About David Allen

A journalist for more than 30 years, David Allen has been chronicling the Inland Valley for the Daily Bulletin since 1997 and blogging since 2007. He is the author of three books of columns: "Pomona A to Z," "Getting Started" and "On Track." E-mail David here.

Column: Book lovers outraged as Cellar Door loses its lease

The Riverside bookstore Cellar Door Books was notified Tuesday that it must leave Canyon Crest Towne Centre by Feb. 28. (That was extended Friday to March 31 after I inquired.) The owner must scramble to find a replacement space and move. Founded in 2012, Cellar Door is touted as the only independent bookstore in the Inland Empire devoted to new books. I write about the store’s travails in a newsy Sunday column.

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Yours truly on video

If you have an hour to kill, and morbid curiosity, here I am speaking to the La Verne Historical Society on a rainy Jan. 9, reading from “100 Years of the Los Angeles County Fair, 25 Years of Stories” and taking semi-audible questions! It’s the first time someone has filmed one of my presentations (and possibly the last). Thanks to LVTV’s Claudia Gonzalez for the filming and editing. If nothing else, it’s a keepsake for me.

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Column: 5 rare drawings by Carl Barks surface in Chino Hills

I return to the subject of famous Disney comic book writer-artist Carl Barks, who lived in remote Riverside County while producing work read by millions of children. A few rare pieces of his art turn out to be in the hands of Chino Hills reader (and frequent commenter here) Doug Evans, who was gifted them as a teenager. I tell that story in my Sunday column.

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Column: Happy ending: Laemmle’s Claremont 5 won’t be sold

The president of the Laemmle chain of theaters says sale of the property has been called off. That’s good news. However, business needs to be stronger to sustain the theater, and he’s giving it a year to turn around. He’ll talk about this at an in-person event at the Claremont 5 after a 1 p.m. screening Saturday of the documentary “Only in Theaters.” I will host the Q&A! And I tell you more about the theater’s status in my Friday column.

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Column: In Riverside, Harpo Marx had (honk!) a lot to say

As a Marx Brothers fan, I was delighted to learn that Harpo Marx, the silent one in the act, made several stops in Riverside for performances, including two major ones late in life with the Riverside Symphony, at which he spoke a bit, and that he also testified at a couple government meetings in Riverside County as a private citizen. (He lived in Rancho Mirage.) That’s the subject of my Sunday¬†column.

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