Pala Today News – 9/21/22

Written by on September 21, 2022

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 Vista man who pleaded guilty to taking more than $300k in unemployment benefits intended for those who’d lost jobs due to Covid was sentenced Monday to nearly five years in prison.  30-year old Darris Cotton submitted at least 16 false applications for benefits using other people’s names and social security numbers.  Cotton then laundered the debit cards mailed to him by the state Employment Development Department by buying money orders.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Cotton also committed the same fraud in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Arizona.  As part of the plea deal, Cotton agreed to forfeit $112k in money order and currency seized from him.

A pedestrian was seriously injured at a San Marcos intersection yesterday.  It happened at Via Vera Cruz and West San Marcos Boulevard around 9:15a.  Lanes were closed for about two hours and the elderly victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors chairman, Nathan Fletcher yesterday announced that the cities of Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three recipients of grants from a $10m county fund to address homelessness.  Proposals to be funded in the three cities each include shelter, a safe environment for the homeless, and access to services to help them get back on their feet.  Oceanside will get the largest share of the money at almost $3.3m to fund its Homeless Navigation Center – a 50-bed shelter that will be open 24 hours a day and operated by the San Diego Rescue Mission.  It’s scheduled to open this December.  Vista and San Diego will get money for safe parking programs.

About a thousand SDG&E customers lost power just after 11a this morning in the San Luis Rey and Ocean Hills part of town.  The utility estimates power will be restored by 4:30p this afternoon.

Native American Day falls on the fourth Friday of September each year.  This year, it’s this Friday the 23rd and for the first time will be a paid holiday for some state employees.  California courts will be closed Friday and court employees will get the day off with pay.  AB 855, introduced last year by Assemblyman James Ramos from San Manuel exchanged Columbus Day for Native American Day, which was already a state holiday for court employees, but unpaid.  Non-court state employees are not covered by the legislation.  (Asm. James Ramos media release)

Last week we erroneously reported that Pam Arviso is still the editor of the Pala Newsletter.  Pam is the former editor.  That honor now belongs to Stephanie Staley in Chairman Smith’s office.


In Major League Baseball – The Padres shut out the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 5-0.  The Dodgers edged the visiting Diamondbacks 6-5.  San Francisco over Colorado 6-3.  The Mets beat Milwaukee 7-5.  Toronto went to town with the Phillies, beating them 18-11 in Philadelphia.  In New York, Aaron Judge tied Babe Ruth for 60 home runs in a season with a dinger that set things up for a bottom of the 9th grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton to end the game with a 9-8 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Angels beat the Rangers in Arlington 5-2 in a game that was all about pride, since both teams are out of the playoff picture.  Oakland over Seattle 4-1.  The Braves clinched a Wild Card with a 3-2 win over Washington.

Dodgers great and 1962 National League MVP, Maury Wills has died at the age of 89.  He passed away Monday in Sedona.  No cause of death given.  12 of his 14 Major League seasons were with the Dodgers.  He had a career .281 batting average with 2,134 hits and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games.  He broke Ty Cobb’s single season record for stolen bases and became the first player ever to steal 100 bases in a season in 1962.

In the Minors – The Lake Elsinore Storm are this year’s California League champions.  They swept a best of three series from Northern division champion Fresno yesterday with a 3-2 win in Fresno.  They’d also swept their semifinal series against Inland Empire last week.

In the NFL – The league has suspended Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Bobby Hart for one game after he took a swing at a Titans player following Monday night’s game, but instead hit a Tennessee coach.

The Patriots have traded offensive tackle Justin Herron to Las Vegas for future draft picks.

In college football – This week’s AP Top 25 rankings remain unchanged for the top seven, who all had decisive victories last week.  Penn State rose 8 places to #14.  Oregon had the biggest jump – ten places to #15.  Miami fell the farthest – 12 places to #25.  Michigan State fell out of the Top 25 and Washington was added at #18.  The Coaches Poll finally recognized Georgia at #1, switching places with new #2 Alabama.  The two polls now match for the top seven spots with Georgia, followed by Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma and USC.

Week 4 begins tomorrow with three games involving unranked teams.

In the NBA – Franchise majority owner, Robert Sarver says he will begin the process of selling both of his professional basketball teams, the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Mercury.  He’s been under fire from the public and from within his organization since the announcement of his one-year suspension for using racist and sexist language and verbally abusing employees.  In a statement, Sarver wrote, “Whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past.  For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.” He also mentioned the “unforgiving climate” surrounding the controversy and his suspension.

Local high school sports

  • Bonsall – no schedule published
  • Great Oak – tennis against Murrieta Mesa at 3:15p, JV hosting, varsity away; girls’ volleyball at Vista Murrieta at 4p
  • Fallbrook – boys’ water polo hosting San Dieguito at 4p; girls’ volleyball hosting Valley Center at 4:30p
  • Valley Center – volleyball at Fallbrook


As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up.  The Dow gained a quarter percent.  Retail, including Home Depot and Walmart led the advance.  The S&P was up four tenths.  The NASDAQ was up a third of a percent.  Gold was up $3 to $1,674.10 an ounce.  Oil was down 90 cents to $83.55 a barrel.  These numbers were before the Fed’s rate announcement.  They fell slightly in the first hour after the announcement.

As expected, the Federal Reserve today announced another ¾% interest rate increase.  That’s their main weapon in the war on inflation, which the Fed wants to see in the 2% range.  Core inflation is currently more than 6%.  Economists note that historically, it takes an average of ten years to get inflation back to 2%.

Mortgage applications were up for the first time in six weeks in spite of rates rising to 6.25%.  The volume of applications for refinancing rose 10%, but is still 30% below where it was a year ago today.  Applications for new home loans were up 1%, but still 83% lower than one year ago.

Sales of homes in Southern California are down to the lowest pace on record in the face of rising interest rates that have seen the typical mortgage payment jump by 50%.  Local buyers’ borrowing power fell 26% over the past year, meaning a lot of potential buyers have been priced out of the market.

San Diego County home prices have dropped for the third straight month, likely the victim of mortgage affordability.  The median price is now just under $800k.  In spite of the downward trend, overall prices are still 10.2% higher than one year ago.

We’ve been noticing it here in Southern California for about a month.  Now, the rest of the country is realizing that retail gasoline prices are reversing their summer-long downward trend and are once set to rise – adding further complications to the inflation picture.  Today’s nationwide price for a gallon of regular is $3.66, which is down a penny from yesterday, but close to flat for the past week.  Locally, the average in San Diego County is $5.45 – up 2 cents from yesterday, up 8 cents from one week ago, and 20 cents more than a month ago.  In Riverside, the average today is also up a penny at $5.33.  That’s five cents more than a week ago, and 18 cents more than a month ago.  Today’s lowest local price is $4.69 at Horizon Fuel in Valley Center.  In Southwest Riverside County, it’s $4.84 and Temecula Costco and Murrieta Sam’s Club.


New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone who is also the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee says the Senate bill aimed at making Daylight Savings Time the permanent year-round time has met its end in the House.  He says the bill introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio won’t make it out of his committee.  So, for at least until the next time legislation comes up to eliminate time changes, we’ll still be setting clocks back an hour every Fall and one hour forward every Spring.  Any change wouldn’t have affected this fall and next spring’s time changes.

Monday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Mexico is raising questions.  It fell on the same day as deadly quakes there in 1985 and 2017.  Mexico’s National Seismological Service says, “The coincidence of the dates of the earthquakes deserves to open new lines of scientific research”.  In estimating the odds of such a coincidence, various physicists peg it at anywhere from 1 in 133k to 1 in 1 ½ million.

On this day in music history – September 21,

  • 1963, Bobby Vinton began the first of three weeks at #1 with “Blue Velvet”.
  • In 1968, the Jimi Hendrix Experience released their version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”.  Dave Mason from Traffic and Brian Jones from The Rolling Stones both played on the Hendrix version.
  • On the same day, Deep Purple topped out at #4 with their first US single, “Hush”.
  • And Jeannie C. Riley was at #1 with “Harper Valley PTA”.  Riley won the Best Female Country Singer Grammy for 1968.
  • In 1970, Freda Payne was at #1 with “Band of Gold”.
  • In 1974, Barry White hit #1 with “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby”, his first and only chart topper.
  • Meanwhile in Britain, one-hit-wonder Carl Douglas was at #1 with “Kung Fu Fighting”, a song that had been recorded in 10 minutes and originally released as a B-side.  It went on to sell 10m copies.
  • In 1977, Meat Loaf released his second studio album and first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren.  Although the first single from the album, “You Took the Worlds Right Out of My Mouth” failed to chart, other singles did and the album went on to become one of the biggest sellers of all time at over 43m copies.
  • In 1980 while on tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park.  He was diagnosed with cancer and played his last concert ever two nights later in Pittsburgh.
  • In 1985, Madonna was at the top of the charts with “Like a Virgin”.
  • On the same day, thanks to heavy music video airings on MTV in which MTV got a plug for its slogan, “I Want My MTV”, Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” became the group’s first #1 single.
  • In 1986, the National Inquirer published a picture of Michael Jackson in an oxygen chamber with a story claiming the singer had a bizarre plan to live to be 150 years old.
  • In 1987, jazz bass player Jaco Pastorius from Weather Report died from injuries sustained in a fight with a bouncer at a Florida night club from which he’d been banned.
  • In 1992, Parlophone Records released Radiohead’s first single, “Creep”.
  • In 2007, Snopp Dogg was sentenced to three years’ probation and 160 hours community service after pleading guilty to carrying a collapsible baton in his carry-on bag at John Wayne Airport.

Born this day in …

  • In 1934, singer, songwriter, musician, poet, painter and novelist Leonard Cohen.
  • In 1943, David Hood, bass player with the studio band, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who worked with Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, Etta James, Willie Nelson and others.
  • In 1947, Don Felder from the Eagles
  • In 1954, Phil Taylor from Motorhead
  • In 1967, country singer Faith Hill and Tyler Stewart, drummer with Barenaked Ladies
  • In 1972, Liam Gallagher from Oasis.

Other celebrity anniversaries today

  • Comedienne, writer, actress and game show panelist, Fannie Flagg is 78
  • Actor Bill Murray is 72
  • Actor and variety show host Dave Coulier is 62
  • Actress Nancy Travis is 61
  • Actor Rob Morrow, best known as Dr. Fleishman from TV’s “Northern Exposure” is 60
  • Actress Cheryl Hines is 57
  • Actress Ricki Lake is 54
  • Actor and TV show host Alfonso Ribeiro is 51
  • Actor, director Luke Wilson is 51
  • Among those who’ve passed, author H.G. Wells was born on this day in 1866
  • Cartoon animator Chuck Jones was born in 1912
  • Cartoon animator Jay Ward was born in 1920.
  • Actor Larry Hagman was born in 1931.

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Pala seniors’ lunch menu for tomorrow (9/22) – sliders, French fries, veggies and dessert

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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 82 and possible wind gusts up to 20 miles an hour … 87 tomorrow … 92 Friday … 93 Saturday … 94 Sunday … 98 Monday … 100 next Tuesday … overnight lows, 54 tonight … 60 tomorrow night … about 63 Friday and Saturday nights … upper 60s beginning Sunday night

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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.


The Pala Band of Mission Indians has a number of part-time and full-time employment opportunities.


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