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.

‘Nevertheless…they persisted’

This mural on the south side of University of La Verne’s Wilson Library caught my eye, and how could it not, on a recent stroll on campus. Titled “Nevertheless…they persisted,” by Kristy Sandoval, the mural contains photo reproductions of important women from ULV history. By the way, the windows up top? Those are painted on in trompe l’oeil style to look real.

Incidentally, the mural’s title is a play on the 2017 comment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” It became a feminist rallying cry.

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Column: Movie theater plan in Pomona still popping, CEO says

You may recall the movie theater that wanted to build in downtown Pomona, announced in 2016, followed by a contract with the city in 2018. Nothing’s happened in the 17 months since, leading many to assume the proposal is dead. But it’s not. I provide an update and explain the delays in Sunday’s column. By the way, “popping” in the headline was meant as a subtle pun involving popcorn and theaters, but it’s probably so subtle as to be more puzzling than anything. Ehh, I tried.

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Restaurant of the Week: Clyde’s Hot Chicken

Clyde’s Hot Chicken, 8790 Central Ave. (at Richton), Montclair; open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Clyde’s opened in a former Fatburger just above the Metrolink tracks in Montclair in October 2019 and almost immediately was doing more business in a day than Fatburger was likely to have done in a month. (I like Fatburger but it just has not been able to get its act together in the 909.) This is the second Clyde’s; the first is in Fullerton.

My first visit was at 3 p.m. on a Sunday, when there were a surprising number of customers for the middle of an afternoon. Several groups entered after me. Employees shouted “Welcome!” at each of us.

The menu has chicken sandwiches, fried or grilled, chicken strips and hot wings, all in the Nashville hot chicken style. Heat levels are Naked (no spice), Original (hot and sweet), Hot as Cluck (hot) and 1930 (ghost pepper and cayenne).

I got the Clyde’s Original combo ($9) with the Original heat level, which is very mildly spiced. The chicken comes on a brioche bun with slaw and pickles, just how I like it, and the combo has crinkle-cut fries, nice and crisp, and a soda. Darned good. There’s a cup of completely unnecessary sauce, although I do dip my fries in it.

On two subsequent visits, I got the Skinny Chick combo (same price), with the chicken grilled, not fried. Also tasty, and better for you, but without the satisfying crunch. I also tried the mac salad as my side once, and that was fine too. Other sides are waffles and slaw, and they make a breakfast sandwich, the Early Bird. I should try the Hot as Cluck spice level, just to try it, but I’m no spice fiend.

(Subsequent to writing this post, I ordered a Skinny Chick and asked for the Hot spice level, but that sandwich is only available as Naked or Original.)

Being on the border of Montclair and Upland, but definitely within Montclair, there’s decor for each city using historic photos. Montclair is, alas, relegated to the back, by the restrooms and kitchen entrance. Vintage photos include two drive-ins, the interior of Montclair Plaza and an ad urging then-Monte Vista residents to vote for the name change to Montclair. Spoiler alert: It did.

Upland images are in the dining room and include the depot, the trolley and the old Upland College. Clyde’s also has a patio and a drive-thru.

Clyde’s is a nice addition to Montclair and I’m pleased they were able to clean the stink of failure from that building. Maybe they had it ritually cleansed with sage. Or cayenne.

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Column: Reborn airport cafe now ramping up for liftoff

I wrote in 2018 about the twin losses at Maniac Mike’s Cafe in Upland: First co-owner Mike Stewart died, then the restaurant burned four days later and had to close indefinitely. It’s now back with Stewart’s wife and daughter in charge, many of the same employees and menu, in an updated space with a larger patio. That’s the subject of my Wednesday column.

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Column: Remembering when ‘Combat!’ came to Cucamonga

For years I’ve been meaning to write about the filming of an episode of “Combat!” in the 1960s at Cucamonga’s then-abandoned Virginia Dare Winery. A nod to “Combat!” in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” provides an excuse. I write about the winery’s moments of TV glory — including “Rat Patrol” and “The Invaders” — in Friday’s column.

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Restaurant of the Week: Paulie’s Pizza Pub

Paulie’s Pizza Pub, 247 N. 2nd Ave. (at 9th), Upland; open 11 a.m. daily until midnight Monday to Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday

Paulie’s took the place of the all-ages music venue The Wire in the heart of downtown Upland after a protracted renovation in early 2016. Needing dinner before a recent council meeting, I headed there to check it out. And there’s a lot to check out.

There’s exposed brick, hardwood floors, vintage signs for such products as Quaker State Motor Oil, a Vote Against Prohibition mural, a miniature fire escape against one brick wall for urban ambiance and B&W framed photos of rock singers, among other things to marvel at.

The front is a bar, with small solo tables facing the bar; after a narrow space with two-person tables and an unused upright piano, there’s a dining room with tables for small groups. You get the impression Paulie’s has been there forever, not four years (albeit in an early 20th century building).

I got a Don Vito sandwich ($11), meatball and sausage with mozzarella, romano and marinara on French bread. It’s all kind of baked inside the bread. That was a good but unusual knife-and-fork sandwich, and big enough that I took some of it home. It fortified me for the council meeting.

I’ve been back twice since, splitting a medium vegetarian pizza ($25) with a friend on one visit. It had tomatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms. The crust was thick and crispy. As my friend put it: “I’m not usually one of those people who say ‘I like the crust.’ But the crust was really good.” The pizza was large enough (as a medium) that there was some to take home.

Third visit, I got the Knuckles Chicken Parm sandwich ($11), with chicken, marinara, provolone and garlic bread. You won’t be surprised to hear that I took some home. A different friend got the Mad Dog hot sub, with ham, turkey, roast beef, provolone and au jus. “It’s really good,” she said, “if you like meat dipped in meat juice.” That was a compliment.

Also, if you go, check out the restrooms. The men’s has celebrity police-booking photos.

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Favorite music of 2019

There being so little popular consensus or even popular awareness of what music is released compared to the more limited number of movies each year, we won’t get much of a debate going here on my annual favorite-CDs list. Still, I’ve been doing these lists since 2012, and they serve as personal markers on what I listened to and liked the previous years.

As I type this I was tempted to juggle titles around on the list, except that I already put them in order for the photo. So, consider the list below a rough guide to my (why not?) Top 13, placed in descending order below and the opposite in the photo above:

13. Bob Dylan: “Travelin’ Thru, 1967 to 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15”

12. Bruce Springsteen: “Western Stars”

11. Adia Victoria: “Silences”

10. Lizzo: “Cuz I Love You”

9. Various Artists: “The Daisy Age”

8. The National: “I Am Easy to Find”

7. L7: “Scatter the Rats”

6. Chuck Cleaver: “Send Aid”

5. Kim Gordon: “No Home Record”

4. Weyes Blood: “Titanic Rising”

3. Sleater-Kinney: “The Center Won’t Hold”

2. Todd Snider: “The Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3”

and my No. 1 pick:

Billie Eilish: “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Your turn: Did you listen to any of the above, or to anything new this year that you liked?

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