Pala Today News – 8/5/20

Written by on August 5, 2020

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The Apple Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains was 30% contained as of this morning.  Cooler temperatures are helping firefighting efforts.  But winds are expected to gust up to 30 miles an hour there again today.  Efforts are being focused on building a fire break on Yucaipa Ridge to protect the communities of Oak Glen and Forest Falls.  27,319 acres have burned so far.  Four homes and eight other structures have burned.  One firefighters was injured and 7,800 people remain under evacuation in the now-five day old fire.

Firefighters contained a small brush fire late this morning in Carlsbad.  It began off the 2500 block of El Camino Real, just south of state Route 78. No structural damage or injuries were reported.

In San Diego County there were 290 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday – 7% out of 4,168 new test results.  The 14-day rolling average of positive tests is 5.4%.  There were 3 additional deaths.  One new outbreak was announced yesterday for a total of 32 in the past seven days.  (SD County media release)

San Diego County supervisors yesterday approved a plan that would allow businesses such as gyms and places of worship to operate outdoors at county parks.  The new initiative gives businesses another option after the state implemented restrictions that forced many of them to either move outdoors or close completely last month.  Under the plan, space at any of the county’s 30 parks could be used for services after obtaining a free permit.

The city of Del Mar will hire part-time deputies to step up enforcement of local mask orders.  County health orders carry the possibility of a misdemeanor citation with a fine of up to $1k and up to 90 days in jail for failure to wear a mask in public spaces whenever social distancing isn’t possible.  The deputies will work two days a week for the next four months.  The city council decision with one dissenting vote calls for spending $20k for the deputies and $2k for more signage in public places promoting the wearing of masks.  That one dissenter, Councilwoman Terry Gaasterland said the plan “…could end up backfiring and attract COVID deniers to come march in Del Mar.”  Although the city only has a population of 4k, there are typically 20k-25k people in the city daily who also need to social distance and be aware of mask requirements in all public spaces.

356 new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday in Riverside County.  There was one additional death, bringing the total to 738 – still the second worst in California behind LA County.  Hospitalizations in the county are down.  On Monday there were 425 COVID-19 patients.  Last week the average was 475.  The week before it had been 523 a day.  There are currently 133 in ICU beds.  This follows word from the Governor on Monday that coronavirus hospitalizations statewide are trending downward.

The Riverside City Council voted yesterday to fund a limited version of the annual Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights for this year’s holiday season.  Normally, up to 700k people from all over Southern California attend the five-week holiday light display and associated events each year.  This 28th annual version will not have a switch-on ceremony and live entertainment, fireworks, horse-drawn carriages or the crowds outside the hotel.  The display itself won’t have any new lights and there won’t be any merchants setting up temporary sales in the streets unless the county manages to make it into stage 4 COVID-19 reopening which isn’t likely. Last year’s city support for the festival totaled $4m.  This year only $60k is authorized.   The Festival of Lights this year will run from November 27 through December 30.

Hemet police are investigating the discovery of a couple found dead in their home on Corte Cerro Monday night.  An adult son in his 40s who also lived in the home is being sought for questioning.  Officers were sent to the residence on a welfare check of the unidentified man in his 70s and woman in her 60s who had not been in touch with friends and family, leading to concerns about them. Details of the deaths were not released.

Authorities arrested a 21-year-old Menifee man on Tuesday on suspicion of shooting at two men inside a parked car in Romoland on February 9, injuring one and killing the other.

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In baseball – The Dodgers evened up their series at San Diego beating the Padres 5-2 yesterday.  The Angels beat the Mariners in Seattle 5-3 including a home run by new first-time father Mike Trout.  Both series continue today. Three games involving Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami and the Yankees were postponed due to coronavirus. The Marlins did manage to play a make-good game yesterday.  It was their first game in nine days and was delayed 40 minutes while the league awaited the final coronavirus test results clearing the team.  Several inconclusive tests had to be retaken.  They beat the Orioles in Baltimore 4-0.  The Cubs and Twins now have the most wins in the MLB, each with records of 9 and 2.  The Yankees, who have played as much as four fewer games than some teams have the best winning percentage with their 8 and 1 record.  16 games today.  Although a number of games involving six teams still need to be made good with four originally scheduled for today being postponed, the only team not already back in action following outbreaks is St. Louis.

In basketball – six NBA games yesterday.  Brooklyn denied Milwaukee clinching the East by beating the Bucks 119-116.  Phoenix beat the Clippers 117-115.  Dallas over Sacramento 114-110 in overtime.  Indiana topped Orlando 120-109.  Miami beat Boston 112-106.  And Portland over Houston 110-102.  Six more today including the Lakers hosting Kansas City.  The Memphis-Utah game is already underway.

In football – With less than three days until the scheduled start of fall practice for college football, the Mountain West conference has yet to reveal its plan for non-conference games.  A spokesman for the Mountain West said they were waiting to see what happened in yesterday’s NCAA board meeting.  The Big Ten is also holding off on a schedule.  The Sun Belt announced its teams will play eight conference and up to four non-conference games in a season beginning August 29.  BYU, which is independent has three Mountain West schools on its schedule with no assurance at this point that those games will happen.

Colorado State coaches have been accused of telling players not to report COVID-19 symptoms, altering contact tracing reports to keep players on the practice field, and threatening players with reduced playing time if they quarantine.  San Diego State is scheduled to host Colorado State on November 7.

In hockey – The NHL East qualifying series between the Rangers and the Hurricanes is over already.  Carolina swept New York 3 games to none with a 4-1 win yesterday.  The Islanders series with Florida is now 2-0 in favor of New York with a 4-2 win yesterday.   Calgary routed Winnipeg 6-2 and took a 2 games to 1 lead in that series.  The other three series played yesterday are now tied at a game apiece.  Nashville beat Arizona 4-2.  Toronto blanked Columbus 3-0.  And Vancouver edged Minnesota 4-3.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up.  The Dow had gained 1.1%.  The S&P was up 6 tenths of a percent.  The NASDAQ was up almost a half percent.  Gold continued to soar – up another $27 to $2,048 an ounce – another new record high for the fourth straight trading session.  Oil was up 60 cents to $42.30 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate Crude futures.

New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis reports that older laid off workers will have the hardest time getting back to work.  Before the pandemic there were 34m workers aged 55 to 70 in the U.S. with another 1.3m seeking work.  By June, 7% of the 34m lost their jobs compared with 4.8% of workers under age 54.  Over the next three months that total is expected to rise to 4m older workers involuntarily out of a job.  Of those who return to work, many will be at lower wages than before the pandemic.  This could have an impact on everything from health care to federal aid and social security since many people aren’t prepared for retirement.  According to the Center, 3.1m older workers will fall into or near lifelong poverty.

Retail gasoline prices are up a penny over past week in San Diego County, but mostly stable.  The average price for a gallon of regular is $3.19 today.  One month ago it was $3.10.  At the same time a year ago it was $3.65.  The price is flat in Riverside County at an average of $3.13.  Nationwide, prices are down a penny over the past week at $2.18.  Today’s lowest local price is $2.67 at C-Stop on 5th at Centre City Parkway in Escondido.  In southwest Riverside County it’s $2.52 at Murrieta Sam’s Club.  It’s $3.05 today at Pala.  $2.83 at Rincon.  $2.85 at La Jolla Trading Post.


The U.S. Census Bureau announced it would end efforts to count the country’s population on September 30 – a month earlier than expected.  With only 63% of U.S. households responding so far, that means the bureau will have to resort to statistical methods for estimating the rest.  That could have consequences for political representation and federal funding for the historically hardest-to-reach and undercounted populations including minorities, undocumented immigrants, rural residents and low-income households.  The bureau says the change was part of an effort to meet the federal deadline of delivering final results to the President by the end of the year.  Critics suggest it’s an effort by the Trump Administration to sabotage the Census and further suppress minorities and noncitizens.  Anyone who has not filled out their 2020 census can do that at

According to a study published this week by the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, it’s possible that people who have been exposed to common coronaviruses may be less likely to catch COVID-19.  Previous studies considered in the findings published yesterday showed that between one fifth and one half of those who’ve never been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may already have some immunity to it.  Speculation is that previous exposure to the four other coronaviruses that cause the common cold may be responsible.  One of the study’s authors says people with immune responses to common colds may also have a head start in fighting off COVID-19 or at least reducing its severity.  Researchers haven’t proven anything yet, but it helps explain why COVID-19 is deadly for some while others recover having experienced hardly any symptoms.  It may also predict individual response once a vaccine is introduced.

The power microgrid operated by SDG&E in Borrego Springs is getting a $4.5m federal grant to upgrade its power generating equipment to 100% renewable sources.  Up until 7 years ago, the isolated town of 2,800 people relied on a single transmission line for imported power.  In 2013, a microgrid was installed with a 26-megawatt solar field, battery storage systems and two diesel power generators.  These backed up the imported power and protected the town against planned and emergency outages.  The grant will pay for smart power inverters, controls and a state-of-the-art management system to accomplish the tricky feat of making all-solar power stable and reliable even through cloudy days.  The diesel generators will remain in case all else fails.  Microgrids are becoming a preferred power generating method so that communities can operate autonomously as an island without being affected by larger grid issues.  SDG&E de-energized lines four times in 2019, affecting a peak of about 27k customers.  The utility has plans for four more microgrids in its service area by the end of next year as part of its Wildfire Mitigation Plan.

On this day in music history – August 5,

  • 1956, Doris Day was at #1 with “Whatever Will Be Will Be”. The Oscar-winning song was from the Alfred Hitchcock film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” starring Doris Day and James Stewart
  • 1957, American Bandstand debuted. Previously the show had been called simply “Bandstand”.  Dick Clark had taken over hosting duties from Bob Horn in 1956.  Clark hosted the show for 33 years.
  • In 1965, The Beatles were at #1 with “Help!” from the movie of the same name. It was their 8th consecutive #1 single.
  • Exactly one year later in 1966, The Beatles released the “Revolver” album in the UK.
  • In 1972, Aerosmith was signed to CBS Records for $125k after the label’s boss, Clive Davis saw them playing at a club in Kansas City.
  • In 1975, the first all-female heavy rock band was formed. Originally a trio with Joan Jett, drummer Sandy West and singer/bass palyer Micki Steele, the best-known lineup for The Runaways included Jett and West along with Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox.
  • In 1978, The Rolling Stones were at #1 with “Miss You” – their 8th #1 hit in the U.S.
  • In 1983, David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms offenses. Crosby slept through most of his trial.
  • In 1992, Jeff Porcaro, drummer for Toto died of a heart attack at the age of 38.
  • In 2007, misuse of Beatles music hit a new low when Proctor & Gamble purchased the rights to use “All You Need Is Love” in a diaper commercial.
  • In 2009, a 53-year old man who claimed he was secretly married to Miley Cyrus was charged with stalking.

Born on this day …

  • In 1942, Rick Huxley from the Dave Clark Five
  • In 1947, guitarist, singer and producer Rick Derringer from The McCoys and The Edgar Winter Group. He also had solo hit with “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo”.
  • Also in 1947, Gregory Leskiw from the Guess Who
  • In 1955, Eddie Ojeda from Twisted Sister
  • In 1959, Dear or Alive lead singer Pete Burns
  • In 1964, Adam Yauch from The Beastie Boys

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress Loni Anderson is 75
  • Actress Maureen McCormick, best known as Marcia Brady is 64
  • Actress Tawny Kitaen is 59
  • The late Selma Diamond from TV’s “Too Close for Comfort” and “Night Court” was born 100 years ago today
  • Radio and early TV actor Parley Baer, who played Chester on the radio version of “Gunsmoke” was born in 1914
  • Marilyn Monroe died on this day in 1962


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