Column: Methinks RC protest law is protested too much

I attended Wednesday’s Rancho Cucamonga City Council meeting because our RC reporter, Wendy Leung, is on vacation. Somebody ought to be there, I though.

Turned out to be pretty interesting, as the council passed the final version of rules regarding protests in the community (which happen now and then), over the protests of a few and to the confusion of many, including yours truly. Read the column here, and comment below if you like.

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Restaurant of the Week: Koyla

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Koyla Indian Restaurant, 8140 Haven Ave. (at Foothill), Rancho Cucamonga; also at 1845 Holt Blvd. (at Vineyard), Ontario

Koyla opened earlier in 2011 in a former Daphne’s Greek fast-casual spot at the Chaffey Town Square center, and it’s a big upgrade. Koyla is swankier inside than expected, with muted lighting, white tablecloths and table service.

Dinner entrees are from $10 to $20 and encompass chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetable dishes. See the menu here. Of course they do a lunch buffet too, which seems to be a requirement for an Indian restaurant, at least the ones out here, but I visited at dinnertime.

A friend and I shared an appetizer, tawa mushrooms ($10); two entrees, chili fish ($15) and shrimp saag ($14); and an order of plain naan ($2), the Indian flatbread, and basmati rice ($4). A little of all the above is pictured at top.

The mushrooms were sauteed with onions, bell peppers and tomatoes; good stuff. The chili fish, chunks of deep-fried fish, came with tamarind sauce, onions, bell peppers and spices. A little spicy for my taste but I’m a sensitive Midwesterner. My favorite was the shrimp saag, which is a sort of creamed spinach; you can also get it with chicken, vegetables or lamb.

We liked all the dishes, although the chili fish stuck out a bit as an offering that didn’t seem particularly Indian. We had a coupon that knocked a chunk off the bill as long as the total was more than $40, which it was.

Koyla has two locations, both aggressively located near longstanding Indian restaurants; the one in Rancho Cucamonga is a block from Haandi, while the one in Ontario is equally close to Bombay. I’d give Haandi the edge over Koyla, but Koyla was pretty good too.

* Ontario location has closed.

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CMC’s Shakespeare scholars

I had no idea, but Claremont McKenna College has a Claremont Shakespeare Clinic that for a quarter-century has used computers to analyze the Bard’s texts and reputed texts. This may be of interest now because of the current movie “Anonymous,” which promotes in the multiplex the controversial academic theory that the Earl of Oxford was really the author of Shakespeare’s plays.

Says student Patrick Paterson: “The Claremont Shakespeare Clinic has been pioneering the use of computer-based stylometric analysis for almost 25 years. … It has found far too much stylistic discrepancy between Oxford’s poems and Shakespeare’s for Oxford’s claim to be credible.”

His piece on the movie appears below. Thanks for the guest contribution, Patrick.

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Sagehens’ moment in the sun

Fifty years ago, a foursome from Pomona College competed on “GE College Bowl,” a TV quiz show based in NYC and hosted by Allen Ludden, and beat all comers. The college’s alumni magazine has a retrospective here. An excerpt:

“They returned home to campus acclaim, with hundreds gathered to watch as Pomona College President E. Wilson Lyon greeted them in a public ceremony … Pomona’s own press releases proudly noted that ours was the first team from beyond the Eastern Seaboard to win all five matches on the show.”

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The charcoal bird

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At the Fox Theater’s screening of “The Maltese Falcon” in Pomona on Sunday, a statuette of the black bird — a replica of the one in the film — was on display in the lobby. As I was in period garb, I was coaxed into posing for photos.

I should have given the Falcon rabbit ears.

Anyway, a lucky person in the audience won the figure in a raffle, others won copies of the novel or DVD, and we all enjoyed an excellent Bogart movie, the capper to the Pomona Public Library’s Big Read. (Well, except for the related Chalk Art Festival, which was rescheduled due to poor weather Saturday to Nov. 19 Dec. 3.)

Photo: Elizabeth Casian

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Meanwhile, yours truly and Joe Blackstock, the Bulletin’s history columnist and an assistant city editor, were captured on the sidewalk afterward by library interim director Bruce Guter, with Joe holding a Progress Bulletin replica of the Fox’s opening. After we were captured, we escaped and fled the scene.

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