In Friday’s column, an entertaining Chino City Council meeting — my favorite kind, although the tense ones are enjoyable in a different way — as well as some Culture Corner items and a Valley Vignette. I admit to immoderate pride over my headline.
Chino, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland are all handling the move to district council elections a little differently. This will be a huge shift for all three cities, but the public isn’t really keying in on it. Sunday’s column provides an update, focusing on Chino, which is moving the fastest.
In a followup to Sunday’s column about Rancho Cucamonga, I write in Wednesday’s column about how Chino and Upland are also moving towards establishing voting districts for city council elections. I’ve also got some Chino items and a Valley Vignette from Claremont.
The Chino Valley Unified School District board is appealing a judge’s order to stop praying and proselytizing at its meetings. I was there for the 3-2 vote Monday (and the prayer circle afterward) and spoke to the attorney Tuesday. The latest in the Chino culture wars makes up Wednesday’s column. Above, board president Andrew Cruz speaks with supporters as he leaves the board room; that’s Chino United Methodist Church across the street, an appropriate backdrop.
The latest from our friends on the Chino Valley Unified School Board occupies the top of Sunday’s column, followed by reaction to my Covina Bowl column, a plug for this blog and a vignette.
Sunday’s column begins with an oddity about a street named Diablo that will be changed due to complaints, then continues with items from Ontario, Upland and Pomona, and about two Rancho Cucamonga tie-ins to TV.
Sunday’s column takes you on a tour of the former Chino Superior Court, closed on Dec. 31, 2012, and left somewhat intact. I took plenty of photos, which you can see in a photo gallery. Above, the photo referenced in the column of me at the bench, with no chair or gavel, yet looking casually judicial anyway.
Sunday’s column updates you on the ever-controversial Chino Valley Unified school board. The board president left her post earlier this month, two months ahead of schedule, paving the way for the outspoken Andrew Cruz to be acting president. Cruz, you may recall, got in hot water for political comments at a July meeting.
Who says city council meetings are dull? In Chino, they heard a detailed report from two cops about a prostitution sting at a massage parlor in which services were offered by a masseuse in a pink dress who goes by the name Lulu. Read about it in my Friday column — but don’t read it aloud! The kids might hear.