Column: Birds Aren’t Real billboard lands in the IE

I’ve seen a funny billboard twice in Cabazon this spring. The first time was almost a “did I really see that?” moment, the second confirmed it, and that time I pulled over for a photo. That’s the first half of my Friday column; the second half is about new population stats for the Inland Empire, with a short sendoff for a Rancho Cucamonga councilman.

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Column: IE, Riverside are focus of events in … Pasadena?

Pasadena has chosen a Riverside writer’s memoir as their city’s community read and has lined up a bunch of Zoom talks on the IE’s past and present (warehouses, dining, westward migration, citrus, the Mission Inn and more) around it. Strangely enough, I only found out any of this due to a column in the Pasadena Star-News. Well, I hope the Pasadenans enjoy it, but maybe the IE will too now that I’ve spread the word. Also, more about the IE’s boundaries, and a Riverside agriculture startup gets a boost, all in my Wednesday column.

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Column: Didion’s famous essay trained eye on secluded street

Joan Didion’s “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” essay, about the Lucille Miller murder trial of 1965, was about the Inland Empire and set partly on Alta Loma’s Bella Vista Drive. I visit to talk to a longtime homeowner, and also excerpt comments from readers about my recent column on Didion, who died last month, all for Sunday’s column.

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