Pala Today News – 9/15/22

Written by on September 15, 2022

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Railroad companies and the unions representing about 90k railroad workers reached a tentative deal at about 2a Pacific time this morning, avoiding a strike that could have happened as soon as tonight at midnight, paralyzing freight shipments everywhere in the U.S.  Yesterday, Amtrak announced the suspension of all long-distance trains starting today.  Although negotiations did not involved Amtrak or its workforce, the passenger rail service wanted to avoid possible delays and stranded customers if the strike was called.  Now they’re scrambling to restore that suspended service.

A Menifee woman was arrested Tuesday night for posting a threatening message on social media targeting Shivela Middle School in Murrieta.  The arrest came just hours after the threat was posted.  Officials haven’t said what was in the post or where it was found, but said it was enough to proceed with arresting the woman who has no known ties to the school.  The Murrieta school district sent a note to parents about the threat and said Murrieta Police would be conducting extra patrols around the campus.

Temecula City Council member Jessica Alexander proposed at Tuesday’s council meeting that Temecula become a “sanctuary city” where abortions are banned.  That would go against state law.  A proposed resolution will be discussed at the council’s next meeting on September 27.

The director-general of the World Health Organization said yesterday that “the end is in sight” for the Covid pandemic.  Deaths worldwide last week from Covid fell 22% to the lowest number since it became a worldwide issue in March of 2020.  The agency is more cautious when it comes to the 28% drop in reported cases, noting that some countries have relaxed Covid testing and reporting guidelines in the past few months.

The Fairview Fire southeast of Hemet is now 84% contained with full containment expected either tomorrow or Saturday.

With the second-most federally-recognized Indigenous tribes in the country, California officials and tribal leaders yesterday announced an initiative to increase tourism in native communities. Visit Native California, and its accompanying website are funded by a $1 million grant from the American Rescue Plan Act, which targets public health and economic impacts of the pandemic and was signed into law by President Biden last year. Tribes announced it in partnership with Visit California, the state’s main tourism marketing agency.



In Major League Baseball – The Padres lost to Seattle 6-1 yesterday.  The Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez is a strong possibility for Rookie of the Year thanks to his 25th stolen base of the year in yesterday’s game against the Padres.  He is only the third rookie in history to have 25 steals and 25 home runs in his debut season. He got yesterday’s steal opportunity after being hit by a Mike Clevinger pitch in the 5th inning.  The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers in ten innings 5-3 in LA.  San Francisco over Atlanta 4-1.  Colorado shut out the White Sox 3-9.  Philadelphia over Miami 6-1.  That eliminates the Marlins from playoff contention.  Pittsburgh stomped Cincinnati 1-4, eliminating the Reds.  Milwaukee lost to St. Louis 4-1 to remain behind the Padres and Phillies for the last NL Wild Card.  Cleveland beat the Angels 5-3.  A’s edged Texas 8-7.  The Padres begin a series at Arizona.  The rest of the NL West is off today.

In the Minors – The Lake Elsinore Storm play Inland Empire in game 2 of the best of 3 California League Southern division championship series tonight at Diamond Stadium with a chance for the Storm to sweep.

Minor league players officially gained union representation in the Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday after an arbitrator validated players’ votes and the League recognized the MLBPA as the bargaining unit for minor league players.  The whole process only took 2 ½ weeks.  In addition to the 1,200 Major League players, the union now represents players at the three minor league levels plus all teams at Florida and Arizona complexes.  The first minor league collective bargaining negotiations begin after the end of this baseball season.

In the NFL – Week 2 begins tonight with the Chargers at Kansas City.  KC’s kicker, Harrison Butker and LA wide receiver Keenan Allen will both miss tonight’s game with injuries.

Tonight is the debut of Thursday Night Football streamed live on Amazon.  The tech giant now has exclusive rights to Thursday games.  This will be the first time ever viewers will tune to Amazon Prime Video rather than traditional broadcast or cable channels to watch an NFL game.  Fans in teams’ respective cities can still see the games on local TV.  Amazon viewers will also get real-time access to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats and other technical tricks.  The online retail giant is also partnering with Nielsen for a first-ever measurement of viewing for any streaming service – though technically, each stream can be traced by searching server records.

In college football – Week 3 begins tomorrow with Florida State at Louisville and Air Force at Wyoming.

In the NBA – Referees have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement to keep them on the courts through the 2028-2029 season.

Commenting on league sanctions against Phoenix Suns and WNBA Mercury owner Robert Sarver this week, commissioner Adam Silver noted that the $10m fine for racist and misogynist remarks by Sarver was the maximum allowed, but that the one-year suspension could have been worse but wasn’t because the league’s 9-month investigation found no racial animus in Sarver’s actions.  Silver also said he doesn’t “have the right to take away his team.”

Swiss tennis star, Roger Federer today announced his retirement from competition.  His final match will be next week as part of Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London.  The 41-year old has been a leader in men’s tennis for more than two decades, winning 20 Grand Slam singles titles – the third-most behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and 103 tour-level titles.


Local high school sports

  • Bonsall – no schedule published
  • Great Oak – girls’ golf at Murrieta Mesa at 3p; girls’ varsity tennis at Temescal Canyon at 3:30p, varsity hosting at 4p; freshman and JV football at Chaparral beginning at 4p
  • Fallbrook – girls’ tennis hosting Escondido at 3:30p; girls’ golf hosting Ramona at 4p; girls’ volleyball at San Dieguito at 4:30p; field hockey hosting San Marcos beginning at 5p
  • Valley Center – field hockey hosting Sage Creek at 3:30p; girls’ tennis against Ramona at 3:30p, varsity hosting, JV away; girls’ golf at Mt. Carmel at 3:45p; freshman football hosting Escondido Charter at 7p



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed.  The Dow was up a small fraction.  The S&P was down 6 tenths of a percent.  The NASDAQ was down almost a full percent.  Gold fell more than 2%, or $35 to $1,674.10 an ounce.  Oil futures plunged $3.28 to $85.20 a barrel.

30-year fixed mortgage rates surpassed 6% last week for the first time since 2008, further depressing home sales.



There’s no question the U.S. is moving towards a predominantly electric vehicle fleet.  In California, it’s a mandate.  President Biden just announced $990m in funding for states to build car charging stations along federal highways.  There are 1.5m electric vehicles currently on the road – a third of them are in California.  That number is expected to climb exponentially over the next several years.  But with California’s electric grid on the verge of collapse just one week ago and public charging stations still few and far between, how prepared are we for an electric future?  A new survey by The Fabricator, rating how EV-friendly the 50 states are ranks California #3.  That’s either something to be proud of or be concerned about, since capacity is obviously an issue.  The most EV-friendly state is Washington, with 8k public chargers.  That’s eight chargers for every registered vehicle in the state and eight different tax incentives for personal EV owners there.  Washington also has some of the cheapest electricity in the country at 8 1/3 cents per kilowatt – less than half the average cost of electricity in California.  Locally, it’s even more.  The other state ahead of California for EV-friendliness is Oregon.  In fact, the Western U.S. is the best region in which to own an EV right now.  After 3rd place California come Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.  California has the most EVs with over 563k vehicles registered.  Even averaged out, that’s still number one per capita in the nation.  There are 75k public chargers in California – five times the amount in the #2 state for public chargers, New York.  Alaska only has 53 total public chargers.  California has the most incentives for purchase, the highest gas prices, but also the third-highest electricity prices.  Whether or not it’s time for you to jump into EV ownership depends mostly on where you live.  Even within California, which is comparatively very EV-friendly, current EV technology, your driving habits and proximity to chargers might mean you should still wait, in spite of current incentives.


On this day in music history – September 15,

  • In 1956, Elvis Presley began the first of five weeks at #1 with “Don’t Be Cruel”, which ended up being the biggest-selling single of his career, helped along by the B-side being “Hound Dog”.
  • In 1961, The Pendletones had their first professional recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in LA.  They recorded a song called “Surfin’” and in keeping with the theme, changed their name to The Beach Boys.
  • In 1962, The Four Seasons were at #1 for the first of five weeks with “Sherry”.
  • In 1965, still unknown outside R&B circles, Otis Redding released his third studio album, “Otis Blue”.  It was mostly cover songs by more popular R&B and Soul artists.
  • On the same day, the Ford Motor Company became the first carmaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option across its entire line of vehicles.  The tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores.
  • In 1967, filming continues on The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” with impromptu lunch at a Taunton, Somerset fish & chips shop being filmed and later included in the movie.
  • In 1968, The Doors had to perform as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam after Jim Morrison collapsed while dancing during Jefferson Airplane’s lead-in performance.
  • In 1970, U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said that the youth of America were being “brainwashed into a drug culture” by rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.
  • In 1975, Pink Floyd released their 9th album, “Wish You Were Here” exploring the themes of absence, the music business and the mental decline of former band-mate Syd Barrett.  It went to #1 and spent a total of 84 weeks on the chart
  • In 1979, Led Zeppelin began the first of 7 weeks at #1 with their final album of new material, “In Through the Out Door”.
  • In 1990, Steve Miller’s “The Joker” hit #1 in the UK 16 years after its original release when it went to #1 in the U.S.  It holds the record for longest gap between transatlantic chart toppings.  Its late success in Britain was due to its use in a Levi’s ad.
  • On the same day in the U.S., Wilson Phillips had their second #1 single with “Release Me”.
  • In 1997, a 34-year old man was awarded about $35k from a French court after losing his hearing from standing too close to loudspeakers at a U2 concert four years earlier.
  • In 2004, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (real name John Cummings) died after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.
  • In 2008, Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright died of cancer at age 65. Wright, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason were the lineup on the group’s first album “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” in 1968.  David Gilmour joined the band just after its recording and ended up replacing the unstable Barrett.
  • In 2019, Ric Ocasek, former lead singer with The Cars was found dead in his apartment at the age of 75.  Ocasek went solo in the late 80s and produced albums for others including Weezer and No Doubt.

Born on this day …

  • In 1941, Signe Anderson, original lead singer for Jefferson Airplane.  She was replaced by Grace Slick before the group’s second album.
  • In 1946, Ola Brunkert, drummer for ABBA.
  • In 1960, Michel Dorge, drummer for Crash Test Dummies.


Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 75
  • Among those who’ve passed, humorist, writer, actor and member of the Algonquin Round Table, Robert Benchley was born this day in 1889
  • Country singer Roy Acuff was born in 1903
  • Actress Penny Singleton who played the title role in the “Blondie” movie series and was the voice of cartoon character Jane Jetson was born in 1908
  • Actor, director Jackie Cooper was born in 1922
  • Comedian Norm Crosby, famous for his mangling of the English language was born in 1927
  • character actress Wendie Jo Sperber from “Bosom Buddies”, “Private Benjamin” and “1941” was born in 1958


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