I went to my first Norco City Council meeting, thinking I would write about the 45-day warehouse moratorium. Instead, that gets part of a sentence, as the retirement of the longtime city manager seemed like a better story. Andy Okoro rather improbably wound up in Norco after a childhood in Nigeria. He’s the focus of my Friday column.
I return to the topic of Walter Knott’s 1920s berry farm and stand in Norco, with some fresh information. Also, I inspire a Montclair councilman to clean out his house and I recall an encounter with Tom LaBonge, the former LA councilman who died last week, all in Wednesday’s column.
Walter Knott thought Norco had great potential for berry growing, but it didn’t work out for him. Thankfully he had Buena Park to fall back on. Following up on my April items on Knott’s youth in Pomona, I look at his brief Norco sojourn in Wednesday’s column.
For my first reported piece after adding Riverside County to my beat, I visited Norco amid a few days of protests, counter-protests, a canceled council meeting and more. Check it out in Friday’s column. And enjoy your weekend! I’ll have a three-day weekend, but also a column Sunday.