Pala Today News – 10/27/20

Written by on October 27, 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.


A pair of major fires broke out in Southern California yesterday.  The #SilveradoFire began yesterday morning around 6a in the mountains near the 241 toll road in eastern Orange County, closing that road to the morning commute.  Portions are still closed.  It burned towards the city of Irvine, forcing the evacuation of about 60k residents.  As of 7a today, it had burned 11,200 acres with 5% containment and no structural loss.  It was reported late last night by Southern California Edison that some of the utility’s equipment may have been involved as the source of that fire.  The #BlueRidgeFire began in early afternoon near the same spot by the 91 and 71 freeways where the devastating Yorba Linda fire began about eight years ago.  The Blue Ridge Fire has burned in the hills north of the 91 freeway and the Santa Ana River, reaching 8k acres with ten Yorba Linda homes damaged and no containment as of 10a.

The high wind warning for Riverside County is set to expire at 2p today.  The Red Flag fire warning for all of inland Southern California remains in place until 6p tonight.

A small fire last night in De Luz near Sandia Creek crossing was quickly handled by first responders.

SDG&E reports no further plans for preventative power shutoffs in North County.  Areas south and west of Pala that were affected by shutoffs yesterday all had their power back by 5:30p.  An unplanned precautionary shutoff was initiated this morning in East County affecting about 1k customers near Boulevard.

With one week to go until the general election, more than 725k ballots have been received by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.  That’s more than one third of the total of all ballots mailed to voters.

There were 358 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with no additional deaths.  7,800 new test results were recorded with 5% coming back positive.  That’s a higher than usual percentage out of a lower than average daily total.  There was one new community outbreak in a youth sports setting. (SD County media release)

No additional cases were reported in the Pala zip code.  The current total remains at 78.

In Riverside County, 975 new Covid cases were reported for the entire weekend with a 50% jump in coronavirus-related intensive care hospitalizations.  There have been 16 additional deaths since Friday.   The current adjusted case rate per 100k residents is 9.1 with a testing positivity rate of 5.2%.

The state’s weekly numbers for setting reopening standards are being released today.  San Diego is currently in the Red Tier and expected to remain there.  Riverside is currently in the more restrictive Purple Tier and will remain there based on county-reported statistics.

Less than a week after schools in the Vista school district reopened, a second student at Mission Vista High School has tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the home quarantine of about 150 students and four teachers.  The student tested positive Sunday.  The latest infection is not connected to the other student case confirmed last week at Mission Vista.  This one likely acquired the virus from a sports club excursion not connected to the school.  That brings the total number of positive tests among Vista district students to four within the last week.  When Vista reopened its schools last week, it did so across the board – not in the phased manner being used in most other districts, who still are not fully reopened to in-person instruction.

The Wall Street Journal is offering a free article on how to tell the difference between simple cold and flu symptoms and those from Covid.  Fever is common to all three.  But fever from novel coronavirus tends to come on stronger and cause chills and discomfort even if your temperature is only a little over 100.  In other words, Covid fevers are not subtle. While cold and flu symptoms tend to come on within one to four days after exposure, Covid symptoms take a little longer, often coming on suddenly at day five to seven, but possibly not until 14 days after exposure.  Sneezing and stuffy nose are less likely to indicate Covid than a cold or flu.  Shortness of breath, pneumonia and continued fever tend to indicate Covid.  The longer you stay home and monitor symptoms, there more likely it’s Covid.  Experts highly recommend flu shots this year so that you’re less likely to have to decipher whether your symptoms are flu or Covid.

While operations of the Del Mar Fairgrounds continue to suffer from the pandemic, at least one event has successfully adapted to new health requirements.  This year’s Scream Zone is drive-thru only on a one-mile course through the fairgrounds.  Event operators say it’s been sold out every night since it opened on October 1.  Scream Zone continues through this Saturday and is on track to gross $580k in admissions alone and make about $185k in profits after all expenses.  The Fairgrounds has found other creative ways of making money during the crisis including leasing parking to car rental companies with surplus inventory.  The summer’s Fair Food Fix was a take-out version of the Fair food people missed out on due to the cancellation of this year’s San Diego County Fair.  It lasted three months.  But all of these events are still not enough to cover expenses for the 22nd District Agricultural Association – the operators of the Fairgrounds whose revenue is down by 90% this year.  Only 62 of the formerly 158 full time employees are still there and the future of the property remains uncertain.

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 baseball – Game Six of the World Series between the LA Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays is tonight at 5p on Fox.

In the NFL – Last night in LA, the Rams took the early lead and never looked back, beating Da Behrs 24-10.  LA defense held Chicago scoreless in the second half.  Chicago turned the ball over twice compared with one turnover for LA.  The Rams’ biggest advantage was 24 first downs compared to the Bears’ 14.

Just as the 49ers seemed to be pulling it together this year, they’ve lost wide receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. to injuries.  Both were a big part of Sunday’s win over New England and both are expected to miss at least two to three weeks including an important game this week against Green Bay.

In college football – Ohio State has only played one game, but managed to improve two ranking places to #3 in both the AP and Coaches polls.  The other top eight teams remain the same with Notre Dame and Georgia each dropping one place to make room for Ohio’s move.  Wisconsin vaulted up 5 places to #9 on the AP Top 25 after winning its season opener.  Penn State’s loss to an unranked opponent caused them to fall ten places to #18.

Clemson’s #1 ranking may not be invincible.  They’ve had a number of defensive injuries.  The latest was starting linebacker James Skalski whose groin injury two weeks ago was thought to be minor.  An MRI yesterday revealed he’ll need surgery, so he’s out for several more games at least.  Four other starters are either out or questionable for this weekend.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed.  The Dow was down a third of a percent.  The S&P was just about flat and the NASDAQ was up 6 tenths of a percent.  Gold rose $5 to just under $1,911 an ounce.  Oil was up $1.13 a barrel to $39.70 for West Texas Intermediate Crude futures.

Local fish taco chain, Rubio’s Coastal Grill yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Daily operations at the chain’s 150 locations will continue as usual.  Earlier in the pandemic, Rubio’s had closed 26 locations mostly in Colorado and Florida.  A small number of other locations remain temporarily closed.  Rubio’s opened as a single store in 1983 near Mission Bay in San Diego.

NPC International Inc. which operates 392 Wendy’s and 1,200 Pizza Hut locations had filed bankruptcy in July.  Now those two franchise parent companies are asking the bankruptcy court for consent and consultation rights in the sale of NPC, which is the largest domestic franchise operator for both chains..

Along with the latest wave of infections, a new wave of hoarding has begun.  Supermarket shelves emptied of basics and shelf-stable food back in March and it’s beginning to happen again.  But major food makers are ready this time.  General Mills added 45 external production lines operated by contractors to pump out more Cherrios and Annie’s mac and cheese.  Campbell Soup spent $40m to expand production.  Conagra, makers of Healthy Choice and others reports selling everything they can possibly make.  We’ll soon know if it was enough.  Demand for items like baking goods, which always increase towards the holidays were up 3,400% this month compared with one year ago.  That’s less than the 6,000% jump in March during the first hoarding wave.  But this one is expected to affect a wider range of products.  Distribution may once again be the main problem.  Raley’s, a northern California chain of 130 stores reports only being able to fill about 75% of orders from its stores.  That figure was down to 40% in March.  Some chains are substituting unfamiliar and private brands to make up the difference.  Albertson’s reports difficulties staying stocked with cleaning sprays and wipes, hot dogs and flour.  Inventory management with waves of panic buying can be difficult for companies to manage.  General Mills doesn’t expect inventories to normalize until June.


14 years after the creation of the movie persona, Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat sequel is making more headlines than any movie since the pandemic began.  “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” premiered Friday night at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood and is now on Amazon Prime video.  Among news items about the movie are several threatened lawsuits including one by the American Conservative Union and its Conservative Political Action Conference over scenes shot at the 2020 CPAC.  In it, a character is shown entering the event in a Ku Klux Klan-like outfit.  In another scene, a speech by Vice President Mike Pence is interrupted by someone dressed as President Trump carrying a woman over his shoulder. And by now, everyone has heard about the scene with Rudolph Giuliani in a hotel room with Borat’s 15-year old daughter.  As for the CPAC scene, the ACU is demanding the film be edited or they’ll sue.

Movie news may be getting a boost from the new Borat sequel – which is only available on streaming.   But it’s not improving box office receipts.  The top ten movies in theaters this week combined are still totaling less than $10m in ticket sales.  Before the pandemic, that would be mediocre results for just one new release.  This past weekend, the horror thriller “The Empty Man” debuted in 3rd place on 2k screens taking in just $1.3m.  “Monsters Inc.” was re-released on just under 2k screens and place 7th with less than a half million in ticket sales.  The drama romance “After We Collided” opened on 460 screens with $420k in sales.  And United Artists re-released “The Addams Family” on 1,300 screens.  It placed 10th and sold just $282k worth of tickets.

The 2 ½ year legal battle with environmentalists over the proposed Altair residential project in Temecula ended yesterday with the developer agreeing not to build on 55 of the 270 acres to help with permanent wildlife habitat preservation.  A spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity said the agreement gives local mountain lions a pathway to recovery.  A judge had ruled in April that the city of Temecula had not adequately addressed wildlife issues when it approved the development proposed by Ambient Communities.  Rather than appeal the ruling, the city and the developer worked with the Sierra Club, the Mountain Lion Foundation, the CBD and others.  The aim of the negotiated open space is to allow unobstructed access to proposed wildlife crossings of the 15 freeway near Temecula.

On this day in music history – October 27,

  • 1957, The Crickets, out of Lubbock, Texas began the first of three weeks at #1 in Britain with “That’ll Be the Day”. It only made #3 in the U.S.  The song by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis was inspired by John Wayne’s catchphrase from the 1956 movie, “The Searchers”.
  • In 1964, 31-year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18-year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. They formed a musical act originally known as Caesar and Cleo before changing their stage names to Sonny & Cher. Their marriage lasted 12 years.
  • In 1966, The Four Tops were at #1 with “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”
  • In 1969, Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois that killed three other people.
  • In 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips began the first of two weeks at #1 with “Midnight Train to Georgia.” It won a Grammy the following spring and has become Knight’s signature song.
  • In 1975, right after the release of his self-titled album, Bruce Springsteen was on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines.
  • In 1977, Little Feat founding member Roy Estrada was convicted of sexual assault on a child. He served six years in prison.  In 2012 he pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child four years earlier.  He is currently serving 25 years without possibility of parole.
  • In 1979, Elton John collapsed on stage at LA’s Universal Amphitheater, suffering from exhaustion.
  • In 1980, Mark David Chapman bought the .38 special he would use six weeks later to kill John Lennon.
  • In 1984, at a concert in Berkeley, the Grateful Dead allocated a special recording area for fans to bootleg the show.
  • In 1988, the U2 film “Rattle and Hum” premiered in the group’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland.
  • In 2000, Lonnie Donegan received his MBE for services to pop music. He’d pioneered skiffle music almost 50 years earlier, inspiring a generation of teenagers including The Beatles to form bands.
  • In 2006, Amy Winehouse released her second and final studio album, “Back to Black”. It produced five singles including “Rehab” and won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 50th annual Grammy Awards
  • In 2009, Eric Clapton had to cancel a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York to operated on for gallstones. Jeff Beck took his place at the show.

Born on this day …

  • In 1933, country piano player Floyd Cramer who worked with Elvis on “Heartbreak Hotel” and other hits
  • In 1949, Gary Tallent, bass player with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band
  • And on the same day, another keyboard player – Byron Allred from The Steve Miller Band
  • In 1951, founding member of Judas Priest, K.K. Downing
  • In 1953, Peter Dodd, guitarist with The Thompson Twins
  • In 1958, Simon Le Bon, lead singer from Duran Duran
  • In 1967, former lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Comic actor and member of Monty Python, John Cleese is 81
  • Producer, director Ivan Reitman is 74
  • Author and satirist Fran Lebowitz is 70
  • Actor Roberto Benigni, who won the Best Actor Oscar for “Life is Beautiful” is 68
  • Actor Robert Picardo from Star Trek: Voyager is 67
  • Actor Patrick Fugit who starred in “Almost Famous” at age 17 is 38 today.
  • Tonight show producer Fred DeCordova was born on this day in 1910
  • So was actor Jack Carson, whose mannerisms found their way into Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn cartoons directed by Robert McKimson
  • Actress, singer and dancer Nanette Fabray was born 100 years ago today.


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