Former IVDB office now dust

For 30 years the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin had its offices at 2041 E. 4th St. in Ontario, the first home the newspaper had after consolidating the Ontario Daily Report and Pomona Progress-Bulletin into one modern headquarters in 1985.

But as has become the way of things for newspapers, we no longer needed all that space due to staff cuts, consolidation elsewhere and an end to printing the paper in Ontario. (The back half of this 2013 column talks about our printing presses.) So we moved a few blocks east to leased quarters at 9616 Archibald Ave. in late 2015, our printing is now done in Riverside and our old property was put on the market, where it languished — until recently.

KB Homes bought it up, bulldozed the building and ground up the concrete to make way for a housing development to be named The Cottages on 4th. They will replace what we might have called The Bunker on 4th, as it had no windows.

I wonder if KB Homes will give preference to former Bulletin employees? On second thought, nah. We spent more than enough of our lives on that piece of ground. Time to let someone else occupy it.

Photo above and below by Wayne Iverson; bottom two photos by me.

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  • Charles Bentley

    For those of us who recall the former home of the Daily Report, we found the “new” building palatial. It was modern, offered enhanced facilities for photography, meetings/interviews, a break room and patio, and a beautiful 4-color press. Not to mention its own expansive parking lot that included a gated area for employees – a far cry from the shared public lots on B street in downtown.

    There were plenty of drawbacks, not the least being the River Fourth Street that crested after even the mildest shower. And the open newsroom layout caused plenty of angst regarding the possibility of a disgruntled reader (or employee) looking to settle their complaints using Second Amendment methods.

    I was one of the last people present when the final edition was put to bed in the old “Daily Planet” office. We left in the early morning hours and drove assorted boxes of the final contents to the new building on the east side of the city, just blocks from where I grew up. It felt like the end of an era for the paper and the city. This was more than just a masthead change; the local First Amendment voice was evolving, changing its look and its coverage area.

    Today the paper has changed again, serving a different purpose and a reduced readership. It isn’t even printed in the same counties where it circulates. And the real estate which once housed that daily purveyor of information, education, entertainment and enlightenment will soon to be home to homes that, hopefully, will serve any who purchase said domiciles far longer and better than the previous tenant.

    That once “new” building has been turned to rubble and strewn to the four winds. Maybe that’s appropriate. There used to be some who believed the word “news” was an acronym formed from the four points of the compass – North, East, West and South. That definition typically included a quip noting “the South consistently trails the rest when it comes to current events.”

    Fare thee well, former IVDB office.

    “She went her unremembering way,
    She went and left in me
    The pang of all the partings gone,
    And partings yet to be.”

    — Francis Thompson

    • davidallen909

      Charles, our thanks for the salute to the old Daily Bulletin and the scrap of poetry. Sic transit gloria mundi.