I clear out more pending items — about John Witherspoon, the Claremont Public Library, a Hollywood Sign engineer, electric vehicles in Pomona and the old Casa de Mayo restaurant — in Sunday’s column.
Following up on a column from March, I write about the completion of the People’s Map project for the East San Gabriel Valley, which resulted in a newsprint publication with features on 22 people. I’m one of them. Read about that in my Wednesday column.
I don’t know the provenance of this list, which was provided to me earlier this year by the family of Nino Ruggeri, but I’ve confirmed that it’s a listing by Inland Valley city of local men who died in the Vietnam War. In 2016 I presented a similar list of only San Bernardino County names, compiled by the county government, but this one handily has Pomona and Claremont as well.
As today is Memorial Day, that seemed the most appropriate time to share this.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1969 storms that flooded Cucamonga and wreaked havoc throughout the region. I look back in Friday’s column. I hope I didn’t get anything wrong, but may well have, as a good overview article about the scope of the damage was hard to find in the limited time I had. If you lived through it, what do you remember?
Every time I’ve driven past Golden Spur steakhouse in Glendora, it looked closed, but that’s only because I’ve only ever driven past in the morning on my way to Donut Man. Now, though, Golden Spur really is closed, after a mere 100 years.
Glendora is a little outside the Bulletin’s coverage and delivery area, but since the news hadn’t made the papers, apparently, and surely many of you have likewise driven past or even eaten there in the past century, I phoned City Hall to inquire about the property and learned a new use has already been approved. So, all that makes up Wednesday’s column — plus a Culture Corner and a Valley Vignette for good measure.
The Avoiding Regret blog has a fond, amusing post about the restaurant.
For a second and final column of gleanings from the columnist’s desk, I summarize a very long handwritten letter from a reader, lightly mock a glowing 1926 newspaper article about the wonders of Pomona — and transcribe some notes from a restaurant napkin. That’s my Sunday column.
In an annual ritual, I clean my desk to start the new year and get a column, or possibly two, out of it. This year’s version, my Friday column, begins with an admiring letter from a reader across the Pacific. No, she wasn’t complaining that her newspaper was wet.
I wrote my latest column New Year’s Eve, but it’s appearing the day after New Year’s. Is it my last column of 2018 or my first of 2019? Probably the latter. Anyway, it’s an assortment of items, stuff that’s been hanging around waiting to be written or already written and waiting to run, and it makes up Wednesday’s column.
What were the 10 strangest Inland Valley news stories of the year? I count down my picks in Sunday’s column — the last of the year.