Pala Today News – 10/28/20

Written by on October 28, 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 Blue Ridge Fire in the Chino Hills Preserve has become the larger of the two current Southern California fires.  As of 8a this morning it had burned 14,334 acres with 16% containment and ten structures damaged.  The Silverado Fire directly to the south in the Santa Ana Mountains has burned 13,354 acres and is 25% contained.  No structural loss but two firefighters injured with severe burns. Most of the toll road complex in Orange County except for the 91 is closed due to the Silverado Fire.  Highways 71 south of Euclid and all of Highway 142 plus a number of surface streets in the Butterfield Ranch area of Chino Hills are closed due to the Blue Ridge Fire.  In that fire, evacuation orders are still in effect for Butterfield Ranch and Carbon Canyon.  In the Silverado Fire, evacuation orders are still in effect along the foothills from south of the 261 toll road and north of the 241 to Rancho Santa Margarita plus a portion of Foothill Ranch south of the 241 along Bake Parkway.

For the first time ever in a Presidential election, local polling locations will be open four days beginning this Saturday.  Voters have been encouraged to vote by mail through the use of ballots mailed to every registered voter early this month.  But those who want to vote in person can cast their ballot at their scheduled in-person polling place this Saturday through Monday from 8a to 5p as well as normal polling hours on Election Day.  There are fewer polling places than in past elections, so check your sample ballot for your polling location which is likely to be different from where it was in the past.  Your assigned polling place was included on a postcard mailed to you by the Registrar of Voters last week.  You can also look up your location at for San Diego County residents and for Riverside County Residents.  Wearing of masks and social distancing will be observed at polling locations with hand sanitizer and disposable masks available.

There were 269 new COVID-19 cases reported by San Diego County yesterday with 7 additional deaths.  Two new community outbreaks were reported – one in a daycare setting, one in a business. Out of about 10,500 test results, 3% came back positive.  The 14-day rolling average is 2.7%.  Two out of three metrics used by the state to determine tier placement for the county declined this week.  The state announced yesterday that San Diego remains in the Red Tier at least until new numbers are released next Tuesday.  The only metric that increased was testing positivity, which at 3.5% still qualifies the county for the Orange Tier.  The adjusted case-rate at 6.5% however is keeping San Diego in the Red.  (SD County media release)

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

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the deferral deadline of annual health permit fees, plan check fees and late fees for restaurants and food facilities to help businesses affected by the pandemic.  A number of other fee and permit extensions granted in May were extended through March 31, 2021 as well.

In Riverside County, 261 new Covid cases were reported yesterday along with 8 additional deaths.

One person was killed when a vehicle went over the side of Clinton Keith Road in La Cresta around 8p last night. First responders confirmed the fatality upon arrival at the accident scene.  No other details have been released.

A week after reopening its schools and reporting that six students had tested positive at five schools, the Vista Unified School District changed the criteria for closing secondary campuses when positive COVID-19 cases are reported.  Under new rules adopted by the district last night, a campus will close entirely for two weeks if two positive cases are reported at any one site, and that school will revert to virtual learning during the closure.  Or, if three middle or high schools report one positive case each, all three campuses will close.

A scheduled two-week shutdown of the local San Diego County Water Authority aqueduct that would have required drastic conservation by Valley Center Municipal and Yuima Municipal Water District customers beginning this weekend has been rescheduled.  Concerns by local water district managers about possible lack of water during the height of fire season have pushed back the shutdown from its scheduled start this coming Monday back five weeks to December 6 through the 15th

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 – Last night in Arlington, the Dodgers won their first World Series in 33 years, beating the Tampa Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of the this year’s Series.  The Dodgers had been down by a run for the first five innings when the Rays pulled starting pitcher Blake Snell.  Reliever Nick Anderson quickly gave up two runs and the Dodgers were on their way.  Highlights of the game included Mookie Betts’ double off Anderson and his later solo homer in the 8th.  Tampa’s Randy Arozarena hit his 10th home run of the postseason for the Rays’ only score last night. Six Dodger relief pitchers combined for 7 ½ scoreless innings with Jose Urias pitching the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing Dodger bats to do the rest.  LA’s Corey Seager was named series MVP.  He’d earned the same honor in the NLCS against the Braves in which LA came back from being down 3 games to one.   Seager batted .400 with two home runs, five RBIs and six walks against the Rays.  That included the 6th inning grounder last night that scored Mookie Betts for what became the winning run. Only seven other players have won MVP for both the league championship and World Series.  The Dodgers have been in three of the past four World Series.  This is the first of those three times they’ve won it.

A lot of people wondered why Justin Turner, a New York Mets castoff who’d signed a minor league contract with LA two years ago and has since built himself into an All-Star, who’d played brilliantly in the series was taken out of a close game in the late innings.  Turns out that Turner tested positive for Covid-19.  Which brings into question whether there would have been a Game 7 tonight had the Rays won last night.  Or would there have had to be a 14-day quarantine – maybe longer or even a cancellation depending on who else caught the virus in the mostly non-socially distanced Dodgers’ dugout and on the Rays?  But that’s not what happened.  The Dodgers won the series 4 games to two and proceeded to celebrate on the field, maskless including Turner – who even posed for a group photo shoulder to shoulder to manager Dave Roberts, a cancer survivor.   That’s the kind of year 2020 is.

In the NFL – The Houston Texans have closed their facility after a player tested positive for Covid-19.  This is the bye week for Texas.  Their facility is closed for a deep cleaning and the team is performing contact tracing.  It’s the first positive test for Texas since the start of training camp.  Houston’s last game was against Green Bay three days ago.

The Cincinnati Bengals have traded their career sack leader, defensive end Carlos Dunlap to Seattle for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and seventh round draft pick next year.  Seattle’s defense has been weak this year, allowing more yards through six games than any team in NFL history.

The Dallas Cowboys have traded defensive end Everson Griffen to Detroit for a conditional draft pick.

In college football – #1 Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is considered to be the #1 pick at next spring’s NFL draft is leaving the door open for another year at Clemson instead of going pro.  A possible consideration is who’s first in line for the upcoming draft.  Right now that’s the New York Jets who are 0 and 7 this season.  Lawrence has a 31 and 1 college record as starting quarterback.


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks are down sharply today.  Visa and Caterpillar led the losers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average which was off almost 900 points, or 3.2%.  The S&P and NASDAQ were also each down about 3.2%.  Gold was down more than $31 an ounce to $1,880.60.  Oil dropped almost 6% to $37.27 a barrel.

The third quarter Gross Domestic Product report due out tomorrow is expected to show the U.S. economy growing at a record 30% or more.  But that doesn’t come close to making up for the more than 31% drop in the second quarter when the country was on lockdown for coronavirus control.  The same percentage of a smaller pie is still a smaller number.  In fact, the gap is about as bad as it was during the worst of the 2008 recession.  The main thing bolstering the GDP will be consumer spending which is likely to show a 40% rise tomorrow.  Typically that number is only about 3%.  This huge flush of spending was mainly due to generous unemployment bonuses and the one-time stimulus checks.  Consumer spending has already calmed down and will be much lower when Q4 number come out in January. Fortunately, business spending will also show healthy increases in Q3, meaning industry is optimistically building for the future. The main concern is whether a new wave of coronavirus infections will cause new closures as winter approaches.

Inspire Brands is planning to takeover Dunkin’ Brands Group.  Valued at almost $12b, it would be the second largest chain takeover ever, just behind the merger of Burger King and Tim Hortons in 2014.


Congratulations to the Valley Roadrunner, winner of 13 San Diego Press Club awards at last night’s virtual ceremony from the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.  Their awards included Best of Show for non-daily newspapers for editor, David Ross’ article, “Miller Fire:  a catastrophe that was avoided”.  Roadrunner photographer Justin Salter won first place for still news photography.  Rez Radio, which has won awards every year since we went on the air, took this year off from award entries to concentrate on station operations during the pandemic.

On this day in music history – October 28,

  • 1957, Elvis Presley was told by LAPD after his show that night at the Pan Pacific Auditorium that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage. At the following night’s concert, the Vice Squad filmed the entire show to study his performance.
  • In 1958, Buddy Holly appeared on American Bandstand to lip sync “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat”. It was Holly’s last major TV appearance before his untimely death.
  • In 1961, a music fan entered Liverpool’s NEMS Record store looking to buy a Beatles record that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to investigate the record and group which he’d never heard of.
  • In 1964, it was the first of two nights billed as the “Tami Show” at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium with Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and The Rolling Stones.
  • In 1967, “Diana Ross and The Supremes Greatest Hits” began the first of five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart. Although Florence Ballard was pictured on the cover, she’d been fired and replaced by Cindy Birdsong before the album was released.
  • In 1972, Stevie Wonder released his 15th album, “Talking Book”. The first track, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” hit #1 and earned him his first Grammy.  It also featured Jeff Beck playing guitar on the track “Superstition”.
  • In 1978, a live action movie just in time for Halloween was shown on NBC television. “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” featured the four group members dealing with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park.  KISS had just released their four individual solo albums.
  • On the same day, Nick Gilder was at #1 with “Hot Child in the City”.
  • In 1989, Janet Jackson began the first of four weeks at #1 on the album chart with “Rhythm Nation”. I was one of only three albums ever to produce seven top ten hits.  The other albums were brother Michael’s “Thriller” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.
  • In 1997, drummer Bill Berry announced he was leaving R.E.M. to become a farmer
  • In 2007, country music star Porter Wagner died in Nashville at the age of 80. He’d had a TV show for 21 years and helped launch the career of Dolly Parton.
  • In 2013, New Zealand singer Lorde topped the charts with her debut single, “Royals”. She was 16 at the time and had been under contract to Universal Records since age 13.

Born on this day …

  • In 1936, Charlie Daniels
  • In 1940, Wayne Fontana from the group, The Mindbenders who had chart topping hits with “Game of Love” and “Groovy Kind of Love” in 1965 and 66.
  • In 1948, Telma Hopkins from Tony Orlando’s backing group, Dawn.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actress Daphne Zuniga is 58
  • Actress Jamie Gertz is 55
  • Conan O’Brien’s talk show sidekick, Andy Richter is 54
  • Actress and comedienne Dody Goodman from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Diff’rent Strokes was born this day in 1914.

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 79 this afternoon … 87 tomorrow … 84 Friday … 86 Saturday … 90 Sunday … 92 Monday … 87 next Tuesday … overnight lows about 50 through Friday night … 53 Saturday night … upper 50s into next week

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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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