Column: Exhibit brings Andy Warhol self-portrait to Riverside

In my latest column: Items about three current art shows in Riverside, an East LA restaurant named for artist Rufino Tamayo, more about Chinese restaurants in Rancho Cucamonga, a Claremont man’s appearance in National Geographic, a MoVal’s man ‘60s encounter with Karen Valentine, two corrections involving Palm Springs and Claremont, and a farewell to a Chino Hills character. All that is in my Friday desk-clearing (really, Google doc-clearing) column.

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Column: IE population still rising in 2024, like it or not

In California’s new population estimates, the Inland Empire kept growing. I list the 15 IE cities above 100,000, up from 14, and offer other perspectives in my number-crunchin’ Sunday column.

I managed to write both this column and Friday’s on Wednesday, with some touch-ups Thursday morning before leaving town for a long weekend in Palm Springs.

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Column: Rite Aid closures a tough pill to swallow

Rite Aid is closing 22 stores in California, including seven in the IE. (Or eight, if Needles is IE.) Plus, the figure “$2.5 million” is repeatedly invoked at a San Bernardino council meeting, it’s my 27th anniversary at the newspaper, two chances are coming up to meet me for my 60th birthday, and a Riverside judge’s ruling in a high-profile vandalism case is unusual. All this is in my Sunday column.

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Column: 3 presidents, future or past, called IE home

Three U.S. presidents, future or past, called the Inland Empire home: LBJ, Eisenhower and Ford. Also: news that former Kmart and Sears stores in Riverside may be turned into apartments has me wondering what’s next; more about late newspaper owner Mel Hodell; two public appearances by me take place this week; and Twentynine Palms makes Westways. All this fills up my Wednesday column.

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Column: Desk-clearing items on transit, history, Beach Boys

For my last column of 2023, I present some items that hadn’t made previous columns this year: reader emails, observations and loose-end tying. (None of this was pre-written, alas, just notes or emails.) My theory was that a slow news week, and light readership week, was a good time to slip them into print before moving on. That’s my Sunday column. There will be more on Wednesday. Before then, though: Happy New Year!

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Column: More joy in the IE, as you share 2023 highlights

I asked for the best thing that happened to you in 2023 and got nearly 40 responses. A bunch of them were in my Sunday column. Wednesday’s column has most of the rest. (A few remain on the proverbial cutting-room floor, but only a few. It surprised me how many could be squeezed in.)

As a side note, due to Christmas falling on a Monday I had two columns, not one, due last Friday. Whew! I’m glad I had asked readers to help me out. Both columns were written more or less simultaneously, with a few of the items shifted between the two columns to balance them out.

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