Column: Dodgers swag for retiring police chief is a hit

I showed up for Tuesday’s Chino City Council to say goodbye to the police chief, who’s retiring and who was the subject of a 2014 column about her promotion to chief, the city’s first woman in the job. A cute item resulted. I also have news about a potential retirement of sorts, as a 94-year-old Claremont musician says he’s wearing down, plus a Valley Vignette about the band the Mountain Goats, all in Sunday’s column.

Above, Karen Comstock puts her bland professional shoes in her bag after putting on her new spangly Dodgers shoes.

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Column: Unearthing news from Chino, RC

It had been a few months since I’d attended a Chino City Council meeting, and two years (!) since I’d been to a full-fledged Rancho Cucamonga City Council meeting. (Last year I did attend an afternoon workshop, though — as part of my effort to attend a council meeting in all nine of our cities.)

So I hit Chino on Tuesday and Rancho on Wednesday, finding enough material, and commentary, for Sunday’s column.

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Huell Howser on Chino’s dairy history

The public TV host devoted an episode of his “Visiting…With Huell Howser” series to Chino’s dairies, past and present. It came up during a Google search Friday for “Chino dairies” and was pleasant to watch. You’ll see Al McCombs of the Chino Champion and the late Phyllis Outhier as well as a dairy family that was pulling up stakes, not to mention the affable Howser.

Mysteriously, Howser’s Chapman archives, while a treasure, don’t list the original air date of the episodes they post, but based on evidence within the show this one must be circa 2006. (I pulled it from YouTube because that video, unlike Chapman’s, would embed.)

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Column: On Pi Day, the local e-pie-center is Flo’s Cafe

For nearly nine years I’ve been keeping track of my pie consumption at Flo’s Cafe in Chino, where the diner has its own bake shop. I’ve tried 57 varieties, pretty much everything they’ve made in that time. For a few years now it’s been on my mind to write about it, but I wasn’t sure how to approach it: Did I need to assign a photographer to shoot me being served a slice?

But Pi Day happens to coincide with my column this year, and so I’m pleased to finally tell the story of my quest alongside that of the Flo’s bake shop in Wednesday’s column.

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The fightin’ Scholars

Driving on Schaefer Avenue in Chino recently, my attention was grabbed by Edwin Rhodes Elementary‘s slogan: “Home of the Scholars.” Rhodes Scholars, get it? It was a Saturday, so I pulled into the lot and snapped a photo.

Edwin Rhodes, I learned, was a long-ago banker, newspaper publisher and history buff from Chino who died in 1952. While it’s Cecil Rhodes who founded the scholarship program, it makes for a good name, almost as good as Whittier College’s Poets.

Rhodes opened in 2003. Its mascot is Rhodie, described by the school as “a pencil toting, grad-cap wearing, diploma-come-to-life.”

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