Column: They really want to know: ‘Do you have a citrus tree?’

In Redlands, strangers apparently ask each other the above question as an ice-breaker. Author Deborah Fallows has a sweet story about it. Also, more about Mentone’s Paul Bunyan, 1909 pennies, Rancho Cucamonga’s former Gilberto’s Lounge and the expansion of Starbucks in Pomona, all in a Sunday column of holiday-weekend leftovers. Happy Labor Day!

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Column: Should Redlands change direction on Oriental Ave. name?

The city will research potential new names for the street after reaching out to the community, as we’ve reported. I visit to talk to the short street’s two businesses, whose owners support retaining the name as a nod to its history as site of the city’s long-gone Chinatown. One owner is Chinese American. She makes a good case, but I still think the name is a mistake. I write about the matter in Sunday’s column, my first reported from Redlands.

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Column: From Redlands to the Kennedy Center Honors

I know I said that if any more Joan Baez anecdotes came in following 3 1/2 columns on her in the past few months, I might pretend to have died in the meantime. But one more came in, and another hadn’t been used, and she was on national TV as a Kennedy Center Honors designee. So that seemed like enough to justify a partial column — in my mind, at least. Items from San Bernardino and Pomona round out my Wednesday column.

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