 4 to 8 foot surf.  The Wedge in Newport Beach could get sets up to 20 feet.  The city of Newport Beach, which refused to close its beaches in spite of overcrowding in April, will close them this weekend after two lifeguards tested positive for COVID-19 this week, leaving the health of its remaining staff in question.  The city of Laguna Beach has also voted to shut down its beaches and plan to guard their approximately three dozen access points this weekend.

The city of Oceanside announced it will close its beach parking lots tomorrow through Sunday to minimize crowds, limit gatherings and increase physical distancing.

A large part of the Governor’s public briefing yesterday centered on enforcement of health orders, “targeting” as he put it, businesses and public attractions. Multi-agency strike teams will inspect businesses and follow up on those who aren’t enforcing health mandates.  Teams will be made up of staff from Highway Patrol, CalOsha, Alcohol and Beverage Control, Consumer Affairs, and the Board of Barbers and Cosmetology.  Counties that fall short of compliance risk losing state funding or penalties.  Newsome said that enforcement will happen only upon multiple complaints.

Riverside County has now had 18,041 diagnosed cases of COVID-19.  There have been 463 deaths in the County.  That’s 745 new cases from the previous day and 6 additional deaths.  Hospitalizations are up to 417 – 14 more than Tuesday with half of them being transferred from Imperial County where capacity has been reached.   (RivCo media release)

Yesterday’s announced state closures have once again derailed plans for a grand opening of the new Phil’s BBQ at the former TGI Friday in Temecula.  The restaurant’s soft opening will continue as planned tomorrow, but for takeout-only with no indoor dining.  Some wineries where tasting rooms are closed are getting by thanks to their outdoor food service, which is still allowed.  Gov. Newsom yesterday encouraged the expansion of safer outdoor dining to make up for indoor closures throughout California.  Some places including Old Town Temecula have closed streets to allow stores and restaurants to temporarily expand into them to keep those businesses thriving while observing health orders.

One thing that remains open this weekend is the drive-thru Del Mar Fairgrounds food weekend.  Absent the San Diego County Fair itself, about a dozen Fair food vendors have been operating each weekend during the cancelled fair to bring the flavor and smells of the Fair to San Diego County residents.  This weekend would have been the final one for this year’s San Diego County Fair.

A virtual hearing on Zoom will be held July 31 at 9a regarding the proposed placement of a convicted sex offender in a supervised home on Adams Drive in Pauma Valley.  75-year old Joseph Bocklett was last convicted in 2000 and committed to a prison hospital in Coalinga.  A court last year granted his conditional release.  Public comments are due by July 14 through the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Sexually Violent Predators and SAFE Task Force.

With tomorrow being a work holiday in observance of 4th of July, trash normally picked up Friday in Pala will be picked up today.

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 .


San Diego State University’s purchase of the city-owned Mission Valley stadium and its 135-acre property got its final approval from the city Tuesday, clearing the way for possibly the largest and most complex real estate transaction in city history.  An 8-1 City Council vote means groundbreaking for a new 35k seat football stadium will begin in August with the facility ready for the 2022 Aztec season.  A 34-acre river park will be developed, the old stadium razed and mixed use construction including new campus facilities and parking structures developed on the rest.  An SDSU spokesman said they expect escrow to be short with the closing date on August 1 or 2.

In baseball – It won’t be getting used this year – the minor leagues have officially called off the 2020 season.  But Lake Elsinore’s baseball stadium, The Diamond has been named by Ballpark Digest as the best High-A stadium in the country – a first for any California League venue.  The 6k-seat stadium has spent millions upgrading seating, video and audio and concessions over the past several years.  Over the 26 years since it was built, it has hosted the Padres’ single-A affiliate, The Storm and events including West Coast Thunder, Nitro Circus, high school graduations and others.  The Diamond won out over 28 other High-A ballparks including some brand new ones.

In basketball – The NBA today announced that nine more players have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to the total to 25 in the league out of 351 that have been tested since June 23.  Commissioner Adam Silver said earlier this week that he is “pretty confident” about the league’s ability to safely resume play on July 30 from Orlando.

In football – The NFL’s latest schedule for the 2020 season calls for just two preseason games.  For the Rams and Chargers, one of them will be against each other in the debut of the new SoFi Stadium in LA on August 22.  Both teams are now based there, but for this preseason game, the Chargers will be the home team.  The Rams’ other preseason game will have them hosting Denver on August 29.  The Chargers’ other game will be on the 27th at Seattle.  The LA Times reported yesterday that seven more workers at the SoFi Stadium construction site have tested positive for COVID-19.  That brings the total since March to 25.  Construction is said to currently be 97% complete.  The stadium with its signature wrap-around videoboard was originally scheduled to open with a pair of Taylor Swift concerts later this month.

In golf – The Rocket Mortgage Classic teed off today in Detroit.  With half the field still on the course, Doc Redman and Scott Stallings shared the lead in the clubhouse at 7 under par.  Nate Lashley is the defending champion.

In local high school sports – all classes and scheduled games are cancelled TFN.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up just over 1% on each of the three major U.S. indexes.  Gold was up $9.40 an ounce to $1,789.30.  Oil was up 56 cents to $40.38 a barrel for the benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude.

Labor Department numbers released today show that 1.4m Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week and over 800k filed for federal benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.  Employers added 4.8m jobs in June and the national unemployment rate was down to 11.1%.  But that recovery is now threatened by new business closures due to the spike in virus cases.

The extra $600 per month federal unemployment benefits to those laid off due to the pandemic ends at the end of this month.  It was part of the $2.2t stimulus package known as the CARES Act.  Lawmakers are considering new options for replacement legislation when the CARES Act expires.  The Congressional Budget Office found that if the $600 bonus were extended through January, an estimated five out of every six recipients would get more in unemployment benefits than they would from working those six months.  Two options include new supplemental federal unemployment benefits.  But, citing the disincentive to return to work the extra $600 a week created for some, one of the proposals calls for a return-to-work bonus.  The problem is, the stimulus is designed to get money into the economy through spending in spite of unemployment.  And making the bonus available to rehired workers doesn’t mean jobs will be available.

Walmart announced yesterday it will transform 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in theaters.  From August through October the retail giant will have 320 drive-in movie screenings including concessions.  The schedule, exact locations and details have not been released.  It’ll be operated by Tribeca Enterprises, the same company that is operating a month-long drive in theater at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena which begins tonight.  AMC Theaters had planned to reopen most of its theaters three weeks from today.  Those plans have been pushed back at least a week.


Retail gasoline prices are up thanks to a new 3.2 cent per gallon tax going into effect in California yesterday.  Otherwise, they haven’t changed much over the past week.  The average price for a gallon of regular in San Diego County is $3.10 today – up four cents from one week ago and 18 cents more than a month ago.  It’s still 64 cents less than the same day one year ago.  Nationwide prices are trending up as well at $2.18 today – 19 cents more than a month ago.  Prices are flat today in Riverside County, having gone up a few tenths less than the tax increase over the past week to an average of $3.04 today.  Today’s lowest local price is $2.61 at two of the independent stations at the intersection of 5th and Centre City Parkway in Escondido.  In Southwest Riverside, it’s $2.86 at Murrieta Sam’s Club.

Hugh Downs, longtime host of NBC’s “Today” show and “20/20” has died at the age of 99.  Critics often hailed his “reassuring, warmly upbeat presence” in the hard news world.  After an early career in radio, he transitioned to television in the 1950s on shows like “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”, game shows including “Concentration” and most notably, “The Tonight Show” as sidekick to Jack Paar including 25 days hosting the show when Paar walked off over censorship issues.  Downs passed away yesterday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bob Dylan’s 39th studio album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways” debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart today.  It’s his 23rd time in the top ten.  The 79-year old singer/songwriter becomes the only artist to have an album among the top 40 in each decade from the 1960s through the 2020s.

Ringo Starr is having his 80th birthday party this coming Tuesday at 5p on his YouTube channel.  “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” will include at-home performances and archive concert footage from Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Shiela E, Ben Harper and others.

CBS television has announced it will air two colorized episodes of The Dick Van Dyke show tomorrow night at 8p in honor of the show’s creator, Carl Reiner who died Monday at the age of 98.  Reiner said a couple of years ago that one of those episodes, called “October Eve” was one of his favorites because he got to play a role other than his usual Alan Brady character.  The Dick Van Dyke show originally aired from 1961 through 1966, going out at the height of its popularity just before it would have been required to switch from black and white to color production.  During that time it won 15 Emmy Awards – five of them for Reiner.

On this day in music history – July 2,

  • 1956, one day after performing it on TV, Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios in New York. It was the first time the backing band, The Jordanaires worked with Elvis.  Take 31 was the one released.  It went on to become Elvis’ best-selling single at over 10m copies and topped the singles chart for 11 weeks – a record that stood for 36 years.
  • In 1962, Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers after breaking an ankle during his 26th and final jump
  • In 1966, Frank Sinatra hit #1 with “Strangers in the Night”.
  • In 1969, bass player Noel Redding quit The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix and Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell teamed with bass player Billy Cox to play Woodstock the following month
  • On the same day The Beatles, minus John Lennon were at London’s EMI studios recording tracks for the Abbey Road album. John was in the hospital recovering from the previous day’s car accident in Scotland
  • In 1971, Queen played its first concert with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
  • In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman – the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next three decades they sold more than 385m Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc, and digital file formats until the advent of iPod and other current digital devices.
  • In 1980, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena when they tried to interfere with a drug bust.
  • In 1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from the same original album when “Dirty Diana” from the “Bad” album joined “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and the title track at making #1 on the Hot 100.
  • In 2001, Liverpool Airport was renamed John Lennon Airport. The new logo included the former Beatle’s famous self-portrait and the words “Above Us Only Sky” taken from the song “Imagine”.
  • In 2018, Alan Longmuir from The Bay City Rollers died at the age of 70 after contracting an illness while on vacation in Mexico.

Born on this day …

  • In 1936, Tom Springfield from the British folk trio The Springfields which launched his sister, Dusty Springfield’s career
  • In 1937, David Palmer, keyboard player for Jethro Tull until 1980. In the 90s Palmer had a sex change operation and changed his name to Dee Palmer.
  • In 1939, Paul Williams from The Temptations
  • In 1949, Roy Bittan, keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band
  • In 1952, Johnny Colla, guitarist with Huey Lewis and The News
  • In 1956, Jeffrey Cooper from Midnight Star


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress Polly Holliday from TV’s “Alice” and its spinoff “Flo” is 83
  • Comedian Larry David is 73
  • Actress Ashley Tisdale is 35
  • Late actor and country singer Ken Curtis, who played Matt Dillon’s sidekick Festus on the TV version of “Gunsmoke” was born in 1916
  • Late comedian Dan Rowan who along with Dick Martin hosted “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” was born in 1922
  • In 1955, “The Lawrence Welk Show” premiered on ABC television as “The Dodge Dancing Party”. It stayed on the network for 27 years and many more after that in syndication.  His name lives on at the time share resort and mobile home park north of Escondido.

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high temperature of 82 today … patchy morning fog and low clouds tomorrow and Saturday, clearing to 85 tomorrow … 88 Saturday … 94 Sunday and Monday … 87 Tuesday … and 84 next Wednesday … overnight lows will be in the upper 50s tonight and tomorrow night … low 60s this weekend … back to about 58 Tuesday 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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