An all-items column with news from San Bernardino, Redlands, Riverside, Pomona and Chino. The stars may never align so perfectly again, but it was neat to represent all four of our IE papers, and portions of three counties, in one column, i.e., Friday’s.
As you may have read, passenger service began in August between San Bernardino and San Francisco, two of my favorite “Sans.” I bought a ticket to see what it was like and I tell you about it in my Friday column.
San Bernardino’s council didn’t award a demolition contract for the mall as scheduled last week, instead punting it back to staff with questions about cost, the other bidders and environmental impact. Tearing down the million-square-foot mall will be a big job, no doubt about it. But as someone who’s toured the ruins of the mall, I’m concerned the council is focusing on the wrong things. That debate is the topic of Sunday’s slightly serious column.
Two candidates survived the June primary and are in a runoff to lead San Bernardino: Jim Penman and Helen Tran. I attended a candidate forum to watch how they handled themselves. The questions weren’t that hot, the room was ice cold, the answers were okay, the evening was somewhat amusing and my report is in Wednesday’s column.
At Wednesday’s San Bernardino City Council meeting, a county supervisor presented a ceremonial check for $1.1 million, the council OK’d opening talks with a developer over the Arden-Guthrie property, development activity is picking up and the council postponed giving itself a pay raise. I tie it all together and eavesdrop a little in my Friday column.
A photographer and I get a tour of the long-shuttered Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, and it’s in terrible shape due to vandalism, metal theft and more. The mall has always been destined for demolition since its closing five years ago, but demolition is becoming an urgent necessity. This extra-long Sunday column and its sobering photo gallery can be viewed here.
After a few months away, I return to a San Bernardino City Council meeting, the first since the June 7 election that had a shocking result: the mayor lost. I write about what it means, how he skipped the meeting and how relieved everyone seemed in my Friday column.
The university outside San Bernardino owns a Kerry James Marshall painting that is going up for auction Thursday from Sotheby’s and is estimated at $8 million to $12 million. So how did a medical school end up with a valuable painting? I tell that unusual story in my Wednesday column.
The San Bernardino City Council is the gift that keeps on giving, as the decision to put the mayor’s job before voters is vetoed by the mayor (!), reconsidered by the council and voted down. I watch the fun and report the results in Friday’s column.
Venturing once again to a San Bernardino City Council meeting, I watch as the council has a healthy discussion about the merits of eliminating the mayor’s job and simply rotating it among the seven members. In a sort of preview of how that might work, they had to run the meeting without the mayor because he didn’t show up. I write about it all in Friday’s column.