Column: $1M donation, $143k salary, priceless entertainment

I attend my second San Bernardino council meeting and am amply rewarded. And so is the city, because a tribe is donating to Seccombe Lake Park after reading my Sunday column about how it lost out on a grant. How about that! I write about the unusual meeting, which saw the mayor leave twice and the council discuss how to cut his salary, in my Friday column.

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Downtown San Bernardino in mural form

Meeting an interview subject in downtown San Bernardino at Viva La Boba, a coffee and tea shop, I was struck, and who wouldn’t be, by the mural inside. It depicts the downtown street grid, businesses and landmarks noted. I stepped outside and snapped a photo through the window to get the whole thing into the frame. Click on the photo for a larger image.

Co-owner Tansu Phillip told me the mural, like the shop, is two years old. I don’t know if it’s as useful as Google Maps, but close. And it’s got hometown pride behind it.

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Column: Freed slave Biddy Mason to be focus of museum talk

A free, livestreamed talk Saturday morning will be devoted to the 19th century slave in San Bernardino who was freed by a judge in 1856 and went on to local fame in L.A. I’ll be asking the questions of two experts (but don’t let that stop you from watching!). Also: a little history concerning Pomona’s involvement with the L.A. County Health Department, and the LA County Fair is canceled again. All this in Wednesday’s column.

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