Column: Beach city names without beach city breezes

Sunday’s column (read it here) compiles items on streets named for SoCal cities, airport hand-swabbing, divergent reactions to Wednesday’s Upland column and some mini-items as well.

More items coming this week, I hope — today’s column did not exhaust my backlog of written or half-written items.

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  • Allan

    From the 1911 City Directory,869

    “Pomona is but 35 miles from the ocean. Just far enough away to avoid the winter fogs, and YET CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET FULL BENEFIT OF THE SEA BREEZES DURING THE SUMMER…You cannot find a better place for an ideal home.”

    (text, including capitalization, by the Pomona Board of Trade)

    Here’s one from 1896 that mentions the sea breeze as well:,39

    [I haven’t felt those sea breezes. Maybe the wind direction has shifted in the intervening 100 years. (That’s a joke, son. Try to keep up.) (As Foghorn Leghorn would say.) — DA]

  • Ramona

    Perhaps the articles are really talking about the Santa Anas and they “dressed them up” for publicity reasons.

    Nobody wants to live where the “80-mile-an-hour dry winds blow for days on end covering everything inside and out with a layer of fine sand and totally messing up ones sinuses.”

    It’s all in the presentation.

    [Ha ha! You’re right on that one, Ramona. — DA]

  • RichP

    Remember how Raymond Chandler described the Santa Anas in “Red Wind”?

    There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.

    [I love that quote. Thanks, Rich. — DA]

  • Allan

    I initially thought the same about it being the Santa Ana winds but I believe those were also accounted for. I don’t have access to anything at the moment to quote but I think I remember other Board of Trade publications that talk about the city benefiting from the ocean breeze while being far enough away from the desert winds.

    It may very well be a great marketing stunt but after having encountered enough mentions of the sea/ocean breeze, I was starting to think that I was the only person not in on the gag.

    Then again, who needs to lie about the ocean breeze? No fleas, no malaria, no vermin (and depending on the era, no saloons) — what more could you want?

    [What indeed? — DA]