Pala Today News – 10/8/21

Written by on October 8, 2021

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.


Thanks to public tips, Oceanside Police yesterday made an arrest in the September 30 shooting at Oceanside Transit Center.  The suspect is 38-year old Brett Burgess.  He was arrested yesterday morning – one week after a 31-year-old man was shot in the stomach and left hand at the transit center.  He was life flighted to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla in stable condition.  Police recovered the handgun allegedly used by Burgess who was charged with attempted murder.

Though officials had said earlier this week that Orange County’s big ocean oil spill wouldn’t get this far south, Oceanside lifeguards report finding oil tar balls on city beaches.  They reported their finds to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Wednesday evening. Oceanside Harbor and Emergency Operations Center staff are prepared to close the Harbor inlet with a floating boom if needed.  Everyone is requested to report but don’t touch if they see tar balls on the water or on the beach.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the majority of health experts say it’s okay to get a Covid booster and your annual flu shot at the same time.  Just be sure to use separate arms for the injections.  There could be more of a local reaction if given into the same injection site.

Just after noon today, an injury accident happened on southbound I-5 at the Cassidy St. exit.  No word on how many lanes closed.  But traffic was backed up to Harbor Drive as of 12:45p.

A motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries after colliding with a truck hauling a trailer on East Mission at Convertible Lane.  It happened yesterday morning at about 6:30a and caused traffic delays with the morning commute.  The rider was taken to Palomar Hospital.

Edgar Mancia, who gunned down his older brother and stashed the body, which still has not been found was convicted yesterday of second-degree murder.  The Murrieta Jury took two days to deliberate.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for December 17. The incident happened in the Mancia family home in Sage, June 16, 2019.

A first of its kind for San Diego County battery backup was activated yesterday at a stoplight on San Dieguito Road and Via Dos Valles.  The signal’s existing lead-acid batter was replaced with a nickel-zinc battery, increasing operating time during a power outage from the previous 4 to 6 hours to more than 24 hours.  The site was chosen for its importance as a major evacuation route for several communities including 4S Ranch, Carmelo Valley and Rancho Bernardo.  Supervisors felt the upgrade was an important public safety point with more and more Public Power Safety Shutoffs expected in coming years.

Government offices, banks and the post office will be closed Monday for Columbus Day.  The holiday is not recognized on reservations including Pala.  All offices and services here will be open as usual.

There’s a beer festival tomorrow from 1 to 6p in Wildomar to benefit the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve which has weathered multiple wildfires in the past couple of years.  It’ll be at Marna O’Brien Park at 20505 Palomar Street.

Pala Today News at Noon is temporarily cutting back its normal Monday through Friday schedule to just 1 or 2 days a week for the next month in order to meet deadlines for a couple of Rez Radio improvement projects.  Beginning next week, this newsletter will publish either Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday depending on the week and the workload.  We hope to get back to a full weekday schedule right after Veterans Day on November 12. Thank you for your patience.


In Major League Baseball – Both American League Divisional Series began yesterday.  Houston beat the White Sox 6-1 and Tampa Bay shut out Boston 5-0.  Today’s 2nd game in Houston is already underway with the Astros up 2-1 in the 4th inning.  Tonight’s Game 2 in Tampa is at 4p.  In the NLDS, Atlanta is at Milwaukee at 1:30p and the Dodgers at San Francisco at 6:30p, both on TBS.

In the NFL – Last night in Seattle, the Rams schooled the Seahawks 26-17 thanks to a dominant second half.  Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford racked up 365 yards passing including one touchdown.  Both teams were intercepted once.  Among games coming up Sunday, Denver is at Pittsburgh at 10a on Fox.  The Chargers host Cleveland at 1p on CBS.  And Buffalo is at Kansas City at 5 on NBC.  Monday’s game will be Indianapolis at Baltimore.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is having an injured finger on his throwing hand looked at today but it’s possible he’ll miss next week’s game against the Steelers.  If he does, it’ll break the longest consecutives games streak by any active quarterback at 149.

In college football – #15 Coastal Carolina easily handled unranked Arkansas State last night 52-20.  #5 Cincinnati hosts Temple and #22 Arizona State hosts Stanford tonight.  Among tomorrow’s big matchups.  #6 Oklahoma is at #21 Texas at 9a on ABC.  #13 Arkansas is at #17 Ole Miss at 9 on ESPN.  #2 Georgia is at #18 Auburn at 12:30p on CBS.  The game of the day will be #4 Penn State at #3 Iowa at 1 on Fox.  #1 Alabama is at Texas A&M who last week fell out of the Top 25.  That’s at 5p on CBS.  USC hosts Utah at 5p.  #25 San Diego State hosts New Mexico in Carson at 6p.  UCLA is at Arizona at 7:30p.

In the NBA – Eighteen former NBA players have been charged in a $4m health care fraud scheme.  The league’s health plan from at least 2017 to 2020 allegedly received $3.9m in fraudulent medical and dental claims, of which the defendants received about $2.5m.  The claims per player ranged from $65k to $420k.  The league will cooperate with prosecutors and says the charges are disheartening.  U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss says the conspiracy was led by Terrence Williams, a first-round pick by the Nets in 2009.  He was waived by Boston in 2013, ending his NBA career.

In Golf – At the Shriner’s Open in Las Vegas, midway through the second round, Sam Burns led with 13 under par into the clubhouse.

In Racing – Sunday at Charlotte, Denny Hamlin will start this week’s NASCAR Cup race in the pole position.

In local high school sports

  • Bonsall HS – no schedule published
  • Great Oak HS – cross country at noon; varsity football at Murrieta Valley at 7p
  • Fallbrook HS – football homecoming hosting Valley Center beginning at 4p; boys’ water polo at the San Diego Open, girls volleyball at the Varsity SoCal Classic, and field hockey at the University Tournament today and tomorrow; Tomorrow – cross country at Guajome Park at 8a
  • Valley Center HS – boys’ water polo at El Capitan at 5p; Tomorrow – cross country at Guajome Park at 8a; boys’ water polo at El Capitan at 10a



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed.  The Dow was up almost 2 tenths of a percent.  The S&P was just barely positive.  The NASDAQ was down a quarter percent.  Gold fell 50 cents to $1,758.70 an ounce.  Oil was up $1.14 to $79.44 a barrel.

The U.S. Senate voted 50-48 to raise and extend the debt ceiling by $480b and the deadline to December.  The House will reconvene on Tuesday to vote on the bill.  The country is scheduled to run out of borrowing time and capacity on October 18.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday announced the company is moving its corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas where a new factory for the Model Y and upcoming Cybertruck is nearing completion.  HQ had been in Palo Alto – the heart of Silicon Valley, just a few miles from Tesla’s Fremont factory, which the company acquired in 2010 from the failed General Motors/Toyota joint venture.  Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe cars were once built there.  That factory will continue and expand by 50% along with the company’s Nevada battery plant. But the boss pointed out there’s only just so much scaling up possible in the Bay Area.  Musk moved himself and his private foundation to Texas last year to focus on SpaceX in Brownsville and his new Austin Gigafactory.  It’s notable that Texas has no personal income tax, while California’s is the highest in the nation for wealthy residents.  According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Musk is the world’s richest person.  Austin is just about the hottest home market in the country with the median price up 45% in the past year.


New this weekend at the movies, the latest in the nearly 60-year old James Bond franchise.  It’s expected to be Daniel Craig’s last time portraying secret agent 007.  “No Time to Die” opens on 4k screens.  It’ll need that many to sell a lot of tickets because there’ won’t be as many showtimes per screen.  It’s the longest Bond movie ever at 2 hours 43 minutes.  The other wide in-theater release this week is “Lamb”, described as a creepy-funny-weird-sad story of cross-breeding.  Four others open in limited release.

On this day in music history – October 8,

  • 1964, working at Abbey Road Studios, The Beatles recorded their next single, “She’s a Woman” in seven takes plus overdubs, taking a total of five hours start to finish for a completed hit single.
  • On the same day, Roy Orbison was at #1 in the UK with “Oh Pretty Woman”, his third British #1 hit.
  • In 1965, The Castiles performed their first publicly advertised nightclub appearance in Howell, New Jersey.  They were the opening act.  Admission was $1.  The Castiles lead singer was Bruce Springsteen.
  • In 1966, Cream’s drummer, Ginger Baker collapsed during a show at Sussex University after playing a 20-minute drum solo.
  • In 1969, David Bowie played the first of ten dates opening for Humble Pie, led by an old school friend of Bowie’s, Peter Frampton.
  • In 1971, the album “Led Zeppelin II” entered its 100th week on the albums chart.  It had twice knocked The Beatles “Abbey Road” out of the #1 spot.
  • In 1987, Chuck Berry got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  His film biography, “Hail, Hail Rock & Roll” debuted the same night.
  • Also in 1987, the members of ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger fight to the Moon.  They’re still waiting for trip confirmation.
  • In 1988, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” finally dropped off the Billboard Hot 200 after a record 741 weeks – That’s 14 years and 3 months.
  • In 2012, EMI Records recalled a vinyl anniversary edition of The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” after it was discovered they’d accidentally pressed a version with session musician Andy White on drums instead of Ringo and Ringo just playing tambourine.  It became an instant collectors’ item on eBay.

Born on this day …

  • in 1934, Doc Green from The Drifters.
  • In 1940, George Bellamy, guitarist for The Tornadoes, the first British group to have a major hit on the U.S. charts with “Telstar” in 1962.
  • Also in 1940, Daddy Dewdrop who had a Top Ten hit in 1971 with “Chick-A-Boom (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It)”.
  • In 1942, Buzz Clifford, best known for his 1960 Top Ten novelty hit, “Baby Sittin’ Boogie”.
  • In 1945, Butch Rillera from Redbone – the first Native American group to score a #1 hit.
  • On the same day, Ray Royer from Procol Harum.
  • In 1947, Sheila Ferguson from The Three Degrees.
  • In 1948, Johnny Ramone.
  • In 1949, Hamish Stewart from Average White Band.  More recently he’s toured with the backup band for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
  • In 1985, Bruno Mars.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Australian actor Paul Hogan, best known for the Crocodile Dundee movie series is 82
  • Chevy Chase is 78
  • SunUp San Diego weather girl in the 1960s and later, host of the syndicated “Real People” Sarah Purcell is 73
  • Actress Sigourney Weaver is 72
  • Darrell Hammond from SNL is 63

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