In my visits to Riverside, a residential tower a few blocks south of downtown has caught my eye. How could it not? It stands tall above its mostly one- and two-story neighbors. In the area recently, I decided to satisfy my curiosity by checking it out.
At 3993 10th St., it’s an apartment building for low-income seniors 55 and older. Named Mount Rubidoux Manor, it’s owned by Riverside First Baptist Homes, contains 188 studio and one-bedroom units and stands 16 stories. A worthy use.
Because now and then it seems like a coronavirus column is called for, I asked on Facebook if anyone was affected by the 10 p.m. curfew. It probably says something about the newspaper-reading demographic that of 49 replies, all 49 said no. But they said so amusingly. I write about their responses and my own early bedtime in Sunday’s well-rested column.
I gather together some odds and ends for a post-Thanksgiving column (written Monday, revised on Wednesday), mostly about Joan Baez, but with a couple of other topics too. I won’t call it a feast, but dig in anyway.
The Pilgrim Festival this month was canceled, but donations and an Etsy shop (!) have helped make up the shortfall for the nonprofit Pilgrim Place, a retirement village in Claremont for retired clergy and social activists. The village is on a voluntary lockdown to protect its seniors. I write about it for Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving column.
In one of my occasional change-of-pace columns, I drive to LA and walk around the UCLA campus, then break for lunch. That’s Sunday’s column.
“Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties,” a new history, includes a 1968 riot in San Bernardino that started at a high school and spilled into the streets. I recount that and also pluck some local history from “Ecology of Fear,” a previous book by the same author, Mike Davis, while also saying farewell to a San Bernardino restaurateur. All this in Friday’s column.
Fresh attention from the National Trust for Historic Preservation gives a boost to efforts to save the Harada House, an important site in Riverside for Japanese Americans. It’s a remarkable story. I visit the crumbling house for a tour and write about it, with a photo gallery by Will Lester, in my Wednesday column.
Would you like to read a column about singer Joan Baez? If so, let me recommend mine.
In the middle of a pandemic, Lucky’s Coffee Roasters in downtown Upland tries its luck at a former Starbucks location in Claremont (665 E. Foothill Blvd.) that closed in March. The popular shop has done well in Upland despite coronavirus. I wrote about the Starbucks, now I write about Lucky’s in Friday’s column.
I picked up an issue of Alta magazine, and then a second, and was delighted both times by the contributors and subjects with an Inland Empire connection. Also, I belatedly follow up on my Janis Joplin column by explaining further the limits of memory in constructing a column based on what people remember about concerts from 50 years ago. Plus, short items on Sam Maloof and the Claremont sign lady, all in Wednesday’s column.