Pala Today News – 5/15/24

Written by on May 15, 2024

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Three people in San Diego County have now been diagnosed with measles this year – the first cases in the county since 2019.  None of the cases are related and all had recently traveled overseas.  The first was a 1-year old.  The second, a 47-year old.  The latest case involved a 13-month old, who was unvaccinated and may have infected others with the highly contagious virus at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group in El Cajon on Sunday and Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Department on Monday.  Health officials are following up with patients and staff about potential infection.  Measles develops seven to 21 days after exposure with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes.  A distinctive red rash usually appears a few days after the initial symptoms.  Suspected measles should be called in to the patient’s doctor so control measures to protect others from infection can be taken before visiting any medical office.  There is no treatment for measles and severe complications can result in death.

President Biden and Donald Trump have agreed to meet for a public debate to be televised live on CNN June 27 from the network’s Atlanta studios.  It’ll be the first onstage meeting between the two in almost four years and the first Presidential candidate debate in decades not sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

If you’ve ever spent most of a day doing business at the Temecula DMV office, you’ll like this.  A first-of-its-kind California DMV Express office opens tomorrow in Murrieta.  Parking blocks away and a several-hour wait are common problems without an almost equally hard-to-get appointment at the Temecula DMV.  The new DMV Express in Murrieta will offer limited services including original and replacement ID cards, driver’s license written tests and card replacements for changes like name or address, commercial driver’s license medical updates and submissions, duplicate vehicle titles, commercial vehicle partial year registration, and disabled parking placards.  It’s in the Orchard at Stone Creek shopping center on Clinton Keith Road.  That’s the north side of Clinton Keith just west of the 215 freeway.  The Murrieta DMV Express will be open 8a to 5p weekdays, except Wednesday when it opens an hour later at 9a.  Walk in only – no appointments.

The Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District switched on a 40 kilowatt solar power generating station at its Rockhoff Pump Station this month.  The 159 ground-mounted panels provide enough power to operate the system providing water to 800 customers during daylight hours.  Grid power will continue to run the station at night and on cloudy days.  The solar plant is expected to cut the annual $150k electricity bill for the station in half.  The Rincon water district serves a total of about 32k people through 8k connections as far away as parts of Escondido.

High temperatures mostly in the low 70s for the next week with a couple of slightly warmer days in the middle this weekend.  The full forecast is coming up. (below)


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In the NBA playoffs – Denver center Nikola Jokic was awarded his third MVP trophy by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, then celebrated by contributing 40 points and 13 assists on the way to a 112-97 win for the Nuggets in Game 5 of their series with Minnesota.  They now lead three games to two.  Jalen Brunson continued his post season tear with 44 points for the Knicks as they routed the visiting Pacers 121-91 to win Game 5 of that series.  Brunson has scored 40 or more five times in this postseason.  New York now leads three games to two.  Tonight, it’s Game 5 for Cleveland at Boston with the Celtics leading three games to one, and Dallas at Oklahoma City with that series tied at two.

In Major League Baseball – The Padres lost again to Colorado – this time 6-3.  Last night marked a season-high 6th straight win for the Rockies.  The Dodgers buried the Giants in San Francisco 10-2 including a 446-foot home run by Shohei Ohtani – the longest at Oracle Park in nearly two years, almost making into San Francisco Bay.  And St. Louis edged the Angels 7-6 in Anaheim. 

At just over one fourth of the way through the season, Philadelphia is the only team so far with 30 wins.  They currently have the best record in baseball and lead the NL East by two games over Atlanta, who have the second-best record.  The Dodgers lead the NL West at 29 and 15 and lead the second-place Padres by 7 ½ games.  Milwaukee leads the Central division by 1 ½ games over the Cubs.  In the American League, the Yankees have almost as good a record as the Dodgers and lead the East by a half-game over Baltimore.  Cleveland leads the Central by 1 ½ over Kansas City.  And at just 3 games over .500, Seattle leads the AL West by 1 ½ over Texas, who are at .500.  The Angels are in last place, eight games behind Seattle.

Houston starting pitcher Ronel Blanco was ejected in the fourth inning of last night’s 2-1 win over Oakland after umpires found a foreign substance that one called “the stickiest stuff I’ve felt on a glove.”  Blanco’s glove was confiscated to be sent to the commissioner’s office.  First base umpire Erich Bacchus said there had been nothing on it when he checked in the middle of the first inning.  But it was there for the second check when Blanco took the mound in the top of the fourth.

In the minors – The Lake Elsinore Storm lost 9-4 to the Rawhide last night at Visalia.  Game 2 of 6 is tonight.

In the NHL playoffs – The Boston/Florida and Vancouver/Edmonton series are both all-even at two games apiece.  Last night, the Bruins edged the Panthers in Sunrise 2-1 and the Oilers topped the Canucks 3-2.  The Stars could finish the 2nd round series against Colorado tonight in Dallas.  They lead three games to one.

In Soccer – LAFC’s next game is tonight at St. Louis.

In the NFL – Teams for this year’s five regular season international games have been announced.  The first-ever game in Sao Paulo, Brazil will be the Packers vs. the Eagles on September 6.  Games three consecutive weeks in London will feature the Jets and Vikings on October 6 and Jaguars vs. Bears on October 13, both at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  The Patriots and Jaguars play October 20 at Wembley Stadium.  This year’s international series wraps up November 10 with the Giants and Panthers in Munich.

In Rugby – The San Diego Legion’s next game is this Sunday hosting New England.

In local high school sports –

Fallbrook – varsity softball CIF first round at Morse today; varsity girls lacrosse hosting CIF semifinal against Pacific Ridge at 6:30p.



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were up again today.  The Dow gained 8 tenths of a percent.  The S&P 500 was up 1.1%.  And the NASDAQ rose almost 1.4%.  Gold gained $34 an ounce, trading on the Comex at $2,393.90.  West Texas Intermediate Crude oil futures were up 54 cents at $78.56 a barrel.

After starting the year hot, inflation cooled in April according to Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers released this morning.  The annualized rate last month was 3.4% – down a tenth from March.  Prices rose 0.3% for the month, slower by a tenth than the two previous months.  The annualized gain was expected.  But the monthly number was below economists’ expectations.  Core CPI slowed to 3.6%, its lowest rate since April of 2021.

Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported retail sales for April were unchanged from March when spending increased by a downwardly-revised 0.6%.  Annual inflation decreased a tenth of a point to 3 ½%.  Both pieces of data were welcome news to the Federal Reserve, who’ve been trying to get inflation down to 2% through interest rate increases over the past two years.

Netflix will broadcast its first live sporting events this Christmas.  The streaming service has purchased the rights to two Christmas Day NFL games for the next three years.  After years of saying it had no interest in showing live sports, Netflix has now secured these marquee football games and an upcoming WWE boxing match between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul.  Market experts say Netflix will need to raise its monthly subscription rate to pay for rights to carry the sporting events.



You might not realize it, but we dodged a bullet yesterday.  The current solar flares bombarding the Earth which caused northern lights in the nighttime skies of Southern California over the weekend were estimated by the NOAA to have a 60% likelihood of disrupting satellite communications and interfering with the power grid yesterday.  There had been warnings yesterday could have been the worst solar storm in 165 years.  It seems nothing much actually happened yesterday.  On Friday and Saturday, some farmers in the upper Midwest reported satellite disruptions to their GPS equipment used for planting straight rows of crops in their fields.

The summer of 2023 was full of record heat and climate catastrophes.  According to a study published today in “Nature”, the summer of 2023 was the hottest in 2,000 years for the northern hemisphere outside of the tropics.  It exceeded the average high temperature for the period by more than 2 degrees centigrade and even the next hottest summer by more than 1 degree.  The study, led by a geographer at Johannes-Gutenberg University in Germany concluded that last year’s record-hot summer was the result of greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, compounded by El Niño weather phenomena.


On this day in music history – May 15,

  • 1965, Bob Dylan had his first Top 40 hit … barely.  “Subterranean Homesick Blues” peaked at #39 on the singles chart. 
  • In 1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time during a Georgie Fame concert in London.  They married 22 months later. 
  • In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young scored their second #1 album with Four Way Street, a live album compiled from concerts at the Fillmore East in New York and The Forum in LA.
  • In 1974, Frank Zappa and his wife, Gail welcomed their third child.  Having already come up with creative names for their first two – Moon Unit and Dweezil, #3 did not disappoint.  They named him Ahmet Rodan, after the Japanese movie monster that lived on a diet of Boeing 707’s. 
  • In 1976, The Rolling Stones’ “Black and Blue” album topped the album chart.  It was their 6th #1 album in America and the first one with Ronnie Wood replacing Mick Taylor. 
  • In 1982, supergroup Asia’s self-titled debut album hit #1 for the first of nine weeks.  The group featured John Wetton from King Crimson, Wishbone Ash and other groups, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes from Yes, and drummer Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer. 
  • On the same day, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney began the first of seven weeks at #1 on the singles chart with “Ebony and Ivory”. 
  • In 1993, Janet Jackson began the first of eight weeks at #1 with “That’s the Way Love Goes”. 
  • In 1997, Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion they’d shared in the posh Denny Blaine part of town for $3m.
  • In 2003, country singer and second wife of Johnny Cash, June Carter died of complications from heart surgery at the age of 73. 

Born on this day …

  • In 1918, country music star Eddy Arnold whose 147 charted hits are second only to George Jones. 
  • In 1937, singer/guitarist/actor Trini Lopez – best known for the 1963 hit “If I Had a Hammer”.  On screen, he was possibly the most unlikely of “The Dirty Dozen”, managing to briefly perform part of a song in the movie.
  • In 1947, Graham Goble from Australia’s Little River Band. 
  • And born in 1953, Mike Oldfield, composer and multi-instrumentalist whose “Tubular Bells” – also known as the theme from The Exorcist was the first album released on the Virgin label and went on to sell 10m copies.


Other anniversaries today

  • Actress Lanie Kazan from “Beaches”, “My Favorite Year”, and the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” series is 84
  • Actress Gunilla Hutton from TV’s “Petticoat Junction” and “Hee Haw” is 80
  • Rapper Grandmaster Melle Mel is 63.
  • Among those who’ve passed, born this day in 1856, “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum
  • In 1928, work was completed on Walt Disney’s first film featuring his newest character, Mickey Mouse – a silent short titled “Plane Crazy”


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Pala Weather – mostly sunny with a high of 72 this afternoon … cloudy mornings, clearing to sunny and 74 tomorrow and 77 Friday with winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour both days … mostly sunny and 78 Saturday … patchy morning fog returns Sunday, clearing to sunny and 76 in the afternoon … 72 Monday … 73 Tuesday … overnight lows, 53 tonight through Friday night … 51 Saturday and Sunday nights … 49 Monday night

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