Pala Today News – 4/18/24

Written by on April 18, 2024

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.



This year’s first helicopter drop of larvicide over county waterways is set to happen next Wednesday and Thursday.  It’ll cover 1,400 acres of hard-to-reach mosquito breeding areas.  The drop of granular larvicide will happen monthly now through October in parts of Fallbrook, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido and other areas throughout the county.  It doesn’t harm people or pets, but kills mosquito larvae before they can develop and potentially spread West Nile Virus.  Health officials remind you to dump out standing water in which mosquitoes like to breed in and around homes.  Free mosquito-eating fish are available from county Vector Control to place in ponds, fountains and unmaintained swimming pools.

After several days of reports in various media that Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco would make a 2026 run for governor, Bianco says he’s not ruling out the possibility.  The sheriff gained national headlines and Republican conservative support when he refused to enforce Covid restrictions during the pandemic.  Bianco was sworn-in for his second term as Riverside Sheriff in January 2023.  Gov. Newsom terms-out this time and won’t be running.  But several heavy hitters have already launched campaigns and Attorney General Rob Bonta is considering a run.  Republicans haven’t won a statewide office in California since 2006 and have lost the last three gubernatorial races by about 20 percentage points or more.

Steve Inscoe has been named the new CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.  He’ll be volunteering as CEO through June, when his tenure will likely be extended. Former CEO James Rowten left the job under controversial circumstances seven months ago.

About 1k SDG&E customers in the San Luis Rey and Ocean Hills part of Oceanside lost power this morning at 4a.  Repairs should be complete with power restored by 4p this afternoon.

It’ll be slightly cooler today in Pala – even more so tomorrow and Saturday.  It will spike into the low 80s Sunday, then a slow drop into the upper 60s by the middle of next week.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)


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Mass at Pala Mission Church is broadcast live on Rez Radio 91.3 and streamed live on the Rez Radio App every Sunday at 8a. 



In the NBA – Philadelphia upset Miami 105-104 and Chicago topped Atlanta 131-116 with Coby White scoring 42 points for the Bulls in last night’s Eastern Conference play-in games.

The games to determine this year’s 8th seeds for the playoffs are today.  Chicago is at Miami at 4p.  Sacramento is at New Orleans at 6:30. Both games will be carried on ESPN. The winners move on to Sunday’s first round playoffs. 

Milwaukee’s Jimmy Butler is expected to miss several weeks with a right MCL injury suffered in yesterday’s loss to the 76ers.  Philadelphia begins the playoffs Saturday at New York.

In Major League Baseball – The Padres missed sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee on a 1-0 loss yesterday.  Washington shut out the Dodgers 2-0.  The Angels edged the Rays in Tampa 5-4 thanks to a two-run rally in the 9th.  The final game of that series is underway.  Arizona is at San Francisco tonight.  The Padres and Dodgers have today off.

In the minors – The Lake Elsinore Storm lost 10-5 last night at Visalia.  Game 3 of 6 is tonight.

In the NHL – Four games last night.  Tampa beat the visiting Maple Leafs 6-4.  The Islanders over the Penguins 5-1 in Pittsburgh.  Arizona beat Edmonton 5-2.  And Dallas over St. Louis 2-1 in a shootout.  The final six games of the regular season are tonight, including Anaheim at Vegas and the Kings hosting Chicago.  The NHL playoffs begin Saturday.

The minor league San Diego Gulls lost 5-3 last night at Colorado.  Their next game is Saturday at Coachella Valley.

In Soccer – LAFC’s next game is Saturday hosting the New York Red Bulls.  The Galaxy hosts San Jose on Sunday.

In the minors – The San Diego Sockers begin a 2-game playoff series against Chihuahua on the road tonight.

In the NFL – This year’s draft begins one week from today.

In Lacrosse – The San Diego Seals next game is tomorrow hosting Vancouver.

In Rugby – The San Diego Legion’s next game is Sunday hosting the Utah Warriors.

In Golf – The RBC Heritage Tournament teed off in Hilton Head, South Carolina today.  With half the field still on the course, J.T. Poston had an early 3-stroke lead into the clubhouse.

In racing – The Grand Prix of Long Beach is this weekend.

The Paris Summer Olympics begin in less than 100 days.  On Tuesday, ceremonies were held in Greece to light the torch, which is now on its circuitous way to Paris, carried on foot.  NBC’s exclusive coverage of the event is expected to be more show-biz than ever.  Main co-hosts for the opening ceremonies will include Kellly Clarson and Peyton Manning.  After playing a part in the 2020 Japan games, Snoop Dogg will be back hosting prime time coverage of the games.  In a first for any Olympic sport, World Athletics will offer $50k in prize money for all gold medals won in events under its jurisdiction.  Women’s basketball star Caitlin Clark is under consideration for Team USA.  What she did for women’s NCAA hoops popularity and ratings would likely extend to Olympic basketball competition.

In Local High School sports

Bonsall – softball hosting Ocean View Christian in Pala at 5p

Great Oak – boys’ tennis at the Southwestern Individual League Finals; boys’ golf hosting Chaparral at 3p; baseball and softball against Temecula Valley at 3:30p, varsity baseball away, the rest hosting; swimming & diving at Vista Murrieta at 4p; girls’ lacrosse at Liberty Winchester at 5p

Fallbrook – boys’ golf against Ramona at 3:30p, varsity away, JV hosting at Pala Mesa; softball at Escondido at 3:30p; boys’ volleyball hosting Valley Center at 4:30p

Valley Center – varsity boys’ golf hosting Escondido at Native Oaks at 3p; softball hosting Westview at 3p; baseball against El Camino at 3:30p, varsity hosting, JV away; JV boys’ golf against Escondido at Twin Oaks at 4:15p



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were down a little.  The Dow fell a small fraction.  The S&P was down almost 2 tenths of a percent. And the NASDAQ was off by a third of a percent.  Comex gold traded up $11.20 to $2,399.60 an ounce.  West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures were up 38 cents to $83.07 a barrel.

Mortgage rates rose above 7% for the first time since November.  The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 7.1% for the week ended today – up from 6.88% the week before.  Mortgage rates increased on expectations that the Federal Reserve won’t cut interest rates anytime soon.  Persistent hot inflation indications are keeping that on hold.  That has sent bond yields higher, and mortgage rates track the 10-year US Treasury yield.  US home sales declined sharply in March – a sign that homebuyers are waiting for better financing deals.  This latest trend will make them wait longer.  Elevated home prices are also stopping potential buyers other than those with cash.

Red Lobster may be preparing to file for bankruptcy.  An anonymous source told Bloomberg News the company plans to do away with some underperforming leases, address long-term contracts and rising labor costs and otherwise restructure some debt.  There has been no corporate acknowledgement of the report.  Just last month, Red Lobster hired former Kona Grill CEO Jonathan Tibus to be its new chief executive.  The chain would continue to operate normally during proceedings.  Red Lobster has over 700 restaurants around the world.

Tesla has halted all deliveries of its new Cybertruck due to a flaw that could cause the accelerator pedal to become stuck.  Customers report having received messages that their delivery appointment has been cancelled.  The exact problem is a cover for the pedal which can slip, wedging the accelerator at 100% power.  Earlier this month, a reported brake issue caused one Cybertruck to crash into a road sign pole.  In spite of significant damage to the vehicle, its air bags did not deploy.

Workers at Volkswagen began voting yesterday on whether to join the United Auto Workers union.

Cast members who perform dressed as Disney characters at Disneyland in Anaheim are moving towards a vote or unionize as well.  Actors’ Equity announced yesterday that it has cards signed by more than two thirds of the 1,700 affected employees wishing to have the National Labor Relations Board conduct an election to unionize.  Many of the more than 21k employees at Disneyland are already union members, including retail and food service workers, security guards, hair and makeup artists and others.  But the people who dress up as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and the rest have never been union members, even though their counterparts at other theme parks, including Disney World are.  The move to vote comes in spite of these cast members getting a pay raise in January to $24.15 an hour, up from $20.



Folic acid, which is known to reduce the risk of birth defects is required by the FDA to be included in enriched bread and cereals.  A California Assemblyman from Fresno is sponsoring a bill that would require it to be included in commercially-made tortillas and masa as well.  Joaqin Arambula is the sponsor of AB 1830.  He’s also a physician.

Everyone knows that Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world.  It has been for years.  But this year’s #2, according to Airports Council International is Dubai … and for international travelers, it is the #1 busiest airport in the world.  87m flyers went through the airport last year, up almost a third from the year before when Dubai ranked #5.  Flights through Dubai serve 262 destinations in 104 countries.

In related news, Dubai International Airport has been plagued with flight delays and cancellations the past two days following the heaviest downpour of rain ever recorded there … six inches in one 24-hour period ending Tuesday night.  That’s a normal two years’ worth of rain in just one day for the desert city, which has few storm drains since they’re not normally needed.  Passenger check-ins for flights originating in Dubai were suspended through the morning yesterday.  Connecting flights continued operations, but with delays. According to the publication, “Nature”, the United Arab Emirates is expected to become 15% to 30% rainier in the coming years, due to climate change.


On this day in music history – April 18,

  • 1970, a relatively unknown group, Steel Mill played the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey.  Tickets were $2.  One of the members of the group was Bruce Springsteen. 
  • Also in 1970, Johnny Cash was at #1 on the country album chart with “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”, his 33rd The duet “If I Were a Carpenter” with wife June Carter from the album won Best Country Performance at the 1971 Grammys.
  • In 1975, four fans of the Bay City Rollers were taken to a hospital and 35 others treated on-site after attempting to swim across a lake to meet their heroes who were making an appearance at Mallory Park in London. 
  • In 1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery to repair damage from his hair catching fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. 
  • In 1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael were #1 with “I Knew You Were Waiting”.  That set a record for Aretha as the artist with the longest gap between #1 singles.  It had been 19 years since “Respect” was #1 in June of ’67. 
  • In 1995, Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was fired from the group by a phone call.  He sued for unpaid royalties.  The following year, Oasis agreed to a one-time payoff of about $935k. 
  • In 2006, 10k pieces of clothing belonging to Elton John raised $700k at auction for the singer’s Aids charity. 
  • In 2012, a rare monaural copy of the Beatles album, “Please, Please Me” with 1963 autographs by all four group members sold on eBay for $25k. 
  • In 2013, graphic artist and childhood friend of the founding members of Pink Floyd, Storm Thorgerson died at the age of 69.  Floyd considered him their “Artistic Director”.  He designed the iconic “Dark Side of the Moon” album cover as well as album covers for Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and others. 

Born on this day …

  • In 1939, Glen D. Hardin from Buddy Holly’s band, The Crickets.
  • In 1942, Mike Vickers from Manfred Mann
  • In 1943, drummer Clyde Stubblefield, best known for his work with James Brown.  His rhythms are among the world’s most sampled by hip hop and rap artists.
  • In 1944, Skip Spence, who founded Moby Grape and was briefly in Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane on their first album.
  • In 1953, jazz musician David Benoit
  • In 1958, Les Pattinson from Echo and the Bunnymen.
  • In 1970, Greg Eklund, drummer for Everclear
  • In 1974, Mark Tremonti, lead guitarist with Creed, who had a #1 hit in 2001, “With Arms Wide Open”

Other celebrities with birthdays today …

  • Actress Hayley Mills from Disney’s “That Darn Cat”, “Polyanna”, and “The Parent Trap” is 79
  • Dorothy Lyman from a number of daytime TV soap operas and the sitcom “Mama’s Family” is 77
  • Comedian and actor Rick Moranis from SCTV and movies including “Ghostbusters” and “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” is 71.
  • Actor Eric Roberts from “The Dark Knight” and “The Cable Guy” is 68
  • Jane Leeves who played Daphne on TV’s “Frazier” is 63
  • Comedian and puppeteer Jeff Dunham is 62
  • Conan O’Brien is 61
  • Melissa Joan Hart, best known as TV’s “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” is 48
  • America Ferrera from TV’s “Ugly Betty” and “Superstore” and the movie, “Barbie” is 40


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Pala Weather – mostly sunny with a high of 79 this afternoon … patchy night and morning fog, clearing to mostly sunny and 75 tomorrow … 77 Saturday … 83 Sunday … the return of patchy fog, clearing to sunny and 78 Monday … partly sunny and 69 Tuesday … 67 Wednesday … overnight lows, about 49 tonight and tomorrow night … about 52 Saturday and Sunday nights … 49 Monday night … 47 Tuesday night

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