I visited Memphis and, to get this out of the way, no, I didn’t go to Graceland.Some people make pilgrimages to Memphis simply to go to Graceland, America’s second most-famous house. (Hint: The other one’s also white.) A friend of mine and her sisters did that and they aren’t even Elvis fans. Traipsing around Elvis’ gaudy home is just...
Infrastucture Week may have crumbled — much like our nation’s roads and bridges? — but the mayor of Fontana has reason to strut.Acquanetta Warren had a seat at the table, literally, during the “listening session” with mayors...
It’s good to be home after vacation — other than my home being so hot I’m sleeping atop the covers — and once I collect my thoughts I’ll write something about my time off. In the meantime, let’s jump right to the end.Late afternoon Friday, I was outside Ontario International Airport, the only way to fly, texting a newsroom colleague about picking me up, as my car had been parked in our office lot to save money. (You win some, you lose some,...
Following my usual practice, I checked the Chino and Ontario council agendas Tuesday to see which meeting held more interest. Chino seemed to have the edge going in because the council would be talking about how to fill a vacant seat.But then Ontario’s agenda turned out to have this item: “Consideration of a resolution opposing Measure H in the city of Chino.”Ontario and Chino, on the same agenda? Talk about a two-fer.So at 6:30 p.m., I was in my...
If you drive the 57 Freeway, you may have noticed a typo on a mileage sign. Near San Dimas, for southbound motorists, an overhead sign gave the distance to the exit for “Corona na Fwy.”That’s because when a new “Corona” was put up a year ago, a portion of the old “Corona” remained, on a line that was shorter after the 71 emblem was removed. Hence, “Corona na Fwy.”A reader who works for a local government agency...
Anyone who drives along College Avenue in Claremont may blink in confusion at finding a signature building on the opposite corner from the last time they drove by.It’s not a trick of the eye or product of a failing memory. Renwick House, a late Queen Anne Victorian, is now on Second and College’s southeast corner, after more than a century on...
Joan Baez leans against a sycamore tree on the cover of her second album, “Joan Baez, Vol. 2,” from 1961, arms folded, and smiles.That tree still stands at 12th Street and Berkeley Avenue in Claremont, the house where the Baez family lived from 1960-61.Joan didn’t live there. She was on the East Coast, launching her career, and then relocated...
Opening day for Ontario Western Little League was no fizzle, except for the scoreboard, which refused to light up.A hint of trouble surfaced the previous day, when two hours of effort were required to get the scoreboard at Homer Briggs Park functioning. But that was apparently a last flicker of life, for on opening day March 4, the scoreboard stayed dark.Sign companies said they...
When she and her husband were vacationing at Disneyland seven years ago from the Bay Area, Julie Sowles made a day trip out of visiting the Rancho Cucamonga library.Apparently the twin libraries and the city did not compare unfavorably to the happiest place on earth.“It’s such a great town. It’s so beautiful. It’s obviously a city that wants to meet residents’ needs. It’s very cohesive...
When Jimmy Breslin, the New York newspaper columnist, died March 19 at age 88, I read his obituary with interest. Not because I knew much about him, but because I didn’t.About all I knew was one piece of newspaper lore: that when other reporters were covering John F. Kennedy’s funeral, Breslin was