Pala Today News – 9/17/20

Written by on September 17, 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 Bobcat Fire in LA advanced up the side of Mt. Wilson yesterday, site of the famous observatory and home to the transmitters of most LA TV and many of its radio stations.  Calmer weather conditions allowed for defense of the site.  But the fire did jump Highway 2, prompting evacuations to the north in Juniper Hills.  The fire is now more than 50k acres, still with only 3% containment as of this morning.  Hot, dry weather continues to hinder firefighting efforts.  The Bobcat is the most active current Southern California fire, causing unhealthful air quality throughout the region.

215 more COVID-19 cases were reported in Riverside County yesterday along with 11 more deaths. There have now been 56,201 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,136 deaths in Riverside County, which is currently in the state’s Tier 1 (Purple), or most restrictive category for reopening.   According to county health officials, cases countywide are increasing at a level barely ahead of patient recoveries.  Over 90% of those diagnosed have recovered.

There were 264 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with 6 additional deaths.  Five new community outbreaks were reported – three in business settings, one at a grocer, and one in a faith-based setting. (SD County media release)

San Diego County’s increasing case numbers have it on track to exceed state metrics for the Red Tier and soon be demoted to Purple.  The unadjusted case rate reported for the past week was 7.9, exceeding the state guidelines of 7.0.  The testing positivity rate was 4.5% – still within state guidelines.  Should the case rate again be higher than 7.0 at the next announcement interval this coming Tuesday, San Diego would be required by the state to again shut down or cut back some businesses.  County officials blame it on soaring infection numbers at San Diego State University and asked the Governor for an exception for that.  Gov. Newsom says the school is not an island and can’t be considered separately from the county as a whole.

Valley Center Pauma school district schools are set for in-classroom teaching to resume October 12.  Superintendent Ron McCowan set a special board meeting for Tuesday the 22nd to go over the specifics.  Each school has a committee working on that site’s plans for safe reopening.

The superintendent of the San Marcos school district abruptly stepped down yesterday after two years of clashes with teachers and parents.  Carmen Garcia’s departure was announced at Tuesday’s regular school board meeting.  Her letter to the board thanked them but provided no reason for the resignation. The board refused comment to the Union Tribune saying only that the district had struck an amicable severance agreement with Garcia.  Board President, Janet McClean said the district would not hire a permanent replacement until after the election since McClean won’t be running again and two other incumbents face challengers.

Escondido’s public library will reopen for limited in-person services beginning Monday.  Services include access to computers, printers, copiers and WiFi.  Wireless printing is now offered with payment by credit card.  Computer access is limited to one hour per day.  Hours are 10a to 6p Monday through Saturday.  Curbside pickup is available for holds.  Go to the library’s website for specifics.

San Diego County’s response rate for the 2020 Census is about five points better than during the last census in 2010.  Almost 73% of county households have responded this year compared with 68% in 2010.  Statewide, the numbers are also better this time around with the response rate topping 2010 as of yesterday at 68.4%.  Officials of the count credit the success of their outreach campaign.  Census data collection ends in two weeks.

Late Tuesday night a woman on a mobility scooter was struck and killed by a driver in Hemet who apparently didn’t see her in the middle of a dark street.  It happened around 10p on Menlo Avenue near Glenn Way in Hemet. The woman from Perris was riding in the center of the eastbound lane in the dark with no lights on her scooter.  The motorist stopped and called 911.

Rez Radio provides a daily updated bulletin board of resource links and current status of local businesses during the pandemic.  It’s in each day’s e-newsletter and at our website, www.RezRadio.FM .


In basketball – in the NBA playoffs, Game 2 of the Eastern finals between Miami and Boston this afternoon at 4p.  Miami won the first game.  The Western final between Denver and the Lakers begins tomorrow.

This year’s All-NBA teams were announced yesterday.  LA’s LeBron James set a record by being named to his 16th All-NBA team.  He’d been in a tie with Hall of Famers, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar.  James made an All-NBA team 11 times before missing one year due to injuries – the only time in his 17-year career do far that he didn’t make one of the three teams.  Along with James, the other players on this year’s first team are presumptive MVP for 2020, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and Anthony David, also from the Lakers.

In hockey – In the NHL division finals, no games yesterday.  Today is Game 6 for the Eastern Finals.  Tampa leads the Islander three games to two.

The Arizona Coyotes today named Bill Armstrong as their new general manager.  He’s been assistant GM and director of amateur scouting with St. Louis the past two seasons.

In baseball – The Padres fell behind by six runs, rallied in the late innings but came up short yesterday afternoon, losing 7-5 to the Dodgers.  That clinches a playoff spot for the blue.  LA took two out of three to the otherwise red-hot Padres who now fall to 3 ½ games out of first place in the NL West.  The Giants beat Seattle 9-3.  The Angels fell to the Diamondbacks in Anaheim 9-6.  Milwaukee and St. Louis split a double header.  Washington beat Tampa 4-2 in ten innings.  With the Yankees winning, the Rays lead in the AL East is now down to 3 games over New York.  The White Sox lost and the Twins won.  That puts Minnesota within 2 games of the first place White Sox.  The only other extra inning game was at Cleveland where the Cubs won 3-2.  The Cubs remain 5 ½ games ahead of the second place Reds.  The Padres have today off.  The Dodgers are at Denver.  The Angels and Diamondbacks, and San Francisco and Seattle play afternoon games.

In the NFL – Week 2 begins tonight with Cincinnati at Cleveland.  The Chargers will make their SoFi Stadium debut Sunday hosting Kansas City.

In golf – The U.S. Open teed off today at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.  Gary Woodland is the defending champion.  Justin Thomas had the early lead into the clubhouse at 5 under par with about half the field still on the course.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were down across the board.  The Dow was off by almost a full percent.  The S&P 500 was down 1 ¼%.  The NASDAQ was down 1.7%.  Gold fell as well, down more than $20 an ounce to $1,950.20.  Oil rose a dollar to $41.10.

The lack of any action by the Federal Reserve yesterday seemed to disappoint investors.  Even though the Fed plans to hold interest rates at almost zero for at least another two years and jobless claims fell by 3 ½% last week, the markets may have seen their post federal stimulus peak according to some economists.  That leaves it up to Congress to pass a new package where additional relief seems deadlocked.

Construction overall was down.  But single family home building is still growing.  (Barron’s)


After operating all summer in the parking lot Westfield’s North County mall in Escondido, the California Center for the Arts’ weekly drive-in movie has moved to Cal State San Marcos.  Double booking of some of the spaces being used for the mall lot drive-in forced the relocation.  Movies at Cal State begin tomorrow night with “Mama Mia” screening at 8p.  With more spaces available at the new location, ticket prices are dropping as well.  $25 for a vehicle with two people, $35 for three and $50 for five or more.  Saturday and Sunday the venue will have live concerts with Swedish jazz group Gunhild Carling this Saturday and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Sunday.  Meanwhile, in San Diego, this year’s San Diego International Film Festival October 15-18 will be held in a parking lot at Westfield UTC with a drive-in movie format.

Rez Radio’s Jim McInnes will be on Channel 8’s 4p news today talking about his new radio show, “Vinyl Resting Place”, heard here on Rez Radio Saturdays from 8 to 10p, and about his nearly 5-decade career on San Diego radio.  Vinyl Resting Place delves into rare and seldom heard tracks from Jim’s extensive classic rock music library.  Vinyl Resting Place debuted here earlier this month and is getting online listeners from all over the country.

The California Energy Commission has approved $39.1m to fund 36 new hydrogen fueling stations across the state including four in San Diego County where there is currently only one although another is already planned for Mission Valley.  Two of the four just announced would be in North County – one near I-15 and Highway 56 on Carmel Valley Road and another in Carlsbad.  Hydrogen powered vehicles emit no greenhouse gases, can be refueled in three to five minutes and qualify for California HOV lane stickers. Currently only 9k are on the road in the state compared with 726k electric vehicles.  Hydrogen vehicles are also eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $8k and a rebate from the state of $4,500.  Three models are available in California – the Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity, and Hundai Nexo.

On this day in music history – September 17,

  • 1931, RCA Victor demonstrated the first 33 1/3 rpm recorded disc.  It failed to attract consumers due to the high price of the record players – $95 which is equivalent to $1,200 today.  The format wasn’t revived until 1948.
  • In 1964, The Beatles appeared at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.  They were paid $150k for the show, which was more than any other previous act had ever been paid for a live show.  Tickets were $4.50.
  • In 1967, The Doors were banned from future appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his promise to producers to change the lyrics in “Light My Fire” to avoid singing “girl we couldn’t get much HIGHER”.   Sullivan’s people felt the word “higher” glorified drug use.   On that night’s one and only appearance, they also sang their new single, “People Are Strange”.
  • In 1969, media had fully latched on to the rumor that Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and that a double had taken his place for nearly three years at all public appearances.  Paul and girlfriend Jane Asher were in fact, on vacation in Kenya at the time of his alleged 1966 demise in Scotland.
  • In 1978, the video for Queen’s “Bicycle Race” was filmed at Wimbledon featuring 65 naked female models riding around the track on rented bikes.  The rental company reportedly demanded payment for replacement saddles when they found out how their bikes had been used.
  • In 1991, over 4m copies of Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Use Your Illusion I” and Use Your Illusion II” albums were simultaneously released for sale, making it the largest record debut shipment in US music history.
  • In 1996 a bomb addressed to Icelandic singer Bjork was discovered at a South London mail sorting office. Police in Miami had alerted London officials after finding the body of Ricardo Lopez, who’d made a video of himself making the bomb before killing himself.
  • In 2011, the estate of Jimi Hendrix gave the approval for another round of archival releases, 41 years after the singer’s death.  They included an expanded version of his 1968 Winterland concerts, a revamp of a 1972 live compilation, an upgrade of his final U.K. festival appearance on DVD, and a DVD reissue of some talk show appearances.
  • On the same day, Adele was at #1 on the singles chart with “Someone Like You”.

Born on this day …

  • In 1923, country singer Hank Williams, who released 35 Top Ten country singles – five of them posthumously.  Eleven of them hit #1.  Williams died in 1953 at the age of 29.
  • In 1933, Jeanine Deckers, also known as The Singing Nun, with her 1963 #1 hit “Dominique”.
  • In 1939, Lamonte McLemore from The 5th
  • In 1950, Fee Waybill, lead singer with The Tubes.
  • In 1962, Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who had a #1 hit in Britain in 1999 with “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen”.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress Casandra Peterson, better known as “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” is 69
  • Comedian Rita Rudner is 67
  • Actor Roddy McDowall was born this day in 1928
  • Late actress and wife of Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft was born in 1931
  • Author Ken Kesey, best known for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was born in 1935
  • Late actor John Ritter was born in 1948

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Pala Weather – hazy skies with a high of 98 today and tomorrow … 91 Saturday … 86 Sunday … 84 Monday and Tuesday … 88 next Wednesday … overnight lows in the low 60s tonight and tomorrow night … upper 50s beginning this weekend

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