Pala Today News – 8/4/20
Written by John Fox on August 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.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL HEADLINES
The Apple Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains has now burned 26,850 acres and destroyed 12 structures. Evacuations remain in effect for about 7,800 people in Cherry Valley, Oak Glen and Mill Creek. Cal Fire investigators have determined that the Apple Fire was caused by a diesel vehicle emitting burning carbon out its exhaust pipe. It’s now 15% contained and has caused public warnings about unhealthy air quality in the San Gorgonio Pass area through this afternoon. https://www.pe.com/2020/08/04/apple-fire-evacuations-remain-in-place-12-structures-destroyed/
A wildfire that broke out Monday south of Vail Lake burned about three acres before Cal Fire made a series of aerial water drops to stop it. It was reported just before 3p between Highway 79 and Vail Lake Road, about two miles east of the Temecula city limits. https://patch.com/california/temecula/wildfire-east-temecula-chars-three-acres
Fire broke out in an unattached carport at an Escondido apartment complex on South Maple Street near West 15th Avenue last night just after midnight. When firefighters and police arrived they found multiple unoccupied vehicles on fire. Police evacuated residents from the nearby apartments as firefighters put out the fire. The blaze was contained to the carport. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2020-08-04/fire-in-escondido-carport-damages-at-least-4-vehicles
In San Diego County there were 343 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday. There were no additional deaths announced yesterday. (SD County media release)
County Health officials yesterday noted that the case rate has been dropping lately. After reaching a high of 158.5 per 100k residents on July 23, the latest number is down to 118.2. San Diego and all local counties are on the state’s monitoring list because the rate is above 100 cases per 100k population. Being on that list caused additional restrictions on some local businesses and a state order to not allow in-classroom instruction for school districts in the county. For San Diego County to come off the state’s watch list it would also have to report 240 or fewer new cases daily for 14 days in a row. Another local trigger that’s been improving is the seven-day average percentage of case investigations initiated within 24 hours after a positive case is assigned. With the hiring of 200 new case investigators and more on the way, that metric has improved from 7% in mid-July to 48% currently. The only trigger that’s still going in the wrong direction in San Diego is community outbreaks. There have been 39 in the past seven days – about half of them in restaurant/bar settings. There need to be no more than seven. https://www.countynewscenter.com/two-covid-19-triggers-improving-community-outbreaks-continue-to-increase/
The San Diego County District Attorney yesterday for the first time charged a local business owner for violating the emergency health order put in place in March which forced thousands of businesses to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Peter San Nicolas, owner of Ramona Fitness Center faces five misdemeanor charges of violating the California Emergency Services Act on five separate days in June and July. The complaint comes due to his being ordered five times to comply and on each occasion refusing and willfully disobeying the lawful order. If found guilty, San Nicolas could face 6 months in jail or a $5k fine. The DA’s office is reviewing more than 100 other similar cases where businesses stayed open despite repeated warnings. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/1st-business-owner-faces-charges-for-violating-san-diego-countys-public-health-order/2378103/?_osource=db_npd_nbc_knsd_twt_shr
There were no new cases in the Pala zip code. The total is still 51.
Some local schools begin the fall semester in less than two weeks. Throughout most of California, instruction will be online-only. In other parts of the country where a few schools have already opened with in-classroom instruction, it’s already not working. In one Indiana district, the superintendent sent out a note Saturday congratulating students and parents on “a great first two days of school!” He then added that two staff members had tested positive and that the high school is now closed for in-person instruction. www.NYTimes.com
The California Department of Education yesterday initiated a waiver application process for elementary schools-only in the state to opt-out of online learning and resume in-person instruction for the new academic year. The new rules require applicants to consult with parent, labor and community organizations at their school site. It also requires that reopening plans include plans for cleaning, disinfection, health screenings, healthy hygiene practices, contact tracing and physical distancing. Schools must also address staff training and family education, testing, communication plans and what could trigger a switch back to distance learning. https://www.pe.com/2020/08/04/waivers-process-for-elementary-schools-to-reopen-in-person-released-by-state/
Locally, school beings August 17 in the Bonsall, Fallbrook and Temecula Valley districts, August 25 in the Valley Center district.
There was a 3.5 magnitude earthquake yesterday afternoon at about 3:18p centered near Yorba Linda. Just a couple of reports of it being felt in North County. No reports from the Temecula Valley. https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/ci39328911/executive
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In baseball – the MLB yesterday postponed this week’s three game series between St. Louis and Detroit after several Cardinals’ players tested positive for coronavirus late last week. 13 members of the Cardinals including players and staff have now tested positive. Catcher Yadier Molina revealed that he’s one of them. The team announced six other players’ names. A seventh apparently didn’t give his permission. Those who’ve tested positive have been sent home. The rest of the team is currently in isolation in Milwaukee. The Cardinals are still scheduled to resume play on Friday at home against the Cubs. It’s the second outbreak in the league since the season resumed 12 days ago. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29595625/yadier-molina-says-one-cardinals-test-positive
Yesterday’s nine other scheduled games got played. The Padres won their first meeting this season with the Dodgers 5-4 at Petco Park. Pederson, Myers and Tatis all hit solo home runs for San Diego off starting LA pitcher Walker Buehler. Jake Cronenworth singled in the go-ahead run in the 6th. With the Padres up by two, Cody Bellinger hit a solo homer to right field in the top of the 9th. But that was all for any late Dodger rally. Chris Paddack got the win – his second of the season. Same two teams today. The Angels begin a series at Seattle. Today’s scheduled games involving the Phillies, Yankees, Marlins, Cardinals and Tigers are all postponed due to coronavirus.
In basketball – The Lakers clinched their first #1 seed in the Western Conference in over a decade with last night’s 116-108 win over Utah. Anthony Davis led LA with 42 points. The Lakers season record stands at 51 and 15, 6 games ahead of the second place Clippers. Denver beat OKC in overtime 121-113. Other winners included Toronto, Indiana, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. Six games today including the Clippers hosting Phoenix. In a game already being played this morning, Milwaukee could clinch the East with a win over Brooklyn.
In football – Former pro wrestling star turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced yesterday on Twitter that he’d acquired the XFL league for $15m. The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a ten game schedule before cancelling its season due to the pandemic. The league suspended operations on April 10 and filed for bankruptcy three days later. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/national/story/2020-08-03/dwayne-the-rock-johnson-acquires-xfl?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
In hockey – the NHL once again yesterday reported no positive tests inside the two Canadian city bubbles. https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/29589885/nhl-reports-no-positive-testsbubble
In yesterday’s games, Carolina now leads its series against the Islanders 2 games to none with a 4-1 win. Pittsburgh beat Montreal 3-1, tying that series at a game apiece. Edmonton topped Chicago 6-3, tying that Western qualifying series at one game apiece. Winnipeg edged Calgary 3-2. That series is tied at 1. In the West round robin game, Vegas topped Dallas 5-3. And in the East, Tampa beat Washington 3-2 in a shootout. Six games today.
As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up just a little on all three major U.S. indexes. The Dow was up 3 tenths of a percent. The S&P and NASDAQ were each up less than a tenth. Gold raced past the $2k level. The precious metal hit a new all-time high of $2,021 an ounce – that’s up $35 or 1 ¾% from yesterday’s close. Oil was up 85 cents to $41.86 a barrel.
The latest stimulus bill is still stalled in Congress. Both sides want it. They just can’t agree on the details. Some Congressional analysts are saying it won’t happen until September. The Senate flatly refused the $3t bill proposed in May by the House in the HEROES Act and proposed its own HEALS Act with Monday’s $1t counteroffer which calls for reduced funding for state and local aid and omits election security, which had been a Democratic priority. Democrats want to revive the $600 weekly unemployment supplement which expired last week and continue it through January. Republicans want it cut to about $200. But Republicans can’t even agree among themselves about their package. Both packages call for another direct stimulus payment – $1,200 per eligible adult under HEROES. $500 under HEALS. www.NYTimes.com https://www.marketwatch.com/story/republicans-and-democrats-both-want-another-round-of-stimulus-checks-but-heres-where-they-disagree-2020-07-27?mod=home-page
Five states are holding primary elections today – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington and Arizona.
Be Good Restaurant & Experience opened one month ago in the former Rosa’s Cantina on Temecula’s Old Town Front Street. Currently serving food and cocktails on its patio, the venue hope to eventually have live entertainment once the pandemic is over. They’re also planning for murder mystery shows, comedy nights, magic shows and craft cocktail classes – thus the “Experience” part of their name. https://www.pe.com/2020/08/04/this-new-temecula-restaurant-wants-to-be-good-in-the-former-rosas-cantina/
On this day in music history – August 4,
- 1958, Billboard magazine debuted its Hot 100 Singles Chart. Ricky Nelson had the first #1 song on the Hot 100 with “Poor Little Fool”.
- In 1966, The Troggs had their only #1 hit in their native Britain. “A Girl Like You” did not top the U.S. chart, but “Wild Thing” did.
- In 1967 a female Monkees fan stowed away on the band’s plane between shows in Minneapolis and St. Louis. The girl’s father threatened charges for transporting a minor across state lines.
- On the same day, Pink Floyd released their debut album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” with most of the songs written by the group’s Syd Barrett. It has since come to be regarded as one of the seminal psychedelic rock albums of the 60’s. It was recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road studios simultaneously with The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
- In 1968, the second day of the Newport Pop Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa featured Clue Cheer, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Byrds.
- In 1974, Robert Plant and his wife were both badly injured in a car accident on the Greek Island of Rhodes. An upcoming Led Zeppelin concert tour had to be cancelled. It took almost two years for him to fully recover
- In 1984, Prince began the first of 24 weeks at the top of the album chart with “Purple Rain” which included the hits “When Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and the title track. It went on to sell 20m copies and became the 7th best-selling movie soundtrack ever.
- In 1990, Mariah Carey began the first of four weeks at #1 on the singles chart with “Vision of Love” which went on to be nominated for three Grammies.
Born on this day …
- In 1901, bandleader, singer and jazz trumpet legend, Louis Armstrong
- In 1936, Elsbeary Hobbs from The Drifters
- In 1940, Frankie Ford, best known for the 1959 hit “Sea Cruise” and Larry Knechtel, bass and keyboard player with the LA session group, The Wrecking Crew
- In 1947, Klaus Schulze from Tangerine Dream
- In 1962, Paul Reynolds from A Flock of Seagulls
Other celebrity anniversaries today …
- Comedian Richard Belzer is 76
- Actor Billy Bob Thornton is 65
- Clara Peller, the “where’s the beef?” lady from the 80s Wendy’s commercials was born in 1903
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