Pala Rez Radio 91.3 FM Local and Regional Headlines 06/24/2016

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As of 7a this morning, the Border Fire between Tecate and Campo was 45% contained at just under 7,500 acres.  Almost 2k personnel including 175 engines, 24 water tenders, 13 helicopters, 2 air tankers and 11 dozers were working the fire.  All evacuations were lifted last evening.  There are still restrictions on portions of Highway 94.  A total of five homes were destroyed and one other damaged.  And 11 outbuildings burned.  (Cal Fire media release)

Temecula Police arrested 18-year old Kai Dabrowski of Murrieta for the alleged robberies of two businesses within hours of each other on Wednesday.  One was a convenience store – the other, a CVS pharmacy.  Acting on a tip from a 911 caller who’d seen the suspect with what appeared to be a handgun outside the CVS on the 33000 block of Temecula Parkway, deputies arrested Dabrowski seconds after the second armed robbery. 

A 20-year old woman from Vista has been declared brain-dead after collapsing at last weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.  The announcement about Kenani Kaimuloa was made Wednesday night by doctors in Las Vegas.  She’d been to the techno music carnival before.  Near the end of this year’s event at Las Vegas Speedway on Monday morning, Kaimuloa collapsed with convulsions for about 10 minutes.  EMTs report her body temperature rose to 109.  Her heart stopped, but she was revived and taken to a Las Vegas hospital.  This is the third consecutive year that someone has died at the EDC festival.

The City of Oceanside this week, changed course and unanimously rejected regulations that would have allowed up to four electronic billboards on city-owned land near local freeways.  Two advertising companies immediately threatened to sue, saying they’d already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars preparing for the billboards, which had been allowed under rules enacted four years ago.  Mayor Jim Wood abstained from the vote, saying the litigation will cost the city plenty.  The city would have received some of the profits from the signs, but public opposition has been strong.  Lamar Advertising is asking the city for $250k in expenses.  BGT Media is asking for more than $475k and both are seeking $5.2m in damages. suit/

The City of Lake Elsinore this month approved the largest development ever proposed in the region.  If built, Alberhill Villages would become a two-square mile city within the city of Lake Elsinore.  The 8k home project would be bigger than the combined total of Temecula’s three largest subdivisions – Wolf Creek, Harveston, and Roripaugh Hills – plus Altair, which is currently still on the drawing board.  But an attorney for Alberhill Villages calls the council-approved version of the development “unfeasible and unbuildable.”  Castle & Cooke Developments plan to ignore the council and place a voter initiative on a future ballot.  Public services demanded by the council for the new community are the sticking point – particularly a 46-acre sports park.  The city version calls for eliminated 300 homes to make room for the sports park.  Castle & Cooke claim they were blindsided by some of the city demands.  Alberhill Villages would be built in six phases over 30 years with 8k homes, condos or apartments on 1,375 acres and 3.8m square feet of commercial space – about the size of the Temecula Promenade.  There would also be 163 acres of open space, 63 acres for a college, the sports park, a 37-acre community park and 35 one-acre “pocket” parks. 

The City of Murrieta’s new website went live this week.  It’s said to be customizable and more user-friendly.  Users who sign up for a “My Murrieta” account can edit what’s displayed in a bar at the left of the page, including things like the events calendar.  The new web site is which replaces the old

Palomar Health is joining with Kindred Healthcare to build a 52-bed rehabilitation hospital in Escondido, expected to open in 2019.  It will be located on the campus of Palomar Medical Center and is seen as an opportunity to grow Palomar’s range of services.

There was a mild 2.9 magnitude earthquake last evening about quarter to 7, centered 2 ½ miles southwest of Santa Monica.