I take a drive to San Bernardino to interview a muralist putting up a sharp-looking work on the side of a taqueria. The Ontario man has pieces scattered around the region. He’s the subject of Friday’s column.
By the way, if only all columns could come together as easily as this impromptu interview and photo shoot did, life would be a breeze.
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.
Last week I “attended” my first virtual San Bernardino City Council meeting. While video council meetings don’t really interest me, this one had two developers presenting their competing proposals for redeveloping the Carousel Mall site, and that seemed absolutely important enough to tune in. That’s the subject of my slightly sarcastic Sunday column.
Jimmy Jews, the first Black firefighter in San Bernardino upon his hiring in 1971, died last month at age 79. I write about him in Sunday’s column.
“Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties,” a new history, includes a 1968 riot in San Bernardino that started at a high school and spilled into the streets. I recount that and also pluck some local history from “Ecology of Fear,” a previous book by the same author, Mike Davis, while also saying farewell to a San Bernardino restaurateur. All this in Friday’s column.
Did you know Wednesday is National Chocolate Day? I visit Laymon Candy, which has been turning out clusters, taffy, fudge and more since 1927 in San Bernardino and Colton. The family-owned business is bringing in its fourth generation. I tour the factory for Wednesday’s column.
San Bernardino’s legendary Mitla Cafe got to Round 4 of the Tortilla Tournament in the corn tortilla bracket before falling to the reigning champion in Costa Mesa, a nice showing for both Mitla and the 909. Anyway, this modest news hook provides a good excuse to write about Mitla, which I do in Sunday’s column.
Mitla (pronounced “Meet-la”) was the subject of a Restaurant of the Week post in 2015 and was overdue for a column now that I’m in the Sun and thus have a San Bernardino-area readership. (And in the Press-Enterprise with a Riverside-area readership, hence last Sunday’s column on Anchos Southwest Grill.)
So it was high time I went there and introduced myself. Because they’re not doing dine-in, I didn’t order food to go, unsure where I would eat it. As I drove away, I saw a shady park less than a block away. D’oh! Well, next time.
Janis Joplin died 50 years ago today. As a fan, I set out to reconstruct what I could of her two known concerts at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino in 1968 and 1969. As you’ll see, that’s even harder to do than it might seem! But I did my best for Sunday’s column.
I pose the above question to readers concerning her concerts at Swing Auditorium in 1968 and 1970. Also: readers respond pro, con and somewhere in the middle concerning drive-thrus, and a Riverside woman appears on “Jeopardy!” All this in Sunday’s column.
This column, by the way, is more thrown-together than usual. It happens sometimes. I had forgotten that I’d received so many comments on drive-thrus via Twitter and Facebook until looking back at them Thursday afternoon and deciding I might as well make use of them.
Do you know the name and story of Biddy Mason? Not enough people do. She was brought to San Bernardino a slave in 1851, won her freedom in court in 1856 and became a nurse and midwife in downtown Los Angeles, a landowner and a philanthropist. I tell her remarkable story in Sunday’s column. It also answers the question of which historical figure with a connection to San Bernardino led me to take Metrolink last weekend, as hinted in last Wednesday’s column. Some guessed right; others guessed Wyatt Earp or Edith Head.