Pala Today News – 5/14/24

Written by on May 14, 2024

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A man armed with a handgun was fatally shot by Riverside Sheriff’s deputies yesterday in Perris.  Deputies were making a probation check at a home in the 3300 block of Albillo Loop near Ramona Expressway and Lake Perris around 8a.  Multiple people were in the backyard when deputies arrived.  One provided false ID info to authorities and attempted to walk away.  He was shot with a Taser, which was ineffective.  As he continued to walk away, he pulled a gun and was shot by at least one deputy.  His identity has not been released.  No one else was injured.  No other details released, pending investigation.

Fire crews have stopped the forward progress of an 18-acre fire near Loveland Reservoir, east of Sycuan Casino.

Two textbooks for Advanced Placement Language and Composition classes in the Murrieta school district which some parents objected to for being politically-biased have been approved by board trustees.  The third and fourth editions of “Literature & Composition, Essential Voices and Essential Skills for the AP Course” are collections of short stories, classical literature and essays.  Many of the essays focus on current political issues including climate change and racial injustice.  Parents who objected called them “left-leaning”.  Board members approved the books on a split 3-2 vote.  They’d turned down an 11th-grade textbook last year after complaints that it contained elements of critical race theory and negative portrayals of former President Trump.

A First Amendment lawsuit filed against Palomar Health by one of its board directors has been dismissed in court.  Director Laurie Edwards-Tate and the hospital district are both claiming victory.

A new seniors-only affordable housing project is being proposed for South Coast Highway in Oceanside.

There was a mild 2.5 magnitude earthquake last evening at 10:08p about ten miles west of Anza, near Cahuilla Mountain.  Hardly anyone reported feeling it.

Very consistent and slightly cooler than normal weather expected in Pala over the next week with highs in the 70s and lows in the low 50s.  The full forecast is coming up. (below) 


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In the NBA playoffs – Boston now leads its semifinal series against Cleveland three games to one.  They beat the Cavaliers 109-102 last night.  Oklahoma City tied its series with the Mavericks at two games apiece with a 100-96 win last night in Dallas.  Tonight, Indiana is at New York and Minnesota is at Denver.  Both series are tied at two games apiece. 

Caitlin Clark plays her first professional WNBA game tonight.  Her team, the Indiana Fever are on the road against the Connecticut Sun and of course, the game is sold out.  That was her superpower at the University of Iowa and it changed how fans viewed women’s basketball.  The Caitlin Clark effect is now expected to lift attendance and raise awareness of the WNBA to the benefit of everyone.  Ticket sales are already up an average of 93% over last season and the league is now flying its up to 6 ½ foot tall players by charter rather than stuffing them into Economy Plus seats on regularly scheduled flights.  League commissioner Cathy Engelbert says the WNBA is expecting to double their $60m TV rights deal when it ends next year, which would allow for player salaries to increase.  36 of the Fever’s 40 regular season games will air nationally this season compared with just one last year.

The new WNBA franchise in the Bay Area unveiled their name, colors and logo yesterday.  Playing in violet and black with a V-shaped logo incorporating a head-on view of a Bay Bridge tower, the Golden State Valkyries are the 13th team in the women’s league and the first new one since 2008.  They’re co-owned by the same people that own the NBA’s Warriors and will also play their home games at Chase Center in San Francisco.  The Valkyries have already taken season ticket deposits for nearly half of the venue’s 18k seats … and they don’t even have players yet.  That’ll happen in this year’s draft and through free agency.

In Major League Baseball – The Padres failed to convert a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the 9th and lost to the visiting Rockies 5-4 while the Dodgers got a ten-inning 6-4 win over the Giants in San Francisco.  The Cardinals pushed the Angels further into the AL West cellar, beating them 10-5 last night in Anaheim.  Those series continue today.

The A’s aren’t having a great year.  But so far, their final year playing in Oakland isn’t as bad as their last two which were dominated by talk of a move.  Now that they will be moving, they can focus on the future.  Next year, they begin the first of three seasons in Sacramento at a minor league park while the stadium in their new home, Las Vegas is being built.  Right now, their record is 19 and 24, good for third place in the AL West, which so far this season has been the weakest of the six divisions in Major League Baseball.  They trail first-place Seattle by 4 ½ games, have lost their last two, and have only won 3 of their last 10.

In the minors – The Lake Elsinore Storm’s next series begins tonight at Visalia.

In the NHL playoffs – Carolina now has a three-games to two lead in its Eastern 2nd Round series with the New York Rangers.  They beat the Rangers 4-1 last night in New York.  The Dallas Stars are up three games to one in their series with Colorado after beating the Avalanche 5-1 last night in Denver.  Florida could eliminate Boston tonight in Game 5.  And Vancouver goes into tonight’s Game 4 at Edmonton leading two games to one.

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

In the NFL – The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Jared Goff to a 4-year, $212m contract extension.  $170m of it will be guaranteed.  He’s now the second highest-paid quarterback in the NFL behind Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

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 Coastal Academy at 3:30p



As of midday trading on Wall Street, stocks were mixed again today with the Blue Chips down and the broader market up.  The Dow fell a tenth of a percent.  The S&P 500 was down a small fraction.  And the NASDAQ gained over a tenth.  Comex gold was up $16.80 an ounce to $2,359.80.  Oil futures were down $1.14 a barrel with the benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude trading at $77.96. 

China has vowed to take all necessary actions to defend its interests against $18b in new tariffs announced yesterday by the Biden administration and warned that such trade barriers would affect the relationship between the two economic superpowers.  The White House said the new measures were to protect American workers and businesses against China’s unfair trade practices, including “flooding global markets with artificially low-priced exports.”  The most notable new tax is the increased tariff on Chinese EVs from 25% to 100%.  That policy challenges Beijing’s practice of supporting aggressively low prices by Chinese EV manufacturers while levying a 40% tariff on US car imports to China.  US tariffs on solar cells and semiconductors will double to 50%.

Sales at Home Depot fell short of estimates as the spring home spruce-up season was delayed by bad weather through much of the country this spring.

Three Southern California Red Lobster locations including one in Mira Mesa are among 80 “temporarily closed” according to the restaurant chain’s website.  But a leading restaurant liquidator says it is currently conducting an online auction of contents from 48 shuttered Red Lobsters. Red Lobster has been looking for a buyer and just last month was considering filing for bankruptcy.  So far, locations in Temecula, Riverside, Chula Vista and two in San Diego are still open.  Red Lobster has a total of about 650 locations.

There may soon be another shortage of Sriracha sauce.  Huy Fong Foods’ factory in Irwindale reports it’s once again having trouble sourcing the red jalapeño chilies it needs to make the popular hot sauce.



State Senate Bill 1446 could end up affecting your shopping experience in the name of safety and protection.  It’s part of a 29-bill package introduced last month to deal with crime prevention, rehabilitation and services for offenders.  SB1446 would require grocery stores and drugstores with self-checkout lanes to assign employees to watch over them exclusively with no other assigned tasks and no more than two machines each to monitor.  Customers would only be able to use self-checkout if buying ten or fewer items.  It’s aimed at reducing theft, keeping workers from being overwhelmed, and reducing the threat of violence by shoplifters.  Labor groups support it.  But businesses say it would inhibit growth without actually deterring crime.

In an effort to preserve its customer base and head off cord-cutting, Comcast today announced it will offer a streaming bundle that combines Netflix, Peacock and Apple TV+ at a discount.  No actual pricing was announced.  What Comcast calls “StreamSaver” will roll out later this month.  But it’s only available to customers who already have Comcast internet, mobile or TV subscriptions.

The 60-year old TV game show, “Jeopardy!” is taking another stab at streaming.  A spin-off, called “Pop Culture Jeopardy!” will be seen exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.  In addition to questions about a different kind of knowledge, the game will be played by teams of three.  A short-lived “Sports Jeopardy!” was tried on Sony’s streaming service, Crackle about a decade ago.  That show has since been taken down, in part because some of the answers are no longer correct.

Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) is alive and well and living online.  Amazon and most major online retailers offer most of their products with the phrase, “just four easy payments of (fill in the amount)”.  Economists say that in a bad economy, BNPL is an invisible burden and a ticking time bomb in the form of phantom debt.  These short term loans go mostly unaccounted for by those tracking debt load so, for better or worse, they’re not part of personal credit reports.  The top five BNPL providers loaned out $24b in 2021 – a 1000% increase from 2019, the year before the pandemic.  7 ½% of all spending last holiday season involved BNPL loans.  Their effect is to enable customers to buy things they otherwise might not be able to afford or quality for.  BNPL loan providers say it’s a win-win since users get a loan without a credit check and usually with no interest or fees.  But there often are fees if payments are late or missed and 43% of BNPL users say they’ve been behind on those payments.  Three fourths of BNPL customers have a household income below $75k and one third use BNPL because their credit cards are maxed out.


On this day in music history – May 14,

  • 1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to an LA hospital after inhaling a broken cap from one of his front teeth which became lodged in a lung.
  • In 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson.  The conversation included some talk about their recent dabbling in meditation and Eastern mysticism, the creation of their company, Apple Corps. and song writing. 
  • In 1976, Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded.  It happened in his West London home.  His eight-year-old son found him still holding the guitar. 
  • In 1977, Leo Sayer was at #1 with “When I Need You”, written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager. 
  • In 1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden with Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing that night included Foreigner, Crosby Stills & Nash, Genesis, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and Emerson Lake & Palmer.
  • In 1993, the acoustic guitar Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954 sold at auction for $152k. 
  • In 1998, Frank Sinatra died at age 82 after suffering a heart attack. 
  • In 2015, B.B. King died in his sleep at age 89 after suffering a series of small strokes related to diabetes. 

Born on this day …

  • in 1936, singer/songwriter, Bobby Darin, whose hits included “Splish, Splash”, “Dream Lover”, “Mack the Knife”, and “Beyond the Sea”.  He died at age 37 from a systemic infection following a dental procedure. 
  • In 1943, Jack Bruce, best known as one third of Cream, but also formerly with John Mayall and Manfred Mann. 
  • In 1946, Derek Leckenby, guitarist for Herman’s Hermits.
  • In 1952, leader of Talking Heads, David Byrne. 
  • In 1953, John Rutsey, drummer and founding member of Rush.
  • In 1962, C.C. Deville, lead guitarist for Poison. 
  • In 1963, Fabrice Morvan – one half of the German R&B duo Milli Vanilli.  The pair won Best New Artist at the 1990 Grammy Awards.  When the confessed they did not do any of the singing on their hit, their award was taken back. 
  • In 1971, Danny Wood from New Kids on the Block.


Other celebrity anniversaries today …

  • Screenwriter, producer and director Robert Zemeckis is 72.  His credits include Forest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future series.
  • Actress Cate Blanchett is 55
  • Among those who’ve passed, Marmaduke cartoon creator, Brad Anderson was born in 1924.
  • Character actor, Richard Deacon was born on this day in 1921.  He played Lumpy Rutherford’s father in “Leave It to Beaver” and Mel Cooley in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.
  • Speaking of Leave it to Beaver, Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver was born in 1909.
  • Actress Billie Burke, whose most memorable role was Good Witch Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz” was born in 1885.
  • Social media sensation, Grumpy Cat died in 2019 at the age of 7.


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Pala Weather – sunny with a high of 75 this afternoon … cloudy mornings clearing to sunny and 73 tomorrow and 75 Thursday with winds gusting up to 20 miles an hour all three days … 79 Friday and Saturday … 77 Sunday … 72 Monday … overnight lows, 51 tonight … about 54 tomorrow through Saturday night … 52 Sunday night


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