Pala Today News – 11/23/20

Written by on November 23, 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.


Possible Santa Ana winds on the way Thursday through the weekend.  The Thanksgiving holiday forecast is coming up. (below)

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco says his deputies will not enforce any part of Gov. Newsom’s revised stay-at-home order.  That falls in line with most other Sheriffs in the state.  While acknowledging that it is “important that all of us do everything we can to protect ourselves” from coronavirus, he said that as in March during the first stay-at-home, no resources will be used to enforce the order “to ensure Constitutional rights are not violated and to limit negative interactions and exposure to deputies.”

The Valley Center school board on Friday voted to go back to an emphasis on distance learning on the recommendation of Superintendent Ron McCowan.  Schools will remain open and teachers will have the option of teaching in classrooms if they wish.  When the hybrid model of some in-class along with some distance learning began in Valley Center, attendance was between 78% and 82%.  It’s now around 63%.  The district currently has over 270 students out because of flu-like symptoms which may or may not be Covid.  These students are not required to be tested, but are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.  There’s also a growing problem with lack of staffing caused by a general shortage of substitute teachers and the requirement for smaller classes in the hybrid model.  According to McCowan, the problem has not been one of health safety.  Staff and students have reportedly been very good about following safety guidelines.  The school board will revisit the issue in January.

San Diego County reported 3,538 new cases of Covid-19 over the past three days with 16 additional deaths.  (SD County media release)

8 additional cases reported in the Pala zip code.  The current total is 94.

In Riverside County, the most recent one-day report shows 433 new Covid cases were reported along with 4 additional deaths.  Riverside’s numbers are not as up to date as San Diego County. 

With emergency authorization for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine pending, the Food and Drug Administration in a separate move has approved the use of the Regeneron antibody treatment given to President Trump after he came down with Covid-19.  And AstraZeneca today said that its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective in late-stage trials, making it the third drug maker to announce promising results. 

A fire early this morning at the popular Yellow Deli on Lilac Road in Valley Center damaged a storage shed, but did not affect the wooden restaurant itself.  The 911 call came at 4a this morning with units from Valley Center, Pala and Deer Springs responding.

A fiery crash on the east end of Ortega Highway in Lake Elsinore claimed one life yesterday morning.  The lone driver’s vehicle went through a guard rail and down a 100 foot embankment at about 7:25a.

A motorcycle and a body were found in the bushes along Old River Road under the Highway 76 bridge yesterday.  At 2:23p CHP called for the county medical examiner at the site of an apparent accident which may have happened early Sunday morning.

The Riverside Mission Inn’s annual Christmas light spectacular will take place with significant changes and scaled back to the point of changing the name of the event from the usual Festival of Lights.  This year’s Christmas Lights at the Inn begins this Friday and runs through January 6.  There will only be one third to one half as many lights compared to last year’s 5 ½ million lights.  The number of characters displayed on the Mission Inn will be reduced from its usual 400 or so.  The changes are designed to keep the number of visitors at manageable levels.  Normally, 75k people would show up for opening night with a total of 700k traveling to downtown Riverside during the six-week run.  Only hotel guests and those with restaurant reservations will be allowed inside.  Associated events and booths along the downtown mall won’t be held this year.

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 the NFL – Plenty of excitement yesterday.  Two overtime games.  At Baltimore, the Ravens tied the game at 24 on a 29-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.  Derrick Henry was the hero for the Tennessee Titans, running 29 yards for the winning touchdown with just over five minutes left in overtime.  Final score 30-24.  At Indianapolis, trailing for most of the game, the Colts tied it early in the fourth quarter.  One more field goal by each team sent it to overtime where Baltimore won it on a 39-yard field goal with 7:10 on the clock after recovering a Green Bay fumble.  Green Bay committed 4 turnovers compared to two by Indianapolis.  The Colts’ Phil Rivers completed fewer passes for less yardage than Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.  Indianapolis had more total yardage, first downs and time of possession.  Pittsburgh continues to be undefeated with a 27-3 rout at Jacksonville.  The Chargers beat the still winless Jets, but it wasn’t easy.  LA’s Justin Herbert passed for 366 yards but they still only won 34-28.   A close game in Las Vegas where Kansas City knocked off the Raiders 35-31.  New England lost at Houston 27-20.  Other winners included Cleveland, New Orleans, Carolina, Denver, and Dallas.  Tonight’s game is the Rams at Tampa Bay.

Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow is out for the season.  He suffered a likely season-ending leg injury in the third quarter of the Bengals’ 20-9 loss to Washington.  Picked first overall in the 2020 draft, Burrow was on pace to become the first rookie quarterback in history to have six 300-yard passing games in his first ten appearances.  Yesterday he was 22 for 34 attempts with one touchdown and one fumble before he went down in the third quarter.

In college football – After playing strong in the first half, San Diego State came up short, losing at Nevada 26-21.  The highest Top 25 upset came with #19 Northwestern knocking off #10 Wisconsin 17-7.  UCLA came close to upsetting #11 Oregon.  But their rally fell short and the Ducks prevailed 38-35.  The only other upset was #18 Oklahoma over #14 Oklahoma State 41-13.  #20 USC easily beat Utah 33-17.  One of the more entertaining games was the triple overtime win by Michigan 48-42 over Rutgers.  A total of 15 games were postponed or cancelled due to Covid.

In baseball – The Tampa Rays have designated outfielder Hunter Renfroe for assignment – one of a couple of moves that clear space on the 40-man roster for three young prospects who were not part of the World Series team.  Renfroe, who was acquired from San Diego last offseason hit the Rays first grand slam in postseason history in the Wild Card sweep of the Blue Jays.  He only batted .156 with eight homes and 22 RBI’s in his first season at Tampa.  San Diego got outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder Jake Cronenworth in the trade.  Cronenworth tied for second place in National League rookie of the year balloting.

In the NBA – Markieff Morris has tweeted that he’s returning to the Lakers again this season.  He shot 29 of 69 – 42% from beyond the 3-point arc for LA last season.  He joined the Lakers this February after negotiating a buyout from the Pistons.  An injury to DeMarcus Cousins earlier in the season made room for Morris.

And the Lakers are finalizing a two-year deal with center Marc Gasol which will require some salary cap maneuvering.  LA will trade center JaVale McGee and a future second round pick to Cleveland.  Along with Gasol, the Lakers get Jordan Bell and Alfonzo McKinnie from the Cavaliers.

Jayson Tatum has agreed to a five-year extension with the Boston Celtics worth up to $195m if he makes the All-NBA team next season.  Tatum has the #3 pick in the 2017 NBA draft and made his first All-NBA team last season while leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals averaging a career-high 23.4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

In college basketball – This Wednesday’s season opener for USD hosting Cal State Fullerton has been cancelled. San Diego State is still scheduled to host #22 UCLA.

Lots of schools dropping out before this week’s start of the season.  Ole Miss has cancelled its first four games and will remain on pause until December 4.  Duke’s opener against Gardner-Webb has been postponed.  And #12 Tennessee has paused all team activities after a number of positive Covid-19 tests including head coach Rick Barnes.  It’s unlikely they’ll be at this week’s Volunteer Classic tournament.  It might even affect their scheduled game against #1 Gonzaga December 2 in Indianapolis.

In golf – at the RSM Classic in Georgia, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner finished regulation play tied at 19-under par 263.  Streb won it with a birdie on the second hole of sudden death playoff.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up on all three major U.S. indexes.  The Dow was up ¾ of a percent.  The S&P was up 3 tenths.  And the NASDAQ was up a tenth of a percent.  Gold plunged almost 2% or $36 an ounce to $1,836.40.  Oil was up 50 cents to $42.93 a barrel. 

Market experts like Toronto-based David Rosenberg are saying there will be a huge boom in retail shopping in the second quarter of 2021 if vaccines are effective.  He also says to expect higher savings rates with those who blew through their savings this year learning from their mistakes and work-at-home stocks showing long term durability.  But he also cautioned those same stocks have already become overvalued.

Leaders of the UK and France are suggesting a possible easing of pandemic restrictions in time for Christmas.

Music retailer Guitar Center has filed for bankruptcy.  The company has 300 stores under that name and another 200 under the name Music & Arts, specializing in band and orchestral instruments.  The pandemic has hit non-essential retailers like Guitar Center especially hard.  The downturn wiped out ten consecutive quarters of growth for the company through February.

General Motors today said it is reversing course and no longer backs the Trump administration’s lawsuits to prevent California from continuing to set its own emissions standards.  Instead, GM will work towards the Biden administration’s goal to make electric vehicles a top priority.  Last week GM pledged to increase spending on EVs and autonomous vehicles by 35% from its previous plans.

A new Tesla facility is coming to Temecula.  The company currently has stores in LA, Carlsbad and Mission Viejo.  The only other one in Southern California is in Palm Springs.  This would be the first in the Inland Empire.  The proposed 1.8 acre site on Rancho Way near the Temecula Valley Auto Mall formerly housed Temecula Auto Repair & Radiator.  Building permits have been issued and a conditional use permit comes up for review December 17.  The Temecula Tesla location will serve as a showroom and repair facility.  Tesla vehicle purchases are all done online.



Little to report at the movie box office over the weekend.  The only new releases were minor and none placed higher than 7th in the top ten, earning only a few hundred dollars per screen.  Disney re-leased “The Santa Clause”, which placed fifth.  The total take from ticket sales for the top ten films was about average for the past three months.

At this year’s American Music Awards, held yesterday at the Microsoft Theater in LA, Taylor Swift was the big winner, taking Artist of the Year.  The Weeknd and Roddy Ricch topped the list of nominees with eight each.  Megan the Stallion had five.  Doja Cat won New Artist of the Year as well as Favorite Female Artist.  South Korea’s BTS took Favorite Duo or Group.  The Weeknd dedicated his Favorite Album Award to Prince.  Among the live performances, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Megan the Stallion, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Lopez & Maluma, and Lewis Capaldi.  Yesterday’s AMAs come two days before the announcement of next year’s Grammy Awards nominees scheduled for tomorrow.

Experts recommend Thanksgiving be celebrated at home only with those who live in the same house while including extended family and friends virtually.  That just leaves cooking, which requires shopping.  There is always delivery, which comes at a cost and has other drawbacks.  Fortunately, we’ve learned through the past 9 months how to grocery shop through pandemic.  Experts say supermarkets haven’t been a major source of coronavirus infections or led to large outbreaks.  But they do urge caution.  Wear a well-fitting mask the entire time you’re shopping.  Avoid close contact with other shoppers.  Keep the trip short and don’t touch your face until you’ve washed your hands.   Most people catch the virus by spending extended time in an enclosed space with an infected person, who may not have symptoms or know they are contagious.  Wearing a mask reduces your risk, but doesn’t eliminate it.  It’s important to spend as little time in the store as possible. To do that, shop from a list and have substitutes in mind in case the store is out of your preferred item.  Come back to an aisle if it’s crowded.  Avoid peak hours like 5 to 6p weekdays and noon to 3p Saturdays.  With proper ventilation, 30 minutes in the store is relatively safe if you mask-up.  These days, experts are downplaying the need to sanitize the shopping cart, wear gloves or wipe down items when you get them home.  Surface transmission of the virus isn’t that significant.  The main thing is wash your hands.

Of course, after Thanksgiving comes holiday shopping.  The holiday shopping season is going to be profoundly different this year according to results of a study published by Travis Credit Union.  Americans plan to spend an average of $374 this year on holiday gifts for friends and loved ones with well over half saying they’ve lowered their gifting budget by an average of 38%.  One in three say their budget hasn’t changed.  And 14% are actually planning to spend more, saying they’re doing so to make the holidays feel more special.  95% plan to shop mostly or entirely online.  That’s up from about three fourths last year.  Coronavirus health concerns and fear of crowds are the leading reasons for the increase in online shopping.  Only one in ten say they have no Covid-19 concerns when it comes to in-store shopping.  Of those who prefer in-store shopping, 40% said it’s because they enjoy the in-store festivities and experience.  20% want to support bricks and mortar stores.  The study done two weeks ago surveyed 2k Americans across the country with an average age of 38.


On this day in music history – November 23,

  • In 1956, a sheet metal worker in Toledo was arrested after punching out Elvis Presley because his wife’s love for Elvis had caused their marriage to fail. He was fined $20, but ended up being jailed because he couldn’t pay the fine.  That might have been the real reason the marriage failed.
  • In 1974, one-hit-wonder Billy Swan began the first of two weeks at #1 with “I Can Help”. It was even more popular in other countries.  In Norway it stayed on the charts for 37 weeks, making it the 4th most popular single ever.
  • On the same day, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth #1 album with “It’s Only Rock and Roll”. The album was their last with guitarist Mick Taylor.
  • In 1975, Queen began the first of nine weeks at #1 on the British singles chart with “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Record executives told the group that at nearly six minutes the song would never be a hit.
  • In 1976, just ten hours after his last arrest, Jerry Lee Lewis was busted again for brandishing a loaded Derringer pistol outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, demanding to see “The King”.
  • In 1979, Pink Floyd released “Another Brick in The Wall (part 2)”, the first single from the double album, “The Wall”. It was their first singles chart hit since “See Emily Play” in 1967.
  • A lot of death anniversaries today. In 1985, blues singer, songwriter Big Joe Turner died at the age of 75.  He wrote “Shake Rattle and Roll” and “Sweet Sixteen”.
  • In 1992, the “King of Country Music,” Roy Acuff died at the age of 89. He was the first artist elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame during his lifetime.
  • In 1995, soul singer and saxophonist Junior Walker died of cancer at age 64
  • In 2001, soul singer O.C. Smith died at age 65. He had a #1 hit in 1968 with “Little Green Apples” and followed up with “The Song of Hickory Holler’s Tramp”.  He later became pastor and founder of City of Angels Church in LA
  • In 2008, Otis Redding’s widow and his former manager filed suit against the author of a 2001 biography claiming among other things that the manager plotted with the Mafia to cause the plane crash that killed Otis in order to collect on a $1m life insurance policy.
  • On the same day, 15 years after their last album, Guns N’ Roses released “Chinese Democracy” exclusively through electronics retailer Best Buy. Geffen records had been trying to get Axl Rose to finish the album for the previous nine years.
  • In 2015, Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards winning three prizes, but not Best Female Artist. The surprise winner of that award was Ariana Grande.

Born on this day …

  • In 1925, Grammy and Oscar winning composer Johnny Mandel who wrote the theme for M*A*S*H and worked with stars including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett
  • In 1939, Betty Everett who had the hit “The Shoop Shoop Song” in 1964
  • In 1949, Marcia Griffiths, the “Queen of Reggae” and Alan Paul from Manhattan Transfer
  • In 1954, Bruce Hornsby
  • In 1992, Miley Cyrus


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • The star of early Frankenstein and other horror movies, Boris Karloff was born this day in 1887
  • Marx brother, Harpo was born this day in 1888


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 66 today … 71 tomorrow … 70 Wednesday … 68 Thanksgiving Day … a slight warmup beginning Friday when it will be 74 … 77 Saturday … 80 Sunday … overnight lows about 40 all week

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